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Saturday, October 29, 2016

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Today in History

Sir Walter Raleigh is executed. After the death of Queen Elizabeth, Raleigh’s enemies spread rumors that he was opposed to the accession of King James.
Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni opens in Prague.
The Demologos, the first steam-powered warship, is launched in New York City.
Leon Czolgosz is electrocuted for the assassination of US President William McKinley. Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot McKinley on September 6 during a public reception at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite early hopes of recovery, McKinley died September 14, in Buffalo, NY.
Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff apparently uncovers the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert, a claim still in dispute.
Black Tuesday takes place–the most catastrophic day in stock market history, the herald of the Great Depression. 16 million shares are sold at declining prices. By mid-November $30 billion of the $80 billion worth of stocks listed in September will have been wiped out.
The first ball-point pen is sold by Gimbell’s department store in New York for a price of $12.
Alonzo G. Moron of the Virgin Islands becomes the first African-American president of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.
French forces launch Operation Lorraine against a Viet Minh supply bases in Indochina.
Thieves steal a jewel collection–including the world’s largest sapphire, the 565-carat “Star of India,” and the 100-carat DeLong ruby–from the Museum of Natural History in New York. The thieves are caught and most of the jewels recovered.
The U.S. Supreme Court orders immediate desegregation, superseding the previous “with all deliberate speed” ruling.
The first computer-to-computer link is established; the link is accomplished through ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet.
Palestinian guerrillas kill an airport employee and hijack a plane, carrying 27 passengers, to Cuba. They force West Germany to release 3 terrorists who were involved in the Munich Massacre.
More than 500,000 people protest in The Hague, The Netherlands, against cruise missiles.
The last stretch of Britain’s M25 motorway opens.
South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports condemn both sides on the Apartheid issue for committing atrocities.
John Glenn, at age 77, becomes the oldest person to go into outer space. He is part of the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-95.
The deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record up to that time, Hurricane Mitch, makes landfall in Honduras (in 2005 Hurricane Wilma surpassed it); nearly 11,000 people die and approximately the same number go missing.
For the first time, Osama bin Laden admits direct responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US; his comments are part of a video broadcast by the Al Jazeera network.
Delta and Northwest airlines merge, forming the world’s largest airline.
Hurricane Sandy devastates much of the East Coast of the US; nearly 300 die directly or indirectly from the storm.

Some Of The Oddest Ways To Start A Fire

If you're stuck outdoors for an extended period of time during the fall or winter months you will need to make a fire at some point, which can be a big problem if you don't have the right gear.
In an ideal scenario you'd have a lighter, matches or fire starter with you when you get stuck in the wilds, but as long as you have a sandwich bag you can use the power of the sun to ignite kindling.
Oddly enough a battery and a foil gum wrapper can also be used to start a fire:
A one-handed way to make fire. Connecting the foil of a wrapper to the positive and negative ends of the battery creates a weak circuit. Since this foil isn't built for that transfer, the energy has nowhere to go. The end result is a flame.

Native American headdress-wearing good Samaritan named Rambo disarmed gunman

A good Samaritan wearing a Native American headdress overpowered a man who had reportedly fired several gunshots on a MAX train in Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday night.
Police said the suspect fired his gun after he was confronted by another man on the train at about 8:30pm. The dispute between the two, who knew each other, was reportedly about money missing from the victim's home.
When officers arrived at the 102nd Avenue Transit Station, the suspect was being held down by a man who said his name was Rambo Richardson. He said he heard gunfire as the train approached the station and saw the gunman and his victim struggling.
Richardson then overpowered the gunman, took his weapon and held him down. "I just acted. That's what people are supposed to do," Richardson said. "So I just tried to be an example for others. To try to bring things back to what it used to be, the indigenous way. Helping the community, not just standing by." No one was injured during the incident.

Rare gold coin worth up to £250,000 discovered in child's pirate treasure collection

One of Britain's rarest coins will go under the hammer at an auction house next month after being discovered in a little boy's toy box. The Queen Anne 'Vigo' five guinea gold coin will be put up for sale at Boningtons saleroom in Epping, Essex, on Wednesday, November 16. The auctioneers have put an estimate of between £200,000 and £250,000 on the find.
The coin is one of only twenty made from the 7.5lbs of gold seized from Spanish treasure ships by the British in Vigo Bay, northern Spain, on October 23, 1702. A man from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, who cannot be named, has passed the coin to Boningtons for sale, after being given it by his grandfather years ago. He had no idea of its value, however, until he showed it to Boningtons' coin specialist, Gregory Tong, who instantly recognized the rare coin, of which fewer than 15 examples are known.
"My grandad had traveled all over the world during his working life and had collected many coins from the various countries he had been," the vendor said. "He gave me bags of coins to play with throughout my early years because I was into pirate treasure. As time passed these coins went back into bags and boxes and were forgotten about until I re-discovered them after my grandad passed away. I looked back through the coins, remembering the stories I made up about them when I was small, and then gave them to my own son to play with and put into his own treasure box.
"My little boy has been playing with this coin as I did all those years ago." The series of 'Vigo' coins were made out of treasure captured by the British fleet after they failed to take Cadiz in 1702 but managed to seize gold and silver from Franco-Spanish treasure ships coming back from America. Struck the following year, the coins were made as part of an attempt to detract attention from the British failure at Cadiz. The treasure was delivered through London and received at the Royal Mint by the Master of the Mint, Sir Isaac Newton. The coin is only the sixth example of its type to be offered for sale in the last 50 years.

The Mystery Behind the Missing Corpse of One of the Richest Men Ever

In the mid-19th century, Alexander Stewart ran a vast business of factories and stores selling clothing and dry goods in New York City. When he died, he left a fortune worth $46 billion dollars in today's money. He died in 1876, and was buried (but not embalmed) in the graveyard at Saint-Mark’s-Church-In-The-Bowery. Two years later, the grave was unearthed by unknown persons, and Stewart's corpse was missing. 
Alexander Stewart made headlines in life as an entrepreneur and shrewd businessman, but his “resurrection” caused a media sensation unparalleled by anything he had experienced in life. Grave robbing was a reality of 19th-century life, but it usually involved the theft of fresh bodies from the poor and disenfranchised for medical experiments. The successful body-snatching of one of the New York’s biggest names, in a bad economy—two years after a failed attempt to rob Lincoln’s Tomb, no less—captured the zeitgeist. (The Lincoln Case, Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, suggested in an interview, may actually have served as direct inspiration for the Stewart robbers.)
Police found some gruesome evidence of the crime, but no body was ever recovered. Or was it? Two men confessed, but produced no body or evidence. Stewart's widow did some private negotiating with someone who demanded a ransom. Stories were told of Stewart's bones being returned to the family, but accounts vary. Read about Alexander Stewart's disappearance at Atlas Obscura.

Talk dirty to me Siri

Lonely men are turning to virtual assistants for SEX

Ilya Eckstein, chief executive of Robin Labs, said that his company's chatbot - called Robin - was being used for this purpose. He said that "mostly teenagers and truckers without girlfriends" were having up to 300 naughty conversations a day with the artificially intelligent software.

The rich Asian men who buy sex with Cambodian virgins

Sex workers on Svay Pak's main brothel strip. 
Mamasans there sell teenage girls' virginity to the highest bidder.

Abuse, heartbreak and harassment

The 46-year-old star will reveal the stories of “abuse, heartbreak and harassment” experienced by those who have left the cult.

Texas college student takes topless selfie, hits police car, gets arrested

A 19-year-old Texas A&M University student taking a topless selfie while driving slammed into the rear of a stopped police car and was arrested, police said on Thursday.
The student, Miranda Rader, also had an open bottle of wine in a cup holder next to her, the Bryan Police Department said.
The accident on Wednesday, near the university about 100 miles northwest of Houston, caused the airbag to deploy. Police said that when the officer whose car had been hit approached Rader, she was trying to put on her blouse.
“I asked her why she was not dressed while driving and she stated she was taking a Snapchat photo to send to her boyfriend while she was at a red light,” the arresting officer wrote in an affidavit.

Teacher gets her comeuppance after berating student who exercised his right to protest the pledge

A substitute teacher has been dismissed after she angrily berated a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at his Pennsylvania high school.
The teacher got better than she deserved - jail for assault would be appropriate as well.

Acquittal of Bundys is proof of racial double standards

The Bundy bunch inside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were calling for a revolution against the federal government.

‘Sad day for America’

The internet was shocked by the jury declaring those involved in the Oregon standoff were innocent while those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement and Standing Rock are arrested.

Investigative Journalist Infiltrates Armed Militia

Plastics Industry Is Trying to Fool Voters

Monsanto Was Put on Trial for Ecocide at the Hague

Man alleges that his wife chased him with scissors because she didn't want a potato

A husband from Bay City,, Michigan, testified that he was scared for his life when his wife allegedly chased him with scissors over a dinner dispute. Douglas M. Levy, 59, took to the witness stand in the preliminary examination of his 51-year-old wife, Roberta L. Levy, on Thursday. He said he and his 6-year-old daughter arrived at their South End home at about 9:20pm on Friday, Sept. 30. His wife was already present, he said. He said he and his daughter had come from Kroger with three potatoes, planning to make baked spuds with broccoli and cheese for dinner. "I was cutting up a potato with a fork to put in the microwave," Levy testified. "I was getting her meal ready and Bobbi came out and said, 'I don't want a potato.'" He said his wife then grabbed a burrito out of the freezer, before grabbing other frozen items and throwing them at him. "I said, 'What's wrong with you? What are you doing? She was just screaming. I couldn't even make out what she was saying. She just snapped and started chasing me with a pair of scissors." Levy said his wife held the scissors in her right hand, their point angled downwards. "She said, 'What are you? A woman?' and she started chasing me," he said. As Roberta Levy chased her husband, their daughter yelled for her mother to stop. Douglas Levy grabbed a phone and called his 24-year-old daughter, who in turn said she was calling the police.
When he told Roberta Levy their daughter and police were coming over, she stopped her pursuit and said she was going to her aunt's house. "I feared for my life and my daughter's life," Douglas Levy testified. "She could have slipped and hit (our daughter) with (the scissors). If (our daughter) hadn't been there, I would have been stabbed." Police arrived and interviewed Douglas Levy and his young daughter. After they left, Roberta Levy returned and tried getting back in the house, her husband said. Police returned to the home. According to court records, Roberta Levy told police her husband has been verbally abusive, has been pitting their daughter against her, and won't feed her. Levy added she was heating up a microwave burrito and grabbed the scissors to cut open the package.
She and her husband started arguing while she was holding the scissors, but she denied threatening or assaulting him. Cross-examined by defense attorney Andrea L. LaBean, Douglas Levy said he and his wife have an odd relationship and that she had got out of a substance abuse rehab a few days before the incident. The hearing ended with Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Stroud asking District Judge Mark E. Janer to bind Roberta Levy's case over to Circuit Court for trial. Janer obliged and bound Levy's case over to the higher court. Levy is charged with single counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence. The former is a four-year felony, while the latter is a 93-day misdemeanor.

Scrap yard owner has replaced his guard dogs with fighting bulls

Guard dogs were not proving enough of a deterrent to thieves at a car breakers yard in eastern Spain so the owner has brought in a pair of fighting bulls.
After a summer that saw seven separate break-ins at his second hand auto parts business in the Valencian town of Montserrat, Emilio Cerveró decided he needed to review his security measures.
He complained that thieves had repeatedly cut the fence into the premises to release his guard dogs and four had been killed since the start of the summer. So he has now released a pair of toro bravos, the Spanish breed of bull used in bullfighting, to roam the property in the hope of deterring any intruders.
Cerveró complains that the robberies started when part of his land was expropriated by the council to build a new road and his perimeter wall was replaced with a flimsy wire fence. “The bulls can roam around freely in the yard and let’s hope they do their job,” he said. “All I am trying to do is protect my property.”

Puppies in a Pumpkin Patch

Devin Supertramp takes a sideways turn from his usual extreme sports videos to play with delightful puppies! Here they are in their Halloween costumes, cavorting in a pumpkin patch at Cornbelly's farm in Lehi, Utah.
There's no pop culture tie-in, no plot, and no voiceover, just a soothing adorable sequence to make your day better.

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