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Today in History

Frederick Barbarossa drowns in a river while leading an army of the Third Crusade.
Bridget Bishop is hanged in Salem, Mass., for witchcraft.
The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.
Tripoli declares war on the U.S. for refusing to pay tribute.
The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation.
Dorothea Dix is appointed superintendent of female nurses for the Union army.
At the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads in Mississippi, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats the numerically superior Union troops.
U.S. Marines land in Cuba.
Japan and Russia agree to peace talks brokered by President Theodore Roosevelt.
An SOS signal is transmitted for the first time in an emergency when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia is wrecked off the Azores.
Mecca, under control of the Turks, falls to the Arabs during the Great Arab Revolt.
The Republican convention in Chicago endorses women’s suffrage.
The Italian socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti is kidnapped and assassinated by Fascists in Rome.
Tennessee adopts a new biology text book denying the theory of evolution.
The Norwegian army capitulates to the Germans.
Germany razes the town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia and kills more than 1,300 citizens in retribution of the murder of Reinhard Heydrich.
The Allies begin bombing Germany around the clock.
The U.S. VII and V corps, advancing from Normandy’s beaches, link up and begin moving inland.
The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the U.S. Air Force. Chuck Yeager, piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947.
Buddhist monk Ngo Quang Duc dies by self immolation in Saigon to protest persecution by the Diem government.
A 15-man group of special forces troops begin training for Operation Kingpin, a POW rescue mission in North Vietnam.
The Israeli army pulls out of Lebanon after 1,099 days of occupation.
Serb forces begin their withdrawal from Kosovo after signing an agreement with the NATO powers.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Receives Award ...

When Monty Python Took American Television to Court

The TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus aired on the BBC from 1969 to 1974. By 1974, some PBS stations in the U.S. were rebroadcasting the show, where it gathered a small but dedicated fan base. Eventually, ABC saw the value in the show. The network acquired the right to six episodes (which they were to present in two 90-minute specials) from Time-Life, which had gotten the rights from the BBC, which had an agreement with Monty Python that no episodes would ever be re-edited. You might see where this is going. ABC, as an American broadcast network, felt the need to heavily edit the British humor for American viewing -and to squeeze plenty of ads in.
When the special aired at 11:30 p.m. on October 3, 1975, 22 minutes had been clipped from the original material. Gone was a cat used as a doorbell; a mention of “colonic irrigation” had also disappeared. ABC’s censors had snipped several “Good Lords,” “damns,” and other near-profanities. Any mentions of pooping were also trimmed. For Python fans, it was something akin to comedy castration.
The group didn’t learn the full extent of ABC’s meddling until late November, when they were shown a tape of the edited broadcast. Outraged, they demanded that ABC not re-air it.
The network had planned something worse: A second special was due in December, with the remaining three episodes due to be spliced in a similar manner.
With just days before that second program was scheduled to air, the Pythons filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against ABC. They wanted their work removed from American broadcast television.
And that's where the story really begins. Read about the ensuring legal battle and its results at Mental Floss.

Interesting Facts about Poets

Even if you're not into poetry, you have to admit that the folks who became famous by writing it are tres interesting. From William Shakespeare to Maya Angelou, John Green knows a weird fact when he sees it. You'll learn some really weird trivia about many different poets in this , the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show.

Naked Coffee with Heidi

Heidi Klum On Her Coffee Table Book Of Nude Photos More here.

These 'Playboy' Models Recreated Their Old Cover Shoots

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The 10 Most Beautiful Ceilings in the World

If you love buildings from a time where craftsmanship and beauty went into every inch, in which form was as important as function, then you will appreciate seeing the most beautiful ceilings in the world. Each gives us a reason to look up and to marvel at the work that went into them. For example, shown above is the Castello di Sammezzano in Leccio, Italy.
The mesmerizing ceiling, vaults and decor of the Peacock Room in this abandoned Italian palazzo near Florence speak for themselves. Peacocks, and other exotica, were the source of the inspired decoration to be found throughout the seemingly endless empty rooms of this daydream building. The Moorish-style makeover of what was a much older palace was the life work of Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes d’Aragona. Although the aristocratic Italian architect, engineer, botanist, philosopher and politician never visited the Levant or the Orient, he imagined a world of exquisite and highly exotic forms and colors that he brought to life in Leccio between 1843 and 1889. A hotel in the 20th Century, the palazzo and its polychromatic Peacock Room are in limbo today.
See nine more gorgeous ceilings in a list from the BBC

The World's Largest Parkour Course

This is the Skyladder Parkour Course at Tianman Mountain in China. It consists of 999 steps and has an average incline of 45 degrees. Calen Chan, a 19-year-old free-runner from Utah, got to run all the way down. With a GoPro camera held in his mouth!
Oh yeah, the video might make you a little dizzy.

Myths About War You Believe

(Because Of Movies)
Hollywood has to take shortcuts to tell an epic war story, or we'd never get films into the theaters. Complex stories are simplified, time-frames are shortened, and (at least before CGI) sets are as small as they could get away with. The vast majority of Americans who've never been in a battle easily get the wrong idea about what war is like if what they know comes from watching movies. For example, the trenches of World War I are shown to illustrate the horrors of that war: tiny, muddy, crowded hideaways where soldiers are constantly under fire. As they were in use for years, those trenches were actually much more sophisticated.   
In fact, the complexity of the trenches was designed to counter another favored stereotype of the First World War -- that soldiers were seen as easily replaceable machine-gun fodder. The trenches were cut as zig-zags so that, should an enemy force breach the lines, all the troops weren't just standing in a straight headshot-able line from the North Sea to the Alps. Also, the walls were paneled with wood and the parapets reinforced with a ceaseless line of sandbags, and there were large medical stations installed throughout, because even these generals took care not to just let entire regiments die from gangrene and patience.
That's just the beginning of the complexity of World War I trenches. They were sometimes even connected underground to larger staging areas. Read about them and four other parts of war that aren't exactly as Hollywood portrays them at Cracked.

Drug War Outrage

900 students at a Georgia high school were groped by law enforcement officers during a drug sweep that was conducted without a warrant and didn't yield any drugs.

Aspirin and Heart Attacks

asprin really helping heart
​Aspirin Might Not Help Your Heart As Much As You Think
​Does it really ward off heart attacks?

Chronic Pain and Early Death

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Why People With Chronic Pain May Die Earlier
​Prolonged suffering could put you at increased risk of an early death

Hawaii To Defy Dumbass Trump’s Paris Agreement Withdrawal

Hawaii Is The First State To Defy Dumbass Trump’s Paris Agreement Withdrawal
This is great!
(So is North Carolina!)

Is Climate Change Making Us Sick?

Most Extreme Weather

You may have noticed this spring felt a little warmer than usual even though summer is taking its time in some parts of the country. This spring, classified meteorologically as the months of March, April and May, was 2.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average. The spring average temperature was 53.5 degrees Fahrenheit across the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.

Oops: T-rex Didn't Have Feathers After All

Quite a few years ago, paleontologists discovered that dinosaurs were the ancient ancestors of birds, and since then, a few dinosaur fossils have been found with evidence of feathers, including two tyrannosauroids that predated T. rex. That led us to picture Tyrannosaurus rex and other dinos as feathered reptiles. Now, a new study by Phil R. Bell of Australia's University of New England says that T. rex had scales.
Bell and his colleagues examined skin from T. rex and four relatives from fairly late in tyrannosaur history: Albertosaurus, Daspletosaurus, Gorgosaurus and Tarbosaurus. Tyrannosaur skin is rare, Bell said, in part because paleontologists historically favored smashing through skin to get to bones.
From these skin patches, representing the tyrannosaur abdomen, chest, pelvis, neck and tail, the researchers found nothing but scales. If feathers existed, they did so only along the animals' back or spines.
“This doesn't rule out feathers on even the biggest tyrannosaurs,” said University of London paleontologist David Hone, who was not involved in the research, “but does suggest they lacked a full coat of feathers.”
That's good news for the producers of Jurassic Park. Read more about the study at The Washington Post.

Tickling Mohan

Mohan is one of the red panda triplets at Symbio Wildlife Park in New South Wales, Australia. The others are Raja and Phingu. In this video, Mohan busy being cute for zoo visitors, and enjoys getting his belly rubbed.
There, that should make your whole work day go better.

Baby Black Rhino Practices His Charging Skills

... Even Though His Horn Hasn't Grown In Yet
Baby Black Rhino Practices His Charging Skills Even Though His Horn Hasn't Grown In Yet Rhinos are born to be bad-asses, but before they can take down a Jeep with their charge they have to start small- by charging at little plastic barrels.The eager little black rhino in this video is Moyo, and he was born just a few weeks ago at the Saint Louis Zoo. Moyo's part of the zoo's Species Survival Plan for critically endangered species, and since there are only about 5000 black rhinos left in the wild his birth is important to species conservation.
Plus he has already starred in his own viral video!:
Our “tough guy” Moyo doesn’t have his horns yet, but that doesn’t stop him practicing his charge! The 2-week-old black rhinoceros calf is very active and zookeepers provide him with a variety of toys and enrichment throughout the day. Play is important for baby animals – it’s how they learn the skills they will need as adults.

Animal Pictures