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Today in History

Sir Francis Drake returns to Plymouth, England, aboard the Golden Hind, after a 33-month voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
The British army launches a major offensive, capturing Philadelphia.
France and Britain sign a trade agreement in London.
The legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone dies quietly at the Defiance, Mo., home of his son Nathan, at age 85.
The Persian cavalry is routed by the Russians at the Battle of Ganja in the Russian Caucasus.
Scotland Yard, the official British criminal investigation organization, is formed.
General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his men assault a Federal garrison near Pulaski, Tennessee.
Leon Czolgosz, who murdered President William McKinley, is sentenced to death..
The first boat is raised in the locks of the Panama Canal.
The Federal Trade Commission is established to foster competition by preventing monopolies in business.
German Ace Ernst Udet shoots down two Allied planes, bringing his total for the war up to 62.
Bessie Smith, known as the ‘Empress of the Blues,’ dies in a car crash in Mississippi.
During the London Blitz, the underground Cabinet War Room suffers a hit when a bomb explodes on the Clive Steps.
The U.S. Army establishes the Military Police Corps.
General Douglas MacArthur‘s American X Corps, fresh from the Inchon landing, links up with the U.S. Eighth Army after its breakout from the Pusan Perimeter.
The New York Stock Exchange suffers a $44 million loss.
Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy participate in the first nationally televised debate between presidential candidates.
Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York singing debut at Gerde’s Folk City.
Hanoi rejects a U.S. peace proposal.
The Beatles last album, Abbey Road, is released.
Richard M. Nixon meets with Emperor Hirohito in Anchorage, Alaska, the first-ever meeting of a U.S. President and a Japanese Monarch.
Israel announces a cease-fire on the Lebanese border.
In the USSR Stanislav Petrov disobeys procedures and ignores electronic alarms indicating five incoming nuclear missiles, believing the US would launch more than five if it wanted to start a war. His decision prevented a retaliatory attack that would have begun a nuclear war between the superpowers..
The UK agrees to transfer sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.
Two earthquakes strike Italy, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis to collapse, killing four people and destroying much of the cycle of frescoes depicting the saint’s life.
Yves Rossy, a Swiss pilot and inventor, is the first person to fly a jet-powered wing across the English Channel.

'This One Simple Question Changed My Life When I Hit Rock Bottom'

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What Non-Americans Find the Most Baffling About America

What's normal to you about your culture may be seriously weird to someone from somewhere else. Over at Reddit, someone asked non-Americans "What is the weirdest thing about America that Americans don't realise is weird?" The responses are funny and sometimes very surprising to those of us from the states. For example, many people commented about the abundance of squirrels in the country and one person found the way we dispose of dead fish down the toilet to be the strangest thing in the world.One thing that's not all that surprising is just how many of them had their minds blown by our portion sizes.
See all the responses here.

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light
Quantum communication over long distances is integral to information security and has been demonstrated in free space and fiber with two-dimensional states, recently over...

A Marijuana Drive-Through Could Be Coming to a Corner Near You

How old is too old to trick-or-treat?

Every Halloween, concerned parents and candy-seeking teenagers consult the internet and each other to try to determine just how old is too old to go trick-or-treating. But now, leaders in one Canada town are attempting to make the decision for them.

Billion Dollar Company Tells Employees How They’re Allowed To React On Social Media To 46% Pay Cuts

Billion Dollar Company Tells Employees How They’re Allowed To React On Social Media To 46% Pay Cuts
They aren’t even letting employees show their dissatisfaction at lost wages or depreciating working conditions with emojis.

Internet giants, once above the fray, on the defensive in Washington

Internet giants, including Alphabet’s Google and Facebook , are moving to compromise on several major policy issues as they adjust to an abrupt shift in the political winds in Washington.
Just last week, the U.S. Senate took a big step toward advancing legislation that would partially strip away the internet industry’s bedrock legal protection, a 1996 law that shields companies from liability for the activities of their users.
At the same time, Democratic senators are writing legislation that would create new disclosure rules for online political ads after Facebook this month revealed that suspected Russian trolls purchased more than $100,000 worth of divisive ads on its platform during the 2016 election cycle. The U.S. Federal Election Commission is considering bringing in Facebook and other tech firms for a public hearing.
Unlike in Europe, where they have faced a bevy of new rules and billion-dollar fines, internet giants have avoided virtually all types of government regulation in the United States, even as their market power continues to grow. Amazon , for example, controls more than a third of U.S. online commerce, while Google and Facebook combined account for more than sixty percent of the U.S. digital ad market.

Fluid Hard-Lining

Hitler's used underwear sold for $5,500

Adolf Hitler’s linen boxers were sold for $5,500 at the Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland, as part of their “Summer Militaria Auction” on Sept. 14.
The item in question is a pair of striped white linen under shorts that have been described as “surprisingly large,” as per the product description on their website. It is 19 inches in length, with a waist of about 39 inches.

Massachusetts executed two Italian immigrants 90 years ago ...

Ninety years ago, on Aug. 23, 1927, two Italian immigrants were executed.
The deaths of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in the Charlestown Prison in Massachusetts marked the end of a raucous seven-year legal and political battle that captivated people across the United States and the world.
According to many who lived through it, no other event since the outbreak of the Civil War had so starkly divided American opinion. Writer Edmund Wilson believed that it “revealed the whole anatomy of American life, with all its classes, professions, and points of view, and raised every fundamental question of our political and social system.” And arguably, no other event until the Vietnam War evoked as much anti-American sentiment on the global stage.

North Carolina Man Who Punched 12-Year-Old's Teeth Out and Called Him the 'N-Word' Claims Self-Defense

8-year-old California boy dies while trying to save sister from molester

An eight-year-old California boy was allegedly beaten to death with a hammer by his mother’s ex-boyfriend while trying to protect his seven-year-old sister.

Anti-Abortion Violence and Harassment Was Already Bad ...

ISIL Wives Help Their Husbands Rape Yazidi Sex Slaves

Online Data Is Putting Endangered Species Around the Globe Even More at Risk

Strep genes linked to ‘flesh-eating’ bacterial infections

Strep genes linked to ‘flesh-eating’ bacterial infections
Group A Streptococcus bacteria cause a variety of illnesses that range from mild nuisances like strep throat to life-threatening conditions including pneumonia, toxic shock...

The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art

Artists gave us renderings of what dinosaurs looked like by imagining flesh on the skeletal fossils that we have. We all know what a T-rex, a stegosaurus, and a triceratops is supposed to look like. Or we did, until better fossils came along, and threw a wrench into all that art with feathers. Suddenly, Jurassic Park was no longer accurate. But could it have ever really been accurate? Artist C.M. Kosemen is among three authors of the book All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals. It tells about the assumptions scientists and illustrators make about extinct species when they imagine what the creatures looked like.
Most serious paleoart bases itself on the detailed findings of paleontologists, who can work for weeks or even years compiling the most accurate descriptions of ancient life they can, based on fossil remains. But Kosemen says that many dinosaur illustrations should take more cues from animals living today. Our world is full of unique animals that have squat fatty bodies, with all kinds of soft tissue features that are unlikely to have survived in fossils, such as pouches, wattles, or skin flaps. “There could even be forms that no one has imagined,” says Kosemen. “For example there could plant-eating dinosaurs that had pangolin or armadillo-like armor that wasn’t preserved in the fossil. There could also be dinosaurs with porcupine-type quills.”
To illustrate the point, Kosemen drew contemporary animals using the same techniques that dinosaur artists use. Believe it or not, the image above shows an elephant, a zebra, and a rhino drawn using only their skeletons as a reference. So you can imagine how extinct species might have been quite different from what we've seen in art. Koseman explains how some of the artists' dinosaur assumptions came about at Atlas Obscura. We also get to see more of Koseman's recreations.

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