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Today in History

English King George II defeats the French at Dettingen, Bavaria.
Prudence Crandall, a white woman, is arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn.
Confederates break through the Union lines at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill–the third engagement of the Seven Days’ campaign.
General William Sherman is repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.
The crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin mutinies.
Two German pilots are saved by parachutes for the first time.
Yugoslav Premier Nikola Pachitch is wounded by Serb attackers in Belgrade.
Democrats offer Mrs. Leroy Springs the vice presidential nomination, the first woman considered for the job.
The U.S. Marines adopt the English bulldog as their mascot.
Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York reveal a system for transmitting television pictures.
The Allied convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel.
Allied forces capture the port city of Cherbourg, France.
The UN Security Council calls on members for troops to aid South Korea.
Henry Cabot Lodge is appointed U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.
Nixon vetoes a Senate ban on the Cambodia bombing.
The U.S. House of Representatives votes to limit the use of combat troops in Nicaragua.

Why Olive Oil is Awesome

For a long time, I thought the only difference between olive oil and standard vegetable oil was the price. But would you ever find yourself dipping bread into plain vegetable oil, even with spices added? Olive oil is special, and Reactions, from PBS Digital, is here to tell us why.
In this video, we get a chemical explanation for olive oil's benefits, plus glimpse into the manufacturing process and some advice on using your oil. My advice: Start any meal by sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil. After that, it really doesn't matter what you add, it will be good.

Alexander Graham Bell’s Tetrahedral Kites

In addition to developing the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell did extensive research in aerodynamics. He experimented with a tetrahedral structure for kites to lessen the weight-to-surface ratio to enable humans to fly.
Bell began his experiments with tetrahedral box kites in 1898, eventually developing elaborate structures comprised of multiple compound tetrahedral kites covered in maroon silk, constructed with the aim of being to carry a human through the air. Named Cygnet I, II, and III (for they took off from water) these enormous tetrahedral beings were flown both unmanned and manned during a five year period from 1907 until 1912.
You can see a gallery of pictures taken during that time at the Public Domain Review.

Operation Tracer

The Secret Plan To Bury Soldiers Alive Inside The Rock Of Gibraltar 
The Rock of Gibraltar, which guards the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, is honeycombed with caves, tunnels, and chambers. After World War II, a rumor spread about a secret military installation in which six men spent a year sealed inside during the war. It was just a rumor until the chamber was found in 1997! Over the next ten years, the real purpose of the chamber came to light. It was Operation Tracer.
Rear Admiral John Henry Godfrey, the Director of the Naval Intelligence Division of the British Admiralty, suggested that they establish at Gibraltar a covert observation post which would remain operational even if Gibraltar fell into enemy hands. This observation post would be located in a hidden chamber within the Rock of Gibraltar with two small openings to watch for movements on the harbor. Six men were selected to be sealed inside the cave, and while there were enough supplies to last one year, there was to be no way out of the chamber, and if any men were to die they were to be embalmed and cemented into the brick floor. Only if Germany was defeated within the first year would they be released.
The cave was built, and six men were trained, but Operation Tracer was never put into service because Hitler turned his attention away from the Mediterranean. Read about the plans and see pictures of the cave at Amusing Planet.

Surprising Ways to Beat Anxiety and Become Mentally Strong

Summer can make you more cranky

Summer is unbearable. The fiery rays of the sun, those sweat-soaked shirts and the chafing between your legs all make it hard to be chipper on those 100-degree days. Thankfully, science is on your side with a new study that says hot weather can be blamed for your bad attitude.

Sunburns and Vitamin D

Summer is here, and with it comes a chance you’ll get far too much sun. While there’s no cure for sunburn and probably never will be, a small but intriguing new study suggests that taking high doses of vitamin D after exposure may prevent the associated redness and swelling.

Soda and Fast Food Lobbyists Push State Preemption Laws to Prevent Local Regulation

Healthy Foods That Help You Burn Fat

Weed and Periods

High-living North Carolina ‘prosperity gospel’ pastor indicted for bilking cult in massive tax fraud scam

His cult paid for the $1.5 million condo he and his family lived in, as well as three BMWs, two Ferraris, a Maserati and a Land Rover.

In NC, It’s Not Rape If Person Revokes Consent During Sex

In NC, It’s Not Rape If Person Revokes Consent During Sex
Under North Carolina law a person can’t be charged with rape if the other person revokes consent during sex.

US court hears challenge on Texas law to punish 'sanctuary cities'

A small border town and some of the largest cities in Texas will ask a federal judge on Monday to block a new state law to punish “sanctuary cities,” arguing it promotes racial profiling, diverts resources from police and is unconstitutional.

The Forgotten Man Who Transformed Journalism in America

Younger people may know about Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow, but hardly anyone born after 1970 remembers Lowell Thomas, or even knows about him. He was the first superstar journalist of the broadcast era. Thomas brought global news to so many Americans through an era that saw the development of radio, newsreels, typewriters, airplanes, and TV -and he embraced each new technology. That helped him become the biggest broadcast news personality of his day, and the size of his audience caused him to take journalism very seriously. Professor of journalism Mitchell Stephens has a new book out called The Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Invention of 20th-Century Journalism, and talked to Smithsonian about how Thomas changed the profession.  
Sensationalism was a major part of journalism in the early 20th century, but Thomas helped reshape this. How did he manage that?
The early 20th century was a time when a lot of people “improved” stories. It was a less fact-obsessed world than the one we live in and therefore a less accurate world. Lowell was a pretty sensational journalist in Chicago himself. Lowell got caught making something up in Chicago, but he learned a lesson.
When he got his great gig, hosting what at the time was a network radio newscast, he was aware of the responsibilities that went with it. He helped pioneer a more sober style of journalism. Lowell quickly realized that there were people among his hundreds of thousands and then millions of listeners who would write letters and complain to his network if he got things wrong. Because [the radio broadcast] had so many listeners and he was such a dominant figure, what happened there also spread to other iterations of radio, then TV, then newspapers. Lowell contributed to the fact obsession that journalists have today.
Read the rest of the interview at Smithsonian.

Journalist Patrice O'Neill Wins Danny Award for Tireless Fight Against Hate Crime

Most people don't see how climate change is affecting their lives

According to a recent Yale survey, 7 in 10 Americans believe global warming is real and ­happening. And 6 in 10 believe it is affecting U.S. weather. But only 1 in 3 say they’ve personally felt its effects. That disconnect stuck with Heidi Cullen. “You’re never going to think of it as an issue that’s urgent unless you recognize the fact that you’re already being impacted,” says Cullen, chief scientist for the nonprofit Climate Central. Now in its ninth year, Climate Central is part research hub and part journalism outfit—an unusual hybrid that tries to connect climate change to people’s lives. 

Anonymous says NASA has evidence of aliens

Anonymous, the global hacking collective, believes that alien life exists—and it thinks that NASA is about to confirm it.
The shadowy group made the claim in a 12-and-a-half-minute video published on an unofficial YouTube channel on Tuesday.
The video centers around recent findings by the American space organization, including the discovery of 219 new planet candidates—10 of which present similar conditions to Earth—by NASA’s Kepler space telescope team in June, as well as comments made by a senior NASA official in a U.S. government hearing.
But while Anonymous is right to point out that NASA is probably closer than ever in human history to discovering extraterrestrial life, it is a big jump to say that there’s already concrete evidence for it.

Splashdancing Gorilla

Where does a 380-pound gorilla dance? Wherever he wants to. Zola the gorilla lives at the Dallas Zoo. He's 14 years old, but he has a sense of fun that other gorilla adults don't often show. He especially likes his pool. Zookeepers say the pool is not just for fun, it's for enrichment. You say tomato, I say tomato.
The video was so delightful that folks immediately added a soundtrack. The resemblance to a certain 1983 movie was evident to Derek Mozer.

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