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Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Today in History

The Protestant martyrs Bishop Hugh Latimer and Bishop Nicholas Ridley are burned at the stake for heresy in England.
Yale University is founded as The Collegiate School of Killingworth, Connecticut by Congregationalists who consider Harvard too liberal.
Queen Marie Antoinette is beheaded by guillotine during the French Revolution.
Ether is first administered in public at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston by Dr. William Thomas Green Morton during an operation performed by Dr. John Collins Warren.
Abolitionist John Brown, with 21 men, seizes the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry, Va. U.S. Marines capture the raiders, killing several. John Brown is later hanged in Virginia for treason.
President Theodore Roosevelt incites controversy by inviting black leader Booker T. Washington to the White House.
The first airplane flight in England is made at Farnborough, by Samuel Cody, a U.S. citizen.
Mao Tse-tung decides to abandon his base in Jiangxi due to attacks from Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists. With his pregnant wife and about 30,000 Red Army troops, he sets out on the “Long March.”
Billy the Kid, a ballet by Aaron Copland, opens in Chicago.
Benjamin O. Davis becomes the U.S. Army’s first African American Brigadier General.
Ten Nazi war criminals are hanged in Nuremberg, Germany.
The New York Mets win the World Series four games to one over the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles.
Israeli General Ariel Sharon crosses the Suez Canal and begins to encircle two Egyptian armies.
The college of cardinals elects 58-year-old Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, a Pole, the first non-Italian Pope since 1523.
A baboon heart is transplanted into 15-day-old Baby Fae–the first transplant of the kind–at Loma Linda University Medical Center, California. Baby Fae lives until November 15.
The Million Man March for ‘A Day of Atonement’ takes place in Washington, D.C.
Skye Bridge opens over Loch Alsh, Scotland
General Augusto Pinochet, former dictator of Chile, arrested in London for extradition on murder charges
Inaugural opening of Bibliotheca Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt., a modern library and cultural center commemorating the famed Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity

What School Lunch Looked Like Each Decade for the Past Century

When I ate in the school cafeteria in the 1960s, we ate beans and cornbread at least twice a week. Fish sticks on Fridays, and various mystery meats with mushy canned vegetables the rest of the time.  But my husband, who grew up in California, had tacos and pizza at the school cafeteria. School lunches varied widely by both place and era. Back in the beginning, the government had nothing to do with school lunches.
Volunteer organizations became the main source for low-cost and subsidized school lunches. By 1912, more than 40 cities across the U.S. offered programs through groups like the New York School Lunch Committee, which offered 3-cent meals. Kids didn’t get much for their money [PDF]: Pea soup, lentils, or rice and a piece of bread was a common offering. If students had an extra cent, they could spring for an additional side like stewed prunes, rice pudding, or a candied apple. In rural communities, parent-teacher committees pooled their resources. Pinellas County in Florida started a program that served meat-and-potato stew to schoolchildren using ingredients donated by parents. Even with these innovative efforts, there was still massive concern about hunger and malnutrition amongst America’s schoolchildren.
The U.S. school lunch program has changed a lot in the last 100 years, from its private-sector beginnings to the fast food/healthy eating hybrid it is today. Read the history of the American school lunch program, decade by decade, at mental_floss.

8 Cold Remedies That Don’t Work

The Surprising Genius Of The "I Voted" Sticker

The little stickers that say “I Voted” started showing up in the ‘80s, and hung around for years. But now, many voting boards have cut back on their use, citing expense. They should have asked the blood banks about those little rewards before they made that decision. Recent research show that it’s an expense well worth it.
It’s a question that four researchers at Berkeley, Harvard, and the University of Chicago set out to study a few years ago. And their findings, published in a paper called Voting To Tell Others and featured this fall in The Review of Economic Studies and Berkeley News, reveal some startling truths about participating in democracy. While we might like to think of it as a noble pursuit, voting is deeply tied to more base human feelings and motivations, like social standing—basically, wanting to show off how good we are—along with dishonesty and shame.
It all boils down to this: Many of us vote so that we can tell everyone else we voted. And we don’t want to have to lie about it if we didn't.
What’s more, that little sticker lets us brag without having to say anything. The experiment they did didn’t involve the actual stickers, but the knowledge of the subjects’ voting behavior. Read about it at FastCo Design.

A Talent for Sloth

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a fire observation tower? The profession of fire spotter is dying out as satellites take over, but there are a few places left where a human keeps watch over vast areas of wilderness. Philip Connors is one of them. He spends months out of the year all alone, five miles from the nearest road, without running water or electricity, keeping an eye out for fire in the Gila National Forest.
It is a world of extremes. Having spent each fire season for nearly a decade in my little glass-walled perch, I’ve become acquainted with the look and feel of the border highlands each week of each month, from April through August: the brutal gales of spring, when a roar off the desert gusts over seventy miles an hour and the occasional snow squall turns my peak white; the dawning of summer in late May, when the wind abates and the aphids hatch and ladybugs emerge in great clouds from their hibernation; the fires of June, when dry lightning connects with the hills, sparking smokes that fill the air with the sweet smell of burning pine; the tremendous storms of July, when the thunder makes me flinch as if from the threat of a punch; and the blessed indolence of August, when the meadows bloom with wildflowers and the creeks run again, the rains having turned my world a dozen different shades of green. I’ve seen fires burn so hot they made their own weather; I’ve watched deer and elk frolic in the meadow below me and pine trees explode in a blue ball of smoke. If there’s a better job anywhere on the planet, I’d like to know about it.
Connors sees more fires than you might imagine, but has plenty of time for introspection. So it makes sense that he’s also a writer. Read about the life of a fire lookout at Latham’s Quarterly.

28 Headstones That Defied Expectations

The traditional headstone is a bit less wide than the grave, inscribed with the deceased’s name and dates of birth and death. Sometimes there is a short phrase or a symbol carved into it. But some headstones are so different and distinctive that they dominate the entire cemetery, and maybe even draw tourists. A list at Atlas Obscura has gravestones that tell us a lot about the deceased, or very little. They are huge or tiny, expensive or use nothing but nearby material, or are just plain bizarre, like the statue gracing the grave of author Jules Verne.
It's fitting that Jules Verne, father of science fiction, would have a dark, otherworldly gravestone. Two years after his death a sculpture entitled “Vers l'Immortalit√© et l'Eternelle Jeunesse” (“Towards Immortality and Eternal Youth”) was erected atop his marker. Designed by sculptor Albert Roze, and using the actual death mask of the writer, the statue depicts the shrouded figure of Jules Verne breaking his own tombstone and emerging from the grave.
The effigy has become iconic enough that in first issue of seminal science fiction magazine Amazing Stories (first published in 1926) and for many years thereafter a drawing of his tombstone appeared as part of the masthead.  
The only thing the headstones in this list have in common is that they are there to mark the death and final resting place of someone, somewhere. And they all have a story to tell.

Adding Windows to Vacant Houses and Clearing Vacant Lots Reduces Gun Violence, Saves Money

Adding Windows to Vacant Houses and Clearing Vacant Lots Reduces Gun Violence, Saves Money
Adding Windows to Vacant Houses and Clearing Vacant Lots Reduces Gun Violence, Saves Money
Each dollar spent repairing abandoned buildings and vacant lots reduces neighborhood gun violence by as much as 39 percent and yields, respectively, a $5 and $26 return on investment (ROI) to taxpayers, and a $79 and $333 ROI to society at large through steps like...

5 Movement Leaders Across the U.S. Fighting for LGTBQ Issues

Is America still an ’empathetic and generous giant’?

Is America still an ’empathetic and generous giant’?
Is America still an ’empathetic and generous giant’?
A first-of-its-kind study that ranks nations by empathy puts the United States at No. 7, behind countries ranging from Peru to Korea to Saudi Arabia. While a top 10 finish isn’t bad, Michigan State University’s William Chopik, lead author of the study, notes that the...

Wells Fargo Accountable for Big-Time Fraud

3 Militia Members Arrested In Connection With Plot To Carry Out Terror Attack On Kansas Mosque

Pastor arrested for threatening to shoot children for riding bicycles near cult

An pastor from New Castle, Indiana is accused of threatening to shoot two children after telling them to stay away from his cult. According to court documents filed this week in Henry County, Bobby Slagle, 69, showed his firearm to the children while they were riding their bicycles near the cult.
The Henry County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of intimidation and resisting law enforcement against him. According to New Castle police, the incident happened at around 5pm on Monday. Slagle was standing outside Calvary Baptist Cult when a brother and sister were riding their bikes to Baker Park.
According to the children’s account to police, a man later identified as Slagle told them to “get off his property or he was going to shoot them.” He then raised his shirt to show he had a gun. The handle was sticking out of his waistband. Police then went to Slagle’s home, where he invited officers inside and said there were several children on the property and he was upset with recent vandalism at the cult. He then showed officers the gun, raising his shirt again.
Slagle said he had a lifetime carry permit and told officers “it was his right to tell the kids” what he’d told them. Officers then left the home and discussed the case with the prosecutor’s office, which planned to pursue an intimidation charge in the case. Officers made the arrest at the church. As they tried to handcuff Slagle, he “tensed up” and started a brief struggle with officers. Police said Slagle’s gun contained “four live rounds” of ammunition when they took him into custody.

Climate Change Is the Biggest Threat to National Security

After the wingnuts ...

Season of intense melting in Antarctica offers insights into continent’s future

Season of intense melting in Antarctica offers insights into continent’s future
Season of intense melting in Antarctica offers insights into continent’s future
A single season of intense melting that affected Antarctica between 2001 and 2002 offers new insights into the southernmost continent's ecological future and the potential impact of climate change worldwide, according to observations collected in a series of papers...

Woman surprised to see an unexpected mouse hitching a ride on her car's rear-view mirror

Nadya Crossman-Serb from Winnipeg, Canada, is laughing now but she wasn't laughing last weekend when she noticed something very strange on the rear-view mirror of her car. "I was at a red light, and I looked up, and there was a mouse on the rear-view mirror," Crossman-Serb said. She admits she had a bit of a "freak-out," when she noticed her unexpected guest perched on the mirror. She said she thought about swatting it down, but didn't know if that would make things worse. "So I just left it and we drove home together," said Crossman-Serb. The mouse stayed on the mirror the whole way home, but when the family gathered around the car to see the hitchhiker, it retreated back into hiding. That's when her dad sprang into action.
"He laid a sticky-pad on the [floor] of our car, and it got stuck. I don't know what he did with it after." Shaun Jeffrey is a branch manager with Abell Pest Control and the president of the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Pest Management Association. It's rare for mice to seek shelter in cars that are used on a daily basis, he said, because mice are very wary of new objects in their environment. But if the car is stationary for a long period of time they get "curious" and might try to make a nest, Jeffrey said.
A vehicle is only as secure from rodents as the structure it's in, he said, and "paying someone $85 to protect your garage may save your $85,000 vehicle." It's not hard for a family of tiny mice to cause big damage to a vehicle over the winter, Jeffrey said, and Winnipeggers should be especially concerned this year if the volume of calls at Abell Pest Control is anything to go by. As for Crossman-Serb's mouse, she figures it may have been in the car for weeks, possibly hiding in the sunglasses holder by the mirror.
There's a news video here.

Seven-year-old boy buys his own pony with money saved from lemonade stand money

A seven-year-old budding entrepreneur's dream of owning a pony has come true after three years' hard work. Sabastian Lucas from Scarborough, north of Brisbane, Australia, set up a business selling lemonade out the front of his family's home to raise the funds needed to buy his new pet.
Sabastian's lemonade was made the traditional way, with lemon and sugar, and became so popular that he would regularly sell out. "I was selling the lemonade for 20 cents a cup and I saved up for nearly three years." He said when he first laid eyes on his new pony Tom this week he was over the moon. "I was so happy as he was so big and I wasn't expecting a big pony. I felt really happy because a pony was here.
"I saved nearly $3,000 to buy Tom. I've ridden him nearly 10 times in five days." Sabastian's mother Juliana Kent said he was always dedicated to make the money needed. "For three years he kept putting money in a jar and kept praying to the pony gods ... we had to embrace it." She said she found the 13-year-old schoolmaster pony earlier this month and knew immediately he would be perfect. Without their son’s knowledge, Sebastian’s parents had Tom delivered to their property and hid him in their barn.
"Last night Sabastian fell asleep on him after an hour of patting him." The family have moved from a suburban block to acreage to embrace their new four-legged addition, and Sabastian and Tom will train at the Cedar Lake Equestrian Centre near the Gold Coast. "I'm still learning but I can trot and walk as they're easy but cantering is hard," Sabastian said. He now plans to save money for a new saddle and health care for Tom. "I'll get back to making lemonade to pay for that," Sabastian said.
You can watch the moment Sabastian found out about Tom's surprise arrival here or here.

Female Chimpanzees Don’t Fight for ‘Queen Bee’ Status

Female Chimpanzees Don’t Fight for ‘Queen Bee’ Status
Female Chimpanzees Don’t Fight for ‘Queen Bee’ Status
For wild chimpanzees, social status is more than just a matter of pride. High-ranking chimpanzees of both sexes usually have better access to food and mates, boosting chances of survival for themselves and their offspring. But male and female chimpanzees achieve...

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