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Today in History

George, the Duke of Clarence, who had opposed his brother Edward IV, is murdered in the Tower of London.
Quakers in Germantown, Pa. adopt the first formal antislavery resolution in America.
Czar Alexander enters Warsaw at the head of his Army.
Victor Emmanuel II becomes the first King of Italy.
Jefferson F. Davis is inaugurated as the Confederacy‘s provisional president at a ceremony held in Montgomery, Ala.
Union troops force the Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, N.C.
The bitter and bloody Lincoln County War begins with the murder of Billy the Kid‘s mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is published in New York.
600,000 tons of grain are sent to Russia to relieve the famine there.
Vuillemin and Chalus complete their first flight over the Sahara Desert.
Manchurian independence is formally declared.
Rome reports sending troops to Italian Somalia.
The Golden Gate Exposition opens in San Francisco.
German General Erwin Rommel takes three towns in Tunisia, North Africa.
The U.S. Army and Marines invade Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
U.S. Marines storm ashore at Iwo Jima.
East and West Berlin drop thousands of propaganda leaflets on each other after the end of a month long truce.
Robert F. Kennedy says that U.S. troops will stay in Vietnam until Communism is defeated.
The United States cuts military aid to five nations in reprisal for having trade relations with Cuba.
The National Art Gallery in Washington agrees to buy a Da Vinci for a record $5 million.
Three U.S. pilots that were held by the Vietnamese arrive in Washington.
The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty.
Randolph Hearst is to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open talks for his daughter Patty.
Mexico devalues the peso by 30 percent to fight an economic slide.

The Messy History of the Pie Fight

The second-best use for baked goods is the cinematic pie fight. Getting a whipped cream-topped pie to the face is a great visual, certainly more pleasant than other thrown foods, and doesn't leave major injuries. A timeline of pie fights in movies gives us stories of notorious pie fights. The earliest existing example of the pie in the face is from 1909, followed by a full-blown fight in 1913. Even Dr. Strangelove was supposed to end with a pie fight, but that didn't work out.
So as Kubrick later said, ‘It was a disaster of Homeric proportions.’” Because the scene was so expensive to shoot and clean up from, the studio only gave them one chance to film it. But since the actors were clearly smiling throughout filming, the footage was unusable. The scene has since become one of the most famous unseen pieces of celluloid in cinematic history. Apparently, pie fights make up a majority of that list.
Read the history of pie fights in the movies, with plenty of videos, at Hopes and Fears.

What's The Difference Between Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin And Aleve?

Non-prescription pain relievers are a bit like cola in that they're often referred to by one name, and where I live people usually ask for either aspirin or Tylenol even if they want Bayer, Aleve or Advil.
Others have reported a similar lack of brand name usage, with aspirin being the most universally used name for pain relievers, but is there really much of a difference between the brands?
Turns out there really is quite a difference- Tylenol is acetaminophen, which is best for headaches and not so good for joint pain.
Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) can help with light pain but also helps lower the risk of heart attack and stroke when a small dose is taken every day. It's also murder on your guts, liver and kidneys.
For heavy pain you want either Advil, Motrin or Aleve- Advil and Motrin are ibuprofen, which is good for hangovers, menstrual cramps, earaches, toothaches and sore or injured muscles but not so good for a headache.
Aleve is naproxen, which takes a while to kick in but works great for people with moderate to severe chronic pain, such as a lasting headache or pain associated with arthritis.
Read more about What's The Difference Between Tylenol, Aspirin, Advil and Aleve at mental_floss

How a Successful Hunger Strike Is Leading to a National Movement for Better Education

The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of FDR's Floating White House

While many U.S. presidents enjoyed the services of a yacht, the most famous of those boats is the USS Potomac, the yacht that provided a refuge for Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1936 to 1945. The Coast Guard cutter was built to intercept bootleggers during Prohibition, but then was determined to be a good fit for Roosevelt. And so it was refitted with features to accommodate the president, and the president's wheelchair.
The biggest change was to install a spacious, shaded aft deck, where Roosevelt could work or entertain while enjoying river or ocean breezes. “When the ship was a Coast Guard cutter, this deck did not exist,” Dropkin says, as we walk across its teak surface, “but it was a favorite area of the president.” That’s probably because the seating on the deck was designed with the wheelchair-bound Roosevelt in mind. Dropkin points to an upholstered settee that follows the curve of the ship’s stern. “It’s about 4 feet deep in the middle,” he says, “to support the president’s legs, something for him to stretch out on. You can almost imagine him sitting there, drink in hand.
“Roosevelt was a martini guy,” Dropkin continues. “A good cocktail was very important to him. He had started having cocktail hour when he was governor of New York, and brought the practice with him to the White House. His wife, Eleanor, wasn’t crazy about that, but they were different people."
Other changes to the Electra that were more particular to Roosevelt included the removal of the floor coamings designed to contain water that might be sloshing on deck. For example, the low barrier was removed between the main dining room and the presidential bedroom, so that Roosevelt could get himself between the two spaces in his wheelchair. Even more dramatic was the conversion of one of the ship’s two smokestacks into an elevator, allowing the president to move freely between to ship’s two main decks. “An elevator was built into what had been the rear smokestack,” Dropkin says. “It’s an electric elevator now, but when the president used it, it was literally just a platform roped to a pulley. He would pull himself up, or let himself down, arm over arm. Roosevelt was very strong, and always wanted to do things for himself.”
After Roosevelt's death, the Potomac went on many other adventures, such as the ill-fated trip to the World's Fair, a purchase by Elvis Presley, drug-running, and a sinking. But the Potomac is getting ready for a new life as a landmark. Read the entire story of the USS Potomac at Collectors Weekly.  

Put Dumbass Trump Out Of Business

New York’s Attorney General Could Literally Put Dumbass Trump Out Of Business
This could happen!

ICE Is Quietly Accelerating Deportations of Central American Mothers and Children

An Undocumented Woman Was Arrested While Seeking Legal Protection from Domestic Abuse

ICE agents ambush Latino men

ICE agents ambush Latino men spending the night in cult hypothermia shelter

Dumbass Trump's Border Wall Will Have Severe Ecological Consequences

Spreading Hate at School, at Cult, and Across the Country

She was a sex-trafficking victim

Feds Investigating Fox 'News' Over Ailes Sexual Harassment Suits

Feds May Be Investigating Fox News Over Ailes Sexual Harassment Suits

Court rules against florist who refused gay wedding

Washington Supreme Court rules against florist who refused gay wedding

US appeals court strikes down Florida law in 'Docs vs. Glocks' case

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday struck down a Florida law that barred doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, ruling that the law violated doctors’ right to free speech.

FBI arrests white supremacist who planned attack on synagogue

The FBI has arrested a white supremacist who allegedly planned to carry out a Dylann Roof-style massacre against a South Carolina synagogue.

Dwarf planet Ceres boasts organic compounds

Animals With the Strangest Hearts

Biology, in general, is an amazingly strange and complicated thing, but it's certainly more bizarre in some animals than others. And while the science that keeps our hearts beating is already pretty impressive, the science behind the animal hearts in this Atlas Obscura article is truly odd.
For example, did you know cuttlefish have three hearts and blue blood? Or that while diving, the hearts of emperor penguins slows down and blood flow cuts off to all but the most important organs so they can dive without getting the bends? Perhaps most shockingly, the wood frog can stop its heart from beating entirely during the winter when almost all of the water in their bodies freezes solid?Learn more about these fascinating animals and their hearts over on Atlas Obscura.

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