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Thursday, January 5, 2017

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Today in History

Swiss troops defeat the forces under Charles the Bold of Burgundy at the Battle of Nancy.
Federalists from all over New England, angered over the War of 1812, draw up the Hartford Convention, demanding several important changes in the U.S. Constitution.
The merchant vessel Star of the West sets sail from New York to Fort Sumter, in response to rebel attack, carrying supplies and 250 troops.
American Marines arrive in Seoul, Korea, to guard the U.S. legation there.
Henry Ford astounds the world as he announces that he will pay a minimum wage of $5 a day and will share with employees $10 million in the previous year’s profits.
Bulgarian and German troops occupy the Port of Braila.
British ships shell the Bolshevik headquarters in Riga.
GOP women demand equal representation at the Republican National Convention in June.
Wagner’s “Die Walkyrie” opens in Paris. This is the first German opera performed in Paris since the beginning of World War I.
The U.S. Senate debates the benefits of Peyote for the American Indian.
Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.
Daggha Bur, Ethiopia, is bombed by the Italians.
U.S. and Filipino troops complete their withdrawal to a new defensive line along the base of the Bataan peninsula.
Great Britain nationalizes its coal mines.
Inchon, South Korea, the site of General Douglas MacArthur’s amphibious flanking maneuver, is abandoned by United Nations force to the advancing Chinese Army.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington to confer with President Harry S. Truman.
U.S. forces in Vietnam launch Operation Niagara I to locate enemy units around the Marine base at Khe Sanh.
Nixon appoints Henry Cabot Lodge as negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks.
Nixon names Robert Dole as chairman of the Wingnut National Cabal.
A Federal judge voids a state law requiring balanced classroom treatment of evolution and creationism.
The South Ossetia War (1991-92) begins as Georgian forces enter Tskhinvali, capital of South Ossetia, Georgia.
Eris, largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System is discovered in images taken Oct. 21, 2003, at Palomar Observatory.

Toddler Rescues Trapped Brother With Super-Baby Strength

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Toddler Rescues Trapped Brother With Super-Baby Strength
Not all heroes wear capes—some wear diapers

How to Know If You’re With the Right Person

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How to Know If You’re With the Right Person, According To Couples Married 30+ Years
And find out how they keep their bond strong—through thick and thin

The 10 Sexiest Women Who Did the Polar Plunge

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The 10 Sexiest Women Who Did the Polar Plunge
Because ladies who dive into freezing water for the hell of it deserve all the love

New French Law Bans Your Boss From Emailing You After Work

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New French Law Bans Your Boss From Emailing You After Work
It’s for your own good, labor officials say

An Adorable Swedish Tradition Has Its Roots in Human Experimentation

Swedish people as whole have some of the best teeth in the world, but it wasn't always so. In the 1930s, even three-year-olds had cavities in most of their teeth. There weren't enough dentists to repair teeth, and no one knew how to prevent tooth decay, because they didn't know what caused it. They needed to do some controlled experiments. What they did was highly unethical, and would never be permitted today.
During the second World War, at a mental hospital outside of Lund, Sweden, researchers forced a group of patients to ingest 24 pieces of a sticky, light brown substance in a single day. These severely disabled patients were involuntary participants in a long-term study commissioned by the state medical board in cooperation with big industry, and this coerced feeding would continue for three years. The four to six doses that they consumed four times a day over that time were in some ways sweeter than their typical medicines—but also more troubling. No benefit to the patient was ever expected. Rather, the goal was to measure the damage inflicted by the substance over time and determine a dosage safe for public consumption.
That substance was caramel, and it inflicted so much damage to the patient's teeth that we learned it was sugar that caused tooth decay. Read about the experiments and the legacy they left behind, at Atlas Obscura.

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Man In China Has Been Using A Hand Grenade As A Walnut Cracker Since The 80s

Walnuts are one hard nut to crack, so people use a hammer, rock or mallet to crack them open and get at the delicious meat inside, and when they find a good nutcracker they stick with it.A villager from Shaanxi province, China thought the "mallet" his friend gave him in the early 80s was the perfect walnut cracking device, until he saw it on a government flyer- and found out it was actually a hand grenade.
Finding out his mallet was actually a Chinese Type 67 defensive hand grenade came as quite a shock to the man, who quickly gave it to the local police so he wouldn't get in trouble.
But he would have been even more shocked had it gone off in his hand while he was bashing walnuts!

What We Mean When We Say 'Trainwreck'

Black teen files $5 million lawsuit against white cop who assaulted her at 2015 Texas pool party

The suit states that Casebolt approached her with his baton raised, grabbed her by the wrist and dragged her to the ground, pulling her hair as he slammed her face into the ground before kneeling upon her.

Paralympian opens up about ‘humiliating’ experience after she was forced to wet herself on train

“People with disabilities don’t want perfection,” she said. “We just want the basics and to have our independence."

Dumbass Trump's 'Carbon Bubble' Economy Will Pop

BBB yanks accreditation from Dumbass Trump-backing founder of MyPillow for false advertising

The company’s CEO, Mike Lindell, recently campaigned for Dumbass Trump and promised to give the then-nominee “all my credibility.”
Just goes to show they're all lairs.
The Dumbass and his sycophants, that is.

Wall Street investors get in the landlord business

Big mortgage lenders were part of the crash on Wall Street and they were also part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 passed by the shrub that bailed out the banks. Just 8 years later, some mortgage lenders are getting into the landlord business.

The lion (and pig) of Lucerne

The Lion Monument (German: Löwendenkmal), or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen.
It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France. The American writer Mark Twain (1835–1910) praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”...
The monument is dedicated Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss"). The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-delis of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland. The inscription below the sculpture lists the names of the officers, and approximate numbers of the soldiers who died (DCCLX = 760), and survived (CCCL = 350)...
Before completing the monument, the artist, Bertel Thorvaldsen, was told that not enough money had been raised to pay for his services and that he would not be fully paid for his work. Thorvaldsen wanted to make a public statement about his disdain for the situation. Out of respect for the fallen soldiers he chose not to damage the sculpture itself and decided instead to change the shape of the nook the lion lay inside. The outside edge remains in the shape of a pig to this day; a subtle but clear message of his feelings.. More details in a pdf at Luzerne.

Snow Leopard and Four Cubs Caught on Camera

Snow leopards are pretty rare. A snow leopard with a new cub or two is good news. The World Wildlife fund says this camera trap footage from Mongolia is the first time scientists have seen a snow leopard with four cubs at once in the wild.
The footage is from September, when the cubs were about three months old. They would be half grown by now. Estimates of snow leopard population put their numbers at anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000.

Man Gives Street Dog Some Food, Which She Takes Home To Her Puppies

It's hard to say no to a stray dog begging for food on the city streets, and even though people can come up with all kinds of reasons why they shouldn't give a buck to a homeless person they can't deny a stray dog if they're animal lovers.And, as the guy who shot this video in Bangkok, Thailand discovered, sometimes donating food to a stray means you're helping feed her family of pups as well, which we can all agree is a win-win-winwinwinwin situation!

Say "Hello" to the New World's Tallest Dog

Freddy was the runt of the litter when he was born, but he's certainly grown up since then. In fact, now he's the world's tallest dog -when he stands up on his back legs, he measures a whopping 7'5" tall! Guinness announced their new record holder in late December.
Anyone interested in keeping tabs on the pooch can now follow him on his Instagram page.

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