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Today in History

Henry III marries Eleanor of Provence.
Francis of France, held captive by Charles V for a year, signs the Treaty of Madrid, giving up most of his claims in France and Italy.
Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy.
Emperor Napoleon and Empress Eugenie escape unhurt after an Italian assassin throws a bomb at their carriage as they travel to the Paris Opera.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis writes to General Joseph E. Johnson, observing that troops may need to be sent to Alabama or Mississippi.
The USS Arkansas, the largest U.S. battleship, is launched from the yards of the New York Shipbuilding Company.
The French abandon five miles of trenches to the Germans near Soissons.
British authorities seize German attaché Franz von Papen’s financial records confirming espionage activities in the U.S.
A Provisional Parliament is established in Poland.
Berlin is placed under martial law as 40,000 radicals rush the Reichstag; 42 are dead and 105 are wounded.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders all aliens in the U.S. to register with the government.
Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Charles DeGaulle meet at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war.
Italian occupation authorities refuse to deport Jews living in their territories in France.
A blast on the U.S. carrier Enterprise in the Pacific results in 24 dead and 85 injured.
The United Nations votes 104-18 to deplore the Soviet aggression in Afghanistan.
A UN tribunal sentences 5 Bosnian Croats to prison for up to 25 years; they were charged with killing some 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village in 1993.
The Republic of Georgia restores the “five cross flag” as its national flag after some 500 years of disuse.
Huygens, a probe, lands on Saturn’s moon Titan.
Yemen declares war on the al-Qaeda terrorist group.
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former president of Tunisia, flees to Saudi Arabia after a series of demonstrations against his regime.

Rare tomb of Scythian prince discovered in Siberia

Archaeologists working in Siberia have discovered an undisturbed ancient kurgan—a tomb of a Scythian prince. The tomb appears to be both the oldest and largest of its kind ever recorded in southern Siberia, according to a press release from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Brown dwarfs in the Orion Nebula have atmospheres with water

With the help of the Hubble Space Telescope, a NASA team has discovered a patch of low-mass brown dwarf planets in the Orion Nebula with water in their atmospheres, according to a release from NASA.
The population of brown dwarfs is the largest known to researchers and they’re all surrounded by a population of newborn stars as well. In addition to the brown dwarfs and the newborn stars the researchers working with the Hubble data also found three giant planets in the area, said a release from Hubble.

Moon caves at lunar north pole might lead astronauts right to water

Scientists might have found a cave system at the moon’s north pole that could lead astronauts straight to the lunar water supply.

How the Fashion Industry Rips Off Independent Designers

The Fight to Protect Voting Rights Is Just Beginning

'Cannabusiness' as Usual, Despite Sessions’ Pot Crackdown Threat

Russian 'Birth Tourists' Become Yet Another Dumbass Trump Revenue Stream

Russian 'Birth Tourists' Become Yet Another Trump Revenue Stream
Saudi Arabia allowed women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match Friday, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes.
The new measure comes after Riyadh, long known for imposing harsh restrictions on women, announced it was lifting a ban prohibiting them from driving, as well as reopening cinemas.

Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can

Doctors Aren’t Asking Most Gay Patients the Right Sexual Health Questions

Sex Doll Maker Says New Menbots with 'Bionic Penises' on the Way

The Orange-in of the Mafia

An article at The Journal of Economic History traces the rise of the Mafia to the production of lemons and oranges in Sicily. While citrus fruits were always popular, their importance was boosted exponentially when they were revealed to be both a preventative and a cure for scurvy, which was a plague among long-distance sailors.
In this article, we argue that the mafia arose as a response to an exogenous shock in the demand for oranges and lemons, following Lind's discovery in the late eighteenth century that citrus fruits cured scurvy. More specifically, we claim that mafia appeared in locations where producers made high profits from citrus production for overseas export. Operating in an environment with a weak rule of law, the mafia protected citrus production from predation and acted as intermediaries between producers and exporters. Using original data from a parliamentary inquiry in 1881–1886 on Sicilian towns, the Damiani Inquiry, we show that mafia presence is strongly related to the production of oranges and lemons. The results hold when different data sources and several controls are employed.
Is this why there are so many oranges in The Godfather? You can read the entire paper here.

Legal marijuana would create one million jobs

Legalizing marijuana nationwide would create more than one million new jobs within the next decade, a new study says.
Analysis from New Frontier Data, a firm that focuses on the marijuana industry, also found that the federal government would create at least $131.8 billion in federal tax revenue over the next eight years if cannabis were legalized in all 50 states.

Suicides by drugs in U.S. are under-counted

Suicides by drugs in U.S. are under-counted, new study suggests
The rate of suicides by drug intoxication in the United States may be vastly under-reported and mis-classified, according to a new study co-written by Mark...

'Mississippi Burning' KKK leader Edgar Ray Killen dies in prison

Edgar Ray Killen, the preacher and Ku Klux Klan leader convicted and imprisoned more than 40 years after he plotted the 1964 slayings of three civil rights activists in the “Mississippi Burning” case, has died,

Arrested Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave likely to sue

Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave is likely to file a lawsuit over a breach of First Amendment rights after she was roughly ejected from a school board meeting and arrested for questioning her superintendent’s pay rise.

Sherin Mathews' father charged with Texas toddler’s murder

The father of a Texas toddler found dead in October was charged with murder Friday. Wesley Mathews, 37, was indicted on a capital murder charge by a grand jury, according to CBS News. He remained behind bars at the Dallas County Jail on bond of $1 million.

'Hate rag' editor promotes Hitler Fan Club in new issue

The editor of an alt-right “hate rag” has published another issue despite unusual criminal charges filed against him.
James Sears was charged with willful promotion of hatred against women and Jews — a first in Ontario history — in his seasonally published Your Ward News.

Fox 'News' Drones React With Anti-American Glee To Fatal Mudslides In CA

Topless woman ambushes Czech leader for being 'Putin's slut'

A bare-breasted woman ambushed pro-Russian Czech President Milos Zeman on Friday as he was about to vote in an election that could win him a second term, calling him “Putin’s slut.”

Michigan pastor only gets 60 days after he’s busted trying to hook up with 11-year-old in Craigslist sex sting

A pastor from Grand Rapids received a slap on the wrist from a local judge after pleading guilty to trying to arrange a sexual encounter with what he believed would be an 11-year-old girl.

Judge smacks down cops’ argument that jurors were too scared of black people to acquit them in fatal shooting

A federal judge this week affirmed a multi-million dollar verdict against police in the city of Lakewood, Washington.

White woman sprays sulfuric acid into her own face — then blames it on a nonexistent black woman

White woman sprays sulfuric acid into her own face — then blames it on a nonexistent black woman

Don't Let Pets Starve: USDA Should Include Pet Food in SNAP Benefits

The Preposterous Myth of the 'Happy Cow'

Like Avocados?

Thank This Giant Extinct Sloth
Giant ground sloths called lestodons once roamed the grassy plains of South America. They've been extinct for thousands of years, but they thrived for millions. The 15-foot-long, 3-ton animals could eat almost anything a tree can grow, including whole avocados, pits and all.
Giant sloths, along with megafauna like gomphotheres and glyptodons, feasted on whole avocados and spread their seeds over South America. These enormous creatures’ digestive systems could process large seeds, and avocados benefited. When pooped out, far from their parent trees, the seeds could sprout and grow without competition for water and sunlight. It was a good deal all around, and it likely resulted in avocados as we know them: fatty and large-pitted, all the better to attract huge sloths.
While many other fruit plants died out due to changes in conditions, avocados were everywhere, and survived in pockets of perfect climate. Read more about the megafauna that gave us guacamole at Atlas Obscura.

The World's Smallest Cat Species

Meet the rusty spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus), a wildcat that lives in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal. Adults of the species weigh between two and 3.5 pounds, and could fit in your palm if they weren't wild cats. Wait until you hear this one's mighty roar!
Watching this little guy, it's hard to believe he is almost full grown. The clip is from an upcoming episode of the new BBC TV show Big Cats. Yeah, that's a contradiction, but I wouldn't want them to pull the segment on the rusty spotted cat just because of the show's title. In case you'd like to see more, here's a video of a couple of well-fed rusty spotted cats who live at a sanctuary.

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