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Saturday, April 15, 2017

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Today in History

1755 English lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson publishes his Dictionary of the English Language.
1784 The first balloon is flown in Ireland.
1813 U.S. troops under James Wilkinson lay siege to the Spanish-held city of Mobile in future state of Alabama.
1858 At the Battle of Azimghur, the Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists.
1871 ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok becomes the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
1861 President Lincoln mobilizes Federal army.
1865 Abraham Lincoln dies from John Wilkes Booth‘s assassination bullet.
1912 With her band playing on the deck, the ocean liner Titanic sinks at 2:27 a.m. in the North Atlantic.
1917 British forces defeat the Germans at the Battle of Arras.
1923 Insulin becomes generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
1923 The first sound films shown to a paying audience are exhibited at the Rialto Theater in New York City.
1940 French and British troops land at Narvik, Norway.
Some 200 German bombers pound the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, in a series of air raids on Easter Tuesday that will become known as the Belfast Blitz. More than 900 civilians are killed and some 1,500 injured, 400 of them seriously.
1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt is buried on the grounds of his Hyde Park home.
1948 Arab forces are defeated in battle with Israeli forces.
1952 President Harry Truman signs the official Japanese peace treaty.
1955 Ray Kroc starts the McDonald’s chain of fast food restaurants.
1959 Cuban leader Fidel Castro begins a U.S. goodwill tour.
1960 The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizes at Shaw University.
1971 North Vietnamese troops ambush a company of Delta Raiders from the 101st Airborne Division near Fire Support Base Bastogne in Vietnam. The American troops are on a rescue mission.
1986 U.S. warplanes attack Libya.

Butt Band

This weird old postcard from Germany is undated, but seems to be about a hundred years old. Weird Vintage has some information about the joke.
Apparently this is some fancy wordplay which makes a whole lot more sense when you’re in on the joke. User laurentbelkacem explained “About La Fanfare d'Écublens postcard - Écublens is a little town in Canton Vaud, Switzerland. The name of this town is pronounced in a way that in French sounds exactly, in this sentence, like “La Fanfare des culs blancs”, literaly “White butts brass band”.

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8-Year-Old Drives to McDonald's

What do you do when you crave a cheeseburger, but your parents are asleep? An eight-year-old boy in East Palestine, Ohio, figured it out. He looked up how to drive on YouTube, watched a video about it, and then drive his parents' van to McDonald's! Oh yeah, he also took his four-year-old sister with him.
Witnesses told police that he expertly drove to the fast food joint, following traffic laws and staying under the speed limit.
“He didn’t hit a single thing on the way there. It was unreal,” Koehler said.
McDonald’s workers said they thought they were being pranked when he drove up to order a cheeseburger with money from his piggy bank.
“The workers thought that the parents were in the back, but obviously they weren’t,” Koehler said.
Police said the 8-year-old burst into tears when he learned that he did something wrong. He told officers that it was his first time behind the wheel.
The children got cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, and fries before they were taken to the police station, where their parents picked them up. No charges were filed in the incident.

Forget Blood Sacrifice!

Today's Discerning Ghosts Prefer Strawberry Fanta
In Thailand, it's customary to offer food to the spirits or ghosts of one's ancestors - you often see "spirit houses" with offerings of fruits, fried rice, and flowers. But what about thirsty ghosts? Skip the blood sacrifice, because today's discerning ghosts prefer Strawberry Fanta:
Fanta has been a choice spirit offering for decades — so long that millennial Thais often find this phenomenon to be utterly unremarkable. But how, exactly, did this come to be? The answer, it seems, is buried under layers of folklore and ancient ritualism.
“It’s just a tradition,” says Chatgaew Pinjulai, a 50-year-old woman who sells Fanta and other spirit offerings by the roadside. “A very pervasive tradition.”
Angelic spirits like sweet things, she says, and Strawberry Fanta is nothing if not sweet. The typical Thai-sized serving is an 8.5-ounce bottle packed with 32 grams of sugar. It is a high-calorie, syrupy brew, perhaps best suited for beings that cannot gain mass.
Read the rest in this interesting article by Patrick Winn over at PRI.

The World's First Dyslexic-Only Sperm Bank

Sir Richard Branson is a British entrepreneur who founded such diverse companies as Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and Virgin Mobile, making him one of the richest people on earth. You might not know that Branson is dyslexic. He says,
As I know from first-hand experience, school can be tough if you don’t get the right help. But I think it’s important to not let it hold you back. Dyslexia has been a massive help for me personally; it makes me think creatively and laterally, two major factors that helped me create Virgin and build a global brand.
Dyslexia is a different way of thinking, not a disadvantage and it shouldn’t stop young people from achieving success and striving to make their dreams a reality. Just look at what these amazing dyslexic people have achieved…
Branson found out that men with dyslexia are often rejected from donating to sperm banks because of the possibility of passing the condition along. In response, Branson has announced that he's opening the world's first sperm bank for dyslexics, and already has hundreds of interested donors. Only time will tell if there's a demand among customers.

According to Science, 25-Year-Olds are the King of Random

Can you think of a random number? Sure you can, but not as good as when you were (or will be) 25 years of age.
Cognitive scientist Nicolas Gauvrit and colleagues at Laboratoire de Recherche Scientifique in Paris, France, tested more than 3,400 people on their ability to "be random" and discovered something interesting: that ability peaked at 25 years of age.
Scientists believe that the ability to behave in a way that appears random arises from some of the most highly developed cognitive processes in humans, and may be connected to abilities such as human creativity. Previous studies have shown that aging diminishes a person's ability to behave randomly. [...]
The scientists analyzed the participants' choices according to their algorithmic randomness, which is based on the idea that patterns that are more random are harder to summarize mathematically. After controlling for characteristics such as gender, language, and education, they found that age was the only factor that affected the ability to behave randomly. This ability peaked at age 25, on average, and declined from then on.
"This experiment is a kind of reverse Turing test for random behavior, a test of strength between algorithms and humans," says study co-author Hector Zenil. "25 is, on average, the golden age when humans best outsmart computers," adds Dr. Gauvrit.
Read more over at Phys.org

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The Worst Mistakes People Make When They Fly

While the ever more intrusive TSA screenings, horrible treatment by airlines and increased tension among passengers have made flying less comfortable than ever before it's still a necessary travel evil.
So if you have to fly, for business or otherwise, you might as well make sure the trip is as painless as possible, so don't wear uncomfortable shoes or bring devices on the plane that rely on a WiFi signal.
The shoes will help you get across the airport in a flash, in case you have to change terminals or catch a flight, and devices that aren't reliant on WiFi will help you stay busy, or entertained, on any flight.
Another commonly overlooked element of flight comfort is seat location, which many travelers don't bother to choose while booking their ticket.
Leave the choice up to the airline and you may end up in the back row with no incline, forced to "hang out" with the people who constantly hover outside the bathroom.

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