"Starvin' Marvin" is the eighth episode in the first season of the
American animated television series South Park. It first aired on Comedy
Central on November 19, 1997. A satire on the humanitarianism industry
and American indifference toward impoverished countries, it was written
and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker (pictured). In the
episode, Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan send money to an African charity
hoping to get a sports watch, but are instead sent an Ethiopian child
they call "Starvin' Marvin". In a Thanksgiving-themed subplot,
genetically engineered turkeys attack South Park. The episode received
generally positive reviews, and several commentators have described it
as a classic episode. It was originally viewed by about 2.2 million
households, roughly eight times Comedy Central's average viewership at
the time. In addition to Starvin' Marvin, who became a popular minor
character, the episode introduced Kyle's father Gerald Broflovski and
Kenny's family members Stuart, Carol and Kevin McCormick.
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War of 1812: A coalition of Native American tribes began the
Siege of Fort Harrison in Terre Haute, Indiana, by setting the fort on
Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies married Pedro II of Brazil
(both pictured) at a state ceremony.
The Albanian revolt of 1912 came to an end when the Ottoman
government agreed to meet most of the rebels' demands.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in Menlo Park,
California, to promote the web search engine that they developed as
Stanford University students.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(Ancient Rome, historical) An emperor who seized power by virtue of his
command of the army.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The genius of a composer is found in the notes of his music; but
analyzing the notes will not reveal his genius. The poet's greatness is
contained in his words; yet the study of his words will not disclose his
inspiration. God reveals himself in creation; but scrutinize creation as
minutely as you wish, you will not find God, any more than you will find
the soul through careful examination of your body.
--Anthony de Mello
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