December 24, 1942: The first surface-to-surface guided missile, later known as the V-1 Flying Bomb, was launched by German rocket engineer Wernher von Braun. Called Buzz Bombs for the loud buzzing sound of their motor, they were used by Nazi Germany against Britain beginning in September 1944.
December 25, 1642: Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He was a mathematician, scientist and author, best known for his work Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica on the theory of gravitation. He died in London and was the first scientist to be honoured with burial in Westminster Abbey.
December 26, 2004: An estimated 230,000 people were killed and 1.5 million left homeless when a magnitude 9.3 earthquake on the seafloor of the Indian Ocean set off a series of giant tsunami waves that smashed into the shorelines of a dozen countries including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and Somalia.
December 27, 2007: Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Bhutto had been campaigning ahead of elections scheduled for January 2008. Shots were fired at her after a political rally at Liaquat Bagh, and a suicide bomb was detonated immediately following the shooting.
December 28, 1832: John C. Calhoun became the first American ever to resign the office of vice president. He served under Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson and resigned after a series of political disagreements with President Jackson. He went on to become a U.S. Senator from South Carolina.
December 29, 1170: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered by four knights acting on orders from England's King Henry II.
December 30, 2006: Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, was executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.
Technology has become essential to how we access information and how we organise our lives. This is especially true when it comes to writing. Whether it is for a school assignment or to communicate with our loved ones – we spend most of our time typing or texting. We might prefer typing on the keyboard because it is faster and hassle-free but writing is an activity that has been shown to have numerous benefits to the brain and the body. Here’s why you should put pen on paper more often.
• Writing a calming sentence or quote is a form of graphotherapy. Jotting down a peaceful sentence can actually have a calming effect on your mind.
• Writing in cursive script can coordinate the left brain and right brain. We all use both parts of our brains, however, how deeply we use each part varies from person to person.
• Writing by hand can be a great tool for improving cognitive skills. Young children who learn to write letters or draw shapes benefit more if they learn it writing by hand instead of learning via modern tech devices.
• Writing more would seem to entail thinking more thoroughly about topics and journaling, we know, has been shown to be excellent for introspection.
• Writing on paper helps you be more creative because it is a slower process as compared to typing on a keyboard.
• It helps keep your mind sharper as you grow older.
• Psychologists believe that writing something by hand has a longer-lasting effect on memory and retention. This works for both adults and kids. The act of putting pen to paper activates areas of the brain that helps student increase their comprehension. It also involves more senses and motor neurons than when typing on a keyboard.
• Handwriting benefits your brain in so many ways because you use more of it. The linked regions of the brain for reading are activated while writing by hand, but not while typing or texting.
Imagine if the ring on your finger was more than a piece of gaudy jewelry. Instead, it’s the universe’s most powerful weapon. It can create whatever you wish out of pure energy, its might limited only by your imagination and will. And with it comes exclusive membership to an exclusive intergalactic police force with alien officers spanning the cosmos.
The only catch is mastering that power and being a Green Lantern means facing your fears, and for headstrong Hal Jordan, that’s something he’s been avoiding his whole life. When just a boy, Hal witnessed his greatest nightmare – his pilot father dying in a tragic plane crash. Nevertheless, determined to follow in his footsteps, Hal repressed his fears, becoming a reckless, defiant test pilot. But when a dying alien crashes on Earth, the irresponsible Hal is chosen to be that alien’s successor in the Green Lantern Corps, a universe-wide peacekeeping force over 3,600 members strong. And his life only gets wilder from there. Wielding a Green Lantern power ring – a weapon fueled by willpower – he can fly and create constructs made of pure energy, generating anything from massive green fists to emerald rifles that can snipe from a planet away. But while Hal tends to ignore his fears, he’ll learn the only way to truly master his ring’s power is by confronting and overcoming them.
All-American Comics #16 (1940)
First appearance new 52
Justice League #1 (2011)
Base of operations
Hard light constructs, instant weaponry, force fields, flight, durability, alien technology
Republic of Chad
The flag of the Republic of Chad, adopted the year before the country became independent of France in 1960, is based on the tricolour of France, with the substitution of yellow for white in the middle, thus containing two of the French colours and two of the colours from the Pan-African movement for African unity. The colours also carry their own significance: blue is said to symbolise the sky and the waters of the south, yellow the sun and the deserts of the north, and red valour and the national sacrifice in the struggle for freedom.
1. Where was Madonna born in 1958?
2. At which chain restaurant did Madonna work when she first arrived in NYC in the late 70s?
3. Does Madonna have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
4. Madonna suffers from brontophobia which is a fear of what?
5. What was Madonna's first band called?
6. What's the title of Madonna's debut single?
7. Madonna won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in which film?
8. Which famous popstar once stated "I want to be the black Madonna"?
9. What was Madonna's first published children's book called?
10. What is Madonna's clothing line called?
11. What is Madonna's middle name?
12. What was the name of Madonna's character in 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan?
13. Which animated film did Madonna star in 2006?
14. In what year did Madonna sign her first record deal?
15. What's the name of Madonna's current manager?
Last week’s answers:
3. What Do You Mean
4. Tina Fey
6. Scooter Braun
8. Esther and Phill
11. Piano, drums, and guitar
12. OG Mally
14. Stewie from Family Guy
Also known as the Protestant St. Peter's, the basilica measures 114m long and 73m wide. The dome is intricately decorated with mosaics. Pompous yet majestic, the Italian Renaissance-style former royal court church (1905) does triple duty as house of worship, museum and concert hall.
This domed building was demolished in 1894 on the orders of Emperor William II to make way for the current cathedral, which was completed in 1905. Much larger than any of the previous buildings, it was meant as a protestant counterweight to the Catholic St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. During World War II, the cathedral suffered heavy damage. The restoration began in 1975 and was finally