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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Today in History

1542 The English defeat the Scots at the Battle of Solway Moss in England.
1859 Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. The first printing of 1,250 copies sells out in a single day.
1863 In the Battle Above the Clouds, Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s forces take Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1864 Kit Carson and his 1st Cavalry, New Mexico Volunteers, attack a camp of Kiowa Indians in the First Battle of Adobe Walls.
1874 Joseph Glidden receives a patent for barbed wire.
1902 The first Congress of Professional Photographers convenes in Paris.
1912 Austria denounces Serbian gains in the Balkans; Russia and France back Serbia while Italy and Germany back Austria.
1927 Federal officials battle 1,200 inmates after prisoners in Folsom Prison revolt.
1938 Mexico seizes oil land adjacent to Texas.
1939 In Czechoslovakia, the Gestapo execute 120 students who are accused of anti-Nazi plotting.
1944 American B-29s flying from Saipan bomb Tokyo.
1949 The Iron and Steel Act nationalizes the steel industry in Britain.
1950 UN troops begin an assault into the rest of North Korea, hoping to end the Korean War by Christmas.
1961 The United Nations adopts bans on nuclear arms over American protests.
1963 Jack Ruby fatally shoots the accused assassin of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, in the garage of the Dallas Police Department.
1977 Greece announces the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
1979 The United States admits that thousands of troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange.
1992 US Congress passes the Brady Bill requiring a 5-day waiting period for handgun sales; the bill is named for Pres. Ronald Reagan’s press secretary who was left partially paralyzed by a bullet during an assassination attempt on Reagan.
1995 Ireland votes 50.28% to 49.72% to end its 70-year-old ban on divorce.
2012 A fire at a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, kills over 110 people.

Men Tend to Overeat in Front of Women in Order to Impress Them

If a man goes out with his guy friends to an all-you-can-eat buffet, he'll eat to satiate his hunger. But if he's with a woman that he's trying to impress, then he's likely to overeat as a way to demonstrate his virility.
This is the conclusion of a study conducted by Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab and published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology Science. A press release from the university explains:
Men who dined with at least one woman ate 92% more pizza and 86% more salad than men who dined with only other men. The amount that women ate didn’t differ when eating with other women or with men. When they ate with men, many women indicated feeling that they overate and were rushed through their meal.
 “These findings suggest that men tend to overeat to show off – you can also see this tendency in eating competitions which almost always have mostly male participants,” explains lead author Kevin Kniffin, PhD, of Cornell University.  The study was conducted by Kniffin, Ozge Sigirci, a former visiting scholar at the Cornell University Food, and Brand Lab and Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Food and Brand Lab.
Well, guys, now you know what it takes to get the ladies interested. Get to it.

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Psychologists Develop a Formal Definition of Stupidity

Yes, Republicans are ALL defined as Stupid!
What does it mean to be stupid? That's not a dumb question. In fact, it's important to know what, precisely, is stupidity. Psychologists Balazs Aczel and Bence Palfi of Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary and Zoltan Kekecs of Baylor University in Waco, Texas decided to find out.
They compiled a list of 180 stories of people acting stupidly, then asked 154 undergraduate students to read 15 of these stories. The participants then rated the stupidity of the actor in the story from 1 to 10 and explain why the action was stupid.
From the study results, the scholars formed a comprehensive definition of stupidity and published their findings in the journal Intelligence. Real Clear Science quotes their article:
The first situation in which people call an action stupid is when the actor takes high risks while lacking the necessary skills to perform the risky action. A typical story for this is when burglars wanted to steal cell phones, but instead stole GPS navigation devices. They didn't switch them off so the police were able to track them easily. We named this category ‘Confident ignorance’. The second cluster consisted cases of ‘Absentmindedness – Lack of practicality’... A typical story here is when someone inflates more air in the car tires than allowed. Here the person either forgot to pay attention to the action or he or she doesn't know something essential about tire inflation. The third category is ‘Lack of control’. Cases here are thought to be the result of obsessive, compulsive or addictive behavior. For example, one of the stories in this category described a person who canceled a meeting with a good friend to instead continue playing video games at home.

Nixon killed JFK and stole his brain! and other hard-hitting tabloid news

There’s an embarrassment of dubious riches old and new to be ashamed of in this week’s tabloids and celebrity magazines.
“Nixon killed JFK and stole his brain!” claims the National Enquirer, the “CIA was behind RFK assassination!” alleges the Examiner, and Princess Diana’s secret letters told lover James Hewitt that he fathered Prince Harry, according to the Globe, all three tabloids kindly setting straight the historical record.
As for breaking news, People magazine devotes 11 pages to “sexiest man alive” David Beckham, six to the Paris terrorist attacks, and one page to Charlie Sheen’s HIV admission.
Contrast that with the National Enquirer’s mere seven paragraphs on Paris, and eight pages on Charlie Sheen.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and the Enquirer got one right with its Sheen HIV exclusive - but shamefully forced his confession by hounding him with money-grubbing former lovers, stigmatized him without compassion, and even now screams “Charlie Sheen AIDS Cover-Up” on its front page, when the actor has HIV at undetectable levels and not AIDS, which is no small distinction
Even when it gets it right, the Enquirer gets it so very wrong.
But worry not. There is also real news around this week: Kerry Washington and Chrissy Teigen wore it best, Lori Laughlin (Who she, Ed?) carries Mentos, moisturizer and reading glasses in her handbag, and the stars are just like us: they pick out new furnishings, they help the environment, and they read together with their children. I don’t recall the last time I did any of these things, but celebrity “news” is supposedly aspirational, so maybe I’ll run out and buy a new sofa, recycle my old one, and borrow some kids to read to.
Sharon Stone tells people mag that she is learning to play the harmonica, but I can’t tell if she’s just paying it lip service.
Actress Jennifer Garner is multi-tasking: she is “back together” with estranged husband Ben Affleck claims the Enquirer, still apart but “not ready to date” according to People magazine, and is lusted over by Tom Cruise, alleges the Globe. At least she’s keeping them all guessing, since that’s about the level of journalistic integrity.
Sexiest Man of 2015 David Beckman is “a romantic husband, a devoted dad - and he vacuums!’” raves People mag, which proves that the stars are not really like us at all, because I don’t remember the last time I vacuumed. Last year’s sexiest man alive Chris Hemsworth? Reduced to a meagre quarter-page this year, a sad yet not untypical demotion. There’s nothing less attractive than last year’s Sexiest Man. The burdens of the title must weigh heavily on one’s soul, ravaging one’s looks.
So, why was Nixon intent on killing JFK? In “revenge for ‘stolen’ 1960 presidential vote,” explains the Globe. JFK’s shattered brain went missing in 1966, evidently stolen by conspirators because it “proved" there was more than one shooter, adds the mag. Does this stuff end up in the Library of Congress? One can only hope.
Onwards and downwards . . .

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‘I’m not comfortable flying with un-American bigots’

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Bronx manslaughter case declared a mistrial after lone white juror accused of racism by fellow jurors

“It’s not based on the evidence,” said juror Tatiana Burgos, 44. “It was racism. In his mind, this man was guilty until proven innocent and not the other way around.”

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