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Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Today in History

  526 St. John I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
1643 Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, is granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris parliament, overriding the late king’s will.
1652 A law is passed in Rhode Island banning slavery in the colonies but it causes little stir and seems unlikely to be enforced.
1792 Russian troops invade Poland.
1802 Britain declares war on France.
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte becomes the Emperor of France.
1828 The Battle of Las Piedras, between Uruguay and Brazil, ends.
1860 Lincoln is nominated for president.
The Siege of Vicksburg begins as part of the Union Army’s Anaconda Plan. Proposed by General-in-Chief Winfield Scott, the plan emphasizes a Union blockade of the Southern ports and calls for an advance down the Mississippi River to cut the South in two.
1864 The fighting at Spotsylvania in Virginia, reaches its peak at the Bloody Angle.
1896 The Supreme Court’s decision on Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the “separate but equal” policy in the United States.
1904 Brigand Raisuli kidnaps American Ion H. Perdicaris in Morocco.
1917 The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I.
1931 Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashes his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He is picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.
1933 President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.
1942 New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II.
1944 The Allies finally capture Monte Cassino in Italy.
1951 The United Nations moves its headquarters to New York city.
1969 Two battalions of the 101st Airborne Division assault Hill 937 but cannot reach the top because of muddy conditions.
1974 India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.
1980 After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours.

Have Your Been Storing Your Champagne in the Fridge?

Stop It!
It's pretty common for liquor and grocery stores to keep champagne in the refrigerator section and many people buy champagne and store it in their fridge from the moment they get home until they drink it. The problem? Well, unless you drink the champagne within three or four days of putting it in the refrigerator, you're actually ruining your sparkling investment.
The science is sound too. The cold, humidless air in the refrigerator dries out the cork, which might not release enough air to let the bubbles get away, but it does release enough air to oxidize the champagne and change the flavor.
So what are you supposed to do? Either put your champagne in the fridge the day before you're ready to drink it or put it in a bucket of cold ice 15-20 minutes before drinking.
Read more about it in the Huffington Post.

The Surprising Pattern Behind Color Names

Different languages have different names for colors, that's given. But some languages identify more colors than others, and some have rather few terms for colors. Research into those languages reveals that when there are fewer color names, they are the same colors across the world. This gave rise to the theory that cultures identify colors in the same order the world over. That is a fascinating concept, but it needs more than a few words to understand clearly.

By the way, languages with fewer words for colors were once thought to be from people who are color blind. Not true at all, because languages have different ways of distinguishing colors besides a dedicate term for the color.

Non-Italian hand gestures

by Nan Swift
Non-Italian hand gestures fascinate scholars, who labor to classify the gestures and grasp their meanings. Here is a very partial compendium of studies of non-Italian hand gestures, or, in two cases, of patents relating thereto.
Russian Hand Gestures
A Dictionary of Russian Gesture, B. Monahan, 1983, Hermitage, Ann Arbor, MI.
Hispano-American Hand Gestures
Diccionario de Gestos: España e Hispanoamérica (2 vols.), Giovanni Meo-Zilio and Silvia Mejía, Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Bogotá, 1980--83.
Catalan Hand Gestures
"Assaig de Dialectologia Gestual. Aproximació Pragmàtica al Repertori Bàsic D'emblemes del Català de Barcelona," Lluis Payrató, Ph.D. thesis, Universitat de Barcelona, 1989.

Catalan gestures, from the doctoral thesis "Assaig de Dialectologia Gestual. Aproximació Pragmàtica al Repertori Bàsic D'emblemes del Català de Barcelona."
Brazillian Thumb Gestures
"The Brazilian Thumbs-Up Gesture," Joel Sherzer, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, vol. 1, no. 2, 1991, pp. 189--97
Australian Thumb Gesture
"'Thumbs-up Is a Rude Gesture in Australia': The Presentation of Culture in International Business Textbooks," Frank B. Tipton, Critical Perspectives on International Business, vol. 4, no. 1, 2008, pp. 7--24.
Peculiar Finger Gestures with Particular Significance
"Beschämung, Lob, und Schadenfreude---Hand- und Fingergebärden Mit Bestimmter Bedeutung" [Shame, Praise, and Malicious Joy---Hand and Finger Gestures with Particular Significance], Arnold Niederer, Schweizerisches Archiv für Volkskunde, vol. 85, nos. 1--2, 1989, pp. 201--17.

Details from the study "Beschämung, Lob, und Schadenfreude--- Hand- und Fingergebärden mit bestimmter Bedeutung."Artificial Hand, for German Gesturing
"Artificial Hand for Use by Motorcycle Drivers in Greeting, Has Anatomical Characteristics of Human Hand, and Reports Signals Through Finger Position or Gestures," German patent DE202005012371, issued to Achim Necker, December 15, 2005.
A Seat Cushion for a Hand Gesture
"Combined Tomahawk Shaped Seat Cushion and Hand Mitt for Chop Gesturing," U.S. patent D368822, issued to Gerald W. Gibre, April 16, 1996. The document explains
The ornamental design for a combined tomahawk shaped seat cushion and hand mitt for chop gesturing... FIG. 7 is a perspective view of "the combined tomahawk shaped seat cushion and hand mitt for chop gesturing, shown in use as a hand mitt, wherein the broken line showing of a hand is for illustrative purposes only and forms no part of the claimed design.
Detail from patent "Combined Tomahawk Shaped Seat Cushion and Hand Mitt for Chop Gesturing." 

​Dude Rompers Are the Stupidest Thing Ever Created

​Dude Rompers Are the Stupidest Thing Ever Created
​They’re called “RompHims” and...who cares what they're called? These are horrible

Millionaire Says Milliennials Don't Own Homes Because They Buy Too Much Avocado Toast

Millionaire Says Milliennials Don't Own Homes Because They Buy Too Much Avocado Toast

The Economic Facts of American Life in the 21st Century

Climate Change May Be Taking a Toll on Your Mental Health

Could Your Cells Be Worth Millions?

Almost everyone has a fairly unique genome, and occasionally an outlier is identified with a body that produces something unique and particularly valuable to science or medicine. My brother has an unusual "clean" type of blood that can easily be given to infants, so he gets a call from his local hospital every once in a while. Even rarer is a person who can make medicine with his blood, like Ted Slavin.
Born with hemophilia, a genetic disorder that impairs the blood's ability to clot, Slavin received blood transfusions repeatedly throughout his life. This never-ending process unfortunately exposed him to hepatitis B on countless occasions. Though Slavin's blood refused to clot, it demonstrated incredible resiliency to the viral hepatitis invaders. When his doctor tested his blood, he found a wealth of hepatitis B antibodies, Y-shaped proteins uniquely suited to fighting off the infection. The discovery blasted open a goldmine for both Slavin and scientists. They needed antibodies for research; he needed money. Slavin began charging as much as $10 for every milliliter of his blood. Pharmaceutical companies bought it wholesale. Slavin's body was now his business.
Not all unique genomes are a goldmine for the producer, though. You can read Slavin's story, plus that of a woman who willingly gives her blood away for research, and the tangled story of another person who was cut out of the profits from his own tissues, at Real Clear Science. 

What History Can Tell Us About the Dangers of Fake News

Watters On Comey: 'No Sex, No Money, No Dead Bodies - 'It's A Boring Scandal'

Jesse Watters On Comey: 'No Sex, No Money, No Dead Bodies -  'It's A Boring Scandal'
pornhub video plays dc transit
​Pornhub Video Shocks Passengers at Packed D.C. Train Station
​Out of nowhere, the NSFW clip started airing on an advertising screen
Amid the worldwide LGBT outcry against Chechnya’s barbaric persecution of queer people, reports reveal that gay Russians fleeing the country have applied for and been denied American visas.

87 percent of young women in US sexually harassed

87 percent of young women in US sexually harassed

New Hampshire wingnut resigns amid charges of online misogyny

See what being PRO-RAPE does for you

This One Thing Can Make You 24% Sexier To Women​

women find men with dogs sexier
This One Thing Can Make You 24% Sexier To Women​
​She’ll think you’re more trustworthy and intelligent, too

How Much Force Could a T. rex Bite Deliver?

The Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park bit right through a Ford Explorer. But what about the real dinosaurs? It turns out that T. rex really had jaw power to make up for those useless little arms. They chewed through the bones of their prey, which is unusual even among dinosaurs.
Bone crushing—extreme osteophagy in the scientific parlance—is a trait exhibited by just a handful of mammalian scavengers and predators today, including the spotted hyena and the gray wolf. Osteophagy is almost unheard of in reptiles; their long, conical teeth don’t tend to clamp together to deliver the crushing forces needed to shatter bone. And yet Gregory Erickson, FSU paleontologist and co-author of the new study published today in Scientific Reports, has long observed that the bite marks on the brutalized carcasses of T.rex lunches indicate a bone-chewer.
That's not the only evidence pointing to the massive power of the T. rex bite. Read about the research and findings of T. rex jaw strength at Gizmodo.

Vaquita stares down extinction

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