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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Today in History

1477 William Claxton publishes the first dated book printed in England. It is a translation from the French of The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosopers by Earl Rivers.
1626 St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome is officially dedicated.
1861 The first provisional meeting of the Confederate Congress is held in Richmond, Virginia.
1865 Mark Twain’s first story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is published in the New York Saturday Press.
1901 The second Hay-Pauncefote Treaty is signed. The United States is given extensive rights by Britain for building and operating a canal through Central America.
1905 The Norwegian Parliament elects Prince Charles of Denmark to be the next King of Norway. Prince Charles takes the name Haakon VII.
1906 Anarchists bomb St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
1912 Cholera breaks out in Constantinople, in the Ottoman Empire.
1921 New York City considers varying work hours to avoid long traffic jams.
1928 Mickey mouse makes his film debut in Steamboat Willie, the first animated talking picture.
1936 The main span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is joined.
1939 The Irish Republican Army explodes three bombs in Piccadilly Circus.
1943 RAF bombs Berlin, using 440 aircraft and losing nine of those and 53 air crew members; damage to the German capital is light, with 131 dead.
1949 The U.S. Air Force grounds B-29s after two crashes and 23 deaths in three days.
1950 The Bureau of Mines discloses its first production of oil from coal in practical amounts.
1968 Soviets recover the Zond 6 spacecraft after a flight around the moon.
1978 Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after cult member killed Congressman Leo J. Ryan of California.
1983 Argentina announces its ability to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.
1984 The Soviet Union helps deliver American wheat during the Ethiopian famine.
1991 The Croatian city of Vukovar surrenders to Yugoslav People’s Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces after an 87-day siege.
1993 Twenty-one political parties approve a new constitution for South Africa that expands voter rights and ends the rule of the country’s white minority.
2002 UN weapons inspectors under Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional; the legislature fails to act within the mandated 180 days, and on May 17, 2004, Massachusetts becomes the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.

There's a Museum in Ireland Dedicated to Butter

Ireland takes its butter very seriously. It is with pride that that nation can boast of owning a 3,000-year old barrel of the yellow gold. Ireland is known for its high quality butter, and the city of Cork in particular has a long-established butter trade. Scott Calonico of Vice magazine visited the Cork Butter Museum and talked to its director, Peter Foynes:
VICE: What's the backstory of the museum?
Peter Foynes: The museum was opened in 1997 by a group of local businesspeople. In particular, [they wanted] to mark the old Butter Exchange in the city, that used to be the biggest butter market in the world. But also to commemorate Ireland's dairy history, which is really quite important. So that was the initial idea. The old Butter Exchange became vacant in 1996, so that was the ideal place for it.
Wait, what's a Butter Exchange?
In 1769, there was a group of people in the city called the Committee of Merchants that decided they wanted to take regulation into their own hands. There was butter trading in the city before that, but it was unsatisfactory. So the Merchants introduced a system of quality checking, basically grading the butter themselves. Over time, it also became a system for dealers to go through to get their butter because it would then have the mark of the Butter Exchange of Cork on it and that was a good thing to have. […]

39 Steps to Being a Gentleman

Gentleman's Life, a British magazine, lists the essentials on a quiz that I have failed miserably. For example, it is only now that I realize that I have been ill-mannered to gamekeepers at the estates where I have visited:
11 Tips staff in a private house and a gamekeeper in the shooting field
Horrors! I must amend this mistake immediately. On the other hand, I have met some qualifications:
30 Has read Pride and Prejudice
Many years ago, a lady once jokingly said that she would go on a date with me if I read Pride and Prejudice. I immediately did so and actually went on no fewer than two dates with her.
34 Sandals? No. Never
Of course not. Even my manservants don't do this in their private lives. If they did, they would not remain in my employment.
28 Knows when to use an emoji
And that time is known as "never."
How well do you rate on the test?

Why the Paris attacks got more coverage than the horrifying terrorism in Beirut and Kenya

Why the Paris attacks got more coverage than the horrifying terrorism in Beirut and Kenya

Anonymous hackers declare war on ISIL

Image from an 'Anonymous' video (YouTube)
Anonymous hackers declare war on ISIL

Big Pharma price-gouging

House Oversight panel will hold a hearing on Big Pharma price-gouging next year

Montana banker’s son who threatened to shoot kids and Jews is back online despite ban

A 29-year-old Kalispell, Montana man who is awaiting trial for making online threats against schoolchildren and Jewish people is active on social media again in spite of a court order prohibiting him from using the web.

The Most Annoying People on the Airplane

Envision the last time a fellow passenger on an airline flight you took annoyed you. What was their infraction of your personal airline passenger code of conduct? Prior to reading the linked list of Expedia's picks for most annoying people on the plane, I thought of a few behaviors I can't stand seeing from airline travelers. Not all made it on this list, but the majority did.
Yet by the time I read to the end of their list, I was still looking for the jerk who clips his fingernails/toenails during the flight and, worse yet, without any concern for where they land. But where do you stand on the following item? Let me know — and add any rude behaviors you think should be added to the list — in the comment section below.
To recline or not to recline: Emotions run high around this question, and 32 percent of those surveyed can’t stand the ones who do. Nearly one-third (32 percent) of Americans say they would either prefer to have reclining seats banned entirely or at least restricted to set times during short-haul flights. Yet only 31 percent refuse to recline their own seats. Among the larger percentage who do lean back, 30 percent do so when they plan to sleep, 28 percent recline if the flight exceeds three hours, and 13 percent do so immediately after takeoff. Thirteen percent recline when the passenger in front of them does, domino-style, and 26 percent would recline their seat punitively if the passenger behind them was aggressive or rude. Twelve percent would still recline if the passenger behind them was tall, and 10 percent would recline even if the passenger behind them was noticeably pregnant.

Dobson: If We Don’t Allow Discrimination, ‘Entire Football Teams’ Will Watch Girls Use Toilets

James Dobson is your typical lunatic fringe wingnut. He literally makes his living by spreading hate and fear — particularly against LGBT people ...

How Common is Asexuality?

Most of us have had the experience of someone just not being into us. Well, some people aren't into anyone -- about 1 percent of the population. DNews breaks down what it means for a person to be asexual.

An upskirt peeper creep in Japan confessed something super weird to police

Yasuomi Hirai, 28, allegedly hid in a drain under a Kobe, Japan sidewalk grate to peep up the skirts of women as they stepped over.
"His hair got caught at the edge of the grate, which drew the attention of some pedestrians," a Hyogo prefectural police officer said.
Hirai has been arrested previously for the same offense. According to police, Hirai told them that he wants to be reincarnated as "part of pavement in the next life."

Earthquakes and Landslides

Hillsides have memories, new research suggests, and the results can be devastating.


Southern Pacific voyage links hydrothermal plumes to global climate
Southern Pacific voyage links hydrothermal plumes to global climate
Iron is the single most abundant element on our planet. It’s also one of the most important for living organisms, which use it for myriad biological processes. An expedition in the South East Pacific Ocean may have found the source of much of the iron used by marine...

Finding Aliens

We could find small planets close to Earth using a new technique being tested on our own sun.

After the mammoths ...

After the mammoths: researchers use computer models to learn about ice age survivors
After the mammoths: researchers use computer models to learn about ice age survivors
Researchers have found that the extinction of North America’s megafauna, such as large mammal species including mammoths and saber toothed cats, dramatically changed how species interacted after the end of last ice age, the Pleistocene, some 11,000 years ago....

Man Adopts Shelter Dog Then Shoots It To Death, Police Say It’s Not A Crime

Featured image credit: screen capture via Facbook
Bruno was shot four times on various parts of his body, before being left in the woods to suffer and die alone. But shooting a dog to death, even in this horrible manner, isn’t a crime in New Hampshire.

Chickens Float!

Have you ever even thought about whether a chicken can swim? YouTube member nothd70 wondered about it, and since he had a chicken and a pool, tried combining them to see. He was right there to make sure the chicken didn’t drown.
He is surprised and absolutely delighted to find that the hen floats! She doesn’t swim too well, but you can’t compare a chicken to a duck. If she had to, she could probably make it to the side of the pool, although slowly. Honestly, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bird that doesn’t float. That layer of fairly waterproof feathers trapping air between them makes a nice life jacket.

Animal News

The critter had held the dire designation since 1967.
The marine mammals in Tampa Bay seem to have very selective musical tastes.

Animal Pictures