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Friday, October 21, 2016

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Today in History

Seljuk Turks at Chivito slaughter thousands of German crusaders.
The Pope names Henry VIII of England Defender of the Faith after defending the seven sacraments against Luther.
Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats his enemies in battle and affirms his position as Japan’s most powerful warlord.
The Tricolor is chosen as the official flag of France.
USS Constitution, a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate built for the newly formed U.S. Navy, is successfully launched into Boston Harbor, with Captain James Sever breaking a bottle of Madeira wine on her bowsprit. She will serve in the First Barbary War and will go on to defeat five British warships in the War of 1812; her battle with one of them, HMS Guerriere, earns her the nickname “Old Ironsides.” Constitution will be retired from active service in 1881, but enduring public adoration saves her from the scrap yard and ultimately allows her to become the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
Vice Admiral and Viscount Horatio Nelson wins his greatest victory over a Franco-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off Cape Trafalgar, Spain. Nelson is fatally wounded in the battle, but lives long enough to see victory.
Under a flag of truce during peace talks, U.S. troops siege the Indian Seminole Chief Osceola in Florida.
The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Va. begins, a disastrous Union defeat which sparks Congressional investigations.
Many leaders of the Kiowa, Comanche and Kiowa-Apache sign a peace treaty at Medicine Lodge, Kan. Comanche Chief Quanah Parker refuses to accept the treaty terms.
The U.S. Naval Academy admits John H. Conyers, the first African American to be accepted.
After 14 months of testing, Thomas Edison first demonstrates his electric lamp, hoping to one day compete with gaslight.
Panamanians clash with U.S. Marines in Panama in a brief uprising.
The first U.S. troops enter the front lines at Sommerville under French command.
As war heats up with Germany, the British war cabinet holds its first meeting in the underground war room in London.
Ernest Hemingway’s novel For Whom the Bell Tolls is published.
Eight American and British officers land from a submarine on an Algerian beach to take measure of Vichy French to the Operation Torch landings.
North Korean Premier Kim Il-Sung establishes a new capital at Sinuiju on the Yalu River opposite the Chinese City of Antung.
The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in Manhattan.
Bob Dylan records his first album in a single day at a cost of $400.
The “March on the Pentagon,” protesting American involvement in Vietnam , draws 50,000 protesters.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan resigns over disagreements with Prime Minister Menachem Begin over policies related to the Palestinians.
The United States sends a ten-ship task force to Grenada.
North Korea and the US sign an agreement requiring North Korea to halts its nuclear weapons program and agree to international inspections.

Life in the Victorian Workhouse

The British government established workhouses in 1834 as a cheaper alternative to “outdoor relief,” or the practice of giving food or money to the poor. Instead, they would be offered “indoor relief,” a chance to work for their keep. Workhouses were meant to be intimidating places, a deterrent to becoming so poor that one had to ask for help there. Northwich Workhouse was one such institution that has since been converted to a museum. While the workers’ dormitory has been demolished, visitors can get a glimpse of what life was like for those destitute enough to work there.
Men, women and children were separated on arrival, partly as a means of maintaining order, but also to prevent what was often referred to as ‘pauper breeding’. Families who had arrived together were only permitted to see each other for a few hours a week, while husbands and wives ate, slept, worked and exercised independently of each other in separate parts of the building.
Clothing and possessions were removed, washed and then placed in storage. Inmates were given a brief health check by a medical officer, issued with a workhouse uniform – and made to take a bath. For many, this was a terrifying prospect. In 1891, a newspaper reporter who had visited the workhouse wrote: “The state as to filth and vermin in which some old neglected people arrive, on their entering the house is indescribable. To have not washed the body for years and years is a common state of things with them...”
Read more about the Victorian workhouse experience at History Extra from the BBC

8 Haunted Houses You Can Buy Right Now

Have you ever dreamed of living in a haunted house? Making that dream come true is as easy as believing the home you are in is haunted. But if you want a haunted house that has been scaring other people for years, you can certainly purchase one. For example, there’s the Priestly House in Canton, Mississippi.
Originally built by physician James Priestley in the 1950s, this Greek Revival home stayed in the Priestley family until the 1990s. When new owner Frankie McMillan moved in, she became concerned that Priestley’s wife, Susan, hadn’t gotten the message to clear the premises. McMillan claimed to have seen Susan in hallways and in the bedroom where the woman is believed to have died. The home was restored in 2004 and is listed for $699,000.
There are a range of locations, prices, and ages among the eight haunted houses on the market right now that you can check out at mental_floss.

Nearly Half of College Kids Go Hungry

When Bacteria Is a Good Thing

26 Facts about the Science of Family

Scientists study families a lot, because it’s an extremely important human unit both socially and genetically. How different or alike are siblings? How does birth order affect your life? Studies like this help to determine which traits are genetic and which are learned. Sometimes those things are hard to separate, since families not only share genes, but also learn from each other. We also have new research about how families have changed over time. John Green has some really interesting findings about families this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show. 

Scientists find new genetic roots of schizophrenia

Scientists find new genetic roots of schizophreniaScientists find new genetic roots of schizophrenia
UCLA scientists have made a major advance in understanding the biology of schizophrenia. Using a recently developed technology for analyzing DNA, the scientists found dozens of genes and two major biological pathways that are likely involved in the development of the...

Police Facial Recognition Systems

Pastor tries to strangle four-month-old in Walmart checkout line

Former pastor tries to strangle four-month-old in Walmart checkout line

Kansas 'Militia Members' Aren't Considered 'Terrorists' Because They're Not Muslim

Malaysian religious government body says that hot dogs 'must be renamed'

Food outlets selling hot dogs in Malaysia have been asked to rename their products or risk being refused halal certification. The Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, said it adopted the ruling after complaints from Muslim tourists. Director Sirajuddin Suhaimee said the name might cause "confusion".
"In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification," he said. Malaysian halal food guidelines say "halal food and halal artificial flavor shall not be named or synonymously named after non-halal products such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer, rum and others that might create confusion," local media said. Muslim-majority Malaysia practices a moderate form of Islam but conservative attitudes are on the rise.
On Monday, popular pretzel store franchise Auntie Anne's was refused halal certification unless it renamed its "Pretzel Dog". Mr Suhaimee said it was "more appropriate" to call it a "Pretzel Sausage". A representative of the US chain described it as a "minor issue" and said the firm was fine with changing the name on the menu. Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz slammed the ruling, calling it "stupid and backward".
"Hot dog is hot dog lah. Even in Malay it's called hot dog - it's been around for so many years. I'm a Muslim and I'm not offended," he said, adding that there was no reason for the religious body to take offence at the word. "It comes from the English language. Please do not make us seem stupid and backward." Malaysia often prides itself on being a moderate Muslim nation, which allows other religions freedom of worship. However,

Police say there's nothing illegal about fishing from a canoe on top of a bus

Police in Boulder, Colorado, received an unusual call on Thursday, when witnesses reported that some college-aged men were fishing from a canoe. On top of a bus. Boulder police first got the call at about 2:15pm, according to Boulder police spokeswoman Laurie Ogden.
According to police radio traffic, the call came in as men in the canoe on top of the bus singing loudly and drinking beer with fishing poles while throwing money. But upon arriving on scene, officers said the men were not drinking and that the bus was parked.
They were using dollar bills as bait on their fishing poles but were not throwing money. Because they were not drinking, officers decided the men were doing nothing illegal and left them alone. "They were just having some fun," Ogden said.

Woman stole shovel, chainsaw, pecan trees, fertilizer and a prom dress from neighbor

A woman from Freeport, Florida, is facing charges for allegedly stealing some unusual items from her neighbor's property. According to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, Skyler Anderson, 26, made off with her neighbor's shovel, electric leaf blower, chainsaw, two bags of Miracle Grow, three pecan trees, along with a prom dress and a vanity mirror. Randall Brown called deputies at 7:35am on Sunday to report that he'd seen his neighbor Skyler "Sky" Anderson, "in his yard with his rake and a plastic bag." Brown told authorities that when he approached Anderson she went back to her house. He said he could see some of his belongings in Skyler's yard.
Responding deputies set up a perimeter around Anderson's home and waited while a search warrant was obtained. The deputies could clearly see items Brown had identified as stolen in the yard outside the home. "After several hours," the arrest report said, "Skyler came out of the home and was arrested."
She was charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft. The items she had stolen were inside Brown's workshop and carport. Anderson objected to being arrested by kicking at the windows and the partition of the patrol car in which she was placed. She also head butted and spit on the partition on the way to the Walton County Jail.

Einstein proved right yet again

Since its discovery in 2008, astronomers have been puzzled by a cosmic mystery so vexing that it has even led some to question whether the general theory of relativity – Einstein’s masterpiece theory of gravity – is wrong on cosmic scales.

Dust Mite Allergens Share Rare Combo of Qualities

Dust Mite Allergens Share Rare Combo of QualitiesDust Mite Allergens Share Rare Combo of Qualities
A combination of stability and abundance may be what gives allergy-triggering dust mite proteins their sneeze-inducing power, says a new study by scientists at Duke University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Of the thousands of...

Amazonian frog has its own ant repellent

Amazonian frog has its own ant repellent
Amazonian frog has its own ant repellent
Special chemicals covering the skin of a tiny yellow-striped Amazonian frog provide a protective shield that wards off leaf-cutting ants allowing it to live comfortably among them. "It helps the frog blend in, because it imitates the ants own chemical signals," says...

Man pursed by angry elk forced to take refuge up lamppost

A Swedish man managed to save himself from an angry elk on Tuesday by thinking fast and climbing up a lamppost. The incident occurred in Vendelsö, south of Stockholm. The man was in the vicinity of a supermarket when the elk started running towards him. Despite there being several other people in the vicinity, the elk only had angry eyes for the one specific man it had decided to chase. So the victim took to the lamppost.
“It's obviously a very agile and nimble man we’re talking about,” police spokesperson Albin Näverbeg said. According to witness reports, a motorist eventually came to the rescue by honking his horn, causing the elk to flee in the direction of a nearby forest. Neither the nimble man nor the elk were harmed.
“I came driving past and saw a man on the lamp post while an angry elk stood below and looked at him. It was quite comical. Cars had stopped along the side of the road. I honked my horn to see if I could scare it, but it didn’t react at all,” eye-witness Jonny Karlström said. A game warden has now been tasked with locating the irritated elk to make sure that it has not gone to a new area to wreak further havoc.

Black bear family of four spotted having dinner in a crab apple tree

People in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, are accustomed to seeing black bears wander throughout their city.
But a mother bear and her three cubs enjoying a quick meal in a crab apple tree is something that isn't seen every day.
Megan Sigurdson was driving through her neighborhood recently when she spotted the four black bears in the crab apple tree. Bears are a common sight in her neighborhood, but she said she's never seen anything like this.

"I was wondering how they were all supported on the tree without breaking it," she said. "They were on really small branches. I don't understand how it worked," she added. "It was like a circus."

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