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Monday, April 27, 2015

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Today in History

1296 Edward I defeats the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar.
1509 Pope Julius II excommunicates the Italian state of Venice.
1565 The first Spanish settlement in Philippines is established in Cebu City.
1773 British Parliament passes the Tea Act.
1746 King George II wins the battle of Culloden.
1813 American forces capture York (present-day Toronto), the seat of government in Ontario.
1861 President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.
1861 West Virginia secedes from Virginia after Virginia secedes from the Union.
1863 The Army of the Potomac begins marching on Chancellorsville.
1865 The Sultana, a steam-powered riverboat, catches fire and burns after one of its boilers explodes. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers–mostly former Union POWs–are killed.
1909 The Sultan of Turkey, Abdul Hamid II, is overthrown.
1937 German bombers of the Condor Legion devastate Guernica, Spain.
1941 The Greek army capitulates to the invading Germans.
1950 South Africa passes the Group Areas Act, formally segregating races.
1961 The United Kingdom grants Sierra Leone independence.
1975 Saigon is encircled by North Vietnamese troops.
1978 The Afghanistan revolution begins.
1989 Protesting students take over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

The United States Is Only 4 Presidents Old

When President Barack Obama was born in 1961, President Herbert Hoover was still alive. When President Hoover was born in 1874, President Andrew Johnson was still alive. When President Johnson was born in 1808, President John Adams—the second President and one of the original revolutionaries—was still alive.
So the U.S. is only 4 Presidents old.

The Washington Post created this chart to illustrate when Presidential lives overlapped. George Washington and James Buchanan lived at the same time. So do George. H.W. Bush and the late William Howard Taft.

Texas Cop Smashes Woman’s Face Into Pavement, Knocks Her Unconscious

Featured image credit: video screen capture KVUE News, via Kortel News on youtube
“It looked like she was dead,” one witness said, following the incident.

Bigot Landlord Changes Ad To ‘Straight Couples Only’ After Gay Couple Shows Interest

Bigot Landlord Changes Ad To ‘Straight Couples Only’ After Gay Couple Shows Interest (IMAGES) When people are renting a home to strangers on public sites like Craigslist, they rarely inquire about their potential roommate or tenants’ personal...

Gay Man Called ‘Faggot’ By McDonald’s Employee, Served Uncooked Meat

Gay Man Called ‘F*ggot’ By McDonald’s Employee, Served Uncooked Meat
Hopefully, there are non-discrimination protections in place, and the food tampering investigation results in prosecution of all involved.

Native Actors Walk Off Adam Sandler Movie Set After Seeing Ridiculously Offensive Script

Native Actors Walk Off Adam Sandler Movie Set After Seeing Ridiculously Offensive ScriptNative Americans and their culture deserve better than this offensive treatment.

US Navy To Give Veteran Cesar Chavez Funeral Rights, 22 Years Later

US Navy To Give Veteran Cesar Chavez Funeral Rights, 22 Years Later
Noted community organizer Cesar Chavez served in the US Navy to be given full veteran funeral rites over two decades after his passing.

Poverty Changes Your Brain

Worrying about money can put a strain on you in the short-term, but new research shows that living in poverty can affect you for life.

The First Blood Transfusion

Experiments in transferring blood between animals occurred as early as the 1660s, back when people really had no idea of what was in blood, or how it differed between individuals. In 1667, a transfusion of blood into a human was proposed, but since the donor usually died in the animal experiments, it was decided to use the blood of a sheep.
But the choice of a human recipient was more difficult. The Royal Society needed someone who was clearly unwell in some way: then they could make the argument that transfusion might improve his health. They also sought an educated person who could report reliably on transfusion’s effects on his body. Ultimately, they settled on Arthur Coga, mentally unstable, but educated—he knew Latin, and had spent some time as a clergyman. Coga’s mental illness might be cured by transfusion; yet it tended to render him unfit to report on the bodily experience of the procedure. The experiment was troubled from the start.
The procedure was carried out, but appeared to be a failure because 1. Coga’s mental health did not improve, and 2. the public ridiculed the experiment. There was even a play written that mocked those early experiments. These factors set the research back greatly (as did a murder in France), but the fact remains that Coga survived the procedure, which is astonishing in light of what we’ve learned about blood since that time. Read the story of the first transfusion at JSTOR Daily. 

Neanderthal Teeth

Ancient teeth from Italy suggest that the arrival of modern humans in Western Europe coincided with the demise of Neanderthals. 

Caring About Climate Change

Warnings about California's drought are apocalyptic. Yet only a minority of Californians support rationing. Are we too lazy to address the issue or are we simply in denial?

Inside Yellowstone’s Supervolcano

Yellowstone's explosive secrets are uncovered after the discovery and imaging of a deep, gigantic reservoir of hot rock. 

Chilean Volcano Eruption

Volcano chili
Calbuco, a 2,000m (6,572ft) volcano in Chile, has erupted twice in the past day, sending emergency services (and photographers) into overdrive. The eruption has prompted the evacuation of roughly 4,000 citizens from nearby cities and villages, and the Argentinian authorities have warned their citizens about volcanic ash as well.

Oceans Valued at $24 Trillion

Here are the top 7 revenue-producing resources of the world’s valuable oceans according to a new assessment from the World Wildlife Fund.

Woman Locks Dog In Hot Car, Then She’s Forced To Get A Taste Of How It Feels

Kermit the Frog Found in Costa Rica

Already dubbed a real-life Kermit, a new species of frog has been identified in the rainforests of Costa Rica.

Addicted to Pesticides

Like nicotine for humans, certain pesticides seem to hold an addictive attraction for bees, which seek out tainted food even if it may be bad for them.

A Herd Of Cows Charmed By The Drone Of The Didgeridoo

The didgeridoo is a unique and hard to play wind instrument that emits an entrancing drone sound when a skilled didgeridooer (unofficial term) is behind the tube.
This totally tubular instrument was created (approximately) 1,500 years ago by Indigenous Australians, but the instrument's popularity inexplicably rose during the 1990s. That spike in popularity resulted in the didgeridoo becoming modernized in terms of what the drone pipe is made out of and how it's played.
Andrea Furlan is a modern didgeridoo master who knows how to make some really cool sounds with that painted tube of his.
The sound of his "Butterfly Landscape" is so cool, in fact, that it attracts a herd of cows, who find his unorthodox didgeridooing technique too fascinating to ignore. Looks like Andrea will be serving up steaks at the next didgeridoo jamboree!

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