Intl. Notebook Dec 12 2009
FAST FOOD PLANETS
Meat company helped U.S. kids beef up their scientific knowledge.

Because America’s food conglomerates have a rock solid foundation in planetary physics, in 1958 Swift’s Premium—which was a company that sold pre-packaged dried beef among other products—issued this handy Space Travel Guide to educate kids about the solar system. You just turned the wheel and it gave information on each planet, such as its astronomical sign, and its period of revolution around the sun, while of course touting Swift's supersonically quick dried beef recipes. Yum! It’s an udderly wonderful little gadget. We just wish it explained that whole cow jumping over the moon thing.     

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History Rewind
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December 22
1972—Plane Crash Victims Found in Andes
The Chilean Air force locates fourteen survivors from a plane that had crashed in the Argentine Andes two months earlier. Four days after the rescue, a Santiago, Chile newspaper alleges that the survivors became cannibals to ward off starvation. The surviving group confirms that they ate human flesh at a press conference two days later.
December 21
1958—de Gaulle Elected President of France
World War II hero General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France by an overwhelming majority. During his time he leads France to develop nuclear weapons, ends the French presence in Algeria, and survives several assassination attempts. He eventually retires to Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, in north-east France, and dies from a heart attack on 9 November 1970.
December 20
1989—U.S. Invades Panama
The United States invades Panama with the goal of overthrowing the dictatorship of Manuel Noriega. Noriega had been a CIA agent for many years, and because of this special status, U.S. drug authorities had turned a blind eye toward his activities, which included helping to create a crack cocaine epidemic in American inner cities. In 1988, Senator John Kerry's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations concluded that the Noriega saga represented one of the most serious foreign policy failures in U.S. history.

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