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Monday, September 5, 2016

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Today in History

1666
The Fire of London is extinguished after two days.
1664
After days of negotiation, the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam surrenders to the British, who will rename it New York.
1792
Maximilien Robespierre is elected to the National Convention in France.
1804
US Navy lieutenant Richard Somers and members of his crew are buried at Tripoli; they died when USS Intrepid exploded while entering Tripoli harbor on a mission to destroy the enemy fleet there during the First Barbary War.
1816
Louis XVIII of France dissolves the chamber of deputies, which has been challenging his authority.
1859
Harriot E. Wilson’s Our Nig, is published, the first U.S. novel by an African American woman.
1867
The first shipment of cattle leaves Abilene, Kansas, on a Union Pacific train headed to Chicago.
1870
Author Victor Hugo returns to Paris from the Isle of Guernsey where he had lived in exile for almost 20 years.
1877
The great Sioux warrior Crazy Horse is fatally bayoneted at age 36 by a soldier at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
1878
Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Bill Tilghman and Clay Allison, four of the West’s most famous gunmen, meet in Dodge City, Kansas.
1905
The Russian-Japanese War ends as representatives of the combating empires, meeting in New Hampshire, sign the Treaty of Portsmouth. Japan achieves virtually all of its original war aims.
1910
Marie Curie demonstrates the transformation of radium ore to metal at the Academy of Sciences in France.
1944
Germany launches its first V-2 missile at Paris, France.
1958
Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in an Alabama protest for loitering and fined $14 for refusing to obey police.
1960
Leopold Sedar Sengingor, poet and politician, is elected president of Senegal, Africa.
1969
Charges are brought against US lieutenant William Calley in the March 1968 My Lai Massacre during Vietnam War.
1972
“Black September,” a Palestinian terrorist group take 11 Israeli athletes hostage at the Olympic Games in Munich; by midnight all hostages and all but 3 terrorists are dead.
1975
Ford evades an assassination attempt in Sacramento, California.
1977
Hanns-Martin Schleyer, a German business executive who headed to powerful organization and had been an SS officer during WW2, is abducted by the left-wing extremist group Red Army Faction, who execute him on Oct. 18.
1977
Voyager 1 space probe launched.
1978
Israel’s Menachem Begin and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat begin discussions on a peace process, at Camp David, Md.
1980
World’s longest tunnel opens; Switzerland’s St. Gotthard Tunnel stretches 10.14 miles (16.224 km) from Goschenen to Airolo.
1984
Space Shuttle Discovery lands afters its maiden voyage.
1996
Hurricane Fran comes ashore near Cape Fear, No. Car. It will kill 27 people and cause more than $3 billion in damage.

5 Forgotten Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm collected so many folk tales that the entire Disney catalog barely scratches the surface. Some are too short for their own feature films, while others just don’t make much sense at all. And a few are definitely nightmare material. Check out five fairy tales that you may have never heard of at mental_floss, featuring several talking sausages, clever and not-so-clever animals, and drunk sewing implements.

Michelangelo painted a ‘secret feminist code’ in the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Researchers say that Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo hid multiple symbols of female reproductive organs and pagan symbols for femininity and fertility within Rome’s Sistine Chapel.

The Mae West Malfunction

There are names for the different ways a parachute can go wrong. The above picture shows what’s called a “Mae West  malfunction.” Can you guess why? According to Wikipedia:
A "Mae West" or "blown periphery" is a type of round parachute malfunction that contorts the shape of the canopy into the outward appearance of a brassiere, presumably one suitable for a buxom woman having the proportions of the late actress Mae West. The column of nylon fabric, buffeted by the wind, rapidly heats from friction and opposite sides of the canopy fuse together in a narrow region, removing any chance of the canopy opening fully.
This is just one of a half-dozen things named after Mae West you can read about at Weird Universe.

Some breast cancer patients with low genetic risk could skip chemotherapy

Some breast cancer patients with low genetic risk could skip chemotherapy
Some breast cancer patients with low genetic risk could skip chemotherapy
Early-stage breast cancer patients whose tumors carry genetic markers associated with a low risk of disease recurrence may not need to undergo chemotherapy, suggests a new study that employed a test devised by a UC San Francisco researcher. In the study, reported Aug....

6 Bad Things That Happen To Your Body When You Sleep Too Much

sleep too much6 Bad Things That Happen To Your Body When You Sleep Too Much
It’s not just shortchanging your shuteye that can be dangerous

Why so Serious?

Cocaine and the brain

Snorted, smoked, or injected, cocaine quickly enters the bloodstream and the brain to help users achieve their high. Cocaine addicts compulsively continue to take the drug even when they know it can cost them their jobs, possessions, loved ones, and even their lives, but why? A recent study published in Biological Psychiatry suggests a brain molecule is activated to trigger compulsive drug-seeking behavior, which leads to cocaine addiction.

Oklahoma rocked by 5.6 earthquake Saturday morning

An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 hit the state of Oklahoma on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey reported.
It said the quake struck 15 km (10 miles) northwest of Pawnee in the north of the state and was 6.6 km deep.
There were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties.

Alabama library threatens readers with 30 days in jail for overdue books

The Athens-Limestone public library is awaiting the return of over $200,000 worth of overdue books, with the library’s director saying the readers who aren’t bringing books back are basically stealing from taxpayers.

In Midst Of Phone-Hacking Scandal, Murdoch's Fox 'News' Hacked Media Matters Phone Records

In Midst Of Phone-Hacking Scandal, Murdoch's Fox News Hacked Media Matters Phone Records

Tech Bro who kicked girlfriend 117 times and attacked a 2nd woman is back in charge at his company

Gurbaksh Chahal — the 33-year-old tech CEO who stepped down in July after violating his probation for a vicious assault on his girlfriend — is back at the helm of his startup, the ad tech company Gravity4.

Man avoided conviction for driving without a license due to ’window envelope fear’

A man prosecuted of committing a series of minor traffic violations in southern Sweden has been partially let off the hook after the court heard he had a phobia of official letters, or so-called “window envelopes”. The 49-year-old man appeared in court after having driven his unregistered scooter under the influence of alcohol and without a license near the town of Vittsj√∂, in southern Sweden. But after stating that he has a phobia of any kind of official-looking mail, known as so-called “window envelopes” in Sweden, the court partially ruled in the man’s favor, saying he could not have known that he needed a license for the scooter without having to open the frightening letters.
The man was arrested for driving without a license, driving under the influence of alcohol and for committing a string of other traffic offenses in July last year and in April this year. Because of his phobia, however, he was not convicted of driving without a license. During his court appearance, the man stated that “purely the sight of [a window envelope letter] results in severe anxiousness” and he therefore didn’t know that he needed a license to ride it.
He also said that he “had probably received letters from the Swedish Transport Agency”, which informed him the scooter was unregistered, but that he in that case had neither opened nor read any of the letters. Despite avoiding the driving without a license offense, the man was fined a total of 7,500 kronor (£660, $870, €780).

Alabama man responds to woman’s offer to help with racial slurs and shotgun threats outside Wal-Mart

Christopher Joseph Lucier was spotted earlier this week attempting to push his vehicle into a parking lot. A woman offered to help Lucier push the vehicle into the parking lot — and police said he apparently became enraged.

Man arrested after using wanted poster as his Facebook profile photo

A Florida man learned this week that a wanted poster may not be the best choice for an online profile photo. Stuart police arrested Mack Yearwood, 42, on Tuesday on an outstanding warrants from Citrus County, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Officers say Yearwood used his “Wanted of the Week” poster from that county as his Facebook profile photo. Police used the photo to help identity him as a suspect in a reported disturbance from Monday night at a home in Stuart.
An officer who responded to the disturbance informed other investigators of Yearwood’s warrants, a department spokesman said. An officer checked a Facebook page, where Yearwood appeared to proudly display his wanted status. Yearwood was located and arrested on two warrants.
He asked to put on a pair of jeans lying on the floor near his bed. As he got dressed, a bag of marijuana fell out of his pocket, police said. A charge of possession of cannabis under 20 grams was added. Jail records indicate that Yearwood works as a carpenter for a construction company in Jupiter. He was wanted by Citrus County authorities for violation of probation on two counts of battery, police said.

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The Power of Lightning is Terrifying

Most of us take lightning for granted, thinking that as long as we aren't under a tree, out swimming or swinging a golf club, we'll be OK. But it's easy to forget how dangerous it can be. A recent tragedy in Norway reminds us just how deadly it can be.
In fact, one single strike of lightning killed a whopping 323 reindeer died all at once when a lightning strike hit the herd that was huddled together -presumably thinking that would keep them safe.

The supernova that wasn’t

The supernova that wasn’t: A tale of 3 cosmic eruptions
The supernova that wasn’t: A tale of 3 cosmic eruptions
In the mid-1800s, astronomers surveying the night sky in the Southern Hemisphere noticed something strange: Over the course of a few years, a previously inconspicuous star named Eta Carinae grew brighter and brighter, eventually outshining all other stars except...

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