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Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Today in History

Henry IV defeats the Percys in the Battle of Shrewsbury in England.
The Peace of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War and cedes Dutch New Amsterdam to the English.
Russia and Turkey sign the Treaty of Pruth, ending the year-long Russo-Turkish War.
The Treaty of Passarowitz is signed by Austria, Venice and the Ottoman Empire.
Pope Clement XIV abolishes the Jesuit order.
Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Arab Mameluke warriors at the Battle of the Pyramids.
In the first major battle of the Civil War, Confederate forces defeat the Union Army along Bull Run near Manassas Junction, Virginia. The battle becomes known as Manassas by the Confederates, while the Union calls it Bull Run.
Wild Bill Hickok kills gunman Dave Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, in what is regarded as the first formal quick-draw duel.
The James Gang robs a train in Adair, Iowa.
Mary Church Terrell founds the National Association of Colored Women in Washington, D.C.
French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is vindicated of his earlier court-martial for spying for Germany.
The British House of Lords ratifies the Versailles Treaty.
John Scopes is found guilty for teaching evolution in Dayton, Tenn., and is fined $100.
France accepts Japan’s demand for military control of Indochina.
U.S. Army and Marine forces land on Guam in the Marianas.
The French sign an armistice with the Viet Minh that ends the war but divides Vietnam into two countries.
Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the first woman prime minister of Ceylon.

2016, The hottest year so far

2016, The hottest year so far

Microfiber Madness

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Sexting might actually be a sign of a committed relationship

Sexting might actually be a sign of a committed relationship

Teen Comes Out To Her Family While Riding Splash Mountain

It can be tough for a teen to find the courage and come out of the closet to their friends and family, especially when they assume one or both of the groups will give them hell for being gay.
But sixteen-year-old Gina was tired of keeping her sexuality a secret- she wanted to live out loud, so she came out to her family at the photo-op point on Disneyland's Splash Mountain.
@ayydubs this is how I came out yesterday lolol
Inspiring, exciting, and hilarious, Gina really came out in style with this photo!

Lame-ass Carson: Transgender People Are ‘The Height Of Absurdity’

The County Home called your padded room is ready ...

Megyn Kelly Says Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her

Federal Judge Strikes A Critical Blow Against Wisconsin’s Voter Suppression Law

Twitter Cracks Down On Hate Speech After Trolls Chase Leslie Jones Off The Site

C-SPAN Caller Tells Arpaio He's A Racist

Leonardo da Vinci's Scuba Suit

In the early 16th Century, the brilliant Leonardo da Vinci was in Venice. That wealthy city was in dire straits, as its navy had been badly defeated by the Ottoman Empire. There was serious reason to think that the city itself might fall to the Turks. The Ventian government needed solutions and there was no better mind to develop them than Leonardo's.
Among the many ideas he sketched in his notebooks was a complete design for an underwater diving apparatus, a reconstruction of which is pictured above. Cara Giaimo describes the suit at Atlas Obscura:
The most complete plans show a leather suit and facemask, with goggles and an inflatable wineskin to enable sinking and floating. Two hollow breathing tubes, made of cane and reinforced with steel rings, lead from the diver's mouth up to the surface of the water—some incarnations show them attached to a floating disc, while others have them leading to a pocket of air trapped by a diving bell. There is even a special pee pouch for the diver, ensuring he can stay down there regardless of whether nature calls.
Some historians think this suit was part of an elaborate plan to attack the Ottoman ships from below, in order to sink them or release prisoners. Others, including McCurdy, say it more likely dates back further, to da Vinci's time in Milan, in which case he may have intended it to attack Venice instead. (It was a time of tumultuous alliances.)

Where women once ruled

When archaeologists unearthed a large chamber tomb in San José de Moro, a ceremonial center of pre-Columbian Moche civilization on the northern coast of Peru, they found the remains of a woman who had been laid to rest with lavish offerings, befitting a priestess or a queen or both.
Excavated in 2013, the burial featured a richly decorated coffin covered with copper plaques, and inside it a skeleton, buried 1,200 years ago, along with precious pottery vessels, a ceremonial knife, and a silver goblet, all telling signs of the power the woman had wielded in life.
Where women once ruled

9 New Natural Sites Added To World Heritage List

Last Monday, the World Heritage Committee added nine new natural sites to the World Heritage List. Among the inscriptions are some of the most impressive landscapes and most important natural areas for the conservation of iconic species on Earth.
The list includes diverse landscapes such as Khangchendzonga National Park in India, a cultural and natural site home to endangered species such as the snow leopard and musk deer; Canada's Mistaken Point, known for its unique, diverse and well-preserved fossils; and Iran's Lut Desert, noted for its remarkable variety of desert landforms.

Airport staff forced to push passenger jet off runway

Workers at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, were forced to push a passenger jet out onto the runway on Sunday, after a technical problem stopped it from taking off.
The incident involved a 90-seater Iberian Airlines, Bombardier CRJ900 series passenger jet bound for the port of Vigo in Spain. The plane was scheduled to depart at 3.10pm.
But after a problem with one of the terminal's tug trucks, which are used to push planes onto the runway, the fully-loaded jet was left stranded. Although most commercial jets can, in theory, reverse out of the gate by themselves, the operation is considered too fuel-intensive so small tugs are needed to push planes out of the gate before they begin takeoff.

After more than hour on the ground, the pilot finally got the go-ahead from air traffic control to request a push from 11 members of airport staff, who rolled up their sleeves to help get the plane on its way. It was no easy feat, fully loaded with passengers and luggage, a CRJ900 jet can weigh up to 36 tonnes. The plane eventually took off at 4.30pm.

Driver stopped by police for having no windows

A motorist found a unique way to keep cool during the current heatwave. Instead of winding down their windows, they drove around in a car without any windows at all. The silver Ford KA was stopped by police in Bedford on Monday, after officers spotted its windows were completely smashed.
After pulling the car over, they found the driver also had no license or insurance. This resulted in officers seizing the vehicle at the roadside.

86-Year Old Woman Fights off Mugger with Bacon

The Greater Manchester Police Trafford South (UK) reports that yesterday, a man attacked an 86-year old woman in a grocery store and demanded her money. She refused and instead pulled a package of bacon out of her shopping cart, then beat him over the head with it. The police state on Facebook that:
The offender then retreated and made off from the supermarket. #‎BeatOffWithBacon
Oh, bacon: is there anything you can't do?

Mother accused of packing her young children in trunk of friend's little red Corvette

A Pennsylvania woman put her two young children in the trunk of a red Corvette and then went for a drive with a friend, according to police who pulled over the vehicle after being contacted by a concerned witness. Jessica Marie Reger, 29, was arrested last week and charged with endangering the welfare of her children, aged three and five.
Driver Ilena Blackburn, 28, was charged with reckless endangerment and improper child-restraint system counts. According to a criminal complaint, Reger was spotted last Sunday night putting her children in the Corvette’s trunk near her home in Hanover, a York County borough. Blackburn and Reger then drove away, but were subsequently pulled over by police responding to a 911 call.
After an officer directed Blackburn to open the car’s trunk, Reger’s children were discovered inside. Officer Andrew Richey noted that the vehicle’s license plate was “RD HOTT1.” While the criminal complaint does not indicate why Reger, who has the words “LESS” and “FEAR” tattooed on her knuckles, put her offspring in the Corvette’s trunk, the sports car has only two seats.
Reger remains locked up in the county jail on $2,500 bail on the misdemeanor counts. According to court records, Reger has previously been arrested for fleeing police; possession of drug paraphernalia; harassment; retail theft; disorderly conduct; criminal mischief; receiving stolen property; and narcotics distribution.

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