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Friday, September 30, 2016

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Today in History

1399
Richard II is deposed.
1568
Eric XIV, king of Sweden, is deposed after showing signs of madness.
1630
John Billington, one of the original pilgrims who sailed to the New World on the Mayflower, becomes the first man executed in the English colonies. He is hanged for having shot another man during a quarrel
1703
The French, at Hochstadt in the War of the Spanish Succession, suffer only 1,000 casualties to the 11,000 of their opponents, the Austrians of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I.
1791
Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute is performed for the first time in Vienna
1846
The first anesthetized tooth extraction is performed by Dr. William Morton in Charleston, Massachusetts.
1864
Confederate troops fail to retake Fort Harrison from the Union forces during the siege of Petersburg.
1911
Italy declares war on Turkey over control of Tripoli.
1918
Bulgaria pulls out of World War I.
1927
Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run of the season off Tom Zachary in Yankee Stadium, New York City.
1935
George Gershwin‘s opera Porgy and Bess opens at the Colonial Theater in Boston.
1938
Under German threats of war, Britain, France, Germany and Italy sign an accord permitting Germany to take control of Sudetenland–a region of Czechoslovakia inhabited by a German-speaking minority.
1939
The French Army is called back into France from its invasion of Germany. The attack, code named Operation Saar, only penetrated five miles.
1943
The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps becomes the Women’s Army Corps, a regular contingent of the U.S. Army with the same status as other army service corps.
1949
The Berlin Airlift is officially halted after 277,264 flights.
1950
U.N. forces cross the 38th parallel separating North and South Korea as they pursue the retreating North Korean Army.
1954
The first atomic-powered submarine, the Nautilus, is commissioned in Groton, Connecticut.
1954
NATO nations agree to arm and admit West Germany.
1955
Actor and teen idol James Dean is killed in a car crash while driving his Porsche on his way to enter it into a race in Salinas, California.
1960
Fifteen African nations are admitted to the United Nations.
1962
U.S. Marshals escort James H. Meredith into the University of Mississippi; two die in the mob violence that follows.
1965
President Lyndon Johnson signs legislation that establishes the National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities.
1965
The 30 September Movement unsuccessfully attempts coup against Indonesian government; an anti-communist purge in the aftermath results in over 500,000 deaths.
1966
Bechuanaland ceases to be a British protectorate and becomes the independent Republic of Botswana.
1972
Pro baseball great Roberto Clemente hits his 3,000th—and final—hit of his career.
1975
The AH-64 Apache attack helicopter makes its first flight.
1994
Aldwych tube station (originally Strand Station) of the London Underground transit system closes after 88 years.
1999
Japan’s second-worst nuclear accident occurs at a uranium processing facility in Tokaimura, killing two technicians.
2009
Earthquakes in Sumatra kill more than 1,115 people.

The World's Strongest Cup of Coffee

Some people can't wake up without a cup of coffee and for some people, a whole pot of coffee is necessary. If you just can't get enough caffeine, you might want to head to The Viscous Cafe in Australia, where you can find the world's strongest cup of coffee. Just one mug of this strong brew is the equivalent of 80 regular cups of coffee. That means each cup contains 5 grams of caffeine, which considering that 18 is fatal for even a healthy adult means that just three cups would put you dangerously close to death.

Serena Williams Writes Impassioned Post About the Dangers of Driving While Black

The Mystical Early Pennsylvania Settler Who Lived in a Cave

In the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, in Fairmont Park, you can see a cave that has a history few know today. This was where Johannes Kelpius spent his life waiting for the apocalypse. Kelpius was a devout Protestant who also dabbled in mysticism, astrology, numerology, and alchemy. Ethnically German, he was born in Transylvania in 1667.
While still in Europe, Kelpius read the works of the Pietist Jakob B√∂hme, who was also a firm believer in the coming apocalypse. Based on both his reading of Revelation which spoke of an exilic remnant of the faithful that was as a “woman in the wilderness,” as well as glowing accounts of the colony of Pennsylvania, Kelpius became convinced that the “Philadelphia” which John of Patmos wrote of was not the historical settlement in Asia Minor, but rather this new metropolis on the American frontier. At the time, this proprietary English colony was the largest private land holding on Earth; it was also marked by an exceptional ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity, truly a remnant of the varied faithful in this wilderness.
Kelpius was convinced that Judgment Day would arrive in 1694. Read about the life of Johannes Kelpius, one of the earliest of many religious pioneers who flocked to the state of Pennsylvania in search of freedom to worship in their own way, at Atlas Obscura.

Debunking the Myth of the ‘Real’ Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe published his book Robinson Crusoe in 1719, at a time when stories of shipwrecks, pirates, and castaways were hot, and there were plenty of narratives available. His book survived better than other accounts because it was particularly well-written and gripped the public’s imagination. And it was fiction, so therefore not constrained by actual events. After Defoe’s death, scholars pointed to the true story of pirate Alexander Selkirk as the main inspiration for Robinson Crusoe. But that’s not the whole story. According to Auburn University professor Paula Backscheider, there were other influences that can be traced directly to Defoe.
Take Robert Knox, for example. After his shipwreck on Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, he was held captive for 20 years (closer to the amount of time that Crusoe spent on an island).
“He started his own little corn business,” Backscheider says. “He even made little wool caps, and Defoe knew him personally.” This and other tales suggest that there were many people who influenced Defoe.
Backscheider says Defoe scholars are tired of the assumption that Selkirk’s story was the inspiration for Crusoe, rather than just one of many survival narratives that Defoe knew about. When people bring it up to them, “we just giggle,” she says.   
National Geographic explains several of the ways the tale of Robinson Crusoe differed from that of of Alexander Selkirk, and more about the other stories that were just as influential.

What’s in a face?

What’s in a face? Study shows puberty changes facial recognition
What’s in a face? Study shows puberty changes facial recognition
Faces are as unique as fingerprints and can reveal a great deal of information about our health, personalities, age, and feelings. Penn State researchers recently discovered adolescents begin to view faces differently as they prepare for the transition to adulthood....

The One Psychological Characteristic That Online Trolls Tend to Share

How America's Insane Anti-Choice Wackos Screw Over Women All Over the Globe

Andrea Tantaros Just Buried Fox 'News'

Andrea Tantaros Just Buried Fox 'News' With Sworn Affidavit From A Professional Therapist
Fox 'News' needs to take Andrea Tantaros’ sexual harassment lawsuit seriously because she refuses to back down.

Teacher Invited 2 Students to Her Home for Sex

A substitute teacher was arrested last week after police say she had sexual encounters with students she invited to her Georgia home.
While Cherokee County Sheriff's Office officials said the students were at the age of consent for the state, it was 38-year-old Laura Rich's position of authority that makes her alleged deeds a crime.
Rich is accused of starting a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old shortly after she began substitute teaching in early 2015, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jay Baker said.
Rich is accused of having sex with an 18-year-old months later.
The Cherokee County School District notified police about the allegations.
"Our detectives conducted an investigation and determined that Rich had sex with a 16-year-old student in early 2015 and then had sex with an 18-year-old student in late 2015. The encounters occurred at her former home in Acworth," Baker said in a statement.
In a statement, the school district said Rich's last day as a substitute was August 19.
"Our School District has zero tolerance for inappropriate relationships between students and any adults serving in any capacity in our schools," a spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Rich was charged Friday with two counts of sexual assault by a teacher. She was released on a $22,400 bond that same day.
According to online records, her first court appearance is scheduled for October 21.

Florida trooper pulled over women and groped her to ‘do away with her insecurities’

WFTV reported that 35-year-old Trooper David Gonzalez was charged with battery this week after investigators concluded that he groped the woman at a traffic stop.
While the issue is a national problem, Michelle Dillon, program coordinator of the Seattle-based non-profit Books to Prisoners, said, “Texas is less rational than other states.”

Man dancing on freeway overpass in Wonder Woman cape arrested for public intoxication

Police in Lubbock, Texas, responded to an emergency call about a man dancing on the concrete barrier of a freeway overpass on Tuesday afternoon.
The man was reportedly wearing a wrestling mask and a Wonder Woman cape . LPD dispatch received the call at 2:20pm.
Police say one driver crashed after they were forced to brake suddenly to avoid the man. The man was said to be dancing on the overpass and waving a stick.
Police say the man, identified as 43-year-old Chad Coffey, was charged with public intoxication and is now at the Lubbock County Detention Center.
A 53-year-old man from Bay City, Michigan, is accused of walking around his neighborhood naked, then having a fight with police that involved him crawling into a refrigerator. About 7:30pm on Sunday police responded to a house for a report of a nude man outside with a shovel. The woman who called police told them the man was in her backyard and had been hitting her house with the shovel. Police saw the man, identified as Scott W. Lange, in the yard. He had cuts on his body, was bleeding from numerous spots, and appeared to be under the influence of a drug. Lange refused to drop his shovel and attempted to enter his own nearby home, prompting police to stun him with a Taser. Officers were unable to get the shovel from Lange's hands. Lange then crawled into his house and slammed the door behind him. Officers kicked open the door and Lange threw a metal chair and the shovel at them, the shovel hitting one of the officers in the chest and knocking her off her feet. Lange then crawled into an empty refrigerator and kept tossing whatever items he could find at the officers. Lange eventually grabbed two wooden TV tables and used them as shields against officers' Tasers.
Police eventually wrestled the tables away from Lange and stunned him again, causing him to fall out of the fridge. While he was on the ground, he attempted to eat shards of broken glass. The officers were able to hoist him up and take him outside, where he was attended by medical personnel and taken to McLaren Bay Region hospital. He told police he was embarrassed, thought he was dreaming, and didn't know where he was. In all, Lange had four Taser barbs removed from him. He also had a shard of glass in his upper left thigh. Police entered Lange's home and found it in shambles, with everything broken to pieces, blood streaks on the walls, and the sinks clogged and running.
Neighbours told police Lange had been walking up and down the sidewalk while nude, going onto porches and ringing doorbells. The woman who called 911 said Lange has been her neighbor for about two years and has always been "the sweetest guy ever." Lange was discharged from the hospital at about 12:30am and police promptly took him to the Bay County Jail. Lange appeared in Bay County District Court for arraignment on three counts of assaulting, resisting, or obstructing police and single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and indecent exposure. The judge set his bond at $7,500 cash-surety and scheduled him to appear for a preliminary examination on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Where Primordial Galaxies Lurk

The Frontier Fields: Where Primordial Galaxies Lurk
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In the ongoing hunt for the universe’s earliest galaxies, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has wrapped up its observations for the Frontier Fields project. This ambitious project has combined the power of all three of NASA’s Great Observatories —...

The 'penis worm mouth' monster

Man bitten on penis by venomous spider for the second time in five months

A 21-year-old Australian tradesman has been bitten by a venomous spider on the penis for a second time. The man was using a portable toilet on a Sydney building site on Tuesday, when he suffered a repeat of the incident five months ago. Jordan, who preferred not to reveal his surname, said he was bitten on "pretty much the same spot" by the spider. "I'm the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment," he said.
"I was sitting on the toilet doing my business and just felt the sting that I felt the first time. I was like 'I can't believe it's happened again.' I looked down and I've seen a few little legs come from around the rim." He said that being bitten the first time had made him wary of using portable toilets. "After the first time it happened I didn't really want to use one again," he said. "Toilets got cleaned that day and I thought it was my opportunity to go use one.
"Had a look under both seats and then I sat down did my business. Next thing you know, I'm bent over in pain." The tradesman said he was not sure what type of spider bit him this time. One of his colleagues took him from the work-site in north-west Sydney to Blacktown Hospital, although many of his workmates were quick to see the lighter side of the situation. "They got worried the first time," he said. "This time they were making jokes before I was getting in the car."
The hospital declined to discuss the matter, citing patient privacy. Jordan was released from hospital and said he expected to return to work soon but was unlikely to be using the on-site toilet. "I think I'll be holding on for dear life to be honest," he said. The redback spider, closely related to the black widow spider, is distinguished by a long red stripe on its abdomen. Its bite causes severe pain, sweating and nausea. Although there are recorded cases of deaths from redback bites, none have occurred since the development of antivenom in 1956.

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