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Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Today in History

331BC
Alexander the Great decisively shatters King Darius III’s Persian army at Gaugamela (Arbela), in a tactical masterstroke that leaves him master of the Persian Empire.
1273
Rudolf of Habsburg is elected emperor in Germany.
1588
The feeble Sultan Mohammed Shah of Persia, hands over power to his 17-year old son Abbas.
1791
In Paris, the National Legislative Assembly holds its first meeting.
1839
The British government decides to send a punitive naval expedition to China.
1847
Maria Mitchell, an American astronomer, discovers a comet and is elected the same day to the American Academy of Arts—the first woman to be so honored. The King of Denmark will award her a gold medal for her discovery.
1856
The first installment of Gustave Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary appears in the Revue de Paris after the publisher refuses to print a passage in which the character Emma has a tryst in the back seat of a carriage.
1864
The Condor, a British blockade-runner, is grounded near Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
1878
General Lew Wallace is sworn in as governor of New Mexico Territory. He goes on to deal with the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid and write Ben-Hur. His Civil War heroics earned him the moniker Savior of Cincinnati.
1890
Yosemite National Park is dedicated in California.
1908
The Ford Model T, the first car for millions of Americans, hits the market. Over 15 million Model Ts are eventually sold, all of them black.
1942
The German Army grinds to a complete halt within the city of Stalingrad.
1943
British troops in Italy enter Naples and occupy Foggia airfield.
1944
The U.S. First Army begins the siege Aachen, Germany.
1946
Eleven Nazi war criminals are sentenced to be hanged at Nuremberg trials—Hermann Goring, Alfred Jodl, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Fritz Sauckel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Julius Streicher, and Alfred Rosenberg.
1947
First flight of F-86 Sabre jet fighter, which would win fame in the Korean War.
1949
Mao Zedong establishes the People’s Republic of China.
1957
“In God We Trust” appears on US paper currency as an act to distinguish the US from the officially atheist USSR; the motto had appeared on coins at various times since 1864.
1958
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) replaces the 43-year-old National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in the US.
1960
Nigeria becomes independent from the UK.
1961
The Federal Republic of Cameroon is formed by the merger of East and West Cameroon.
1962
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson debuts; Carson will remain The Tonight Show host until 1992.
1964
The first Free Speech Movement protest erupts spontaneously on the University of California, Berkeley campus; students demanded an end to the ban of on-campus political activities.
1964
Japanese “bullet trains” (Shinkansen) begin high-speed rail transit between Tokyo and Osaka.
1971
Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, the second of Disney’s “Magic Kingdoms.”
1971
The first CT or CAT brain scan is performed at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.
1974
Five Nixon aides–Kenneth Parkinson, Robert Mardian, Nixon’s Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell–go on trial for conspiring to hinder the Watergate investigation.
1975
A legendary boxing match takes place where Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the “Thrilla in Manila.”
1979
The US returns sovereignty of the Panama Canal to Panama.
1982
The first compact disc player is released by Sony.
1989
Denmark introduces the world’s first “civil union” law granting same-sex couples certain legal rights and responsibilities but stopping short of recognizing same-sex marriages.
1991
The Siege of Dubrovnik begins in the Croatian War of Independence.
2009
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over judicial functions of the House of Lords.

The People Who Slowly Turn to Bone

Stone Man Syndrome is a very rare condition in which a person’s tissues turn to bone. Ratherm when the body tries to repair anything, it uses bone tissue, even when that's not appropriate. The disease so rare that even identifying it is difficult, much less getting funding for research into it. Some of the images in this video may be disturbing for sensitive souls. 
Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out tells us about fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). Learn more about the genetic disease at the International FOP Association. -

What Happens to Your Brain When You Stop Exercising

by Ellie Kincaid
When you fall off exercise, you may feel like your fitness levels tank, and fast. Turns out, that’s not just a feeling. For endurance junkies, your ability to take in oxygen for cardio decreases seven percent with just three weeks of rest, and exercise newbies are back to square one after four weeks off. In the long term, your body fat percentage, endurance levels, and insulin sensitivity all suffer if your break from exercise goes on and on.
But what’s possibly most disturbing is what happens to your brain. You miss out on the boost of blood flow to the brain exercise gives you according to a study published in August in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
Researchers from the University of Maryland made a hard ask of their study participants — for endurance athletes, who ran an average of 35 miles per week and had been training for about 30 years, to take ten whole days off. Not just take it easy, but completely stop exercising or doing other vigorous physical activity. The researchers even called the athletes to check in and remind them not to sneak in a run. Then they used MRI scans to measure changes in blood flow to the athlete’s brains before and after the break.
After taking all that time off their normal exercise routines, the study participants showed less blood flow to regions of the brain including the hippocampus, which is involved in memory. But even with the reduced blood flow, the athletes didn’t lose ground on the cognitive tests the researchers gave them.
The study results aren’t a reason to worry if you go on vacation and don’t get to work out for a week, J. Carson Smith, associate professor of kinesiology at UMD who led the study, told the New York Times

Pittsburgh Affordable Housing Is Replaced by Whole Foods Store in Epitome of Gentrification

The Quickest (and Only) Way to Get Rid Of Your Awful Garlic Breath

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The Quickest (and Only) Way to Get Rid Of Your Awful Garlic Breath
Eating this food may work even better than brushing your teeth

The Best and Worst Salad Toppings

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The Best and Worst Salad Toppings, According to R.D.s
The must-eats aren't ALL veggies.

Guys Taste Test A $4 Burger And A $777 Burger To See How They Measure Up

Foodies are paying a fortune these days for basic burgers they believe to be "gourmet" because they're made with upscale ingredients that make them worth the inflated price.
But just because your $777 burger has lobster, foie gras and 100-year-old balsamic vinegar on it and comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon doesn't make it much better than an $18 burger.
Keith and Steven from BuzzFeed Video taste tested a $4 burger from The Habit Burger Grill, an $18 burger from Gordon Ramsay's BURGR, and the ridiculously decadent $777 burger from Burger Brasserie, which they both agreed was an "experience" to eat.
Surprisingly, the average price for a Burger Brasserie's burger is about $15, but seeing as how it's located in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel they're probably hoping high rollers will drop the dough just for the bragging rights.

Wonder Woman confirmed 'queer'

Is Diana Prince gay?
“Wonder Woman” creator Steve Rucka, who is currently exploring the superhero’s origin story in the “Year One” storyline he is making together with artist Nicola Scott, confirmed that Diana is indeed queer.
Note: the representative photo above is of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman.
Whether she is gay or not is not in question - the character in the comics is gay.
(It is a pity we have to add these "disclaimer" notices, but ignorant trolls - in particular the wingnut variety - cannot make the connection or lack there of to reality and will assail us with their drivel anyway.)

90-Year-Old Dick Van Dyke Confesses the Secret to Being With a (Much) Younger Woman

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90-Year-Old Dick Van Dyke Confesses the Secret to Being With a (Much) Younger Woman
The entertainment icon also reveals the insane ways he almost died

Falling In Like with Your Partner Is More Important Than Falling in Love

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‘You turned my life upside down’

In a story that has become ubiquitous, another male student avoided jail time after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a student on the Iowa State campus.

Wingnut Utah state senate candidate lectures mourner of dead gay teen about the ‘sin of homosexuality’

A 19-year-old gay man named Braxton Taylor tragically took his own life this week, and many people in his community have posted messages on social media mourning his loss.

Marijuana smoker unhappy after being given six-month bus ban for being too smelly

A man from Bremerton in Kitsap County, Washington, is not happy after being banned from riding on buses for six months because of his smell. Not because of body odor, but because of the overwhelming smell of marijuana. Matthew Little is even banned from standing at bus stops.
According to Kitsap Transit, passengers can be banned for reeking of cat urine, human feces, bad body odor, among other bad smells. They are warned at least three times. “From time to time, I smell like I just smoked some marijuana probably because I just did," Little admits. Kitsap Transit accused Little of emitting an odor on buses that “unreasonably disturbs others,” and has banned him for six months.
Kitsap Transit say that after at least four documented complaints, they banned Little for “carrying the odor of marijuana on the bus, clothes, on his person,” according to a notice of exclusion sent to Little. They say the smell was so bad, “the driver began to choke and had to cover her nose,” and that Little “chose to ignore repeated warnings that violating our rules of conduct would result in his exclusion.” They also say that Little allegedly verbally abused a bus driver earlier this month. Little claims he never cursed at the driver.
When asked what he thinks he smells like, Little responded: “Ganga or Karl Lagerfeld." Kitsap Transit's 2013 Code of Conduct has no mention of marijuana or its smell at all, even though medical and recreational marijuana is legal. "I think it needs to be revisited," said Little. Kitsap Transit’s spokesman says he’s not aware of any plan to revise the code of conduct at this time. They insist they are ‘not singling out marijuana odor, but when it makes customers or drivers physically ill it's not acceptable.’ Little is appealing the ban.

10 Times Police Killed the People They Were Called to Save

Man found sleeping in stolen pick-up truck

A Florida man found sleeping in the parking lot of a Walmart in Jupiter was arrested for the theft of a truck on Friday. A caller advised police that the truck's driver was passed out behind the wheel of the truck, which was still running in its parking space. An officer arrived and found 25-year-old Robert Hardister, from Stuart, sleeping with his head on the steering wheel of a 1998 Ford F-150 truck, which had been identified as stolen.
The officer opened the truck door, removed the keys from the ignition, awakened Hardister and had him step to the rear of the vehicle where he was arrested. Hardister told police he paid a friend $20 to borrow the truck so he could move some furniture to his new apartment later in the evening.
He said he was trying to catch a couple of hours of sleep in the parking lot before going to work one of his construction projects in the area, according to Jupiter police. Hardister told the officer he was unaware the truck was stolen. He is charged with Grand Theft of an automobile.

Police hunt thieves who stole nearly $4,000 worth of alcohol and a box of fried chicken

Police in Florida need help identifying three people accused of stealing nearly $4,000 worth of alcohol and a box of fried chicken in a series of thefts at Publix stores.
Flagler County deputies said the alleged thieves were seen on surveillance video shoplifting champagne, wine, beer, fried chicken and reusable shopping bags on Thursday.
The first theft happened at a Publix on Belle Terre Parkway, where about $600 worth of wine and champagne was stolen, deputies said. The second theft happened about an hour later at a store on Palm Coast Parkway.
There the thieves got away with $2,848 worth of merchandise, including wine, champagne, a box of fried chicken and six reusable shopping bags. An hour after that, deputies said the thieves targeted another Publix on Belle Terre Parkway, but a witness confronted the thieves and they rushed out of the store, deputies said. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office.

Intruder found shaving his head in couple's bathroom wanted a hug

A woman from Keizer, Oregon, says that she and her husband walked in on an intruder shaving his head in their bathroom. Pat Koskela, 64, said the encounter only got stranger from there. She said the suspect, Erica Avila, 39, did not make any threats as he held one of her husband's disposable razors in his hand, and that he was actually quite talkative, even affectionate. But she said she had to ask him to leave repeatedly. Koskela was home alone at around 5:45pm on Tuesday at her house. "I was in the bedroom in there working on the computer and my husband was at the store," said Koskela.
She said she heard her two dogs barking loudly but thought they were just yapping at her husband, John. After a few minutes, Koskela looked up and saw her husband outside the bedroom door, which is right next to the bathroom. "I said, 'Have you been home for about five minutes?' He goes, 'No,' and then he looks at me," Koskela said. "He has this really funny face and he goes, 'Who's your friend?' and I go, 'What?' so that's when we realized somebody was here." Police identified that somebody as Avila.
Koskela said Avila was shaving his head without shaving cream and they quickly realised he was a stranger. "He was rambling on about, 'Well, I know somebody that used to live here and I want to buy this place' and just a bunch of stuff," Koskela said. She believes Avila broke open an outside gate and came in through a sliding glass door, which she'd left open for her dogs while she was in her bedroom. Koskela said she and her husband were cordial with Avila and he wasn't threatening, but for a while he just wouldn't leave. "Every time we start to suggest that he leave or open the door, whatever," Koskela said, "he'd ask my husband another question."
Eventually, she said she put her foot down and threatened to call 911. "I said I need you to leave now and then he started to go," Koskela said. "He actually wanted to hug me before he left and I said, 'I'm not comfortable with that either.'" Koskela said after Avila left they called the police. Officers arrived and arrested Avila about a half-mile away. He faced a judge over a burglary charge in the case on Wednesday. Court records show Avila was previously found guilty of methamphetamine possession three times. Deputies at the Marion County Jail said they had to wait several hours before taking a new mug shot of him because was uncooperative and he appeared high. Koskela added that even without shaving cream, Avila didn't cut himself shaving.

Burglar found with drugs taped to his penis said he was trying to hide them from his wife

A burglar caught with 13 wraps of amphetamine sellotaped to his penis said he was trying to hide them from his wife. Mark Wright,43, from Sunderland, was arrested for trying to break into a house and was subjected to a strip search while in police custody. During the procedure, officers found the packages of white powder, which turned out to be amphetamine, attached to his genitals.Prosecutor Neil Pallister told Newcastle Crown Court: “While in custody, the defendant was subjected to a full body search and 13 wraps of white powder were found strapped to his penis and testicles. On them being discovered, he said ‘It’s whizz, for personal use’.” He had used sellotape to hold the drugs in place and Wright said he had been trying to hide them from his wife.
Wright, who has served prison sentences for burglaries in the past, had been arrested by police who caught him trying to break into a house in Sunderland, on August 25. He admitted attempted burglary and possession of amphetamine. Recorder Christopher Williams sentenced Wright, who has spent a month in custody on remand, to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation requirements. The judge said he accepted Wright had done well since his release from prison.
He told him: “I accept you are disappointed in yourself. It is in your hands now.” Alec Burns, defending, said, despite Wright’s bad criminal record, he had found work since his last jail term and was staying away from trouble. Mr Burns said: “He was taking amphetamine to allow him to work longer hours. He had to buy the drugs and got into debt. He was hiding the fact he was using drugs again from his wife, who would have stopped him had she known.“ Mr Burns said the attempted break-in was a blip, not a sign Wright, who still has a job open to him, was going back to his “old ways”.

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