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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Today in History

Emperor Diocletian orders the general persecution of christians in Rome.
The Hapsburg Charles I succeeds Ferdinand in Spain.
Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado begins his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest.
The 5th War of Religion breaks out in France.
The Estates-General in Paris is dissolved, having been in session since October 1614.
Baron von Steuben joins the Continental Army at Valley Forge.
Poet John Keats dies of tuberculosis at the age of 25.
The Alamo is besieged by Santa Anna.
The Liberty Bell tolls for the last time, to mark George Washington’s birthday.
Forces led by Zachary Taylor defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Buena Vista.
Great Britain officially recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union.
John Lee survives three attempts to hang him in Exeter Prison, as the trap fails to open.
Writer Emile Zola is imprisoned in France for his letter J’accuse in which he accuses the French government of anti-semitism and the wrongful imprisonment of army captain Alfred Dreyfus.
Britain and Germany agree on a boundary between German East Africa and Nyasaland.
Japan guarantees Korean sovereignty in exchange for military assistance.
Secretary of State Lansing hints that the U.S. may have to abandon the policy of avoiding “entangling foreign alliances”.
An airmail plane sets a record of 33 hours and 20 minutes from San Francisco to New York.
President Calvin Coolidge opposes a large air force, believing it would be a menace to world peace.
In Russia, an unmanned balloon rises to a record height of 25 miles.
Twelve Chinese fighter planes drop bombs on Japan.
A Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, the first Axis bombs to hit American soil.
American bombers strike the Marianas Islands bases, only 1,300 miles from Tokyo.
Eisenhower opens a large offensive in the Rhineland.
U.S. Marines plant an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita is hanged in Manila, the Philippines, for war crimes.
Several hundred Nazi organizers are arrested in Frankfurt by U.S. and British forces.
New York’s Metropolitan Museum exhibits a collection of Hapsburg art. The first showing of this collection in the U.S.
Mass innoculation begins as Salk’s polio vaccine is given to children for first time.
Eight nations meet in Bangkok for the first SEATO council.
Whites join Negro students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C. Woolworth store.
The U.S. and Britain recognize the new Zanzibar government.
American troops begin the largest offensive of the war, near the Cambodian border.
Black activist Angela Davis is released from jail where she was held for kidnapping , conspiracy and murder.
French forces unofficially start the Persian Gulf ground war by crossing the Saudi-Iraqi border.

Color-changing Hair Dye

If you recall mood rings from the 1970s or Hypercolor t-shirts from the '90s, you probably won't be surprised that  you can now color your hair with a dye that will change color in response to the temperature. The dye called FIRE from the company The Unseen debuted at Fashion Week.
According to Wired UK,
FIRE is designed to be responsive to temperature fluctuations, and is available in multiple colour ranges from bright red to subtle pastels. The data used to create the dye stems from the process of thermoregulation in the human skin and the color change chemical reaction occurs in response to a certain stimuli - in this case, changes in the environment. When the temperature drops or rises, the carbon-based molecules at the core of the FIRE dye undergo a reversible reaction.

What's The Difference Between A Coffin And A Casket?

People use the words coffin and casket interchangeably when talking about funeral arrangements, but morticians know there's more than just a price difference between the two-the difference is in the shape and function.Coffins are the octagonal burial containers made wider at the shoulder and tapered at the feet to fit the body, and they're used pretty much exclusively for burial.
But by the mid-19th century undertakers had become funeral directors, and they needed something more luxurious and showy than a coffin for viewing purposes- so the casket was created.
Caskets are lined and typically rectangular shaped burial containers with hinged lids and decorative elements, and nowadays caskets are often custom made to suit the deceased to a T.

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The Fascinating Love Lives of Terrible Dictators

From misogynists to sex addicts, dictators are obviously unbalanced people and their sex lives only serve to prove how unhinged they are. Over on TopTenz you can learn about ten dictators and their torrid sex lives. For example, even though Mussolini had tons of mistresses, he loathed women -with the exception of one particular mistress. And Spanish dictator Francisco Franco was celibate most of his life, but did seem to have a thing for his mother.
Read more details of their stores and more at TopTenz.

Competitive Eating in the 17th Century

Competitive eating has been described as a particularly American thing, but showing off how much one can consume did not originate in the U.S. Nicholas Wood, the Great Eater of Kent, was a 17th-century Englishman who would demonstrate astounding gastronomic feats, often on a bet, and was sponsored for a time by poet John Taylor.
Wood was a self-made farmer when Taylor found him, but the Great Eater had already gained a reputation as a nearly superhuman feaster. Wood made a name for himself as a glutton by performing feats of feasting at fairs and festivals, as well as by taking part in dares and wagers with nobles. As recounted in Jan Bondeson’s book, The Two-Headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels, Wood had, at various times, devoured such incredible meals as seven-dozen rabbits in one sitting, or an entire dinner feast intended for eight people.
Wood didn't care much about what he was dared to eat, and at various times consumed an entire mutton shoulder (bones included), a dozen loaves of bread soaked in ale, and 60 eggs. Read about the Great Eater of Kent at Atlas Obscura.

The Small French Diner That Was Accidentally Awarded a Michelin Star

One of the greatest awards a restaurant can earn is a Michelin star, but in the case of Bourges' Bouche à Oreille, the award was a real surprise -largely because the restuarant is simply a small neighborhood diner. While the diner is good, it's by no means a gourmet, Michelin-star-level establishment.As it turns out the star was awarded by mistake as there was a mix up between the Bouche à Oreille in Bourges and the Bouche à Oreille in nearby Boutervilliers. The error was fixed after two days, but during that short period, the little greasy spoon was swamped with diners looking for the next great Michelin restaurant.
You can read most about the poor little diner and the fancy restaurant nearby over at Telegraph.

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Children in Restaurants: Horror Stories

I'm far from the person who believes no one should take children to a restaurant as I've seen plenty of well behaved kids eating out, but we've all seen those monster children at restaurants whose parents completely ignore them. But the worst kid you've ever seen while dining out probably doesn't compare at all to the terrible youngsters in this Thrillist article. While all the stories are pretty good, the last one really emphasizes how terrible some parents are while dining out with their offspring:
"I was way too busy to take time away from my other tables to escort this girl to the bathroom and I also did not really feel comfortable taking a young child and 'helping her' in the bathroom. I mean, what if this involved wiping and such? I let her know that I was sorry, but I needed to start bringing the food out for the table and did not have time to help her daughter. I should add that, at least to appearances, there was no obvious physical disability that would have prevented this lady from taking her own daughter to the bathroom. Not to mention, there are 13 other people at the table -- who know this child to some extent -- who could also have helped if needed.
And that's just the beginning of the awfulness. You can read the rest of the story -and all the others at Thrillist.

How the BBC makes "Planet Earth" look like a Hollywood movie

If you've been watching the BBC TV series Planet Earth II, you've no doubt been amazed at the wildlife footage. It almost looks like a Hollywood action film -a blockbuster, even. A lot of that is due to new filmmaking technology.
The BBC has been making nature documentaries for 60 years, and they have steadily gotten better as the cameras and equipment get better. This video from Vox gives the short history of that technology and how it can be used to film fascinating creatures that don't follow a script. This is "part 1 of 3," so we can look forward to more behind-the-scenes looks at how Planet Earth was made.

Poachers kill 80 percent of elephants in single sanctuary park

Pearl The Goat Is In Love With The UPS Man

Goats are interesting critters with fascinating minds and bold personalities, and that's why they're popular pets both on and off the ranch.
Sadly, some goats are treated poorly by humans, but if they're as lucky as Pearl the goat they end up in a rescue center like the Gentle Barn in Tennessee, where they can meet new, and much nicer, human friends.
And even though Pearl was abused by her former owner she still has lots of love to give to her favorite human friend- the UPS man.

Cat Tries To Steal Food From Dog

This slow motion video shows us in excruciating detail what happens when you interfere with a dog getting a treat. Notice the looks of extreme anticipation on their faces. The cat is calculating some kind of subterfuge. Then a french fry is finally flung in their direction.
Yeah, that's what they say about the best laid plans. At least the cat will be able to explain his injury as a "Lab accident."

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