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Monday, July 18, 2016

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Today in History

Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decides to back the French Revolution.
Great Britain signs the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.
Uruguay adopts a liberal constitution.
Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn’s Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run.
Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.
The Ballot Act is passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.
Ethiopian King Haile Selassie urges his countrymen to fight to the last man against the invading Italian army.
General Francisco Franco of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War.
The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight.
New Zealand and Australia announce they will pull their troops out of Vietnam.
In Buenos Aires, a massive car bomb kills 96 people.

The Incredible Complications of Living Atop the U.S.-Canada Border

Life is weird when you live near an international border. Estcourt Station is a small village that’s technically in the U.S. in north Maine. But the road that takes you there comes from Canada. Any public service that don’t come from Canada are incredibly hard to obtain. In fact, Estcourt Station, Maine, butts up against Pohénégamook, Quebec, and you’d never know the two villages were at all separate if it weren’t for the customs officials.
Looming somewhere past a pizza place is the international border line, where Pohénégamook becomes Estcourt Station. But even after entering the American side through a checkpoint, it can be confusing to know which country you are actually in at any given moment. The border is a generally invisible boundary that indiscriminately hopscotches through gardens (a resident’s potato plants might be in Maine, while their radishes are in Quebec), runs through kitchens and across back porches.

Adding to the confusion in Estcourt Station is the fact that cottages on the U.S. side, along with the local Gulf Gas Station, all have 418 Quebec area codes and receive their electricity from Hydro-Québec. These American homes are the only ones in the country to have Canadian area codes. There aren’t many of them, either: the last U.S. census lists the total population on the Maine side as four people. According to a representative of the U.S. Postal Service, mail is delivered to three addresses there twice a week.  
There are a few homes in which the border runs through the house, and the residents must abide by some bizarre regulations, such as paying property tax in both countries, and knowing which police department to call depending on which room a crime occurred in. The border crossing shuts down on the weekend, so anyone on the U.S. side must make sure they have enough groceries to last until Monday. Read about the complex reality of Estcourt Station at Atlas Obscura. 

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Man Wanted by Police Follows Pokémon GO Straight into Police Station

Police in Milford, Michigan were hunting for a man. The man in question was hunting for Pokémon. The two missions brought them together because the local police station was a Pokémon GO gym. The Detroit Free Press reports:
“A couple of our officers looked out the window and saw him standing out by the flagpole,” said Police Chief Tom Lindberg, noting after numerous run-ins, police recognized the individual immediately and went out to greet – and arrest – the man.
Lindberg said he wasn’t sure the man even realized where he was headed; the location-based mobile game uses GPS to guide users as they explore real life surroundings in search of virtual images, requiring users to look at their phone while not paying attention to surroundings.
“When I first learned about this game, I was very concerned it was taking young adults into places they shouldn’t necessarily be – and could get hurt, if they’re not paying attention to what’s going on around them,” Lindberg said. “But I never thought someone with a warrant would be so driven by the game that they’d walk right up to the police station.”

Washington cops searching for skinhead with history of racial and domestic violence wanted in triple murder

A manhunt is underway for 36-year-old Brent W. Luyster, who is suspected of murdering three and wounding one in a Friday night shooting in Clark County.

Pakistani social media star known for daring posts murdered in 'honor killing'

Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch, who was known for her daring posts, has been killed, allegedly by her brother.
Police on Saturday told Al Jazeera that Baloch's father, Mohammed Azeem, had filed a case against his son Waseem Azeem. The father has also testified against another of his sons, who works in the army and reportedly encouraged his sibling to carry out the killing. Both sons have gone missing.
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Woman arrested after wife discovered she wasn't a man

An Indonesian woman who allegedly posed as a man in order to get married has been arrested after the shocked wife discovered the deception. Suwarti, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was detained on Thursday after the wife alerted authorities, several months after the pair tied the knot.
The wife, Heniyati, became suspicious when her "husband" refused to consummate the marriage. Suwarti has admitted to the deception and could face up to seven years in prison for falsifying her identity, according to local chief detective Muhamad Kariri. "She falsified all the documents for the marriage. My family and I were deceived. We feel so embarrassed," Heniyati, 25, said.
Police said they were still investigating the reason for Suwarti's deception. All Suwarti would say is that she had been disappointed by a previous marriage, from which she had a 17-year-old child, Kariri added. When they met, 40-year-old Suwarti gave herself the male name Muhamad Efendi Saputra and said she was a police officer.
After a whirlwind romance lasting a couple of months, the pair married late last year in their home district of Boyolali, with Suwarti reportedly even hiring people to pretend to be her male alter ego's relatives at their wedding. After several months of married life, Heniyati finally discovered an identity card in Suwarti's wallet showing who she really was, said Kariri.

Couple surprised to find a strange man sharing their bed

Just before dawn last Saturday, a couple from River Falls, Wisconsin, discovered an intruder in their bed. A 32-year-old man felt something rubbing up against him. His girlfriend was sleeping next to him but it wasn't her rubbing. They both woke with a feeling that they weren't alone in their bed.
He got up to flip on the bedroom light. The light revealed a strange man sharing the bed. The male tenant woke the man. He apologized for intruding in the couple's apartment. The tenant quickly escorted him out the front door, the screen of which was damaged.
The suspect, however, returned shortly, wondering if they'd seen his cellphone. The male tenant said he hadn't. The suspect was described as black, 5-10, wearing shorts and calf-high black socks, T-shirt and sneakers. A River Falls officer went to investigate.
He followed a trail of spilled sticks of gum outside to where a cellphone lay in the grass. The suspect, a 32-year-old St. Paul man, eventually showed up at the police station. He said he was sorry, but had made a mistake after going into what he thought was his friend's apartment. He was given a $187 trespassing citation and, upon his release, had his sticks of gum and phone returned to him.

Naked man's attempt at seeking courtship with neighbor ended with his arrest

A man is facing charges after he decided to get naked and go to his younger neighbor's apartment door in search of "courtship" police said.
The 30-year-old female victim from Woodward Township, Pennsylvania, answered her door at about 12:30pm on Tuesday.
She found a nude Patrick R. Marsh, 59, standing there with his genitals in his hands, according to police.
Marsh went to the woman's door in the apartment complex "in an attempt to obtain courtship," the Pennsylvania State Police said. His neighbor found the gesture offensive, and Marsh found himself charged with indecent exposure.

NASA Found A Massive Hole Growing On The Surface Of The Sun

A NASA spacecraft just spotted a giant hole creeping over the surface of the sun. It sounds like the recipe for a doomsday blockbuster - the sun slowly gets consumed by blackness, throwing our planet into a cold, dark frenzy. But actually, this hole is no cause for alarm. It's called a coronal hole, an astronomical phenomenon that pops up on the sun's corona from time to time.
According to NASA, these holes mark low-density spots where the sun's magnetic field opens freely into interplanetary space, allowing hot material from the corona to speed outward.

Stuff In Space

Space debris, junk, waste, trash, or litter is the collection of defunct man-made objects in space - old satellites, spent rocket stages, and fragments from disintegration, erosion, and collisions - including those caused by debris itself.
Stuff in Space is a realtime 3D map of objects in Earth orbit. The map is made by James Yoder, an incoming Electrical and Computer Engineering freshman at the University of Texas, Austin. Red dots are satellites, blue dots rocket bodies and gray dots are debris.

Manatee Pops up to Flirt with Girl

Celine Chasteen and a friend were paddleboarding in Jupiter, Florida last week. To her surprise, a charming and bold manatee popped up out of the water, placed his flippers on her board, and made eyes at her.
Chasteen was delighted. And although the manatee didn't get her number, his chances are excellent. The Dodo quotes her:
I thought he was really cute. He was really nice and stuff. I hope he drops by again.

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