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Today in History

Arthur Tudor of England marries Katherine of Aragon.
As Napoleon Bonaparte‘s army retreats form Moscow, temperatures drop to 20 degrees below zero.
Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick is published in New York.
Billy Clairborne, a survivor of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, loses his life in a shoot-out with Buckskin Frank Leslie.
Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.
Lieutenant Eugene Ely, U.S. Navy, becomes the first man to take off in an airplane from the deck of a ship. He flew from the ship Birmingham at Hampton Roads to Norfolk.
The Cherokee Indians ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review their claim to 1 million acres of land in Texas.
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) begins the first daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.
Right-wing militarists in Japan attempt to assassinate Premier Hamaguchi.
Manuel Luis Quezon is sworn in as the first Filipino president, as the Commonwealth of the Philippines is inaugurated.
German bombers devastate Coventry in Great Britain, killing 1,000 in the worst air raid of the war.
The United States and Yugoslavia sign a military aid pact.
French paratroopers capture Hoa Binh, Vietnam.
New Orleans integrates two all-white schools.
President Dwight Eisenhower orders U.S. naval units into the Caribbean after Guatemala and Nicaragua charge Castro with starting uprisings.
President John Kennedy increases the number of American advisors in Vietnam from 1,000 to 16,000.
Iceland gets a new island when a volcano pushes its way up out of the sea five miles off the southern coast.
Greece frees hundreds who were jailed in the Communist uprising of 1944-1950.
The U.S. First Cavalry Division battles with the North Vietnamese Army in the Ia Drang Valley, the first ground combat for American troops.
Yale University announces its plan to go co-ed.
The United States launches Apollo 12, the second mission to the Moon, from Cape Kennedy.
US President Jimmy Carter freezes all Iranian assets in the United States in response to Iranian militants holding more than 50 Americans hostage.
Lech Walesa, leader of Poland’s outlawed Solidarity movement, is released by communist authorities after 11 months confinement; he would win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and be elected Poland’s president in 1990.
The Space Shuttle Discovery‘s crew rescues a second satellite.
Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany sign a treaty officially making the Oder-Neisse line the border between their countries.
A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress forces temporary closure of national parks and museums; federal agencies are forced to operate with skeleton staff.
Northern Alliance fighters take control of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
The first G-20 economic summit convenes, in Washington, DC.
Israel launches Operation Pillar of Defense against the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip.

This Small City is Showing How Supporting Artists Can Have a Big Impact

How To Tell Whether You Have Angst, Ennui Or Weltschmerz

Tis the season for SAD to creep into our minds and give us a serious case of the winter blues, SAD as in Seasonal Affective Disorder, and this winter is looking to be bleaker and more angst-inducing than ever.
Now before you start waxing poetic in your journal about the existential angst chilling you to the bone you should figure out whether you're actually suffering from angst, ennui or a bad case of weltschmerz.
Mental Floss' Arika Okrent explores the origin and meaning of these words at length in this article, but we'll just share the short versions here. Let's start with Angst:
Are you dissatisfied and worried in an introspective, overthinking German way? You’ve got angst.
Now for the most emo of the three, Ennui:
Are you tired, so tired of everything about the world and the way it is? Do you proclaim this, with a long, slow sigh, to everyone around you? You’ve got ennui.
And finally we come to the one that sounds both sad and phlegmy- Weltschmerz:
Do you have sadness in your heart for the world that can never be and sensible shoes? You’ve got weltschmerz.
Read How To Tell Whether You've Got Angst, Ennui, Or Weltschmerz at Mental Floss

The Look of the 13th Doctor

Jodie Whittaker will portray the 13th incarnation of the Doctor when the TV series Doctor Who returns. The first woman Doctor is under a lot of pressure to live up to fans' expectations, so costume designer Ray Holman knew he had to get the look just right. To do that, he referenced past Doctors and incorporated details from many of them into the new costume. Also, one cannot help but imagine that he put some thought into how cosplayers will study each detail to recreate them themselves. Holman also designed the dress of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi's characters. Fans have a mixed reaction, with many pointing out that the rainbow stripe reminds them either of Mork from Ork (Mork and Mindy) or Wesley Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation). Metafilter has a roundup of reviews of the new costume. Jody Whittaker's debut on Doctor Who is expected to happen during a special broadcast on Xmas Day, with the series returning sometime in 2018. 

Hedonist Hollywood’s Lost Garden of Allah

Scandalous behavior in early Hollywood found a place to happen behind walls and away from the press, fans, and families. Silent film star Alla Nazimova converted the home she bought in 1919 into a hotel that became a retreat and party place for Hollywood's elite. The Garden of Allah was a legendary complex in West Hollywood with rooms and cottages for rent nightly, weekly, or permanently. It also had a huge pool to draw tenants together for cocktail parties and skinny-dipping.
Some stayed in between films, some stayed in between marriages– like Humphrey Bogart, who was once attacked with a kitchen knife in his Garden villa by his estranged wife, who had found him living there with Lauren Bacall. Fellow residents gathered around the house to watch the scene as Bacall escaped out the back door.
There was never a dull moment at the Garden. “It Girl” Clara Bow was notorious for pushing hotel butlers off the diving boards and management looked the other way while the original Tarzan actor was said to have satisfied his numerous “Janes” in the hotel pool. One famous Broadway actress answered her bungalow door naked while her pet monkey collected telegrams from startled delivery boys. An inebriated American comedian and writer, Robert Benchley, would often have himself moved in a wheelbarrow between the villas’ endless parties.
A Who's Who of Hollywood actors, musicians, and literary figures found refuge and creative inspiration at the Garden of Allah, but they also found sex, drugs, and alcohol in abundance. This lasted until 1959, when the hotel hosted a huge party just before it was demolished. Read about the heyday of the Garden of Allah at Messy Nessy Chic.

16 Health Problems That Improved in Patients Who Switched From GMO to Organic Diets

12-year-old girl sues Session over marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being sued by a 12-year-old girl over the nation’s marijuana policy.
Colorado native Alexis Bortell has filed a lawsuit claiming that the federal prohibition on marijuana is unconstitutional.

Can Legal Marijuana Fix America’s Binge Drinking Problem?

Triple Olympic gymnastics champion Aly Raisman has said in a interview she did not realize at first that she had been treated inappropriately by a doctor accused of having sexually assaulted female gymnasts while he was the U.S. team doctor.

We need to talk about the social norms that fuel sexual assault

The recent spate of sexual harassment accusations against prominent men in Westminster comes as no surprise to many of us. We expect them to know better – to have been better people – but we have also seen this kind of behaviour before … over and over again. It isn’t just powerful men – but it is almost always men.
It’s time to start looking at the deep-rooted causes of harassment. We need to try to understand why sexual harassment is carried out much more by men against women than vice versa. And this is going to involve an evaluation of our sexual norms. Once we’ve done this, we can start a conversation about the kind of sex we do want – and how to create a culture where that is more likely to happen.

If You’ve Said This Recently to Your Daughter, You May Be Perpetuating a Cycle of Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence and Militarism 'Open the Floodgates' to Mass Shootings Like the Texas Massacre

Wingnuts Don't Think Domestic Violence Is All That Important

San Diego’s War On The Homeless

After San Diego's mayor helped spark hepatitis A outbreak, homelessness is being criminalized.

North Carolina cult accused of ‘kidnapping’ children with help from a county clerk

The Word of Faith Fellowship, a North Carolina cult facing a slew of investigations, is now being accused of kidnapping the children of at least one mother.

‘Vile bigot’ wingnut deletes herself from social media after backlash to anti-trans tweet

A Minnesota wingnut is facing a backlash after sending out a message mocking transgender people.

Neo-Nazi’s son flips out during triple-murder trial of father

Neo-Nazi’s son flips out during triple-murder trial of father

Your dog isn't colorblind after all

You might have known your dog is colorblind—but to which colors? People often think their dogs see just in black and white, but new research finally confirms the spectrum dogs struggle with the most is from red to green.
Red-green colorblindness is called deuteranopia. In humans of Northern European ancestry, it shows up in about 8 percent of men and .5 percent of women. But researchers in Italy found it shows up in probably 100 percent of dogs.

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