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Today in History

1391 Castilian sailors in Barcelona, Spain set fire to a Jewish ghetto, killing 100 people and setting off four days of violence against Jews.
1763 Colonel Henry Bouquet decisively defeats the Indians at the Battle of Bushy Run in Pennsylvania during Pontiac‘s rebellion.
1762 Russia, Prussia and Austria sign a treaty agreeing on the partition of Poland.
1815 A peace treaty with Tripoli–which follows treaties with Algeria and Tunis–brings an end to the Barbary Wars.
1861 Congress adopts the nation’s first income tax to finance the Civil War.
1864 The Union Navy captures Mobile Bay in Alabama.
1892 Harriet Tubman receives a pension from Congress for her work as a nurse, spy and scout during the Civil War.
1914 The British Expeditionary Force mobilizes for World War I.
1915 The Austro-German Army takes Warsaw, in present-day Poland, on the Eastern Front.
1916 The British navy defeats the Ottomans at the naval battle off Port Said, Egypt.
1921 Mustafa Kemal is appointed virtual ruler of the Ottoman Empire.
1941 The German army completes taking 410,000 Russian prisoners in the Uman and Smolensk pockets in the Soviet Union.
1951 The United Nations Command suspends armistice talks with the North Koreans when armed troops are spotted in neutral areas.
1964 President Lyndon Johnson begins bombing North Vietnam in retaliation for the Gulf of Tonkin incident and asks Congress to go to war against North Vietnam.
1974 Nixon admits he ordered a cover-up for political as well as national security reasons.
1992 Four police officers are indicted on civil rights charges in the beating of Rodney King.
1995 Croatian forces capture the city of Knin, a Serb stronghold, during Operation Storm.
1997 The mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Ramzi Yousef, goes on trial.
2012 A gunman in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, opens fire in a Sikh temple, killing six before committing suicide.

31 Facts about National Parks

The U.S.National Park system is a treasure that everyone should take advantage of, while you have the chance. A summertime road trip to a park you've never been to before can give you a lifetime of memories. Learn something new about national parks from John Green in the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show, and maybe you'll become interested in visiting a park you've never heard of before.

The 2017 Xtreme Eating Awards

Putting the Stank in the Dank

Major US transgender case remanded after student graduates

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday returned a major transgender rights case to a lower court to determine whether it is still valid because the plaintiff, a student suing his school district, has graduated from high school.
The case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who was denied use of the boys’ room at his school in Gloucester County, Virginia, had once been set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have been a landmark case on transgender rights.
Grimm argued that the county school board’s policy of assigning restrooms based on students’ sex assigned at birth rather than gender identity was a violation of the right against sex discrimination under Title IX of the education code and the constitutional right to equal protection under the law.
The Supreme Court in March scrapped plans to hear the case and threw out the appeals court’s ruling in favor of Grimm after Dumbass Trump rescinded a policy protecting such youths under federal law.

Science explains your likelihood of having a gay gene

Many of us have been curious as to why some of us are straight or gay; "Why are some of us attracted to the opposite sex?" "Why are some men attracted to men?" "Why are some women attracted to women?" Currently, we don't know why we vary in sexual orientation, but science suggests being gay at least is partly genetic, rather than a lifestyle choice.

Japanese Men Explain Why They Choose Life With Silicone Dolls Over Real Women

An increasing number of Japanese men are finding true love in silicone sex dolls. However, for these men the reasons for such an unusual companionship is sometimes more than just sex

The Man Who Saved London From Itself

In the 1850’s, the River Thames in London was an open sewer, responsible for thousands of deaths annually from cholera, typhoid, and dysentery, this because London’s drinking water was largely drawn from the River Thames. In 1858, the public outcry against the event that came to be known as ‘The Great Stink' was so severe that the British government decided that something had to be done about the ongoing pollution of the river, and it was.
A civil engineer named Joseph Bazalgette was tasked with finding an effective and economical solution to the enormous problem of cleaning up the River Thames, which ran through a mature city of nearly three million people. London was crisscrossed with roads, buildings, subway tunnels, drainage pipes, and the other infrastructure components, both above ground and below ground, that are found in major cities. He had his work cut out for him, but, luckily for London, he was more than up to the task.
The solution proposed by Bazalgette was to construct 1,100 miles of street sewers with 82 miles of underground brick sewers to intercept the raw sewage which until then had freely flowed through the streets of London. These intercepting sewers were to divert the sewage from the street sewers to far downstream where it could be collected and dumped, untreated, into the Thames to be carried away at high tide.
Bazalgette’s proposals met with fierce resistance and were rejected time and time again, but all this changed in 1858. That year the stench from the Thames was so overpowering that Parliament was unable to function and this became known as the year of the “Great Stink.” It  prompted  politicians into action and the Government gave approval and financial backing to  the intercepting sewers proposals, amounting to 3 million pounds.
Read the intriguing (and profusely illustrated) story of Joseph Bazalgette and his ingenious intercepting sewer system at the Heritage Group.

The 'Voodoo' Murders of Clementine Barnabet

Over several years, across several towns in Louisiana, there were multiple cases of entire families found murdered in their sleep by someone wielding an axe. The horrific murders began around 1909 and continued through 1912. A man was arrested, but another murder occurred while he was in jail. Police turned their attention to his 19-year-old daughter, Clementine Barnabet. A few months later, Barnabet confessed to 17 murders.
The El Paso Gazette was one of many to run with the Voodoo angle. After their story hit newsstands, several local papers also printed the possibility that the murders were connected to Voodoo. Around the same time, rumors were swirling that Clementine was the leader of some kind of cult called the "Church of Sacrifice," which was supposedly led by one Reverend King Harris, a Pentecostal revival preacher with a small congregation connected to the Christ Sanctified Holy Church. Police took Harris in for interrogation after rumors of religious involvement ran rampant, but the reverend had never heard of a "Church of Sacrifice," and was visibly shaken to think that his sermons could have possibly inspired a series of bloody ax murders.
There are problems with Barnabet's confession. Her story changed constantly, possibly reflecting the publicity and moral panic surrounding the murders. And the murders did not stop when she was arrested. There was also scant evidence that the sacrificial Voodoo cult even existed. But there was physical evidence, such as Barnabet's blood-soaked clothing. Read the mysterious story of Clementine Barnabet at Mental Floss.

DEF CON Hackers Got Into Many Voting Machines and E-Poll Books

Is America in the Throes of a Mid-Life Crisis?

Man in wheelchair gets hit by a car ... He gets the ticket

A man in a wheelchair was issued a ticket by a Denver police officer because he failed to cross the street in a timely manner — despite the fact that he had just been struck by an SUV.
It is on the books in many locales that crossing the street must be in a 'timely' manner, i.e., not so to cause undue hazard to traffic - but you need to think about its application and in this case, well ....

One Taxi Driver's Story of Trying to Survive in the Age of Uber

Ways to Enjoy the Summer in Dumbass Trump's AmeriKKKa

EPA's Water Director Resigns To Protest Dumbass Trump's 'Myth Over Truth'

'Alt-Right' Ship Detained in Mediterranean for Human Trafficking

Racist customer goes berserk and hurls merchandise at Target employees

‘Fucking sand niggers!’ Racist customer goes berserk and hurls merchandise at Target employees

Two Supreme Court Cases Protect Police Who Use Excessive Force

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