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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Today in History

1499 Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is executed.
1778 Indians, led by William Butler, massacre the inhabitants of Cherry Valley, N.Y.
1831 Nat Turner, a slave who led a revolt against slave owners, is hanged in Jerusalem, Virginia.
1889 Washington becomes the 42nd state of the Union.
1909 Construction begins on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
1918 The German leaders sign the armistice ending World War I.
1919 The first two-minutes’ silence is observed in Britain to commemorate those who died in the Great War.
1921 The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery is dedicated.
1922 Canada’s Vernon McKenzie urges to fight U.S. propaganda with taxes on U.S. magazines.
1933 The first of the great dust storms of the 1930s hits North Dakota.
1935 Albert Anderson and Orvil Anderson set a new altitude record in South Dakota, when they float to 74,000 feet in a balloon.
1938 Irving Berlin’s "God Bless America" is performed for the first time by singer Kate Smith.
1940 Britain’s Royal Navy attacks the Italian fleet at Taranto.
1944 Private Eddie Slovik is convicted of desertion and sentenced to death for refusing to join his unit in the European Theater of Operations.
1953 The polio virus is identified and photographed for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1966 The United States launches Gemini 12, a two-man orbiter, into orbit.
1970 U.S. Army Special Forces raid the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam but find no prisoners.
1973 Israel and Egypt sign a cease-fire.
1973 The Soviet Union is kicked out of World Cup soccer for refusing to play Chile.
1987 An unidentified buyer buys Vincent Van Gogh’s painting "Irises" from the estate of Joan Whitney Payson for $53.9 million at Sotheby’s in New York.
1993 Sculpture honoring women who served in the Vietnam War dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
1999 House of Lords Act reforming Britain’s House of Lords, given Royal Assent; the act removed the right to hereditary seats (sitting members were permitted to remain).
2001 Journalists Pierre Billaud (France), Johanne Sutton (France) and Voker Handloik (Germany) killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy in which they were traveling.
2004 New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Museum, Wellington.
2004 Palestine Liberation organization confirms the death of its longtime chairman Yasser Arafat; cause of death has never been conclusively determined.
2006 Queen Elizabeth II unveils New Zealand War Memorial in London.
2008 RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)sets sail on her final voyage, bound for Dubai.

Young Girl Has No Idea How to Hang up a Phone

Layla appears to be about 10 years old. Her father hands her a phone--and landline phone with a cord--and asks her to hang it up.
She asks, "How do you do that?"
That's a good question if cell phones have been dominant since the day you were born. This phone has no touchscreen or a red hang-up button. It's a relic of our distant past, when we had to make do with stone knives and bear skins.
Be thankful, Layla, that you were born when you were.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gone with the Wind

Author Margaret Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900. To mark the occasion of what would have been her 115th birthday, there are trivia and tributes all over the internet. Flavorwire brings you one focused on the movie based on Mitchell’s novel Gone With The Wind. It premiered in Atlanta on December 15th in 1939.
But the premiere was not without its controversy. Racial tensions in the city abounded, and black actors were banned from appearing at the gala, as well as all promotional material, due to segregation laws. This upset producer David O. Selznick who tried to include star Hattie McDaniel in the celebrations, but MGM advised against it. Clark Gable came to the defense of McDaniel and threatened to boycott the premiere, but the actress convinced him it would be better to attend.
You’ll also learn about the big stars who were rejected for roles, the egregious pay differential, and the real reason Clark Gable wouldn’t work with director George Cuckor, in a Gone With The Wind retrospective at Flavorwire.

This Woman Had a Rare Disease That Made Her Believe She Was Dead

This Woman Had a Rare Disease That Made Her Believe She Was Dead
“I kind of described it once as feeling like I was on fire inside.”

Terrible and True Tales of People Who Were Buried Alive

It was common for members of the public to suffer from taphophobia (the fear of being buried alive) during the 18th and 19th centuries. Outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and smallpox were events in which many bodies were buried in a short period of time; sometimes victims of illnesses would be incapacitated, unable to move or speak.The linked article below lists accounts of people being buried alive that were published in various American newspapers. The author uses quotes around the word 'true' when describing them as "'true' stories" probably because some are hearsay. Here's one story from the January 2, 1904 issue of The Wichita Beacon:
"Independence, Mo. Jan. 2.— George Hayword, a manufacturing jeweler,died here recently. He was 82 years of age. Until two weeks ago he was strong and worked every day at his trade. Mr. Hayward when a young man in England was buried alive.

This is the story of his startling experience as told by Mr. Hayward:

'It was in Marshville, County of Gloucester, England, where I was buried. While helping to haul straw one day by accident I was struck in the head with a pitchfork. It penetrated my skull and made me feel faint and dizzy. Two doctors were called. One of them insisted that my condition was due to a blow on the head and the other that I had pleurisy...
Two weeks elapsed and my eyes closed in supposed death... Yet I was painfully conscious of every movement going around. As soon as the undertaker arrived I knew I was to be buried alive.
Well the time for the funeral arrived and then the burial. Suddenly the shoveling ceased and the silence of the tomb was complete. I did not seem to have the fear then that a person would naturally expect under such circumstances. All I remember is that the grave is a lonely place and the silence of the tomb was horribly oppressive.  A dreamy sensation came over me and a sense of suffocation became apparent.

Kansas Teacher Who Showed Anti-Bullying Video Returns To School After Outcry

John Oliver blasts our $80 billion prison and parole system that is setting ex-cons ‘up to fail’

John Oliver - (HBO's Last Week Tonight screenshot)
On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver continued his focus on the American legal system and how it impacts the poor by taking a look at what former prisoners have to look forward to after they leave jail.

Sotomayor rips Supreme Court for letting cops get away with a ‘shoot first, think later’ approach to violence

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
In a powerfully written dissent, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor criticized the thinking of some of her fellow justices after the court dismissed a case involving a police officer fatally shooting a fleeing suspect.

Florida cop shows up too ‘wasted’ to accept award for DUI arrests from Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Drunk man with car keys - Shutterstock
Florida cop shows up too ‘wasted’ to accept award for DUI arrests from Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Nebraska cops waited a year to press charges in rape case

Image: Javohn Templeman and Nicholas Bregg, the men accused of raping and abusing an unconscious 16-year-old Ohama girl (screencap)
Omaha, Nebraska authorities are under scrutiny for the prosecution of a rape case in which an unconscious 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by multiple attackers and photos of the incident were distributed on social media.

Massachusetts woman creates and posts sketch of her stalker on Facebook after police prove worthless

Sketch of alleged Massachusetts stalker - Facebook
“[The police] kept telling me to try to get a picture of him, which a) is a little hard to do when you’re being attacked, and b) is pretty much pointless when you have a phone that is one step up from a flip phone."

The deadly truth about loneliness

A lonely old man (David Hodgson/Flickr)
Almost all of us have experienced loneliness at some point. It is the pain we have felt following a breakup, perhaps the loss of a loved one, or a move away from home.

‘Darkness’ of economic malaise and early death is spreading over the middle class

Paul Krugman speaks to ABC News (screen grab)
Krugman was referring to data from a recent paper by economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case which found that premature deaths have surged among one U.S. demographic, whites ages 45 to 54.

Some Target Employees Will Have To Skip Thanksgiving Dinner And Go To Work

This Ad Proves Walmart Is Terrified Of The Fight For $15 Movement

There’s been a lot of good news for Walmart employees over the past year. The company has decided to raise their starting wage to $9 dollars an hour,...

Climate Change May Force 100 Million People Into Poverty

Climate Change May Force 100 Million People Into Poverty (VIDEO)
The fossil fuel industry is destroying decades of human progress.

NASA just saw something come out of a black hole for the first time ever

by Trent Moore
You don’t have to know a whole lot about science to know that black holes typically suck things in, not spew things out. But NASA just spotted something mighty strange at the supermassive black hole Markarian 335.
Two of NASA’s space telescopes, including the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), miraculously observed a black hole’s corona “launched” away from the supermassive black hole. Then a massive pulse of X-ray energy spewed out. So, what exactly happened? That’s what scientists are trying to figure out now.
“This is the first time we have been able to link the launching of the corona to a flare,” Dan Wilkins, of Saint Mary’s University, said. “This will help us understand how supermassive black holes power some of the brightest objects in the universe.”
NuSTAR’s principal investigator, Fiona Harrison, noted that the nature of the energetic source is “mysterious,” but added that the ability to actually record the event should provide some clues about the black hole's size and structure, along with (hopefully) some fresh intel on how black holes function. Luckily for us, this black hole is still 324 million light-years away.
So, no matter what strange things it’s doing, it shouldn’t have any effect on our corner of the universe.

This Dog Responds to Commands Only When Given in a French Accent

Sacré bleu! Ce petit chien aime français!
This is Archie, a Jack Russell Terrier was a stray before being rescued by the Dogs Trust in western London. He's lived there for the past 8 months. His most frequent companion has been Marie-Helene Leoni, a teacher who volunteers at the animal shelter on the weekends. She's French, so when she speaks English, she does so with a French accent.
Now, the shelter staff has discovered, Archie will respond to them only when they speak in a fake French accent. The Daily Telegraph reports:
She has been taking Archie for walks near her home in Maida Vale, London, and even started singing French children's songs to him.
And when he returns to the rehoming center after weekends away with Miss Leoni, he will only react to commands in a similar accent.
This has forced staff at the center to adopt French accents when interacting with the canine, who was rescued after his owner abandoned him in Ireland.

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