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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Today in History

585 BC A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside of Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw.
1805 Napoleon is crowned in Milan, Italy.
1830 Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie.
1863 The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina.
1859 The French army launches a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
1871 The Paris commune is suppressed by troops from Versailles.
1900 Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa.
1940 Belgium surrenders to Germany.
1953 Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers.
1961 Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.

Non Sequitur


50 Most Amazing Summer Camps In The U.S.

A good summer camp should be a safe and magical place where girls and boys can make friends, discover new passions and learn to be independent. Here, they are taught values such as teamwork and cooperation - all while surrounded by majestic lakes, mountains, woodlands and wide-open spaces so often lacking in congested cities.
More often than not, kids find out who they are and what makes them tick. Here are 50 of the most incredible summer camps in the United States.

The Monument To The Battle Of Nations

The Biggest Monument In Europe  
The shadow of a new war was already casting a long shadow in 1913. Yet it was the year when the people of the city of Leipzig in the German state of Saxony saw the completion of their monument to a battle which had taken place exactly a century before.
The Monument to the Battle of Nations commemorated the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig. However, for almost a century after its inauguration, this remembrance of a battle of the past would be used by one group or another for their own ideological purposes.

China's fake Sphinx to be demolished

Residents pose for a photo before a full-size replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza in Donggou village in Shijiazhuang, north China's Hebei province on May 13, 2014
Residents pose for a photo before a full-size replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza in Donggou village in Shijiazhuang, north China's Hebei province on May 13, 2014
A replica of Egypt's iconic Sphinx built in northern China will be dismantled after an Egyptian ministry complained about the structure, state media said Sunday.
A massive replica of the ancient statue was built in Hebei province, the official Xinhua news agency said.
But Egypt's ministry of antiquities complained to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) about the Chinese imitation, it cited a source as saying.
The report quoted an official with a cultural park on the outskirts of the provincial capital Shijiazhuang as saying the imitation would serve only as a temporary scene for shooting movies and television dramas.
"We are very respectful to world cultural heritage and express our apologies for any misunderstanding," added the official, who declined to be named.
The replica, about 80 meters (264 feet) long and 30 meters tall, is made of steel bars and cement.
Already notorious for copying Western goods ranging from trainers to champagne, China is building up its replica reputation with a miniature Mount Rushmore, an Eiffel Tower and an entire Austrian village.
In the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, a park is scattered with sculptures including Michelangelo's David, Rodin's Thinker and the gigantic heads of four American presidents in a trend known as "duplitecture".
An assemblage of Parisian monuments including the Eiffel Tower and a fountain from Versailles stand in the city of Hangzhou, as does a French village.
Among the most eye-popping examples are a copy of the Austrian alpine village and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt in the southern province of Guangdong, which even state media called "a bold example of China's knock-off culture".


Thyme has a powerful ability to kill off bacteria and viruses and should be taken at first signs of a cold or illness. It is a rich source of several essential vitamins such as vitamins A, E, C, K, B-complex and folic acid and it is also one of the best sources of calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, and potassium. Thyme contains antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, and expectorant properties which supports healing throughout the entire body. Thyme is vital to help stimulate memory, prevent nightmares and melancholy, ease headache and muscle tension, soothe coughs, relieve fevers, and fight colds and infections. It also contains a compound called carvacrol which is an excellent natural tranquilizer and has a tonic effect on the entire nervous system. Thyme is a good source of pyridoxine which is known to play an important role in manufacturing GABA levels in the brain, aid in regulating sleep patterns, and benefit neurotransmitter function in the brain. GABA is also one of the best natural defenses against stress damage. Thyme is a great purifying herb for the digestive tract and has been found to destroy certain intestinal hookworms and roundworms and aid in the digestion of rich or fatty foods. Thyme has some of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs. It is packed with bioflavonoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and naringenin which have all been shown to have powerful effects on eliminating free-radicals and other disease producing substances from the body. Thyme oil has been used as a local antiseptic and antimicrobial since ancient times and is highly beneficial in supporting the immune system and for easing fatigue and weakness after illness. Thyme oil can also help to stop hair loss by improving blood flow to the scalp and feeding the roots of the hair. Consider using more fresh thyme in your food by adding it to soups, salads, guacamole, vegetables, potatoes, rice, etc... Fresh thyme also makes a powerful and very healing tea. Steep a handful of fresh sprigs in hot water for at least 10 minutes or it can be soaked overnight in a pitcher of water and sipped throughout the day. Add honey or lemon, if desired.

The Lost Gardens Of Heligan

Nature's Sleeping Beauty
If you want to know if secret gardens really do exist, look no further for England's Lost Gardens of Heligan will likely make you lose yourself in its beauty. The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall is one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK.
The garden, originally created and owned by the Tremayne family, was once an estate that has a number of farms, quarries, woods, brickworks, a flour mill, a saw mill, a brewery, productive orchards and kitchen gardens. It was the center of the community until the First World War broke out which made the family leave the place which turned into a war department.


Long before any of us walked this Earth - and long after we're gone - the ancient trees will be here. You're looking at a Bristlecone Pine, at 4,767 years, one of the 10 oldest trees on the planet. 
The rest are found here


Waterfall of Gods, Godafoss, Iceland by Pere Soler Isern

The Door to Hell

The Hellish Desert Pit That Has Been On Fire For More Than 40 Years
There are places on Earth that are a little creepy, places that feel a little haunted and places that are downright hellish. The Darvaza gas crater, nicknamed by locals 'The Door to Hell,' definitely falls into the latter category. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas.
The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters (230 ft). To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today.

Fairy Rings

In the latest attempt to explain the cause of these circular patches, a group of researchers turned to aerial images.

The Colorado Reaches The Gulf

Aerial photos of the Colorado River pulse flow reaching the Gulf of California.


Nature's Rock Art 
Tafoni - you may not have heard the term but chances are, if you have visited an ocean shore, (or less likely a desert) that you have seen them with your own eyes.
Essentially they are caves (mostly in miniature) and their formation can often result in beautiful patterns. Yet why are they formed in the first place?

Random Photos

Magical Houses From Around The World

Wat Rong Khun


A Village near Lake Chad



Target of Weather Conspiracy Theories Powers Down

HAARP, a scientific research project claimed by conspiracy theorists to be a super-weapon, is closing.

Warmest on Record

The average global temperature for April 2014 was 1.39 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average for the month, which was 56.7 degrees F.

Can We Save Our Cities from Drowning?

The Antarctic ice sheet is melting, and some of the damage is irreversible. Over the next 200 years, the ocean is expected to rise 10 feet, putting many major cities worldwide underwater. Assuming we don't want to live in Waterworld, can we stop it?

El Nino and Climate Change

A trend in El Nino events might explain a recent slow down in rising global temperatures -- and that trend is about to shift toward sharper warming, say scientists.

Daily Comic Relief


Babbling brooks adding to climate change?

Babbling brooks adding to climate change?

Studying stream bubbles isn’t exactly a walk in the park. […]

Antarctic Melt and Volcanoes

Melting glaciers in Antarctica could increase volcanic activity and sea-level rise, reports a new study.

Losing 160 Tons A Year

The Antarctic ice sheet is losing 159 billion tons a year, twice as much as the last measurements recorded.

In the Deep Blue Jurassic Sea

Ancient fossils now reveal that the deep sea may be the origin of many lineages of sea creatures found closer to the surface, such as a number of sea stars, sea urchins and snails.

Coming Tomorrow

Coming Tomorrow
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  • Jack Swirling
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Nikola Tesla
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