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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Daily Drift

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Today in History

1066   Westminster Abbey, the most famous cult in England, opens its doors.  
1574   On the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman are burnt for heresy.  
1610   Thomas West is appointed governor of Virginia.
1704   Indians attack Deerfield, Mass. killing 40 and kidnapping 100.  
1847   Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.  
1861   The territory of Colorado is established.  
1863   Four Union gunboats destroy the CSS Nashville near Fort McAllister, Georgia
1900   After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa, are relieved..  
1916   Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.  
1924   U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict.  
1936   The Japanese Army restores order in Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup.  
1945   U.S. tanks break the natural defense line west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River.  
1946   The U.S. Army declares that it will use V-2 rocket to test radar as an atomic rocket defense system.  
1953   Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-year defense pact in Ankara.  
1967   In Mississippi, 19 are indicted in the slayings of three civil rights workers.  
1969   A Los Angeles court refuses Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan's request to be executed.  
1971   The male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses to give voting rights to women.  
1994   U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in the troubled area.

Culinary DeLites

Pecan pie is always a great treat, but those who truly adore the treat know that the best filling in the world still needs a light, flaky filling to really make the most of the dessert. If you've been having issues nailing the right crust, then maybe you should start thinking outside the pie -that is, consider trying an egg roll wrapper instead. It might sound crazy if you're used to traditional egg rolls that are filled with soy sauce, meat and cabbage, but if you've ever had sweet cream cheese won tons then you know the light dough can be a perfect balance of flaky and crunchy.
Want to try it yourself? Then head over to Capturing Joy for the recipe.

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea has been a faddish drink for the health-conscious for decades. Are its touted benefits the real deal or the stuff of rainbows and unicorns?

Food Additives

Food additives that are commonly used to thicken processed foods may disrupt the bacterial makeup of the gut, causing health problems.

Sleep Longer

Cold and snowy weather make you sleepy? Research shows that's not uncommon.


An innovative British effort to stem sex trafficking in Africa uses belief in magic and witchcraft to help victims.

Random Celebrity Photos


Brigitte and The Dogs on Flickr.
Brigitte Bardot in Paris circa 1954.
Brigitte and The Dogs
Brigitte Bardot in Paris circa 1954.

French man again crowned 'world's best pig squealer'

Noël 'Nono' Jamet the pig squealer from northern France has done it again. His impression of a breastfeeding pig won him the top prize for the sixth year in a row at France's annual agricultural fair in Paris.
Truck driver Monsieur Jamet, 48, dresses up in pink, straps on pig ears and a pig-nose, and then uses a microphone to do pig noises to the best of his ability.
"When it comes to being a breastfeeding pig, you really have to entertain the public," he said after the event at the Agricultural Fair (Salon de l’Agriculture) at the Porte de Versailles.

The competition pulls in the crowds every year to watch competitors grunt and squeal for a chance to win the trophy. When Monsieur Jamet's not acting like a pig at agricultural shows, he can also be found squealing at weddings and birthday bashes. And it's not the kind of skill one can pick up overnight. He's been practicing since the age of 15.

Man unsuccessful in attempt to make passable counterfeit money using printed table napkins

A suspended sentence was handed down recently in a Canadian provincial court to a Lennox Island man who tried to produce counterfeit money using table napkins manufactured with images of $100 bills printed on them.
The court was told that 22-year-old Cass Alder purchased a package of napkins stamped with images of $100 bills, cut the images out of the napkins and secured them to paper using a glue stick.
To ensure the image of the $100 bill was affixed to the paper, it was placed in the oven for a short period of time. Alder then tried to purchase several items at a convenience store with one of the bogus bills. The clerk refused to accept it.
Alder then left the store, leaving the bill behind. His attempt to pass counterfeit money resulted in a term of probation of 18 months. Speaking for himself, Alder said he’d made a lot of mistakes in his life. "It took me a long time to realize I deserved better than this for myself,” he said.

28-year-old man accused of assaulting 92-year-old girlfriend

Memphis police have charged a 28-year-old man with assault after he was accused of choking and shaking his 92-year-old girlfriend. Thomas Standley was arrested on Wednesday morning and charged with domestic assault and assault.
Police were called to a duplex in East Memphis at around 10pm on Tuesday. The victim’s daughter told police that she heard her mother screaming saying “let go of me, you’re hurting me.”
The woman said she went next-door to check on her mother and Standley became angry and pushed her out of the front door. Police arrived at the scene and detained the suspect. The 92-year-old woman told police that the suspect got mad at her because she did not want to take her medicine. She said he choked her, squeezed her arms and shook her.
She told officers that the Standley, who is her live-in boyfriend, hurts her all the time and she was afraid to call police. She said she lived in fear and that she after she signed over power of attorney to the suspect she can’t get away from him, according to the affidavit. Standley was uncooperative with police and arrested. He is due in court on Thursday.

Woman refused to leave burning home because it was too cold outside

A woman from Maryville, Tennessee, escaped serious injury on Friday morning after facing the dilemma of remaining in a burning house or seeking refuge in the freezing cold. When Blount County firefighters were dispatched to a fire alarm call at 1:43am they didn’t yet realize the homeowner was still inside the structure. Blount County Fire Capt. Jerry Phillips called the house several times, and eventually got in touch with homeowner Rose Creech. “He could hear a fire alarm beeping in the background and she was coughing,” said Blount County Fire Lt. Tim Ogle.
“He asked her if she was okay, and she told him, ‘My kitchen’s on fire.’ And as soon as she said that he lost contact with her.” Phillips was able to get Creech back on the line and discovered she was still inside the home. Phillips told Creech she needed to leave the residence, but she replied that it was too cold to leave, Ogle said. Phillips begged the woman to leave the home, but when Blount County Firefighter Richie Storie arrived, he discovered she was still inside. As Ogle explained, when Storie arrived, the garage door was open. He walked through and found an open door which led into the home.
“He encountered black smoke,” Ogle said. “Thick, dense, black smoke, almost all the way to the floor.” Storie had heard that Creech was still inside, so he yelled inside the home and she responded. The firefighter, who had arrived in his own vehicle without an air tank, asked if she could make it outside. But because of the thick smoke, she was unable to see well enough to do so. Storie tried to lead her out with his voice, and Creech eventually found her way out another nearby door, where deputies from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office were waiting. Ogle said they were able to help Creech down to a neighbor’s house, where they waited for an ambulance.
As for the fire, firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the kitchen. There was still heavy smoke damage throughout the home. But because of the cold, all the water firefighters were using was freezing, Ogle said. “Not only was our water freezing outside anywhere that it hit the ground, but the water that we sprayed in the kitchen on the vinyl flooring was freezing on the floor,” Ogle said. “We were ice skating around that house.” It appears the fire started on or near the range top of an electric stove in the kitchen, Ogle said. Creech was transported by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to be treated for smoke inhalation. She did not suffer any burns or major injuries, Ogle said.

Woman scattered nails on road in bid to boost business at her husband's tyre repair business

A 36-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly scattering nails on a main road in Hua Hin, northern Thailand, in an effort to bring more business to her husband’s tire repair shop.
After receiving regular complaints about burst tires since January, police took to the streets as undercover garbage men and spotted a woman spilling nails while riding a motorcycle.
Officers arrested the woman, identified as Kesarin Channiem. According to police, Kesarin said her husband’s tire business had fallen on hard times, and that the nails were an effort to bring in more customers.
Police have charged Kesarin with damaging property, and urged other motorists affected by the nails to come forward and press charges.

Customer Service Complaint, 1750 B.C.

Please remain on the line. You clay tablet is very important to us. Tablets will be answered in the order in which they were received.
The British Museum owns a baked clay tablet from the Mesopotamian city of Ur. It is a complaint about a delivery of copper. The response time may be a bit long.

Pharaoh Brutally Killed in Battle

Analysis reveals major cuts to the king's feet, ankles, and lower back, as well as multiple blows to his skull.

Random Photos

One-Third Rule

Researchers have discovered the ideal lash length that protects your eyes from dust and damage.

What They Do

The eyelashes of most animals are one-third the length of the eye's width to create an optimal protective zone.


A Collection of Frozen Waterfall Photographs

Eidfjord, Norway
These breathtaking photographs of frozen waterfalls from all over the world make up a collection that is worth the short time it takes for readers to peruse it. When such powerful forces of nature — flowing water and freezing temperatures — meet, it makes for some awesome sights (and treacherous exploring).
See the entire collection, as well as brief descriptions of each location, in this article.

The Nitrogen Cycle

plowing-fieldWorldwide, the nitrogen cycle is off

When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes – the plants they normally serve. These findings, reported […]

Bends in Plumbing

The Chilean geyser called El Jefe provides new insight on how these natural wonders work.

Weird Winds

Flooding and high tides along the East Coast in 2009 and 2010 were triggered by a major change in wind patterns and offshore currents

Curiosity's New Selfie

In a spectacular new Mars selfie, rover Curiosity stands proud on the bedrock at the base of Mount Sharp at it's Mojave work site in an area nicknamed Pahrump Hills.

Monstrous Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered an out-of-place supermassive black hole -- 12 billion times more massive than the sun -- that inexplicably formed when the universe was less than 900 million years old.

Ceres' Mystery Bright Dots

As NASA's Dawn mission slowly spirals in on its dwarf planet target, Ceres' alien landscape is becoming sharper by the day.

Lucky Fisherman Catches Monster Catfish

Dino and Dario Ferrari caught this 9-foot long, 280 pound catfish in the Po River in northern Italy. It’s a Wels catfish (Silurus glanis). After a fierce, 40-minute battle, the twin brothers reeled in a creature that is being called the “monster of the Po.”
It’s time for a huge serving of fried catfish!
Or perhaps not. After measuring and photographing the fish, which is probably about 30 years old, they let it back into the water. You can see more of those pictures at the Daily Telegraph.

Humans, sea anemone share nerve signal origins

SEA&SEA 1200HDHumans, sea anemone share nerve signal origins

New research shows that a burst of evolutionary innovation in the genes responsible for electrical communication among nerve cells in our brains occurred over 600 million years ago in a […]

Crocodile Paradise

The remains of seven different croc species were found in a once swampy, food-filled site.

Rogue Owl

The town of Purmerend has advised residents to arm themselves with umbrellas when out at night, in response to a mysterious spate of owl attacks.

Animal Pictures