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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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Today in History

Attila the Hun invades Italy.
Muhammad, the founder of Islam and unifier of Arabia, dies.
The Vikings raid the Northumbrian coast of England.
Tennessee votes to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.
The Army of the Potomac defeats Confederate forces at Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia.
Residents of Vicksburg flee into caves as General Ulysses S. Grant‘s army begins shelling the town.
Prussia annexes the region of Holstein.
U.S. Marines land in Tangiers, Morocco, to protect U.S. citizens.
King Edward VII of England visits Czar Nicholas II of Russia in an effort to improve relations between the two countries.
William Jennings Bryan quits as Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.
The Supreme Court forbids segregated lunch counters in Washington, D.C.
President Lyndon Johnson authorizes commanders in Vietnam to commit U.S. ground forces to combat.
Gemini astronaut Gene Cernan attempts to become the first man to orbit the Earth untethered to a space capsule, but is unable to when he exhausts himself fitting into his rocket pack.
Israel airplanes attack the USS Liberty, a surveillance ship, in the Mediterranean, killing 34 Navy crewmen.
James Earl Ray, the alleged assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr., is captured at the London Airport.
Nixon meets with President Thieu of South Vietnam to tell him 25,000 U.S. troops will pull out by August.
U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O’Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.

1868: US Considers Buying Iceland and Greenland

In 1867, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia, largely at the impetus of Secretary of State William Seward. It was a huge acquisition, but Seward wasn't done. He also considered buying Iceland and Greenland from Denmark.
Anna Andersen of the Reykjavík Grapevine tells the story. In 1868, Benjamin Mills Pierce, a mining engineer, compiled a report on the subject for the State Department. Greenland, he said, had impressive commercial fishing opportunities, as well as huge reserves of cryolite which were increasingly accessible with modern mining methods.
Iceland was less valuable, though its waters were rich with fish. The people were fiercely patriotic and might not take well to annexation.
But, Pierce argued, the greatest advantage to owning these territories would be strategic. If the US possessed Greenland and Iceland in addition to Alaska, it nearly surrounded Canada. This might help persuade it to join the United States.
The proposal never went anywhere. The Reykjavík Grapevine tells us that when Pierce's report was introduced to the Senate, the members literally laughed at the idea.

Children Name a School Building after Banksy, Banksy Shows Up

The mysterious British street artist Banksy got his start making graffiti in Bristol, UK in the early 1990s. The kids at Bridge Farm Primary School in Bristol decided to honor their native son by naming one of their new buildings in his honor.
Sometime last night, Banksy sneaked onto campus and painted a mural on the building. It shows a stick figure image of a child, a house, and a flower. The child is playing with a hoop, but the hoop is a burning tire!
That's an appropriate choice for the rebellious Banksy. He left a note for the children explaining himself. Colossal quotes him:
Dear Bridge Farm School, thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture, and if you don’t like it, feel free to add stuff. I’m sure the teachers won’t mind. Remember, it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love, Banksy.

What Happens to the Coins Thrown into Fountains?

Go to the Trevi Fountain in Rome and toss a coin into the water with your right hand over your left shoulder. You'll have good luck. You'll also help feed the poor in Rome, as all of the money collected from the fountain is used for that purpose.
What about other fountains? Adam Chandler of The Atlantic investigated what happens to coins thrown into them. In New York City, the maintenance workers or the city government sometimes keep it. In Kansas City, homeless people usually retrieve the coins. Private fountains, though, such as those in malls, often donate the money to charities. For example, the Mall of America in Minnesota gives the $24,000 it collects from fountains every year to non-profits.

Women and people under the age of 35 at greatest risk of anxiety

Women and people under the age of 35 at greatest risk of anxiety

People Are Snorting Chocolate to Get High

What $1 Million Gets you in the Most Unaffordable U.S. Cities

What matters most when buying a place to live? Location, location, location …and the amount of actual land you get. You can change almost anything else. If that location is in a city, you’ll be paying more per square foot, and in certain highly-desired cities, the price can be astronomical. If you had a million dollars to spend in my area, you’d probably be shown an entire housing development. A million can buy you a mansion in a rural area. But in New York, San Francisco, Boston, and other major career destinations, a million will get you a place to sleep. See what kind of home a million dollars can buy in these and other cities at Housely.

Man Ignores Museum Rules, Destroys Priceless Clock

Museums don't post “Please don't touch” signs because they're being snooty jerks, they post these signs hoping museum visitors will have enough smarts to realize the objects on display are often priceless and irreplaceable.
But some visitors can't help but go full blown Mr. Bean when they're among precious artifacts, and the results are just as disastrous as they are on TV, only not as funny.
A man visiting the National Watch and Clock museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania got the bright idea to paw at a priceless clock on the wall and, as expected, disaster ensued.
This is why we can't have nice things!

New York trio sought after brutal beating leaves 59-year-old Muslim man fighting for his life

A witness saw three people follow Mohamed Rasheed Khan out of the Islamic Studies Center of Jamaica, Queens and attack him as he tried to ride away on a bicycle.

States suing Obama over transgender bathroom order love watching transgender porn

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"Leading the 11 states in category views and searches, was the great state of Texas."

Airbnb waits a year to remove host who refused to accommodate trans woman

Airbnb waits a year to remove host who refused to accommodate trans woman

Unhinged Uber driver fired after lesbian couple records his angry ‘faggot’ rant

A lesbian couple were subject to an anti-gay tirade and vicious harassment by their Uber driver over the weekend.

New initiative means that people who want a firearms license need to have a toilet first

As part of an initiative to dissuade people from defecating in the open, authorities in Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, India, have made it compulsory for a person seeking a firearms license to first prove that they have a toilet at home. District Collector Tarun Pithode said: “Weapons provide security but so do toilets because crimes against women are committed when they have to go to the fields to relieve themselves.
“If someone can spend Rs 50,000 (£500, $750) on a gun, there’s no reason why you can’t spend Rs 10,000 (£100, $150) on a toilet.” He added that he hoped this would motivate people to build toilets because “some people in rural areas flaunt guns but don’t have a toilet at home”.
An application for a firearms license will now have to be accompanied by documentary proof or a declaration of a toilet at home. This will then be verified. Only after that verification will the application begin to get processed. Owning a licensed gun is a matter of honor for many people across Madhya Pradesh.

Hunt for naked man who attacked woman's dog and brother

A man and a dog were attacked on Friday morning by a naked man in the parking lot of a hotel in south Kansas City, Missouri.
Police were called to the Days Inn & Suites at about 10:30am. A woman said that she was inside the hotel checking in while her brother and her dog were in the parking lot. She said she noticed a man sitting in a truck.
She said somebody suddenly screamed that a naked man was swinging the dog around by its leash. The woman said she came out and saw the man, and noticed her brother was lying on the ground.

She said her brother had been knocked out and was bleeding. He was rushed to a hospital. Witnesses said the dog broke free and ran across a field into a wooded area. The dog is still missing. Police are still looking for the attacker, who fled the area.

Ukiyoe Small Museum

This is the way to run a business, if you are more concerned about enjoying your occupation than chasing every dollar you can pull in. Artist Ichimura Mamoru owns the museum and creates the art for sale there. Redditor inexion took a picture of the sign that’s inspired visitors for years. Here’s more about the museum.
The sign (originally written in Japanese but translated into English by a tourist back in 2003) was for a Ukiyoe museum, Ukiyoe is a traditional Japanese painting style that uses carved wooden blocks to print with and recreate works. Luckily for us the owner hadn't yet had enough for the day and the museum was still open.
You can find the Ukiyoe Small Museum on Yasaka Dori street in Kyoto, Japan, but it might not be open when you get there.

Algorithm could construct first images of black holes

Algorithm could construct first images of black holes

Man claims to have found fossilized Bigfoot skull

While on a hike near his home in Ogden, Utah, Todd May felt himself drawn toward something. "I would go out there often and find things, fossils, rocks. I looked around for about half an hour, then I saw it." What May saw was a 75-pound object he claims is the fossilized head of a Bigfoot. The Bigfoot, known to some as Sasquatch, is a fabled apelike creature that has been spotted hundreds of time in the Northwestern United States. Living in a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings, May said he had been interested in the mythological creature all his life.
In the past few years, he claims to have seen at least two different creatures that he believes are Bigfoots. "The first time I saw one I was startled, it looked like an ape from the zoo," he said. The creature appeared out of nowhere and then ran off a few seconds after the man and creature made eye contact, he says. After the first spotting of a Bigfoot, May had started visiting the Ogden Canyon area more, hoping for another glimpse. He would visit a hot springs in the area and often felt someone, or something, pelting him with rocks. "I just thought it was kids, but then my friend was playing her flute outside and had a couple of witnesses who saw the Bigfoot," May said.
"The red-furred one was a lot bigger and it spooked me more," May said of the second creature he spotted about a year later. It was night time and May was hiking through the wilderness with a flashlight. "I heard across the river someone say, 'Oh my God! It's a monster!'" He flashed his light around and the beam fell upon the face of an eight-to ten-foot tall red-furred ape-like creature, he said. It was about 20 feet away, he estimates, it stared at him then slowly walked off. A couple of months later, May saw in the same area and spotted what appeared to be a handprint on top of a rounded surface. He dug the large object out of the surrounding dirt and saw a familiar face.
"It had the same facial structure as the creatures I had seen," he said. Midwestern State University Assistant Professor Jesse Carlucci, Kimball School of Geoscience, said after viewing the object it is, without a doubt, just a highly weathered rock. "Often, the natural fractures or joints in the rock are sites of increased weathering (chemical breakdown of the rock, as they interact with rainwater), where you have these types of depressions form. It's not Bigfoot." he said. Fossil skulls, the professor said, are extremely fragile, and are made of bone, which has a very different texture and composition than a rock like this. May, however, remains convinced of what he's found, adding: "People need to see this and know Bigfoots are real and they out there."

Husky Blows Bubbles in Her Water Bowl

If you're a Siberian Husky, then you do whatever it takes to stay cool in the summer. For Maya, that means blowing bubbles through her nose in her water dish. It's fun, too!

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