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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Today in History

Tamerlane’s Mongols defeat Ottoman Turks at Angora.
The Spanish Armada sets sail from Corunna.
The Riot Act goes into effect in England.
Confederate General John Bell Hood attacks Union forces under General William T. Sherman outside Atlanta.
Imperial troops in Guizhou, China, kill 20,000 Miao rebels.
Sioux chief Sitting Bull surrenders to the U.S. Army.
Alexander Kerensky becomes the premier of Russia.
The U.S. Army Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) begins its first training class at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
Adolf Hitler is wounded in an assassination attempt by German Army officers at Rastenburg.
The U.S. Army’s Task Force Smith is pushed back by superior North Korean forces.
King Abdullah of Jordan is assassinated.
Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon.
The Viking spacecraft lands on Mars and begins taking soil samples.

Why Canadians Are Moving Their Houses to the United States

The community of Oak Bay, British Columbia is booming. Developers are tearing down old houses to make room for newer, more luxurious homes for deep-pocketed residents.
A few miles away lies San Juan Island, which is in the United States. People there need houses, too. So they're buying older homes from across the border, then floating them on barges over to the United States. Knowledge Network reports:
In the past 10 months, seven homes have been brought by barge to the island by a group focused on affordable housing. Their hope is to bring five more homes, once the necessary funds are raised.
“We’re very appreciative,” said Nancy DeVaux of the San Juan Community Home Trust. “We really like the fact that they have a lot of character and that we’re keeping the homes out of the landfill.”

Viking Economics Are Superior

Is Full-Time Work Bad For Our Brains?

You could be disappointed. If you're over 40, working more than 25 hours of work a week could be impairing your intelligence, according to a study released in February by researchers for the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in Australia.
Working 25 hours a week (part time or three days a week) was the optimum amount of time spent working a week for cognitive functioning, while working less than that was detrimental to the agility of the brain for both men and women, the study found.

Mindfulness Has Gone Corporate

The linguistic history of "dumpster fire"

With the Republican national convention underway, this seems to be an appropriate time to post some excerpts from an interesting article on the history of the usage of the term "dumpster fire."
"... more or less every politician, sports team, mediocre TV show and annoying celebrity has been compared to a receptacle full of burning waste...

The dumpster broke onto the scene in 1936, part of a brand-new patented trash-collection system that introduced the basic concept of the modern garbage truck, with containers that could be mechanically lifted and emptied into the vehicle from above. The system, invented by future mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, George Dempster, took its creator’s name, and the Dempster-Dumpster was born...

In British English, for example, one is more likely to hear the term “skip” to denote a large garbage receptacle, but does “skip fire” grab one as an equally startling and appealing barb to deploy on Twitter? What about “Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been a complete wheelie bin fire”? Not so much. ..

A Google search pulls up references to dumpster fires in local newspapers and fire department training documents as far back as the 1970s, but pinning down the derogatory use of the term is tricky. Even after one tries to filter out official reports of actual dumpster fires, it seems like the term just suddenly appeared everywhere in the last eight years, and before that was nowhere. Isolating a patient zero is a maddening task...

The most likely subcultural culprit, though, is the sports world. Linguist Mark Liberman, who works at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote in a recent blog post, “A few years ago, I noticed hosts and callers on sports talk radio using the phrase ‘dumpster fire’ as a metaphor for chaotically bad situations.”  ...

Actually, the death knell for “dumpster fire,” rolling or stationary, seems to be due. Such over-saturation of a particular, visceral image or phrase typically leads it down the road to obsolescence, like the “epic fail” and “fml” of yesteryear.

Nice Attack Shows How Attacks on Civilians Play Right into the Hands of Fascists

Police called to break up dispute over late-night laundry

Police were called to an apartment block in Kloten, in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland, on Saturday night after a man allegedly locked his neighbor in the laundry room for doing her washing after 10pm.
Witnesses said that the woman was locked into the communal washing room by her neighbour, with one saying: “I heard the desperate cries of the woman even though I live on the other side of the street”. Several neighbors went to the woman’s help and broke open the door to free her. “But once outside she got a broom and tried to smash in the door of the neighbor who shut her in,” said the witness.
The woman finally called police herself after the man refused to open his door to her. Zurich police confirmed the dispute but denied anyone had been shut in the laundry room. “It was about insults and damage to property”, a police spokeswoman said. According to witnesses, the situation calmed down after a couple of hours and the woman returned to doing her washing as if nothing had happened.
In Switzerland, the issue of when to do your laundry can be a sensitive one. In most apartment blocks residents do not have a washing machine in their flat but share a communal one, often in a basement area. Each apartment is usually given a set time during the week when they may use the communal machine. It is generally accepted etiquette that residents refrain from doing laundry late at the night due to the noise.

Man covered in mashed potatoes arrested for kidnapping and assault

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, found a man covered in mashed potatoes after an incident where he allegedly hit a woman and forced her into a car. Officers arrested Ricky Milam, 51, on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges on Saturday in response to a domestic dispute call. A criminal complaint states that witnesses saw a man later identified as Milam struck the woman several times and drove off with her in a white Jeep Cherokee.
The woman told police she had been arguing with Milam over directions about how to get to the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts store. She got out of the Jeep when they arrived before he forced her back inside, according to the police report.
One witness followed the car and notified police. Officers found the Jeep nearby. The vehicle eventually stopped and Milam got out covered in mashed potatoes, the report states. The woman told officers she tried to fight back by throwing the mashed potatoes at him as he drove.

Annual Linkage

An interactive graphic showing the amount of contributions made by the NRA to the current members of Congress.
A hippopotamus is faster than a human both on land and in the water - so your only chance to beat it in a triathlon is on the bicycle.
"Beyond drag." Inside Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to be Girls.
Life Pro Tip:  "If somebody comes to your door selling a home security system and asks if you have one, always say yes."
An advertising history of Bovril (dozens of vintage ads).
"A Florida man is in big trouble for using a cell phone jammer while driving on the highway."
Why the growth of Antarctic ice does not negate the fact of global warming.

U.S. Discards Half of Its Fresh Produce

Mothballs could hold key to future of quantum computing

Mothballs could hold key to future of quantum computing

Disease Bacteria May Someday Power Your Smartphone

Bacteria constitute a large domain of micrometer-long organisms that exist in different shapes ranging from rods, spheres, and spirals. Their potential could be harnessed in the future to provide a means for power.
When observed under a microscope, you'll notice that bacteria produces lots of random movements. This kind of movement has too much spontaneity and in itself cannot produce energy. Scientists admit that we won't be able to power homes with bacteria anytime soon. Even then it will be possible to power micromachines effectively in a short while.

Full July 'buck moon' ready to shine

Full July 'buck moon' ready to shine

Theme park and zoo bans Tarzan impressions as the noise has been 'confusing the monkeys'

Chessington World of Adventures (CWOA), south west of Central London, has banned Tarzan impressions due to the noise “confusing” its resident monkeys.
The tourist attraction has introduced a ‘chimpressions’ ban for visitors using the on-site Go Ape course, a family play area where people can swing from treetops, whooping in the style of the legendary character.
Signs have been put up warning visitors, with zookeepers having seen monkeys patrolling their pens to mark their territory and trying to mimic the noises coming from the site. Tadhg Randall, from the Go Ape team at CWOA, said: "It's normally the noises from the animals we monitor.
“But in this instance it's the humans we need to keep an eye on. While we don't want to place a ban on having fun, it's always important to respect the residents' wishes. Our message to our guests is simple – when full of excitement, please try and have consideration for the animals." The resort has seen an increase in visitors attempting to imitate Tarzan.

Travel broadens chimps’ horizons too

Travel broadens chimps’ horizons too

Crackdown on fishing with breakfast sausage

Police officer Joyce Kuske from Little Falls, Minnesota, checked an angler fishing from a pontoon recently. The angler hurriedly put their fishing pole down as Officer Kuske approached them.
Officer Kuske asked the angler if they had a license and the angler stated they did not have a fishing license.
They added that you don't need a fishing license if you're fishing with a piece of breakfast sausage as bait. It turns out that a license is needed to fish with breakfast sausage.

Death From Below

The stargazer fish was named that because it has eyes on the top of its head. But it’s not stars that this fish is looking for -it’s food! The stargazer wiggles its body and digs into the ocean floor with its fins until it is completely buried, except for those eyes. When a smaller fish swims by obliviously, it leaps from the sand in a terrifying instant.
Enjoy the action in this compilation video, with a decidedly strange musical accompaniment, and then read more about the stargazer fish at Atlas Obscura.

Animal Pictures