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Today in History

Umar of Arabia is assassinated at Medina and is succeeded as caliph by Uthman.
Christopher Columbus discovers Guadeloupe during his second expedition.
William III and Mary of England wed on William’s birthday.
Following the Russian capture of Berlin, Frederick II of Prussia defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Torgau.
General Arthur St. Clair, governor of Northwest Territory, is badly defeated by a large Indian army near Fort Wayne.
Congress agrees to pay a yearly tribute to Tripoli, considering it the only way to protect U.S. shipping.
Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill.
Florence Nightingale and her nurses arrive in the Crimea.
From the main Confederate Army at Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet‘s troops are sent northeast to besiege Knoxville.
Austria signs an armistice with the Allies.
The U.S. Postmaster General orders all homes to get mailboxes or relinquish delivery of mail.
The entrance to King Tut’s tomb is discovered.
Calvin Coolidge is elected the 30th president of the United States.
Nellie Tayloe Ross and Miriam Ferguson are elected the first and second women governors (Wyoming and Texas).
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is established.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected 34th president of the United States.
Russian troops attack Budapest, Hungary.
At the American Embassy in Teheran, Iran, 90 people, including 63 Americans, are taken hostage by militant student followers of Ayatollah Khomeini. The students demand the return of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who is undergoing medical treatment in New York City.
Ronald Reagan is elected the 40th president of the United States.
Carol Moseley Braun becomes the first African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
Senator Barack Obama of Illinois is elected the 44th president of the United States, the first African-American to hold that position.

Glitter Must Be Banned

27 Words that Totally Changed Meanings

The way people interpret a word can totally change depending on the context. The very first story in this video illustrates that: Because Bugs Bunny used a fairly unfamiliar word, it must be an insult. And it's been considered so ever since. There are plenty of terms that have gone through a change, for many different reasons. Language evolves quickly, even in one lifetime. You'll be surprised by some of what you'll learn in the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show.

The Story of a Little Old House

Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell recently moved from an apartment to a 115-year-old row house. The doors are so small that she couldn't get her existing furniture in the rooms they were meant to go, so she had to replace most of it with IKEA pieces to be assembled in place. The procedure made her wonder about the history of the house. How did people move their furniture to a new home 100 years ago? That question led her into research that we all wish we could do on our older homes. She found some actual data on the address, and added in speculation about its inhabitants and their lifestyle. 
In order to glean how working people moved back in the early 1900s, I decided to focus on a few key areas of research:
    What kind of wages the family would make, what they would spend it on and what kind of local industry they might have participated in.
    What kind of stuff was being moved; (AKA what kind of furniture these folks bought and how much it cost
    What the costs were of moving services during this time, and whether they were affordable for the family in question.
The result is a fascinating look at working class home life in the early 1900s, complete with furniture prices and historical photographs.

Dad Catches Creepy Neighbor In His Attic Spying On His Family

There's a huge difference between thinking someone is spying on you and actually finding out they are, and the difference is mostly in how much sleep you get and how safe you feel in your own home.When Jerome and Ashley Kennedy began hearing strange noises in their attic late at night they thought they might have rats, but then Jerome saw a light shining through a pipe above his head and knew something wasn't right.
So he installed a camera in his attic and found to his horror that his neighbor, 69-year-old Robert Havrilla, had been creeping around in their attic:
According to reports, Robert was renovating his own space next door to the Kennedy home, and he’d installed a removable wall to gain access to their attic.
But that wasn’t all: Jerome discovered that Robert had apparently drilled multiple holes in a common wall in order to spy on the family.
The neighbor was arrested and has pled not guilty to charges of trespassing and stalking. The Kennedys hope that he will be charged for his alleged crimes so that they can sleep soundly at night.

South Carolina cops refuse to charge woman for stabbing man accused of molesting her 13-year-old daughter

The teen was staying with her aunt and was attacked by the aunt’s boyfriend, identified as 26-year-old Alexander Bush, while she was sleeping.

A boy’s slow strangling death was foreshadowed by his mom’s crazy messages on the walls

Charging documents filed in Kitsap County in Washington state accuse the mother of a 9-year-old boy of second-degree murder by “homicidal asphyxiation.”
Ryan Tyler Rosales was found dead in his home in Seabeck, Washington, early Tuesday after family members called 911 saying he was “not breathing” and “had bumps on his face.”

Craigslist's Erotic Services Site Appears to Have Reduced Female Homicide Rates by 17 Percent

Internet celebrates the ‘legendary’ Twitter employee that deactivated Dumbass Trump’s account

A few hours after Dumbass Trump’s Twitter account went dark for a blissful 11 minutes, the company responded to the incident, claiming it was the result of human error on a customer service employee’s last day.

The wingnuts’ favorite Internet personality was just outed as a Russian troll

Jenna Abrams’ tweets were beloved, at times, by both the alt-right and the celebrity blogosphere. Now, Congressional investigators have confirmed that her Twitter account was actually run out of St. Petersburg, Russia’s infamous troll farm.

Worrying About the Future of the Country Is Stressing Us the Hell Out

worrying about politics is stressing everyone outWorrying About the Future of the Country Is Stressing Us the Hell Out
Americans are more stressed about the country than money or work, according to a new study

If You Can't Afford $4,500 for a Dose of Medicine, You Don't Get to Live

Medical marijuana is helping people for many more health problems than just pain

On Wednesday, the health department of the state of Pennsylvania unveiled a landmark registry for its residents who use medical marijuana. The new website will serve as a one-stop hub connecting patients and caregivers to growers, dispensaries, labs and physicians. More than 100 doctors are already linked to the program, with another 200 currently in training. By May of 2018, applicants should be able to pick up their prescriptions anywhere in the state. 
Medical marijuana is helping people for many more health problems than just pain

The Feds Think Pot Is a Greater Threat Than Opioids

Papa John Attacks The NFL And First Amendment After His Shitty Pizza Loses Him A Small Fortune

Rather than take personal responsibility for the losses, CEO John Schnatter is making excuses. NFL players, both black and white, have been taking a knee...

The Big Banks Are Committing Major Crimes Against Our Climate

Incoming environment adviser thinks air is too clean

One of the new White House appointees to a critical environmental panel once said that the air these days is just too clean to promote good health.
Robert Phalen, an air pollution researcher at the Irvine campus of the University of California, said in 2012 that children need to breathe irritants so that their bodies learn how to ward them off.

The Women Miners in Pants Who Shocked Victorian Britain

In the Victorian age, coal mining in Britain paid so little that not only did a miner work long hours underground, so did his wife and children. Women and children were paid half as much as a man, but every little bit helped keep the family fed. An inspection of a Staffordshire mine in 1841 revealed women and children as young as five working underground. What shocked the commissioners the most was how the women were dressed. They would ditch their shirts to work in the hot mines, and even worse, they wore trousers!
But women miners had few options when it came to clothing: flimsier, cooler clothing, which revealed the contours of their body, were seen as “an invitation to promiscuity.” Trousers, and other practical garments, were “unwomanly”—and often led to wardrobe malfunctions. In his 1842 speech to Parliament, Lord Ashley described how the work sometimes wore holes in the crotch of these women and girls’ trousers: “The chain passing high up between the legs of two girls, had worn large holes in their trousers. Any sight more disgustingly indecent or revolting can scarcely be imagined than these girls at work. No brothel can beat it.” (What’s especially striking about these observations is that they seem more concerned about the modesty of the women than that they toiled in life-threatening situations.)
When women and children under ten were forbidden to work underground, they sought jobs up top sorting coal. The women at the mines in Wigan, still wearing trousers, became a tourist attraction for those wanting to witness such a scandal. Read about the pants-wearing women of the mines at Atlas Obscura.

The Cruel Exploitation of Farmworkers Continues Unabated

One Muslim Woman Is Helping Countless Others to Defend Themselves Against Hate Crimes

White boy attacks black girl who asked his friends to stop using the N-word

California teen says she was attacked by a white boy after she asked his friends to stop using racial slurs.

ICE Horror Stories: Astonishing Levels of Taxpayer-Funded Cruelty Against Undocumented Immigrants

Cosmic-ray imaging finds hidden structure in Egypt's Great Pyramid

Scientists using an imaging method based on cosmic rays have detected a large and enigmatic internal structure in the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing, the massive Great Pyramid of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo.
Researchers announced the discovery on Thursday but said they did not know the purpose, contents or precise dimensions of what they are calling a “void” or “cavity” inside the pyramid, built as a monumental tomb around 2560 BC.
To peer inside the pyramid, the scientists used an imaging technique called muon tomography that tracks particles that bombard Earth at close to the speed of light and penetrate deeply into solid objects.
The ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest it has been since 1988, scientists announced on Thursday.
The ozone hole, which forms over the icy continent each September, was measured at its peak this year on September 11 over an area two and half times the size of the U.S., said NASA. From then on, the size declined throughout September and into October.

Two Mechanisms Help Regions Resist Alien Invasions

Two Mechanisms Help Regions Resist Alien Invasions
Invasive species can be hugely detrimental to marine ecosystems. Take Caulerpa taxifolia as an example.Dubbed “killer algae” because it crowds out other plants and...

Farmers Urged to Bury Their Underpants for Better Beef

The latest advice for farmers sounds like a superstition: to improve yields, dig a hole in your field and bury your underpants for two months. If you have several fields, you'll need to cough up more underwear. The idea began with the "Soil My Undies" challenge from the California Farmers’ Guild, and is now recommended by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). But it's no old wives' tale. The underwear must be made of cotton, and the result is a relatively cheap and easy soil test.
Evan Wiig, Executive Director of the California Farmers’ Guild, said: “Cotton is an organic material and breaks down naturally just like anything else you’d put in your compost pile. So if you bury cotton in soil teeming with life, all those creatures will begin to feast.
“If you have dead soil, if it is totally lifeless you should be able to pull the pants out of the ground, throw it in the washing machine and put them on like nothing ever happened. If you have incredibly healthy soil, you should have nothing left but an elastic strap.”
Soil that is worked over by microbes, insects, and worms will be more nutritious for the plants that grow there, and for the animals that graze the fields. Read more about the underpants test at the Telegraph.

Origin of life on Earth gets new theory

Move over, RNA. Proteins too were involved in the origin of life on Earth, a new theory on the subject claims, challenging the dominant “RNA-world” hypothesis which says only nucleic acids were the primary molecules responsible for kick-starting the process.

Kenyan censor outraged as gay lions spotted having sex

A photograph of two male lions in an apparent sexual encounter has caused quite a stir in Kenya—and the head of the country’s film censorship board thinks that the animals must have learned their behavior from humans.

Animal Pictures