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Monday, December 14, 2015

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Today in History

1799 George Washington dies on his Mount Vernon estate.
1819 Alabama is admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free states.
1861 Prince Albert of England, one of the Union’s strongest advocates, dies.
1863 Confederate General James Longstreet attacks Union troops at Bean’s Station, Tenn.
1900 Max Planck presents the quantum theory at the Physics Society in Berlin.
1906 The first U1 submarine is brought into service in Germany. Italy’s MAS torpedo boats.
1908 The first truly representative Turkish Parliament opens.
1909 The Labor Conference in Pittsburgh ends with a "declaration of war" on U.S. Steel.
1911 Roald Amundsen and four others discover the South Pole.
1920 The League of Nations creates a credit system to aid Europe.
1939 The League of Nations drops the Soviet Union from its membership. Joseph Avenol sold out the League of Nations.
1941 German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel orders the construction of defensive positions along the European coastline. Desperate Hours on Omaha Beach
1946 The United Nations adopt a disarmament resolution prohibiting the A-Bomb.
1949 Bulgarian ex-Premier Traicho Kostov is sentenced to die for treason in Sofia.
1960 A U.S. Boeing B-52 bomber sets a 10,000-mile non-stop record without refueling.
1980 NATO warns the Soviets to stay out of the internal affairs of Poland, saying that intervention would effectively destroy the détente between the East and West.
1981 Israel’s Knesset passes the Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the Golan Heights area.
1994 Construction begins on China’s Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
1995 The Dayton Agreement signed in Paris; establishes a general framework for ending the Bosnian War between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1999 Tens of thousands die as a result of flash floods caused by torrential rains in Vargas, Venezuela.
2003 Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, narrowly escapes and assassination attempt.
2004 The Millau Viaduct, the world’s tallest bridge, official opens near Millau, France.
2008 Iraqi broadcast journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.
2012 At Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six adults are shot to death by a 20-year-old gunman who then commits suicide.

North Carolina man dies in police custody after officer uses pepper spray

North Carolina man dies in police custody after officer uses pepper spray

Islamophobic Shrieking Head Hilariously Loses His Shit When Confronted To Source His ‘Facts’

Islamophobic Pundit Hilariously Loses His Sh*t When Confronted To Source His ‘Facts’ (VIDEO)
Best thing you’ll see today. Hands down. Ha!

Video catches men shouting N-word while attacking a white woman on a date with a black man

Serigne Diouf says his girlfriend was attacked because of his race (YouTube)
Video catches men shouting N-word while attacking a white woman on a date with a black man

Michelle Obama Drops Epic Rap Video, Wingnuts Go Into Racist Meltdown Mode

Michelle Obama Drops Epic Rap Video, Conservatives Go Into Racist Meltdown Mode (VIDEO)
Wingnuts went full-on racist after Michelle Obama rapped in a video intended to get kids to go to college.
OK, while we personally despise "Rap" (you can't spell crap without r-a-p) as a 'form' of 'music', we understand and appreciate the effort to get kids into school (in this case college).
While we would have preferred any sound other than "Rap" as a backdrop - even the sound of paint drying (and yes, it does make a sound) ... the predicable reaction(s) from those of damaged brains is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

What's Really Causing Your Lower Back Pain (And How to Fix It)

Man arrested on suspicion of stealing a pot of his mother's stew

Jonathan Ray apparently wanted some of his mother’s posole. So much so that, police say, he broke into her home in northeast Albuquerque, New Mexico, made a beeline for the fridge and ran away with a pot of homemade posole. Ray’s mother, Angela Becenti, called police on Nov. 29 and told officers the alleged stew theft happened the day before.
She said she was going home and was parking her car in her garage when the 23-year-old Ray texted her saying he was hungry and was going to her house to eat, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. Ms Becenti told him not to. As soon as she walked into her house Ray ran in through the back door and went directly to the fridge.
He grabbed the pot of traditional New Mexican holiday stew and ran back out, according to the complaint. “He opened the door and grabbed that big pot of posole I had made for my kids,” Ms Becenti said. “He knew I had made it.” Ms Becenti went to the backyard and saw that the lock on her gate was broken and a trash can was propped up against the gate.
Police decided to charge Ray with burglary, and Ms Becenti agreed. “She stated that she did want to press the burglary charge due to the fact that he did not have her permission to enter her home and take the pot of posole,” the officer wrote. The officer filed an arrest warrant for Ray, and he was picked up on Sunday and booked into the county jail, facing a felony charge of residential burglary. Police have been called to kick Ray out of Ms Becenti's home before. She told police he’s not welcome there. “He needs help,” she said.

Man hid in restaurant at closing time before spending the night feasting like a king

A 38-year-old man hid in a restaurant at closing time on Sunday evening before spending the night gorging himself. He apparently hid in the bathroom as the staff locked up. Once alone in the unidentified eatery, in Prague in the Czech Republic, the alleged villain “feasted royally,” police say. He rifled through the bar and the employees lockers for small change, and packed up a coffee pot and some clothing including chef’s pants and T-shirts. The alleged thief also packed up some beer and a strawberry cake to take with him. But it was with eating food he excelled, according to police.
“We can say that he feasted like a king,” police spokesman Tomáš Hulan said. The man chomped into six baked geese, weighing about five kilograms each, three ducks, a four liter jar of pickles, six kilograms of goose fat and liver, poppy seeds and butter. He also had several bottles of wine and other beverages.
Police say that he did not finish everything, however. But the partially eaten food could no longer be sold to the public. Apparently he hoped to sneak out in the morning but was not so lucky. When the cleaning lady arrived at 9am she called the police and the freelance gourmand was caught. He caused some Kč 20,000 (£550, $800) in damage and faces up to two years in prison.

37 Cheeses from 37 Countries

Walking by the gourmet and exotic cheese section of the grocery store always gives me pause. If I want to treat myself, I may pick up Port Salut--my favorite. Now the blog When on Earth has presented even more temptations for me to indulge in. Here are unique cheeses from 37 countries around the world, such as Romania's Năsal, which is pictured above. Here's what it tastes like:
Coming from the village of Năsal in Romania, Năsal cheese is hard and reddish on the outside but soft and creamy on the inside. It is recommended to be served with dry red wine and be accompanied with slices of red onion, red grapes, nuts or crackers.
Which cheese on the list do you want to taste first?

It’s Totally Normal to Imagine Your Wife Has Died

wifes funeral
Why It’s Totally Normal to Imagine Your Wife Has Died
Research suggests this morbid fantasy could even be good for your relationship

Happy? Great!

Feeling cranky? Go right ahead -- it won't shorten your life.

LSD changes consciousness by reorganizing human brain networks

LSD changes consciousness by reorganizing human brain networks
LSD changes consciousness by reorganizing human brain networks
LSD is known to cause changes in consciousness, including “ego-dissolution,” or a loss of the sense of self. Despite a detailed knowledge of the action of LSD at specific serotonin receptors, it has not been understood how these pharmacological effects can...

Plant compound found in spices and herbs increases brain connections

Plant compound found in spices and herbs increases brain connections
Plant compound found in spices and herbs increases brain connections
Brazilian researchers from D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) have demonstrated in laboratory that apigenin, a substance found in parsley, thyme, chamomile and red...

Humans Use Way More Water Than We Thought

Humans use a lot of fresh water -- and a lot of it is evaporating.

Archaeology News

The long lost tomb of the the longest reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire may have been found in Hungary.
The temple has a 213-foot-tall central tower that is surrounded by four smaller towers and a series of enclosure walls.

Astronomical News

Jupiter's Big Red Spot is the largest example of a long-lived storm in the solar system, but now it has some pretty stiff competition in another star system.
The new image was created by combining multiple near-infrared images taken during a high-altitude flyby on November 13.
It appears that the cosmos plays host to 'blood-sucking' stars that feed off other stars, rejuvenating their appearance.

Did ‘dark matter’ or a star called Nemesis kill the dinosaurs?

This is a life restoration of Ziapelta sanjuanensis, a new species of ankylosaurid dinosaurs that was discovered in New Mexico. (Sydney Mohr)
American cosmologist Lisa Randall suggests that a huge disk of “dark matter” – a type of invisible matter that is five times more common than “normal” matter – could have been responsible.

Wallaby rescued after being found swimming more than a kilometer offshore

A swamp wallaby found swimming more than a kilometer offshore from the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, has been rescued by a group of marine students. The students, from the National Marine Science Center, found the wallaby, now nicknamed 'Swampy', lost at sea while on a diving trip near Arrawarra, north of Coffs Harbor, on Monday. The exhausted wallaby swam towards their boat, where they pulled him in and calmed him down.
They turned the boat around and headed back to shore, releasing him on a nearby beach. Laura Sanchez-Peregrine was among those on the boat, and said at first they were not quite sure what it was doing so far out at sea. "We see this thing swimming - it's like a hairy thing," she said. "At first I thought it was a seal, but we came closer and it was a big wallaby, maybe a 25-kilogram wallaby - a big male. He looked really, really exhausted."
Ms Sanchez-Peregrine said she and the other divers, Ian Shaw and Jesse Madden, decided they had to help him get home, but it was no easy task. "We decided to help him, but it was really difficult to bring him on board," she said. "It's a really small tinny, and he had really long claws, so it was pretty scary and he wouldn't let us grab him." They eventually used towels and a rope to secure him and get him on board, where he lay still in the center of the boat.
She said he was in remarkably good condition and took off shortly after they dropped him back on shore. "He stayed on the beach for two minutes, super exhausted standing there, couldn't move at all," she said. "And then yeah, he just went - hopped off and waved goodbye." Swamp wallabies have been known to swim, but Ms Sanchez-Peregrine said the group did not know what led this one so far out to sea. "Maybe he got scared by a dog or something," she said. "And was taking a swim or having a splash around, and suddenly this dog came and he swum in that direction - and then got lost."

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