Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons is a 1960s British science-fiction
television series created by Gerry Anderson (pictured) and produced by
Century 21 Productions for Associated Television. In keeping with
Anderson's earlier productions such as Thunderbirds, it mixes
marionette puppet characters and scale-model special effects in a
filming technique dubbed "Supermarionation". The plot of the 32-episode
series, set in 2068, centres on an interplanetary war between Earth and
a race of Martians known as the Mysterons. Captain Scarlet, top agent
of Spectrum, an international security organisation, acquires
"retro-metabolism" (a Mysteron healing power that enables him to
recover from normally fatal injuries), making him Earth's
"indestructible" ultimate weapon against the threat from Mars.
Reception to the series has acknowledged a "dark" tone and a large
amount of depicted violence, although the programme has a target
audience of children. A computer-animated reboot series, Gerry
Anderson's New Captain Scarlet, commenced broadcast in 2005.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Sicilians began to rebel against the rule of the Angevin King Charles I
of Naples, starting the War of the Sicilian Vespers.
The United States merged East Florida and West Florida to create the
Second Sino-Japanese War: Wang Jingwei was officially installed by
Japan as head of a puppet state in China.
Vietnam War: North Vietnamese forces began the Easter Offensive in an
attempt to gain as much territory and destroy as many units of the
South Vietnamese Army as possible.
Trying to impress actress Jodie Foster, obsessed fan John Hinckley, Jr.
shot and wounded U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three others outside
the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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1. A kind of fruit possessing a hard rind and producing many seeds in a
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2. A plant producing such a fruit
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged
through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life
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a great natural stimulator, a pushful entry into life; and once we can
laugh, we can live. It is the hilarious declaration made by man that
life is worth living.
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