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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Today in History

2348 BC Scholars have long asserted this to be the day of the Great Deluge, or Flood.
1863 Union ends the siege of Chattanooga with the Battle of Missionary Ridge.
1876 Colonel Ronald MacKenzie destroys Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife‘s village, in the Bighorn Mountains near the Red Fork of the Powder River, during the so-called Great Sioux War.
1901 Japanese Prince Ito arrives in Russia to seek concessions in Korea.
1914 German Field Marshal Fredrich von Hindenburg calls off the Lodz offensive 40 miles from Warsaw, Poland. The Russians lose 90,000 to the Germans’ 35,000 in two weeks of fighting.
1918 Chile and Peru sever relations.
1921 Hirohito becomes regent of Japan.
1923 Transatlantic broadcasting from England to America commences for the first time.
1930 An earthquake in Shizouka, Japan kills 187 people.
1939 Germany reports four British ships sunk in the North Sea, but London denies the claim.
1946 The U.S. Supreme Court grants the Oregon Indians land payment rights from the U.S. government.
1947 The Big Four meet to discuss the German and European economy.
1951 A truce line between U.N. troops and North Korea is mapped out at the peace talks in Panmunjom, Korea.
1955 The Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation in interstate travel.
1963 The body of assassinated President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
1964 Eleven nations give a total of $3 billion to rescue the value of the British currency.
1986 As Reagan announces the Justice Department’s findings concerning the Iran-Contra affair; secretary Fawn Hall smuggles important documents out of Lt. Col. Oliver North’s office.
1987 Typhoon Nina sticks the Philippines with 165 mph winds and a devastating storm surge and causes over 1,030 deaths.
1992 Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia votes to partition the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, beginning Jan. 1, 1993.
2008 Sri Lanka is hit by Cyclone Nisha, bringing the highest rainfall the area had seen in 9 decades; 15 people die, 90,000 are left homeless.

The Behind-the-Scenes Beauty of Barbarella

Ah, Barbarella. How many ideas sprung from its seminal influence (Dr. Durand Durand, anyone)? Roger Vadim's 1968 film based on the French comics was the flop that launched a thousand concepts. Now a cult favorite, it starred Vadim's one-time wife and American acting dynasty family member Jane Fonda as a sexy star traveler.
This iinked collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Barbarella catches Fonda, Vadim and the easy-on-the-eyes, mostly French cast at the height of their glamour and beauty. See photos of Vadim and Fonda together, with his son, her about to spacesuit malfunction out of being dressed, a video clip of the opening titles, and more here.

Vadim cuts Fonda into (or out of) her costume

Along The River During The Qingming Festival

People lined up to wait for six hours to see one of China's most famous artworks, an exquisite 12th century scroll painting depicting the Song Dynasty capital of Haifeng during the festival of Qingming.
The painting, titled 'Along the River during the Qingming Festival,' has been copied several times, but the original is rarely displayed because it is so fragile. Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145) painted the scroll. It measures 24.8 centimeters high (9.76 inches) by 5.29 meters long (208 inches).

Lost and Found

What is now a peninsula was once an island, archaeologists found after drilling into the ground and examining rock samples.

10 Most Expensive Drugs in the World

Some drugs cost as much as a house, but the costs of forgoing treatment could be even greater.

The 10 Sexiest Cities in America

Family wins fight to keep emotional support pig

The Gil family from Chandler, Arizona, have been told that their son Julian's therapy pig Maggie will be allowed to remain in their home. Their attorney said they are ecstatic. The decision came after months of back and forth.

5 Florida Schools Ended Integration - and Quickly Became Among the Worst in State

You Can't Bend Science to Suit Religious or Cultural Mores

When Satanists Act More Like Jesus Than 'Christians' Do

Homophobic Imbecile Antonin Scalia Compares LGBT People To Sex Offenders

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a rabid homophobe, and he makes absolutely no secret of it. Most infamously his dissenting opinion on the recent...

‘Nowhere to hide, Jihadi Wayne’

Covers of the New York Daily News attacking the NRA - via Twitter
At issue is the NRA using their overwhelming influence with lawmakers to block a law that would ban anyone on the terrorist watch list from purchasing a gun.

Accusations of cheating marred Mr Ugly contest

Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of Zimbabwe's 4th annual Mr Ugly contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favorite and prompting rioting at the event. Judges on Saturday chose 42-year-old Milton Sere, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who had held the title since 2012.
Masvinu, who walked off with a $100 second prize this year, and his supporters mobbed the judges upon hearing their decision, claiming that Sere was "too handsome" to win and his ugliness wasn't natural since it was based on missing teeth. "I am naturally ugly. He is not. He is ugly only when he opens his mouth," maintained Masvinu, gesturing at his rival. "Do we have to lose our teeth to win? This is cheating," shouted another contestant, Patrick Mupereki.
While no one was injured, there was a great deal of pushing and shoving as the results were announced and insults were hurled at the judges. Sere dismissed the critics as just "sore losers" as he pocketed the $500 in winnings. "They should just accept that I am uglier than them," he said, adding that he makes his living showcasing his ugliness to local schoolchildren in his neighborhood at the outskirts of the capital. The complaints of Masvinu and the other contestants may have a degree of validity. Organizers had previously announced that disabilities or enhancements would not be accepted in the competition which should focus on "natural ugliness."

Pageant organizer David Machowa originally said that he began the contest to remove the stigma of ugliness. "Looks are God given. We should all be proud of who we are." The pageant involved three rounds of modelling, with individual and group struts down a catwalk of a Harare nightclub. "Sere made tremendous effort to enhance his ugliness by pulling facial stunts," said judge Abigail Mataranyika, a university student. "Masvinu thought he is so ugly that he didn't need to try hard. That cost him the crown." This year's competition attracted a record number of 36 entries, compared to just five in 2012 when Masvinu began his winning streak. The competition was suspended in 2014 due to a lack of sponsorship, but this year the owners of a string of Harare nightclubs donated $1,000.

Texas dad left paralyzed when cops beat him ‘like a bunch of thugs’ after mistaking him for drug suspect

Roger Carlos (San Antonio Police)
Roger Carlos was paralyzed from the chest down after complications from Nov. 3 surgery to repair his injured spine, reported KENS-TV.

Machete-wielding would-be robber thwarted by larger machete

A man's attempt to rob a liquor store in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a machete was thwarted when a clerk pulled a larger machete from under the counter and showed it to the would-be robber, who immediately fled, say police.
Luis Jimenez, 38, was ordered to be held on $31,000 cash bail on Friday after being arraigned in Central District Court on a charge of armed assault with intent to rob, stemming from the attempted hold-up.
According to a statement by police, Mr. Jimenez entered Belmont Liquors on Nov. 15, pointed a "knife/machete" at the clerk on duty and told him to empty the register. When the clerk refused, Mr. Jimenez allegedly grabbed the clerk by the hand, placed his weapon on the counter and said, "Hey, I ain't playing."
The clerk pulled away from Mr. Jimenez, retrieved "a larger machete" from under the counter and showed it to Mr. Jimenez, who walked out of the store and ran away, according to police. The clerk later identified Mr. Jimenez as the would-be robber from a photo array shown to him by investigators.

Man accused of shooting neighbor's toilet

A man from Lebanon, New Hampshire, was arrested on Thursday after police say he shot his neighbor's toilet
Andrew Griffon, 48, was charged with reckless conduct and criminal mischief for allegedly firing a gun inside his apartment, breaking a toilet in the next-door apartment. Police went to the apartment building Griffon lives in at around 6:30pm for a report of shots fired.
Officers said they found Griffon with a firearm and determined he had shot the weapon. Police learned there was a water break in the building. Police said the shots that had been fired from Griffon’s apartment hit and broke a toilet in an adjoining apartment, causing the leak.
“No one was home in the adjoining apartment and no one was injured,” police said. Griffon was arrested on two counts of felony reckless conduct, as well as criminal mischief. He is being held in the Grafton County House of Corrections on $25,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in court.

Spider Web Blankets Tennessee Suburb

According to experts, the spiders' presence is actually a good thing.

Animal News

The 41-year-old female known as Nola saw her health take a quick turn for the worse.
The techniques that Antarctic penguins use to avoid becoming living popsicles may soon be applied to airplane design.

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