[Daily article] March 19: Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a 2004 science fiction action horror film
filmed in Toronto, Canada, directed by Alexander Witt and written by
Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the second installment in the Resident Evil
film series, which is based on the video game series of the same name.
Milla Jovovich (pictured) reprises her role as Alice, and is joined by
Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine and Oded Fehr as Carlos Oliveira.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is set directly after the events of the first
film, where Alice escaped from an underground facility overrun by
zombies. She now bands together with other survivors to escape the
zombie outbreak which has spread to the fictional Raccoon City. The film
borrows elements from several games in the Resident Evil series,
including the characters Valentine and Oliveira and the villain Nemesis.
While it received mostly negative reviews from critics for its plot, the
film was praised for its action sequences. Of the six films in the
series, it has the lowest approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Earning
$129 million worldwide on a $45 million budget, it surpassed the box
office gross of the original film.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1865:

American Civil War: The last battle of the Carolinas Campaign,
the Battle of Bentonville, began, which contributed to the ultimate
Union victory in the war.

1915:

Pluto was photographed for the first time, 15 years before it
was officially discovered by Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory.

1979:

The American cable television network C-SPAN, dedicated to
airing non-stop coverage of government proceedings and public affairs
programming, was launched.

1987:

American televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as the head of The
PTL Club in the midst of a sex scandal.

2008:

The gamma-ray burst GRB 080319B (artist’s impression pictured),
the farthest object that could be seen by the naked eye, was observed.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

pingo:
1. (geomorphology) A conical mound of earth with an ice core caused by
permafrost uplift, particularly if lasting more than a year. […]
2. (Sri Lanka, dated) A flexible pole supported on one shoulder, with a
load suspended from each end; a carrying pole or carrying yoke.
3. (Sri Lanka, dated) A weight equivalent to that which can be carried
using a pingo.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  In war, science has proven itself an evil genius; it has made war
more terrible than it ever was before. Man used to be content to
slaughter his fellowmen on a single plane — the earth’s surface.
Science has taught him to go down into the water and shoot up from below
and to go up into the clouds and shoot down from above, thus making the
battlefield three times a bloody as it was before; but science does not
teach brotherly love. Science has made war so hellish that civilization
was about to commit suicide; and now we are told that newly discovered
instruments of destruction will make the cruelties of the late war seem
trivial in comparison with the cruelties of wars that may come in the
future.  
–William Jennings Bryan

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