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Today in History

240 BC
Eratosthenes estimates the circumference of Earth using two sticks.
General George Washington‘s troops finally leave Valley Forge after a winter of training.
The Ottomans defeat the Greeks at the Battle of Dragasani.
The New York Knickerbocker Club plays the New York Club in the first baseball game at Elysian Field, Hoboken, New Jersey.
Virginians, in what will soon be West Virginia, elect Francis Pierpont as their provisional governor.
Abraham Lincoln outlines his Emancipation Proclamation. News of the document reaches the South.
The USS Kearsarge sinks the CSS Alabama off of Cherbourg, France.
Mexican Emperor Maximilian is executed.
The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City from France.
The young school teacher, Benito Mussolini, is placed under investigation by police in Bern, Switzerland.
Mustafa Kemal founds the Turkish National Congress at Ankara and denounces the Treaty of Versailles.
France grants Leon Trotsky political asylum.
The National Archives and Records Administration is established.
The town of Bilbao, Spain, falls to the Nationalist forces.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington D.C. to discuss the invasion of North Africa with President Franklin Roosevelt.
U.S. Navy carrier-based planes shatter the remaining Japanese carrier forces in the Battle of the Marianas.
President Harry S. Truman signs the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which extends Selective Service until July 1, 1955 and lowers the draft age to 18.
Nine entertainers refuse to answer a congressional committee’s questions on communism.
Kuwait regains complete independence from Britain.
Soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, becomes the first woman in space.
Air Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky becomes South Vietnam’s youngest premier at age 34.
Over 50,000 people march on Washington, D.C. to support the Poor People’s Campaign.
The Case-Church Amendment prevents further U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia.
The U.S. Supreme Court voids the Louisiana law requiring schools to teach creationism.
The Richmond Virginia Planning Commission approves plans to place a memorial statue of tennis professional Arthur Ashe.

You need to stop saying that raped women are ‘damaged for life’

Women gestures "stop" (Shutterstock)
Here’s why you need to stop saying that raped women are ‘damaged for life’

Why Are Many Americans Still Scared of Seeing Two Men Kissing?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Beautiful, Yet Completely Scientific, Tribute To The LGBT Rainbow

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09:  Neil deGrasse Tyson attends the "Zoolander 2" World Premiere  at Alice Tully Hall on February 9, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Beautiful, Yet Completely Scientific, Tribute To The LGBT Rainbow
This is perfect.

Texas Teacher Infuriates Mother With Note Implying Her Daughter May Die In Next Orlando-Like Attack

Image via screen capture and Facebook
Texas Teacher Infuriates Mother With Note Implying Her Daughter May Die In Next Orlando-Like Attack
The main idea of this is bad enough, but there’s a twist to this whole thing that makes it worse.

Mass Shootings in the U.S. Mean Mass Profits for the Firearm Industry

Exxon Sues Second Attorney General In Response To Fraud Investigation

They have something to hide!

Drunk restaurant customer left $1,000 tip then returned the next morning to ask for it back

A drunk customer who left a tip of over $1,000 returned to the restaurant the next morning to ask for it back. The unnamed man had dined at the Thailicious restaurant in Edgewater, Colorado.
The waiter was surprised by the $1,088 tip. He took it to his boss, Bee Anantatho, who was thrilled, but warned her staff to hold on to the money overnight, just in case he came back.
And he did, the very next day, the moment the restaurant opened. “He said, ‘I’m sorry, I was drunk,’” she said. “He didn’t know he put all the money he had in the checkbook.”
Some of the bills were $100 bills, and she suspected he might have thought they were $1 bills. She gave the money back to him, and he gave her $100 to cover the dinner, about $60, and the rest for a tip.

Woman accused of impersonating her elderly mother to take driving test

An woman from Ottawa, Canada, is facing criminal charges alleging she dressed up as her elderly mother and took a driving test for her, according to police in Smiths Falls, Ontario. An examiner at a DriveTest center in the community southwest of Ottawa became suspicious of a woman who showed up to take a driving test on June 9, according to Staff Sgt. Rick Labelle of the Smiths Falls Police Service. A 73-year-old woman was supposed to be taking the test, but the person who showed up in a wig, glasses and "clothing suited to an older person" appeared to the instructor to be younger, Labelle said. The examiner relayed the suspicion to a supervisor, then headed out with the woman to conduct the test in a vehicle. The supervisor called police while the test was happening, Labelle said, and an officer was waiting at the center to question the woman by the time the test was done. Police allege it was the test subject's 39-year-old daughter who actually took the driving test.
"It turned out she was taking the driver's test on behalf of her mother, and had told the officers she did that because her mother was nervous about taking her test," Labelle said. "So she was trying to do her mother a favor so that she could have her driver's license extended," the officer said. "This was an out of character thing that she had done just because she wanted to help her mother out." The woman was arrested and was charged with one count of impersonating an adult. Labelle said he hasn't heard of a case like it. "This is the first time I've heard of something like this in the 29 years that I've been on the job.
"It was quite an interesting occurrence and the officer was surprised with it himself because he had never encountered anything like this before," he said. The 39-year-old, from the village of Kars in rural south Ottawa, was released from custody on a promise to appear in court in Perth, Ontario, in July. "She had explained to us that she was doing it on behalf of her mother to do her a favour because her mother was nervous about taking the test, but ... the way our system is structured, we want people to be proficient and capable to drive a motor vehicle," he said. "Certainly if someone has difficulty doing that, it presents a danger to the public at large."

Charges unlikely for naked man who woke up in stranger's bed after his car was towed from bay

A man who woke up naked in a stranger’s house in Florida late on Monday morning is unlikely to face criminal charges, according to the officer who found him there. The man, whose name has not been released, was discovered in the house on Sloat Court hours after his car was towed from the nearby Choctawhatchee Bay. Fort Walton Beach Police Officer Marcus Montgomery was in the kitchen with the homeowner discussing the car found in the bay when the man appeared, wrapped in one of her towels.
“He said, ‘Hi, I’m Joe and I have no idea where I’m at right now,’ ” Montgomery said. “He kept saying how he didn’t know where he was at, didn’t know how he got inside the house and didn’t know where his car was at.” A neighbor had spotted the man’s clothes drying on a fence when the car was being recovered. The homeowner was out of town at the time. Her neighbor had checked the house after the car was found, but all the doors were locked, he said. When she returned, Montgomery went to speak to her about looking at security camera footage of her yard.
“I was looking at the manual and we hear this clicking noise and she looks down the hallway and there he is, standing there, lost and disoriented,” Montgomery said. He’d been sleeping in an upstairs bedroom, which the homeowner hadn’t thought to check. The man, who is moving back to Pennsylvania to live with his parents, had been out Sunday night celebrating his team, the Pittsburg Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup. His girlfriend called in a missing person’s report when he didn’t come home. His car was found about 100 yards off shore in water so shallow the tow truck driver walked out to it and hooked it up to tow it in.
Robert Garrett, who lives next door to the woman, said they can’t figure out why the intruder wasn’t arrested. “She’s more in shock,” he said of his neighbor. “She’s scared to stay in the house by herself.” But Montgomery said there aren’t any criminal charges he could file that would stick. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was taken from the home. “I can’t prove he was driving the vehicle,” Montgomery said. “I didn’t observe him drunk driving. The only thing I could charge him with was trespassing and that’s a misdemeanor.”

Man wearing paper bag on head reported to police

A man walking around wearing a paper bag on his head prompted a call to police.
Police in Bangor, Maine, later took to social media to speak out in favor of tolerance after he was reported to the department.
The unidentified man had been reported to them as being suspicious. They had a friendly conversation with him and it was determined that this is how the person wanted to walk around town.
This particular method of concealing oneself is not illegal they said, but urged people to avoid banks and other businesses while wearing a bag on their head. There is a time and place for everything, they added.

NASA spots a strange new asteroid playing "leap frog" with Earth

Updated by Brad Plumer

Heyyyyyy there, buddy. 
Earth has a new buddy. NASA astronomers have detected an asteroid that is constantly circling the Earth as part of its orbit around the sun. This "quasi-satellite," known as 2016 HO3, has been with us for nearly a century — and will probably stay with us for centuries to come.
The video below, from NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, shows 2016 HO3’s very odd trajectory:
Like many objects in the solar system, 2016 HO3 orbits the sun. But almost a century ago, it wandered close enough to us that it’s now constantly getting tugged by Earth’s gravity, forcing it to make loops around our planet.
As NASA explains:
In its yearly trek around the sun, asteroid 2016 HO3 spends about half of the time closer to the sun than Earth and passes ahead of our planet, and about half of the time farther away, causing it to fall behind. Its orbit is also tilted a little, causing it to bob up and then down once each year through Earth's orbital plane. In effect, this small asteroid is caught in a game of leap frog with Earth that will last for hundreds of years.
We don't have to worry about this asteroid crashing into us — 2016 HO3 never gets closer than about 38 times the distance of the moon and never gets further away than about 100 times the distance of the moon. (It’s still unclear how big the object is, but NASA estimates between 40 and 100 meters.)
Because it’s so far away, the asteroid isn’t technically considered a satellite of Earth. "We refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies, in a statement. "One other asteroid — 2003 YN107 — followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity. This new asteroid is much more locked onto us."
This asteroid isn’t a threat to Earth — but NASA is looking for others that might be

The strawberry moon is coming

What exactly is a strawberry moon anyway?

Top 10 Dinosaurs That Make Jurassic Park Look Like A Petting Zoo

Nature knows exactly what creatures can live together in any given environment. For example, nature knows that the Tyrannosaurus Rex simply cannot co-exist with the Homo sapiens, so much so that millions upon millions of years separate the two.
Not only will it throw our current eco-system in flux, but it's fair to say that a good chunk of humanity will be rendered food to the rampaging monsters. Here are the ten animals that would wreck havoc upon humanity if they were still alive.

You Don't Have to Take LSD to Hallucinate

Did snakes evolve from ancient sea serpents?

Did snakes evolve from ancient sea serpents?

Giant Spider Crab Aggregation

Every year, as the waters cool on the southern shores, hundreds of thousands of Giant Spider crabs find their way up on the sandy shallows Rye and Blairgworie in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne Australia. This happens between May and July ever year and the result is a moving sea of crabs that blanket the shallows.

Deer rescued after being spotted six miles out at sea

Rob Kurdy and his friends were coming back from shark fishing off the coast of New York on Saturday afternoon when they spotted something six miles off shore. “Here’s a freaking buck swimming out in Long Island Sound,” Kurdy said.
They went to check it out, and it didn’t look like the six-point buck was going to be able to tread the 58-degree water much longer. “You could see it shivering. It was barely staying afloat, kind of just going in circles,” he said. So they decided to save him. “[We] actually got a piece of rope and were able to stick the rope around the antlers real gently, and corral the deer towards the boat,” Kurdy said.
“We used one of the boat cleats to tie it to him and make sure he was comfortable and we weren’t pulling on him too hard.” They made the six mile trip to shore and a Madison beach. They weren’t sure how close they could get the boat to shore, and the buck couldn’t swim another stroke. So, Kurdy put on a life jacket and jumped in, and pulled the deer to shore himself.

“It’s a life,” he said. “I’m not going to let him drown. He was out in the middle of nowhere, shivering and freezing, so we all said, we just can’t let it drown. It was the right thing to do.” The neighbors brought some blankets, and it took about three hours, but the buck was finally able to get up and walk off on his own.

Animal Pictures