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Today in History

Arabs capture Thessalonica.
English novelist Daniel Defoe is made to stand in the pillory as punishment for offending the government and church with his satire The Shortest Way With Dissenters.
Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, drives the French army back to the Rhine River.
The U.S. Patent Office opens.
Belle and Sam Starr are charged with horse stealing in the Indian territory.
Former president Andrew Johnson dies at the age of 66.
Great Britain declares territories in Southern Africa up to the Congo to be within its sphere of influence.
The Trans-Siberian railroad connecting the Ural mountains with Russia’s Pacific coast, is completed.
The third Battle of Ypres commences as the British attack the German lines.
Adolf Hitler‘s Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazis) doubles its strength in legislative elections.
The Soviet army takes Kovno, the capital of Lithuania.
Federation of Malaysia formally proposed.
Apollo 15 astronauts take a drive on the moon in their land rover.
An F4 tornado in Edmonton, Alberta kills 27 and causes $330 million in damages; the day is remembered as “Black Friday.”
Bridge collapse at Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth, Malaysia, kills 32 and injures more than 1,600.
Bosnia-Herzegovina declares independence from Yugoslavia.
The US and the USSR sign a long-range nuclear weapons reduction pact.
NASA purposely crashes its Discovery Program’s Lunar Prospector into the moon, ending the agency’s mission to detect frozen water on Earth’s moon.
Fidel Castro temporarily hands over power to his brother Raul Castro.
The British Army’s longest continual operation, Operation Banner (1969-2007), ends as British troops withdraw from Northern Ireland.

Thanks To The Millions Who Fought To Save Our Health Care

Thanks To The Millions Who Fought To Save Our Health Care

Chili-Lime Corn

Chili-Lime Corn
Fire Up the Grill for This Chili-Lime Corn Recipe
Add some zest to your favorite summer vegetable

How to store tomatoes

Mary Jane and OCD

His Intestines Twinkled Like Stars

Thomas Morris is working on a book about the history of heart surgery, and keeps a blog of the most curious and hard-to-believe stories in medical literature that he has encountered in his research (motto: Making you grateful for modern medicine). It is not a site for the squeamish, but it doesn't rely on photographs. A gruesome case from 1874 Virginia may make you cringe, yet it has a happy ending. Dr. A.W. Fontaine wrote of the case,
J.T., a Welsh quarryman, aged about twenty-five years, of sound constitution, but somewhat “addicted to spirits,” whilst in a state of intoxication, fell from a four-horse slate wagon, in rapid motion, and loaded with five or six other persons. The vehicle thus loaded, ran over him and across the middle of his body; it broke the neck off a large glass bottle, the stump of which, it seems, penetrated his abdomen, emptying his bowels, which were crushed into the sand by the rolling wheels.
The good news was that the intestines that spilled out were bruised but not cut, and the puncture wound in his abdomen was small. The bad news was that there was plenty of broken glass and dirt on the entrails that needed to be removed before they were stuffed back in. Surprisingly to everyone involved, the patient survived. Read Dr. Fontaine's account of the procedure at Thomas Morris.

The Polygamous Town Facing Genetic Disaster

Fumarase deficiency is a metabolic disorder that affects brain development and results in devastating disability. It is the result of recessive genes, and before 1990, only 13 cases were ever diagnosed. But then Dr. Theodore Tarby found eight cases among the children of Short Creek, where the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) settled two towns along the Utah-Arizona border.
In Short Creek, just two surnames dominate the local records – Jessop and Barlow. According to local historian Benjamin Bistline, who spoke to news agency Reuters back in 2007, 75 to 80% of people in Short Creek are blood relatives of the community’s founding patriarchs, Joseph Jessop and John Barlow.
This is all very well, but we now know that most people are walking around with at least one lethal recessive mutation (one that would kill us before we reach reproductive age) in their genome, around the same number as in fruit flies. Humans haven’t gone extinct because, being recessive, they’re only unmasked if we have children with someone who also just so happens to carry a copy of that exact same mutation too.
Read how the isolation of a community can lead to an explosion of genetic disorders in an article at BBC Future.

Skyrocketing Rentals

Jeff Bezos Isn't Just Richer Than You

jeff bezosJeff Bezos Isn't Just Richer Than You—He's Now the Richest Man in the World
​His estimated $90.6 billion makes him the new top dog

Fining gun owners for not securing their weapons is just like 'shaming rape survivors'

Addressing a report showing gun thefts are up in the deep south, an NRA spokesperson said any attempt to criminalize gun owners for not locking up their weapons would be the same as “shaming rape survivors.”

Suffolk County Police Are The 2nd Organization In Two Days To Disavow Insane Dumbass Trump Statements

Suffolk County Police Are The 2nd Organization In Two Days To Disavow Insane Dumbass Trump Statements
Following on the heels of the Boy Scouts, the Suffolk County Police Department has become the second organization in two days to disavow statements from DumbassTrump after the Dumbass called for more police brutality during a Friday speech to law enforcement officers.…

Suffolk County Cops' Ex-Chief In Prison For Police Brutality

So much wrong.

Racist D.C. Cop under investigation

Washington, DC police are in full damage control after a police cop was photographed wearing a racist t-shirt while on duty.

White Man Murders Cop And Racist Media Stays Silent

White Man Murders Cop And Racist Media Stays Silent
In fact, I’ve never had such a hard time researching an article.

Astronauts had life-changing experiences with aliens

How often have we thought about the existence of life beyond Earth, and feared that if we ever encountered extraterrestrial beings, they might wreak all kinds of havoc on our planet, as shown in the movies.
But the pertinent question still remains, do aliens exist?

Owners Had No Idea What Sitter Did With Their Dog Until He Sent Them The Video

Dog owners hope for the best when they hire a sitter, so if the dog seems to genuinely like their sitter that's usually a good sign since dogs don't hide their feelings about humans.But if your dog straight up loves hanging out with their sitter then you might want to watch the two of them in action, because there's probably something adorable going on there.
Skylar the dog absolutely adores her sitter James Liakos, and James loves hanging with Skylar so much he filmed their adventures together, creating the incredibly sweet video "Cute Whippet Dog Story: Man's Best Friend".
James' clients had no idea what was going on, until James sent them the video...

Scottish man on trial for teaching pug Nazi salute

Markus Meechan accused by prosecutors of stirring hatred after posting clip of himself training pet to respond to phrase ‘gas the Jews’

The Ridiculously Photogenic Goat

Look at this goat. Just look at it! Redditor arnathor met this goat and had to take a picture to share. According to commenters, the goat has the hair of Gandalf or Tom Petty (personally, I thought of Leon Russell), the smirk of McKayla Maroney or Natalie Dormer, and the general look of Owen Wilson, Jeff Bridges, or Ron Perlman. I can't see Ron Perlman, unless you are thinking of his character in Beauty and the Beast, but he is a ridiculously photogenic goat.

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