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Friday, April 15, 2016

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Today in History

English lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson publishes his Dictionary of the English Language.
The first balloon is flown in Ireland.
U.S. troops under James Wilkinson lay siege to the Spanish-held city of Mobile in future state of Alabama.
At the Battle of Azimghur, the Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists.
‘Wild Bill’ Hickok becomes the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
Lincoln mobilizes Federal army.
Abraham Lincoln dies from John Wilkes Booth‘s assassination bullet.
With her band playing on the deck, the ocean liner Titanic sinks at 2:27 a.m. in the North Atlantic.
British forces defeat the Germans at the Battle of Arras.
Insulin becomes generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
The first sound films shown to a paying audience are exhibited at the Rialto Theater in New York City.
French and British troops land at Narvik, Norway.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt is buried on the grounds of his Hyde Park home.
Arab forces are defeated in battle with Israeli forces.
President Harry Truman signs the official Japanese peace treaty.
Ray Kroc starts the McDonald’s chain of fast food restaurants.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro begins a U.S. goodwill tour.
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizes at Shaw University.
North Vietnamese troops ambush a company of Delta Raiders from the 101st Airborne Division near Fire Support Base Bastogne in Vietnam. The American troops were on a rescue mission.
U.S. warplanes attack Libya.

Police Overwhelmed By Protesters In US Capitol Demanding An End To Money In Politics

Police Overwhelmed By Protesters In US Capitol Demanding An End To Money In Politics
A day after 400 protesters were arrested during a sit-in at the US Capitol that called for a restoration of the Voting Rights Act and an end to money in politics, elder Americans some of whom participated in the civil rights movement will be joining the protest today.…

The Banks Are Coming for Your Savings and Digital Money Is Going to Make It Easier

Trippy Finding on LSD

LSD replaces one illusion with another, according to the first detailed look at how this psychedelic drug alters brain function.

'Superhero DNA'

Thirteen individuals with disease-resistant genes could hold the answer to beating a range of illnesses.

Why Do We Have Fingernails Instead of Claws?

Primate nails like ours first popped up on the evolutionary timeline some 55 million years ago, on a tiny lemur-like creature. What made them a better option than claws?

Prehistoric artwork in French cave 10,000 years older than previously thought

Prehistoric artwork in French cave 10,000 years older than previously thought: researchers

NASA Publicly Humiliates Wingnut Climate Change Deniers On Facebook With Real Science

Image via NASA
NASA Publicly Humiliates Wingnut Climate Change Deniers On Facebook With Real Science
Don’t mess with NASA because they will burn you.

Fast Food Consumers Chow Down on Chemicals

Fast food consumers have come to expect high calories, fat and sodium in their meals. But chemicals, too?

Soda Sales Drop, But Americans' Weight Going Up

Sales of sugary sodas have been dropping for 30 years, yet more Americans are overweight than ever. Why?

Playing With Your Food Could Help Save The World From Climate Disaster

The Murky History of the Ice Cream Cone

The most common story about the origin of the ice cream cone has its debut at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. A waffle maker was set up next to an ice cream vendor when the vendor ran out of ice cream cups. The waffle maker lent his skills to produce edible containers that became a hit. But this story is only common because the ice cream maker, Ernest Hamwi, went on to found the Missouri Cone Company. There are several variations of that story, but ice cream cones existed long before the World’s Fair. A French etching may point to the use of the edible cone as far back as 1807! And there are even previous patents.  
In the second half of the 19th century, ice cream bought outside the home was served in a small glass container, called a “penny lick” for the price. You would lick the ice cream out of the glass and return it to the vendor to wash and reuse. This practice wasn’t necessarily sanitary, and it could cause delays if too many people wanted ice cream at the same time.
The solution: an edible container. Italo Marchiony, who later claimed he had been making edible cups to serve ice cream in New York City since 1896, filed a patent in 1903 for his own ice-cream-cup-making machine. The mold’s shape is something more akin to a cup than a cone, as was the “apparatus for baking biscuit-cups for ice-cream” that Antonio Valvona of Manchester, England had patented a year before.
Still, the actual inventor of the ice cream cone hasn’t been fully determined. Read what we do know at Time.

If You Have a Dangerous Pregnancy in Missouri, You Might End Up Dead Thanks to Wingnuts

If You Have a Dangerous Pregnancy in Missouri, You Might End Up Dead Thanks to Wingnuts
Missouri Republicans approved a 'personhood' amendment to the state constitution that would remove abortion exemptions in the case of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is at risk.…

Ohio teen broadcast her friend being raped over the Internet as it happened

Marina Alexeevna Lonina (KTXL-TV)
Ohio teen broadcast her friend being raped over the Internet as it happened

Brigham Young Students Accuse University Of Punishing Rape Victims For Reporting

Colorado woman reveals ex-husband’s abuse of daughter in poignant Facebook video

Catherine St. Germain video exposing then-husband's sexual abuse (Facebook)
"'Stranger Danger' is a joke," Catherine St. Germain says in a notecard. "MONSTERS look and act NORMAL."

Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina show to protest anti-trans law

Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina show to protest anti-trans law

Too Little, Too Late

Too Little, Too Late: NC Governor Tries To Step Away From LGBT Bigot Law
The Governor really needs to get a grip and cancel the bathroom police state.

Insane Lunatic Ablow Says Transgenderism Paves Way For 'People To Declare Their Own Races'

Sick kids are dying because this 'christian' sect refuses to provide them medical help

Boy cries (Shutterstock)
Mariah Walton’s voice is quiet – her lungs have been wrecked by her illness, and her respirator doesn’t help. But her tone is resolute. “Yes, I would like to see my parents prosecuted.”

Federal judge rules that Nebraska prisoner may not practice Pastafarianism in jail

A Pastafarian in Italy shows the Sacred Icon of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Giovanni Dall'Orto)
The Flying Spaghetti Monster, or FSM—a levitating mass of spaghetti noodles, meatballs and eyes—is no god, a federal court ruled Tuesday.

'Affluenza' Boy Gets 2 Years In Jail

'Affluenza' Boy Gets 2 Years In Jail

One man dead and two injured after lawnmower pulling wheelchair was hit by truck

One man died and two were injured in an incident in which one man was riding on a lawnmower's hood and another man, riding in a wheelchair, was holding on to the mower from behind and being pulled behind it, authorities said.
Wilbert J. Bourque Jr., 41, who was driving the mower, in Rayne, Louisiana, died from his injuries, according to Rayne Chief of Police Carroll J. Stelly. Rayne Police said they got a call at around 8:45pm on Sunday about the crash.
The lawnmower was heading east on the road when it was hit from behind by a Ford truck, also heading east. Bourque was taken to Acadia General Hospital, where he later died.
One victim was also taken to Acadia General and the other was transported by Air Med Helicopter to Lafayette General Hospital. They are listed in stable condition. The crash remains under investigation.

Dissatisfied customer shot at taco truck

Police in Stockton, California, say an unhappy customer opened fire on a taco truck at about 9pm on Sunday.
A customer who was displeased with the food armed himself with a shotgun and fired at the employees inside the truck, police said.

No one was injured and only the Tacos El Mayita truck was hit. Police are looking for the shooter.

During the investigation, police said a drunken driver crashed into the back of an officer’s patrol vehicle. He was arrested.

Reality TV: 'Making A Murderer' Sheriff Faces Backlash

Man said too much music and masturbation caused him to vandalize home

A Florida man accused of vandalizing a home told deputies that he had listened to too much music and masturbated too much, which caused him to feel like “going out and destroying stuff.”
Largo police officers responded to a home at around 2pm on April 8 after someone reported seeing a man smashing a mailbox. When police arrived at the home, they say they found William Timothy Anderson Thomas, 25, from Clearwater, on the property, shirtless and covered in dirt.
According to an arrest affidavit, a trailer tire had been flattened, a window on the house was broken, and a mailbox, a real estate sign and a garden angel were completely destroyed. Police say Thomas admitted to willfully and maliciously damaging the property.
“He also stated he had listened to too much music and masturbated too much and he felt like going out and destroying stuff,” said the arrest affidavit. Thomas was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail with bond set at $7,000.

Ocean Temps Could Be Key in Predicting Tornadoes

Forecasting twister outbreaks months in advance could save lives, researchers said.

You Can Tell a Lot about an Animal by Its Snout

What's in a snout? A lot. Jon Tennant, a doctoral researcher at Imperial College London, surveyed the shapes of the snouts of different cud-chewing animals. He found that both blunt and pointed snouts offer particular advantages.

Elizabeth Preston explains these differences at Discover magazine:
“When you see cows in a field, their faces almost look like they’re glued to the ground as they nibble away,” says Jon Tennant, a PhD student at Imperial College London. Cows are in a category of plant-eaters technically called “grazers,” which means they specialize in eating grasses. Common wisdom says these animals have blunt faces so they can mow through a field efficiently. By contrast, animals that prefer leaves, twigs or fruits are called “browsers.” They’re thought to have pointier faces so they can reach just the parts of a plant they want. “It’s all about selectivity,” Tennant says. [...]
For the most part, the common wisdom held up. Grass eaters had blunter snouts, and browsers had pointer ones. But the rule isn’t perfect, Tennant found. The snouts of cud-chewing mammals come in a glorious variety of shapes. And many animals have feeding styles somewhere in between browsing and grazing.

Animal Pictures