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Monday, October 3, 2016

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Today in History

Russia signs a treaty with the Turks, ending a three-year conflict between the two countries.
Congress borrows five million dollars to halt the rapid depreciation of paper money in the colonies.
At the Battle of Corinth, in Mississippi, a Union army defeats the Confederates.
Captain Jack and three other Modoc Indians are hanged in Oregon for the murder of General Edward Canby.
John L. Routt, the Colorado Territory governor, is elected the first state governor of Colorado in the Centennial year of the U.S.
The first conference on wireless telegraphy in Berlin adopts SOS as warning signal.
The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes officially changes its name to Yugoslavia.
The comic strip Dick Tracy first appears in the New York News.
U.S. Army adopts airborne, or parachute, soldiers. Airborne troops are later used in World War II for landing troops in combat and infiltrating agents into enemy territory.
The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart as detective Sam Spade, opens.
Germany conducts the first successful test flight of a V-2 missile, which flies perfectly over a 118-mile course.
German troops evacuate Athens, Greece.
A “shot is heard around the world” when New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson hits a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the National League pennant.
The UK successfully develops a nuclear weapon, becoming the world’s third nuclear power
Two children’s television programs and a family sitcom all destined to become classics debut: Captain Kangaroo, Mickey Mouse Club, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
A violent coup in Honduras ends a period of political reform and ushers in two decades of military rule.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight.
Art Shell becomes the first African American to coach a professional football team, the Los Angeles Raiders.
After 40 years of division, East and West Germany are reunited as one nation.
The Battle of Mogadishu takes place, in which 18 US soldiers and some 1,000 Somalis are killed during an attempt to capture officials of the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid’s organization.
Former pro football star and actor O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, ending what many called “the Trial of the Century.”.
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase distressed assets of financial corporations and supply cash directly to banks to keep them afloat.

Parodies That Succeeded Because Nobody Got The Joke

Parodies are a pop culture staple, because they're a fun way for artists and creators to tip their hat to (or make fun of) other artists and creators in a way that ensures viewers are in on the joke too.
But sometimes people completely miss the reference, or just don't see it as scathing like the parodist intended, and every once in a while the parody is just so well done it takes on a life of its own.
Chuck Jones tried his hand at parody when he created Wil E. Coyote and the Roadrunner, predator and prey locked in an over-the-top battle that was supposed to make fun of Tom & Jerry.
Unfortunately for Chuck his characters were just too darn likeable, and while he was going for a "see how stupid chase cartoons are?" vibe audiences saw it as a new take on the trope and ate it up.
Ironically, Chuck would later go on to create some of the most popular Tom & Jerry cartoons of all time, and people are still unaware that Wil E. and the Roadrunner are meant to be a parody.

How All 50 State Capitals Got Their Names

It doesn’t matter so much that the 50 cities on this list are state capitals, because any list of town name origins contains some interesting stories. However, using state capitals gives every American a connection to at least one of them. I never knew the story, but I had assumed, I guess, that the capital of Kentucky has some connection to Frankfurt, Germany. Wrong.
Historians aren’t certain where Frankfort got its name, but most people believe the name memorializes an early settler named Stephen Frank, who was killed by Native Americans near a river crossing. The crossing came to be known as Frank’s Ford, later shortened to Frankfort. Frankfort is located in similarly named Franklin County, named for Benjamin Franklin.
But they get more interesting. Check out Minnesota’s capital.
St. Paul didn’t receive its elegant sounding moniker until 1849. Before that, it was called Pig’s Eye, after a local tavern owner named Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant. Parrant was an unlikely inspiration for a town name: He had a bad reputation and was said to be a coarse, uncouth man whose bad eye lent his face a piggish expression. But according to legend, a customer at Parrant’s tavern gave “Pig’s Eye” as the return address on a letter he was sending, and from then on, the town was known as Pig’s Eye.

St. Paul might have been known as Pig’s Eye forever, if not for the arrival of a Catholic priest named Father Lucien Galtier, who established the chapel of St. Paul in the region in 1840. Nine years later, the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Minnesota, presumably weighing the pros and cons of naming the town after a licentious tavern owner or a Catholic saint, officially named the settlement St. Paul.
See if your state capital has such a colorful past, at mental_floss.

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Man rescued after getting stuck upside down for 13 hours while trying to break into his own home

A Detroit man was trapped hanging upside down from his basement window for 13 hours after trying to break into his own home early on Thursday morning.
The man's head was just inches away from flood water that was filling up the basement. Police said the man was trying to break into his own house when his foot got stuck in the basement window.
Thirteen hours later, on Thursday afternoon, he was found hanging by his ankle as the rainwater continued to pour into the basement. At lunchtime, his neighbor got a call asking if he had seen the man, so he went to investigate.
"I guess, when he climbed through, the window caught his feet and he was upside down," the man's neighbor said. "Since 1 o'clock this morning." The Detroit Fire Department extricated the man from the window he was taken to an ambulance on a stretcher.

The Killer Clowns Sweeping America

From South Carolina to upstate New York, and as far west as Missouri, police are getting reports of creepy clowns trying to lure children into the woods. The spread of such stories may remind you of the flying saucer craze in the 1950s, Bigfoot in the ‘60s, or the satanic daycare stories in the ’80s. An article at Rolling Stone gives an overview of current killer clown epidemic. You’d think that people would be more skeptical of such reports, but the 21st century has something that the earlier hoaxes did not: millions of people with cameras ready to record something that might go viral on the internet. A killer clown is also an opportunity to scare someone you know with an easy prank. And a creepy tale to pass along.
Atlas Obscura tells us about Rolla, Missouri, police detective Adam Meyer, who made a thorough investigation into local reports of killer clowns. And posted his findings on Facebook. Here’s a small part.
While I was talking to the person who made the recording he introduced me to the clown who was in the video. Needless to say, I survived the encounter. He also was nice enough to let me take a picture of the mask that he was wearing in the movie. They’re both just normal guys who were playing a joke on the girls. I asked the young man where he got the mask but I already knew. Has anybody else found it somewhat of a coincidence that right as Wal-Mart and other major retailers began to sell Halloween costumes is when all of these creepy clowns started to pop up?
The full Facebook post details his investigation, which pretty much uncovers all the reasons one might see a killer clown in Rolla. Besides, you know, viral marketing for a movie about a killer clown. Or another movie. Or even a short film.

Police have given up trying to find who left huge stash of cannabis on opera house roof

A large stash of cannabis was found in Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier this year on the roof of the city's prestigious Opera House.
The 75kg (165lbs) of marijuana was discovered in February by workmen who were on the roof repairing water damage, and police kept it secret in the hope that the owner might return to recover their illicit goods. Authorities have made the discovery of the stash public after seven months of investigations drew a blank, and are now treating the dozens of blocks of drugs as "lost property".
Theater manager Morten Hesseldahl said that several hundred people visit the Opera House every day, and despite precautions, it would be easy for determined smugglers to gain access. "We have reception and guards. But it's possible, for example, to open a door from the inside, so you can access the House," he said.
It is thought that the marijuana might have belonged to a drug dealer on the nearby "Pusher Street", an open-air cannabis market in the Christiana district which both residents and police are trying to close down. However, it appears the true owner may never be known, with Police Commissioner Steffen Steffensen saying that the case is now officially closed: "As it stands, we're no longer pursuing the case."

Beachgoer arrested after he allegedly wore a homemade plastic wrap bikini

A 59-year-old man from Stafford Township, New Jersey, was charged with lewdness after allegedly wearing a bikini he fashioned out of plastic wrap on a Long Beach Island beach. The Beach Haven Police Department launched an investigation into alleged lewdness on the Ocean Street beach that was reported by several eyewitnesses, the police department announced in a Facebook post.
As a result of the subsequent investigation, police determined that Stephen Wojciehowski spent two days on the beach 'wearing a homemade, clear plastic wrap bikini.'
"His genitals were clearly exposed and observed by other people on the public beach." Wojciehowski was arrested on Monday and charged with lewdness. He was released pending future court proceedings.

Man in jail after being found with a milk crate

A Florida man is behind bars after a deputy spotted him with a milk crate. Just before 10pm on Thursday a PSCO deputy stopped two men on bikes. The deputy noticed that Timothy Troller, of Auburndale, Polk County, had a dairy crate attached to his a purple Mongoose BMX bicycle. The dairy crate had the business name of Sunshine State Dairy Farms clearly marked on the sides.
Troller claimed he found the crate on the side of the road and attached it to his bike. Troller was arrested and charged with Possession of Dairy Crate. “I never heard of it. This is the first time ever,” Edward Hale, Troller’s grandfather said. “He didn’t know it was against the law, or he wouldn’t have put it on the front of the bicycle and rode up and down the road,” Hale said.
“You’re possessing something that is stolen from a business, whether it’s as small as a milk crate, or a shopping cart,” Polk County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson, Carrie Horstman said. “He was charged with possessing stolen property. He may pay a fine or spend a few days in jail. Deputies are actually out there proactively looking for things that don’t look right; looking for suspicious things. If they see somebody riding a bicycle at 10 o’clock at night they may have a conversation with them.

“They are looking for people who are doing even the smallest crime, because, what we’ve learned is, those who will go out an steal a milk crate, for example, are the same people who are probably breaking into cars, breaking into your house,” Horstman said. Troller is currently at the Polk County Jail. Hale said his grandson has a long rap sheet, but doesn’t agree with this arrest. “Wait until he does something wrong. That’s the way I feel about it. It’s silly to me, and besides if it was [illegal], it shouldn’t be enough to carry you to jail,” Hale said. Horstman says it’s a good reminder. “You know the old rule we always tell our kids if it’s not yours, don’t take it. Don’t ride around with it attached to your bike.”

Unhappy Frenchman went on iPhone smashing spree in Apple Store using a petanque ball

An apparently disgruntled Frenchman was arrested on Thursday after he marched into an Apple Store and smashed up several iPhones using a petanque ball.
The unnamed man was captured on camera using the solid metal ball to crush the smartphones and at least one laptop. Dressed in dark glasses and one white glove, the vandal struck in the Toison d'Or shopping center in Dijon.
He was eventually arrested after trying to flee from security guards. The man had declared that Apple "violates customer rights" and claimed he has been refused a refund. He then methodically made his way round a display of iPhones and smashed them.

The unhappy man then calmly strolled towards the shop's exit, where a member of the shopping center's security staff was waiting to apprehend him. Apple have refused to comment on the matter, but confirmed they are working with the French authorities.

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