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Today in History

217 BC

Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal destroy a Roman army under consul Gaius Flaminius in a battle at Lake Trasimene in central Italy.
Scottish forces, led by Robert the Bruce, win an overwhelming victory against English King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn.
The English fleet defeats the French fleet at Sluys, off the Flemish coast.
Explorer John Cabot lands in North America in present-day Canada.
Henry VIII is crowned King of England.
The colony of New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, is founded.
Margaret Brent, demands a voice and a vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly.
King Philip’s War begins.
Napoleon crosses the Nieman River and invades Russia.
At the Battle of Solferino, also known as the Battle of the Three Sovereigns, the French army, led by Napoleon III, defeats the Austrian army under Franz Joseph I.
Federal gunboats attack Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.
U.S. intervention saves the British and French at the Dagu forts in China.
Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Harvard University.
The Japanese army invades Korea.
Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria following border disputes over Macedonia and Thrace.
The Soviet Union and Afghanistan sign a treaty of neutrality.
France signs an armistice with Italy.
President Franklin Roosevelt pledges all possible support to the Soviet Union.
Royal Air Force Bombers hammer Muelheim, Germany, in a drive to cripple the Ruhr industrial base.
The Soviet Union begins the Berlin Blockade, America responds with the Berlin Airlift.
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier announce their engagement.
Soviet MIG’s down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering Strait.
The Federal Trade Commission announces that, starting in 1965, cigarette makers must include warning labels about the harmful effects of smoking.
The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Building a Home with His Bare Hands

When the apocalypse comes, this is the guy you want to be friends with. He starts out by making himself an axe out of a stone. Then he builds a complete wattle and daub hut from just the materials around him in Queensland, Australia. When you think he’s finished, he comes up with more amazing survival skills to improve upon it. Without a word, he makes it easy to follow each step.
From the video description:
I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools. The hut is 2m wide and 2m long, the side walls are 1m high and the ridge line (highest point) is 2m high giving a roof angle of 45 degrees. A bed was built inside and it takes up a little less than half the hut. The tools used were a stone hand axe to chop wood, fire sticks to make fire, a digging stick for digging and clay pots to carry water. The materials used in the hut were wood for the frame, vine and lawyer cane for lashings and mud for daubing. Broad leaves were initially used as thatch which worked well for about four months before starting to rot. The roof was then covered with sheets of paper bark which proved to be a better roofing material. An external fireplace and chimney were also built to reduce smoke inside. The hut is a small yet comfortable shelter and provides room to store tools and materials out of the weather.
He says in the comments that he put in about a month’s work on this, although the video covers nine months of time, since he had other things to do and didn’t work on it every day. By the time the video was finished, I wouldn’t have been surprised if you told me he fashioned the camera out of found materials. He has other videos under the account Primitive Technology that goes into detail about some of his skills

University of Cambridge Is Hiring a Professor of Lego

Since the 1200s, the University of Cambridge in the UK has been one of the greatest centers for learning and scholarly research in the world. So it's no surprise that the revered institution is now hiring a professor of Lego.
The Lego Foundation donated £1.5 million ($2.3 million USD) to the university to build a center dedicated to research in "play in education, development, and learning." The open professorial position will lead the institute. CNN reports:
Candidates for the role will likely need to be passionate about playing with colorful plastic bricks and enthusiastic about early childhood education.
The Lego Foundation has been collaborating with Cambridge in the last decade on research related to children's play. It also has ties with MIT in the U.S. and the Tsinghua University in China.
The foundation is known for its philanthropic and research work related to childhood education and play. It is financed by the Lego Group, which manufactures and sells the popular toy bricks.

Mystery over casket containing stranger's ashes unearthed in man's garden

A County Durham man was left "baffled" after a stranger's ashes were discovered buried in his back garden. Bill Stephenson's gardener unearthed a box with a plaque saying "Thomas Lawson Cox, died 15 June 2008". Mr Stephenson, who has lived at the same house in Chester-le-Street for 46 years, said he did not know the man.
After failing to discover anything about Mr Cox, he asked Durham Police for help and they have now managed to traced the dead man's brother. 70-year-old Mr Stephenson said: We are absolutely baffled. Why would somebody bury their relative's remains in a stranger's garden? Why not just scatter them? "I have no knowledge of him whatsoever. We have been looking at the deeds of the houses on the street and there's nothing there."
He added: "It was a shock. At first I thought someone had played a prank and maybe it was just the top, stuck on the soil. Then I examined it, and it was a full one and as far as I can tell it is intact. I can only assume someone has come and dug a hole in my garden while I've been away or during the night." For the time being the box cannot be moved as that would require the authority of the Ministry of Justice.

A Durham Police spokesman said: "The 'casket' is still in Mr Stephenson's garden. We gather it cannot be removed without the appropriate paperwork from the Ministry of Justice. A local funeral director has indicated they are willing to assist in taking the casket back to the crematorium where Mr Cox was cremated. The brother is not sure how the container ended up in this garden, but is grateful he has been made aware so he can now find a more appropriate resting space in due course."

Creepy Perverts Ask Feminist Writer For Nude Pictures

Here's the cute way she answered them ...
Creepy Perverts Ask Feminist Writer For Nude Pictures; How She Humiliates Them Is Brilliant (IMAGES)These douchebags’ response to Clementine Ford’s anti-digital rape post was to ask for nudes.

Red Light Camera Exec Admits To Bribery Of Public Officials

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The former CEO to Redflex pled guilty to charges in several states that he bribed multiple politicians to place red light cameras.

Sleeping instructor sacked from driving school

A driving instructor who was photographed asleep in a car with a learner at the wheel has been sacked. He was photographed by Laura Martin, 22, who was a passenger in her father's van when they pulled up next to the learner vehicle near Norwich City's Carrow Road stadium. The self-employed instructor was in a 5Day car when he was seen snoozing. The firm said in a statement his behavior was "unacceptable" and he had been "immediately dismissed".
It said it contracted work to self-employed instructors who provided their own vehicles and were also able to carry out their own private lessons. "We cannot be 100% certain this particular instructor was working for us at the time the picture was taken. However, we expect high standards of tuition from all our contractors," said 5Day. "We found this behavior unacceptable and the individual in question was immediately dismissed and will no longer receive any work from our company.
"We have many instructors working for us weekly around the UK and this is the first instance of this type of behavior." Miss Martin said: "The instructor was asleep for the entire time [we were next to him]. The only thing that woke him up was my dad revving the van very loudly to see if that would wake him up. As for the pupil he was teaching, he looked extremely flustered." Norfolk Police confirmed it had received a complaint from a member of the public about the unnamed instructor.
Ch Insp Chris Spinks, head of road policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: "There is no specific offence that covers an individual supervising a learner driver being asleep as there is with them being drunk or using a mobile phone. However, a supervisor or instructor can be seen as being in charge of that vehicle so should be in a position to intervene if required. Failure to adhere to this responsibility could therefore make the supervisor liable to an offense in the event of a collision or other incident."

Wanted man was wearing a 'You Can Run, But You Can't Hide' T-shirt when apprehended

The shirt 26-year-old Tieren Watson was wearing when authorities found and arrested him on Tuesday night proved prophetic, police said. Watson was named earlier this week as a potentially armed-and-dangerous suspect in a Saturday night shooting that left a woman in serious condition in Benton, Arkansas.
Authorities, including the Benton Police Department, U.S. Marshals and the Little Rock Police Department, tracked him to a room at the America's Best Inn and took him into custody shortly before 10pm. He had on a T-shirt that read in all-capital letters "You can run, but you can't hide."
"That's what it said and that's what he was wearing," said Benton Police Department spokesman Lt. Kevin Russell. "And yeah, he was hiding out there. But thankfully to all the partners we worked with, we were able to apprehend him." Authorities had named Watson the suspect in a bulletin earlier this week that warned he should be considered armed and dangerous and asked for any tips to be called into investigators.
Russell said his wardrobe choice the night of his capture was ironic "to say the least." Watson was booked into the Saline County jail on charges of first-degree battery, six counts of aggravated assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of a firearm by a certain person. Russell said the aggravated assault and endangering charges reflect others in the area when the shots were fired, including two minors.

Paddling pool plug puller fined

A Spanish man has been fined for removing the plug of a giant inflatable swimming pool and causing over €21,000 of flood damage in the process.
The 22-year-old man, known as Rodrigo M.D, who appeared in court on Thursday, was fined €360 (£250, $400) for pulling the plug on the pool and causing massive flooding to a shopping center in northern Spain.
The fine is in addition to the €21,500 (£15,400, $24,300) in damages he has already been ordered to pay to businesses damaged by the flooding. The inflatable pool had been set up in the Ponte Vella shopping center in Ourense, Galicia, in November 2012 to entertain local children.
The then 19-year-old Rodrigo decided to pull out the plug on the swimming pool, causing 11,000 liters of water to gush out, flooding several shops and causing the damage. The paddling pool water flooded several shops, including Zara, Pepe Jeans and a local supermarket.

Vigilante jailed for waving meat cleaver at boy racers

A vigilante has been jailed for waving a meat cleaver at a group of boy racers in a car park. Alan Robson, 51, was jailed for nine months after he admitted having a bladed article in a public place.
Exeter Crown Court heard he had been drinking in a flat in Barnstaple, north Devon, in April when he became angry at young drivers racing round. The prosecution said Mr Robson was previously convicted for punching a street entertainer for making noise.
Laura Searle, prosecuting, said on the night of the offence on 26 April police had been called to Queen Street car park to reports of a man brandishing a knife. Assistant Judge Advocate General Alan Large, at Exeter Crown Court, told Mr Robson it had been a "potentially dangerous" situation.
"Any adult will understand your annoyance that people like these drivers cause but you went out armed with a meat cleaver," he said. "They drove off but if they had not and had got out of their cars there could have been a confrontation." Sean Brunton, defending, said Robson from The Square, North Molton, needed help to tackle a drinking problem.

Man arrested for pouring suspected maple syrup onto sidewalk

Police have arrested a man in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, for pouring what's believed to have been a pool of maple syrup onto a sidewalk near the Convention Center.
Police were called at around 10am on Thursday, and found a strange "unknown, sticky liquid" covering a four-foot area, police say. A city road crew had to be called in to clean up the liquid.
"They think it might've been a syrup - maybe maple syrup," said city spokesperson Kelly Anderson. "But they don't know for sure what it was." Witnesses pointed out the man they said was responsible, and police arrested the 56-year-old for mischief.
"He caused resources to have to be deployed to clean this stuff up," said Constable Steve Welton. City crews had to lay down "absorbent material" to clean up the mess, Anderson said. The man was also carrying a small amount of marijuana and was found to be breaching a probation order, police said.

Bad Cops

Louisiana Police Union To Black People: Don’t Call Us Racists, Or You’ll Regret It (VIDEO)
Dave Mutchler, president of the River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614 in Louisiana, had some words for African-Americans who feel that black lives...
Featured image credit: video screen capture via Police Brutality Riot tv, on youtube
An unarmed man who apparently flagged down two police officers in Los Angeles, California for help, was shot three times by those officers, once in the...
Featured image credit: video screen capture, The Chicago Reporter, via youtube
Newly released video shows a Chicago cop pumping a car full of Black teens with more than a dozen bullets. Here we go again.

Fire service called to free embarrassed schoolboys wedged in toddler's swing

Two embarrassed schoolboys were stuck for almost an hour after they wedged themselves into a swing designed for toddlers.
The secondary-age pupils were cut free by firefighters from Northfield Community Fire Station after their jape at Victoria Park, Birmingham, on Tuesday afternoon.
The pair had stuck by their legs in the swing's rectangular compartment, which is meant to stop pre-school children falling out. Fire crews from Northfield were called to the play area just after 3.30pm.
A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: “Two secondary school pupils had got themselves stuck in the swing together. They were there for about an hour as fire crews cut them out of the swing. The only injury they suffered was a bit of bruised pride.”

Police called to negotiate after boy locked out parents when given pasta not pizza for lunch

Police were called to negotiate with an 11-year-old boy on Thursday after he took exception to the fact that his mother had made him pasta and not pizza for lunch.
Unhappy about this, when both parents briefly went outside he locked the door and refused to let them back into the house in Auwiesen, Linz, Austria.
After begging with their son to open the door, to no avail, his hapless parents called the police.
A police officer negotiated with the child through a balcony door, until he gave in and unlocked the door. It is not known if he finally ate his pasta.

Police helicopter sent to rescue Papa Smurf

A police helicopter and patrol cars were sent to assist a 'lifeless body' in Düsseldorf, Germany, that turned out to be less of an emergency than originally expected.
A train passenger called the police on Tuesday to report a body wearing red trousers and a blue jacket that he had seen out of the window near the tracks. Police immediately rushed patrol cars and a helicopter to the scene .
They quickly identified the limp figure as a partially-deflated Papa Smurf, or Papa Schlumpf, as he is known in German. Finding that the little character was suffering from nothing worse than a slight lack of helium and took him back to the police station - safely secured against any mishap en route.
But once back at the station, they were unable to contact any of the victim's blue-skinned relatives. "The emergency call from the witness was completely justified," police said in a statement. "Under different conditions, it could have saved lives." They added that everyone should report dangerous situations.

This Dog Loves the Waterslide!

Milo the Labrador Retriever has discovered the summer joy of watersliding. Whoosh! It's so much fun that after he reaches the bottom, he immediately runs up the stairs to do it again--pushing children out of the way so that he can get to the top faster!

Man surprised to find fox cub that had eaten all his Jaffa Cakes asleep under his bed

Iain McRobbie of Orpington, south east London, was shocked to find a fox cub curled up asleep under his bed after it has sneaked into his home through the cat flap. Only a few months old, the cub was found beside an empty packet of Jaffa Cakes it had polished off before settling down for the night. Mr McRobbie said: “I came home from the pub and my room stank a bit, I thought it was my hiking boots or something. Anyway I shut the door and went to bed. When I woke up the smell was worse, so I looked under my bed and it was staring at me. It had spent the night under my bed, I was quite taken aback.
“It had a feast on my Jaffa Cakes, I keep them next to my bed and it had dragged them underneath and finished them off. He was quite happy.” He added the fox had mange, which is why it smelt so bad. Mr McRobbie, 57, said: “I called a guy who lives near me who rescues foxes and went to eat my breakfast.
“It went back to sleep, it wasn’t worried. I think it was just looking for somewhere to sleep.” His neighbor came and treated the creature for its mange. He said: “He picked it up by the scruff of the neck and released it into the garden.” He added that he now locks the cat flap at night.

Teeny tiny little pony that prefers the company of humans and cats seeks new owner

One of the world's tiniest ponies, Nicki, who stands at around 45cm (18in) tall, is motherless after being rejected at birth and taken care of by Poni eV in Frankleben, Germany.
She prefers the company of humans and cats over ponies and horses, according to Poni eV caretaker, Julia Wegat. Poni eV is now searching for a new owner for Nicki.
Julia says Nicki "Doesn't behave like a normal horse. She is walking with humans, she is reacting to speech. Till now she didn't learn the horse's body language".

Nicki's mother, Elsa, who was best friends with a goat, disowned the little foal from birth and instead Nicki was fed by humans, first with her mother's milk and then later with horse's milk, although according to her caretakers her favorite is porridge.

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