Posts Tagged ‘Ides of March’
As this interactive graphic from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reveals, the number of nuclear weapons in the world peaked in the late 80s. But there are still roughly 10,000 nukes floating around the world, and in the hands of an increased number of countries…
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* J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoting the Bhagavad Gita as he recalled the Trinity Test (the first atomic bomb detonation)
As we duck and cover, we might recall that today is the Ides of March. An occasion in the Roman calendar for religious observances, it retains a certain notoriety as the date, in 44 BCE, of the assassination of Julius Caesar– becoming, thus, a turning point in Roman history… and the prompt for Shakespeare’s immortal warning (from a soothsayer to Caesar in Julius Caesar): “Beware the Ides of March.”
Quoth the ever-illuminating Laughing Squid:
Reuters is reporting that savory shredded pork donuts will be introduced to Dunkin’ Donuts stores in China as part of a multi-year marketing campaign, with NBA star LeBron James as a “brand ambassador” for the campaign. CEO of Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. Nigel Travis told Reuters, “Donuts are a very flexible product. You can do savory donuts, you can do donuts with shredded pork — that’s in China…We also have a range of other savory products that we have been testing and introducing country by country.”
As we choose the savory over the sweet, we might recall that today– the Ides of March, the 15th– while best remembered for Julius Caesar’s bad luck in 44 BCE, is the date that Romans celebrated the festival of Anna Perenna, deity of the circle or “ring” of the year (as her name– c.f. per annum– suggests).
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As we whisper “Rosebud,” we might watch our backs, recalling that it was on this date– the Ides of March– in 44 BCE that Julius Caesar, who’d assumed power as Dictator of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and a gang of other Roman senators.
Muccini’s depiction of the tyrannicide (source)