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Today in History

Theodosius of Rome passes legislation prohibiting all pagan worship in the empire.
Louis IX succeeds Louis VIII as king of France.
The 17 provinces of the Netherlands form a federation to maintain peace.
The King of Bohemia is defeated at the Battle of Prague.
Fredrick William of Brandenburg issues the Edict of Potsdam, offering Huguenots refuge.
The Louvre opens to the pubic in Paris.
Charles Wilkes seizes Confederate commissioners John Slidell and James M. Mason from the British ship Trent.
Lincoln steals office in the first wartime election in the United States.
Doc Holliday, who fought on the side of the Earp brothers during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 6 years earlier, dies of tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Montana becomes the 41st state of the Union.
Theodore Dresier’s first novel Sister Carrie is published by Doubleday, but is recalled from stores shortly due to public sentiment.
President Theodore Roosevelt is elected president of the United States. He had been vice president until the assassination of  McKinley.
The Democrats prevail in congressional elections for the first time since 1894.
Adolf Hitler attempts a coup in Munich, the “Beer Hall Putsch,” and proclaims himself chancellor and Ludendorff dictator. .
Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected 32nd president of the United States.
Crystal Bird Fauset of Pennsylvania, becomes the first African-American woman to be elected to a state legislature.
The United States and Great Britain invade Axis-occupied North Africa.
John F. Kennedy is elected 35th president, defeating wingnut candidate Nixon.
Vietnam War, Operation Hump takes place: US 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team is ambushed by over 1,200 Viet Cong in Bien Hoa Province. Nearby, in the Gang Toi Hills, a company of the Royal Australian Regiment also engage Viet Cong forces.
Edward Brooke of Massachusetts becomes the first African American elected to the Senate in 85 years.
Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovers what is believed to be the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina in northern Greece.
Wilson B. Goode is elected as the first black mayor of the city of Philadelphia.
A dozen people are killed and over 60 wounded when the IRA detonates a bomb during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, honoring those who had died in wars involving British forces.
Dispute begins over US presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore; Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 12 results in a 271-266 electoral victory for Bush.
More than 10,000 US troops and a few Iraqi army units besiege an insurgent stronghold at Fallujah.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, slams into the Philippines, with sustained winds of 195 mpg (315 kph) and gusts up to 235 mph (380 kph); over 5,000 are killed (date is Nov 7 in US).

Anthony Kiedis Saved A Child's Life During The Filming Of Carpool Karaoke

James Corden has welcomed lots of interesting guests into his car for the Carpool Karaoke segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, but he's never had a hero like Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in his car.
Of course, James didn't know Anthony was a hero when he invited him to sing and get silly in the car, but a dire circumstance presented itself during filming and Anthony sprang into action:
We danced off, we tied and then we were going to celebrate with some Mexican food on the corner. And a woman came out of her house, holding a child saying ‘My baby, my baby, my baby can’t breathe!’ We all ran across the street, the woman thrust the baby into my arms, the baby was not breathing and I thought ‘I’m gonna try and do a little baby CPR real quick, see if I can get some air in this kid.’ Tried to open the mouth, [it was] like locked shut. So I started rubbing the belly, bubbles came out of the mouth, the eyes rolled back into place, the ambulance showed up and I handed the baby over, who was now breathing and fine, and we went back to Carpool Karaoke.
Looks like Anthony is familiar with Californication and Californichildcare, oh, and CaliforniCPR too!

Kids explain how banned and challenged books helped them and even saved their lives

Controversies over what books are taught in class or shelved in the school library typically start when an adult—usually a parent or community member—feels that a book selected by teachers and librarians is inappropriate, offensive or objectionable. Most often, the objections relate to sexual scenes, offensive language, or depictions of drug and alcohol use. Concerned adults worry that the book promotes ideas that conflict with their personal values and beliefs, or that children will imitate fictional characters and engage in undesirable behavior.
Ironically, some of the most frequently challenged books are the very books that young readers say are especially important and meaningful to them.

Rethinking School Discipline

BLM activists confronted by white mob after Chicago cop guns down black man

“There was no protest. We were there to check on the family to make sure they were safe. Next thing we knew, we were surrounded by a bunch of angry white people.”

Apple is Being Sued For Violating Labor Laws

Should we worry about the future of AI?

They’re ‘fucking awful’

They’re ‘fucking awful’: John Oliver wants you to share this video to stop people from getting involved in MLMs

22 Stories From Funeral Home Employees

Funeral directors and their employees are compassionate and professional around grieving families. They take care of details and do their best to ease the way for the deceased's loved ones during the hardest time of their lives. Behind the scenes, things are different, in which there all all kinds of things you aren't supposed to see. They take shortcuts to make the deceased look good. They play pranks on each other. They've all had a weird funeral request they'll never forget. And they have their personal failings, just like everyone else. Read the secrets some funeral home employees were willing to share anonymously at Buzzfeed.

The 5 Most Immortal Humans To Ever Walk The Earth

Cracked has the stories of men who refused to die under circumstances in which most would have succumbed. Whether it was luck, skills, or an inner toughness, we can't say. But just putting oneself into these various circumstances takes bravery far beyond most people. Here's what Jack Lucas did during the war. The big one.
14-year-old Jacklyn "Jack" Lucas was big for his age. But rather than squander his gifts playing football or buying beer for his friends, Lucas instead forged his mother's signature on a recruitment form and went to fight with the Marines in World War II. While trenched in on the shores of Iwo Jima, two grenades threatened to take out Lucas and his squad-mates. Here's what happened next, in Lucas' own words: "I hollered to my pals to get out and did a Superman dive at the grenades. I wasn't a Superman after I got hit. I let out one helluva scream when that thing went off."
Lucas' heroism earned him "more than 250 pieces of shrapnel in his body and every major organ, including six pieces in his brain and two in his heart." He returned home at 17 years old -- not even old enough to technically enlist today -- where he became the youngest Marine to ever be awarded the Medal Of Honor.
But there are more brave exploits that Lucas survived. Read the rest of his story, and those of four other guys, told in R-rated language at Cracked.

New Developments In The Disappearance Of Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart has captured the imagination of generations since her disappearance in 1937, but as much as her disappearance has added to her mystique it also left her tragic tale without resolution.
So why haven't investigators been able to find her body?
Because they probably already did back in 1940, when a skeleton discovered on Gardner Island (now called Nikumaroro) was dismissed as male by a doctor and eliminated from evidence.
But when The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) re-examined the skeletal evidence in 1998 they determined the bones found on that island in the South Pacific most likely came from a tall caucasian female.
Forensic anthropologist Richard Jantz recently took it a step further by comparing the skeleton's unusually long forearms to Earhart's own radius-to-humerus ratio:
In the British doctor’s notes, the humerus was reported to be 32.4 centimeters long. The radius was 24.5 centimeters – a ratio of 0.756 to the length of the humerus. Statistically, women born in the late 19th century (Earhart was born in 1897) had an average radius to humerus ratio of 0.73.
In other words, if the castaway was a middle-aged, ethnically European woman, she had forearms considerably longer than average. Dr. Jantz wondered if Amelia may have had similarly longer than average forearms. To answer that question we called on forensic imaging specialist Jeff Glickman. Selecting an historical photo of Amelia where her bare arms were clearly visible, and working with Dr. Jantz to identify the correct points on the shoulder, elbow and wrist for comparing bone length, Jeff found that Earhart’s humerus to radius ratio was 0.76 – virtually identical to the castaway’s.
We'll probably never know for sure if the bones belong to Amelia Earhart, but maybe it's time to simply accept these findings and put this mystery to rest once and for all.


Filmmaker Brian Gersten writes, "'The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner' is a documentary short about the history, characters, and sounds of the National Hollerin' Contest.

Crayons for Grownups

Ryan Hunter (redditor yanray) is the co-author of the coloring book Coloring for Grownups. He also came up with these crayon colors for a contest. These are the colors you don't forget.

Life took hold on land 300 million years earlier than thought

Life took hold on land 300 million years earlier than thought
Life took hold on land 300 million years earlier than thought
Life took hold on land at least as early as 3.2 billion years ago, suggests a study by scientists from Berlin, Potsdam and Jena (Germany). The team led by Sami Nabhan of the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin studied ancient rock formations from South Africa's Barberton...

Mysterious snowballs appear on Siberian beach

The Gulf of Ob is a remote Siberian reach of the Russian empire, and its beaches are covered in gigantic snowballs up to a meter across. The BBC reports that they're the result of a "rare environmental process where small pieces of ice form, are rolled by wind and water, and end up as giant snowballs."

The birth of massive stars is accompanied by strong luminosity bursts

The birth of massive stars is accompanied by strong luminosity bursts
The birth of massive stars is accompanied by strong luminosity bursts
The birth of massive stars is still a mystery to us, because these stars are embedded in an extremely dense medium of gas and dust, says Rolf Kuiper, the leader of the Emmy Noether Research Group for Massive Star Formation, funded by the German Research Foundation...

Two Monkeys Go into a Bar

Primates are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. 
How close? 
According to some unconventional scientific research, we may have more in common with them than we thought.

About 250 miles east of Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean called Saint Kitts. Today it’s a popular tourist destination, but for more than 300 years it was best known as a producer of both sugarcane and rum, the liquor made from sugarcane. The first cane plantations were established in the 1640s by England and France, which both had settlements on the island. In those days, France also had colonies in Africa, and when French colonists from West Africa came to Saint Kitts, they often brought monkeys called vervets with them as pets. Many of these monkeys escaped into the wild, where they thrived in the tropical paradise, free from predators and disease. The vervet population exploded in the years that followed. There were plenty of mangoes for them to eat, and when mangoes weren’t in season, the vervets happily devoured the sugarcane, as an English visitor named Lady Andrews observed in 1774:
They are the torment of the planters, they destroy whole cane pieces in a few hours and come in troops from the mountains, whose trees afford them shelter… When pursued, they fly to the mountain and laugh at their pursuers, as they are as little ashamed of a defeat as a French general.
And just as vervets —like humans— acquired a taste for cane sugar, they also developed a taste for the rum produced from it. The monkeys probably got their first taste of alcohol by eating naturally fermenting cane stalks in the fields, then graduated to stealing rum whenever the opportunity presented itself. Islanders soon learned that an easy way to catch a vervet was to set out some rum in a bowl, then wait for one to come along and drink itself into insensibility.
As the years passed and Saint Kitts’s economy evolved from sugar and rum production to tourism, the vervets may have had an easier transition than the islanders did— at least as far as imbibing was concerned. Instead of heading out to the cane fields or into town in search of rum, the monkeys simply staked out the vacation resorts and stole drinks from tourists whenever their backs were turned. Some visitors found this annoying, of course, but for others, watching vervets steal drinks was —and still is— part of the experience of visiting Saint Kitts.
Vervets are one of few primate species (other than humans) that choose to drink alcohol. Though they’re covered in gray fur, have long tails, stand only two feet tall, and weigh less than 20 pounds, they share 90 percent of their DNA with humans. That has prompted scientists to study their drinking habits in the hopes of developing insights into the drinking behavior of humans.
Frank Ervin, a professor of psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, has been observing the behavior of a colony of vervets in Saint Kitts since the 1970s. Earlier in his career he ran a rehabilitation clinic for alcoholics in Boston, Massachusetts, and after witnessing the ravages of alcoholism firsthand, he began studying vervet to “understand more about alcoholism so the damage can be reduced.”
Ervin has conducted numerous studies over the years. Many have a similar structure. Vervet are given access to three kinds liquids:
1. Plain water
2. Water mixed with fruit juice or some other sweetener
3. Alcoholic beverages ranging in potency from 7.5 percent alcohol, about as strong as malt liquor, to 25 percent, which is stronger than wine but not as strong as the rum the vervet drink “in the wild.”
The vervet select what they want to drink and in what quantities. In some studies, the alcohol is available all the time; in others, it is only available at certain times of the day. Some times the vervet choose between alcohol served straight, diluted with water, or mixed with fruit juice. Whatever the case, the vervets decide for themselves what to drink. 
“The parallels between the vervet’ behavior and human drinking is striking,” Ervin says. He divides vervet into four categories:
1. Teetotalers
Fifteen percent of vervet studied drink little or no alcohol at all. That’s a larger proportion than is found in those human societies where alcohol consumption is not forbidden for religious or other reasons.
The teetotalers preferred sweetened, non-alcoholic “soft drinks” over water. This distinguishes them from the vervets who do drink alcohol: all categories of those drinkers prefer water over soft drinks when they aren’t drinking alcohol.
2. Social Drinkers
Sixty-five percent of vervets drink small to moderate quantities of alcohol, and only when other monkeys are around.
Social drinkers prefer alcohol mixed with fruit juice or other sweeteners and rarely drink before noon.
Social drinkers are more likely to be female than male, and older males rather than younger males.
3. Abusive Binge Drinkers
Five percent of vervets will drink until they pass out in an alcoholic coma, “sometimes repeatedly within a 24-hour period,” if the alcohol isn’t allowed to run out or isn’t taken away. “They will stand at the alcohol bottle,” Ervin writes, “and will drink continuously, blocking access for all other monkeys.”
Binge drinkers prefer their alcohol straight or mixed with water rather than mixed with fruit juice or other sweeteners. They drink more in the morning than they do in the afternoon.
If access to alcohol is restricted to certain times of the day, the binge drinkers can consume an entire day’s worth of alcohol in as little as an hour. They will not drink water as long as alcohol is available.
Left to their own devices, abusive binge drinkers can drink themselves to death in amateur of months or even weeks.
Most abusive binge drinkers are young males.
4. Heavy Steady Drinkers
Fifteen percent of vervets drink as much as abusive binge drinkers but do so gradually, sipping it over time instead of drinking it all at once.
Heavy steady drinkers prefer their alcohol either straight or diluted with water, not sweetened with juice.
They tend to be dominant, sociable animals with strong leadership skills.
Males who drink heavily as adolescents, either as binge drinkers or heavy steady drinkers, are likely to continue drinking heavily into adulthood. Their off spring will, on average, drink twice as much as the offspring of social drinkers.
In vervet studies where access to alcohol is restricted to certain times of the day, in the hour before that time, the orkneys show “significant attention to the external environment” and “anxious attention to stimuli.” After the alcohol is made available, this heightened attentiveness and anxiety diminish considerably.
As wit humans, how vervets respond while under the influence of alcohol varies from one individual to the next. Some become more social; others are playful but keep to themselves and interact little with others in the group. Still other monkeys become withdrawn and remove themselves from the group, often retreating to a corner or sitting next to the alcohol bottle so that they can continue drinking. If approached by other vervets, they will either ignore the overture or respond aggressively.
For the group as a whole, when the monkeys are drinking, the total number of social interactions increases… but the number of friendly or “affiliative” behaviors such as grooming and huddling decreases. “The increase was accounted for by fragmentary and inappropriate behaviors… There were many aggressive overtures, including threats or slapping… which were neither responded to nor followed up by the initiator,” Ervin writes.
Play sessions between males who have been drinking are more likely to end in fights than play session between sober males.
Adolescent vervet of both sexes, and adult females who have low social status in the group, Ervin writes, are not “over-represented among drinkers.”
Young vervet showed a greater preference for sweetened alcoholic drinks than did older vervets.
In one study, alcohol was available in unlimited quantities for three weeks and then suddenly taken away. The result: “abrupt withdrawal led to restlessness, cage pacing, voluminous consumption of [sweetened water], hyperirritability to sound or observer intrusion, tremulousness… and repeated approaches to the drinking bottle together with handling, rattling, and banging of the drinking bottle.

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