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Today in History

585 BC
Thales of Greece makes the first known prediction of a solar eclipse.
Alfonso VI takes Toledo, Spain from the Muslims.
The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain.
Jose Justo de Urquiza of Argentina leads a rebellion against Juan Manuel de Rosas, his former ally.
Porfirio Diaz, President of Mexico, resigns his office.
The British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule.
John Scopes is indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school.
Jesse Owens sets six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Jordan gains independence from Britain.
The first atomic cannon is fired in Nevada.

Ariana Grande trolled by pro-Dumbass Trump alt-right after concert bombing that left 22 dead

The sick demented perverts are slithering out from under their rocks again.
What is ironic in this, is they are just like the sick demented perverts who committed the bombing.
And while they were trolling she was doing this:
The singer has also reached out to some of the families affected in the presumed terror attack that killed 22 and left 59 injured.

What It's Like to be Struck by Lightning

Around 4,000 people around the world die from lightning strikes every year, but about ten times as many are hit by lightning and survive. For those who survive a strike, the experience is so memorable that they've formed an international survivors group. Some only have memories of the experience, while others face lifelong effects and health issues, both mental and physical. Their stories are always scary. 
A crashing boom. A jolting, excruciating pain. "My whole body was just stopped — I couldn't move any more," Justin recalls. "The pain was… I can't explain the pain except to say if you've ever put your finger in a light socket as a kid, multiply that feeling by a gazillion throughout your entire body."
"And I saw a white light surrounding my body — it was like I was in a bubble. Everything was slow motion. I felt like I was in a bubble forever."
A couple huddled under a nearby tree ran to Justin's assistance. They later told him that he was still clutching the chair. His body was smoking.
When Justin came to, he was looking up at people staring down, his ears ringing. Then he realized that he was paralyzed from the waist down. "Once I figured out that I couldn't move my legs, I started freaking out."
Read the stories of several lightning survivors, and a little of what we know about lightning's effect on humans, at Mosaic.

50 Years Ago: A Scary Cold War Moment

Fifty years ago today, the US and the USSR came close to World War III. That was both due to and saved by modern technology. See, a solar storm began on May 18 with solar flares, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and sunspots. These phenomena can cause real problems with radio signals on earth, and radio signals were extremely important in the Cold War.
On May 23, 1967, the sun fired off a flare so powerful that it was visible to the naked eye, and began emitting radio waves at a level that had never been seen before, study team members said.
That same day, all three of the Air Force's Ballistic Missile Early Warning System radar sites in the far Northern Hemisphere — which were located in Alaska, Greenland and the United Kingdom — appeared to be jammed.
Air Force officials initially assumed that the Soviet Union was responsible. Such radar jamming is considered an act of war, so commanders quickly began preparing nuclear-weapon-equipped aircraft for launch. (These newly scrambled aircraft would have been "additional forces," according to the study authors; the U.S. kept nuke-bearing "alert" planes aloft pretty much continuously throughout the 1960s.)
The geomagnetic storm that followed the flare disrupted radio signals for about a week afterward. But, as you can probably guess, World War III was not instigated. That was due to our government's early embrace of weather technology and space research, which you can read about at Sky and Telescope.

Women have more college debt than men and take longer to pay it off

Women have long eclipsed men in terms of college enrollment, and they’re doing the same when it comes to student debt — except on a much larger scale. They carry more student debt than men and take longer to pay it off.

‘White genocide in space’

The new series Star Trek Discovery stars Asian actress Michelle Yeoh as the ship’s captain and black actress Sonequa Martin-Green as her first officer — and this has caused some Trekkies to fret about the lack of white men in charge.

History's Deadliest Colors

Can color kill? Not by itself, but humans love color so much that we are drawn to things that may be really dangerous, just because we like the pretty colors.
The problem was that there was such a lag between discovering something that gave us a wonderful color and the point we realized it was killing people. You'll hear several of those stories in this TED-Ed lesson from J. V. Maranto.

What an Indian Reservation Can Teach Us About Trauma

41 Facts about Unique Architecture

All over the world, you'll find buildings that are one-of-a-kind, often designed and built by people who aren't architects. John Green points out many of those buildings and the stories behind them, fascinating even when doled out in tidbits of trivia. Unique architecture is the topic on this week's episode of the Mental Floss List Show. 

Construction costs are significantly higher in the US than other countries

Construction costs in the United States are significantly higher than what Europeans pay, but when given the opportunity to look into the cause and ways to streamline costs, the wingnuts killed the investigation.

Dumbass Trump’s Budget Is Cruel and Deviant

The 15 Heartless Proposals in Dumbas Trump's Budget

‘Pope looks like he’s being held against his will’

Dumbass Trump and some of his family members met Pope Francis — and social media users couldn’t help but notice the Holy Father didn’t look too happy about it.

What this catholic nun has to say about being truly pro-life is going to upset a lot of wingnuts

What this catholic nun has to say about being truly pro-life is going to upset a lot of wingnuts

Illinois cops blamed for teen's suicide over porn video investigation

On the last night of his life, Corey Walgren sat with his parents in the kitchen and talked about the colleges they would visit over spring break.

South Dakota judge spares prison for 19-year-old rapist

A South Dakota man avoided prison after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old girl when he was 18 — and the judge reprimanded a prosecutor for reminding the court he’d raped her twice.

‘More egregious than Brock Turner’

Prosecutors had asked for the maximum sentence of six years in prison, but the newspaper reported that Del Norte Superior Court Judge William Follett did not feel prison would serve as a deterrent.

Defense attorney arrested after telling rape victim Dumbass Trump would deport her if she testified

Attorney Christos Vasiliades and his associate Edgar Ivan Rodriquez were recorded telling the victim’s husband that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was likely to pick up his wife if she testified in court.

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