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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Today in History

British seamen board the U.S. frigate Baltimore and impress a number of crewmen as alleged deserters, a practice that will contribute to the War of 1812.
The British announce a blockade of Long Island Sound, leaving only the New England coast open to shipping.
Trader William Becknell reaches Santa Fe, N.M., on the route that will become known as the Santa Fe Trail.
General Zachary Taylor takes Saltillo, Mexico.
Union General William T. Sherman departs Atlanta and begins his “March to the Sea.”
King Behanzin of Dahomey (now Benin), leads soldiers against the French.
A cartoon appears in the Washington Star, prompting the Teddy Bear Craze, after President Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a captive bear tied up for him to shoot during a hunting trip to Mississippi.
The Indian and Oklahoma territories are unified to make Oklahoma, which becomes the 46th state.
Swann’s Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust’s 7-part novel Remembrance of Things Past, is published.
Metered mail is born in Stamford, Connecticut with the first Pitney Bowes postage meter.
Eighty-eight German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrive in the United States.
President Harry S Truman rejects four-power talks on Berlin until the blockade is removed.
The United States joins in the condemnation of Israel for its raid on Jordan.
The Big Four talks, taking place in Geneva on German reunification, end in failure.
After the integration of two all-white schools, 2,000 whites riot in the streets of New Orleans.
In the last day of the fighting at Landing Zone X-Ray, regiments of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division repulse NVA forces in the Ia Drang Valley.
U.S. planes hit Haiphong shipyard in North Vietnam for the first time.
American Airlines is fined $500,000 for improper DC-10 maintenance.
The space shuttle Columbia completes its first operational flight.
Salvadoran Army death squad kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.
Eric Lawes, while using a metal detector to search for a friend’s lost hammer near Hoxne, Suffolk, England, discovers the Hoxne Hoard, the largest hoard of Roman silver and gold ever found in Britain, and the largest collection of 4th and 5th century coins found anywhere within the bounds of the former Roman Empire
Pro-democracy Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng is released from prison after 18 years, for health reasons.

Racist graffiti scrawled inside Maryland elementary school

Parents of children at a Maryland elementary school are shocked after racist graffiti was scrawled on a bathroom wall — and the school waited days to tell them.
Welcome to Dumbass Trump's AmeriKKKa

Mom who took a photo with Hillary Clinton while hiking is now getting death threats from Dumbass Trump sycophants

There have been so many cases of assault, bullying, vandalism or racist graffiti that we can barely keep up.
Welcome to Dumbass Trump's AmeriKKKa


The wingnut perverts (i.e., Dumbass Trump sycophants) prefer little girl Emma -
 while the rest of us (i.e., normal people) prefer woman Emma.

Mila Kunis' Powerful Attack on Sexism in Hollywood

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You've Got to Read Mila Kunis' Powerful Attack on Sexism in Hollywood
Her response to being called Ashton Kutcher's 'baby momma' was on point.

12 Pieces of Hilariously Terrible Relationship Advice From WikiHow

Mathematical algorithms calculate social behavior

mathematical-algorithms-calculate-social-behaviorFor a long time, mathematical modelling of social systems and dynamics was considered in the realm of science fiction. But predicting, and at once influencing human behavior is well on its way to becoming reality. Scientists at the Technical University … Read more…

Real Life

Can't Stop Burping?

6 strange hacks to help you fall asleep faster

'I Tried a Three-Day "Forest Bathing" Trip

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'I Tried a Three-Day "Forest Bathing" Trip—Here's What That Was Like'
One woman turned to this experience to help fight her depression and anxiety.

Random Photos

Field and Flowers

5 Things That Happened When I Went on a Low-Carb, Low-Sugar Diet

5 Things That Happened When I Did A Sugar Detox With My Boyfriend
5 Things That Happened When I Went on a Low-Carb, Low-Sugar Diet with My Boyfriend
During the first few days, it was pretty much like we were withdrawing from drugs

The Surprising Origin of Thanksgiving Foods

One of the reasons we eat what we do for Thanksgiving is to celebrate the uniquely American foods that the Pilgrims discovered when they came to Massachusetts and learned to grow with the help of Native Americans. At their first Thanksgiving feast, they ate lots of seafood and venison, but what we concentrate on for the holiday are the foods that Europeans didn't have at the time: turkey, cranberries, corn, potatoes, pumpkin, pecans, etc.
Joe Hanson of It's Okay To Be Smart looks at those American foods and how they were cultivated for centuries before Europeans arrived. American foods are something worth celebrating!

The Forgotten Victorian Craze for Collecting Seaweed

Collecting seaweed as a hobby might sound strange to us today, but to the Victorian women who did it, the modern trend of eating seaweed would seem strange. How did such a pastime ever get started? Like many obscure parts of life in the 1800s, it was how women made something nice and artistic out of a problem. This problem was their exclusion from scientific research.
Nineteenth century Britain was a hotbed of biological enthusiasm. “Natural history was absolutely huge,” says Dr. Stephen Hunt, a researcher in environmental humanities who works at the University of the West of England. Households filled up with painstakingly stuffed mammals and birds. So-called “gentlemen scientists” traveled the world drawing, describing, and collecting plants and animals. As railway networks grew, and labor advances led to more leisure time, ordinary citizens got in on the trend. Microscopes became more affordable, and collecting clubs popped up across Britain. “It was cross-class to some extent—working class and middle class,” says Hunt. “There was a democratization of natural history.”
Women, though, were still largely left out. The biggest natural history clubs of all, the Royal Society and the Linnaean Society, refused female members, and barred women even from their “public” meetings. Hunting animals was too dangerous, and digging up plants was, well, too sexy. “There was a taboo on botany, because Linnaean botany was based on the sexual parts,” says Hunt. “That was seen as controversial.”
Seaweed was something they could study without objection. They collected and studied different kinds of seaweed, and made scrapbooks to preserve their specimens. They wrote about the different species, and some even gave lectures on it. But there were rules, of course: one mustn't be too proud of the work, and always remember to dress properly when collecting specimens. Read more about Victorian seaweed collecting at Atlas Obscura.


Woman accused of letting tigers roam house with her teenage daughter

Police conducting an investigation found exotic and dangerous animals at a home in Houston, Texas, where a woman lives with her 14-year-old daughter.
Houston Police Department officers said they were sent to investigate 34-year-old Trisha Meyer’s home after she tried selling a Savannah kitten to a man in California for $3,000, but never gave him the kitten after receiving the money.
When officers arrived at the home, they found several wild animals all roaming freely inside Meyer’s home, including three tigers, a cougar, a skunk and a fox, police said. They also found Meyer’s teenage daughter in the home during that time, police said.
She also told police she had several monkeys, which can be vicious and had attacked someone previously. Police said she had permits for the tigers, but none for the skunks and foxes. BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions took the animals into protective custody. Meyer was arrested on Monday and charged with child endangerment. She is being held on a $2,000 bail in Nye County Jail, Nevada

Cows left stranded on raised island following New Zealand earthquake

Three cows have been left stranded on a raised island of land, surrounded by collapsed earth from landslides near Kaikoura.
The two adult cattle and a calf were stuck on the small island of grass amidst chaos, after the 12.02am 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook much of the country.
The patch of grass was surrounded by deep ravines of collapsed earth, trapping the animals where they stood.

It is not clear who owns the cattle or what was being done to help them. Kaikoura is close to the epicenter of the earthquake, and where one of two confirmed deaths occurred.

Animal Pictures