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Sunday, October 9, 2016

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Today in History

Germanicus, the best loved of Roman princes, dies of poisoning. On his deathbed he accuses Piso, the governor of Syria, of poisoning him.
At Tours, France, Charles Martel kills Abd al-Rahman and halts the Muslim invasion of Europe.
France declares war on Austria over the question of Polish succession.
In Versailles France, Joseph Guillotin says the most humane way of carrying out a death sentence is decapitation by a single blow of a blade.
Russian General Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov crushes the rebel Polish army at Maciejowice, Poland.
The U.S. Naval Academy is founded at Annapolis, Md.
The first telegraph line to Denver is completed.
Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer is buried at West Point in New York.
Revolution in China begins with a bomb explosion and the discovery of the revolutionary headquarters in Hankow. The revolutionary movement spreads rapidly through west and southern China, forcing the abdication of the last Ch’ing emperor, six-year-old Henry Pu-Yi. By October 26, the Chinese Republic will be proclaimed, and on December 4, Premier Yuan Shih-K’ai will sign a truce with the rebel general Li Yuan-hung.
The Panama Canal opens.
At Rio de Janeiro, nations of the Western Hemisphere sign a non-aggression and conciliation treaty. President Roosevelt adopts a “good neighbor” policy toward Latin America and announces a policy of nonintervention in Latin American affairs at the December 7th International American Conference at Montevideo, Uruguay.
Soviet troops halt the German advance on Moscow.
The Mutual Defense Treaty between the US and South Korea signed.
U.S. Forces launch Operation Robin, in Hoa Province south of Saigon in South Vietnam, to provide road security between villages.
The Quebec Provincial Minister of Labour, Pierre Laporte, is kidnapped by terrorists.
The London Bridge, built in 1831 and dismantled in 1967, reopens in Lake Havusu City, Arizona, after being sold to Robert P. McCulloch and moved to the United States.
Agnew resigns the vice presidency amid accusations of income tax evasion. President Nixon names Ford as the new vice president. Agnew is later convicted and sentenced to three years probation and fined $10,000.
An Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise ship is intercepted by US Navy F-14s and forced to land at a NATO base in Sicily.
Orakzai bombing takes place in Afghanistan: members of the Taliban drive an explosive-laden truck into a meeting of 600 people discussing ways to rid their area of the Taliban; the bomb kills 110.

Now, Every Storm Is a Climate Change Storm

Researchers Believe There Are Four Common Personality Types- Which One Are You?

People are always coming up with new theories on how to divide us all into categories according to our personality, most of which use broad terms to make sure everyone fits in to the system.
But when the people creating this personality division system are psychologists we should probably take note, because even if doesn't change our own minds it may teach us about how others think.
Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid believe 90% of people belong to four basic personality groups- Optimists, Pessimists, Trusting and Envious.
The Envious are the largest group, with 30 percent, while the other three groups have twenty percent each, with ten percent of people fitting into the category they haven't figured out yet.
The system is based on the way 541 volunteers responded to hundreds of different social situations and whether they chose to conflict or collaborate with others.
Here's more from head researcher Anxo Sánchez:
“Two people can hunt deer together, but if they are alone, they can only hunt rabbits.
“The person belonging to the Envious group will choose to hunt rabbits because he or she will be at least equal to the other hunter, or maybe even better; the Optimist will choose to hunt deer because that is the best option for both hunters; the Pessimist will go for rabbits because that way he or she is sure to catch something; and the hunter who belongs to the Trusting group will cooperate and choose to hunt deer, without a second thought.”
Read These Are The Four Most Common Personality Types here

Woman's giant 'Rapunzel syndrome' hairball removed from stomach

Real life moved from Grimm to gruesome for one 38-year-old woman in the US who had a giant hairball in her stomach. She is one of only a handful of documented cases of "Rapunzel syndrome", which is caused by people plucking and eating their own hair. Their once glorious locks build up in the digestive system where they can eventually have a devastating effect. The woman, who is has not been named, developed sudden vomiting and constipation. Meanwhile, her stomach swelled as it filled with liquids and gas.
She had gone off food for a year, lost 15lb in the previous eight months, and by the time she reached hospital, was unable to keep down any food. Doctors in Arizona initially gave her donor blood to tackle her anemia. But when they performed abdominal surgery they uncovered a 6inx4in (15cmx10cm) ball of densely packed hair in her stomach.
The blockage was safely removed, (graphic image), and the woman was given a diet high in protein to help her recover. There have only been 88 other reported cases of Rapunzel syndrome. In some the hair snakes all the way through the digestive system from stomach to large intestines. Most cases are in childhood, with 40% of Rapunzels under the age of 10.

The BBC Halloween Hoax That Traumatized Viewers

We’ve been exposed to the old bait-and-switch on TV a few times now, particularly in the genre of reality TV, so that many viewers don’t believe a thing they see. TV audiences as a whole were more trusting 24 years ago. On Halloween night in 1992, the BBC aired an early version of what we’ve now come to know as the “mockumentary.” Ghostwatch was billed as a drama in the TV listings, but it came across more as a live news report, particularly due to the presence of popular BBC presenters Sarah Greene and Craig Charles right on the scene as a poltergeist tormented the Early family. But Ghostwatch had been completely recorded earlier, using actors.
The finale laid it on a little thick, but not everyone made it that far in. By the time Ghostwatch signed off, a not-insignificant portion of the show’s 11 million viewers were either convinced ghosts were real, extremely upset at the BBC for traumatizing their children, or both.
The broadcaster had just five operators standing by its phones [PDF] once the show went off air, a number that was quickly overcome by the thousands of calls that flooded in. One woman reportedly went into labor due to the stress caused by watching the program; another reported her husband had soiled himself. Within hours, the BBC aired a brief segment that reminded viewers the show was fictional. It was a little too late.
Those who watched were either terrified or else angry at the BBC for causing such terror. Ghostwatch was blamed for several cases of PTSD and at least one suicide. Read the story of Ghostwatch and its fallout at mental_floss.

The Barnacle

A New Tool for Parking Enforcement
Police can use a mechanical boot clamped to a wheel to prevent a parking scofflaw from moving a vehicle until he pays the fine, but it’s a hassle. Boots are heavy, difficult to install and remove, and time consuming. But now meter maids have a new weapon in their arsenal: the Barnacle! This is a large “parking ticket,” so to speak, that adheres to the vehicle’s windshield and covers it completely. It sticks there by 700 pounds of suction, and is wired to tell the cops where you are if you drive off anyway. Read about the advantages of the Barnacle at Wired. Advantages to the government, that is, because it would suck to find one on your car. However, it may prove to be easier to deal with than the boot for drivers, too.

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Daily Show Shreds Fox's Offensive Chinatown Segment

Architect humiliated when Seattle bank refuses to believe her paycheck is real

A black architect was questioned and humiliated on Wednesday when she attempted to deposit her paycheck into her account at a new bank.
Male model films himself calling a black woman ‘gorilla’ — and gets promptly fired

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Bigfoot in Michigan Photobombs Eagle Nest Cam?

An eagle's nest cam in Michigan captured an image of a figure that some are calling Bigfoot.
by Karl Nelson
Bigfoot photobombed an eagle's nest cam in Michigan, according to some observers of the footage, which shows a mysterious figure walking into the frame.
Two baby bald eagles were being filmed on a live cam installed by Carbon Media Group and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources before what appeared to be Bigfoot stole the spotlight, walking into the frame, according to The Daily Mail.
The mysterious creature was walking through a forest in Beulah, Michigan, when it was caught on the eagles’ nest cam. The dark figure with two legs came fleeting through the trees below the nest, stopping to look around before beginning to walk again.
The footage was recently discovered by Carbon Media Group, and is believed to have been filmed in the spring, Daily Mail noted.
When the video was first released on YouTube, there were many who believed the Bigfoot references were false and that the dark object captured on the cam was simply a prankster dressed in an ape suit, Daily Mail noted.
“Like most videos purported to be Bigfoot, it’s grainy and out of focus — of course, the camera wasn’t set up to be focused on the ground; it was focused on the nest,” said Ed Eisch, DNR Fish Production manager for the state and the Platte River hatchery, according to USA Today.
However, there were those who believed it was in fact Bigfoot.
“Bigfoot for sure,” one person commented, according to the Daily Mail. “A faker wouldn’t jump down into the gully with the big ape suit on — would take an easier path.”
Another person wrote that they found the footage to be “intriguing.”
“Either it some jerk acting or it’s the real deal,” the person wrote in the video comments on YouTube. “The arms looked long and it seemed to make an athletic move by jumping on the tree branch. Then it leaped a few feet to the ground.”
Jeff Meldrum, a professor at Idaho State University who’s studied Bigfoot, also offered comments on the video.
“It’s an interesting video,” he told the Detroit Free Press. “But it remains just that, given the lack of scale and detail in the image.”
The 50th anniversary of the controversial Patterson-Gimli film that shows exclusive footage of what appears to be Bigfoot is approaching, USA Today noted.
The last place he was reportedly spotted was in woods near Caerphilly Mountain in Wales last month, according to Daily Mail.
The never-confirmed creature remains a mystery.

Apes Understand That Some Things Are All in Your Head

Apes Understand That Some Things Are All in Your Head
Apes Understand That Some Things Are All in Your Head
We all know that the way someone sees the world, and the way it really is, aren’t always the same. This ability to recognize that someone’s beliefs may differ from reality has long been seen as unique to humans. But new research on chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans...

Snake orgy in bottom of empty swimming pool said to be a rare occurrence

A family in Nerang on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, made a rare discovery after finding eight tree snakes having an orgy in their derelict backyard pool. Ray and Sue Jeffrey were entertaining family on the back deck of their Nerang home which overlooks the pool when someone spotted a snake. "I called my wife out who was in the kitchen and then she looked down there was this tangled mess of snakes," Mr Jeffrey said.
Mr Jeffrey quickly called snake catchers Samuel Howard and Katie Eales to their home. "When we went down to the pool area, I just held the phone with a light on and the two of them bare-handed just grabbed the whole tangled mess to get as many as they could in one go and tossed them into the bag," Mr Jeffrey said. "Then they took them back out of the bag and counted them one-by-one into another bag to make sure they had the right count." Mr Howard said it was an unusual number of snakes to be found and a record for him.
"It just so happened that there was a few pairs of tree snakes mating and there were a few males waiting for their turn next," Mr Howard said. He said tree snakes were one of only two species found on the Gold Coast who were happy to share females. "It is still quite an unusual act to happen, it is not usually seen or often witnessed," Mr Howard said. The snake catcher said the pool's cracks and shallow water provided the perfect environment for the snakes. "The water that was sitting in the pool was inundated with little frogs and cane toads and tree snakes love eating frogs," he said.
"Because the pool was empty there was lots of cracks in the wall of the pool and tree snakes love living in little cracks. So we think they probably all had a lovely home in there with a little water source, heaps of food and lots of little cavities they could hide in, and now it is breeding season they have all come out together and found each other." Mr Jeffrey said he was happy to have witnessed something so rare. "I think we were lucky in they were essentially a very harmless snake at the end of the day just doing what they do," he said. The snakes have since been transported to a more suitable location.

Bear spotted having a soak in backyard hot tub

A California homeowner's backyard security cameras recently caught a bear making itself at home in their hot tub.
The bear wandered into the backyard of the La Crescenta residence in the foothills east of Los Angeles.
It ignored the pool, opting instead for a relaxing dip in the hot tub. The visitor soaked for a while, enjoying a solo pool party.

The bear then appeared to pluck something from a tree before pawing open a gate and lumbering back into the Pickens Canyon area.

What have cats ever done for us?

What have cats ever done for us?

Clever Fish Keep Cool

Clever Fish Keep Cool
Clever Fish Keep Cool
Ocean warming is occurring at such a rapid rate that fish are searching for cooler waters to call home. A group of international scientists has new evidence that coral reef fish – which struggle to adapt to the warmer ocean temperatures brought about by global climate...

Ultimate sacrifice ...

Ultimate sacrifice: Spider’s post-sex cannibalism aids offspring
Ultimate sacrifice: Spider’s post-sex cannibalism aids offspring
The male dark fishing spider is just dying to father some children – and this death wish probably evolved to benefit his offspring, according to new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Gonzaga University. In 2013, Steven Schwartz and his colleagues...

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