Thought for the day

"The supreme trick of mass insanity is that it persuades you that the only abnormal person is the one who refuses to join in the madness of others, the one who tries vainly to resist. We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon." -- Eugene Ionesco

fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who claims to have incriminating sex photos of U.S. Navy brass could become the latest bargaining chip in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to win official recognition from the Biden administration, according to experts.

As a sequel to the successful 1939 New York World's Fair, the Second World's Fair opened on April 22, 1964, and its theme was "Peace Through Understanding". 650 acres (210 ha) of pavilions, public spaces, and exhibits from around the world.


Countries, cities, corporations and private groups set up shops to display their ideas. The theme symbol was a 12-story, stainless-steel model of the Earth, called the Unisphere, built on the foundations of the Perisphere from the 1939 World's Fair.


Located halfway between Medellin and the city of Bogota, Colombia's capital, Hacienda Napoles was a sprawling ranch owned by drug baron Pablo Escobar.


In the early 1980s, after Escobar became wealthy but before he began the campaign of assassinations and bombings that nearly tore Colombia apart, he built himself a zoo. At the peak of his power, Escobar was estimated to be worth over $30 billion.


Belgrade Zoo chimpanzee Sami became a media sensation when he managed to escape twice in February 1988. He took a thoughtful walk around Central Belgrade before he was caught after a long "conversation" with the zoo's director, Vuk Bojovic.


Sami was born in 1979 at the Osijek Zoo and Aquarium. He was a well developed specimen with a strong build and a thick coat. Sami arrived at the Belgrade Zoo in January 1988 and was placed in a tight, battered enclosure with a reinforced grid that was nominally capable of holding an adult chimpanzee.


On September 16, 1920, hundreds of Wall Street workers came out to lunch, a horse-drawn carriage parked in front of the world's most powerful banking institution – JPMorgan Bank.

Inside the wagon, a 100-pound (45 kg) dynamite with a 500-pound (230 kg) heavy, cast iron sash weight exploded in a timer-set explosion, tearing the weight through the air.

On April 27, 1963, the leader of the Cuban Revolution made his first visit to the USSR, a trip that lasted forty days. He managed to see a lot of cities and visit many factories, secret military bases, a nuclear submarine, walk through Moscow without security guards, talk to officials and ordinary people. He became the first foreigner to appear on the mausoleum stage and even received the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 was a direct and dangerous confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War and was the moment the two superpowers came closest to nuclear conflict.

The crisis was unique in many ways, including calculations and miscalculations, as well as direct and covert communication and miscommunication between the two sides.

Flying tigers are flying close by. In that picture every pilot is looking at the airplane next to him and trying to maintain his position while maintaining the same attitude as his neighbor.

The front pilot camera looking at the plane is doing the same thing. Then the planes were very slow and simple. A formation like this would be the stuff of stunt fighters today.

Flying that close was usually done in bad weather to maintain visual contact with the aircraft in front of them and for further flight.