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Today in History

1429 Henry VI is crowned King of England.
1812 The first winter snow falls on the French Army as Napoleon Bonaparte retreats form Moscow.
1860 Abraham Lincoln is elected 16th president of the United States.
1861 Jefferson Davis is elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.
1863 A Union force surrounds and scatters defending Confederates at the Battle of Droop Mountain, in West Virginia.
1891 Comanche, the only 7th Cavalry horse to survive George Armstrong Custer’s "Last Stand" at the Little Bighorn, dies at Fort Riley, Kansas.
1911 Maine becomes a dry state.
1917 The Bolshevik "October Revolution" (October 25 on the old Russian calendar), led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, seizes power in Petrograd.
1923 As European inflation soars, one loaf of bread in Berlin is reported to be worth about 140 billion German marks.
1945 The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down.
1973 Coleman Young becomes the first African-American mayor of Detroit, Michigan.
1985 Guerrillas of the leftist 19th of April Movement seize Colombia’s Palace of Justice in Bogata; during the two-day siege and the military assault to retake the building over 100 people are killed, including 11 of the 25 Supreme Court justices.
1986 A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LRR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport; 45 people are killed, the deadliest civilian helicopter crash to date (2013).
1986 The Iran arms-for-hostages deal is revealed, damaging the Reagan administration.
1995 The Rova of Antananarivo, home of Madagascar’s sovereigns from the 16th to the 19th centuries, is destroyed by fire.
1999 Australia’s voters reject a referendum to make the country a republic with a president appointed by Parliament.

Scarecrow punched Tin Man before fleeing with Cowardly Lion

At around 1:00am on Saturday police officers were dispatched to the Stroud Arena in Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, for a fight call.
When South Simcoe police arrived at the scene, they saw a man in costume as the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, being treated by paramedics.
Three ladies, dressed as Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch, and the Wicked Witch of the East, told the officer that the Tin Man had been punched by his friend the Scarecrow.
The Scarecrow didn't have the brains to stick around, and ran away with the Cowardly Lion. It turns out the Tin Man didn't have the heart to lay charges against his friend, and refused to tell the officers anything. He was treated for minor injuries. Officers believe alcohol was involved.

In This Hungarian Festival, Men Wear Monstrous Masks to Scare Away Winter

This is Busójárás, a traditional festival in Hungary that takes place toward the end of February. It began with the Croatian minority living in the town of Mohács in the southern part of the country, but has since spread nationwide.
As part of the festival men known as busós wear heavy coats and horrifying masks. The goal is to look so frightening that winter flees to make way for spring. They also parade in homemade floats down city streets and the Danube River. You can see more colorful photos of this lively festival at the Daily Mail.

What Happens in the Brain When We Go on Autopilot?

Things we do every day -- like driving to work or making coffee -- are handled by the brain in a kind of "blah blah blah" mode that's distinct from when our grey matter knows it needs to flip the switch to "On."

Thanks To Virginia Reforms, These People Are Voting For The First Time In Decades

These Voters Just Guaranteed Their Fellow Workers The Right To A Paid Sick Day

The Staggering Income of America’s 10 Richest CEOs

Investigation launched after inflatable sex dolls were spotted hanging in Council's headquarters

Inflatable sex dolls hanging in the windows of Cambridge City Council's headquarters have triggered a review by venue bosses. Cambridge Guildhall is usually the scene of elected officials deciding on planning applications, mayoral ceremonies or politicians thrashing out the latest budget for Cambridge City Council, and was once home to the law courts and a jail.
But on Friday evening, the sight of a string of 'naked' inflatable dolls hanging from the ceiling of a room in the imposing headquarters overlooking market square could be clearly seen by a startled public walking past the hallowed building on Halloween. A mother-of-two, who asked not to be named, was pleased her young daughter did not look up and see the hanging dolls as they walked past the Guildhall on a family night out.
She said: "I was walking towards the Corn Exchange with my family when I spotted what appeared to be blow-up dolls in the upper windows of the Guildhall. They were clearly naked, and I'm just glad my six-year-old didn't spot them and ask what they were. It's not really the sort of thing you expect to see in a council building." Liz Fraser spotted the dolls and tweeted a photo of them on Twitter. A party was being held at the venue by Cambridge University's Architectural Society.
Cambridge Live, a new charity trust launched on April 1 this year, is now managing the city council's Guildhall conference and event management, including weddings. The trust has now launched a full review of the event, including the blow-up dolls being visible to passers-by. A spokesman said: "Cambridge Live is responsible for the hiring out of the physical spaces in the Guildhall with the content of the evening in question organised by the University Architecture Society, including the arranging of security. We will be doing a full review with the organisers to understand and pick up any issues about the evening, including the positioning of items visible from outside the building".

Bigamist kept second family living in garage under the home of his estranged first wife

An Egyptian man with two wives in northern Italy, was keeping his second wife and three children in a garage under the home of his first wife, who had no idea her husband was a bigamist. Italian police made the discovery on Saturday afternoon when they found a 33-year-old Egyptian woman and her three children, aged three, seven and nine, living in a cluttered fifteen square meter garage beneath a block of council houses in Monza.
The discovery was made after his other wife, a 47-year-old Egyptian with whom he had another three children, aged between three and ten, called the police, but for an entirely different matter. In fact, the 50-year-old's first wife had no idea his second family was living in the garage. She called the police because she spotted the man, who had a restraining order put against him last year for mistreating her and their children, hanging around outside the building and thought he was stalking her.
But it turned out he was just visiting his other family in the garage below. When the police showed up, he told them he was not there to bother his first wife but to see other family, and led them to the garage, where the family had been sleeping on old blankets strewn across the floor. But despite the squalid conditions, police say that they were not being held captive and that they were "free to come and go as they pleased".
They didn't know how long the man's second family had been in Italy, but they suspect the family had been living in the garage for at least "a few weeks". The four were taken to hospital, but found to be in good health. Meanwhile, the man is being questioned as police try to piece together the unusual set of circumstances that led to his second family being housed in the garage. For now, magistrates have charged him with breaking the terms of his restraining order but they are still awaiting confirmation of his second marriage before they can charge him with bigamy.

Strip Clubs Get Away With Exploiting Dancers Every Day, But These Strippers Are Fighting Back

Meet the Racist Convicted Felon ‘Police Expert’ Fox News Calls on to Apologize for Violent Cops

He Survived Three Tours In Iraq But Open Carry Killed Him

He Survived Three Tours In Iraq But Open Carry Killed Him

Male On Male Rape In Military Underreported By Pentagon

Male On Male Rape In Military Underreported By Pentagon

Religious cabals are using religious arbitration to skirt secular law

The Bible, viaReligious cabals are using religious arbitration to skirt secular law
Why worry about Sharia law when we already have our own version of it?

National Geographic Readies Itself For Murdoch Takeover With Layoffs

Just as we predicted.



Chipotle now linked to 35 confirmed E. coli cases

Chipotle now linked to 35 confirmed E. coli cases in Oregon and Washington

Apparently Those Annoying Calorie Counts on Menus Aren’t Helping Anyone Lose Weight

8 Paleo Meals That Actually Taste Good

8 Paleo Meals That Actually Taste Good
They’re delicious—regardless of your diet plan

Opening of All-Decaf Coffee Shop Met with Horror, Outrage

Swiss Water is a company that, in 1933, developed a means to remove 99.9% of caffeine from coffee beans and 100% of joy from life. Taking pride in his unholy achievement, the company has opened a pop-up "coffee" house in Manhattan. In the midst of the moral decay of American civilization, customers to the Art of Coffee Without Caffeine can partake of the product until November 8, provided that the upstanding people of New York City do not put a stop to this deviancy before then.

The Economics Behind Grandma's Tuna Casseroles

We’ve had plenty of posts on the unfortunate cookbooks and magazine recipes of the mid-20th century. Many of those Jell-o/Miracle Whip/Campbell’s Soup concoctions were developed to sell those brands, but some of them became staples of the suburban kitchen. You have to wonder why. Megan McArdle gives us six answers that make sense to those of us who grew up in mid-20th century America. For example:
5. There were a lot of bad cooks around. These days, people who don’t like to cook, or aren’t good at it, mostly don’t. They can serve a rich variety of prepared foods, and enjoy takeout and restaurants. Why would you labor over something you hate, when someone else will sell you something better for only slightly more than it would cost you to make something bad?
In 1950, the answer was “because we’re not made of money.” A restaurant meal was a special treat, not a nightly event, and prepared foods were not so widely available, in part because women tended not to work, but also because food processing technology was [not] so advanced. So women had to cook whether they liked it or not. Many of them didn’t like it, so they looked for ways to reduce the labor involved. And it’s far from obvious that what they did with those shortcuts was worse than what they would have done without them.
My mother was a pretty good cook by the time I was old enough to mourn the change from homemade white sauce to Campbell’s cream of whatever soup. But my dad told me a secret: she only became good with practice, and only because she had to. She’s now an excellent cook. And so am I, but I still made an easy tuna casserole while reading this article because I’m alone and I’m tired of sandwiches. Read the rest of the rationales behind the recipes we now make fun of, at BloombergView.

Man jailed after fishing line was used to smuggle McMuffin to his girlfriend in prison

A man has been jailed for smuggling drugs, a knife and a McMuffin sandwich into Wormwood Scrubs prison in London. CCTV footage showed him outside the jail tying the goods to a fishing line that was pulled into a cell.
Karl Jensen, 27 and his girlfriend, Lisa Mary Hutchinson, 26, both of Ladbroke Grove, were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday. Jensen was jailed for two and a half years and Hutchinson received a 12-month community order. Jensen pleaded guilty to seven charges including conspiracy to supply a class A drug and three counts of conveying an article into prison.
Hutchinson admitted allowing her home to be used for the supply of class A and class B drugs. Police officers were alerted when prison staff spotted Jensen and Hutchinson in Artillery Lane near the prison in October last year. Staff watched on CCTV as Jensen tied a bag to a fishing line and it was hauled up into the prison.

The bag, which was found inside the cell, contained a five-inch blade, a Smartwatch, a mobile phone, cannabis and cocaine. Other smuggled goods included a McDonald's McMuffin, a plastic Kinder Surprise egg containing five Sim cards, a bottle of vodka and USB chargers. Det Con Andy Griffin said the combination of items "could have been deadly."

Man slept in mango orchard after his truck was hit by a train as he chased snakes to photograph

A motorist in Australia's Northern Territory, who fell asleep at the wheel of his pick-up truck, ran a red light and was T-boned by a road train carrying 100,000 liters of fuel had been out “chasing snakes” for photographs in a national park.
Timothy Michael Cook said he woke up in a mango orchard after a “good knock to the head” in the crash, which happened when he shot through the Arnhem Highway lights at the Stuart Highway about 1am on August 22. He said he wasn’t drunk at the time of the crash and went off to sleep after it happened, stating he believed he was concussed.
“I’m sorry for wasting valuable police time while I was sleeping in the orchard,” he told Darwin Magistrates Court. He told police he had worked until 9.30pm the previous night, then went looking for snakes to photograph for a mate who runs Reptile Australia magazine. Police on foot and in cars scoured scrub and properties bordering the roads when they realized he had left the scene.
They were concerned for his “health and well-being” after seeing the state of his Ford Falcon ute. The road train had been traveling at 100kmh and struck the truck with its bull bar. Magistrate Michael Carey said: “You’re very lucky to be sitting here in front of me.” Cook handed himself into Palmerston police station later that morning and was charged with running a red light, driving without due care and leaving a crash scene. He was convicted and fined $1,250.

The Real Story of The Secret Space Station

The main goal of America’s space program in the 1960s was to keep up with, and eventually outdo, the Soviet Union. Space exploration and technical advances were the gravy that came with the race. But one classified project had a different goal- to spy on the USSR. As satellites were developed, both sides started using them for reconnaissance. The U.S. military wanted to step things up with the Manned Orbital Laboratory, essentially a space station orbiting the earth with two astronauts aboard whose 40-day missions would be to take photographs of sensitive targets in the Soviet Union. The program began in 1963.
The MOL design quickly took shape. Essentially a 10-foot-diameter pressurized tube with solar and fuel cells for power, the lab would launch into low orbit atop a Titan rocket. After more than a month circling the planet, their supplies running low, the two-man crew would pack up their film and pile into a reentry capsule for the fiery journey back to Earth. The MOL’s main section would tumble down separately. “Upon mission completion or ascent abort, the laboratory vehicle shall be disposed of in the ocean to avoid compromise of intelligence information,” the Air Force’s MOL operating manual explained.
The Air Force portrayed the program as a giant science project, downplaying the MOL’s military missions. “Experiments related to reconnaissance will attempt to determine man’s capability, with appropriate aids, to point an instrument with accuracy better than 1/2 mile, to adjust for image motion to better than 0.2 percent and to focus precisely (if this is necessary),” Brockway McMillan, Under Secretary of the Air Force, wrote in a letter to one of his generals in March 1964. “These objectives will be classified under normal military security as SECRET.”
The MOL itself wasn’t a secret, but its true purpose was classified until this year. The program was discontinued in 1969, just a year before the first MOL was scheduled to launch. While there were concerns about the project destabilizing relations with the Soviets, that wasn’t the reason it was cancelled. Read the real details about the project at The Daily Beast.

Cloudy with a chance of molten rain

Cloudy with a chance of molten rain
Cloudy with a chance of molten rain
Weather patterns in a mysterious world beyond our solar system have been revealed for the first time, a study suggests. Layers of clouds, made up of hot dust and droplets of molten iron, have been detected on a planet-like object found 75 light years from Earth,...

Shopping center opens parking facility for dogs

The largest shopping center in Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, has introduced a parking facility for dogs. Bayfair Shopping Center's doggy park offers shade, water and a lockable chain for shoppers' four-legged friends.
Bayfair marketing manager Kylie McGregor said the facility had been popular since it was unveiled a week ago. "There's numerous dogs and every time we go out there the customers say 'that's fantastic'," Ms McGregor said. Though some people feared dogs would be vulnerable to theft, Ms McGregor said: "There's lockable collars, it's under surveillance and it's in a high-traffic area.
"In fairness, it's not for every dog owner but we have had dog owners who tie up their dogs to seats or stands outside while they go in. It's a place to give the dog a place, with shade and water." The shopping center had taken calls from concerned customers, especially during summer, when some dogs were left in parked cars.
"If we keep even just one or two dogs safe, then it's worth it," she said. The doggy park is located in the courtyard between the covered carpark and the part of the Bayfair building that hosts Westpac, Kiwibank and the Post Shop. Bayfair and Papamoa Vets' Jill McFarlane said dogs could suffer heat exhaustion within minutes inside a car: "Good on Bayfair for doing this. I think it's a really good idea."

Cows Run with Joy When Meeting New Friends

"Cows, like dogs and humans, experience joy." We are thus informed by Animal Place, an animal rescue sanctuary in Vacaville, California. On this 600-acre facility, neglected farm animals can find new and joyful lives.
In this video, Panda (black and white) and Jazzy (brown) arrive and immediately make new friends. Everyone in the herd, both old members and new, is happy at the new arrivals. They run and romp in the fields together.

Troubled Puppy Soothed by Hearing a Guitar for the First Time

According to her human Ahon Sarkar, Nyx the Bernese mountain puppy has been timid and anxious since being brought to her new home. In trying things to make it easier on the pup, Sarkar found a winning solution with his guitar. Nyx was having trouble falling asleep in her crate until Sarkar gave the pup her first experience hearing the sounds of soft guitar strumming. It wasn't long before the puppy's eyelids were drooping, then dropping into shut position. Sleep well, little cutie

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