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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Today in History

Germanicus of Rome celebrates his victory over the Germans.
William of Ockham forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.
A new law bans Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty is banishment or death for a second offense.
Charles II and Louis XIV sign a secret treaty in Dover, England, ending hostilities between England and France.
Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary’s succession to the throne, is executed for treason.
British and Chickasaw forces defeat the French at the Battle of Ackia.
The Russians defeat the Poles at the Battle of Ostroleka.
A resolution is passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
The territory of Montana is organized.
The last Confederate army surrenders in Shreveport, Louisiana.
President Andrew Johnson is acquitted of all charges of impeachment.
The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.
The House Committee on Un-American Activities begins its work of searching for subversives in the United States.
The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk begins.
A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb.
Union Square, San Francisco, becomes a state historical landmark.
The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta.
A U.S. Air Force bomber flies across the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.
Apollo 10 returns to Earth.
The movie Star Wars debuts.

Why the First Cremation in the US Was So Controversial

Pictured above is the LeMoyne Crematory in Washington, Pennsylvania. When it was built in 1876, it was the first modern crematory--that is, a building constructed for the explicit purpose of burning human bodies--in the United States.
In the Nineteenth Century, there was a great fear of being buried alive. This led to many inventions designed so that people could call for help if they ever woke up in coffins. Another approach to solving the problem was to ensure that the dead were well and truly dead by burning them into ash.
This was one of the arguments put forward by advocates of cremation. In the 1870s, there was a popular movement to do away with intact human burial and to burn the dead as normal practice. In addition to making sure that the dead were dead, cremation supporters claimed that burning bodies prevented corpses from speading diseases, such as cholera and yellow fever.
At Atlas Obscura, Amy Elliot Bragg traces the history of the cremation movement. She writes:
Because cremation was a moral crusade for the betterment of public health, it attracted sympathizers from other moral causes to its ranks, including no small number of women activists. The suffragist Lucy Stone was the first person cremated at the Forest Hills Crematory in Boston in 1893. Frances Willard—suffragist, temperance activist, and avid bicyclist—was also a vocal advocate of cremation. In 1900, the New York Times ran a satirical news item about the cremation of Willard's cat: “Each of Toots’s human friends will sprinkle a little myrrh or frankincense over the body, and while it is being consumed the incense will counteract any odor which might be emitted through the furnace chimney.”

Federal judge orders reinstatement of full early voting period in Ohio

Federal judge orders reinstatement of full early voting period in Ohio

Two babies of different races died in hot cars ...

Two babies of different races died in hot cars -- but only the black parent was arrested

‘Kill the Jew!’

Bullied boy (Shutterstock)
While other parents complained of bullying, Avizov said her son’s heritage was what made him a target. “This child started yelling kill the Jew, kill the Jew, kill the Jew while he’s attacking my son,” she told local news.

Asa Hutchinson busted for ecstasy pills

The son and namesake of Arkansas' moron Asa Hutchinson, who is the former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, was caught Saturday trying to enter a music festival carrying drugs.

Utah Congressman Wants To Block Proposed National Monument In Maine

'Utah has a sexual assault problem'


Every parent should read this Nevada dad’s beautiful message about the day his daughter became his son

Jon and Maddy Ralston (Facebook)
“I don’t think I even listened very well when Maddy told me a few years ago she was really a male inside, that she was transgender. Sure, you are, I thought. It’s just a phase, I was certain.”

This wingnut hero questioned his own daughters’ testimony against him in molestation case

Three of  border militiaman Chris Simcox’s daughters testified against him in the Republican candidate’s sexual molestation trial.

'Christian' bigots hammered after releasing hilariously awful anti-trans music video targeting Target

Woman covering ears (Shutterstock)
'Christian' bigots hammered after releasing hilariously awful anti-trans music video targeting Target

Gay couple perfectly trolls neo-Nazis by making out in front of their anti-immigrant circle jerk

David Fernandez and Gregor Eistert kiss in front of a neo-Nazi anti-immigrant rally. (Screencap via El Pais)
Gay couple perfectly trolls neo-Nazis by making out in front of their anti-immigrant circle jerk

White football players brutally raped black teammate ...

White football players brutally raped black teammate during racist assault in HS locker room

Black teen charged with stealing ‘free’ milk ...

A black Virginia teenager was handcuffed at school and charged with stealing a milk carton from the cafeteria — and then suspended after he objected to the accusations.

New hotel owners claim the building is haunted

A couple who took over a hotel in rural Scotland believe they have a ghost. A series of spooky disturbances have left Arpad Halasz and his fiancée puzzled since becoming co-managers of the Red Moss Hotel in Lanarkshire four months ago. The till springs open of its own accord, newly-made beds suddenly show the indent of a body, newspapers flick open and TVs switch on and off. But events at the hotel just off the M74 at Crawfordjohn took an even stranger turn, appropriately enough, on Friday the 13th.
Arpad, originally from Hungary, said: “We were awoken by the sound of something breaking and when I went to investigate I found a picture had come off the wall and smashed in the function room. “The hook and picture wire were fine, so I couldn’t understand what happened.” Arpad and the hotel’s owner, Eddie MacNeil, reviewed the CCTV footage and were shocked at what they saw. “An orb suddenly appears in the room and floats around before seemingly going behind the picture, which then comes down off of the wall,” he continued.

“The orb floats around a little more and then disappears. There have been lots of instances of weird things happening since I came here, like items moving from one place to another when my back is turned. It’s strange but I don’t let this type of thing bother me.” There have long been stories of spooky sightings at the Red Moss but never before have they been captured on film. Local historian Robert French said the most famous story is that of the so-called Quine of the Red Moss. “The ghostly figure of a beautiful young woman carrying a light has been witnessed on the moss land around the hotel,” he said.
“During the time of the Covenanters, she was said to be sent out by her mother to look for her brother, who had failed to return from an illegal religious service, known as a conventicle, being held on the land. She too never came back and over the years drivers on the road have reported seeing a dim light across the desolate moss. Maybe the orb on the footage is that same light.” Ghosthunter Tom Robertson, who has investigated the mysterious goings-on at the Red Moss in the past, said: “The place is definitely haunted, of that there is no doubt, because I saw an apparition of a female figure in the dining room years ago. She doesn’t appear to be wishing anyone any harm.”

Mummy of Egyptian Noblewoman Found

The 3,800-year-old mummy belonged to Lady Sattjeni, a leading figure from the Middle Kingdom.

Armored Dino's Best Defense Was a Nose for Trouble

An early armored dinosaur lacked the weaponized tail of a famous cousin, but it made up for it with a good-enough sense of smell.

Real-life jungle books ...

Real-life jungle books – how feral children raised by animals continue to fire the imagination

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