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  • 100 years later, remembering the crucible called World War I

    06/28/2014 7:33:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    la times ^ | 6-28-14 | Henry Chu
    The shot that changed the world rang out on a sunny summer's morning in Southeastern Europe. No one knew then that the assassin's bullet would spell the death not just of an Austrian aristocrat but the entire global order, with four empires and millions of lives lost in a conflict on a scale never before seen.. Exactly 100 years ago Saturday, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and his wife, Sophie, were shot at close range by a young Serbian nationalist on the streets of Sarajevo. The assassination set off a chain reaction that, barely a...
  • Lawyer Says Nativity Was Illegal; Century Declares Nativity Scene Surplus

    12/11/2012 8:18:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    The Town of Century has declared their nativity scene as surplus property and will sell it to the highest bidder, months after an attorney for a Wisconsin group that represents agnostics and atheists sent letters to the town claiming that a nativity display on public property is illegal.A nativity scene had been displayed in front of the Century Town Hall for several years. It was displayed for a just a few days during the 2011 Christmas season, but was removed because it was basically falling apart due to age.In a July 17, 2012, story about the Century Town Council’s...
  • Sept. 21, 1912 - Harry Houdini First Publicly Performed the "Chinese Water Torture Cell" Trick

    09/21/2012 1:58:12 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    On September 21, 1912, magician Harry Houdini first publicly performed his so-called "Chinese Water Torture Cell" trick at the Circus Busch in Berlin, escaping after being immersed upside-down in a vertical water tank, his ankles secured in a set of stocks which made up the tank lid, which was locked into place. Houdini's Water Torture Cell The greatest and most sensational of all Houdini's escapes was without doubt his "Chinese Water Torture Cell.” In this trick, Houdini was to escape an extraordinary contraption resembling a fish tank. This is filled with water while Houdini is placed head down, in full...
  • US Constitution for the 21st Century

    08/29/2012 7:42:49 PM PDT · by johnkpiper · 24 replies
    Two visions: A highly amended current Constitution, or a new alternative US Constitution. Both ensure the intent of the founders to protect Individual Rights and limit the Powers of the Federal and State Governments, but are updated with 224 years of hindsight since the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Why do that? Because we have to! We are broker than we have ever been: $15 trillion in debt…that’s $15,000,000,000,000.00… 100% of GDP… for a sense of perspective, that is bigger than ELEVEN Canadas.
  • Biden: 'Folks, Where's it Written We Cannot Lead the World in Making Automobiles?' the 20th Century

    08/15/2012 10:58:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/15/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    In a speech today in Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to forget we're in the 21st century:
  • Serbfest celebrates century of Serbian culture in St. Louis

    08/08/2010 6:57:02 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 6 replies ^ | 8/8/10 | Paige Varner
    Serbfest celebrates Serbian traditions and Eastern Orthodox beliefs. But the priest at Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, which was established a century ago, also made a point Saturday to express his love of the United States. "The more you know about America, the more you love it," the Rev. Radomir Chkautovich, who fled socialist Yugoslavia in 1963, said with an accent. Chkautovich, a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and chaplain, regularly leads tours of his church during Serbfest to explain its history and Serbian traditions....
  • Century-old butter found in Scott's Antarctic hut

    12/16/2009 5:43:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,383+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/09 | AFP
    WELLINGTON (AFP) – Two blocks of butter have been found intact after nearly a century in an Antarctic hut used by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott on his doomed 1910-12 expedition, a report said. Television New Zealand reported that conservators found the two blocks of New Zealand butter in bags in stables attached to the expedition Hut at Cape Evans in Antarctica. The extreme cold of the polar region has preserved the hut and expedition equipment inside, but recent signs of deterioration had prompted the Antarctic Heritage Trust to launch a preservation project. The trust's Lizzie Meek said the butter...
  • The 10 Worst Inventions of the Century

    03/22/2009 2:49:49 PM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 34 replies · 1,442+ views ^ | 03 21 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    1. The Detachable Dog Sack. Enjoy a drive with man's best friend, but hate the hair he leaves behind? Then the detachable dog sack is for you. Now your pet can ride outside the car in a pouch attached with rubber-padded hooks to the open window of your vehicle. Because, let's face it, who needs safety when you have a sack? Click here for more. Not to mention the added benefit of deflecting blows from other people's car doors in busy parking lots. 2. The Cat Wig. It's pretty difficult to decorate a cat, but with a kitty wig, it's...
  • Raul Castro: Cuba Can Spurn U.S. 50 More Years

    12/08/2008 9:44:31 PM PST · by melt · 7 replies · 490+ views ^ | 12/07/08 | AP via
    SANTIAGO, Cuba — President Raul Castro said Sunday that Cuba has battled Washington's trade embargo for nearly 50 years and is prepared to do so for another 50 if need be. His comments appeared to be a small swipe at Washington at a time when President-elect Barack Obama has raised expectations that warmer U.S.-Cuba relations could be on the way. He spoke as leaders from the 14 member nations of the Caribbean Community trade bloc, or Caricom, gathered in the eastern city of Santiago to discuss ways to strengthen tourism in the region despite the global economic crisis. Castro and...
  • Tunguska, A Century Later

    06/09/2008 12:44:01 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies · 633+ views
    Science News ^ | 6-5-2008 | Sid Perkins
    Tunguska, a century later By Sid PerkinsJune 5th, 2008 Asteroid or comet blamed for Siberian blast of 1908BLAST FROM THE PASTThe Tunguska blast shook Siberia in 1908, but on-site investigations were delayed for two decades. One of the first photos showed a large area of flattened trees.Early on the morning of June 30, 1908, a massive explosion shook central Siberia. Witnesses told of a fireball that streaked in from the southeast and then detonated in the sky above the desolate, forested region. At the nearest trading post, about 70 kilometers away from the blast, people were reportedly knocked from their...
  • Army Reserve to Celebrate Century of Service

    04/17/2008 5:39:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 85+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 17, 2008 – Since April 23, 1908, the men and women of the U.S. Army Reserve have answered the nation's call to service at home and around the globe. Next week, the reserve will mark its 100th birthday with ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital. The U.S. Army Reserve will celebrate a century of service on April 23, 2008. The reserve will mark the historic 100-year anniversary with a mass re-enlistment and rememrance ceremonies in and around Washington, DC.  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. To celebrate a century of service, the Army Reserve will hold...
  • Seventeenth-Century Couple Left US Cancer Legacy

    01/02/2008 7:27:00 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 243+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-2-2008
    Seventeenth-century couple left US cancer legacy 12:14 02 January 2008 news service Reuters and New Scientist staff A married couple who sailed to America from England around 1630 may be the ancestors of thousands of people in the US at higher risk of a hereditary form of colon cancer who are alive today, researchers said on Wednesday. US scientists traced a so-called founder genetic mutation found among two large families currently living in Utah and New York to the couple. Cancer researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah say thousands of people across the country may have the...
  • Bad Habits (Alcohol & Tobacco) Key to Man's Longevity (Centenarian)

    05/22/2007 1:12:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies · 742+ views
    China Daily ^ | Updated: 2007-05-21 14:52 | China Daily
    CHINA / Odd News Bad habits key to man's longevity (China Daily) Updated: 2007-05-21 14:52 Zhang Shuqing, a centenarian in Pixian, Sichuan, has his own secret for long life - smoking every day and drinking liquor after every meal. Zhang, whose daughter died eight years ago, turned 100 on May 7. He lives with his nephew Zhang Chenggui. Zhang senior said he started smoking and drinking strong liquor when he was in his early 20s. Since then, he has smoked every day and taken a drink with every meal. According to his grandson Xu, Zhang has consumed 15 tons of...
  • Centuries-Old Watchtower Found In Trondheim

    03/13/2007 4:00:41 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 886+ views
    Afterposten ^ | 3-13-2007 | Cato Guhnfeldt
    Centuries-old watchtower found in Trondheim Archaeologists in Trondheim have found the remains of what they believe was a watchtower made of stone, probably dating from the time of King Sverre in the 1100s.Here's a drawing of the tower believed to have been at least five stories tall. Archaeologist Ian Reed says the tower's floor is in good shape. The tower was located near the mouth of the river Nidelv, at lower left. The tower, which may have been more than 20 meters high, is being called an "incredibly rare discovery" that can shed new light on Trondheim's history. Preservation experts...
  • Marine Corps recruiting tactics move into 21st century with MySpace profile

    08/11/2006 6:11:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 657+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Terence L. Yancey, MCB Camp Butler
    CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan (Aug. 11, 2006) -- The Marine Corps has established a profile on the popular social networking Web site in order to spread interest and boost its recruiting mission, according to officials from Marine Corps Recruiting Command. The Marine Corps recruiting profile features videos, desktop wallpapers and a link that helps visitors contact a recruiter through, the Corps' official recruiting Web site. More than 14,500 users have signed up as friends of the Marine Corps on the popular site, which boast 98 million registered users. "The objective of advertising on is to generate awareness...
  • China Hit By Strongest Typhoon For Half A Century (1.5M Evacuated)

    08/10/2006 5:24:38 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 637+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-11-2006 | Jonathan Watts
    China hit by strongest typhoon for half a century · 1.5 million evacuated, state of emergency declared· Summer of damage for storm-devastated region Jonathan Watts in Beijing Friday August 11, 2006The Guardian (UK) The most powerful typhoon to strike China for half a century tore into one of the country's manufacturing heartlands yesterday, killing at least two people, injuring 80 and forcing the evacuation of 1.5 million residents. With winds of up to 135mph, typhoon Saomai hit the coastal town of Mazhan in Zhejiang province, dumping a torrent of rain on a region still recovering from earlier floods. A dozen...
  • Army facing 'most intense fighting in half a century' [British troops in Afghanistan]

    08/10/2006 4:58:27 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 607+ views
    BRITISH troops in Afghanistan are engaged in some of the most intense and prolonged fighting seen by the army for half a century, a senior commander said yesterday. Some UK troops will be withdrawn from parts of the lawless Helmand province to be replaced by soldiers from the Afghan army, Lieutenant-General David Richards, the British commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said. "This sort of thing hasn't really happened so consistently, I don't think, since the Korean War or the Second World War," he said. "It happened for periods in the Falklands, obviously, and it happened for short periods in...
  • Tobacco may kill 1 billion this century

    07/10/2006 12:47:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 125 replies · 1,466+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/10/06 | Andrew Bridges - ap
    WASHINGTON - If current trends hold, tobacco will kill a billion people this century, 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century, public health officials said Monday. Tobacco accounts for one in five cancer deaths, or 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year, according to two new reference guides that chart global tobacco use and cancer. Lung cancer remains the major cancer among the 10.9 million new cases of cancer diagnosed each year, according to the Cancer Atlas. Reducing tobacco use would have the greatest affect on global cancer rates, health officials said. Improving nutrition and reducing infection by...
  • Third Century Roman Inscriptions Discovered In Basque Country

    06/08/2006 12:51:09 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 2,807+ views
    eitb24 ^ | 6-8-2006
    Third century Roman inscriptions discovered in the Basque Country 06/08/2006 Archaeologists in the site of Iruña-Veleia have discovered an epigraphic set "among the most important of the Roman world" with drawings from the third century and a representation of a Calvary. Archaeological site in Iruña-Veleia Archaeologists in the site of Iruña-Veleia have discovered an epigraphic set "among the most important of the Roman world," with a series of 270 inscriptions and drawings from the 3rd century and a representation of a Calvary, "the most ancient known up to this moment." The managers of the archaeological site, located near the Alavan...
  • Clues Lead To A Shared Past - Newly Discovered 4th-Century Ceramics Show Korean Influence

    04/03/2006 4:36:12 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Daily Yomiuri ^ | 4-3-2006 | Kazuya Sekiguchi - Hiroshi Tanaka
    Clues lead to a shared past / Newly discovered 4th-century ceramics show Korean influence Kazuya Sekiguchi and Hiroshi Tanaka / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers The recent discovery of Sueki unglazed ceramics at an archaeological site in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, has experts rethinking the chronology of early exchanges between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The discovery revealed that the production of Sueki wares began in Japan in the late fourth century, 20 to 30 years earlier than archaeologists had believed, indicating that people from the Korean Peninsula who produced the ceramics arrived in Japan around the same time. Horseback riding and...