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Saturday, November 19, 2016

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Today in History

The Pilgrims sight Cape Cod.
In Vienna, Composer Franz Schubert dies of syphilis at age 31.
Julia Ward Howe writes “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” while visiting Union troops near Washington.
Abraham Lincoln delivers the “Gettysburg Address” at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Bulgarians, led by Stefan Stambolov, repulse a larger Serbian invasion force at Slivinitza.
James Reed and two accomplices rob the Watt Grayson family of $30,000 in the Choctaw Nation.
The Great “City Fire” in London.
100 people drown in the English Channel as the steamer Hilda sinks.
New York receives first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy.
The Allies ask China to join the entente against the Central Powers.
The Oklahoma State Senate ousts Governor Walton for anti-Ku Klux Klan measures.
Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Politburo in the Soviet Union.
Soviet forces take the offensive at Stalingrad.
Prince Ranier III is crowned 30th Monarch of Monaco.
Scandinavian Airlines opens a commercial route from Canada to Europe.
Apollo 12 touches down on the moon.
New York stock market takes sharpest drop in 19 years.
Patty Hearst is released from prison on $1.5 million bail.
U.S. Steel agrees to pay $6.3 million for Marathon Oil.
Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, meet for the first time.
In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco.
Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning Girl You Know Its True album.
Canada’s Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril arrives in Africa to lead a multinational force policing Zaire.
US House of Representatives begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton.
New Zealand suffers its worst mining disaster since 1914 when the first of four explosions occurs at the Pike River Mine; 29 people are killed.

Star-shaped Pill Unfurls in Your Tummy

A new drug-delivery method is being studied, and as weird as it seems, may help people get a consistent flow of medicine without having to remember and take multiple pills. The pill shown on the left is swallowed, and then in the stomach it opens up into a star shape that cannot pass out of the stomach for several days. While it sits there, it releases a stream of drugs at a constant rate. When it is empty, it breaks down and is passed through the system.
In a new study published in Science Translational Medicine, the capsules were shown to work in Yorkshire pigs weighing between 77 and 100 pounds (pigs have a similar digestive system to humans). Tests showed that the capsule delivered doses of medication for up to 10 days. In current form, it’s ideal for the daily release of 20 to 50 milligrams of a given drug. More tests still need to be done to prove safety and efficacy, but if things continue to go well, clinical trials for humans may not be too far off.
Too bad they couldn't ask the pigs how it felt as it wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside. This may remind you of a space telescope or Mars lander that is hurled through space all folded up, then spreads out when it reaches its destination. Read more about the new pill at Gizmodo.

George Washington’s Disappearing Sash

When the American colonies were assembling rebels to fight for independence, soldiers came together from far-flung areas to build an army from scratch, without established customs, units, or uniforms. General George Washington needed to assert his authority among those who did not know him. That's why he bought a wide blue ribbon to wear as a sash. It was an old convention for designating a rank of authority. However, it did not last.
Historians suggest that Washington may have indeed stopped wearing the moiré silk ribbon shortly after he purchased it, uncomfortable with the sash’s resemblance to decorations of British and French officers. The sash looked too much like a symbol of hierarchy and aristocracy for a general intent on bringing democracy to the Continental Army. Even though the ribbon served a formal military function—asserting Washington’s authority to his troops and giving him diplomatic standing with other countries—it was deemed too haughty for the would-be democracy even by his French allies. “[His uniform] is exactly like that of his soldiers,” observed the Marquis de Barbé-Marbois, a French officer assisting the Continental Army, in a 1779 letter shortly after Washington stopped wearing the sash. “Formerly, on solemn occasions…he wore a large blue ribbon, but he has given up that unrepublican distinction."
Washington eventually gave the sash to artist Charles Willson Peale, who painted his portrait several times, including the two paintings shown here. After that, the ribbon went on its own adventures for centuries before being rediscovered in 2011. Read about the legendary lost and found sash at Smithsonian.

The Missing History of Ravensbrück

The Nazi Concentration Camp for Women
While researching women who fought in World War II, I came across the name Ravensbrück a few times, because that's where several of those fighters died. However, you don't hear much about the German concentration camp for women because its documentation was burned before liberation, and after liberation it fell under Soviet control. Sarah Helm dug up what little information there was by tracking down survivors, accounts of survivors, and visiting what's left at the site 60 years later. Ravensbrück was opened in 1939 to imprison women who were prostitutes, criminals, minorities, or who had opposed Hitler. Later it was where women resistance fighters from occupied countries and women from the Red Army were sent when captured by the Nazis.    
A survivor talked of a camp hospital where ‘syphilis germs were injected into the spinal cord’. Another described seeing women arrive at the camp after a ‘death march’ through the snow from Auschwitz. One of the male SOE agents, imprisoned at Dachau, wrote a note saying he had heard about women from Ravensbrück being forced to work in a Dachau brothel.
Several of the interviewees mentioned a young woman guard called Binz who had ‘light, bobbed hair’. Another guard had once been a nanny in Wimbledon. Among the prisoners were ‘the cream of Europe’s women’, according to a British investigator; they included General de Gaulle’s niece, a former British women’s golf champion and scores of Polish countesses.
In an excerpt from her book RAVENSBRÜCK: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women, Sarah Helm tells of the Nazi developments that led to overcrowded women's prisons and the opening of the first concentration camp for women at Ravensbrück in 1939.

The Wrecked German U-boat that Washed up on Hastings Beach

You've read stories about dead whales that wash up on shore and cause problems because they are too big to remove. This story is a little bit like that. Hastings Beach (where the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066) in England had a beached German U-boat wash up on April 15, 1919. There was no one aboard, because the crew had surrendered and the submarine was being towed to France when it got away. But now it was on the beach, right in front of the tourist hotels, too big and too far onto the beach to be towed back into the ocean. What to do? The citizens of Hastings decided to see the glass as half-full and make it a tourist attraction.
VIPs were shown inside U-118 by local coastguards, chief boatman William Heard and chief officer W. Moore, but tours stopped after both men grew sick and died several months later. The cause was initially attributed to rotting food which remained onboard following the U-boat’s surrender at Scapa Flow. But an inquest later determined that noxious gas released by the U-118’s damaged batteries was responsible for the men’s deaths.
So a submarine can rot and become noxious, kind of like a whale. Read the story of the U-boat that invaded Hastings without a single person aboard, at Urban Ghosts.

What's the Difference Between Streets, Roads, and Avenues?

Street, road, avenue, way, esplanade, boulevard, drive, parkway… they all have definitions, even if they aren't used correctly in every town. Knowing the difference can help you make sense of a city and how it was planned.
Phil Edwards and Gina Barton of Vox explain the naming conventions for the roads we drive on and how they are used is used in this cute video.

39 U.S. City Name Origins

Do you know how your city got its name? You probably do, but there are plenty of other cities in this video list. Some cities are named after other cities, some use Native American terms, and Minneapolis combined Sioux with Greek to come up with the city's name. That pyramid in Memphis used to be a coliseum -I saw Van Halen there once. Jacksonville, Florida is not the only city named for Andrew Jackson; I used to live in Jackson, Tennessee. The  biggest thing I took away from this is that its easy to change a town's name when it's small, but once it's a big city, people refuse to change it. This is the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show.

Five Affordable Warm Weather Destinations

There's nothing to pull you out of the winter doldrums like a vacation in a beautiful sunny spot. The most famous getaway destinations can be both crowded and expensive, but the world is full of lesser-known locations for a winter sojourn, like the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia.
Noted for being a beautiful, lush and tropical destination with easy accessibility, St. Lucia has oodles of small and luxurious resorts filled with color and flare. Many of these are all inclusive- resorts, all perfect for luxury, romance and family. With year-round temperatures of 80-degrees, St. Lucia is comprised of lush and tropical rain forests. Based on a volcanic island, mud baths and visiting the crater are popular activities. If you’re in the mood for a day trip or two, visit Martinique, its cheap (only $57!), easy and well worth it.

Every Friday the locals and travelers come together for a street party and to fry up in the streets. Whole lobster costing as little as $15, and fish cakes costing as little as a few cents, this is a great budget-friendly activity!
Read about the other affordable winter destinations at Money Inc.

Have a Hands-Free Orgasm

Elderly man mooned lady after she rejected his sexual advances

A 78-year-old man from Houston, Texas, dropped his trousers and mooned a woman outside a hotel after she rejected his sexual advances, according to authorities. Robert Scott was arrested and booked with obscenity, said Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department. The victim, a 29-year-old woman, told officers she was at a hotel in Kenner for a seminar at around 1:13pm last Saturday when she stepped outside to eat lunch. A man in cowboy hat, black shirt and blue jeans walked over and offered to take her out, telling her she looked like a model, according to authorities.
The woman tried to politely dismiss his comments. But the man persisted, offering to become her sugar daddy. The comments became sexual in nature, McGregor said. Offended, the woman told him to get out of her face. The man, later identified as Scott, told her he'd "get out of her face."
He the allegedly unbuckled his pants, dropped them and his underwear to his feet and exposed his rear end to her, according to McGregor. Officers took Scott into custody at the hotel. It's not clear whether he was a guest. But at least two other women reported encounters with him, according to authorities. Scott was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Bond was set at $5,000, but he was released on Tuesday without paying bond because of crowding at the jail.

Texas Teabagger proposes bill that would out LGBTQ youth to their parents

The Texas wingnut wants to make it a crime for teachers not to out their students to parents.

Attackers who held Missouri Muslim woman at gunpoint facing charges

A 19-year-old Muslim woman in Noel, Missouri was physically assaulted by two white people during a break from work. Tonight, they're behind bars.

‘Good Guy With A Gun’ Accidentally Shoots Woman He Was ‘Saving’ Five Times

You know how the NRA constantly tells us that their army of ‘good guys with guns’ are ready to swoop in at the first sign of danger to save...

Burglar poured hot sauce over resident to make him appear dead before ATM theft

A man from Fairbanks, Alaska, was arrested after allegedly breaking into a home and pouring hot sauce all over the resident. 40-year-old Keith Roberts has been charged with armed robbery, burglary and assault. According to reports, Roberts allegedly broke into the home and pressed a knife to the back of a victim's neck.
He told him that others were waiting outside and he had to make it look like the victim was dead. Roberts made the victim lie on the ground as he poured hot sauce all over him.
Roberts then drove the victim to an ATM where he made him withdraw $300. After his arrest, he told officers he didn't remember much about the incident due to his drinking and heroin addiction.

Man accused of trying to drown his grandmother in toilet after she asked him to turn music down

A man who allegedly attempted to drown his grandmother in the toilet after she asked him to turn down his music has been arrested on a charge of attempted murder, police in Springfield, Oregon, have said. Police responded to a report of a woman crying for help on Sunday night at an apartment complex.
Police say 24-year-old Isiah Vickery was temporarily living with his grandmother in her Springfield apartment. According to the investigation, when she asked him to turn his music down, he turned violent. "Basically attacked her and tried to strangle her, " says Detective Sgt. David Lewis with the Springfield Police Department. "What she described as trying to break her neck."
Sgt. Lewis says the 65-year-old tried to fight off her grandson. That's when police say he tried to drown her, first in the toilet, and then the bathtub. Police say neighbors called for help. When they arrived on scene, Sgt. Lewis says she had hair pulled out, and appeared shaken and frightened. "She told the officer at the scene that she thought he for sure he was going to a kill her," added Lewis. According to police, Vickery ran before police arrived.

They searched for him that night, and put flyers out at nearby businesses. They arrested Vickery near the apartment the following day. Vickery was arraigned on Tuesday on a number of charges, including attempted murder, fourth-degree assault, and strangulation. Sgt. Lewis says Vickery has been arrested in the past on a domestic abuse charge. This investigation is ongoing, and Vickery could face additional charges. His next court hearing is scheduled for December 21.

Jail for arsonist who attempted to use Cheetos as fire accelerant

A man from Taunton, Massachusetts, who attempted to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s house while she was still inside has been convicted of malicious destruction of property and sentenced to serve the maximum two-and-a-half year jail sentence.
Shemroy Williams, 31, was convicted by a jury in Taunton District Court after just one hour of deliberation. On March 10, 2016, Taunton police and fire officials responded after the intended victim and her friend reported that the defendant was attempting to set the home on fire.
An investigation revealed Williams attempted to set the home on fire in five different locations and wedged a propane tank up against the house while a fire on the back porch was burning. Fire officials were able to pull the tank away from the home before it ignited. Police located Williams about 100 yards away from the home with two lighters in his pocket and an empty bag of Cheetos. Investigators determined that Williams attempted to use the Cheetos to accelerate the fire.
“The defendant engaged in outrageous behavior that jeopardized the safety of the intended victim, her friend and first responders,” said District Attorney Thomas Quinn. “I want to thank Deputy Fire Chief Scott Dexter for his quick response and removal of the propane tank. I would also like to thank Judge Brennan for imposing the maximum jail sentence, which was well deserved.” Williams’ ex-girlfriend told police she’d previously had a romantic relationship with him and he’d been stalking her.

Scientists tweak photosynthesis to boost crop yield

Researchers report in the journal Science that they can increase plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis. In field trials, the scientists saw increases of 14 percent to 20 percent in … Read more

Biologists Give Bacteria Thermostat Controls

A new helper in the fight against cancer and other diseases of the gut may be genetically altered bacteria that release medicines to tumors or the gut. Now, a new study performed using mice demonstrates … Read more

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