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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Today in History

1540 Henry VIII of England marries Catherine Howard; Thomas Cromwell is beheaded on Tower Hill in England.
1615 French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovers Lake Huron on his seventh voyage to the New World.
1794 Robespierre is beheaded in France.
1808 Sultan Mustapha of the Ottoman Empire is deposed and his cousin Mahmud II gains the throne.
1835 King Louis-Philippe of France survives an assassination attempt.
1863 Confederate General John Mosby begins a series of attacks against General Meade’s Army of the Potomac.
1868 The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees citizenship to all those born or naturalized in the United States, is adopted.
1898 Spain, through the offices of the French embassy in Washington, D.C., requests peace terms in its war with the United States.
1914 Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, beginning World War I.
1920 Pancho Villa surrenders to the Mexican government.
1932 The Bonus Army of impoverished World War I veterans is violently pushed out of Washington, D.C.
1941 A Japanese army lands on the coast of Cochin, China (modern day Vietnam).
1945 A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 13 people.
1965 President Lyndon Johnson sends an additional 50,000 troops to South Vietnam.
1988 Israeli diplomats arrive in Moscow for the first time in 21 years.
1990 A fire at an electrical substation causes a blackout in Chicago. Some 40,000 people were without power for up to three days.
1996 Discovery of remains of a prehistoric man near Kennewick, Washington, casts doubts on accepted beliefs of when, how and where the Americas were populated.
2005 Irish Republican Army (IRA) announces an end to its 30-year armed campaign in Northern Ireland.
2005 Britain experiences its most costly tornado to date, causing 40 million Sterling Pounds of damage to Birmingham in just four minutes. There were no fatalities.

A Burning Bouquet of Roses is Surprisingly Stunning

Warsaw-based creative studio Ars Thanea set this bouquet of roses aflame for a photoshoot, during which the flowers smoldered, somehow seductively, in the dark. The glow of the burning flora is interesting and beautiful enough that I wish there were more flowers in the series besides roses.
See additional shots of the flaming flowers as well as the process behind the photoshoot at Behance.



Citing Religious Freedom, Native Americans Fight To Take Back Sacred Land From Mining Companies

Indiana County Clerk Files Lawsuit Claiming Persecution After Being Fired For Refusing To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Image via https://twitter.com/mimiyyo/status/581312232673320960
A county clerk in Indiana is throwing a temper tantrum over being fired because she refused to obey the law and didn’t want to do her job without the ability to discriminate against people.

Pharmacy owners cannot use religion to deny medicine

Federal appeals court says pharmacy owners cannot use religion to deny medicine

What Are Quaaludes?

What Are Quaaludes?
Methaqualone was first developed in 1955 in an Indian lab by chemists who were trying to create an anti-malarial pill.

Why The FDA Wants Food Companies To Give More Detail About The Sugar In Their Products

"The percent daily value shows how much a nutrient in a food contributes to a daily diet and would help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families"

Hackers Remotely Take Over Car Traveling At 70 MPH

Hackers Remotely Take Over Car Travelling At 70 MPH

Anti-Forfeiture Corruption Bill Gets Pushback From Guilty Prosecutors Stealing Seized Cash, Home

(Image courtesy of WikiMedia) Here’s a story that lends a lot of credibility to that suspicion many have that cops sometimes pocket your drugs, money and other property for themselves...

Wyatt Earp and the ‘Fixed' Heavyweight Title Fight

The modern day image of Wyatt Earp is that of a gunslinger, Old West lawman, and gambler. We know from previous articles that there was much more to his adventurous life. Part of that was his involvement in boxing. In fact, some historians will tell you that at the beginning of the 20th century, Earp was better known for refereeing a boxing match than he was for the fight at the OK Corral. This was because he was the referee at the infamous 1896 fight that many believed was fixed -by Earp.
After Tombstone and the OK Corral, Earp drifted to San Diego where he ran saloons and dabbled in real estate. He also refereed a number of fights both with gloves and bare knuckles, Dyke said. By the time Earp moved to San Francisco in 1891 he was well-known in west coast boxing circles.
The Sharkey-Fitzsimmons fight was to settle a three-year question as to the rightful holder of the gloved (Marquess of Queensberry rules) heavyweight title. Boxing was illegal in San Francisco but such trivialities as city law hardly mattered as city officials and police commissioners embraced the bout, Mechanics Pavilion was secured as a venue and more than 10,000 tickets were sold.
So what happened? Earp was suspect the minute he entered the ring, as he was friends with Sharkey’s manager and should have never been chosen as the referee. When Earp made a controversial call against Fitzsimmons, the crowd went wild. Read the entire story of the fight that ruined Earp’s reputation for the rest of his life at the Guardian.

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Yellowstone National Park

Everyone should travel to Yellowstone National Park at least once in their life. I did a couple of years ago, but there’s so much to see that you’d have to spend weeks there to even scratch the surface. Which means, of course, that there’s a lot to learn about the huge park. It’s got geysers, volcanoes, extremophiles, and more wildlife than you can shake a stick at. But don’t do that -the animals may find it annoying. You don’t want to annoy bears, bison, and wolves. And the things you don’t see are interesting, too.

All Yellowstone National Park territory falls under the legal jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. However, only 96 percent of Yellowstone falls within Wyoming state lines; the remaining four percent is split between Montanan and Idahoan land. This makes Wyoming’s the only district court to oversee land in more than one state.


The previous point is more than just legal trivia. While Yellowstone offers a treasure trove of spectacles that any visitor should make a point to see, the park’s jail isn’t a must-see destination. As of 2006, Yellowstone boasts its own justice system, which includes a courtroom, presiding judge, and four holding cells. Furthermore, major crimes that occur on park grounds fall under the legal jurisdiction of one specifically assigned FBI Agent.
Read more of the history, features, and trivia of Yellowstone National Park at mental_floss.

Some Of The Strangest Side Effects Of The California Drought

California is currently being rocked by one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, and with the drought comes changes to the way we humans live while nature goes on doing what it does best- adapting.
As certain resources dry up others become more plentiful, like the increase in cute little kittens due to the fact that warmer days are ideal for feline breeding.
But the effects of the drought aren’t all warm and fuzzy, as the lack of water has forced rodents to invade homes more and they’re bringing rattlesnakes with them.
So if you live in California do yourself a favor and adopt a few of those new kittens and teach them to hunt all those snakes making their way onto your property…problem solved!

Life on Pluto, Circa 1959

Now that we are learning a lot about Pluto, thanks to the New Horizons probe, maybe its time to revisit a retrofuturistic vision of the former ninth planet. In 1959, author Donald A. Wollheim published what would now be called a YA novel called The Secret of the Ninth Planet.

“I have the feeling I’ve been here before,” Russ said slowly.
Burl felt an odd chill. “Yes, that’s it!”
Haines grumbled. “I know what you mean. I can make a guess. We’ve never really been the right weight since we left Earth. Even under acceleration there were differences one way or the other. But I feel now exactly as I did on Earth. That’s what gives you the odd sensation of return.”
The two younger men realized Haines was right. For the first time since they had left their home world, they were on a planet whose gravity was normal to them. It felt good and yet it felt—in these fearful surroundings—disconcerting.
Well, you have to remember this was 1959, before any American had escaped the pull of gravity. Certainly Pluto has some, more than you’d experience in space flight, but nothing like Earth’s. But the description of Pluto is what’s fascinating about the excerpt at Collector’s Weekly. Too bad it doesn’t include the part where they meet the Plutonians.

New Study Changes What We Know About The Extinction Of Mammoths

A series of warming events some 50,000 years ago could have led to the extinction of megafauna like mammoths and giant sloths, a new study finds.

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Some like it hot, but woolly mammoths and giant sloths didn’t, helping to explain why these animals and other big beasts from the last Ice Age went extinct.
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