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Today in History

The Spanish Armada is sighted off the coast of England.
The Duke of Biron is executed in Paris for conspiring with Spain and Savoy against King Henry IV of France.
Bartholomew Gilbert is killed in Virginia by Indians, during a search for the missing Roanoke colonists.
The Army of the Grand Alliance is destroyed by the French at the Battle of Neerwinden.
Liberals led by the Marquis de Lafayette seize Paris in opposition to the king’s restrictions on citizens’ rights.
A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland.
Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States.
Confederates are routed by Union guerrillas at Moore’s Mill, Missouri.
Peasants in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebel against the Ottoman army.
U.S. Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti.
Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazis).
After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the U.S.S. Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine. The survivors are adrift for two days before help arrives.
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana.
The Boston Red Sox hit 12 doubles in a game, setting a major league record.
A US federal court strikes down the child protection portion of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, calling it too broad.
Astronomers announce the discovery of dwarf planet Eris, leading the International Astronomic Union to clarify the definition of a planet.

The Accidental, Slightly Controversial, But Mostly Fun History of the Super Soaker

To call a Super Soaker a water gun is akin to calling the Mona Lisa an art project. It's been a defining part of summertime fun for 27 years now. The Super Soaker was invented by Lonnie Johnson, an overachiever from Mobile, Alabama. Johnson's long list of accomplishments is impressive, but he is most famous for his souped-up water pistol.
He graduated with degrees in mechanical and nuclear engineering from Tuskegee University, joined the Air Force as the acting chief of the Space Nuclear Power Safety Section at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, then moved to NASA's Jet Propulsion lab in 1979 where he was working as a systems engineer for the Galileo mission to Jupiter. It was then, in 1982, already having several patents to his name, that he had his Eureka moment.
One of his pet projects was an environmentally friendly heat pump that used water instead of Freon. One day, tinkering as he often did, Johnson hooked up a nozzle to the bathroom faucet. When he turned on the water, it sprayed clear across the room. "The stream of water was so powerful that it set up air currents in the bathroom," he told CNBC. "I thought to myself, 'This would make a neat water gun.'" It doesn't take a rocket scientist to build a toy, but it certainly doesn't hurt, either.
However, the path from "Eureka!" to iconic toy is a story full of ups and downs. Read that story at Thrillist.

Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows

The process of childbirth moved from homes to hospitals in the early 20th century. New standards and practices meant that nurses took care of babies while the mother rested for days. The babies became concentrated in nurseries to make things easier for the nurses, but family members still wanted to see the babies, which created a dilemma for hospital staff wanting to isolate the newborns from the horde of germs carried in by visitors. 
The stated purpose for the viewing window was twofold: first, the window allows relatives to “see the infants,” and second, the window serves as a barrier to prevent contact between relatives and the newborns they have come to see. But while hospitals justified the construction of these windows as sanitary barriers between newborns and the general hospital community, it’s unlikely that infection prevention was a primary motivator. If windows served mainly as antibacterial barriers, the hospitals would have had no reason to install them in the first place; standard windowless walls surrounding nurseries would have been less trouble to build, and would have eliminated the potential for compromising the barrier between the nursery and the corridor via cracks between the window and the wall. Thus, the ubiquitous nursery window served a primarily social function.
Hospital viewing windows became a popular spot for not just relatives, but anyone who wanted to take a look. Today, the pendulum has moved the other way. Babies are normally kept in the mother's room, where family visits take place, and they are sent home the next day (or even the same day). But the public still wants to see new babies through a window. Read about the rise and fall of the nursery viewing window at Smithsonian.

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Huge drop in men's sperm levels confirmed by new study

Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analyzed data on the sperm counts of 42,935 men, found no decline in sperm counts in men from Asia, Africa and South America, although there was limited data from these areas.

McCain's brain cancer draws renewed attention to possible Agent Orange connection

When Amy Jones’ dad, Paul, was diagnosed with glioblastoma last month, she wondered whether it might be tied to his time in Vietnam.
Then, last week, when McCain, r-Ariz., also a Vietnam veteran, was diagnosed with the same aggressive brain cancer, Jones searched online for glioblastoma and Vietnam vets.
She soon learned the disease is one of a growing list of ailments that some Vietnam veterans and their relatives believe is caused by exposure to Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide sprayed during the war.
“Honestly, it’s not easy to even admit that this is happening, let alone to even talk about it,” said Jones, whose 68-year-old father has had surgery to remove a brain tumor and now is receiving radiation treatments. “It’s only been six weeks. It’s such a devastating diagnosis.”

Voting records of over 40 million Americans for sale

As the Dumbass Trump junta tries to corral the voting history of every American in the name of "election integrity," Dark Reading is reporting that over 40 million voter records from at least nine states are for sale on the dark web, with the seller claiming to have records for an additional 20-25 states.

Federal judge rips North Carolina wingnuts

Federal judges had pointed questions and comments Thursday for the lawyer representing North Carolina lawmakers who have not yet complied with the panel’s order to draw new districts for electing General Assembly members.

California deputy attorney general charged with child porn

A California deputy attorney general has been charged with possessing child pornography at his San Diego County home following a months-long investigation, according to court records and local media.
Raymond Liddy, 53, was arrested at his home in the resort city of Coronado, California, on Tuesday and accused of owning images that appeared to depict minors under age 12 engaging in sexual acts, court records showed.

Long Island cop charged with sexually assaulting arrested woman

A Long Island, New York, police officer was arrested on Thursday and charged with forcing a woman he arrested to perform oral sex on him in a police station in March.
Suffolk County Officer Christopher McCoy was expected to make his initial appearance in federal court on Long Island on Thursday afternoon on one count of violating the woman’s civil rights.
The defendant, 38, and his partner arrested the woman, who was the subject of several warrants in connection with unresolved vehicle and traffic offenses, on March 16, according to U.S. prosecutors.
McCoy allegedly assaulted her in an isolated room on two separate occasions following her arrest, grabbing her by the jaw and saying, “Let’s go, don’t make this hard,” according to a criminal complaint made public on Thursday.
The woman, who was not named in the complaint, filed a civil lawsuit in May against McCoy, his partner and Suffolk County seeking at least $5 million on each of eight counts.

Boy Scouts Forced To Apologize On Dumbass Trump’s Behalf

After a fierce backlash following Dumbass Trump’s appalling shriek in front of the Boy Scouts in West Virginia, an official with the organization...


Dumbass Trump’s Thursday morning Twitterstorm cited a New York Times claim that “Fox and Friends” has become the most powerful TV show in America.

Insane Racist Fired For Death Threats Against Muslims ‘Parked Too Close’ At Walmart

There’s something about Wal-Mart that attracts people like this.

Unhinged white woman threatens to ‘kill everyone one of you’ Somalis in racist Walmart rant

Unhinged white woman threatens to ‘kill everyone one of you’ Somalis in racist Walmart rant

Slug mucus glue that stops internal bleeding created

Sticky slug mucus has been used to create a glue that can stop internal bleeding by binding biological tissues together—even when they are wet. Scientists tested the adhesive on a range of tissues, including a pig’s beating heart, and found it was safe and effective at sealing wounds—potentially paving the way for better medical adhesives for human use.

Baby Elephant Throws Tantrum In Middle Of Road, Parents Know Just What To Do

Young elephants are just like little kids in one key way- they like to throw tantrums when they're trying to get their way, hoping their parents will take pity on them and give in to their demands.And pachyderm parents handle these tantrums the same way many human parents do- by ignoring the bratty child until they fall back in line again.
According to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust this tantrum throwing behavior is pretty typical:
"Elephants also display many of the attributes of humans as well as some of the failings. They share with us a strong sense of family and death and they feel many of the same emotions. Each one is, of course, like us, a unique individual with its own unique personality.
They can be happy or sad, volatile or placid. They display envy, jealousy, throw tantrums and are fiercely competitive, and they can develop hang-ups which are reflected in behaviour."

Why It Sucks To Be A Male Hyena

Hyenas spend their days laughing at all the other critters in the savanna, and as usual those who laugh at the expense of others are crying on the inside.But unlike the lions, whom they laugh at despite their royal status, a male hyena's life is way worse than a female's- because they're basically ostracized once they hit adolescence:
A life of hunting zebras and raising young on the savanna isn’t half bad for a female hyena. Sadly, the same can’t be said for their male counterparts. As MinuteEarth explains, things take a downturn for the males of the species once they hit adolescence. No female in their pack will mate with them, a behavior scientists believe evolved to avoid inbreeding, so they head off in search of a different group to join. After dealing with vicious hazing from their new clan, they file in at the bottom of the rank and wait for other males above them to die so that they can slowly gain status.
Even after rising through the hierarchy, the most a male hyena can aspire to is being second place to the lowest-ranking female. Thanks to their bulky build and aggressive behavior, female hyenas enjoy a dominant position that’s rare in the animal kingdom.
Looks like life got the last laugh Mr. Hyena! Here's that video by MinuteEarth to explain more:

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