December 12, 2013 |
Scientists know that the best way to make a vodka martini is to mix the ingredients with a thin wooden spoon -- it combines the ingredients effectively without raising the drink's temperature the way a metal stirrer would. So why would James Bond, the world's most sophisticated martini drinker, routinely order his cocktail “shaken, not stirred”? A trio of British medical researchers believe they have the answer: The heavy-drinking 007 most likely suffered from an alcohol-induced tremor that forced him to shake his martinis.
November 26, 2013 |
With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy last week, and the accompanying fusillade of documentaries purporting to prove there was a conspiracy behind it, we might expect (and hope) that cabalistic conjecturing will wane until the next big anniversary. Don't count on it. A poll this month found that 61% of Americans who responded still believe that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy, despite the fact that the preponderance of evidence points to Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin.
May 22, 2008 |
An Irish Republican Army veteran was charged in connection with the execution of an undercover British soldier 31 years ago. Kevin Crilly, 57, had been living under an alias. Northern Ireland's police said Crilly was charged with the abduction and false imprisonment of Capt. Robert Nairac, a British intelligence officer who posed as a Belfast IRA member. Six other IRA members have served prison sentences for their part in the 1977 crime.
February 20, 1988 |
Former double agent Kim Philby appeared on national Soviet television Thursday for the first time since his defection to the Soviet Union in 1963. Philby, 75, was interviewed for 10 minutes on a program dedicated to British author Graham Greene, Philby's lifelong friend and one-time subordinate in British intelligence. Philby, appearing healthy and speaking in English, answered questions from Soviet commentator Genrik Borovik, a fluent English speaker. The interview was dubbed in Russian.
July 7, 1995
Sir Edgar Williams, 82, adviser to Rhodes scholars at Oxford University for nearly three decades. Williams, who served as warden of Rhodes House from 1952 to 1980, had now-President Bill Clinton among his charges in 1968 and 1969. During World War II he served on the British intelligence staff in Cairo and so impressed Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery that the leader named Williams his chief of intelligence.
May 7, 2004 |
The author of a disputed British intelligence dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that laid out the case for war was chosen to head Britain's MI6 spy agency. Opposition politicians said John Scarlett should not have been appointed while a government inquiry is probing why Iraq did not have the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs cited as a cause for war. British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended the appointment, saying Scarlett was chosen on merit.
May 8, 2002 |
BRITAIN Three Irish Republican Army dissidents received 30-year prison sentences after being convicted of trying to smuggle weapons from Slovakia to mount attacks in England. The three--Fintan O'Farrell, 39; Declan Rafferty, 42; and Michael McDonald, 44, all members of the Real IRA--pleaded guilty last week to charges of trying to obtain illegal weapons and conspiring to cause explosions in England. They were caught in an undercover sting by British intelligence.