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Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Today in History

A Byzantine counter-offensive is routed by Syeon at Anchialus, Bulgaria.
The first group of twenty Africans is brought to Jamestown, Virginia.
John Milton publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering, commissioned by Peter the Great of Russia to find land connecting Asia and North America, discovers America.
American General “Mad Anthony” Wayne defeats the Ohio Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in the Northwest territory, ending Indian resistance in the area.
General Winfield Scott wins the Battle of Churubusco on his drive to Mexico City.
Dublin’s Abbey Theatre is founded, an outgrowth of the Irish Literary Theatre founded in 1899 by William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory.
The American Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to a warm welcome.
700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely.
Russia wins an early victory over Germany at Gumbinnen.
After a previous machine gun attack failed, exiled Russian Leon Trotsky is assassinated in Mexico City, with an alpine ax to the back of the head.
Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Adolf Hitler authorizes the development of the V-2 missile.
United States and British forces close the pincers on German units in the Falaise-Argentan pocket in France.
USSR publicly acknowledges it tested a hydrogen bomb eight days earlier.
Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
USSR recovers 2 dogs, Belka and Strelka, the first animals to be launched into orbit and returned alive (Sputnik 5).
East Germany begins erecting a wall along western border to replace barbed wire put up Aug 13; US 1st Battle Group, 18th Infantry Division arrives in West Berlin.
US President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, an anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion, as part of his War on Poverty.
Some 650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia to quell reformers there.
The Cambodian military launches a series of operations against the Khmer Rouge.
US Vice President Gerald Ford, who had replaced Spiro Agnew, assumes the Office of the President after Richard Nixon resigns; Ford names Nelson Rockefeller as VP.
NASA launches Viking 1; with Viking 2, launched a few days later, provided high-resolution mapping of Mars, revolutionizing existing views of the planets.
The Penmanshiel Diversion on the  the East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland opens, replacing the 134-year-old Penmanshiel Tunnel that had collapsed in March.
UN Security Council condemns Israel’s declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital; vote is 14-0, with US abstaining.
A multinational force including 800 US Marines lands in Beirut, Lebanon, to oversee Palestinian withdrawal during the Lebanese Civil War.
Part-time mail carrier Patrick Sherrill shoots 20 fellow workers killing 14 at Edmond Okla., the first mass shooting by an individual in an office environment in the US. His actions give rise to the phrase “going postal,” for sudden violent outbursts.
Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations to use them as human shields against air attacks by a US-led multinational coalition.
After an attempted coup in the Soviet Union, Estonia declares independence from the USSR.
Secret negotiations in Norway lead to agreement on the Oslo Peace Accords, an attempt to resolve the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Miracle, the Sacred White Buffalo, born on Heider Farm near Janesville, Wisc. The first white (not albino) buffalo born since 1933, she was a important religious symbol for many US and Canadian Indian tribes.
The Supreme Court of Canada rules Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.
US launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the Aug. 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein seize the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin; after five hours they release their hostages and surrender.

5 Ancient Athletes Who Dominated the Olympics Thousands of Years Ago

When sports accomplishments are recorded, they become history. No matter whether an Olympic gold medal winner ever gets an endorsement deal or not, even if he or she is later convicted of a crime, or they fall on hard times and must sell their medal, those achievements are part of history. That why we know who won those ancient Greek games that inspired the modern Olympics. A few names stand out above the others.
1. Leonidas of Rhodes: Not to be confused with the Spartan king of the same name from 300, this Leonidas was one of the most famous runners in the ancient world. Eusebius recorded that he won three different foot races in four consecutive Olympic games, making him  "the first and only man to win twelve Olympic crowns over four Olympiads." This record was unprecedented; Pausanias gushed, "However, the most famous runner was Leonidas of Rhodes. He maintained his speed at its prime for four Olympiads, and won twelve victories for running."
Four Olympiads? Who did he think he was, Michael Phelps? Leonidas is only the first of five stories of athletes who won fame at the ancient Olympics. And surprisingly, two of them are women.

What Aliens Look Like

Black People Who Say They're Multiracial Are Perceived as Being More Attractive

The 10 Most Expensive Personal Computers Ever Created

Here’s a list that will make you proud of your $200 Chromebook! Or at least happy that you never paid these kinds of prices. When you talk about expensive personal computers, they fall into two categories. First, there’s the luxury models designed with bling for conspicuous consumption. Sure, you can impress people with a gold-plated laptop, but why? Then there are the innovations of the past. An entirely new way to compute was never cheap, and certain models had a lot of research and development to cover, even though they seem archaic now. For context, when I was in college in the ‘70s, the school only had one computer, and you weren’t allowed to see it unless you were taking a computer class. There were three offered: BASIC, COBOL, and FORTRAN. But you could buy a personal computer -if you had the bucks. This one cost twice as much as my degree.
5. 1975 IBM Portable Computer – $19,975

If you’re looking at the price and wondering what type of incredible technology existed back in the mid-70s to warrant such an expensive price tag, know that the 1975 IBM Portable Computer cost what it did because it was the first “mini computer”. It wasn’t as portable as notebooks are today, but it was aimed at the scientific community, specifically researchers flush with grant money.

The self contained computer had a magnetic tape drive, 5 inch CRT display that could output 16 lines of text with 64 characters each, a cartridge tape hard drive capable of storing 204 KB, and a PALM circuit board processor. If you adjust its 1975 retail price for inflation, the IBM 5100 portable computer would cost about $88,000.
There are nine other rather expensive computers to see at Money Inc.

Unusual Uses For Mouthwash

Every day people take a swig from a bottle of mouthwash, swish, gargle and spit for the sake of oral health, but do they know what they're putting in their mouth?
The active ingredients in most mouthwashes are menthol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and thymol, powerful antiseptics and anti-fungals with a lot of different uses that you probably shouldn't swallow.
The anti-fungal properties in mouthwash make it great for soaking your feet, as it helps prevent athlete's foot and toe fungus, and it's good to disinfect your toothbrush in it for the same reason.
Now those uses make sense, but here's where the strange comes in- you can use mouthwash to wash your laundry.
Instructables author Penolopy Bulnick on her experience washing laundry with mouthwash:
Use about a cup of mouthwash instead of laundry detergent when you're in a pinch. I highly recommend using a more colorless and sugar-free mouthwash for this. I used what you see and didn't have any problems, but I avoided washing any whites or nice close just in case. I did wash a tan towel and it still came out tan.

Dry Ice and Slime

The Crazy Russian Hacker just reminded me that Halloween is only two months away. He stumbled upon the perfect party special effect when he added dry ice to a bowl of green slime. And I learned there is such a thing as slime powder.
The main effect seems to be that the release of gas from the dry ice is slowed down in the slime. This leads to nice round bubbles, sturdy enough to pick up at some points, and easy to see against the colored mess in the bowl. There are also cool-looking vents and eruptions. Looks like a lot of fun! You’d have to lay down some rules about playing with it if there are children around, though. Remember, safety is nubern prerty.

46 Odd and Surprising Stats and Figures

Only about 10% of blind Americans can read Braille, but that doesn't surprise me, because many of those folks became blind later in life (speaking as someone whose eyesight is failing gradually). The rising number of Americans with passports is not surprising, either, since you now need one to go to Canada and Mexico. From Bigfoot to baby names, from video games to politics, number crunchers have things to tell us about everything under the sun. Elliot Morgan has a roundup of statistics from a wide variety of subjects in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.

Did Aetna Quit Obamacare When It Didn't Get Merger?

Elizabeth Warren Says Yup!
Did Aetna Quit Obamacare When It Didn't Get Merger? Elizabeth Warren Says Yup!

Texas wingnut tells Hispanic kids to ‘do something useful’ so they ‘don’t have to live off others’

Texas wingnut tells Hispanic kids to ‘do something useful’ so they ‘don’t have to live off others’

Chicago cops have pattern of killing people ...

Over the last five years, the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s Department have filed felony murder charges against at least 10 civilians, including three cases where police shot into fleeing vehicles.

Man who mistakenly ate pot brownies crawled on the floor and insulted family cat

A Nebraska man who mistakenly ate some of his adult children’s pot brownies told police that he was “trippin” as he crawled on the floor, “randomly used profanities,” and called the family cat a “bitch,” according to an incident report.
Police say that Michael Gollehon, 53, ate four brownies that he found on the back seat of a car that his children had borrowed earlier on Tuesday. (Gollehon discovered the sweets while retrieving groceries from the vehicle’s back seat). At around 7:30pm, Gollehon’s wife told Omaha police, the couple was watching television when “Michael started getting bad anxiety.”
Julie Gollehon tried to contact her children to determine what was in the brownies, but failed to reach them. While paramedics responding to an overdose call found Gollehon’s vitals in the normal range, “Michael was displaying odd behaviour (crawling around on the floor, calling their cat a ‘bitch,’ randomly using profanities and saying he feels like ‘he’s trippin’),” officers noted.
Gollehon was helped to bed by the medical workers, and officers told the couple to “call 911 again if his situation got any worse.” While police were in the Gollehon home, one of their children arrived and said that the brownies were the property of “his siblings,” adding that he was “pretty sure it was just marijuana in the brownies.” Julie Gollehon, investigators noted, “wished not to give her children’s names because she thought they could get in trouble.”

Bearded woman questioned over toilet seat cover dispenser arson

The Arlington County Fire Marshal’s office in Virginia is trying to determine who set a toilet seat cover dispenser on fire on Monday afternoon.
Investigators believe the small fire, inside a bathroom at the Inova Urgent Care clinic was an act of arson. And it may be part of a string of intentionally-set small fires.
Arlington County firefighters responded to several suspicious small fires on Sunday and Monday, including two 20 minutes apart. “There have been an uptick in small fires in the county,” said Lt. Jason Hart. “We have not tied them together yet, it’s still under investigation.”
After Monday’s bathroom fire, Arlington police put out a lookout call for a woman with facial hair, who was suspected of starting the fire. Based on the description relayed over the radio, the woman was detained and questioned, but was ultimately released due to lack of evidence, Hart said.

Man arrested after trying to have sex with a van

Police arrested a man on Tuesday night after a witness said they saw him trying to have sex with a parked van.
According to a police report, officers were called a street in Dayton, Ohio, at around 8:00pm on a report that a man was pulling his pants down and swinging on a stop sign.
When police arrived in the area they found a man walking nearby wearing only black gym shorts and shoes. The report says the man, later identified as Michael Henson, appeared to be intoxicated. Officers put him in the back of a police car and spoke with the woman who called police. She told them she saw the man standing near a parked van.
She went on to explain she saw Henson pull his shorts down and place his genitals in the front grille of the van that was parked on the street. The woman said he did this for a while then appeared to pass out in a nearby yard. That’s when she called police. Henson was arrested for public indecency and is now in the Montgomery County jail.

Bear Sits Down Right Next To Cameraman

Bears are the subject of many human myths and misunderstandings, and while it's still a good idea to teach people to stay away from bears for safety's sake we should also teach that bears can be gentle creatures too.
Case in point- a wildlife photographer was sitting by the side of a river shooting pics when a wild bear came and sat down right next to him, hanging out like the two were old friends.
This video will go down in history as the first appearance of the ursine YouTube star BeardiePie, who now has over a million bears subscribing to his prank video channel.

Raccoon rescued after getting head stuck in metal grate

An animal control officer was called to assist a very uncomfortable-looking raccoon in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Wednesday.
A raccoon had somehow became stuck with its head through a sewer grate on a hospital's property.
The officer from Northampton Police Department attended the scene at the Northampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
After some time and the assistance of some cooking grease she was able to free the animal unharmed.

Duck that appeared from nowhere has formed an unlikely friendship with depressed dog

A duck has become an unlikely source of relief for a dog in Corryton, Tennessee, who had been grieving the loss of its canine friend. George the dog lost his best friend, Blackie the lab, two years ago this week. Since then, he's been very depressed.
Jacquie Litton says, "He's almost died twice. He doesn't eat. He starves himself, and he has anxiety. He has a multitude of skin conditions from chewing on himself." This past Monday Jacquie went and looked out her back window. She noticed there was a stranger on her back porch. It was a duck who hasn't left George's side since.

George spends his days by the duck, he let's the duck sleep on his bed and even allows the duck to rest his bill on his leg. Jacquie says, "George loves him. It's his buddy. He's been real nice to him. He says he doesn't eat my food and he sleeps with me." The white duck has brought some peace to George who used to be very lonely.

Jacquie says, "Since the duck showed up, he's been okay. He hasn't whined." There's some adjusting going on in the home. They're dealing with duck droppings in a home where cleanliness is paramount, and they're going to have to upgrade the bird bath to a bigger tub. Jacquie's just glad George is finally happy. Jacquie says, "They're totally different species and they found company and comfort in each other."

Meeting a Family of Skunks

Don’t. Move. An. Inch. You don’t want to startle this family! Francois Arsenault was out on his bike in Pointe-Taillon National Park in Quebec when he was approached by a fairly tame mother skunk and her litter. Luckily, he satisfied their curiosity without triggering their defense mechanisms.

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