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Iraqi Drought Reveals Stunning 3,400-Year-Old City Covered By Tigris River
German and Kurdish archaeologists have uncovered an ancient metropolis of the Mittani Empire once submerged below the Tigris River. The settlement was revealed when the levels of the Mosul reservoir plunged earlier this year due to extreme drought in Iraq.
The extensive city with a palace and several large buildings could be Zakhiku—believed to have been an important center in the Mittani Empire between 1550-1350 BC.
To prevent crops from drying out, large amounts of water have been drawn down from the reservoir, which is Iraq’s most important water storage..
This led to the reappearance of a Bronze Age city that had been submerged decades ago without any prior archaeological investigations. It is located at Kemune in the Kurdistan Region of the country. More
Saint Paul Public Schools Unanimously Supports Smudging in Classrooms
ST PAUL, Minn.— The Saint Paul Public School Board (SPPS) voted unanimously on Tuesday to support a new policy that allows Indigenous students to smudge in schools.
“The policy that we want to bring forward is to introduce smudging as a cultural, social, and emotional intervention,” said SPPS’s American Indian Education Program Supervisor John Bobolink during Tuesday’s meeting. “I know that there has been use of smudging with religious ceremonies or spiritual ceremonies, but smudging is not exclusive to those events.”
The Saint Paul Public School district is Minnesota’s second-largest school district and serves nearly 40,000 students. The new smudging policy states that the school district recognizes that tobacco, sage, sweet grass, and cedar are traditional American Indian medicines and essential elements of purification and sacred ceremony. More
'Two Buck Chuck' Founder Fred Franzia Dead at 79
Fred Franzia, the creator of "Two Buck Chuck" wine, has died. He was 79.
The wine industry veteran is known for revolutionizing affordably priced wine. Bronco Wine Company, the company he founded with his brother and cousin nearly 50 years ago, shared a statement on Facebook announcing his death. According to the post, Franzia died early Tuesday morning at his home in Denair, California. They did not disclose the cause of death.
"Core to his vision was a belief that wine should be enjoyed and consumed on every American Table. When asked how Bronco Wine Company can sell wine less expensive than a bottle of water, Fred T. Franzia famously countered, 'They're overcharging for the water — don't you get it?'" the statement read. More
What happens now to New Zealand’s coins and bank notes?
For most of us, seeing her face on our cash is the closest we get to the Queen. But with Queen Elizabeth II no longer occupying her long-held position as New Zealand’s head of state, what happens now to the image of her head on our cash?
Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on the “heads” side of New Zealand coins since 1953 but did not appear on banknotes until 1967, when the Reserve Bank printed its third series of banknotes, this time decimal currency.
A Reserve Bank spokesperson says a change of sovereign makes no immediate difference to the use, acceptance or status of existing currency. More
Russia has rebranded its McDonald’s — and eliminated Big Macs
McDonald’s, a global fast-food giant, announced on May 11 that it’s leaving Russia amid the invasion of Ukraine. More than 800 of these restaurants went on the market until Siberian businessman and former licensee of the chain Alexander Govor came along, offering to operate a new fast-food brand.
On Sunday, the doors of yellow arches reopened — but under a new name and a new owner.
The McDonald’s logo had to be taken down. What took its place were two slanted yellow lines and a red dot, forming an “M” shape, within a green circle. As the Deseret News previously reported, this new trademark is meant to indicate a burger and fries within a green color that signifies “the quality of products and services.” More
We didn’t want to fork out fortune on rent so now live in a van & save thousands
CAST your mind back to the first place you lived after moving out of home - chances are, it was cramped, damp and extremely overpriced.
So instead of throwing away all their hard-earned cash like we did, savvy students Madison Wood and Pepijn Grijpink have decided to go down a VERY different route.
Since August 2021, the couple has been living out of a converted van and travelling the world. And while they used to spend £1040 on their monthly rent alone, Madison and Pepijn now pay just £465 to cover the cost of diesel, food and water.
Madison explained: "I’ve always wanted to travel, settling in one place has never really been an option for me. “We were living in the Netherlands whilst Pepijn studied at university, and I was working at a suit store until I lost my job to Covid and then I became a cleaner to be able to afford our rent which was £800 a month inclusive of bills. More
The Difference Between Streets, Boulevards, Avenues, and Other Roads
If you’ve ever wondered why some roads are called “streets,” while others are known as “boulevards” or “avenues,” you’re not alone. And as it turns out, there’s actually some meaning behind those names and they may even help you navigate a city.
In this video from the Vox YouTube channel, Phil Edwards gives the lowdown on what all those words means when it comes to transportation. Of course, these are more guidelines than hard-and-fast rules, and not every city in the world follows these naming conventions exactly. Also, they tend not to be as strict with these in suburbs and newer areas: sometimes a street is called a “lane” simply because an urban planner or developer might think it sounds nice.
Not only that, but what starts out as a “street” could later be developed to the point of taking on the characteristics of an “avenue.” But even though these guidelines aren’t written in stone, it does provide some helpful context about our roads. More
Gold as money gaining popularity, what's in your wallet?
Due to its unique properties, gold was one of the first metals discovered by mankind. The precious metal doesn't rust or corrode, is malleable for artwork or jewelry, and conducts heat and electricity.
Gold is found at surface in flakes and nuggets, making it easily mineable. Historians agree the Egyptians were the first to make gold jewelry using the lost-wax method, around 3,600 BC. The funeral mask of King Tutankhamen is one of the most stunning examples of Egyptian goldsmithing. The Egyptians also learned how to alloy gold with other metals, to vary hardness and color.
While gold was rare and valuable, it was also ideal for pressing into coins. Because gold coins were portable, private and permanent, they fit the early definition of a currency. Gold could be used as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and a store of value. More
Drone footage captures sunken Spanish village rising from dry reservoir
Drone footage showed a ghost village that has emerged as drought has nearly emptied a dam on the Spanish-Portuguese border, which is drawing crowds of tourists with its eerie, grey ruins.
With the reservoir at 15% of its capacity, details of a life frozen in 1992, when the Aceredo village in Spain’s northwestern Galicia region was flooded to create the Alto Lindoso reservoir, are being revealed once more.
Walking on the muddy ground cracked by the drought in some spots, visitors found partially collapsed roofs, bricks and wooden debris that once made up doors or beams, and even a drinking fountain with water still streaming from a rusty pipe.
Crates with empty beer bottles were stacked by what used to be a cafe, and a semi-destroyed old car was rusting away by a stone wall. More
Five Incredible Ways Birds Change Their Bodies for Spring and Fall Migration
It’s tempting to compare bird migration to marathon running. In both, participants prepare intensely and undergo an extreme test of endurance. But the similarities stop there. Though marathon runners push the human body to its limits—during the 26.2-mile race, core temperatures spike to 102 degrees Fahrenheit and the heart pumps three to four times more blood than usual—birds radically change their bodies and their metabolism for the main event. In just weeks or months, they undergo physical transformation unmatched by human gains from years of training. To fly vast distances between breeding and wintering grounds, birds can shrink their internal organs, rapidly gain and burn through fat stores, barely sleep, and more.
These are incredible abilities, but they come with tradeoffs. The energy required to fly hundreds or thousands of miles in a short span leaves birds with little room for error during migration, and vulnerable to natural and human-caused threats. In North America alone, an estimated 2.6 billion birds disappear between fall and spring migration every year. Researchers pin many of these losses on migration, when birds must survive storms and cold snaps, navigate skyscrapers and other buildings, avoid predators, and successfully forage for food or else fail to complete their journeys. More
How Beer and Drugs Empowered an Ancient Andean Empire
Archaeological evidence from Peru suggests elite members of the Wari Empire mixed a hallucinogenic drug with a beer-like beverage in order to cultivate and preserve political control.
During feasts, Wari elites added vilca, a powerful hallucinogen, to chicha, a beer-like beverage made from fruit. Together, the concoction made for a potent party drug, which the researchers say helped those in power bond with their guests and consolidate relationships. And because vilca could only be produced by the elites, these psychedelic feasts served to boost their social and political importance. Such are the findings of a new study published today in Antiquity.
The vibrant pre-Columbian Wari state ruled over the Peruvian Andes from around 600 CE to 1000 CE, prior to the emergence of the Inca Empire. Evidence of the vilca-chicha mixture was found at the Quilcapampa site in Peru—a short-lived Wari outpost built during the 9th century CE. More
How the 1993 Movie “Demolition Man” Perfectly Predicted (and Ridiculed) Today’s Society
When I want to relax and take my mind off things, I like to watch movies from the 20th century, especially the 1990s. As someone who grew up in this magical decade, immersing myself in 90s nostalgia is like a balm to my soul. I mean, everything about the 90s was better. Fun things were fun. Cool things were cool. And, in my opinion, society was just saner and happier.
So when I recently came across the 1993 movie Demolition Man, I could not resist. Is there anything more 90s than Wesley Snipes fighting Sylvester Stallone while wearing denim overalls?
But watching this movie in 2022 ended up being a bizarre, mind-bending experience.
First, the movie takes place in 2032, which is only ten years from now. In other words, we are currently much closer to the “future” of the movie than to the year it was actually made. Second, the “future” depicted in the movie pinpoints, with near-prophetic accuracy, everything wrong in society right now. And it is ridiculing it – as if it is laughing at us from the past. More
Modern mullets: The high-low hairstyle is once again having a moment
If you’re 5 years old and have been growing out your mullet since age 3, does the mullet become you, or do you become the mullet?
“I don’t want to cut it,” says Oakville-area kindergartner Xane Coultrip, who sports a lusciously wavy mullet that flows halfway down his back, “because my friends won’t know who I am.”
The mullet (also as the Kentucky Waterfall, the Missouri Compromise, the Camaro Crash Helmet, the Ape Drape, the Canadian Passport — we can go on, and we will) is back. More
Sniff it out: Marijuana legalization spurs K9 retirements, retraining
After the legalization of recreational marijuana in Montana, law enforcement has had to make changes to the way it trains K9s.
It has also had to retire some working K9s, even after those dogs have been trained off searching for weed.
“What we can’t have is K9s indicating on vehicles, lockers, whatever it is they’re sniffing, on a product that’s legal to be in possession of,” said Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer.
“That’s why we don’t have K9s that hit on nicotine or alcohol.” K9s alerting to the scent of a drug gives law enforcement probable cause to request a search warrant on a vehicle or property. When considering whether to grant a search warrant, a judge can use the K9’s alert to grant the search warrant. More
Smokefree 2025: How will the Government's new plan for a smokefree generation work?
People born after 2009 could become New Zealand’s first-ever smokefree generation, in a policy move that is expected to bring $5 billion in health savings.
On Thursday, Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall announced a radical and world-leading plan to ban tobacco sales to a generation, as well as lower the nicotine level in all tobacco products and drastically reduce number of places that can sell them, through the new Smokefree 2025 action plan.
It is a major shift from policy that had, until now, sought to influence people’s individual behaviours to lessen tobacco demand. Instead, it seeks to regulate what is available and reduce the likelihood of a young person taking up smoking altogether. More
Captain Santa signs off for Qantas after 40 Christmas flights
For 50 years Captain Steve Anderson has swapped his pilot’s uniform for a Santa suit at Christmas purely for the joy it brings his passengers – young and old.
Saturday will mark the last time Captain Santa commands a Qantas flight before he parks his wings for good but it will not be the last time the red suit gets an outing.
“I will still be playing Santa for kids in hospital and at orphanages,” he said. “I get such a kick out of it, just seeing their faces and the thrill they get.
” It all began in 1971, when Captain Anderson was in the Royal Australian Navy and learning to fly. Given the job of organising Santa for Christmas celebrations, he was forced to step in himself when the able seaman he had lined up for the task got himself “rotten drunk”. More
Canada digs deep into strategic reserves to cover maple syrup shortage
Maple syrup producers have been forced to raid the world’s only stockpile of the highly valued sweet treat, as surging worldwide demand combined with an unusually short harvest season in 2021.
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, sometimes referred to as the “Opec of maple syrup”, has released about 22m kilograms of syrup from its strategic reserve to cover a shortfall driven by a short and warm spring in 2021.
At the same time that production fell, pandemic-fuelled demand for the sticky substance jumped 36% from 2020 to 2021, according to federation figures. More
Magic while it lasted: Official wizard of New Zealand loses contract after 23-year spell
The official wizard of New Zealand has been cast from the public payroll to spell the end to a 23-year legacy.
The wizard, Ian Brackenbury Channell (88), had been contracted to Christchurch city council for the past two decades to promote the city through “acts of wizardry and other wizard-like services”, at a cost of $16,000 (€9,728) a year. He has been paid a total of $368,000.
The wizard, who was born in England, began performing acts of wizardry and entertainment in public spaces shortly after arriving in New Zealand in 1976. When the council originally tried to stop him, the public protested. More
6 Tribes Sue Wisconsin to Try to Stop November Wolf Hunt
Six Native American tribes sued Wisconsin on Tuesday to try to stop its planned gray wolf hunt in November, asserting that the hunt violates their treaty rights and endangers an animal they consider sacred.
The Chippewa tribes say treaties give them rights to half of the wolf quota in territory they ceded to the United States in the mid-1800s. But rather than hunt wolves, the tribes want to protect them.
The tribal lawsuit comes three weeks after a coalition of wildlife advocacy groups sued to stop Wisconsin’s wolf hunt this fall and void a state law mandating annual hunts, arguing that the statutes don’t give wildlife managers any leeway to consider population estimates. More
The everyday foods that could become luxuries
Ordering lobster in a restaurant or serving it at a party is considered the height of gastronomic sophistication.
But that hasn't always been the case – lobster has worked its way up from humble beginnings to become a gourmet delicacy.
In the 18th Century, lobster was considered a highly undesirable food that wealthy families steered clear of. The crustacean was so abundant along the east coast of the US that it was used as fertiliser and served in prisons. Kentucky politician John Rowan quipped: "Lobster shells about a house are looked upon as signs of poverty and degradation."
It was the development of railways in the US, which transformed lobster into a luxury. Train operators decided to serve lobster to their wealthy passengers, who were unaware of the seafood's poor reputation. They quickly got a taste for lobster and brought it back to the cities, where it appeared on the menus of expensive restaurants. By the end of the 19th Century, lobster had cemented its status as a luxury food. More
Does feeding garden birds do more harm than good?
The regular feathered visitors to the bird feeders I hang in a particularly lovely tree outside my kitchen window are a welcome dose of colourful nature in a sometimes repetitive daily schedule.
So the suggestion that my conscientiously topped-up supply of "premium mixed wild bird seed" is anything other than a positive boost for local wildlife has come as something of an unwelcome surprise.
But evidence has been building recently that supplementary feeding could disrupt a delicate ecological balance beyond our windowsills and gardens. And now a provocative research paper co-authored by a conservation biologist from Manchester Metropolitan University has posed the question of whether it might, in fact, do more harm than good. More
Hell On Earth: Nazino — The Soviet Union’s Cannibal Island
On the North Bank of the Ob River, deep in the Siberian wilderness of central Russia is a low-lying marshland 3km long and less than 600 metres wide.
This tiny scrap of earth bore no name and for most of history, its only visitors were the local Ostyak people, who came to the island to collect tree bark. It would be from their local village Nazino, which is sometimes rendered as Nazinsky, that the island would get its name.
In the Summer of 1933, it would be witness to some of the most disturbing scenes yet seen in the Soviet Union. Stalin’s reforms of the USSR would set in motion a series of events that would culminate in what would locally come to be known by the Ostyak people as Cannibal Island. More
The struggle to save a South African language with 45 click sounds
TWO AND a half millennia ago the San had southern Africa to themselves, living lightly on the land as hunter-gatherers.
Then came the Khoekhoen from the north-east to wrest some of the San’s hunting grounds for their cattle. The 17th-century Dutch incomers called the hunter-gatherers “Boesmans” (“Bushmen”) after their habitat, while the Khoekhoen were “Hottentots”.
The word Hottentot may mimic the click sound of the Khoekhoen’s speech. Africa is the only continent where clicks act as a kind of consonant in basic word-building sounds.
Many of southern Africa’s original click-rich languages have died out. For the complexity and repertoire of its clicks, the N|uu language of a long-scattered subgroup of the San is among humanity’s most startling creations. It has but two known surviving fluent speakers, both in their 80s. The bar after the N indicates a particular click of the tongue against the teeth. N|uu is one of just three languages known to feature a kiss-click made with both lips. More
Why ‘Fearless Gardening’ advocates pushing the limits with ‘cramscaping’
A book replete with horticultural wisdom and inspiration has just been published.
In addition to vibrant text and glorious photos that are highly instructional where garden design ideas are concerned, it offers the friendly message that gardeners can do no wrong.
Entitled “Fearless Gardening” (Timber Press, 2021), author Loree Bohl is not fazed by the sight of dead plants in her garden. She quotes J. C. Raulston, a highly acclaimed horticulturist who founded an arboretum in North Carolina that bears his name. “If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener.” Bohl embellishes Raulston’s statement as follows: “Experimentation is at the core of building a garden. It’s only through trial, error, and dead plants that you discover what works… How can we expect to get it right the first time, every time? … If the first time you tried baking chocolate chip cookies, they had all ended up flat and burnt, would you have given up and never baked them again? What a shame that would be!” More
She created a geocaching trail that links together 14 Eagle Scout service projects
With more than 50,000 Eagle Scout service projects completed every year, chances are good that you walk, bike or drive past one every day without even knowing it.
“If you aren’t actively seeking out Eagle projects, they are easy to overlook because they fit in so well in the environment,” says Eagle Scout Sarina Horner, a member of Troop 729 of Winston-Salem, N.C. “It’s also hard to know about the service-oriented projects because you can’t physically see them.”
Wanting to bring more attention to this hard work, Sarina created an Eagle Scout geocaching trail that links together 14 projects throughout the community of Winston-Salem, N.C., part of the Old Hickory Council. More
Beautiful Italian town sells ready-to-occupy homes at bargain prices
If you've been tempted to pick up one of the dilapidated houses offered for sale in Italy for little more than $1 but had second thoughts about the hassle of renovating it, one town has an offer that might just tempt you.
Biccari, deep in the southeastern region of Puglia, is also selling off dilapidated homes priced at €1, but unlike other destinations, it also has bargain deals on ready-to-occupy places.
Prices of empty turnkey dwellings start as low as €7,500 ($9,000). Most are in the range of €10,000-€13,000. The sale is part of Mayor Gianfilippo Mignogna's mission to save his ailing hometown from the grave after years of people leaving to pursue jobs in Italy's cities or abroad, mainly to the United States. The slow exodus has taken a toll on a population that peaked at 5,000 in the 1950s. More
When the Enslaved Went South
In the four decades before the Civil War, an estimated several thousand enslaved people escaped from the south-central United States to Mexico. Some received help—from free Black people, ship captains, Mexicans, Germans, preachers, mail riders, and, according to one Texan paper, other “lurking scoundrels.” Most, though, escaped to Mexico by their own ingenuity.
They acquired forged travel passes. They disguised themselves as white men, fashioning wigs from horsehair and pitch. They stole horses, firearms, skiffs, dirk knives, fur hats, and, in one instance, twelve gold watches and a diamond breast pin. And then they disappeared.
Why did runaways head toward Mexico? For enslaved people in Texas or Louisiana, the northern states were hundreds of miles away. Even if they did manage to cross the Mason-Dixon line, they were not legally free. In fact, the fugitive-slave clause of the U.S. Constitution and the laws meant to enforce it sought to return runaways to their owners. Mexico, by contrast, granted enslaved people legal protections that they did not enjoy in the northern United States. Mexico’s Congress abolished slavery in 1837. More
Man Becomes Rich When Meteorite From Heaven Crashes Through His Roof
One minute, you’re minding your own business, working outside your house building a coffin, and the next minute a smoking meteorite worth a small fortune hurtles through the roof of your veranda and winds up buried in the earth next to your living room.
It wasn’t a typical day, but that’s exactly what happened to a 33-year-old Indonesian coffin maker named Josua Hutagalung. “I was working on a coffin near the street in front of my house when I heard a booming sound that made my house shake. It was as if a tree had fallen on us,” the father of three told the Sun. “[The meteorite] was too hot to pick up so my wife dug it out with a hoe and we took it inside.” More
The origins of Black Santa Claus
In 2018, children from around the world are still taught about the most popular holiday mascot in history: Santa Claus. The large, bearded and jolly figure continues to captivate the hearts of children across continents.
Young people admire Santa Claus and see him as the ultimate example of giving back to those who deserve it — those who made the “nice list.” When people picture Santa Claus in their minds, however, there are often subconscious notions of what Santa looks like, including his skin color.
In 2016, retired U.S. Army Captain Larry Jefferson set foot into the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the U.S., located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Jefferson wore a red suit and a Santa hat and sat down in his throne, taking pictures with hundreds of children every day. Jefferson was the first black man in the mall’s history to do this. More
John Lennon at 80: One Man Against the Deep State ‘Monster’
“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”—John Lennon
(1969) John Lennon, born 80 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon.
He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist, and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the Deep State will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority. More
40 Basic Rights Women Did Not Have Until The 1970s
Women have come a long way in this world; well, in America, especially. Although ladies can pretty much hop in their car, get a job, have a drink, and do whatever else they please, this was not always the case. Although you might be familiar with the fact that women had to fight for their rights, you probably don’t realize how many basic things females were denied. (White) Men, on the other hand, were not rejected from these same primary benefits. Luckily, times have changed, but some even in the 21st century, ladies still struggle for equal pay — something that has been a fight for decades. Keep reading to learn all about 40 shocking things women could not do until the 1970s. More
Lies the Pioneer Woman made you believe about cooking
Ree Drummond, the copper-haired blogger who resides on a quaint parcel of 433,000 acres in Pawhuska, Oklahoma makes creating yummy, down-home prairie food look so easy. Whether she's making her world-famous cinnamon rolls to give as gifts to her mailman, hosting game day feasts, or whipping up a chicken-fried steak, it all looks effortless to this little wife on the prairie.
Not only does she cook up a storm, but she is also the author of a pile of books, the host of her own wildly successful cooking show, a homeschooling mother of four, and even has her own line of kitchen tools, cookware, and home goods. She basically does everything, all while looking totes adorbs in affluent nouveau-hippie tunics and dangly earrings and bearing what must be the extreme hardships of being married to an actual real-life hunky cowboy. Sucks to be her, right?
But as much as we all love her, and as much as a lot of us (make that all of us) would love to be her, not everything she does is perfect. As a matter of fact, here are a few of the lies the Pioneer Woman has made us believe about cooking. More
State removes infamous ‘Into the Wild’ bus after years of hiker rescues and deaths
An infamous abandoned bus near the boundary of Denali National Park and Preserve that has attracted travelers for years, prompting several rescues and deaths, was airlifted Thursday from its location west of the Teklanika River.
The bus had sat at its location, about 25 miles west of the Parks Highway on the Stampede Trail, for 60 years. It was the site of the 1992 death of 24-year-old Virginian Christopher McCandless, which was depicted in the 1996 best-selling book “Into the Wild” that was later adapted into a feature film.
Since then, the bus has drawn visitors — some of them following in McCandless’ footsteps — with varying levels of preparedness for enduring wilderness conditions and crossing the swift Teklanika River. Some local officials have long called for its removal. More
The tiny ‘country’ between England and Scotland
Nowhere does a brooding winter sky quite like the west coast of Scotland. As I looked across the open estuary of the River Esk, pale yellow sunlight filtered through streaks of low-lying cloud, reflected in the mirror-like ribbons of water and ripples of sand exposed by the retreating tide.
All around, fields dipped gently to flatten out along the shore of the channel, which snakes its way westwards to the Solway Firth. The lowland coastline, flanked by rolling hills, expands until the firth meets the Irish Sea, creating a natural break in the land between Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland and Cumbria in northern England.
Standing firm against a determined breeze, I was surveying the scene from what marks the south-western end of the border between Scotland and England. Peacefully admiring nature at work, it was hard to believe that this seemingly tranquil, rural landscape was once at the edge of one of Britain's most lawless, and for a time, bloodiest, regions: the area known as the Debatable Lands. More
The Day a Native American Tribe Drove the KKK Out of Town
Two crosses burned in Robeson County, North Carolina, on January 13, 1958. One was outside the home of a Native American woman who was dating a white man, the other outside the home of a Native family who had moved into one of Lumberton’s all-white neighborhoods. The blazing signs were clearly the work of Klansmen — not that the Ku Klux Klan’s presence in the county had ever been subtle. Caravans of Klansmen had been driving around the segregated county (where the local population included blacks, whites and Native Americans) every Saturday night, terrorizing the Lumbee Indians.
“They wanted you to see them. They wanted you to be afraid of them,” Lillie McKoy, who grew up watching the KKK drive by and later became the mayor of Maxton, a small town in Robeson County, told The Fayetteville Observer in 2008. More
You can now move to Barbados for a year and work remotely
Travelling while maintaining a steady income might be the dream but doing both can be precarious in reality.
Obtaining visas and work permits can make the process harder, particularly if your employer is in your home country.
However, Barbados is temporarily doing away with such sanctions.
The Caribbean country is opening up to tourists for long stays in an attempt to boost the economy.
Bajan Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced a 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp in a speech addressed at the reopening of bars in Christ Church. More
Forrest Fenn’s $1 million treasure hidden in Rocky Mountains found
SANTA FE – Famed art and antiquities collector Forrest Fenn, who hid $1 million in treasure in the Rocky Mountain wilderness a decade ago, said Sunday that the chest of goods has been found.
Fenn, 89, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that a treasure hunter located the chest a few days ago.
“The guy who found it does not want his name mentioned. He’s from back East,” Fenn said, adding that it was confirmed from a photograph the man sent him. Fenn did not reveal exactly where it had been hidden. More
How One Man Turned His Backyard Garden Into a Full-Fledged Community Farmers Market
When Jamiah Hargins moved to the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2015, he planted a backyard garden so he and his family (wife Ginnia and daughter Triana) could enjoy fruits and vegetables. But that small plot produced more than they could eat. Not wanting all the herbs, lemons, and beans to go to waste, Jamiah posted on Nextdoor, the hyperlocal social network, to gauge his neighbors' interest in a crop swap. The turnout was substantial. Fifteen people showed up, bearing armfuls of artichokes, kale, onions, and pumpkins from their small backyards and container gardens.
"I was delighted by how many people were willing to meet strangers on a Sunday morning," Jamiah says. And they ended up exchanging thoughts as well as crops: Kristin Kloc figured she'd offload some oranges and be on her way. "But then we started talking about growing food and the importance of social equality," she recalls. More
Land O’Lakes to Remove Indian Woman from Packaging After 92 Years
Land O’Lakes President and CEO Beth Ford said in a statement that the Minnesota butter company is repackaging its products in time for the company’s “100th anniversary.”
“As a farmer-owned co-op, we strongly feel the need to better connect the men and women who grow our food with those who consume it,” Ford said. “Our farmer-to-fork structure gives us a unique ability to bridge this divide.”
A spokesperson for the company told the Post Bulletin the branding shift is to focus on the farmers who make the company’s butter and other products. The package design that is slated to replace the Native American woman features “Farmer Owned” in large text over the background of a blue lake and pine trees. More
Coronavirus Gets Town's Goat While the Humans Are Away
If you thought "Three Billy Goats Gruff" was an enchanting fairy tale, you ain't seen nothing yet ... a small community in Wales has got that beat by the dozens.
Once upon a time, a virus took over the world and forced everyone inside for a long while. The city of Llandudno in the British land of Wales was no exception to the rule, and not a soul wandered its streets for weeks ... leaving the town barren and in relative silence.
The local mountain goat gang caught wind of the abandonment, and decided to try their hand at taking over the joint ... slowly but surely flocking and having their run of the place, without a human in sight to stop them.
The more goats that joined the herd, the more they were left to do their own bidding, and eventually ... the entire town was inundated with horns and lots of baaahhs. More
British Archaeologists Discover Huge Stash of Victorian-Era Beer
Buried treasure isn’t always the stereotypical chest of gold coins: In the case of a recent British archaeological dig, it turned out to be an enormous stash of beer.
Last month, while digging on the site of the former Tetley’s Brewery, in the Northern English city of Leeds, archaeologists from the West Yorkshire Archaeological Services (WYAS) discovered a neatly-stacked stash of over 600 bottles — many of which were still full, The Drinks Business reports.
While the archaeologists initially thought the bottles contained ginger beer, a lab analysis has since shown that the liquid inside contained 3 percent ABV, equivalent to a typical (but mild) English Session Ale.
The beers, which date from “perhaps the 1880s,” according to WYAS senior project manager David Williams, are collected from a number of historical breweries in the region, including J. E. Richardson of Leeds. More
How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger
Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about the nature of human anger.
At age 34, Jean Briggs traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to "adopt" her and "try to keep her alive," as the anthropologist wrote in 1970.
At the time, many Inuit families lived similar to the way their ancestors had for thousands of years. They built igloos in the winter and tents in the summer. "And we ate only what the animals provided, such as fish, seal and caribou," says Myna Ishulutak, a film producer and language teacher who lived a similar lifestyle as a young girl. More
In the past few years I’ve attended a number of symposia, summits, workshops, and other species of gathering to discuss the “future of libraries.” These events — so common they’ve become an inside joke — tend to draw a mixed crowd: people who study and write about libraries, people who fund libraries, library designers, library directors, library advocates, and maybe a few on-the-ground librarians.
Inevitably, someone will make the accurate observation that public libraries are among the last free, inclusive, “truly democratic” spaces in American cities and towns. In the fullest version of this reverie, libraries are imagined as civic spaces for ethical recalibration and political reconciliation, where we can talk out differences of opinion and steel our defenses against lies and manipulation. It’s not a completely unreasonable idea. Then someone else - often a person of color - will share the equally accurate observation that libraries are not universally welcoming spaces. More
20 Things Everybody Gets Wrong About the Middle Ages
The Middle Ages, also known as the Medieval Era, is generally denoted as the period of human history between the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the starts of the Renaissance, the Age of Discovery, and the Early Modern Era in general. Roughly speaking, this period encapsulates European history between the 5th and 15th centuries and is typically itself divided into three sections: Early (the 5th-10th centuries), High (the 11th-13th centuries), and Late (the 13th-15th centuries).
These years saw the rise and fall of kingdoms, the gradual spread of Christianity throughout Europe, as well as the early splintering of the Roman Catholic Church preceding the Reformation in the 1500s, and is characterized by the existence of feudal societies and polities. Despite understanding much about our ancestors and their society, there are also aspects, both significant and minor, which have become conflated, manipulated, or misunderstood to the detriment of historical truth. More
Police apprehend penguins who keep sneaking into sushi restaurant
“Waddling vagrants” in the form of two little blue penguins have been released by police after they were detained for setting up home under a Wellington sushi outlet.
Their cover was blown after a shop worker heard them making a cooing, humming sound. It is understood that the penguins were hiding near the grills beneath the sushi shop, where it was warm.
Constable John Zhu responded, “after sensing something fishy,” Wellington police confirmed on their Facebook page. The penguins were described as “little and blue”.
“This was not the first report police received about the fishy birds.” More
Was The Lion King Copied from the Japanese Cartoon Kimba the White Lion?
Before The Lion King was released in 1994 and became a massive success, Disney marketed the animated film as unique and original. It’s supposed originality became one of the reasons for The Lion King’s exalted place in Disney history.
However, with the recent release of the computer-animated version of the cartoon, a hidden 25-year-old controversy surfaced. In Japan, there’s an animated film with a storyline that is practically identical to the more popular Disney version. Kimba the White Lion is a Japanese animated film hailed as one of the country’s classics.
It was released in the 1960s and became a beloved icon in Japan and has become a huge part of their popular culture. It’s creator, Osamu Tezuka, is also behind the iconic character and series Astro Boy. More
‘Santa Claus’ arrested after leading reindeer in protest at P&G headquarters
Wolves An environmental activist dressed as Santa Claus was arrested after he led others who were costumed as reindeer in a protest today that included delivering bags of coal to the Cincinnati headquarters of Procter & Gamble Co.
“They let company executives know they were No. 1 on Santa’s Naughty List for destroying endangered forests like the Boreal Forest in Canada – home of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – to make Charmin toilet paper,” stated the environmental advocacy group Stand.earth, which organized the protest.
Santa, also known as David Freeman, 68, of Siler City, N.C., was arrested by the Cincinnati Police Department for trespassing about an hour after he arrived at the downtown headquarters of the maker of consumer goods such as Charmin (NYSE: PG), a spokeswoman for Stand.earth said. More
The Forgotten Giant Arrows that Guide you Across America
If you’re ever really lost on a road trip across America, and I’m talking really lost (let’s say the battery on your smartphone just died along with that compass application you downloaded for situations just like this), perhaps you might be lucky enough to find yourself next to one of the giant 70 foot concrete arrows that point your way across the country, left behind by a forgotten age of US mail delivery.
Certainly a peculiar site to come across in the middle of nowhere, 50 foot, possibly 70 foot long, with weeds crawling through its concrete cracks, abandoned long ago by whoever put it there.
This arrow may point your way out of the desert but it’s also pointing to the past. Long before the days of radio (and those convenient little smartphone applications), the US Postal service began a cross-country air mail service using army war surplus planes from World War I, many piloted by former army flyers. To get the planes and everybody’s mail safely across the country by air, the postman was going to need a little help. More
KFC Is Testing Vegan 'Fried Chicken' Using Lookalike Meat
As the nationwide lines, outages, and media frenzy surrounding Popeyes' new fried chicken sandwich have proven, people love fast-food fried chicken. But hot on the heels of the chicken sandwich, its Yum Brand-owned competitor is testing a different hypothesis: Do people want fake fried chicken? KFC has partnered with Beyond Meat to find out.
KFC announced earlier today via press release that it will be testing fried chicken-like nuggets using a Beyond Meat product. The limited test will roll out tomorrow at an Atlanta KFC. The "Beyond Fried Chicken" will be available as both plant-based nuggets and "boneless wings," with items ranging in price from $1.99 to $12.
Though Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have been duking it out over who can best emulate the bloody richness of a beef burger, neither has gotten a plant-based chicken alternative into the nationwide fast-food market until now. Per CNBC's report, KFC will be the first chain to use a Beyond chicken product—especially notable given that Beyond pulled its chicken-like strips from shelves earlier this year for not meeting the company's standards. More
Irish island of Arranmore is looking for new residents from the United States
ARRANMORE, the idyllic island 5km off the coast of Co. Donegal is looking for new residents to boost its population.
Its population has dropped to just 469 people and the island has recently written open letters to the people of the United States and Australia, urging them to relocate there.
They’re being offered the chance to swap the hustle and bustle of big cities for the calm and beauty of Arranmore.
The island has recently undergone huge technological advancement and has become the recipient of Ireland’s very first offshore digital hub. More
Lamenting what we'll never know about Phyllis J. Stalnaker Harris
This is a post about Phyllis J. Stalnaker Harris.
She died 58 years ago, in January 1961, at the age of just 35. That probably would have been the end of it. An anonymous woman originally from the Midwest who died young after living a non-notable life in California, away from the spotlight.
But Phyllis was "revived." With the help of the internet. Decades after she or anyone else could advocate for her.
She didn't quite suffer the ignominy of becoming a full-blown meme. But her existence was nonetheless reduced to a punchline.
The image of Phyllis at the top of this post is a cropped-in version of her police booking shot from decades ago. It was featured on a wall at the San Diego Police Museum earlier this decade, and it appears to have been first noted on Twitter in November 2013. More
New Study Suggests Leonardo da Vinci Had A.D.H.D.
Despite his global fame, Leonardo da Vinci’s reputation as an artist is based on just 20 paintings still known to exist. While a few works have been lost or possibly destroyed over the centuries, there’s another reason we have so few genuine works by the master: the Italian artist was notorious for beginning and never completing artworks. He toiled on plans for the Sforza Horse, intended to be the largest cast bronze sculpture ever, off and on for 12 years before abandoning it. A commissioned mural of the Battle of Anghiari was plastered over when the master painter failed to complete the work. Some researchers even believe the Mona Lisa is unfinished, something mentioned by Leonardo’s first biographer.
Looking at the scant details of his life and his penchant to procrastinate and abandon artworks, two neuroscientists have presented a possible reason for Leonardo’s behavior in the journal Brain. They suggest that the artist may have had Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder (A.D.H.D.). More
Here's what living in a tiny house is really like, according to people who traded their homes for minimalism
Tiny houses are painted as a minimalist utopia — and while many tiny home dwellers love the lifestyle that brings, it doesn't come without a few challenges.
Tiny houses have their perks — they're both environmentally and budget friendly.
But living in such tight quarters can create unique, unexpected problems, like difficult zoning laws, easier wear and tear, taking care of compost toilets, and quick messes, to name a few.
Tiny houses may have their appeal, but they're not the right fit for everyone. There are a few things to consider before plunging into such a small space. More
Missing goat found 25 miles away catching tram to Manchester
Belle, a pygmy goat, had been reported missing earlier that week.
She was discovered at a tram station, waiting behind the yellow line with other commuters.
It’s not clear how she came to be there, or if we’ve underestimated goats this whole time. Fellow passengers were mostly just ignoring the goat and using their phones.
Owner Julie Swindell, 49, said Belle went missing from her farm in Greenfield, Saddleworth, on Monday. More
Proof an Irish colony in South Carolina predates Christopher Columbus
While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having "discovered" America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus’ journey.
“Researchers feel certain that there was a colony of Irish folk living in what is now South Carolina when Christopher Columbus 'thought' he had discovered the New World,” wrote Richard Thornton for The Examiner.
In 1520, Peter Martyr d'Anghiera, a historian, and a professor was appointed by Charles V, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519, to be chronicler for the new Council of the Indies.
Though Martyr died in 1526, his report, founded on several weeks of interviews, was published posthumously in a book named "De Orbe Novo" (About the New World). More
What is it about Ina Garten?
NEW YORK — Ina Garten leans against a pristine marble countertop in her Upper East Side apartment, dressed in one of her trademark blue-collared shirts. She reaches over to pluck a vanilla bean from a glass jar filled with brown liquid, once vodka and now vanilla extract. The bean had lived in the jar for at least six months, so the soaked seeds can be squeezed right out.
“I have one in East Hampton, actually, that’s been going on 35 years — just sits on the counter,” she says. “I started this one for New York.”
Garten, 70, is precisely the sort of person to maintain a batch of vanilla extract for half her lifetime, careful to replace each bean she uses. But she is also the sort who assures those watching her Food Network series “Barefoot Contessa” that, should they not share her commitment to homemade ingredients, “store-bought is fine” — a mantra that has birthed a thousand memes. More
How This Supercolony of 1.5 Million Penguins Stayed Hidden for Nearly 3,000 Years
This year, scientists announced an incredible discovery by looking at poop stains in satellite images — 1.5 million Adélie penguins were living and thriving on a little patch in Antarctica surrounded by treacherous sea ice called the Danger Islands.
It turns out that these elusive seabirds had lived on the islands undetected for at least 2,800 years, according to new, unpublished research presented Dec. 11 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington, D.C.
It all started when a group of researchers spent 10 months doing what they thought was a pan-Antarctic survey of Adélie penguins by looking through every single cloud-free satellite image that they had of the southern continent. "We thought that we knew where all the [Adélie] penguin colonies were," said Heather Lynch, an ecologist at the Stony Brook University, during the news conference . More
10 Actors Who Regretted Being In Star Trek (And 10 Who Adored It)
There may not be a more iconic TV franchise than Star Trek and many actors have made careers out of their performances on various iterations on the franchise.
For some, performing along side the cast of Star Trek was a life-changing positive experience that made them a part of one of the most passionate fan communities in the world and led to great opportunities further down the line in their career.
However, for others, Star Trek was a bad experience that led to them being boxed in or typecast.
Furthermore, there are many parts on Star Trek that were just straight-up uncomfortable to play. In a show filled with aliens and all manner of strange events that was shot mostly before the time of special effects, Star Trek actors had to do some crazy things to fill their roles. More
A 14th-century castle, but a very modern lord
Charlie Courtenay, the 19th Earl of Devon, leads a double life. Half the week, he works in London as an intellectual property barrister and as the newest hereditary peer in the House of Lords; the rest of the time, he’s the 28th generation of his family to run Powderham Castle, the 14thcentury manor house near Exmouth, Devon.
Born in 1975, he grew up at Powderham, the son of Hugh Courtenay, the 18th Earl of Devon and his wife, Diana. After Eton, Cambridge and the Bar, Charlie went to Los Angeles on a rugby tour.
He found a reason to stay when he met the actress Allison Joy “AJ” Langer, of Baywatch and My So-called Life fame, in a bar in Las Vegas. It was love at first sight. The couple were married in 2004, and settled down to life in California with their two children, Lady Joscelyn, 11, and Jack, Lord Courtenay, nine. More
Santa deniar arrested after giving children the ultimate Christmas spoiler
A 31-year-old Texan has been arrested after telling children at a church breakfast that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, refusing to leave even as police arrived.
In the latest attack on Christmas, a breakfast with Santa event at a church in Cleburne, Texas was disrupted by 3 protesters angry that parents were teaching their children about “fake” Santa. Holding up anti-Santa placards and shouting less-than-festive slogans, the protesters confronted people arriving, admonishing parents for encouraging belief in Santa and yelling to their children that he doesn’t exist.
31-year-old Aaron Urbanski of Joshua ended up on the law’s naughty list after refusing the church’s demands to leave the premises. When police arrived, Urbanski was arrested for trespassing . More