This natural phenomenon is simply amazing: about once a year a veritable wall of sea foam, sometimes reaching heights up to 9 feet, smashes on to shore. In order for this freaky event to occur certain factors need to be present: it's created by wind and waves churning up organic matter in the ocean. Decaying algae offshore are also often a major contributor.
In syllabic verse, such as that used in French literature, an alexandrine is a line of twelve syllables. There is some controversy as to the origin of the name, but most probably it is derived from a collection of Alexandrine romances, collected in the 12th century, of which Alexander the Great was the hero, written entirely in alexandrines.
Lavoisier, also known as The Father of Modern Chemistry, was guillotined on May 8, 1794 (during the Reign of Terror) in Paris, at the age of 50, along with his 27 co-defendants. Although widely circulated as being true (doubtful) Lavoisier apparently requested a 15 day stay of execution in order to finish his research.