Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards (2005) is a graphic novel
written by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by the company Big Time Attic.
It tells a slightly fictionalized account of the Bone Wars, a period of
intense rivalry over the excavation of dinosaur fossils in the western
United States. The novel is the first semi-fictional work written by
Ottaviani; previously, he had taken no creative license with the
characters he depicted, portraying them strictly according to historical
sources. Bone Sharps follows two scientists, Othniel Charles Marsh and
Edward Drinker Cope (pictured), as they pursue their hotheaded and
sometimes illegal acquisitions of fossils. Along the way, they encounter
P. T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill, Alexander Graham Bell, Ulysses S. Grant, and
other figures of the Gilded Age. Upon release, the novel was praised by
critics for its historical content, although some reviewers were
disappointed by the fictional elements.
Today's selected anniversaries:
French invasion of Russia: As Napoleon's Grande Armée began
its retreat, its rear guard was defeated at the Battle of Vyazma.
The Chicago Daily Tribune published the erroneous headline
"Dewey Defeats Truman" in its early morning edition shortly after
incumbent U.S. President Harry S. Truman officially upset the heavily
favored Governor of New York Thomas Dewey in the presidential election.
The first film featuring the giant monster known as Godzilla
was released (poster pictured) nationwide in Japan.
Abdullah Çatlı, a leader of the ultra-nationalist Grey
Wolves, was killed in a car crash near Susurluk, Balıkesir Province,
Turkey, sparking a scandal which exposed the depth of the state's
complicity in organized crime.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (uncountable, knitting) The Japanese art of crocheting or knitting
stuffed yarn toys, typically creatures having oversized heads.
2. (countable, knitting) Such a stuffed toy crocheted or knitted from
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Political ideological systems are based on conceptions of the
natural life process. They may further or hinder the natural life
process. They themselves, however, do not function at the roots of the
social process. They may be democratic; in that case they further the
natural human life process. They may be authoritarian and dictatorial;
in that case they are its deadly enemy.
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