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Saturday, July 18, 2015

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Today in History

1789 Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decides to back the French Revolution.
1812 Great Britain signs the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.
1830 Uruguay adopts a liberal constitution.
1861 Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn’s Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run.
1877 Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.
1872 The Ballot Act is passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.
1935 Ethiopian King Haile Selassie urges his countrymen to fight to the last man against the invading Italian army.
1936 General Francisco Franco of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War.
1942 The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight.
1971 New Zealand and Austrailia announce they will pull their troops out of Vietnam.
1994 In Buenos Aires, a massive car bomb kills 96 people.

Non Sequitur

FBI Busts Airport Staff In Drug-Running Conspiracy While U.S. Is Still Taking Off Its Shoes

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Maybe THIS is why they call it the “happy skies”?
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Florida Cult Sends $1,000 ‘Delinquency Notice’ To Single Mom Because She Didn’t Tithe Enough

Florida Church Sends $1,000 ‘Delinquency Notice’ To Single Mom Because She Didn’t Tithe Enough (IMAGES/VIDEO)
A single Florida mom was shocked when she learned of her cult’s “pay to pray scheme” through a letter demanding she and her 11-year-old daughter pony up more than $1,000 for the privilege of membership.

Lack of diversity increases risk

Lack of diversity on boards of US oil firms 'increases risk' of bad investments

The Fanciest McDonald’s in the World Serves the Regular Menu, But with High Class*

This is Restaurant M. It’s a special restaurant in Tokyo that will be open for only one day. On that one day, you can get fairly standard food from the McDonald's menu. But it will be offered to you fine china, ornate silverware, and bleached linens. The table service will, of course, be far superior from that which you can find at your local burger joint. You can see more photos at Kotaku. Unfortunately, it’s unclear what toy comes with the Happy Meal.
* It's still McDonald's so the use of the term 'high class' is very, very ,very loosely used at best

Climate Change and ISIL Top Concerns

Climate change is a big worry in Latin America, Asia and Africa, but ISIL makes more Europeans and North Americans anxious.

Earth's Degradation

Earth's degradation threatens major health gains

Sick AC

Air conditioning makes living indoors much more comfortable, but is it making you sick?

Boston Snow In July

A seven-story-tall hill of snow still remained well after Boston's historic winter.

Wild Fire Season Raises Heart Disease Risk And It's Getting Longer

Climate Change Is Stressing Out The Seas

Climate change and other human pressures are putting increasing stress on the world's oceans. 


Using 3-D scans of the ground, Japanese researchers found 24 new geoglyphs on the Nazca Plateau in Peru.

Oyster Pearls

Oysters continuously rotate a single, lustrous orb for at least a year before the pearl becomes jewelry. 

Internet Conspiracy Nuts Are ALREADY Calling Pluto Flyby A Fake

Internet Conspiracy Nuts Are ALREADY Calling Pluto Flyby A Fake (IMAGES, VIDEO)The conspiracy theorists have set their tin-foil hats on the New Horizons mission and the Pluto pictures.

Human and Chimp Hands

Our species may be handy, but human hands turn out to be more primitive than chimps' and orangutans', according to a new study.

Seagull Steals GoPro Camera, Records Beautiful Footage Of Rocky Coastline

Seagulls are known for thinking with their stomachs and not being particularly picky about what they shove down their gullets, and they're also known for living like outlaws.
That's because seagulls consider themselves above all human laws, but they're not above swiping something shiny when a foolish human leaves it unguarded.
A couple visiting the Cies Islands in Spain watched in horror as their GoPro camera was stolen by a seagull they were filming.
As the bird flew away with its shiny prize the camera kept rolling, capturing some breathtaking aerial footage of the island's rugged coastline.

Beachgoers Rescue Stranded Great White Shark

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If I saw a great white shark trapped on the beach, I might have several responses, but none of them would involve picking it up and dragging back into the water. Fortunately for this shark, more daring and caring people were present at the beach on Chatham, Massachusetts on Monday. They found a 7 and ½ foot juvenile shark that had beached and was unable to return to the waters off Cape Cod.
Harbormaster Stuart Smith took over the rescue effort upon his arrival. He and his colleagues tied a rope to the shark and pulled it into the water. It was still sluggish, so they towed it out into deeper water. Greg Skomal, a biologist, put a tracking device on the shark before the rescuers released it. Animal wildlife officials will use it to monitor the shark's location.

Ant Powers

These insect overlords pack a big punch, so in honor of 'Ant-man,' we take a look at their superpowers. 

Animal Pictures