Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Seth, Vikram

The son of a judge and a businessman, Seth was raised in London and India. He attended exclusive Indian schools and then graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford (B.A., 1975). He received a master's degree in economics from Stanford University

Saturday, April 02, 2005


Formerly  (until 1927) Girgenti,  Greek  Acragas,  Latin  Agrigentum,   capital of Agrigento provincia, near the southern coast of Sicily, Italy. It lies on a plateau encircled by low cliffs overlooking the junction of the Drago (ancient Hypsas) and San Biagio (Acragas) rivers and is dominated from the north by a ridge with twin peaks. Agrigento was a wealthy ancient city founded about 581 BC by Greek colonists from Gela. It was ruled 570–554 BC by the notorious

Friday, April 01, 2005

Sundance Kid

Harry Longabaugh left home when he was 15 and took his nickname from the town of Sundance, where

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Marsh Cress

Also called  Yellow Cress,   any of the 70 plant species of the genus Rorippa of the mustard family (Brassicaceae). Most members of the genus are found in the Northern Hemisphere. The genus has at times been included with the genera Nasturtium and Radicula. Iceland watercress, or marsh yellow cress (R. islandica, sometimes Nasturtium palustre), grows, like others of the genus, in marshy ground. It bears

Monday, March 28, 2005


(Bixa orellana), tree native to the New World tropics and the only species of the family Bixaceae. Annatto grows up to 9 m (30 feet) tall and has rose-pink flowers about 5 cm (2 inches) wide and ovalish leaves about 8 to 18 cm long. The brown seed pods, about 5 cm long, yield a reddish or yellowish powder that is used in a dye for butter, cheese, and oleomargarine. The plant is cultivated in tropical

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Wiener, Norbert

Wiener, a child prodigy whose education was controlled by his father, a professor of Slavonic languages and literature

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Also called  Darnel,   noxious weed of the ryegrass (q.v.) genus Lolium.