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The Divorcee

The Divorcee is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film written by Nick Grindé, John Meehan, Zelda Sears, based on the novel Ex-Wife by Ursula Parrott. It was directed by Robert Z. Leonard, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director; the film was nominated for Best Picture, won Best Actress for its star Norma Shearer. Ted, Jerry and Dorothy are part of the New York in-crowd. Jerry's decision to marry Ted crushes Paul, he gets drunk, is involved in an accident that leaves Dorothy's face disfigured. Out of pity, Paul marries Dorothy. Ted and Jerry have been married for three years when she discovers that he had a brief affair with another woman—and when she confronts him on their third anniversary, he tells her it did not "mean a thing". Upset, with Ted away on a business trip, Jerry spends the night with his best friend, Don. Upon Ted's return, she tells him that she "balanced accounts". Ted is hypocritically outraged, they argue, which ends with Ted leaving her and the couple filing for a divorce.

While Jerry turns to partying to forget her sorrows, Ted becomes an alcoholic. Paul and Jerry run into each other, she discovers that he still loves her and is willing to leave Dorothy to be with her. Only after she meets Dorothy is Jerry forced to evaluate her decision. Norma Shearer as Jerry Martin Chester Morris as Ted Martin Conrad Nagel as Paul Robert Montgomery as Don Helen Johnson as Dorothy Florence Eldridge as Helen Baldwin Helene Millard as Mary Robert Elliott as Bill Baldwin Mary Doran as Janice Meredith Tyler Brooke as Hank Zelda Sears as Hannah George Irving as Dr. Bernard Charles R. Moore as First Porter Opening Window Lee Phelps as Party Guest George H. Reed as Second Porter Carl Stockdale as Divorce Judge Theodore von Eltz as Ivan MGM production head Irving Thalberg bought the rights to Ex-Wife in the summer of 1929. Thalberg's original choice for the role of Jerry was Joan Crawford. Norma Shearer, Thalberg's wife, was never in the running for the lead role in The Divorcee because it was believed that she did not have enough sex appeal.

Only after Shearer arranged a special photo session with independent portrait photographer George Hurrell, Thalberg saw the result, he did relent and give her the role. The Divorcee was released on DVD by Warner Home Video on March 8, 2008, as one of five pre-Code films in the "TCM Archives - Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Vol. 2" DVD box set. Other movies with the same title were released in 1917, 1919, 1969. Norma Shearer won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Starring in the film are Robert Montgomery, Conrad Nagel, Helen Johnson, Florence Eldridge; the Divorcee on IMDb The Divorcee at the TCM Movie Database Synopsis at AllMovie

Shooting at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 10 metre air pistol

The women's 10 metre air pistol competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics was held on August 15 at the Markópoulo Olympic Shooting Centre near Athens, Greece. The event consisted of two rounds: a qualifier and a final. In the qualifier, each shooter fired 40 shots with an air pistol at 10 metres distance. Scores for each shot were in increments of 1, with a maximum score of 10; the top 8 shooters in the qualifying round moved on to the final round. There, they fired an additional 10 shots; these shots scored in increments of.1, with a maximum score of 10.9. The total score from all 50 shots was used to determine final ranking. 19-year-old Ukrainian shooter Olena Kostevych came from behind to outplay Serbia and Montenegro's five-time Olympian Jasna Šekarić in a one-shot tiebreaker 10.2 to 9.4 for the gold medal in air pistol shooting, as a result of their draw in a 10-shot final round for first place with a score of 483.3 points. Meanwhile, the bronze medal was awarded to Bulgaria's Mariya Grozdeva, who beat China's current world record holder Ren Jie in another shoot-off 10.4 to 9.8, after having been tied in the final at 482.3, just one point behind the two medalists.

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were. Official Results

Sarah Villiers, Countess of Jersey

Sarah Sophia Child Villiers, Countess of Jersey, born Lady Sarah Fane, was an English noblewoman, through her marriage a member of the Villiers family. She was the eldest daughter of John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland, Sarah Anne Child, her mother was the only child of Robert Child, the principal shareholder in the banking firm Child & Co. Under the terms of his will, the Countess of Jersey was the primary legatee, she not only inherited Osterley Park but became senior partner of the bank, her husband, George Villiers, added the surname Child by royal licence. The inheritance made her one of the richest women in England: in 1805 she was able to give £20000 each to four family members without impairing her own income. Lady Jersey married George Child Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey, on 23 May 1804, in the drawing room of her house in Berkeley Square, her husband's mother, Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey, was one of the more notorious mistresses of King George IV when he was Prince of Wales.

Her sister Maria married John Ponsonby, Viscount Duncannon the 4th Earl of Bessborough, a brother of Lady Caroline Lamb. Her own affairs, though conducted discreetly, were said to be numerous: Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, was thought to be one of her lovers; when asked why he had never fought a duel to preserve his wife's reputation, Lord Jersey drily replied that this would require him to fight every man in London. Lady Jersey was one of the patronesses of Almack's, the most exclusive social club in London, a leader of the ton during the Regency era, she was immortalized as Zenobia in Disraeli's novel Endymion. Caroline Lamb ridiculed her in Glenarvon. This, was unusual since she was notable for acts of kindness and generosity. In politics she was a Tory, although she lacked the passionate interest in politics shown by her cousin Harriet Arbuthnot. On hearing that the Duke of Wellington had fallen from power in 1830, she burst into tears in public, she "moved heaven and earth" against the Reform Act 1832.

Lady Jersey was known by the nickname Silence. The memoirist Captain Gronow, who disliked her, called her "a theatrical tragedy queen", considered her "ill-bred and inconceivably rude", she is a recurring character in the Regency novels of Georgette Heyer, where she is presented as eccentric and unpredictable, but intelligent and observant, capable of kindness and generosity. She died at No. 38, Berkeley Square, Middlesex. Lady Jersey had seven children: George Child Villiers, 6th Earl of Jersey The Honourable Augustus John Villiers, married Georgiana Elphinstone, daughter of George Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith; the Honourable Frederick William Child Villiers, married Elizabeth Maria van Reede, daughter of the 7th or 8th Earl of Athlone. The Honourable Francis John Robert Child Villiers. Lady Sarah Frederica Caroline Child Villiers, married Nicholas Paul, 9th Prince Esterházy, his mother, Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn and Taxis was a friend of Lady Jersey and a fellow patroness of Almack's.

Lady Clementina Augusta Wellington Child Villiers. Lady Adela Corisande Maria Child Villiers, married Lt.-Col. Charles Parke Ibbetson, had one daughter Adele. Lady Adela's scandalous elopement to Gretna Green with Captain Ibbetson increased the circulation of all the London newspapers in November 1845, she outlived not only six of her seven children. Portraits of Sarah Sophia Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey at the National Portrait Gallery, London Lady Sarah Jersey at The Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos The Lady Patronesses of Almack's at Georgian, Regency & Victorian Research by Kristine Hughes. "Archival material relating to Sarah Villiers, Countess of Jersey". UK National Archives

Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's qualification

The qualification for the Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament took place between 2006 and 2008. The first qualifying tournament was the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in which the champion was guaranteed of a place in the Olympics. Throughout the next two years, several regional tournaments served as qualification for the zonal tournaments, which doubles as continental championships, to determine which teams will participate in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. A total of 12 teams will take part with each NOC sending in one team; the host nation qualifies automatically as hosts. There are a total of 5 zonal tournaments that determined the qualifying teams, with a total of 5 teams qualifying outright; each zone was allocated with the following qualifying berths: FIBA Africa: 1 team FIBA Americas: 1 teams FIBA Asia: 1 team FIBA Europe: 1 teams FIBA Oceania: 1 team Furthermore, the current world champion, Australia qualified automatically by winning at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women.

The additional five teams will be determined at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women 2008, with the best non-qualifying teams participating from teams that did not qualify outright. Each zone is allocated with the following berths: FIBA Africa: 2 teams FIBA Americas: 3 teams FIBA Asia: 2 teams FIBA Europe: 4 teams FIBA Oceania: 1 team These are the final standings of the different Olympic qualifying tournaments; the venues are as follows, with the city of the knockout stage mentioned first: 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women: São Paulo, Brazil FIBA Africa Championship for Women 2007: Dakar, Senegal FIBA Americas Championship for Women 2007: Valdivia, Chile FIBA Asia Championship for Women 2007: Incheon, South Korea EuroBasket Women 2007: Chieti, Lanciano, Italy FIBA Oceania Championship for Women 2007: Dunedin, New Zealand FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women 2008: Madrid, Spain The twelve teams that qualified for Beijing 2008 are: Australia Belarus Brazil China Czech Republic South Korea Latvia Mali New Zealand Russia Spain United StatesThe italicized teams are the wildcards

Clarke's three laws

British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke formulated three adages that are known as Clarke's three laws, of which the third law is the best known and most cited, they were part of his ideas in his extensive writings about the future. These so-called laws are: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is certainly right; when he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. One account claimed that Clarke's "laws" were developed after the editor of his works in French started numbering the author's assertions. All three laws appear in Clarke's essay "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination", first published in Profiles of the Future. However, they were not published at the same time. Clarke's first law was proposed in the 1962 edition of the essay, as "Clarke's Law" in Profiles of the Future.

The second law is offered as a simple observation in the same essay but its status as Clarke's second law was conferred by others. It was a derivative of the first law and formally became Clarke's second law where the author proposed the third law in the 1973 revision of Profiles of the Future, which included an acknowledgement, it was here that Clarke wrote about the third law in these words: "As three laws were good enough for Newton, I have modestly decided to stop there". The third law, despite being latest stated by a decade, is the best known and most cited, it appears only in the 1973 revision of the "Hazards of Prophecy" essay. It echoes a statement in a 1942 story by Leigh Brackett: "Witchcraft to the ignorant, … simple science to the learned". Earlier examples of this sentiment may be found in Wild Talents by Charles Fort: "…a performance that may some day be considered understandable, but that, in these primitive times, so transcends what is said to be the known that it is what I mean by magic," and in the short story The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie: "The supernatural is only the natural of which the laws are not yet understood."

Clarke gave an example of the third law when he said that while he "would have believed anyone who told him back in 1962 that there would one day exist a book-sized object capable of holding the content of an entire library, he would never have accepted that the same device could find a page or word in a second and convert it into any typeface and size from Albertus Extra Bold to Zurich Calligraphic", referring to his memory of "seeing and hearing Linotype machines which converted ‘molten lead into front pages that required two men to lift them’". The third law has inspired many snowclones and other variations: Any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence is indistinguishable from God. Any sufficiently advanced act of benevolence is indistinguishable from malevolence The following two variants are similar, combine the third law with Hanlon's razor Any sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice Any sufficiently advanced troll is indistinguishable from a genuine kook or the viewpoints of the most extreme crank are indistinguishable from sufficiently advanced satire Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo Any sufficiently advanced idea is distinguishable from mere magical incantation provided the former is presented as a mathematical proof, verifiable by sufficiently competent mathematicians Any sufficiently crappy research is indistinguishable from fraud A contrapositive of the third law is Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.

The third law has been reversed for fictional universes involving magic: "Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science!" or "Any sufficiently arcane magic is indistinguishable from technology."A rebuttal to the ambiguous "sufficiently advanced" part has been offered by another science fiction author: "Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who don't understand it."In the Doctor Who episode The Robots of Death, the Doctor phrases it as: "To the rational mind nothing is inexplicable, only unexplained." List of eponymous laws – Links to articles on laws, principles and other succinct observations or predictions named after a person Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics – Set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov Niven's laws – Author Larry Niven's rules about how the universe works The origins of the Three Laws "What's Your Law?" "A Gadget Too Far" at Infinity Plus

Alkemeyer Commercial Buildings

The Alkemeyer Commercial Buildings are a pair of business buildings located at 19 and 23 Court Street in downtown Cincinnati, United States. Built in 1879, these two four-story brick buildings are the most prominent structures along Court Street near its intersection with Vine Street; the buildings have been employed for a range of purposes throughout their history, including millinery, shops selling clothing and dry goods, apartments. The Lotze Building, located at 19 Court, was designed by William Walter, a leading Cincinnati architect, for their heirs of inventor Adolphus Lotze. An Italianate structure built from 1879 to 1880, this building is today used for residential purposes; the adjacent building at 23 Court is a larger Queen Anne structure. In 1980, the Alkemeyer Buildings were listed together on the National Register of Historic Places; because of their importance in local history and because of their significant architecture, the buildings were listed together on the National Register of Historic Places on December 9, 1980