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Post by Doodoo » March 17, 2020, 6:46 am

1) Fingernails grow faster on your dominant hand.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that a fingernail takes around six months to grow from base to tip and that toenails can take up to a year to do the same. But there are some factors that make nails grow faster. According to the AAD, fingernails grow faster on your dominant hand, as well as on your bigger fingers. They also grow faster during the daytime and during the summer months.

2) The average adult spends more time on the toilet than they do exercising.
It can be hard to fit a workout into your daily routine. But of course, you can't really deny your regular need to do your business in the bathroom. That's why, according to a 2017 study by British non-profit UKActive, adults spend an average of 3 hours and 9 minutes on the toilet each week, compared to around 1 hour and 30 minutes being physically active during that same time span.

3) Consuming hot liquids can cool you down.
It may sound counterintuitive, but drinking hot tea or coffee can actually help cool you down on a hot day. That's because of increased perspiration, according to a 2012 study published in the journal Acta Physiologica. As your sweat evaporates, you wind up feeling cooler than you did at first sip.

"What we found is that when you ingest a hot drink, you actually have a disproportionate increase in the amount that you sweat," study author Ollie Jay told Smithsonian magazine. "Yes, the hot drink is hotter than your body temperature, so you are adding heat to the body, but the amount that you increase your sweating by—if that can all evaporate—more than compensates for the added heat to the body from the fluid."

4) And people who eat chocolate on a near-daily basis are thinner than those who don't.
As if treating your skin wasn't enough of an excuse to eat chocolate daily, a 2012 obesity study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that people who consume chocolate more often tend to be thinner. The results were consistent, regardless of the type of chocolate consumed. Those who ate any kind of chocolate at least five times a week were statistically thinner than the rest of the subjects. Woo-hoo!

5) Basking in the morning sun helps with weight loss.
In addition to that fun-size Snickers snack, spending your mornings in the sun should be a part of your weight loss plan. A 2014 study published in the journal PLOS One found that exposure to morning sunlight has a positive effect on body mass index (BMI).

According to the research, just 20 to 30 minutes of natural light in the morning—even on a not-so-sunny day—is enough to impact BMI. Without sufficient light, the body may have trouble regulating metabolism, which can eventually cause weight gain.

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Post by Doodoo » March 18, 2020, 6:10 am

1) Massaging your scars will help them fade.
Most drugstores have over-the-counter creams and oils that are made to fade scars. However, there's another equally effective remedy that doesn't cost a thing: massaging or rubbing the scarred area. Yes, rubbing your scars a few times a day can prevent excess collagen buildup, which is what makes scars thick and ropy. In an article for Verywell Health, physical therapist Brett Sears suggests using "one or two fingers to massage your scar in a direction that is perpendicular to the line of the scar," which "helps to remodel the scar and ensures that the collagen fibers of the scar are aligned properly."

2) Owning a dog can lower your risk of heart disease.
High levels of chronic stress are a leading cause of heart disease. But you know what helps decrease stress? Having a dog! According to the American Heart Association, dog owners typically have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both of which decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease. So if your life is impacted by stress, you might want to consider adopting a canine friend.

3) Humans consume 600 more calories a day now than they did in the '70s.
When we look back on the portraits of past generations, it's clear that Americans have, on average, gotten bigger. And while this is likely due in part to the rise of fast food, hormones in meat and dairy products, and the streamlining of physical labor, it also comes down to a staggering increase in the number of calories we're consuming. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average daily calories consumed increased by approximately 600 calories from 1970 to 2008.

4) March 16th Jerry Lewis born
Lewis came to fame as half of a comedy act with Dean Martin in the 1940s in nightclubs, then tv, radio and film. They spilt in 1956 and Lewis went on to have a successful solo film career ('The Nutty Professor'). During the 1960s he appeared in 3 different tv programmes. Since the 1950s he has championed the cause of muscular dystrophy, hosting successful telefons until 2011. Hugely popular in France in was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 2006

5) So, where do pistachios come from now? Short answer: California. California grows about 98 percent of pistachios sold in the U.S., using an automated process ensures little to no colorful imperfections on the shell.
“The seeds for all pistachios grown in America (now the largest producer of pistachios, surpassing Iran and Turkey) was originally brought to America by the department of agriculture from Kerman, Iran,” adds Najmieh. “The word ‘pistachio’ comes from the Persian word ‘pesteh’ via the Latin word ‘pista.’ Ancient Greeks referred to Iranians as ‘pistachio eaters.’”

California produced around 4.5 million pounds of pistachios in 1977 — a number that grew by 20 times only 20 years later. Now, California is home to 99 percent of the nation's pistachio orchards, making it a $3.6 billion industry. Coming in at second and third in the pistachio-growers world are Arizona and New Mexico, with an economic impact of $13 million and $3.1 million, respectively.

When you’re watching movies like "The Naked Gun" and come upon that brilliant scene where Frank's and Ed’s mouths are dyed red from eating pistachios in the car, remember where those pistachios came from and why you no longer see them today.

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Post by Doodoo » March 19, 2020, 6:57 am

1) Bernie Madoff's Ponzi Scheme
When Bernie Madoff admitted that his investment firm was "just one big lie," it was an understatement In 2008, he confessed to having conned about $50 billion from investors who trusted him with their savings. Madoff used the f­ormula of a Ponzi scheme to keep up the fraud for more than a decade.
This classic lie is named after the notorious Charles Ponzi, who used the ploy in the early 20th century. It works like this: A schemer promises investors great returns, but instead of investing the money, he keeps some for himself and uses the funds from new investments to pay off earlier investors.

2) Nigeria achieved independence in 1960 from which European country?
answer: United Kingdom

All these countries had colonies in Africa, with France and the United Kingdom acquiring most territory. Nigeria became part of the British Empire in 1901. From the 1600s onwards ports on the coast were used for trading, with many slaves being taken from the country. Nigeria declared itself a republic in 1963 with President Nnamdi Azikiwe replacing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. All the countries adjoining Nigeria - Benin, Chad, Niger and Cameroon - were colonised by France.

3) Henry tells you that his wife, Henriette, eats like a bird. He asks you if she could have pocresophobia or obesophobia. What did Henry ask you his wife's fear could be?
answer was Gaining weight

Pocresophobia or obesophobia is the fear of gaining weight.

4) March 15 On this day, Hitler’s forces invade and occupy Czechoslovakia–a nation sacrificed on the altar of the Munich Pact, which was a vain attempt to prevent Germany’s imperial aims.
On September 30, 1938, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, French Premier Edouard Daladier, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact, which sealed the fate of Czechoslovakia, virtually handing it over to Germany in the name of peace. Although the agreement was to give into Hitler’s hands only the Sudentenland, that part of Czechoslovakia where 3 million ethnic Germans lived, it also handed over to the Nazi war machine 66 percent of Czechoslovakia’s coal, 70 percent of its iron and steel, and 70 percent of its electrical power. Without those resources, the Czech nation was left vulnerable to complete German domination.

No matter what concessions the Czech government attempted to make to appease Hitler, whether dissolving the Communist Party or suspending all Jewish teachers in ethnic-German majority schools, rumors continued to circulate about “the incorporation of Czechoslovakia into the Reich.” In fact, as early as October 1938, Hitler made it clear that he intended to force the central Czechoslovakian government to give Slovakia its independence, which would make the “rump” Czech state “even more completely at our mercy,” remarked Hermann Goering. Slovakia indeed declared its “independence” (in fact, complete dependence on Germany) on March 14, 1939, with the threat of invasion squelching all debate within the Czech province.

5) Coronavirus Myth #1: You Need a Face Mask
Now synonymous with the outbreak of Covid-19, the white face mask has become a symbol for a disease which has spread over several continents and can be seen being worn almost anywhere, from quiet residential streets to (unsurprisingly) crowded commuter transport. Face masks, however, aren't a bonafide way of keeping yourself virus-free. It can infect you through your eyes and is transported through tiny particles, called aerosols, that can penetrate masks. However, for health workers and social carers dealing with the sick, face masks are an essential part of keeping both parties safe. If you bulk buy them on Amazon, you won't be keeping yourself safe, but you might be preventing the people who actually need them from getting them.

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Post by Doodoo » March 20, 2020, 8:06 am

1) Spanish Flu 1919
In San Francisco the gauze masks city officials claimed were “99 percent proof against influenza” were in reality hardly effective at all. San Francisco’s relatively low infection rates in October were probably due to well-organized campaigns to quarantine all naval installations before the flu arrived, plus early efforts to close schools, ban social gatherings and close all places of “public amusement.”
On November 21, a whistle blast signaled that San Franciscans could finally take off their masks and the San Francisco Chronicle described “sidewalks and runnels… strewn with the relics of a tortuous month.”

But San Francisco’s luck ran out when the third wave of the Spanish flu struck in January 1919. Believing masks were what saved them the first time, businesses and theater owners fought back against public gathering orders. As a result, San Francisco ended up suffering some of the highest death rates from Spanish flu nationwide. The 2007 analysis found that if San Francisco had kept all of its anti-flu protections in place through the spring of 1919, it could have reduced deaths by 90 percent.

2) First liquid-fueled rocket
The first man to give hope to dreams of space travel is American Robert H. Goddard, who successfully launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts, on March 16, 1926. The rocket traveled for 2.5 seconds at a speed of about 60 mph, reaching an altitude of 41 feet and landing 184 feet away. The rocket was 10 feet tall, constructed out of thin pipes, and was fueled by liquid oxygen and gasoline.

3) The first recorded parade honoring the Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is held in what is now St. Augustine, Florida.

Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony under the direction of the colony's Irish vicar, Ricardo Artur. More than a century later, homesick Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched in Boston in 1737 and in New York City on March 1762.

4) Latkes are a type of pancake which originated in northern Europe. What is their main ingredient?
Your answer: Potatoes

While variations certainly exist throughout the world, latkes are generally made with grated potatoes and flour, with egg to hold them together and then pan-fried. They're a great snack as you can serve them hot (salty or spicy) with sour cream or even as a sort of dessert if they are topped with something sweet like apple sauce or other fruits and/or sugar and cinnamon.

5) In 1969, Mike Collins stood by while his two companions did what?
answer: walked on the moon

Mike was in Columbia and the others flew in the Eagle.

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Post by Doodoo » March 21, 2020, 7:37 am

1) Coronavirus Myth: You Need to Be Near Someone for 10 Minutes to Contract Covid-19
This is one of the most common concerns. Generally, hospital guidelines consider 'exposure' distance as being up to six feet from someone coughing or sneezing for up to 10 minutes. However, shorter interactions can also lead to infection. As can contaminated surfaces, although this is a less common cause of virus transmission. ... 00096.html

2) May 22, 1960 Valdivia, Chile 1960 Valdivia earthquake 9.4–9.6 Biggest Earthquake

3) The earliest scrap of paper still in existence, a crude material made mostly from hemp fiber found in a tomb in China in 1957, dates back to sometime between 140 and 87 B.C. But Cai Lun, a eunuch in the Han court in 105 A.D., is credited as the inventor of the first really high-quality writing paper, which he fashioned by crushing and combining tree bark, hemp, linen rags, and scraps from fishing nets and then treating the mixture with lye to break it down into finer fibers, according to Li Shi’s bookThe History of Science and Technology in the Qin and Han Dynasty.

4)Deep Drilling
Chinese Han Dynasty salt miners in the First Century B.C. were the first to build derricks and use cast iron drill bits to dig holes as deep as 4,800 feet into the Earth in search of brine, which they would extract from below with tubes, according to Temple’s book. The technique they developed was the forerunner of modern oil and gas exploration.

5) The Adjustable Wrench
According to Temple, the First Century B.C. Chinese used a tool somewhat similar to the one used by plumbers and tinkerers, in which a sliding caliper gauge allowed the pieces to be adjusted. (Modern wrenches have a worm screw, a different mechanism, but the function is the same.) Initially, the devices seem to have been used for measuring, rather than loosening and tightening lug nuts or pipes.

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Post by Doodoo » March 22, 2020, 4:13 am

1) During the flu pandemic of 1918, the New York City health commissioner tried to slow the transmission of the flu by ordering businesses to open and close on staggered shifts to avoid overcrowding on the subways.

2) Hammurabi
> Nation/Territory: Ancient Babylon
> Title: individual
> Time in power/Reign: 1792-1750 B.C.E.

Hammurabi is the ancient Babylonian individual who ruled Mesopotamia during the 18th century B.C. Hammurabi enlarged his kingdom by conquering rival kingdoms around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to control agriculture and trade in the region.

Historians have assigned his name to a code of laws governing everyday life in the expanding empire. This code became the model for laws for subsequent civilizations.

3) Gautama Buddha
> Nation/Territory: Nepal/India
> Title: Religious leader
> Time in power/Reign: c. 563/480 - c. 483/400 B.C.E.

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha founded one of the world’s largest religions. Buddha was the son of a local ruler and was isolated from the outside world as a youth. Once he was exposed to the realities of the world, Buddha left his secluded existence to pursue a more spiritual life and try to relieve human suffering. He practiced an ascetic lifestyle, meditating, fasting, and enduring physical hardships. Buddha advocated following a path of balance called the Middle Way.

Buddhism is practiced by about 535 million people worldwide, though estimates vary.

4) March 1975
Colour transmissions start for television in Australia

5) Also in 1975 Ethiopia abolishes its Monarchy after 3,000 years

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Post by Doodoo » March 23, 2020, 5:42 am

1) Genghis Khan
> Nation/Territory: Mongol Nation/Territory
> Title: Khan or leader
> Time in power/Reign: 1206-1227
Ganghis Khan was a Mongolian warrior-ruler who conquered tribes across Asia, leading to a unified Mongolia. Under his rule, the Mongol armies pillaged and conquered from the Adriatic Sea to the Pacific coast of China. He is considered a military genius whose great success was due in part to organization, mobility, and brutality.
In addition to revolutionizing warfare, Genghis Khan presided over the largest empire in history. The Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan spread such technologies as paper and paper money, gunpowder, and trousers.

2) Poorest Country
South Sudan - $303
South Sudan, the world's newest country, is also the world's poorest country. It has been estimated that South Sudan is among the world's least developed countries – and this lack of infrastucture is bad news for an economical back bone. According to the UNDP, 80% of the country lives on less than $1 USD a day.

3) Most Lethal Weapon of WW1
The Type 93 U-boat was one of the most lethal weapons used during the First World War by the Imperial German Navy. The name “U-boat” came from the word Unterseeboot which means “undersea boat” in German, but it was used mostly by the English to refer to German military submarines. The Type 93 was built by the German Imperial Navy. Type 93 U-boats carried 16 torpedoes and had arrangements of deck guns. Some of the Type 81 and 87 had only one 8.8cm (3.5in) deck gun while others had a single 10.5cm (4.1in) gun with 140 rounds; some were equipped with both at the initial stage. In 1917, some of the boats were refitted with a single 10.5cm gun and 220 rounds.

These boats had a crew capacity of 39 members and had excellent seagoing capabilities with a cruising range of around 17,000km (or 9,000 nautical miles). The Type 93 boats were responsible for sinking about 3 percent of all Allied shipping sunk during the war, which was about 411,304 gross register tons (GRT). They also managed to damage 70,913 GRT and capture 235 GRT.

4) Most Lethal Weapon of WW2
The atom bomb is perhaps the most well-remembered weapon from the Second World War, whose effects lasted several decades after its use and the end of war. On August 6, 1945, “Little Boy,” the codename for the first atom bomb to be dropped over Japan, was detonated over the city of Hiroshima. The bomb exploded with an energy of approximately 15 kilotons of TNT which caused significant damage to the city. Three days later, the second atomic bomb, codenamed “Fat Man” was detonated over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 which was even more powerful than the first bomb, exploding with an energy of 21 kilotons of TNT.

The detonation of these bombs made the USA the first and only country to use atomic bombs against another country. Over 66,000 people were killed as a direct result of the blast in Hiroshima with over 69,000 casualties. Among the dead, 20,000 were from the Imperial Japanese Army. The total number of deaths reached over 192,000 including the after effects of radiation. Over 70,000 people were killed instantly in Nagasaki. Five days after the second detonation, Japan surrendered, ending the deadliest war in history.

5) Largest Navy
With 967 ships, North Korea comes in at the number one spot. Included in the grand figure of 967 vessels are 10 Frigates, two corvettes, 86 submarines, 438 patrol vessels, and 25 mine-warfare ships.
North Korea’s gunboats (included in the 438 patrol vessels) are the most active arm of the North Korean Navy, having been involved in several naval engagements with South Korean, and even Chinese forces.
86 submarines owned by North Korea means that they have one of the largest numbers of Submarines in the world, although the U.S Pentagon, in 2015 estimated that figure to be 70. Still, 70 submarines are a fearsome number by any standard!

In late 2017, U.S Navy authorities said that they have noticed ” highly unusual and unprecedented levels” of activity within the Submarine division of the North Korean Navy. Apparently, they have evidence which points to North Korea arming their Submarines with missile-launch capabilities.

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Post by Doodoo » March 24, 2020, 7:20 am

1) Northern Lights
An aurora (plural: auroras or aurorae), sometimes referred to as polar lights, northern lights (aurora borealis), or southern lights (aurora australis), is a natural light display in the Earth's sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions (around the Arctic and Antarctic).
Auroras are the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind. These disturbances are sometimes strong enough to alter the trajectories of charged particles in both solar wind and magnetospheric plasma. These particles, mainly electrons and protons, precipitate into the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere).

The resulting ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents emit light of varying color and complexity. The form of the aurora, occurring within bands around both polar regions, is also dependent on the amount of acceleration imparted to the precipitating particles. Precipitating protons generally produce optical emissions as incident hydrogen atoms after gaining electrons from the atmosphere. Proton auroras are usually observed at lower latitudes.

2) Longest Running TV SHOW
‘The Simpsons’ is probably the most famous entity in the whole world. Having completed its record 29th season, the series shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture and society, television, and the human condition. The show has been renewed for a 30th season, seeing it extend into 2019. Television’s “crowning achievements” award tally read as follows: 31 Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award. Simply the GOAT!

3) Longest running Broadway show
The Phantom of the Opera M January 26, 1988 13,366 shows 7 Tony Awards in 1988, including Best Musical
7 Drama Desk Awards in 1988 Currently running at the Majestic Theatre
Broadway's longest-running show and musical

4) POWs in the USA WW2
After the United States entered World War II in 1941, the government of the United Kingdom requested American help with housing prisoners of war due to a housing shortage in Britain.[10] The United States agreed to house them, although it was not prepared. Its military had only brief experience with a limited POW population in the last world war, and was unprepared for basic logistical considerations such as food, clothing and housing requirements of the prisoners. Almost all German-speaking Americans were engaged overseas directly in combat efforts, and the American government feared the presence of Germans on U.S. soil would create a security problem and raise fear among civilians.

Despite many "wild rumors" about how the Allies treated their prisoners, some Germans were pleased to be captured by the British or Americans—fear of being captured by the Soviets was widespread—because they disagreed with Nazism or their nation's conduct of the war The prisoners were usually shipped in Liberty Ships returning home that would otherwise be empty, with as many as 30,000 arriving per month. While they risked being sunk by their own U-boats on the ocean, good treatment began with the substantial meals served aboard. Upon arriving in America, the comfort of the Pullman cars that carried them to their prison camps amazed the Germans, as did the country's large size and undamaged prosperity.
Many prisoners found that their living conditions as prisoners were better than as civilians in cold-water flats in Germany. The prisoners were provided with writing materials, art supplies, woodworking utensils, and musical instruments, and were allowed regular correspondence with family in Germany. General officers received wine with their meals, and all prisoners ate the same rations as American soldiers as required by the Geneva Convention,] including special meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, Unable to eat all their food, prisoners at first burned leftover food fearing that their rations would be reduced.

Groups of prisoners pooled their daily beer coupons to take turns drinking several at a time. They also received two packs of cigarettes a day and frequently meat, both rationed for American civilians. (Cigarettes were sold in the prisoner canteen for less than outside the camp, so guards were sometimes amenable to being bribed with them.) One German later recalled that he gained 57 pounds (26 kg) in two years as a prisoner. Despite complaints to International Red Cross inspectors about the alleged inferiority of American white bread and coffee, prisoners recognized that they were treated better in the United States than anywhere else.

5) Biggest Fish caught Ice Fishing
Sometimes, ice fishermen are reminded that they may need to cut bigger holes in the ice. Nicholas Colangelo was fishing in Northwest Pennsylvania last February when he found that a 10-inch hole barely accommodated the massive, 53-inch musky he pulled in.
“The fight was 30 minutes long, I didn’t see the fish for the first time until the 10 minute mark!” Mark wrote triumphantly on Facebook. ”For the next 20 [minutes] this fish would take off on 60-feet runs each time I got it near the hole—eventually got it by the [gill] plate and landed the biggest fish of my life.

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Post by Doodoo » March 25, 2020, 6:43 am

1) 1765 Stamp Act passed; 1st direct British tax on American colonists, organized by Prime Minister George Grenville

2) Emerald Buddha

Built in the 18th century, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew, is situated in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Inside sits one of the most revered figurines in Thailand: the Emerald Buddha.

It is not known exactly where the figure originated but it is believed to have been found in northern Thailand around 1434. A legend tells the story that a monastery was struck by lightning in Chiang Rai and a monk found the statue. After moving around various sites in the country, it was moved to its present location on March 22, 1784.

With the changing of seasons an individual of Thailand or another member of the royal family changes the attire of the Emerald Buddha. Although it is called the Emerald Buddha, it is most likely made of jade or jasper; emerald simply refers to the color of the statue.

3) Korean War
The Korean War was among the most destructive conflicts of the modern era, with approximately 3 million war fatalities and a larger proportional civilian death toll than World War II or the Vietnam War. It incurred the destruction of virtually all of Korea's major cities, thousands of massacres by both sides (including the mass killing of tens of thousands of suspected communists by the South Korean government), and the torture and starvation of prisoners of war by the North Korean command. North Korea became among the most heavily-bombed countries in history.

4) JOURNALISTS ARE NORMALLY congratulated for breaking major news first. But for one Associated Press war correspondent, reporting the proverbial ‘story of the century’ — Germany’s surrender in World War Two — cost him his job.
After observing the momentous event, Kennedy and his colleagues were flabbergasted when Allied commanders pressed the assembled newsies to wait at least 36 hours before releasing the bombshell to the world.

Amazingly, the call to delay publishing had come from the very top. Both President Harry Truman and Prime Minister Winston Churchill had secretly agreed to demands by Soviet leader Josef Stalin to stage a second surrender ceremony the following day in Berlin. This duplicate event was to be presided over by Red Army field marshal Georgy Zhukov. Out of respect for Moscow, Nazi Germany’s initial capitulation was to be kept under wraps.

Kennedy and his press corps colleagues grudgingly agreed to the demands. Yet within hours, details of the pre-dawn ceremony had leaked and were already being reported by a local German radio station. Within minutes of the discovery, the AP reporter had fired off his copy to the wire service’s London bureau. By 10 a.m., newspapers and radio stations the world over were carrying Kennedy’s story.
Furious, military censors took AP to task for letting the news out. Kennedy was immediately stripped of his military press credentials as editors with the news service tried to smooth things over with army brass by firing their star reporter.
Disgraced, the seasoned war correspondent who’d previously covered the Spanish Civil War as well as the fighting in North Africa and Greece, went home. Unable to find work with the country’s major papers, he took a job editing the small town Santa Barbara News in California. Later he’d become publisher of the Monterey Herald.

Kennedy died in a car accident in 1963. He was 58.

It took decades for AP to acknowledge that it had erred in its treatment of its deceased reporter. Finally in 2012, the news service’s top executive Tom Curley issued an apology for the dismissal. The CEO learned of Kennedy’s firing while working on a book entitled Breaking News: How The Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else.

“It was a terrible day for the AP. It was handled in the worst possible way,” said Curley. “You can’t hold back information like that. The world needed to know.”

Kennedy’s own paper, the Monterey Herald, covered the belated apology. It even reached out to the late journalist’s daughter for comment about how her father would have felt about AP’s reversal.

5) Largest Parks in the World
1 Chugach State Park Anchorage, United States 495,199.20 acres
2 Table Mountain National Park Cape Town, South Africa 54,610.30
3 Pedra Branca State Park Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 30,626.20
4 McDowell Sonoran Preserve Scottsdale, United States 30,394.00
5 Losiny Ostrov National Park Moscow, Russia 28,664.20

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1) Representatives from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Yemen meet in Cairo to establish the Arab League, a regional organization of Arab states. Formed to foster economic growth in the region, resolve disputes between its members, and coordinate political aims, members of the Arab League formed a council, with each state receiving one vote. Fifteen more Arab nations eventually joined the organization, which established a common market in 1965.

2) On March 22, 1894, the first championship series for Lord Stanley’s Cup is played in Montreal, Canada. The Stanley Cup has since become one of the most cherished and recognized trophies in sport.
The Stanley Cup was the creation of Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, lord of Preston and the 16th earl of Derby. Stanley was of noble birth, the son of a three-time prime minister of England. He served in Canada’s House of Commons from 1865 until he was named governor general of Canada in 1888. Stanley became an ice hockey fan after watching an 1889 game at the Montreal Winter Carnival. Stanley’s family, sons and daughters alike, also became enraptured with the game that had taken Montreal’s sporting public by storm since its introduction in 1875. In honor of the new sport, Lord Stanley then donated a lavish trophy to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The trophy, originally called the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, was first presented in 1893 to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) team, champions of the Amateur Hockey Association. Stanley had intended for the cup to be presented to the winner of a challenge series, or tournament, so in 1894 it was given to the Montreal AAA team upon their defeat of the Ottawa Generals in the championship round of a tournament specifically created to award the Cup as Lord Stanley had intended.
Since 1926, the Stanley Cup has been awarded solely by the National Hockey League every year except 2005, when the NHL was on strike. The original trophy that Lord Stanley donated was retired in 1962. Since then, only one trophy has served in its place, making the Stanley Cup the only trophy in major sports that is not reproduced each year. When a team wins the Cup, they are allowed to hold on to the trophy for one year, and the name of every player, coach and front-office employee is inscribed onto it. (In 1954, Detroit Red Wings owner Marguerite Norris, a former goaltender, became the first woman to have her name engraved on the cup.) Each player and front-office employee of the champion team is given 24 hours with the Cup, which they can take anywhere, along with the its full-time escorts, provided by the Hockey Hall of Fame. Since 1895, when the Winnipeg Victorias began the tradition of drinking from the Cup, people have filled it with everything from beer to bath water as they celebrate with friends, family and the public. In its travels, the Stanley Cup has been thrown into swimming pools, taken fishing, played host to a baby’s christening and been drunk from across Canada, the United States and Europe.

3) Margaret Thatcher
> Nation/Territory: United Kingdom
> Title: Prime Minister
> Time in power/Reign: 1979-1990

Margaret Thatcher became Great Britain’s first female prime minister in 1979, serving as PM for three terms. Her strongly held free market beliefs put her at odds with unions, and she championed the deregulation of financial markets. Her brief and successful war to regain the Falkland Islands in 1982 from Argentina restored British pride and raised her popularity among the British people. Thatcher was also a staunch Cold War ally of the United States who forged a special relationship with American President Ronald Reagan.

4) Over 60? Here are the Worst Coronavirus Mistakes
Sharing Misinformation
You weren't born yesterday. But there are people who prey on anxiety in times of crisis, circulating misinformation online. Before you share anything on social media, make sure it comes from a reputable source, such as a major news outlet, health organization, hospital or agency like the CDC or WHO, or a website like this.

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » March 27, 2020, 8:21 am

1) During World War II, German pilots claimed roughly 70,000 aerial victories, while over 75,000 Luftwaffe aircraft were destroyed or significantly damaged. Of these, nearly 40,000 were lost entirely.

2) Despite the freezing-cold temperatures, approximately four million people call this wintery wonderland home! Amongst these are the indigenous people of the Arctic, called the ‘Inuits‘. They’ve found ingenious ways to survive in one of the harshest environments on our planet.

The ice of the Arctic contains around ten percent of the world’s fresh water. This giant, white, frozen reservoir reflects sunlight, helping keep the region cool. It also plays a super-important role in keeping our global climate stable.

3) We could survive for YEARS' Scientists in polar outpost reveal coronavirus disaster plan
ANTARCTIC scientists have enacted strict procedures to stop coronavirus reaching the frozen landmass, which remains Earth's only continent free from the deadly COVID-19 pathogen.

4) After passing a wet and tedious winter near the Pacific Coast, Lewis and Clark happily leave behind Fort Clatsop and head east for home.
The Corps of Discovery arrived at the Pacific the previous November, having made a difficult crossing over the rugged Rocky Mountains. Their winter stay on the south side of the Columbia River-dubbed Fort Clatsop in honor of the local Indians-had been plagued by rainy weather, thieving Indians, and a scarcity of fresh meat. No one in the Corps of Discovery regretted leaving Fort Clatsop behind.
In the days before their departure, Captains Lewis and Clark prepared for the final stage of their journey. Lewis recognized the possibility that some disaster might still prevent them from making it back east and he prudently left a list of the names of all the expedition’s men with Chief Coboway of the Clatsops. Lewis asked the chief to give the list to the crew of the next trading vessel that arrived so the world would learn that the expedition did reach the Pacific.

The previous few days had been stormy, but on March 22, the rain began to ease. The captains agreed to depart the next day, and they made a parting gift of Fort Clatsop and its furniture to Chief Coboway.

At 1 p.m. on this day in 1806, the Corps of Expedition set off up the Columbia River in canoes. After nearly a year in the wilderness, they had severely depleted the sizeable cache of supplies with which the expedition had begun–they set off on their return trip with only canisters of gunpowder, some tools, a small cache of dried fish and roots, and their rifles. The expedition had expended almost all of its supplies.

Ahead loomed the high, rugged slopes of the Rocky Mountains that had proved so difficult to cross in the other direction the previous year. This time, however, Lewis and Clark had the advantage of knowing the route they would take. Still, they knew the passage would be difficult, and they were anxious to find the Nez Perce Indians, whose help they would need to cross the mountains.

The months to come would witness some of the most dangerous moments of the journey, including Lewis’ violent confrontation with Blackfeet Indians near the Marias River of Montana in July. Nonetheless, seven months later to the day, on September 23, 1806, the Corps of Discovery arrived at the docks of St. Louis, where their long journey had begun nearly two and a half years before.

5) On March 23, 1983, Barney Clark dies 112 days after becoming the world’s first recipient of a permanent artificial heart. The 61-year-old dentist spent the last four months of his life in a hospital bed at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, attached to a 350-pound console that pumped air in and out of the aluminum-and-plastic implant through a system of hoses.

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » March 28, 2020, 4:49 am

1) Top Hardest Special Forces Training In The World 2020
For the people of Nepal who aspire to join this British military organization, the first set of punishing tests that qualify them for the actual military training are somewhat tame and involve having to do about 800 meters in 2 minutes or maybe 12 pull-ups.
The actual training is much more difficult than anything dealt with by SAS trainees. The aspiring members are made to run 5 kilometers all the while saddled with weight weighing 25 kilograms. The 25 kilometers incline upwards every 400 meters, and these aspiring members have to complete it in 48 minutes. This among others made their training to be the hardest special training forces in the world.

The Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, better known by its informal name "Jonestown", was a remote settlement established by the Peoples Temple, a cult under the leadership of Jim Jones, in northwestern Guyana. It became internationally known when, on November 18, 1978, a total of 918[1][2] people died in the settlement, at the nearby airstrip in Port Kaituma, and at a Temple-run building in Georgetown, Guyana's capital city. The name of the settlement became synonymous with the incidents at those locations.[3]

In total, 909 individuals died in Jonestown,[1] all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in an event termed "revolutionary suicide" by Jones and some Peoples Temple members on an audio tape of the event, and in prior recorded discussions. The poisonings in Jonestown followed the murder of five others by Temple members at Port Kaituma, including United States Congressman Leo Ryan, an act that Jones ordered. Four other Temple members committed murder-suicide in Georgetown at Jones' command.

3) Mao Zedong
> Nation/Territory: China
> Title: Chairman
> Time in power/Reign: 1949-1976

Mao Zedong is the father of the People’s Republic of China. He ruled the world’s most populous nation for 27 years. After leading the communists to victory over the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek in 1949, he centralized the government. Mao instituted land reform, pushed for increased literacy and greater access to medical care, and advocated for higher status for women. His attempts to dramatically increase industrial and agricultural production, called the “Great Leap Forward,” have been called failures.


There were 40 known prisoner-of-war camps across Canada during World War II, although this number also includes camps that held Canadians of German and Japanese descent.Several reliable sources indicate that there were only 25 or 26 camps holding exclusively prisoners from foreign countries, nearly all from Germany

The camps were identified by letters at first, then by numbers. In addition to the main camps there were branch camps and labour camps. The prisoners were given various tasks; many worked in the forests as logging crews or on nearby farms; they were paid a nominal amount for their labour. Approximately 11,000 were thus employed by 1945.

The largest number of military prisoners of war was recorded as 33,798 by several sources. In addition to POWs, some civilian internees were held in the camps and some estimates include such prisoners.

All POWs were protected by the conditions of the Geneva Convention. There are claims that conditions in the Canadian camps tended to be etter than average, and many times better than the conditions of the barracks that Canadian troops were kept in. They were guarded by the Veterans Guard of Canada, mostly men who had been soldiers during WW I.It is believed by some that the lenient treatment foiled many escape attempts before they even started. Notably, it is told that a group of German prisoners returned to Ozada camp after escaping because of encountering a grizzly bear.[10] Starting in 1945, all POWs were released and returned to their home countries.[7] None were allowed to remain in Canada, but some later returned as immigrants.

5) German occupiers shoot more than 300 Italian civilians as a reprisal for an Italian partisan attack on an SS unit.
Since the Italian surrender in the summer of 1943, German troops had occupied wider swaths of the peninsula to prevent the Allies from using Italy as a base of operations against German strongholds elsewhere, such as the Balkans. An Allied occupation of Italy would also put into their hands Italian airbases, further threatening German air power.
Italian partisans (antifascist guerrilla fighters) aided the Allied battle against the Germans. The Italian Resistance had been fighting underground against the fascist government of Mussolini long before its surrender, and now it fought against German fascism. The main weapon of a guerrilla, defined roughly as a member of a small-scale “irregular” fighting force that relies on limited and quick engagements of a conventional fighting force, is sabotage. Aside from killing enemy soldiers, the destruction of communication lines, transportation centers, and supply lines are essential guerrilla tactics.

On March 23, 1944, Italian partisans operating in Rome threw a bomb at an SS unit, killing 33 soldiers. The very next day, the Germans rounded up 335 Italian civilians and took them to the Adeatine caves. They were all shot dead as revenge for the SS soldiers. Of the civilian victims, 253 were Catholic, 70 were Jewish and the remaining 12 were unidentified.

Despite such setbacks, the partisans proved extremely effective in aiding the Allies; by the summer of 1944, resistance fighters had immobilized eight of the 26 German divisions in northern Italy. By war’s end, Italian guerrillas controlled Venice, Milan, and Genoa, but at considerable cost. All told, the Resistance lost some 50,000 fighters-but won its republic.

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » March 29, 2020, 8:01 am






1) March 5, 1963: the Hula Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.

In 1948, friends Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr founded a company in California to sell a slingshot they created to shoot meat up to falcons they used for hunting. The company’s name, Wham-O, came from the sound the slingshots supposedly made. Wham-O eventually branched out from slingshots, selling boomerangs and other sporting goods. Its first hit toy, a flying plastic disc known as the Frisbee, debuted in 1957. The Frisbee was originally marketed under a different name, the Pluto Platter, in an effort to capitalize on America’s fascination with UFOs.

Melina and Knerr were inspired to develop the Hula Hoop after they saw a wooden hoop that Australian children twirled around their waists during gym class. Wham-O began producing a plastic version of the hoop, dubbed “Hula” after the hip-gyrating Hawaiian dance of the same name, and demonstrating it on Southern California playgrounds. Hula Hoop mania took off from there.

The enormous popularity of the Hula Hoop was short-lived and within a matter of months, the masses were on to the next big thing. However, the Hula Hoop never faded away completely and still has its fans today. According to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, in April 2004, a performer at the Big Apple Circus in Boston simultaneously spun 100 hoops around her body.

Hard liquor
Hard liquor is only "immortal" when it's stored in a cool place and left unopened. So no, you can't open that bottle of Barcadi and drink it again years later. After it is first exposed to air, it might begin to lose its flavors and structure due to oxidation. The alcohol can also be affected if it's exposed to extreme weather conditions, intense light, or heat. "In part that’s because the temperature can break down a type of organic molecule called a terpene," according to Wired. Storing foods incorrectly is just one of the cooking mistakes you might be making that are ruining your food.

3) Sex Myth: On average, men think about sex every seven seconds
Men’s minds naturally wander to steamy thoughts every seven seconds — that’s an average of over 8,200 thoughts during a waking day.
The reality:
The reality is actually far less stimulating….sexy thinking pops into men’s heads only about 19 times per day on average, according to one Ohio State University study. Note this was for students aged 18-25. To put this in perspective, thoughts about food occupied the mind 18 times. As for their female counterparts? Women reported an average of about 10 sexy thoughts per day, while they thought about food 15 times a day...This, however, may be due to the fact that females experience greater societal pressures to diet and struggle more with body-positivity.

4) Throwing rice at Weddings
In ancient Rome, grains like wheat, oats and barley were symbols of fertility, though they were both usurped by rice as the go-to emblem, likely because of its wide availability and low cost. Throwing it at couples conveyed good luck for future harvests and for future children. Today, many couples opt for other festive sprinklings like glitter or confetti or exiting the reception through a tunnel of sparklers.

5) Wearing your wedding ring on your fourth finger
In many different countries and cultures, wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of a person’s left hand. That’s because ancient Romans believed that the vein in this particular finger on the left hand ran directly to your heart. That’s why they would wear the symbol of their union on this particular finger. Though we now know that all your fingers have veins leading to the heart, the custom has remained.


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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » March 30, 2020, 6:19 am

1) Will a face mask protect me from Corona?
"No, a regular over the counter or surgical mask will not protect you against coronavirus, because they do not seal around your nose and face and you still breathe air around it," says Dr. Luiza Petre, a board-certified cardiologist. "N95 masks are only for health care providers and they need to be fitted." If you are sick, wearing one is a good idea, to protect those around you from getting the virus.

2) March 27, 1977
The Tenerife airport crash at Los Rodeos Airport occurred when two Boeing 747 passenger jets collided. It is the world's deadliest aviation accident with the loss of 583 lives.

A number of factors contributed to the disaster; a terror incident at nearby Gran Canaria airport had diverted a number of planes to Los Rodeos and fog was obscuring visibility. In these conditions Dutch aircraft KLM Flight 4805 began its take off, not realising Pan Am Flight 1736 was still on the runway. The two planes caught fire and only 61 people from the Pam Am flight survived.

3)"Satchmo" is the nickname of which famous New Orleans' musician?
answer: Louis Armstrong
"Satchmo" is short for Satchelmouth, which describes the way he shaped his mouth around the mouthpiece of his trumpet.

4) Who is known as 'The Greatest'?
answer was Muhammad Ali

Cassius Clay (his birth name) won the gold medal in heavyweight boxing at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and soon afterwards turned pro. He won the world pro heavyweight crown in 1964 by defeating Sonny Liston. In 1964 he joined the Nation of Islam and took the name Muhammad Ali. He had a huge ego and loved to refer to himself to reporters in prefight hype as the greatest boxer that had ever lived. The nickname stuck. The catch phrase "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" was one of his favorite claims. He was also called "The Louisville Lip" (his hometown) because of his non-stop prefight bragging and hype.

5) What was the animal nickname of western showman William Cody?
answer was Buffalo Bill

William Cody (1846-1917) ran a very successful Wild West show. He earned the nickname for supplying buffalo meat to railroad workers earlier in his life.

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » March 31, 2020, 5:57 am

1) The lancasters of WW2 of which 7,000 we constructed 1/2 were lost meaning each averaged 14 missions or 2 weeks life span.
1944 the bombing of Hamburg Germanty they left 9,000 Tons of bombs. Only 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and was ultimately retired from service and scrapped in 1947.

2) Spanish Flu
The Stanley Cup is cancelled
It takes a lot for Canadians to cancel the Stanley Cup finals. The first time in history that the finals were cancelled was during the 1918–19 season, when the Spanish flu infected the Montreal Canadiens locker room. The disease claimed the lives of Hall of Fame defenceman Joe “Bad Joe” Hall and team owner George Kennedy.

3) Baby Boomers will remember
Smoking on airplanes.
Air travel has changed in so many ways, but baby boomers remember when it was common to see people smoking on airplanes. It wasn't until the 1990s that smoking on airplanes was banned completely.

Looking something up in an encyclopedia.
Before the internet and smartphones put the answer to almost every question right at our fingertips, people had to find the information they wanted in an encyclopedia. The set was probably sold to the family by a door-to-door salesman - another thing that's basically a relic of the past!

Waiting for the milkman to deliver to your house.
About 30% of milk was still delivered to homes in the 1960s. Prior to that, it was by far the most popular way for consumers to get their milk. Even today, a very small number of households still have it delivered to the home.

4) Baking soda mixed with water can also clean grease from the inside of an oven.
According to instructions from parenting resource Wellness Mama, damp the inside of the oven with a spray bottle of water. Pour 1/4 inch of baking soda into the oven, allowing it to mix with the water and form a paste. Let it sit for a few hours in the oven and wipe away the baking soda with a cloth or towel.

5) Unclog a kitchen drain with baking soda and vinegar.
According to the TipJunkie, to unclog the drain, pour 3/4 cup of dry baking soda down the sink, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. Clog the drain completely with a rag or plug. The two will have a chemical reaction and will want to spew up but the plugged drain will force it down the pipe. Leave it for 30 minutes while you boil about a gallon of water then unplug

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » April 1, 2020, 6:34 am

1) 1837 Michigan admitted as 26th US state

2) Bernard Montgomery
Monty was appointed to lead the British 8th Army in North Africa in 1942 and won the pivotal Battle of El Alamein.

He subsequently commanded the 8th Army in Sicily and Italy before assisting in the planning for the D-Day invasion in Normandy.

He was in command of all Allied ground forces during Operation Overlord from the initial landings until after the Battle of Normandy. He also commanded the failed Allied airborne assault into the Netherlands, codenamed Operation Market Garden, and accepted the surrender of German forces in Northern Europe at Luneburg Heath.
Born: November 17, 1887
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 24, 1976
3) ANIMALS: What animal primarily lives in the dirt and eats dirt as well?
answer: Earthworm

The earth worm mainly lives in the dirt, although some species rise to the surface to mate or eat other organic matter. The earth worm's movement around the dirt aerates and mixes the soil, and even creates nutrients good for many plants. This makes the earth worm great for farmers and gardeners. Most worms will also take organic material like dead leaves and manure, and bring it down in the ground either to plug their burrow or to use as food. They usually tear the material to shreds, and they partially digest it. When it leaves the worm's body, it will mix with intestinal secretions, thus fertilizing the soil. By aerating the soil, the earthworm keeps open passages for water to drain into the soil for plants to pick up, and also makes easy passages for oxygen to travel.

4) This was the premiere girl group, the absolute queens. The lead singer was a diva with charisma to spare. Their list of hits is a long one-"Where Did Our Love Go?", "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me" were among their first hits. Name the group.
answer is Supremes

The Supremes sang doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway show tunes, psychedelia and disco. Founded in Detroit in 1959, The Supremes began as a quartet called The Primettes. The group was made up of members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Betty McGlown, young women who came from the public housing projects in Detroit. In 1960 there was a shake-up within the group, and Ross, Ballard and Wilson became a trio, eventually signing with Motown in 1961 as The Supremes. One of Motown's top acts, The Supremes were the most successful girl group of the 1960s, recording twelve number-one hits between 1964 and 1969. Many of their hits were written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, the label's top songwriting team. Among their many hits: "Where Did Our Love Go" "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again". After they achieved success in the mid-1960s with Ross as the lead singer, Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross and The Supremes in 1967 and replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Diana Ross left the group to pursue a solo career in 1970. After that, The Supremes' lineup changed often, before the group broke up for good after eighteen years.

5) Saddam has been accused of hiding WMD. What does WMD stand for?
answer is Weapons of mass destruction
In 2003, it was claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and on March 20, 2003, the United States began the war on Iraq 90 minutes after George W. Bush's deadline for Saddam Hussein and his sons to leave Iraq expired. Throughout the war, weapons of mass destruction were never found.

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » April 2, 2020, 4:56 am

1) Nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island
At 4 a.m. on March 28, 1979, the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry begins when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to dangerously overheat.
The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was built in 1974 on a sandbar on Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, just 10 miles downstream from the state capitol in Harrisburg. In 1978, a second state-of-the-art reactor began operating on Three Mile Island, which was lauded for generating affordable and reliable energy in a time of energy crises.
After the cooling water began to drain out of the broken pressure valve on the morning of March 28, 1979, emergency cooling pumps automatically went into operation. Left alone, these safety devices would have prevented the development of a larger crisis. However, human operators in the control room misread confusing and contradictory readings and shut off the emergency water system. The reactor was also shut down, but residual heat from the fission process was still being released. By early morning, the core had heated to over 4,000 degrees, just 1,000 degrees short of meltdown. In the meltdown scenario, the core melts, and deadly radiation drifts across the countryside, fatally sickening a potentially great number of people.
As the plant operators struggled to understand what had happened, the contaminated water was releasing radioactive gases throughout the plant. The radiation levels, though not immediately life-threatening, were dangerous, and the core cooked further as the contaminated water was contained and precautions were taken to protect the operators. Shortly after 8 a.m., word of the accident leaked to the outside world. The plant’s parent company, Metropolitan Edison, downplayed the crisis and claimed that no radiation had been detected off plant grounds, but the same day inspectors detected slightly increased levels of radiation nearby as a result of the contaminated water leak. Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh considered calling an evacuation.

2) On March 28, 1915, the first American citizen is killed in the eight-month-old European conflict that would become known as the First World War.

Leon Thrasher, a 31-year-old mining engineer and native of Massachusetts, drowned when a German submarine, the U-28, torpedoed the cargo-passenger ship Falaba, on its way from Liverpool to West Africa, off the coast of England. Of the 242 passengers and crew on board the Falaba, 104 drowned. Thrasher, who was employed on the Gold Coast in British West Africa, was returning to his post there from England as a passenger on the ship.
The Germans claimed that the submarine’s crew had followed all protocol when approaching the Falaba, giving the passengers ample time to abandon ship and firing only when British torpedo destroyers began to approach to give aid to the Falaba. The British official press report of the incident claimed that the Germans had acted improperly: It is not true that sufficient time was given the passengers and the crew of this vessel to escape. The German submarine closed in on the Falaba, ascertained her name, signaled her to stop, and gave those on board five minutes to take to the boats. It would have been nothing short of a miracle if all the passengers and crew of a big liner had been able to take to their boats within the time allotted.
The sinking of the Falaba, and Thrasher’s death specifically, was mentioned in a memorandum sent by the U.S. government—drafted by President Woodrow Wilson himself—to the German government after the German submarine attack on the British passenger ship Lusitania

3) A ricotta cheese dish is mentioned in a well-known quote from 1972's film "The Godfather". The quote begins, "Leave the gun." What dish is mentioned next?
answer: cannoli

In the Mafia crime film, Marlon Brando plays the Godfather, Don Corleone. When an assassination attempt puts the Don in the hospital, his bodyguard, Paulie Gatto, is found to be complicit in the attempt. Peter Clemenza, a made member of the family, takes Paulie and a hitman named Rocco Lampone for a drive into Manhattan, but makes a stop on the way. While Clemenza is out of the car, Rocco shoots Paulie dead. Following the shooting, Clemenza tells Rocco, "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." The now-memorable quote was actually ad-libbed by the actor playing Clemenza - Richard S. Castellano.

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » April 3, 2020, 8:21 am

1) As Russia completed its eastward expansion through Siberia, the country inevitably crossed the Bering Strait and established a presence in the northern Americas. This territory, first settled in the early 17th century, was known as Alaska, but very few Russians ever moved there.

Russia was damaged militarily by its defeat in the Crimean War, in which Britain and its ally France defeated the Empire. Russian Tsar Alexander II began looking for ways to sell Alaska to America, especially as the territory would be impossible to defend if Britain decided to attack it. (Britain held Canada as a colony at the time of the sale.)

After the American Civil War concluded, negotiations began on selling Alaska to America, though opinion in both countries was against the deal. Many Russians did not want to give away a territory where gold had been discovered, and Americans did not want an 'ice-box' where very few people lived.

On March 30, 1867, the two countries agreed on a purely symbolic sum of $7.2 million ($109 million in 2018), about 2 cents an acre. America had purchased 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km2) of territory. Alaska would not be admitted as a state to the Union until 1959, and it remained sparsely populated until a gold rush in the late 19th century.

2) This song was written by a captive aboard a British ship during the attack of Ft. McHenry in the War of 1812.
answer: The Star Spangled Banner
It became America's national anthem by President Wilson's executive order in 1916. Congress confirmed this order in 1931.

3) What does the acronym PSI stand for when referring to automobiles?
answer is Pounds per Square Inch

The "Pounds per Square Inch" or "pound-force per square inch" is a unit of pressure or of stress. It is the pressure resulting from a force of one pound-force applied to an area of one square inch. This is very common in the automotive industry to determine tire pressure. Over- or under-inflating tires can have a critical effect on an auto's performance, handling, and fuel efficiency. PSI guidelines in the U.S. are usually available on the tires themselves as well as information provided in the vehicle owner's manual.

4) On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr.

The president had just finished addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel and was walking with his entourage to his limousine when Hinckley, standing among a group of reporters, fired six shots at the president, hitting Reagan and three of his attendants. White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head and critically wounded, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy was shot in the side, and District of Columbia policeman Thomas Delahanty was shot in the neck. After firing the shots, Hinckley was overpowered and pinned against a wall, and President Reagan, apparently unaware that he’d been shot, was shoved into his limousine by a Secret Service agent and rushed to the hospital.
The president was shot in the left lung, and the .22 caliber bullet just missed his heart. In an impressive feat for a 70-year-old man with a collapsed lung, he walked into George Washington University Hospital under his own power. As he was treated and prepared for surgery, he was in good spirits and quipped to his wife, Nancy, ”Honey, I forgot to duck,” and to his surgeons, “Please tell me you’re Republicans.” Reagan’s surgery lasted two hours, and he was listed in stable and good condition afterward.

5) A floating apartment for oil workers in the North Sea collapses, killing 123 people, on March 30, 1980.
The Alexander Kielland platform housed 208 men who worked on the nearby Edda oil rig in the Ekofisk field, 235 miles east of Dundee, Scotland. Most of the Phillips Petroleum workers were from Norway, although a few were American and British. The platform, held up by two large pontoons, had bedrooms, kitchens and lounges and provided a place for workers to spend their time when not working. At about 6:30 p.m. on March 30, most of the residents were in the platform’s small theater watching a movie. Although there were gale conditions in the North Sea that evening, no one was expecting that a large wave would collapse and capsize the platform.
The capsizing happened very quickly, within 15 minutes of the collapse, so that many of the workers were unable to make it to the lifeboats. The Royal Air Force of Great Britain and Norwegian military both immediately sent rescue helicopters, but the poor weather made it impossible for them to help. Most of the 123 victims drowned. A subsequent investigation revealed that a previously undetected crack in one of main legs of the platform caused the structure’s collapse. The Alexander Kielland sat in the water for three years before it was salvaged.

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Post by Doodoo » April 4, 2020, 2:20 pm

1. Does Area 51 exsist?
As home to Project Blue Book, ground zero for government investigation of UFOs from 1951 to 1969, Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) outside Dayton, Ohio, ranks up there alongside Area 51 as a subject of enduring speculation.
Many of the rumors surrounding Wright-Patt, as it’s known for short, involve what might have gone on inside a particular building, known as Hangar 18. UFO enthusiasts believe the government hid physical evidence from their investigations—including flying saucer debris, extraterrestrial remains and even captured aliens—in this mysterious warehouse, specifically inside a sealed, highly guarded location dubbed “the Blue Room.”
The legend of Hangar 18 goes back to the supposed crash of a UFO in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947. According to a press release issued by the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) at the time, their personnel inspected the “flying disc” and sent it on to “higher headquarters.” A subsequent press release from an Air Force base in Fort Worth, Texas (assumed to be the aforementioned headquarters) claimed the disc was a weather balloon—a claim the Air Force acknowledged was untrue in 1994, admitting it had been testing a surveillance device designed to fly over nuclear research sites in the Soviet Union.

2. "Annie Hall" beats out "Star Wars" for Best Picture
The rise of the action-adventure blockbuster was on the horizon, but on April 3, 1978, the small-scale romantic comedy triumphs over the big-budget space extravaganza. At the 50th annual Academy Awards, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Woody Allen’s Annie Hall won the Oscar for Best Picture, beating out George Lucas’ Star Wars.
Annie Hall was seen as a major turning point for Allen, who made his debut as a triple threat (writer-director-star) with Take the Money and Run (1969) and proved his knack for zany comedy in films like Bananas (1971) and Sleeper (1973). In Annie Hall, Allen blended comedy with the offbeat and thought-provoking musings on love and relationships that had previously been the stuff of his stand-up comedy and written essays.

As the film began, Allen’s Alvy Singer, a New York City comedy writer, ponders the demise of his relationship with the freewheeling singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). The film leapt around between New York City and Hollywood along with Alvy’s memories, which include scenes from his childhood, his first meeting with Annie, an ill-fated visit to her family and meetings between the couple when they are both involved with other people. Allen employed unusual cinematic techniques, including split-screen imagery, characters addressing the camera directly, subtitles to explain what the characters are really thinking during a conversation and an animated sequence in which Alvy interacts with the Wicked Queen from Snow White. While the movie originally contained a subplot about a murder, it was completely cut out in the editing, reducing the running time from 140 minutes to a more manageable 95 minutes.

At the time Annie Hall was made and released, Keaton was Allen’s real-life girlfriend. She was born Diane Hall, and the character of the clever but scatterbrained Annie was based loosely on her. Keaton also brought her own fashion sense to the film, and Annie’s effortlessly quirky style, a mix of baggy trousers, hats and oversized jackets, would inspire a wave of imitators. When it was released, Annie Hall grossed some $40 million and was praised by critics as Allen’s best work to date. In addition to Best Picture, the film won Oscars for Allen as Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (with Marshall Brickman) and for Keaton as Best Actress. Allen, who declined to attend the ceremony, received a nomination for Best Actor as well. With his win in the Best Director category, Allen became the first director to win an Oscar for a movie in which he also starred.

3. Jesse James is murdered
One of America’s most famous criminals, Jesse James, is shot to death by fellow gang member Bob Ford, who betrayed James for reward money. For 16 years, Jesse and his brother, Frank, committed robberies and murders throughout the Midwest. Detective magazines and pulp novels glamorized the James gang, turning them into mythical Robin Hoods who were driven to crime by unethical landowners and bankers. In reality, Jesse James was a ruthless killer who stole only for himself.

The teenage James brothers joined up with southern guerrilla leaders when the Civil War broke out. Both participated in massacres of settlers and troops affiliated with the North. After the war was over, the quiet farming life of the James brothers’ youth no longer seemed enticing, and the two turned to crime. Jesse’s first bank robbery occurred on February 13, 1866, in Liberty, Missouri.

Over the next couple of years, the James brothers became the suspects in several bank robberies throughout western Missouri. However, locals were sympathetic to ex-southern guerrillas and vouched for the brothers. Throughout the late 1860s and early 1870s, the James gang robbed only a couple banks a year, otherwise keeping a low profile.

In 1873, the James gang got into the train robbery game. During one such robbery, the gang declined to take any money or valuables from southerners. The train robberies brought out the Pinkerton Detective Agency, employed to bring the James gang to justice. However, the Pinkerton operatives’ botched attempt to kill James left a woman and her child injured and elicited public sympathy for Jesse and Frank James.

The James gang suffered a setback in 1876 when they raided the town of Northfield, Minnesota. The Younger brothers, cousins of the James brothers, were shot and wounded during the brazen midday robbery. After running off in a different direction from Jesse and Frank, the Younger brothers were captured by a large posse and later sentenced to life in prison. Jesse and Frank, the only members of the gang to escape successfully, headed to Tennessee to hide out.

After spending a few quiet years farming, Jesse organized a new gang. Charlie and Robert Ford were on the fringe of the new gang, but they disliked Jesse intensely and decided to kill him for the reward money. On April 3, while Jesse’s mother made breakfast, the new gang met to hear Jesse’s plan for the next robbery. When Jesse turned his back to adjust a picture on the wall, Bob Ford shot him several times in the back.

His tombstone reads, “Jesse W. James, Died April 3, 1882, Aged 34 years, 6 months, 28 days, Murdered by a traitor and a coward whose name is not worthy to appear here.”

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Re: Yes it really happened

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1. Burgoo a thick oatmeal gruel, especially as eaten by sailors. Made in the 1700 and 1800's

Why Famous: Rommel was a highly respected German military officer who was respected by both his allies and his adversaries. Nicknamed the Desert Fox, his command of the Afrika Korps during the North African Campaign garnered him a reputation as one of the most able tank commanders of the war, as well as giving him a reputation among his adversaries for chivalry and honor.

Later in the war he led Germany's forces opposing the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. During that same year, he was implicated in the 20 July plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, though the level of his participation is debated by historians. As Rommel was a national hero, Hitler did not wish to make his downfall public, and he was offered the chance to take his own life to avoid repercussions against his family. In public Rommel's death was announced to be the result of a strafing attack by an Allied aircraft in Normandy.

The level of participation by Rommel in supporting Nazi ideology has been the subject of historical debate.

Born: November 15, 1891
Birthplace: Heidenheim, Württemberg, Germany
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: October 14, 1944 (aged 52)

Cause of Death: Suicide

3. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States is moving to “Vietnamize” the war as rapidly as possible. By this, he meant that the responsibility for the fighting would be gradually transferred to the South Vietnamese as they became more combat capable. However, Laird emphasized that it would not serve the United States’ purpose to discuss troop withdrawals while the North Vietnamese continued to conduct offensive operations in South Vietnam. Despite Laird’s protestations to the contrary, Nixon’s “Vietnamization” program, as he would announce it in June, did include a series of scheduled U.S. troop withdrawals, the first of the war.
Also on this date: U.S. military headquarters in Saigon announce that combat deaths for the last week of March have pushed the total number of Americans killed during eight years of U.S. involvement in Vietnam to 33,641. This was 12 more deaths than during the Korean War. By the end of the war, 47,244 Americans had been killed in action in Vietnam. An additional 10,446 died as a result of non-hostile causes like disease and accidents.

4. Mazda is turning 100 years old in 2020, and it's commemorating the occasion by releasing eight retro-inspired limited-edition models in its home country of Japan. Some of them might be available in the United States

5. Longest Homerun You guessed it Babe Ruth 575 Feet

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