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Today in History

Montezuma II is murdered as Spanish conquistadors flee the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan during the night.
Charles Dickens reads from A Christmas Carol at St. Martin’s Hall in London–his first public reading.
Jean Francois Gravelet aka Emile Blondin, a French daredevil, becomes the first man to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
A mysterious explosion, possibly the result of a meteorite, levels thousands of trees in the Tunguska region of Siberia with a force approaching twenty megatons.
Adolf Hitler orders the purge of his own party in the “Night of the Long Knives.”
Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Gone With the Wind, is published.
John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley demonstrate their invention, the transistor, for the first time.
Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Psycho, opens.
Three Soviet cosmonauts die when their spacecraft depressurizes during reentry.

50 of America's Best Diners

To pay tribute to the classic American diner, Extra Crispy compiled a list, not of the 50 best diners ranked, but a great diner from each state in the Union. You could easily argue with their choices, because the definition of a “diner” is hard to pin down (you know one when you see it), and chains were excluded. What’s left are people’s opinions on what makes a great diner: hearty food, friendly service, decent prices, and memories. West Virginia’s entry is the Hometown Restaurant in Peterstown.
Peterstown, West Virginia (population 650), which is about a stone’s throw from the Virginia border and right smack in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, has one seriously tasty claim to fame, and that’s Hometown Restaurant. Linda Fox, who opened Hometown nearly 31 years ago, makes nearly everything from scratch, from her signature biscuits and gravy to one of West Virginia’s finest creations: a big bowl of pinto beans topped with chow chow relish served with a wedge of crumbly cornbread. (We don’t call West Virginia “Almost Heaven” for nothing.)
Breakfast is a testament to true soul-satisfying mountain cooking and it’s served all day. Country ham, grits, fried potatoes, and biscuits are always on the menu, as are three different kinds of pan-seared steak to go with your eggs: rib-eye, crispy fried steak, or chopped steak. For something different, get the fried apples over a biscuit, a sweet and savory delicacy that pairs especially well with salty bacon or country ham. Be sure to grab one of Linda’s homemade whole coconut cream pies on your way out (she makes eight different cream pies twice a week), which boast the tallest meringue I’ve ever seen. —Kendra Bailey Morris, author of The Southern Slow Cooker
Check out the list and let us know which ones you’ve been to, and whether they are really that good.

The Restaurant Built in a Waterfall

Chances are you never looked at a waterfall and thought "that's a place I wanna eat," but after looking at a few photos of the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in the Philipines you might start feeling that way. This stunning restaurant lets dinners sit at the base of a waterfall and feel the water flow over their feet as they eat. You can even head over to the flow and let it run over you between bites.

How running a marijuana business cost this man life insurance

“If they’re willing to insure people who utilize cannabis, what’s the concern with someone operating under state laws?” says Derek Peterson.

Adults Who Were Bullied as Children Can Suffer From Debilitating Symptoms Similar to PTSD

Wingnuts freak out over ‘UN takeover’ after spotting trucks made in Virginia and sold overseas

Wingnuts — including Palin — are freaking out over reports of United Nations vehicles spotted on highways in Virginia and Kentucky.
The stupidity is truly breathtaking, and hilarious.

Lunatic Alito’s Bizarre And Offensive Attack On Atheists

Gay ex-Mormon could be the true heir to the British throne in strange royal love child scandal

A scandalous secret marriage to Roman Catholic Maria Fitzherbert may have produced an heir to George IV and the British throne that no one knew existed.

The 2016 Anti-LGBT March For Marriage Was A Complete Flop

N.C. wingnuts backpedal on trans bathroom ban to stop NBA from moving All-Star Game

"What the league is looking for is for anyone to be able to use, at any All Star venue, the bathroom associated with their gender identity," said the station's source, who was not identified.

Berkeley teacher hit with threats after clashing with neo-Nazis

“I am disgusted and condemn these attacks on myself and the children, the faculty and staff at my school,” Yvette Felarca told Berkeleyside.

Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of vandalizing 7,000 year-old pyramid out of fears of devil worship

According to local media sources, recent damage at the base of a pyramid at the San Bartolo Tutotepec archeological site falls in line the destruction of altars in the area that cult members have taken responsibility for.

Sorority sister who texted ‘no more baby’ gets life in prison for tossing newborn in dumpster to die

A Ohio sorority sister was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found her guilty of giving birth to a baby girl and then throwing her away.

Man sneaked into closed restaurant before sprinkling himself with sugar

Surveillance video caught a man sneaking into the Mother restaurant in midtown Sacramento, California, when it was closed over the weekend and pouring sugar over himself for several seconds in the eatery’s empty kitchen.
Ryan Donahue, a partner in the Mother and Empress restaurants in Sacramento, said he was walking by Mother at about 1pm on Saturday when he saw the man and followed him out. Donahue said he then called the Downtown Partnership, a property improvement organization, which he presumes called police.
On Monday, Sacramento police said officers detained 38-year-old Sacramento resident Shannon Berry near the location shortly after the incident. Berry was arrested on suspicion of burglary and was served with a notice of trespass, police said. Donahue said the man went into six or seven businesses in a span of 10 minutes. He appeared to have got into Mother when an employee left the door partially open, Donahue said.
The surveillance video shows Mr Berry hiding behind a counter, then grabbing a beer and some other items, and sprinkling himself with sugar. “He was on another plane,” Donahue said. “He didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. It was the closest thing I’ve seen to Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil ... It was unique even for K Street ... It wasn’t malicious. It was just weird.”
You can watch the surveillance video here.

Man accused of trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend and her friends with a bow and arrow

A man from Salisbury, North Carolina, was arrested on Sunday night after trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend and her friends with a bow and arrow through the window of her home, according to deputies. The incident began just after 10:30pm in Rockwell when, deputies said, 46-year-old Jody Edgar Hall showed up with the bow and arrow and began threatening his ex-girlfriend and two of her friends.
The victim told authorities that she and her friends heard yelling outside. When she opened the door, she saw Hall with a bow and arrow, which he drew back to release just as she closed the door. She said he then tried to force his way into the front door, but couldn't get in. The victim said she then went to a bedroom where her friend was lying on a bed.
That's when officials said Hall fired an arrow through the bedroom window. It reportedly stuck into the wall over the friend's head. When Hall told the victims he would burn down the house if they didn't come outside, the ex-girlfriend called 911. When deputies got to the scene, they found Hall's moped, but could not find him. It was later discovered he had climbed to the top of a tree to hide.
While one deputy went to the Rowan County Magistrate's Office to get an arrest warrant, other deputies continued searching the area. That's when Hall reportedly returned to the home and tried to kick in the door. The victim called 911 again and Hall was arrested. Hall was taken to the county jail and charged with three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and three counts of first-degree burglary. He was given bond of $250,000 on the assault and $250,000 bond on the burglary charges.

Mystery surrounds apparent theft of roof from house

What someone took from an home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a neighborhood baffled. It couldn’t have been easy, but someone swiped an entire roof right off a house. Now the homeowner wants to know who these mystery men are. From the front, the home in northwest Albuquerque looks normal. However, when Cory Archuleta went to check the mail on Saturday, he noticed something major was missing. All of the shingles from his roof were gone. “Even the police officer couldn’t believe it,” Archuleta said.
He said his insurance adjuster also had to laugh about it at one point. “She said that they’ll have to claim it as ‘stolen,'” he chuckled, still baffled by the strange theft. He learned from neighbors that before the weekend, someone had stripped the entire roof off of the house. “That’s all they left,” said Archuleta, pointing to a few shingles on the ground. He’s been in the process of selling the house, and the future resident hasn’t moved in yet. “My first thought was to call the realtor to see if maybe the new owners were doing anything yet,” Archuleta recalled. “But we haven’t closed on the house so I don’t know why they’d be working on it.”
He called his realtor, Alex Morgan. “He said, ‘well, my roof is gone. The original roof is gone,'” Morgan recalled. “And I was like, ‘what? How the hell is that possible? How does somebody steal a roof?'” Neighbors tell Archuleta they saw a crew there on Thursday and Friday tearing the roof off, but they didn’t think it was suspicious at the time. “They just figured it was part of the sale of the house,” said Archuleta. “They were in a truck with no sign, no business signs on it, so nobody knows who they are.” The home didn’t need a new roof. Archuleta said the houses in the neighborhood are fairly new. Whoever did all that work mostly cleaned up after themselves.

“They put the tar paper back,” Archuleta pointed out. His best guess is that someone ordered a new roof, just not this address. “It’s just surprising that they did do all that work and then you know, must have found out they were at the wrong residence and decided to stop where they were at,” Archuleta said. He hopes the mystery men might return to finish the job. Archuleta is now working to get the roof replaced before it rains. So far no one has come forward to claim a mistaken job location. Neighbors said the mystery men were in a silver extended cab pick-up truck with a white flat-bed trailer. On the bright side, Archuleta said the new owner will be getting a new roof. In the meantime, Archuleta has to fork out $1,000 up-front for his insurance deductible.

Pony, donkey and cow headed to local pub after escaping from their paddock

A pony, donkey and a cow headed to a pub in Australia's Northern Territory after escaping from their paddock on Monday night. The unusual trio trotted about a kilometer from their home to the Humpty Doo Hotel, about 40km north of Darwin. Mary Walshe, who lives next door to the hotel said she woke at 2:30am after her dog began barking. "Our little Jack Russell security alarm was a bit persistent, and of course I listen to my animals and I jumped up," Ms Walshe said.
"I had a look out the window and a bit of a white flash went across the back of the pub, then another little white flash, which got my attention. There was a tiny pony, and a tiny donkey and a cow." Ms Walshe began to get worried about the animals' safety. The pub is located on the Arnhem Highway, a road frequented by large trucks during the night.
"I went in and woke up my long-suffering dear husband ... which didn't go down really well, I might add," she said. Ms Walshe said she was also worried someone who was hungry enough could have tried to capture the heifer. "She was exceptionally good, the cow. She could have been eaten by anyone quite easily, which is what I was worried about," she said. That was when Ms Walshe called the police. "I had to convince them that I wasn't on any sort of substances that might be causing this story."
Officers took the situation seriously and helped Ms Walsh lead the animals into her backyard using a bag of bread. The blame for the escapade was later laid solely on the pony. "The little stallion [was] definitely the leader of the pack and had the other two following," added Ms Walshe. Following a public appeal for information, the owners of the animals came and collected them on Tuesday morning before returning them to their paddock.
There's a news video on this page.

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