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Today in History

1517 Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the cult at Wittenberg in Germany. Luther’s theories and writings inaugurate protestantism, shattering the external structure of the medieval cult and at the same time devolving the religious consciousness of Europe.
1803 Congress ratifies the purchase of the entire Louisiana area in North America, adding territory to the U.S. which will eventually become 13 more states.
1838 A mob of about 200 attacks a mormon camp in Missouri, killing 20 men, women and children.
1864 Nevada becomes the 36th state.
1941 After 14 years of work, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is completed.
1952 The United States explodes the first hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1968 The bombing of North Vietnam is halted by the United States.
1971 Saigon begins the release of 1,938 Hanoi POW’s.
1984 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi by two Sikh members of her bodyguard.
1998 Iraq announces it will no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
1999 EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into Atlantic Ocean killing all 217 people on board.
2000 Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station.
2002 Former Enron Corp. CEO Andrew Fastow convicted on 78 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and wire fraud; the Enron collapse cost investors millions and led to new oversight legislation.


Samhain (pronounced /ˈsɑːwɪn/ SAH-win or /ˈs.ɪn/ SOW-in[1] Irish pronunciation: [sˠaunʲ]) is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, Samhain is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, which is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Similar festivals are held at the same time of year in other Celtic lands; for example the Brythonic Calan Gaeaf (in Wales), Kalan Gwav (in Cornwall), and Kalan Goañv (in Brittany).
Samhain is believed to have pagan origins and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times. The Mound of the Hostages, a Neolithic passage tomb at the Hill of Tara, is aligned with the Samhain sunrise.[2] It is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and many important events in Irish mythology happen or begin on Samhain. It was the time when cattle were brought back down from the summer pastures and when livestock were slaughtered for the winter. As at Beltane, special bonfires were lit. These were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers and there were rituals involving them.[3] Like Beltane, Samhain was seen as a liminal time, when the boundary between this world and the Otherworld could more easily be crossed. This meant the Aos Sí, the 'spirits' or 'fairies', could more easily come into our world. Most scholars see the Aos Sí as remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits. At Samhain, it was believed that the Aos Sí needed to be propitiated to ensure that the people and their livestock survived the winter. Offerings of food and drink were left outside for them. The souls of the dead were also thought to revisit their homes seeking hospitality. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. Mumming and guising were part of the festival, and involved people going door-to-door in costume (or in disguise), often reciting verses in exchange for food. The costumes may have been a way of imitating, and disguising oneself from, the Aos Sí. Divination rituals and games were also a big part of the festival and often involved nuts and apples. In the late 19th century, Sir John Rhys and Sir James Frazer suggested that it was the "Celtic New Year", and this view has been repeated by some other scholars.[4]
In the 9th century CE, Western christianity shifted the date of All Saints' Day to 1 November, while 2 November later became All Souls' Day. Over time, Samhain and All Saints'/All Souls' merged to create the modern Halloween.[5] Historians have used the name 'Samhain' to refer to Gaelic 'Halloween' customs up until the 19th century.[6]
Since the latter 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Samhain, or something based on it, as a religious holiday.[7] Neopagans in the Southern Hemisphere often celebrate Samhain at the other end of the year (about 1 May)

22 Horror Movie Facts

Spooky things are happening on the set of the mental_floss List Show. Weird things also happen on the sets of horror films, which you’ll learn about in this episode. Find out which films are based on true stories, which productions were plagued with bad luck, and where horror novelists and screenwriters get their ideas. 


What is astonishing, say archaeologists, is not only the number of the shipwrecks but also the diversity of the cargoes.
The unprecedented discovery was concentrated in an area of just 17 square miles.

How To Survive A Free-Falling Elevator

The free falling elevator trope is so overused that audiences know just what to expect when "things go wrong" with an elevator while main characters are on board, but would you know what to expect in real life?
Elevator cables almost never snap in real life, and when they do most commercial elevators have secondary cables, brakes and air pressure on their side to keep the elevator, and its occupants, from going splat.
That being said, it never hurts to discover some new survival tips and tricks, and watching this video from Business Insider might make all the difference if you ever meet with an elevator mishap.

Top Ten of the World's Most Dangerous Airports

Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barthélemy
"They say" the odds of dying in a plane crash are minute. Usually a comparison is made to deaths in car accidents, which are much more likely. Supposedly the odds of dying in a plane crash are one in eleven million. That statistic should at least somewhat ease the nerves of anxious flyers. That is, unless they happen to be flying in or out of the airports shown here. Each of them are on a list of the top ten most dangerous airports, and simply seeing pictures of each explains most of the reasons why.
One example, pictured above, is the Gustaf III Airport, located on the French island of Saint Barthelemy in the Carribean. With an area of only 9.7 square miles, the entire surface of St. Bart leaves not much room for any type of mechanical error. Its airport, located mainly on the slope of a hill, allows only for small aircraft that carry up to 20 passengers.
Follow this link to see photos of nine other airports considered by this article to be the world's most dangerous.

Modern art installation cleared away by cleaners who mistook it for rubbish

Cleaning staff at the Museion modern art gallery in Bolzano, Italy, mistakenly cleared up a modern art exhibit they thought was the remnants of the previous night's party. On Friday night, there was a gathering at the gallery and on Saturday morning the cleaning team got to work.
On arrival, they found empty bottles strewn across the floor, cigarette buts, confetti and even shoes and clothes. It looked like it had been quite a night, but the cleaning staff were unfazed and set about restoring order. However, these were not the remnants of the previous night's party but an art exhibition called 'We were going to dance tonight' by Milanese artists Goldschmied & Chiari.
The artistic installment was aimed at satirizing the lavish parties and excesses of the Italian political classes during the 1980s. Yet, clearly it was a case of art imitating life a bit too convincingly. “Of course we warn staff not to clean away art,” gallery curator Letizia Ragaglia said. “We told them just to clean the foyer because that's where the event on Friday night had been.
"Evidently, they mistook the installation for the foyer...” Fortunately, all was not lost. After organizing the 'rubbish' art into separate bin bags for glass and plastic, the cleaners realized their error before they threw out the artworks for good. “We will try to put it back as it was, using photos to help us,” Ragaglia said.

The First Person Ever to Run a Marathon Without Talking About It

"She never mentioned anything... but I started to notice a pattern. Six runs a week. A long run every weekend... suddenly it just hit me: she was going to be the first person to run a marathon without telling anyone about it."
Her husband's mind was blown. How could it be possible for anyone to run a marathon without telling anyone? Watch this fascinating and inspiring footage to understand how this could ever happen.

Marathon runner-up faces fraud charges after sneaking in to just run the final kilometer

A Kenyan man who breezed past exhausted competitors to a second-place marathon finish was arrested by police after they realized he had simply hidden in the crowd and only joined in the final stretch of of the 26-mile race. The man, identified as 28-year-old Julius Njogu, will face fraud charges for cheating his way into second place at Kenya’s Nairobi International Marathon.
Njogu claimed second place in a sprint finish after passing other runners in the final stretch at Nyayo National Stadium. He was in line to claim around $7,000 in prize money before being caught out and disqualified. Officials said they became suspicious because Njogu showed no signs of fatigue and was not sweating when he had supposedly just run 42 kilometers (26 miles).
They discovered that he’d run barely one kilometre after emerging from a bunch of onlookers and joining the leading group of runners just outside the stadium. Through the final few meters, Njogu jogged easily past a weary-looking Shadrack Kiptoo to cross second. Joshua Kipkorir won the men’s race in two hours, 13 minutes and 25 seconds.

Njogu then argued with race officials, even removing his running shoes in an apparent attempt to show organizers blisters on his feet to prove he’d run the entire course. “I followed the leading team from start to finish and I didn’t see him,” said race director Ibrahim Hussein. “He will not be recognized and I’m so disappointed that one can cheat in this modern age. He didn’t finish second.”

Man sent to jail after starting brawl at Monopoly tournament

A man was arrested after officers say he started a brawl during a Monopoly tournament.
After John Litton, 69, arrived at the 7th Annual Stone County OACAC Monopoly Tournament in Branson West, Missouri, on Saturday, event organizers asked him to sit out this year's tournament.
This was due to unsportsmanlike conduct during the 2014 tournament. That's when officers say Litton started fighting with others in the room. No one was seriously injured in the brawl.
Litton now faces five counts of assault (3rd degree), disturbing the peace, and trespassing. He's being held in the Stone County jail without bond.

Indiana Jones arrested after high-speed chase

A man is facing charges after Sheriff's deputies said he sped away during a traffic stop on Sunday night.
Indiana Z. Jones of Rushville, New York, was charged with several offenses following a police pursuit that began in the village and ended in the town of Benton. Yates County deputies said the incident began at about 10:30pm following an attempted traffic stop in the village.
Jones is accused of leading a deputy on a pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Deputies successfully deployed “stop sticks” in Benton, which disabled Jones’s tyres. He was taken into custody, arraigned in Potter Town Court and remanded to the Yates County Bail in lieu of unspecified bail.
Jones, 21, was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer, obstructing governmental administration, reckless operation, speeding, speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to comply with a lawful order, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, driving an uninspected and unregistered vehicles, improper license plates, driving without insurance and multiple vehicular equipment infractions.

Non Sequitur


Billionaire-Backed IUD Is Fighting the Republican Cabal War on Women's Bodies

Topless protesters slap Missouri city with lawsuit over ‘decency’ ordinance criminalizing breastfeeding women

Protesters with "Free the Nipple" movement in Springfield, MO (Screenshot/KSPR)
The ordinance has been stirring controversy, and according to the ACLU’s lawsuit, the way it’s worded could render breastfeeding children over 1 year old illegal.

Cornell University Boots Creepy Fox News Goon Off Campus For Hitting On College Girls

Image via Houston Press blogs
O’Reilly’s favorite Fox 'News' goon was thrown out on his ass by Cornell University officials for being annoying and creeping out female students.

This Woman Pretended To Be Drunk To See What Men Will Do

Watch This Woman Pretend To Be Drunk To See What Men Will Do (VIDEO)
This is a huge wake-up call.
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Instead Of Helping The Homeless, Cop Dresses As Homeless Person To Write Tickets

Instead Of Helping The Homeless, Cop Dresses As Homeless Person To Write Tickets (VIDEO)There are thousands of homeless people on the street daily in Maryland, and these cops used a “homeless guy” disguise to raise some revenue, rather than help solve the problem.

Man arrested after mooning children from roof of Scooby Doo van

In front of "many children," a man pulled down his pants after jumping on top of a Scooby Doo van in a park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to police who arrested the suspect for indecent exposure.
Justin Keneston, a 21-year-old carpenter, was arrested on Saturday evening after police received reports of a disturbance at the oceanfront Plyler Park. When officers located Keneston, he smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech, according to a police report. Keneston, who was drinking a Budweiser, was initially arrested for public intoxication.
The arresting officers, the report notes, were approached by multiple witnesses who said that Keneston had “jumped onto a Scooby Doo van that was in the middle of the park” and “proceeded to pull down his pants and expose his rear end.” The witnesses added that there were “many children around the park who saw the offender do this.”
In addition to the misdemeanor public intoxication count, Keneston was charged with felony indecent exposure. Keneston was booked into the county jail, where he is being held in lieu of $3,262 bond. The full-sized Mystery Machine was on display in the park as part of Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk Fright Nights festivities. The vehicle is available for “conventions, birthdays, pick up service, special events, and ghost tours.”

After Denying Same-Sex Couple A Joint Birth Certificate, Utah Must Pay Them $24,000

Jared Fogle’s Never-Before-Heard Recordings Reveal Highly Disturbing Confessions

Jared Fogle’s Never-Before-Heard Recordings Reveal Highly Disturbing Confessions (VIDEO)These are the newly released secret audio recordings of Jared Fogle discussing his sicko ways. HIGHLY DISTURBING. Unbelievable that he was given a plea deal.

Trucker kicked out of seminary for self-circumcision admits to molesting 9 boys at anti-Semitic cult

Kevin Sloniker
Kevin Sloniker, an Idaho long-haul trucker, has been charged with rape and lewd conduct involving two underage boys and is a suspect in the sexual abuse of at least eight other boys.

Fox News 'expert': South Carolina cop who flipped black teen out of her desk was ‘polite’

Fox guest Mark Fuhrman (Screenshot)Fox News 'expert': South Carolina cop who flipped black teen out of her desk was ‘polite’



The sun is brightening ...

The sun is brightening — but not in China
Haze due to weak winds and air pollution is reducing surface solar radiation in China, which has major consequences for the climate, the environment and the economy. These are the findings of a research report now being published in Scientific Reports. An...

As Large Animals Disappear, The Loss of Their Poop Hurts the Planet

Animals eat, wander, then excrete. Their excretions contain essential fertilizers, notably phosphorus. Otherwise, the distribution of phosphorus tends to follow gravity and get washed into the ocean.
There are fewer large animals today then in centuries past, especially fewer wild large animals. Most large domesticated species, such as cattle, are fenced in. This impairs the spread of manure-sourced nutrients. Chris Doughty of Oxford University explained to the Washington Post that this trend could make it harder to find phosphorus in the future:
"Large free-ranging animals are much less abundant than they once were. Today, if scientists were to study the role of animals they would find that it is important but small," Doughty explained. "However, in the past, we hypothesize that it would have been at least an order of magnitude larger than today. Essentially, we have replaced wild free-roaming animals with fenced domestic cattle that cannot move nutrients in the same way."
The loss of whale poop is especially bad:
But today, the researchers estimate, whales only bring 165 million pounds of phosphorus up annually. That's just 23 percent of their previous contribution. Phosphorus movement by birds and fish that come inland after eating in the sea (like salmon, for example) are just 4 percent what they once were.

Who Loves Fall Leaves? Stella the Yellow Lab

Most Labrador retrievers will go to any length to get a ball that's thrown to them, even if one throws the ball all day long. Stella is no different. But this playful pup obviously loves the autumn twist of having the ball thrown into a big pile of leaves. If only dogs could rake and bag them as well as they scatter them!

Dog named Trigger shot owner in the foot

A woman in Indiana is recovering after being shot by her dog in an unusual hunting accident, an environment official says.
The woman, named as Allie Carter, 25, was hunting waterfowl on Saturday in the north of the state, Jonathon Boyd, an Indiana conservation officer said.
She put down her 12-gauge shotgun but her chocolate Labrador stepped on it, shooting her in the foot. To add insult to injury, the dog was named Trigger.
Mr Boyd said she suffered injuries to her left foot and toes and has since been released from hospital. He said Ms Carter had not completed a hunter education course and urged all prospective hunters to do so.

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