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Today in History

1246   Henry Raspe is elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.  
1455   King Henry VI is taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, during the War of the Roses.  
1804   The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.  
1856   U.S. Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane for Sumner's earlier condemnation of slavery, which included an insult to Brooks' cousin, Senator Andrew Butler.  
1863   Union General Ulysses S. Grant's second attack on Vicksburg fails and a siege begins.  
1868   The "Great Train Robbery" takes place as seven members of the Reno Gang make off with $98,000 in cash from a train's safe in Indiana.  
1872   The Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners.  
1882   The United States formally recognizes Korea.
1908   The Wright brothers register their flying machine for a U.S. patent.  
1939   Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign a "Pact of Steel" forming the Axis powers.  
1947   The Truman Doctrine brings aid to Turkey and Greece.  
1967   The children's program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiers.  
1972   Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified.  
1985   Baseball player Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108.  
1987   An Iraqi missile hits the American frigate USS Stark in the Persian Gulf.  
1990   In the Middle East, North and South Yemen merge to become a single state.

Old Tool Kit

The earliest known stone toolkit could write a whole new chapter in the book of human evolution, especially since the tools were not even made by our genus.

Funeral Strippers in China

Should death be a cause for sadness or celebration? In some parts of China and Taiwan, it's a celebration that takes a uniquely erotic turn, with strippers coming to dance for the dead.

'Capture bike' used by police to catch thieves was stolen and never recovered

A bicycle used by police to catch thieves was stolen and never returned, it has been revealed. The yellow "capture bike" was stolen from Queen's Medical Center in Nottingham on March 13, 2014, and the cycle has yet to be found.
Phil Matthews, chairman of Nottinghamshire Police Federation, said the thefts are not unexpected and they happen from time to time. He added: "These things happen for a whole host of different reasons.
"It's professionally a little embarrassing but you have to take the rough with the smooth." The theft happened after Nottinghamshire Police positioned 15 brightly-painted bikes around the city, marked with the warning message "Capture Bikes in Operation".
The bicycles were dotted around the city's cycle racks and other bike theft hotspots in a bid to catch thieves in the act. Police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping said thefts from police officers shouldn't happen.

Man given one year drink driving ban after crashing child's go-kart into friend

A man who crashed a child's go-kart into his friend has ended up with a drink driving conviction. Judge Stephen Doyle said it was an evening of "big boys playing with little toys" which brought Dean John Armiger, 48, of Christchurch, New Zealand, before the Alexandra District Court on Tuesday. He was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 459mcg.
Armiger had been drinking with three friends at a unit attached to the Highlands Motorsport Park in Central Otago on January 31 when they decided to do time trials around the surrounding road on a privately-owned go-kart. They were the only people in the restricted area as the other units were in the process of being constructed or were empty. The judge said the man's actions were irresponsible and no different from a person driving while drinking on a quiet rural road at night. "It really seems to be a case of big boys playing with little boys' toys.
"Clearly, this go-kart was designed for people a lot smaller than yourself and it has kilowatts of 5.5 which (lawyer Russell Checketts) tells me is a lot less than his ride-on mower. It was your turn to do a lap around the road. Your mate decided he would go into the pool room and get chalk and draw a line across the road. As he stepped out on the road to do so, you came racing up and were unable to avoid him and knocked him to the street." The victim suffered bruising to his leg, a cut to his head that required stitches and concussion. He required a night's hospital stay.
Checketts argued the judge should consider the special circumstances including the limited number of people in the area, and the fact it was a social activity involving a low powered vehicle. "It was a combination of most unfortunate circumstances. There are no hard feelings between the victim and himself. They are a little astounded he got charged ... There was no intention in the normal sense of drink driving. This was not a go-kart owned by Highland Motorsport Park and it wasn't being used in the park or in any of their facilities. It was just guys having a bit of fun. I can never see the set of circumstances like this coming before the court again."

Woman spotted flossing teeth while driving on busy motorway

A woman has been photographed flossing her teeth with both hands while driving at 100km/h (62mph) down one of the busiest roads on Australia's Gold Coast - and police are not impressed. The woman was snapped flossing her teeth with both hands while driving down the M1 at Yatala in Queensland at about 2.40pm on Monday.
Arundel local Derek Flett was a being driven home from work when he saw the driver cleaning her teeth. “We beeped the horn and asked what she was doing and she just looked at us as if to say, ‘I’m flossing, what do you think I’m doing?’” he said. “There were no hands on the wheel which is really dangerous.
“She was having a real go at it.” Mr Flett said she flossed for about 10 minutes. “The M1 is dangerous enough with both hands on the wheel, let alone picking at your teeth,” he said. Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Des Lacy said the woman’s behavior was a “fatality waiting to happen”.
“That just defies belief because she would have to be holding the steering wheel with her knees and would only need one event such as something coming out from the side of the road, or a vehicle changing lanes, for things to go bad,” he said. “How people can think they possibly have control of a vehicle while driving with their knees is beyond belief.”

Man broke into girlfriend’s house and wrote 'Cheating cow' on carpet with brown sauce

A man from Rhyl in north Wales who broke into his girlfriend’s house and wrote “Cheating cow” with brown sauce on her carpet is to be sentenced in Crown Court.
At Prestatyn magistrates’ court Martin Roberts, aged 34, pleaded guilty to burglary at the house on May 9.
Prosecutor James Neary said that Roberts and his girlfriend had been out drinking in Prestatyn and when she left to go to a party with friends he went to her house.
He was angry when he found she wasn’t at home. Roberts will appear in Mold Crown Court for sentencing on June 4.

Man shot with bow and arrow at wedding

A man was left with an arrow stuck in his head following an incident during a wedding in Madhya Pradesh, India, recently.
The man Prakash was rushed to a nearby hospital immediately. The incident took place during the wedding of a cousin of Prakash in the Alirajpur district.
While the bride was being adorned by traditional silver jewellery, two of Prakash's neighbors, Arjun and Pratap were left burning with jealousy at the amount of money the family had.

Pratap then handed a bow and arrow to Arjun who shot it at Prakash. A case has been lodged by the police and a search for the culprits has been launched.

15-year-old boy shot dead by friend after throwing pebbles at his window to wake him

The Yellowstone County Coroner's Office in Montana have identified a 15-year-old boy who died of a gunshot at about 2:30am on Sunday as Mackeon Schulte, a Senior High sophomore. Meanwhile, police are still piecing together exactly what occurred and have completed its preliminary investigation.

Non Sequitur


Man blamed dog for indecent exposure

Police say a man from Jonesboro, Arkansas, accused of indecent exposure blamed a dog for his actions. Just before 4pm on Sunday Officer Francisco Matos was called to a property.
According to his initial incident report, Kale Markeith Redden, 37, told Matos he had seen a dog urinate in a yard. Redden reportedly said he continued to walk down the road.
When pressed, however, Redden told the officer he “pulled his penis out and tried to urinate because the dog urinated, but was unable to.” When asked why he did that, Redden did not answer, the report said.
While Matos was interviewing Redden, another officer spoke with the man who called in the report. The victim told the officer he and his 9-year-old daughter observed Redden's actions. Matos issued Redden a citation for indecent exposure then released him.

Candlelit vigil to be held for escaped cow shot dead by police

A community is to stage a candlelit vigil in memory of an escaped cow which was gunned down by armed police. The animal was shot dead by officers after breaking loose from a country park in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, on Sunday afternoon.
Northumbria Police took decisive action after deeming the fugitive bovine 'a significant risk to members of the public and motorists'. "The decision was made for the animal to be destroyed by firearms officers at the scene," police said.
But some members of the local community are angry the animal was not spared. Over 6,500 people have now joined a Facebook group, named RIP Wallsend Cow, which has organized the vigil.
The organizers have invited people to wear cow onesies and bring candles to the field where the animal, which they have called Bessie, met her end this coming Friday at 6.30pm. Two other cows which also escaped were safely rounded up, following a huge emergency response which included a police helicopter.

First Snake

The mother of all snakes was nocturnal, sported little legs, and lived during the height of the Dinosaur Age.

Washington's First Dinosaur

Dinosaurs are now known to have lived in 37 U.S. states, with Washington state being the latest to lay claim to a dino. 

Black Rhino Killed

Corey Knowlton shot the black rhino in Namibia he paid $350,000 hunt and kill.

Skin Super Powers

Skin can sometimes see, as new research on an octopus shows.
Skin is the biggest and heaviest organ, and for these 10 animals, it holds super powers beyond the norm. 

From the Shark Files

The shark swam up out of the murky waters of the Gulf, giving the diver quite a start.

Tapping to the Rhythm

Birds click their bills with great rhythm -- but why? 

Animal Pictures