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Today in History

The Dutch establish a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.
A slave revolt breaks out in New York City.
The territory of Mississippi is organized.
General Ulysses S. Grant defeats Confederates at Battle of Shiloh, Tenn.
The British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill.
U.S. Secretary of Interior leases the Teapot Dome naval oil reserves in Wyoming.
President Franklin Roosevelt signs legislation ending prohibition in the United States.
British and American armies link up between Wadi Akarit and El Guettar in North Africa, forming a solid line against the German army.
The Japanese battleship Yamato, the world’s largest battleship, is sunk during the Battle for Okinawa.
Yugoslavia proclaims itself a Socialist republic.
Nixon pledges a withdrawal of 100,000 more men from Vietnam by December.
The United States breaks relations with Iran.
Specialist Story Musgrave and Don Peterson make the first Space Shuttle spacewalk.
John Poindexter is found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Everyday Expressions That Came From Aesop

You can't hear the name Aesop without thinking of his fables, and while it's unclear whether he was really a Greek moralist or simply a name attached to the tales Aesop's stories, and their lessons, live on.
These morals are often the first life lessons we learn when we're young, but we're also learning a bunch of different expressions we'll use for the rest of our lives from Aesop's fables.
Expressions like "slow and steady win the race", "revenge is a double-edged sword", "quality, not quantity", "look before you leap" and "one good turn deserves another" are so common we use them without thinking of their Aesop roots.Another common expression with a very teachable story behind it- the lion's share:

7. To take the “lion’s share.”—From “The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass”

A lion, a fox, and an ass went hunting together and set to divide the spoils of their efforts between them. First, the ass divided the goods into three even piles, at which point the lion attacked and devoured him, then asked the fox to divide the food. The fox, taking a lesson from the ass, gave the lion nearly all of the game and set aside a meager portion for himself, which pleased the lion, who then allowed the fox to live. Another lesson gleaned from this tale? "Happy is the man who learns from the misfortunes of others."

Remains of an ancient Egyptian pyramid discovered south of Cairo

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Commonly accepted ‘facts’ that are just total bullshit

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High School Journalists Uncover Fraudulent Principal

The school board in Pittsburg, Kansas, hired a new principal for Pittsburg High School. Amy Robertson had a stellar resume, with a PhD in education and decades of experience, many of which were as an educational consultant in Dubai. As soon as the hiring was announced, students who worked on the school newspaper, the Booster Redux, wanted to find out more about their new principal. What they found was disturbing.
The student journalists had begun researching Robertson, and quickly found some discrepancies in her education credentials. For one, when they researched Corllins University, the private university where Robertson said she got her master’s and doctorate degrees years ago, the website didn’t work. They found no evidence that it was an accredited university.
“There were some things that just didn’t quite add up,” Balthazor told The Washington Post.
The students began digging into a weeks-long investigation that would result in an article published Friday questioning the legitimacy of the principal’s degrees and of her work as an education consultant.
They couldn't even find evidence that Robertson had a bachelor's degree. Less than a week after the school paper published its story, Robertson resigned the position. But questions remain as to why the school board did not look into Robertson's qualifications. Its a good thing the student journalists did. Read the account of how the teenagers uncovered the story at the Washington Post.

Helicopter Parenting is Bad for Girls but Not Boys

It's easy to see how having a helicopter parent could harm a child's emotional growth, but a new research shows that the effect isn't the same for boys and girls.
Professor of psychology Chrystyna Kouros at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, measured the impact of helicopter parenting and fostering independence (or autonomy support) and discovered that the two have different effects on the sexes.
It turns out that helicopter parenting harms girls more than boys, and the lack of fostering independence has the opposite effect:
“Just because mom and dad aren’t helicopter parents, doesn’t necessarily mean they are supporting their young adult in making his or her own choices,” Kouros said. “The parent may be uninvolved, so we also wanted to know if parents are actually encouraging their student to be independent and make their own choices.”
The researchers found that young women are negatively affected by helicopter parenting, while young men suffer when parents don’t encourage independence.
“The sex difference was surprising,” said Kouros, an expert in adolescent depression. “In Western culture in particular, boys are socialized more to be independent, assertive and take charge, while girls are more socialized toward relationships, caring for others, and being expressive and compliant. Our findings showed that a lack of autonomy support — failure to encourage independence — was more problematic for males, but didn’t affect the well-being of females. Conversely, helicopter parenting — parents who are over-involved — proved problematic for girls, but not boys.”
Read the full story over at SMU Research News 

An Unhappy Family Like No Other

Family sitcoms were wholesome entertainment for decades. Dad knew best, Mom took care of everyone, and the kids made mistakes and then learned a lesson from them. You could make them funny in different ways, but in the end, they showed you a happy family. By the '80s, Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt wanted to write about something different- an unhappy family. The result was Married… with Children, which debuted in 1987.
When the show was first pitched, Moye and Leavitt envisioned Sam Kinison as Al Bundy, the unsuccessful shoe salesman whose high school football glory is never far from his mind. The series creators had also hoped to snag Roseanne Barr for the role of Peggy, a stay-at-home mom who rarely left the couch. The producers reportedly modeled the characters after Kinison’s and Barr’s stand-up personas, which were popular but not exactly lovable. The two stand-ups passed on the show, with the latter debuting her own series about a less-than-perfect family just a year later on ABC. Kinison would later guest star in the season-four episode “It’s A Bundyful Life.”
Married… with Children became a hit, and ran ten years. The A.V. Club gives us a history of the program as an intro to a list (with video evidence) of the ten most essential episodes of Married… with Children. Or, as they say, "10 episodes that saw the Bundys at their best, which was the same as their worst."

Starbucks Japan's New Frappuccino is Basically a Drinkable Cherry Pie

Japan gets all the best fast food twists and now even their Starbucks has heaven in a cup. In this case, it's a pastry shell lid that has to be broken open with a straw, vanilla base (let's face it -that's pretty much ice cream), cherry compote and it's all topped with whipped cream. If you are even in Japan to try it, you have to act fast -it's only going to be around for a month until May 16.

North Carolina hospital employees fall ill after eating pot-laden cookies

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Dumbass Trump Stands Up For Fellow Sexual Harasser O’Reilly

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The Most Interesting Camel in the World

What can a camel do to make itself stand out against the rest of the herd? Topsy did it all. The Bactrian (two-humped) camel came to the United States in the 1850s with one of the shipments of camels that became U.S. Army’s Camel Corps, formed to haul supplies for road-building. The camels scared horses, and settlers, too.
Their human companions, though, were charmed by their personalities and hauling skills. “As individual units became familiar with the animals, they were really quite fond of them,” says Johnson. As the expedition moved along, Topsy and her fellow camels lugged supplies and tools, and the humans cleared rocks and brush out of a continuous ten-foot swath, laying out what was then known as the “military wagon road.” This track would eventually become the westernmost part of America’s most famous highway: Route 66. “You can attribute Route 66 to the camels in this way,” says Johnson.
The Army, impressed with their new recruits’ performance, retained hope that they would be an asset in military situations as well. The camels’ endurance and speed—especially compared to that of the horses and mules that had accompanied them on the road-building journey—convinced the army that they’d found “a new superior weapon,” says Johnson. But before the camels could prove their worth in this way, a more pressing conflict boiled over: the Civil War. The resources that the Army had dedicated to the camels were needed elsewhere, and the project was disbanded.
Topsy the world traveler and road-builder, along with her Syrian handler Hi Jolly, was then put to work in the mining industry, then in a circus, then in a zoo. She lived to be an estimated 81 years old when she died in 1934. Read the saga of Topsy the camel at Atlas Obscura.

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