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Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Today in History

Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeat Lothar at Fontenay.
Aurangzeb proclaims himself emperor of the Moghuls in India.
Mexican Indians riot as Jesuit priests are ordered home.
Gustave Flaubert goes on trial for public immorality regarding his novel, Madame Bovary.
The first day of the Seven Days’ campaign begins with fighting at Oak Grove, Virginia.
Union troops surrounding Petersburg, Virginia, begin building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines.
The U.S. Congress enacts legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the federal government.
George A. Custer and over 260 men of the Seventh Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Bighorn in Montana.
Marie Curie announces her discovery of radium.
The Greeks take 8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna.
Samuel Gompers is elected head of the American Federation of Labor for the 40th time.
Finland declares war on the Soviet Union.
Ho Chi Minh travels to France for talks on Vietnamese independence.
The Soviet Union tightens its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.
North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
The Cuban government seizes 2.35 million acres under a new agrarian reform law.
The U.S. Supreme Court bans official prayers in public schools.
President Lyndon Johnson orders 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
White House Counsel John Dean admits Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up.
Congress approves $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua.

Texas woman woke up from jaw surgery with a British accent

Jaw surgery has left a Texas woman with a British accent. Six months ago, Lisa Alamia underwent jaw surgery to correct an overbite, resulting in nerve damage that led to a condition known as foreign accent syndrome.
Now, chatting with strangers in her town of Rosenberg, Texas, is no simple matter, Alamia said. "People who don't know me, they're like, 'Hey, where are you from?'" She answers, "I'm from Rosenberg, [Texas]. They're like, 'Where is that?' I'm like, 'Right here in Rosenberg.' 'Oh, you're from here? How do you talk like that?' So that's where the whole story comes up."
When Alamia's older daughter Kayla first heard her mother's jaunty British accent, she said, "I thought she was joking with me." "But then she showed me that the doctor diagnosed her with foreign accent syndrome. Then I was like, 'Oh, Lord,'" she added. Fewer than 100 people worldwide have been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome over the last century, according to experts at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Foreign accent syndrome is most often caused by brain damage from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, but it's also been linked to multiple sclerosis and other health issues. In some cases, no clear cause has been pinpointed, according to experts at the University of Texas at Dallas. Alamia's neurologist, Dr. Toby Yaltho, has put her through a battery of tests trying to answer the how's and why's of her strange condition. So far, it remains a mystery.

9 Amazing Tiki Bars

In the 1950s and 1960s, Americans were obsessed with “tiki culture,” the relaxing, tropical lifestyle that they perceived was led in Hawaii and the rest of Polynesia. It flourished from the stories brought home by World War II soldiers, Hawaii’s statehood in 1959, and the hit musical South Pacific. While tiki culture is no longer a nationwide fad, some of the kitschy bars that flourished during that era are still around, and new ones spring up occasionally to give folks a taste of a tropical paradise, whether they can actually visit that paradise or not. Check out nine of those bars that you can still visit, in a list posted at mental_floss.

The Evolution of Shipping Container Homes

The shipping container as we know it was developed by Malcolm McLean in the 1950s. It standardized global cargo shipping and made the industry more efficient. A whole slew of different people noticed them and had other ideas. The big sturdy boxes showed up for different purposes in trade shows, in fiction, and in war. And, of course, by people who saw the possibility of living in them. Read how shipping containers went through these iterations on the way to becoming an eco-friendly building material for both emergency shelter and high-end architecture at Housely.  

Why You Can’t Say No to Salty Snacks When You’re Stressed Out

salt cravings when stressed

Comcast admits to wrongfully taking $1,775 from man’s account

The customer said Comcast representatives admit the money should not have been debited from his account, but none of the cash has been returned to him.

Kansas teen fired after asking for pay equal to male friend

A 17-year-old girl in Kansas City, Kansas said she lost a job within an hour after asking to be paid as much as a male co-worker hired at the same time.

Racists gloat after cop acquitted in Freddie Gray’s death

Officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the police van where Gray suffered fatal injuries as he was taken to jail, was seen as the most likely of the officers to be convicted.

Georgia cult hires youth pastor accused of child sexual abuse

Alexander Edwards has been charged in two cases, one from 2013 and one from this year.

‘Kill the gays’ pastor has a pulpit-stomping meltdown after he’s booted from online fundraising

‘Kill the gays’ pastor has a pulpit-stomping meltdown after he’s booted from online fundraising

LGBTQ Community Now 'Most Likely Target of Hate Crimes' in America

Police hunt bikini-wearing burglar

Authorities in California are searching for a woman after she entered two homes, one that was locked, and stole valuables, while wearing a bikini.
Home surveillance cameras filmed the woman, who wore a yellow bikini bottom and a green bikini top. She broke into and stole from a locked property in Lancaster on Saturday.
She “took items,” according to Shirley Miller of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Later that day, the same woman took valuable items from an unlocked home in Lake Hughes, about 14 miles away, Miller said.
The suspect is described as a white woman in her late 30s, about 5-foot-5 and 120 pounds. Police said a witness saw the suspect driving away in a tan-colored sedan.

‘The real terrorists are the folks at the NRA’

Father of journalist killed on live TV: ‘The real terrorists are the folks at the NRA’

Box cutter-wielding ‘Batman’ arrested after dancing with a KKK doll at LA City Council meeting

Last month, for instance, a local lawyer went to a council meeting dressed in a KKK hood and threatened to lynch a black councilman.

The top six dinosaur myths -- and how scientists busted them

Hotel arranges for dogs to go to the opera without their owners

A hotel in Austria arranges for dogs to go to the opera without their owners. The cultural nights out for canines are organized by the five-star Park Hyatt Vienna, which allows people to check in with their dogs or cats, and aims to be as pet-friendly as possible.
If a guest wants a night out in the Austrian capital without his or her dog, but doesn't want the pooch to get lonely on its own in the hotel room, staff can step in. In addition to the more usual requests for dogs to be walked, the hotel can arrange for an employee to take the animal to the theater.
"If the pet wants to go to the opera by himself we will arrange their ticket if the opera allows it," says the hotel's general manager Monique Dekker. The Park Hyatt Vienna's "Very Important Dog" program costs €35 (£27, $40). Food and other services, such as dog walking or sitting, or a trip to the opera, are then charged on top.

Man shot at animal control officer trying to save injured emu from fire

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says an animal control officer was shot at while trying to rescue an injured emu from a raging fire on Monday.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Leos reports that an animal control officer with San Diego County Animal Services was trying to help an emu who had been burned in the fire. The emu’s owner reportedly didn't want the officer to take the flightless bird.
He went inside his home, grabbed a shotgun, returned and fired three shots into the air. "We were not expecting somebody to come out with this much hostility," Leos said. Deputies arrested a 35-year-old man for firing the shotgun.

The injured emu got away. "I think the emu just kind of ran off into the hills," Leos said. Leos said the suspect has a criminal history and was not allowed to have a gun or ammunition. The animal control officer was unharmed.

Woman Wakes up with a 16-Foot Snake in Her Bedroom

This is Monty. He's a Scrub Python.
Monty lived on the roof of a house in Misson Beach, Queensland, Australia. For 15 years years, he had been a fairly quiet resident of that roof owned by Trina Hibberd. But early on Monday morning, he decided to pop in and visit his neighbor.
Hibberd's friend Julie Birrell was visiting. She had been asleep in bed when she noticed that there was a 16-foot long snake exploring the room. ABC News quotes Hibberd:
"We walked into the bedroom and it was hanging from the curtain drapes down to the bedside table — and that was only a third of him," he said.
"It was a good monster.
"We locked ourselves in the bedroom and grabbed him around the neck. He coiled around my arm but we managed to put him a container."
This is not the first time that Monty has had boundary issues. Hibberd first met him 15 years ago when he poked his head into her bathroom while she was taking a shower.
But Monty probably won't be a problem anymore. A snake catcher captured him and released him into a nearby water treatment plant.

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