[Daily article] August 8: Christ Illusion

Christ Illusion is the tenth studio album by the American thrash metal
band Slayer. Released on August 8, 2006, the album received generally
favorable critical reviews, and it entered the Billboard 200 at number
5—the band’s second highest U.S. chart position. Christ Illusion
includes the Grammy Award-winning songs “Eyes of the Insane” and “Final
Six”, and is the band’s first studio album to feature original drummer
Dave Lombardo since 1990’s Seasons in the Abyss. Depicting a mutilated
Christ painted by longtime collaborator Larry Carroll, the album’s
graphic artwork courted controversy. An alternative cover was issued to
conservative retailers who felt uncomfortable with the original. The
band also put out a self-censored cover without the controversial
artwork. Lyrics, particularly in the song “Jihad”, describe the
September 11 attacks from the perspective of a terrorist. Following
protests, all Indian stocks of the album were recalled and destroyed by
EMI India.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The cornerstone of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe’s observatory
Uraniborg was laid on the island of Hven.


Michel-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat completed the first
recorded ascent of Mont Blanc in the Alps, an act considered to be the
birth of modern mountaineering.


The first prototype of the Convair B-36 Peacemaker, the first
nuclear weapon delivery vehicle to be mass-produced, flew for the first


A major mining disaster killed 262 workers, mainly Italian
nationals, at the Bois du Cazier coal mine in Belgium.


Eight people died and 64 more were injured when a EuroCity
express train en route to Prague, Czech Republic struck a part of a
motorway bridge that had fallen onto the track near Studénka station in
the Czech Republic and derailed.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

Want of quiet; want of tranquility in body or mind; anxiety,
disturbance, restlessness, uneasiness.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.  
–Emiliano Zapata

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