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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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Today in History

991 Danes under Olaf Tryggvason kill Ealdorman Brihtnoth and defeat the Saxons at Maldon.
1492 Rodrigo Borgia is elected to the papacy as Pope Alexander VI.
1792 A revolutionary commune is formed in Paris, France.
1856 A band of rampaging settlers in California kill four Yokut Indians. The settlers had heard unproven rumors of Yokut atrocities.
1862 President Abraham Lincoln appoints Union General Henry Halleck to the position of general in chief of the Union Army.
1904 German General Lothar von Trotha defeats the Hereros tribe near Waterberg, South Africa.
1906 In France, Eugene Lauste receives the first patent for a talking film.
1908 Britain’s King Edward VII meets with Kaiser Wilhelm II to protest the growth of the German navy.
1912 Moroccan Sultan Mulai Hafid abdicates his throne in the face of internal dissent.
1916 The Russia army takes Stanislau, Poland, from the Germans.
1929 Babe Ruth hits his 500th major league home run against the Cleveland Indians.
1941 Soviet bombers raid Berlin but cause little damage.
1942 The German submarine U-73 attacks a Malta-bound British convoy and sinks HMS Eagle, one of the world’s first aircraft carriers.
1944 German troops abandon Florence, Italy, as Allied troops close in on the historic city.
1965 A small clash between the California Highway Patrol and two black youths sets off six days of rioting in the Watts area of Los Angeles.
1972 The last U.S. ground forces withdraw from Vietnam.
1975 US vetoes admission of North and South Vietnam to UN.
1978 Funeral of Pope Paul VI.
1984 Carl Lewis wins four Olympic gold medals, tying the record Jesse Owens set in 1936.
1988 Al Qaeda formed at a meeting in Peshawar, Pakistan.
1989 Voyager 2 discovers two partial rings around Neptune.
1990 Troops from Egypt and Morocco arrive in Saudi Arabia as part of the international operation to prevent Iraq from invading.
1999 A tornado in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, kills one person.
2003 Temperatures rise to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius); over 140 people die in the heat wave.
2003 NATO assumes command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, its first major operation outside Europe.

Could an Old-School Tube Amp Make the Music You Love Sound Better?

Music systems, which those of us of a certain age just call “stereos,” started out filled with vacuum tubes, then went to transistors, and finally computer chips. What’s the difference, and which is best? There are a lot of factors involved. The leap from tubes to transistors meant smaller, safer, longer-lasting, and less power-hungry components.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, electronics manufacturers started bailing on tubes because solid-state components were all the rage. In part, it was because the electronics industry wanted something new to sell (sound familiar?), but transistors represented a major improvement over tubes, even if it was a hassle to replicate their linearity, for the simple reason that unlike tubes, solid-state components did not wear out.
“Tubes are it, tubes are the ultimate, but tubes are completely messed up,” Hansen says. “They wear out the minute you turn on a piece of equipment.”
But did those stereos, speakers, and amplifiers lose something in the process? Many audiophiles say that the quality of sound was much better with vacuum tubes. An article at Collectors Weekly runs down the history of sound amplification, the difference between tubes and transistors, and whether it ultimately matters in the experience of fine music.

NFL Star Talks Being An Atheist, 'christian' Fans Immediately Blame Injury On dog’s Wrath

NFL Star Talks Being An Atheist, Christian Fans Immediately Blame Injury On God’s WrathStupid 'christians' hilariously assume an atheist football player’s injury is from angering dog and not, say, playing an extremely physical contact sport.

Street Food

Food on the go was an integral part of daily life in the empire, generally enjoyed with wine, gambling or even prostitutes.

Husband Surprises Wife with Pregnancy Announcement

Sam and Nia are obviously from the internet generation, where everything is recorded and everything is shared. He doesn't have to hide the camera, because she's used to it. The following video contains some intimate details of their bathroom habits, but if you can overlook that, you’ll enjoy the story.
Nia had her suspicions, but Sam found out that Nia is pregnant before she did. her reaction is priceless, as is that of their two kids. 

Sexting: Everybody is doing it

Sexting: Everybody is doing it and researchers say that's a good thing

NJ cop sexting teens from police issued cell phone

NJ cop accused of sexting teens from department-issued cell phone to be released to house arrest

Vermont woman kills social services worker after losing custody of her daughter

Police at crime scene where DCF employee Laura Sobel was killed - screenshot
A Vermont woman has been taken into custody after she allegedly used a high-powered rifle with a scope to shoot and kill a social services worker after losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter.
Editor's Note: She is suspected in the killing of three family remembers as well. 

Drunk driving woman put Gypsy curse on police officers

A woman has been banned from driving for 16 months after putting a curse on police who caught her drink-driving. Teresa Codona, of Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, repeatedly told the officers who arrested her “may you live to see your children die” adding “and that is a true Gypsy curse”. The 41-year-old mother-of-four was pulled over by PSNI at around 2.45am when they saw a red transit van reversing into the road in Cookstown before swerving to the left and then to the right. The court heard that when police stopped the defendant they could smell alcohol on her breath and that her words were slurred when she spoke. Codona then tested “positive for excess alcohol” in her breath at the scene. When arrested she was then said to have “become extremely irate and aggressive” striking out at police officers twice. Before placing the curse on officers, the court heard how she told them “I was trying to save lives”.
She then added aggressively “do not touch me, do not touch me” after which she was arrested and placed in handcuffs. A later blood alcohol test provided a lower reading of 88mg per 100 milliliters of blood. In her defense, counsel told the court Codona’s 17-year-old son had a liver transplant some years ago, leaving him significantly ill and needing to attend weekly hospital appointments locally and monthly in Belfast - which she takes him to. But her lawyer did accept that the letter about her son’s illness was quite dated.
The court then heard that, by way of explanation for Codona’s actions, she said she “went to close the gates as there were a number of young males driving aggressively” around at the time, and she wanted to stop them. After hearing the case, District Judge John Meehan, fined the defendant a total of £215, including a £15 offender’s levy, and disqualified her from driving for 16 months, after which she must retake her driving test before being allowed back on the road. He did however add that Codona could have a 25% reduction in her driving ban if she completed a drink driving course.

Men arrested for burglary said they didn’t know it was wrong to steal from vacant properties

Two Florida men arrested on Monday on various theft and burglary charges may be still trying to figure out what they did wrong.
Lake County sheriff’s deputies said Daniel T. Baker, 40, and Robert Richardson, 19, said they didn’t know it was wrong to steal from a vacant structure.
According to an arrest affidavit, deputies received a call just after 2pm on Monday that a pick-up truck had just left with a stove and refrigerator from a vacant home in Altoona. A deputy later spotted GMC truck. The driver, Baker, admitted to taking the items but said the home was vacant so no one owned the appliances.
During the traffic stop, the deputy became aware of a similar burglary from a trailer on the same street and found the stolen items in the back of the truck. Richardson said the trailer was vacant and he didn’t understand why it was stealing. Both men, from Altoona, remain in the Lake County jail.

Long-Necked Elasmosaur was the Prehistoric Loch Ness Monster

An ancient animal that bears a striking resemblance to the Loch Ness Monster -- but that's been extinct for 70 million years -- has emerged from the side of a mountain.
Known as an elasmosaur, the creature roamed the oceans during the Late Cretaceous period. In addition to its signature long neck, the elasmosaur sported two distinct pairs of limbs that scientists think resembled paddles.
Researchers from the University of Alaska Museum of the North recently uncovered Alaska's first elasmosaur specimen in the Talkeetna Mountains.
"We got a good chunk of the animal, but there is still more to excavate," said Earth sciences curator Patrick Druckenmiller in a press release. Druckenmiller added that he hoped to recover the remainder of the creature next year.

Dog Videos

Are you as tired of stupid cat videos as we are?
This Little Dog Is Determined to Keep the Balloon from Touching the Ground
Rose, a Boston Terrier, has invented a great game! She wants to keep the balloon in the air. She bumps it with her nose, keeping it from hitting the ground. And Rose is good at this game!
Max Gets a Drink

Did you pay a couple grand for a state-of-the-art refrigerator with in-door ice and water dispensers and fancy electronic controls? Maybe you ought to invest in a security camera, too, to determine whether you are drinking water from a nozzle drenched in dog drool.
Max discovered how to activate the water dispenser on the refrigerator so he can get a drink anytime he wants. Smart dog, expensive drinking fountain.

The Rescue Swimming Dogs of the Italian Coast Guard

Big, brave, and strong swimmers--Newfoundland dogs have all of the natural characteristics of a rescue swimmer. That's why the Italian Coast Guard employs them for that purpose.
Roberto Gasparri, a dog trainer who works with this program, explained to Dog Heirs that these dogs have a great advantage while in the water:
The dog becomes a sort of intelligent lifebuoy. It is a buoy that goes by itself to a person in need of help, and comes back to the shore also by himself, choosing the best landing point and swimming through the safest currents.
The Newfoundlands can jump out of boats and helicopters and swim through dangerous waters to people in need. Once they reach someone in the water, the victim can grab onto the dog's lifejacket and rest while the dog pulls him to safety.

A Spider Web as Long as a Football Field

A spider web in the north Dallas suburb of Lakeside Park passes from tree to tree and stretches about as long as a football field and up to 40 feet high. Can a spider really spin a web that size? No, but hundreds of spiders can, if they cooperate with each other.
Most spiders work alone, but these massive webs encompass hundreds of spiders -- seemingly working together. Scientists suggest the webs are strung in cooperation in order to take advantage of rare influxes of insects, a hatch of midges or other water-borne insects from the nearby lake.
The spider species has not yet been identified, but is believed to be similar to the Tetragnathus guatamalensis species that built a similar community web in Lake Tawakoni State Park, Texas, in 2007. They are not harmful to people, and experts say it’s best to just let them be. Alrighty then.

The Painted Elephants of India

Charles Fréger, a French photographer, travels the world to reveal to his audiences great mysteries. In the past, we've seen his depictions of the Wild Men of Europe--costumed representations of a folklore stock character. In 2013, he attended and photographed an elephant festival in Jaipur, India. The Daliy Telegraph reports:
The elephants are decorated specially for the festival, their hides painted bright colours, ears adorned with dangling jewels, anklets decked with bells, and tusks decorated with gold and silver rings. Their mahouts dress up in brocade jackets and brightly coloured turbans.
For every other day of the year the elephants are working animals. Traditionally bred and trained for heavy forest work, nowadays they carry tourists up to the Amber Palace, a 12-mile round trip from Jaipur. They are dressed and painted for weddings and special ceremonies, and of course for the festival.

Naughty pet company ads banned from back of buses

A pet company's edgy advertising has been banned from buses in Christchurch, New Zealand. Pet Central wanted to run ads to promote its three stores on the back of Christchurch's buses but were told by Environment Canterbury (ECan) they were unacceptable because of their "sexual and drug implications". One of the ads features a sketch of the cat tangled in a ball of wool alongside the words 'Puss tangled? Grooming Supplies at Pet Central' while another has a sketch of a fish swimming through weeds next to the words 'Fresh weed weekly. Get your oxygen weed at Pet Central.'
Pet Central owner Linda Ashworth was shocked they were judged too naughty by ECan. "We have not spoken to any person who has taken offense at them," she said. ECan defended its decision not to allow the ads on the buses, saying it had to think about their impact on children. "Like everyone, we appreciate good humor. And of course we see the humor in these ads," ECan's public transport manager David Stenhousesaid. "Individual bus companies usually make the decision on advertisements through their media agency. However, they come to us for a second opinion if they are unsure whether it is appropriate for the audience.
"In this case, these ads are not appropriate for bus backs because of their sexual and drug implications. Our buses are publicly funded, and we believe we have a responsibility to the huge number of children who are exposed to bus advertising when they take or follow the buses," Stenhouse said. "We have not been approached by Pet Central over these advertisements. Our contact was with the bus company and advertising agency," he said. Ashworth admitted the company had deliberately set out to push the boundaries with its advertising but did not believe it had over-stepped the mark. "We are a small company and we are trying to get an edge in the Christchurch market.

"We don't have a lot of money. It's just me. We wanted to have a bit of fun. We wanted people to see the ads and go wow, that's cool what are they going to come with next," Ashworth said. She had tried to get a meeting with ECan to discuss what they found offensive so she could make changes to the adverts, but had been refused. "I think whoever it is who made the decision thinks me and my creative lady are two young girls who are a highly sexed and smoke a lot of dope. If they saw us they would get quite a shock because we are in our 50s and prim and proper," Ashworth said. "We've come to an absolute block wall so we've had to put them on billboards which is not what we wanted to do. We wanted them on the back of the buses."

Man hiked for two days while carrying his dog after it was attacked by a crocodile

A pig hunter in North Queensland, Australia, hiked through the bush for two days, carrying his wounded dog in his arms, after it was attacked by a crocodile along a remote Cape York river. Wayne Best, a bushie, had been out hunting with his bull Arab/greyhound cross Choco along the banks of the Mitchell River, about 300km northwest of Cairns, last Friday morning. The 3½-year-old dog had chased a feral pig close to the river, and cornered it against the bank, when a large saltwater crocodile lunged out of the waterway and grabbed the solid canine by its rear. “It went for the dog and just got him by the arse end, picked him up and just shook him and then went under water,’’ Mr Best said. “That was all that I saw of him.
“About two minutes later, (Choco) pops up again and I didn’t see the croc, and he swam back in (to land). I just grabbed him out of the water and threw him up on the bank there. I had to take him back to camp, splinted him up and fixed a few holes in him, in his belly and stuff like that.” With the nearest community about 100km away, and no vehicle of his own, Mr Best had no choice but start walking through the scrub towards the Burke Developmental Road. When Choco became too heavy to carry, Mr Best fed his wounded pet painkillers from his first aid kit, to allow the animal to hobble along for short distances next to him. After walking an estimated 60km, the duo were able to flag down a motorist, who drove them as far as Chillagoe.
Mr Best and his dog then hiked for another 20km before they were able to hitch another ride to Dimbulah, where he was eventually spotted walking along the highway by long-time friend Shane Waymouth. Mr Waymouth drove Choco the rest of the way to Mareeba, where the dog received emergency treatment at Mareeba Veterinary Surgery on Tuesday morning. Choco was found to have suffered a broken left hind leg, requiring intensive surgery on Thursday afternoon. Mareeba vet Dr Ethan Maloney said Choco’s injuries were indeed consistent with a crocodile attack. “He’s a very lucky dog,’’ Dr Maloney said. “The best thing Wayne did was bring the dog straight to the clinic. It’s going to be a very long recovery, but for the moment, the dog is alive.” Mr Best, who lives off the land most of the year, said he was willing to do whatever it took to save his best friend’s life.
“He’s my mate. He’s like family to me,’’ Mr Best said. “He’s my best friend to me in the whole world. Money means nothing to me. I just want him better. I walked a long way for him, but I would have walked a million and one miles for him if need be.” Mr Best said he had encountered a few crocs, but the one that attacked Choco had thrown him around like a toothpick. “He was a big croc,’’ he said. “He’d be easily over 20ft (6m). I’ve seen a lot of crocs in my life, but he was definitely a big one. If Choco hadn’t been attacked, I would still be on the river myself. It could have gone for me, and nobody would have known where I was.” Mareeba Veterinary Surgery say that Choco is recovering well and is due to be discharged from the clinic and reunited with his owner on Monday. Mr Best and Mr Waymouth had been desperately trying to raise money to pay for Choco’s surgery, with Mr Best chasing fruit-picking work to help pay for the $2,300 vet bill. However, Choco's vet bill has now been paid in full thanks to dozens of donations from the public.

Orphaned baby monkey given piggy back by dog

A motorist in Malaysia spotted an orphaned baby monkey getting a piggy back from a dog. Zainal Azman Hj Bidin saw the dog with the young primate clinging tightly to its back in Temerloh, Pahang.
He said the monkey appeared to be recently orphaned and was being cared for by the dog. "These animals have a gentle nature that should exist in all mankind," he says.

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