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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Daily Drift

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Today in History

Henry III marries Eleanor of Provence.
Francis of France, held captive by Charles V for a year, signs the Treaty of Madrid, giving up most of his claims in France and Italy.
Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy.
Emperor Napoleon and Empress Eugenie escape unhurt after an Italian assassin throws a bomb at their carriage as they travel to the Paris Opera.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis writes to General Joseph E. Johnson, observing that troops may need to be sent to Alabama or Mississippi.
The USS Arkansas, the largest U.S. battleship, is launched from the yards of the New York Shipbuilding Company.
The French abandon five miles of trenches to the Germans near Soissons.
British authorities seize German attaché Franz von Papen’s financial records confirming espionage activities in the U.S.
A Provisional Parliament is established in Poland.
Berlin is placed under martial law as 40,000 radicals rush the Reichstag; 42 are dead and 105 are wounded.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders all aliens in the U.S. to register with the government.
Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Charles DeGaulle meet at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war.
Italian occupation authorities refuse to deport Jews living in their territories in France.
A blast on the U.S. carrier Enterprise in the Pacific results in 24 dead and 85 injured.
The United Nations votes 104-18 to deplore the Soviet aggression in Afghanistan.
UN tribunal sentences 5 Bosnian Croats to prison for up to 25 years; they were charged with killing some 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village in 1993.
The Republic of Georgia restores the “five cross flag” as its national flag after some 500 years of disuse.
Huygens probe lands on Saturn’s moon Titan.
Yemen declares war on al-Qaeda terrorist group.
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former president of Tunisia, flees to Saudi Arabia after a series of demonstrations against his regime.

‘After School Satan’ club starts in Mormon country — thanks to 'christian' cabals

'Christian' evangelicals only have themselves to blame for a new After School Satan club that has popped up at Vista Elementary School in Taylorsville, Utah.

An Interesting Strategy For Efficiently Visiting Museums

Efficiency isn't a priority for most museum visitors, but sometimes you're on a really tight schedule yet still want to see all the museum has to offer, so it becomes important to view the exhibits efficiently.Luckily, Nick Gray of Museum Hacks has come up with a clever and ultra-efficient way to visit a museum, keep walking and still take in all the exhibits- and it all starts when you grab a map.
Nick's method in a nutshell- grab a map, then keep walking through the entire museum without stopping to read text on first lap.
Take a break and plan your strategy for re-entry, go back in and explore the exhibits at your own pace, spending time on the exhibits you care to learn more about, and you've now seen it all- twice!

Five DC Superheroes Who are Incredible Liars

Once upon a time, particularly during the comics code days, comic book superheroes were written to be role models for kids, upholding "truth, justice, and the American way." Over time, that got pretty boring. As comic book writers made their characters more realistic, they struggled with the moral ambiguities of fighting super villains and dealing with modern life. And sometimes those superheroes could be plain assholes.
DC superheroes in particular have been saddled with the many ethical qualities that once made them so popular, but in recent decades have been shown to be much less wholesome than they were originally portrayed. Even the poster boy for DC, Superman, has been taken through a host of changes that have marked him as something less than the ideal superhero he was touted as in the beginning. As far as lying and cheating however, Superman is still a boy scout when compared to the five heroes listed below.
Read about the DC superheroes who have made lying a part of their personalities in order to achieve their ends at Unreality.

The Real History of Slender Man

The legendary character known as Slenderman or Slender Man is an urban legend, but one for which we know the exact origin. Readers know he was born at Something Awful, but you might not know all the details. Eric Knudsen, who uses the internet name Victor Surge, spent 15 minutes coming up with two Photoshopped images in response to a forum prompt in 2009. He presented them with a couple of mysterious and creepy newspaper captions. 
The Something Awful community latched onto Knudsen's photos. A user named "21st Century" imagined Slender Man as an ergodic novel in the vein of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves. User "TrenchMaul" linked it to an actual 1959 hiking accident in the Ural Mountains where nine people died (six of hypothermia, three of mysterious bodily trauma), earning "Slender Pass" a casual mention on the "Dyatlov Pass incident" Wikipedia page. The pile-on of manipulated images and faux-documentation eventually dissolved the Slender Man's ties to the Something Awful forums. Anyone who Googled for Slender Man "lore" would find offshoot sites and stray blogs, filled with connections and references in actual mythology. Many wondered if Germany’s 16th-century monster Der Großmann aka "The Great Man," a spindly creature rumored to stalk the deepest parts of the forest, was the actual Slender Man. Sure, why not?
Knudsen had created a monster. "An urban legend requires an audience ignorant of the origin of the legend," he said in an interview. "It needs unverifiable third- and fourth-hand (or more) accounts to perpetuate the myth … internet memes are finicky things and by making something at the right place and time it can swell into an 'internet urban legend.'"
The spread of Slender Man was a phenomenon. Writers created more stories. Video producers were inspired by Slender Man. Video games were designed around him. And the further the character got from the original source, the murkier its source became. The uncontrolled spread of the stories eventually led to two 12-year-olds stabbing a classmate 19 times in 2014 (she survived, but the case is ongoing). Knudsen asserts his copyright over the character Slender Man, while Hollywood acts like he's fair game, and people who hear about him assume it's an old legend instead of a recent fictional character. Read the complete history of Slender Man at Thrillist.

Martha Matilda Harper, the Greatest Businesswoman You’ve Never Heard Of

Martha Matilda Harper was put to work as a servant at the age of seven in Ontario, but she was ambitious. Armed with a thick head of healthy long hair and a secret formula shampoo from an employer, she moved to Rochester, New York, and set about her plan to open a public beauty salon. It was a novel idea in 1888.
After nearly a quarter century in servitude, Harper knew how to pamper her clientele. She designed the first reclining chair so they could have their hair washed without getting shampoo in their eyes, and had a half circle cut out of her sink (with running water) for ladies to rest their heads. The emphasis was on customer service, long before the term was coined. Once women experienced the Harper Method, they were converts.
Her clients were made up of an unlikely blend of society ladies and suffragists, whose movement was spearheaded in Rochester. Soon Harper was catering to both circles, and women in each sphere were spreading the word about the new salon. Susan B. Anthony was a friend and client.
The beauty salon became a place for women to socialize and talk about ideas among themselves unselfconsciously. It was so successful, Harper was encouraged to open salons another cities. To do that, she had to invent an entire system of quality control. Read about the amazing life of Martha Matilda Harper at Atlas Obscura.

Bait and switch?

Study finds fish fraud runs rampant
Next time you go out for sushi in Los Angeles, don’t bother ordering halibut. Chances are it’s not halibut at all. A new study from researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University checked the DNA … Read more

The Destructive Power of Preemption

Why Did C-SPAN's Feed Suddenly Change To RT?

Why Did C-SPAN's Feed Suddenly Change To RT?

Weird MSNBC Feed Glitch Leaves David Ignatius In Russia Loop

Weird MSNBC Feed Glitch Leaves David Ignatius In Russia Loop

Fearless teen girl knocks gun out of boy's hand when he points it at her and demands a chicken nugget

The Number of Women Getting IUDs at Planned Parenthood Has Soared Since the Election

America's Healthcare System Is an 'International Scandal'

Man stabbed in KKK attack says Dumbass Trump is responsible for emboldening white nationalists

"This is how I’m going to die. A fucking Ku Klux Klan member just killed me."

‘Lady liberty isn’t black. That simple’

The U.S. Mint is unveiling a commemorative $100 gold coin that depicts Liberty as a black woman — and wingnuts are predictably freaking out.

Indiana wingnut moves to block trans people from ever changing their birth certificates

Because a person’s birth certificate is forever tied to the state in which they were born, transgender Indianans would be permanently unable to make any changes or amendments to their birth certificate gender.
That is the face of insanity- not only this 'idea' but the actual face of the wingnut clearly shows his insanity.

Earth’s moon formed millions of years earlier than previously believed

Researchers at Princeton University and the University of California-Los Angeles have found that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, or 40 million to 140 million years older than scientists previously thought. Published … Read more

Snow Day at the Oregon Zoo

If you look really hard at the screenshot above, you will see the proverbial polar bear in a snowstorm. The Oregon Zoo in Portland was closed to the public yesterday (and today) due to deep snow. But zookeepers let us take a peek anyway, by recording some video of the animals playing outside.
Some critters stayed in their dens, while polar bears, otters, seals, and even elephants had to explore and frolic in the snow.

Animal Pictures