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Monday, June 29, 2015

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Today in History

1236 Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon take Cordoba in Spain.
1652 Massachusetts declares itself an independent commonwealth.
1767 The British parliament passes the Townshend Revenue Act, levying taxes on America.
1862 Union forces, falling back from Richmond, fight at the Battle of Savage’s Station.
1880 France annexes Tahiti.
1888 Professor Frederick Treves performs the first appendectomy in England.
1903 The British government officially protests Belgian atrocities in the Congo.
1905 Russian troops intervene as riots erupt in ports all over the country, leaving many ships looted.
1917 The Ukraine proclaims independence from Russia.
1925 An earthquake ravages Santa Barbara, California.
1926 Fascists in Rome add an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure.
1932 Siam’s army seizes Bangkok and announces an end to the absolute monarchy.
1938 Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, are founded.
1950 President Harry S. Truman authorizes a sea blockade of Korea.
1951 The United States invites the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonson Harbor.
1955 The Soviet Union sends tanks to Pozan, Poland, to put down anti-Communist demonstrations.
1966 The U.S. Air Force bombs fuel storage facilities near Hanoi, North Vietnam.
1967 Israel removes barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem.
1970 U.S. troops pull out of Cambodia.
1982 Israel invades Lebanon.

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In case you've ever wondered where and how 'Fox News' got their 'reporters'

Impatient Toddler Shoves Little Girl into Swimming Pool

In 15 years, this little boy will be the guy behind you who honks as soon as the stoplight turns green. He's been waiting in line long enough--all of 5 seconds!--and is ready for traffic to keep moving.

Hundreds of Vintage Sea Flags Hidden away in a Museum

This flag had nothing to do with Nazi Germany or any other Nazi organization. The swastika long predates the Nazi use of that symbol and remains in use in India.
In this case, the swastika is part of the house flag of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company operating out of Bombay, India. That shipping company operated from 1919 until the 1980s. This flag was made in about 1951. It’s one of hundreds of maritime flags owned by the Royal Museums in Greenwich, UK. You can find other notable selections at Messy Nessy Chic.

Should We Still Prosecute WWII Nazis?

Eight decades after the horrors of the holocaust, some are still living with its memory. Among these survivors are victims who escaped, but also those that perpetrated the war crimes.

Bank robber caught after signing his own name on note demanding money

A man suspected of robbing a bank in Yuba City, California, on Monday morning was arrested by police trying to board a Greyhound bus to New York hours after the alleged robbery.
Yuba City police responded to Umpqua Bank on Colusa Highway just after 9am when they received notification a robbery had just occurred.
Bank employees said the robber handed the teller a note which read, in part, "Give me $10,000 dollars or I will kill you". The note was signed John Chapman.
The man then fled the area, and employees were able to positively identify the suspect as John Chapman. Yuba City detectives found and arrested Chapman at around 5:30pm in Marysville, where he was waiting to board a Greyhound bus to New York.

Man hit opponent in face with cooking pot during friendly game of dominoes

A friendly game of dominoes turned violent in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Sunday night when a 71-year-old man hit a 57-year-old man in the face with a cooking pot, according to an arrest report.
Keith Fitzroy Campbell and the other man began yelling at each other when one of them repeatedly made an illegal move, the report said.
The argument escalated until Campbell picked up the pot and hit the man causing him to bleed heavily from the head. Campbell told police he hit the other man before the man could hit him.
Both men said they were drinking alcohol while playing the game. Campbell faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was released from Palm Beach County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Global Food Shock

Insurer Lloyd's warns that three weather-related disasters in a row could create a starve-amageddon.

Jet Contrails Alter the Weather

It's not just a conspiracy theorist's fever dream. The wispy trails in the sky actually do influence surface temperatures.

New Era for Wildfires

Rising temperatures are expected to increase wildfire risks in Alaska, just as in the rest of the western U.S.

Night-Shining Clouds

These mysterious electric blue wisps, which form on the edge of space, could be a sign of climate change.

Brothel lamb returned to her flock

A lamb that was stolen from Nuremberg Zoo and found in a Munich brothel nine days later has finally been returned to her flock. Rosi is barely two months old but she's had quite the adventure in her short life. She's lived in a zoo and a brothel, spent time in police custody, and now at last she's back among her own. “She's doing wonderfully,” a spokesperson for the zoo said. “She's fully integrated back into the herd.” And she's showing no signs of stress from her adventure, the spokesperson added.
Born at the end of April at Nuremberg Zoo, little Rosi had to be fed by the keepers when her mother didn't suckle her properly. But, two weeks she disappeared in mysterious circumstances. The keepers presumed she had been captured by a fox or had drowned in a stream that runs through the grounds. It appears that thieves, under orders from a Munich-based prostitute, took advantage of the keepers going on their lunch break and smuggled the little lamb undetected out of the premises.
She was to endure nine days of captivity before finally being released, and even then by a stroke of luck. Munich police were out on operation, carrying out a drug bust on a brothel. They found marijuana as well as assorted drug paraphernalia. But to their surprise there was also a three-week-old lamb in the prostitute's room. Both escort and lamb were taken into custody. But while the sex worker was released a few hours later, Rosi stayed at the station where she was nourished with milk from a bottle.

The prostitute was handed a ban on owning animals. Apparently, Rosi wasn't the first little lamb she'd taken hostage. “Where she used to live in Wuppertal, the authorities had already confiscated 25 lambs from her,” a police spokesperson said. “It seems she really likes sheep.” Rosi was returned to the zoo in Nuremberg shortly afterwards, but she was quarantined for a month. But now at last she has been returned to her flock.

Confused emu thinks he's a horse

An emu in Australia's Northern Territory thinks he's a horse. Almost three years ago the emu shacked up with horses from the Alice Springs mounted police and liked it so much it decided to stay. The flightless bird runs with the horses, eats with the horses and, according to Senior Sergeant Melinda Edwards, acts likes the horses.
"Emu is just called Emu and certainly by his behaviour we get the impression that he thinks he is a horse," she said. "He has taken on the equine lifestyle. He follows the horses in and out of the paddock. As the horses gallop away, he gallops off with them." Senior Sergeant Edwards said Emu was free to roam and it was not by police choice that Emu was there.
"Emu stays whether we want him here or not," she said. According to Senior Sergeant Edwards, inquiries had been made about repatriating Emu. "But there are issues associated with that because Emu came to us when he was quite young and has become domesticated," she said.
Senior Sergeant Edwards said despite Emu's desire to be a horse, not all the police horses were convinced. "We've got five horses out here and there are two he is friendly with and the other three are not so keen on him," she said. "But Emu has made his choice and decided to make the mounted police unit his home for now at least."
With audio interview with Senior Sergeant Edwards. There's a short news video here.

Scientists Found New Species of Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab

Its land dwelling namesake is still at large, but scientists have discovered a third species of the yeti crab. Meet Kiwa tyleri, a deep-sea crustacean that belongs to the yeti crab family.
Ecologist and study leader Sven Thatje explored the hydrothermal vents in East Scotia Ridge, Antarctica, using remotely-piloted submersible and discovered a thriving community of yeti crab living more than 8,500 feet under water.
"We knew immediately that we'd found something tremendously novel and unique in hydrothermal vent research," Thatje said as reported by National Geographic.
Thatje noted that the Antarctic waters where the crabs live are so cold that they're just above freezing. The liquid that spews out of the hydrothermal vents, however, can reach 700 °F (400 °C). That means the yeti crab has only a tiny space where the water temperature is just right: too close to the vents and they'll fry. Too far and they'll freeze.
That's why the crabs pile on top of each other, Thatje said, "like beans in a jar, filling every available space." Some 700 crabs are found in just one square meter.
View more over at National Geographic


The prehistoric animal is so bizarre that, for years, scientists couldn’t figure out which side of it was the front and which was the back.

Grandfather Turtle Had No Shell

Eight-inch-long Grandfather turtle did not have a shell, but it had the makings of one. 

Adorable Baby Pygmy Hippo Takes His First Dip

This precious baby pygmy hippopotamus named Obi recently went for his first-ever swim under the close and caring watch of his mama. The hippos, who reside at Melbourne Zoo, are especially dear to zoo staff and visitors due to their endangered status. According to the zoo staff,
"The name Obi means heart in the Nigerian Igbo language, and he is certainly melting a few hearts here at Melbourne Zoo. Obi has grown quickly from his birth weight of around 5 kilos, putting on roughly 500 grams a day and now weighs over 13 kilos. He has been leaning to swim in the nursery yard pool and passed with flying colours. Today marked an important milestone for Obi as he ventured into the deeper water of the exhibit. Wild Sea Manager, Justin Valentine said ‘he loves the water and spends hours in the small pool, so he is ready for the next step."

Animals Acting Like Puppies

Dogs have spent thousands of years becoming man’s best friend, and nowadays it can be hard to tell whether some people love their children or their dogs more.
This tight bond formed between dogs and humans has made many other animals feel left out, so these clever critters have come up with a plan to make themselves more appealing to humans.
The way they see it, if they start acting more like puppies then humans will have no choice but to love them, pet them and feed them ‘til they’re full!

Animal Pictures