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Today in History

Germanicus of Rome celebrates his victory over the Germans.
William of Ockham is forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.
A new law bans Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty is banishment or death for a second offense.
Charles II and Louis XIV sign a secret treaty in Dover, England, ending hostilities between England and France.
Jacob Leisler, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary’s succession to the throne, is executed for treason.
British and Chickasaw forces defeat the French at the Battle of Ackia.
The Russians defeat the Poles at the Battle of Ostroleka.
A resolution is passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
The territory of Montana is organized.
The last Confederate army surrenders in Shreveport, Louisiana.
President Andrew Johnson is acquitted of all charges of impeachment.
The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned.
The House Committee on Un-American Activities begins its work of searching for subversives in the United States.
The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk begins.
A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb.
Union Square, San Francisco, becomes a state historical landmark.
The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta.
A U.S. Air Force bomber flies across the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.
Apollo 10 returns to Earth.
The movie Star Wars debuts.

Salma Hayek Teaches You Mexican Slang

Salma Hayek is the most successful Mexican actress of all time, and the Coatzacoalcos-born star has maintained a successful career in Hollywood without whitewashing her image or losing touch with her Mexican roots.So when Vanity Fair needed a celeb to teach Mexican slang terms in their video they naturally turned to Salma- because Salma knows Mexican slang and she makes learning fun!
Hay muchos pedos en argot Mexicano!

Four Monks Walk Into a Drag Show…

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but there's no punch line, just a group of new friends. TigerLily is a drag performer in Beijing. Four monks who had traveled all the way from Tibet heard music and laughter and wandered into his venue and had a wonderful time. That may sound weird, but one commenter said that Buddhist monks "always seem to approach life as it were the funniest joke ever told." TigerLily posted an album of more pictures from the same night. A good time was had by all.

Playboy model sentenced for posting photo of unsuspecting nude

Dani Mathers, the 2015 Playboy Playmate of the year, pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a criminal charge of invasion of privacy for secretly photographing a 70-year-old nude woman and was sentenced to 30 days of graffiti removal work, prosecutors said. Mathers last July posted to social media a picture of the woman in the shower area of a Los Angeles fitness center, city officials said.
At her sentencing, the judge also placed Mathers on probation for three years, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
“The message today is clear: body shaming is not tolerated in the city of Los Angeles,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement.
The photo contained the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either” and showed Mathers covering her mouth. Mathers was publicly condemned by social media users and prosecutors charged her.

3 Reasons Fox 'News' Ratings Are In The Toilet

Eating chocolate may decrease risk of irregular heartbeat

Eating chocolate may decrease risk of irregular heartbeatConsuming moderate amounts of chocolate was associated with significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF)—a common and dangerous type of irregular heartbeat—in a large study of men and women in Denmark led … Read more

Magic Mushrooms Are the Safest Recreational Drug

Three New Scientific Studies That Debunk Conventional Marijuana Myths

Female physicians are called 'doctor' less than men

Dr. Julia Files was the only woman onstage with three male physicians and a male moderator. Each doctor had given a presentation on his or her area of expertise, and the event—a large and formal meeting with about 500 people in attendance—was coming to a close. The moderator then thanked Dr. So-and-So Man, Dr. Such-and-Such Guy, Dr. This-and-That Dude. And he thanked Julia.
Files, a physician and associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, was rattled. “I was really quite taken aback. I thought, Did that just happen? Am I being sensitive? Is it me? Did he do that? Did he mean to do that?” Files tells Newsweek. “You have this whole Internal dialogue while you’re standing there smiling and looking pleasant.” She later wrote that “a sinking feeling overtook me.… This wasn’t the first time I’d been inappropriately addressed by my first name in a professional setting, but it was certainly the most public and glaring example.”

Doctor Jumps Onstage to Warn Crowd to Leave Anti-Vax Film

Dumbass TrumpCare CBO Score Is Even Worse Than Expected

Discrimination stopped same-sex couple from boarding plane with family

A same-sex couple accused Southwest Airlines of discrimination after the carrier allegedly refused to let them board Saturday with their three children and 83-year-old grandmother during family boarding. Grant Morse and Sam Ballachino, who have been together 26 years and legally married for five, said an airline official told them the preboard was “only for family boarding.”

Race and Inequality Are at the Heart of America's Water Problems

A Tragic Example of the Damage Created by the Wingnut Assault on Planned Parenthood

Dumbass Trump Would Sell Off America's Energy Resources for a Pittance

Whales today are bigger than ever before

It might not seem like it, but we live in a world full of giants. Blue whales are the largest animal ever to move across the planet, with the biggest measuring in at over 100 feet long and weighing hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Blue whales are part of a group called baleen whales, distinguished today by their baleen, a screen of cartilage that hangs down from the roof of their mouth in place of teeth used to filter prey out of the water. Baleen whales lost their teeth gradually, replacing them fully with baleen about 20 million years ago. We know a lot about baleen whales, which include blue whales, humpbacks, and right whales among others, but why—and when—did they grow into giants?
In a paper published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy B, researchers examined the fossils of over 140 baleen whales representing 13 modern species and 63 extinct species to figure out when and why they got so large.

Why Flamingos Are More Stable on One Leg Than Two

Biologists Young-Hui Chang and Lena Ting had an epiphany while studying a dead flamingo. There was nothing about their anatomy that gave them the extraordinary ability to balance on one leg for hours at a time. He picked up the dead bird by its leg and, bizarrely, the leg stood upright just as if it were alive.
Standing on one leg “is a challenging yoga posture, and a test of coordination that people use,” says Ting. To maintain our balance, we constantly use our muscles to make tiny adjustments to our posture. Flamingos have no such problem. When they raise a leg, their body weight shifts in a way that naturally stabilizes the joints of their standing limb, so they can remain upright without any muscular activity. They can sleep like that. And as Chang and Ting found, they can even keep balanced when dead. You can pose a flamingo cadaver on one leg, and leave it there.
To understand how a bird can balance on one leg, you have to know that bird legs are not how we humans normally think of them. The upright part that supports the flamingo are analogous to our shins and feet. The thigh and knee are hidden under the feathers, and provide a platform of sorts for the flamingo to sit on. The explanation is at The Atlantic, where Ed Yong helpfully draws on a photograph to make it clear.

Stingless bees have specialized guards to defend their colonies

Like ants and termites, several species of stingless bees have specialized guards or soldiers to defend their colonies from attacks by natural enemies. The differentiation of these guardian bees, which are more robust, larger, and … Read more

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