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Monday, October 10, 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.

Here in the South ...

The 13 Best Things to Order at a Mexican Restaurant

what nutritionists order at mexican restaurants

The word "nothing" is a palindrome

Because "nothing" spelled backwards is "gnihton" - which means nothing.
Via Reddit, where the thread includes some real palindromes.

Very tough geography quiz?

Do you have a friend/relative/spouse who thinks he/she is the bee's knees of geography knowledge?  I offer you a quiz question that will bring them to their knees.Just one question: What independent country has the "highest lowest point" ?
Not the highest point, mind you.  We're not talking Nepal or Tibet.  We want the country whose lowest point is higher than any other country's lowest point.   Nepal, for example, has "southern lowland plains."
The correct answer is a country which exists "entirely above 1,000m."  To be more precise: "Its lowest point of 1,400 meters (4,593 ft) is thus the highest in the world. Over 80% of the country lies above 1,800 meters (5,906 ft)."
Where is this country?
I knew instantly.
Answer here.

Tetris's Unlikely Beginnings

Res ipsa loquitur

"The theme for her show was “Invisible Clothes.” And in seeming contradiction to that idea, she offered some of the most outsize, extreme and extraordinary notions: kilts that were as enormous as a tent, trousers that could hold a veritable crowd within a single leg and a giant hood that took on the proportions of a sarcophagus. This wasn’t so much a line of clothes destined for your closet as it was a statement for the season — for the times."
Someone else can figure out what that "statement" is. We have no comment.  (Other pix from the show at the link.)

Caption Contest

Why Are So Many Women Still Being Blamed for Their Sexual Assaults?

sexual assault
Why Are So Many Women Still Being Blamed for Their Sexual Assaults?
Two survivors share their experiences to shed light on the issue.

‘Cut his fucking hair!’

Khalsa was left with a swollen black eye, dental damage, and a finger that may need amputation.

Man who attempted to steal two TVs lost pants containing ID then found with crack pipe in anus

A 350-pound Florida man ran from a Walmart with two stolen TVs, but his getaway was compromised when his pants, containing his ID, fell off, according to police. He escaped, but was apprehended a few days later and at the time of his arrest had a crack pipe inside his backside.
According to court complaints, Columbus Henderson, 45, fled from a Walmart Supercenter in Fort Lauderdale on September 26 with a pair of 40-inch Hisense televisions. Henderson bolted with the merchandise after he allowed a cashier to scan the $298 items. As he ran through the parking lot, his pants “fell off as he ran away,” according to Officer Scott Brandow. It appears that after Henderson’s pants fell to his ankles, he proceeded to run right out of the garment.
Police later determined that Henderson’s abandoned pants contained the suspect’s “medical identification.” Investigators added, “The entire incident was captured on video.” It took police about a week to catch up with Henderson, who was arrested early on Tuesday morning for grand theft, a felony. Upon arrival at the Pinellas County jail, Henderson informed officers that he had a crack pipe concealed in his anus.
“When officers removed him from the vehicle, the defendant had removed the crack pipe from his anus and dropped it on the ground,” a patrolman reported. The glass pipe was recovered by officers who reported that it was “stuffed” with steel wool and had burn marks on one end (Henderson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia). Locked up in lieu of $2,150 bond, Henderson has previously been arrested for aggravated battery, robbery, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without a license.

It Takes Local Activists to End a School-to-Prison Pipeline


Understanding how plants withstand harsh conditions ...

Understanding how plants withstand harsh conditions remains major research challenge
Understanding how plants withstand harsh conditions remains major research challenge
Understanding how plants sense and cope with harsh conditions such as drought, too much salt in the soil or extreme temperatures could help researchers develop tougher crops - an essential step to improving agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability and...

Did you know ...

Better SPF than zinc oxide

Sea lion pups allegedly roll in the sand for sun protection.

Climate change could be a greater threat to tropical frogs than deforestation

Climate change could be a greater threat to tropical frogs than deforestation
Climate change could be a greater threat to tropical frogs than deforestation
Changes in climate and land use are expected to reduce the livable area for tropical frogs because these species will increasingly encounter temperatures hot enough to harm their behavior, reproduction and physiology. Climate change, however, may be the most...

Bizarre new marine worms covered in bristles, wrinkles & bumps

Bizarre new marine worms covered in bristles, wrinkles & bumps
Bizarre new marine worms covered in bristles, wrinkles & bumps
An extraordinary arrangement of bristles, wrinkles and wart-like bumps cover the cold skin of Sphaerephesia amphorata, a new deep-sea worm described and named by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of...

Animal Pictures