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  • 'Suicide doors' make a comeback on 80th anniversary edition Lincoln Continental

    12/17/2018 8:33:35 AM PST · by NRx · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12-17-2018 | Robert Ferris
    Once deemed dangerous, suicide doors are making a comeback on the Lincoln Continental. Ford is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the long-lived luxury Lincoln line by making 80 cars in 2019 with the classic center-opening doors that once served as the signature of the Continental. The doors are not just a gimmick or aesthetic flourish. By opening toward the rear of the car, they allow passengers in the rear seats to enter and exit the vehicle more comfortably. Passengers don't have to lean forward to push the door open or pull it closed, for example. The design was featured commonly...
  • Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell overboard from cruise ship

    Thomas McElhany, 26, has been missing since around 5 a.m. Friday when the crew of the Carnival Victory alerted the Coast Guard that a passenger had gone overboard about 35 miles south of Islamorada. The Victory briefly joined the search Friday, but eventually returned to the Port Miami. The Coast Guard said crews including those on airplanes, helicopters and cutters searched for 32 hours and covered 2,086 square miles.
  • 4,400-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb Discovered in Ancient Burial Ground (a different one)

    12/16/2018 8:15:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    History Channel website ^ | February 5, 2018 | Becky Little
    Archaeologists have uncovered a 4,400-year-old Egyptian tomb that they believe belonged to a high-ranking priestess. The Egyptian government revealed the new discovery on February 3, 2018, noting that this tomb on the Giza plateau contains rare wall paintings. The researchers say this tomb belonged to Hetpet, a priestess for the goddess Hathor. Often depicted as a woman with a cow's head, Hathor is associated with fertility, music, love, among several other qualities (including drunkenness). They concluded this tomb belonged to Hetpet because it contained a purification basin engraved with her name and titles, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP). In addition, some...
  • Live from Thailand: Miss Universe Pageant - 7PM Tonight on FOX - First Trans Contestant Ever

    12/16/2018 4:23:38 AM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 36 replies
    Miss Universe Official ^ | 12/16/18 | N/A
    LIVE! Pageant starts at 7PM through 10PM ET tonight on FOX. First Trans contestant, Angela Ponce of Spain, expected to be a Semifinalist (ugly as a toad, and she has a d*ck, but Las Vegas bookies have places her odds as winning the whole thing to be quite high). Look also for a lot of "TRUMP BASHING" if any Central or South American contestants make it to the Q&A round. Enjoy!
  • This summer My Wife and I are going to the NYC Area to see sights and Visit Family...

    12/15/2018 1:48:34 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 82 replies
    15 Dec 2018 | US Navy Vet
    Flying Southwest. What airport......Newark OR LaGuardia and why?
  • A Frozen Graveyard: The Sad Tales of Antarctica's Deaths

    12/14/2018 10:24:12 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | September 14, 2018 | Martha Henriques
    1800s: Mystery of the Chilean bonesAt Livingston Island, among the South Shetlands off the Antarctic Peninsula, a human skull and femur have been lying near the shore for 175 years. They are the oldest human remains ever found in Antarctica. The bones were discovered on the beach in the 1980s. Chilean researchers found that they belonged to a woman who died when she was about 21 years old. She was an indigenous person from southern Chile, 1,000km (620 miles) away. Analysis of the bones suggested that she died between 1819 and 1825. The earlier end of that range would...
  • Drone shatters passenger jet’s nosecone & radar during landing

    12/14/2018 6:33:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | 13 Dec, 2018 22:42
    A drone has collided with a passenger airplane in Mexico, mauling its nosecone and radome as the jet was attempting to land in Tijuana, Mexico. The crew had to request assistance to land the crippled aircraft. An Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 collided with the remote-controlled craft while approaching the airport for landing on Wednesday, according to reports on social media which were later confirmed by the airline. mauling its nosecone and radome as the jet was attempting to land in Tijuana, Mexico. The crew had to request assistance to land the crippled aircraft. An Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 collided with the remote-controlled...
  • American student stabbed to death in the Netherlands, police say

    12/14/2018 5:57:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | By Madeline Holcombe,
    A 21-year-old American student was stabbed to death in Rotterdam, allegedly by her roommate, police confirmed Friday. According to a police statement, authorities received reports of a quarrel at an apartment on Kralingse Kerklaan on Wednesday. When they entered the apartment, the statement said, police found Sarah Papenheim with stab wounds and attempted to resuscitate her. Police say those attempts were unsuccessful, and she died of her injuries. An investigation led authorities to the suspect, Papenheim's 23-year-old roommate, who was arrested at the Eindhoven train station, the police statement said. The two lived in the same apartment with their own...
  • Violence Erupts as Arsonists Burn 7,000 Voting Machines 10 Days To DR Congo Election

    12/14/2018 3:20:36 AM PST · by piasa · 21 replies
    How Africa ^ | December 14, 2018 | PH
    Nearly 80 percent of the equipment for staging the December 23 election in DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, was destroyed when a fire ripped through a warehouse, as violence flared just 10 days before the vote. The blaze, which officials blamed on arson, was the latest drama of an increasingly tense election campaign ahead of the December 23 election when the country will choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila. Also Thursday, a teenager was shot dead in the central Kasai region as party faithful gathered ahead of a rally by Felix Tshisekedi of the UDPS, one of the leading opposition...
  • Time travel is possible – but only if you have an object with infinite mass

    12/13/2018 2:07:09 PM PST · by ETL · 95 replies ^ | Dec 13, 2018 | Gaurav Khanna
    The concept of time travel has always captured the imagination of physicists and laypersons alike. But is it really possible? Of course it is. We're doing it right now, aren't we? We are all traveling into the future one second at a time. But that was not what you were thinking. Can we travel much further into the future? Absolutely. If we could travel close to the speed of light, or in the proximity of a black hole, time would slow down enabling us to travel arbitrarily far into the future. The really interesting question is whether we can travel...
  • Cash strewn across Route 3 in N.J. causes crashes, highway mayhem

    12/13/2018 10:06:25 AM PST · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    NJ Advanced Media ^ | December 13, 2018
    An armored truck spilled cash all over Route 3 West near Route 17 in East Rutherford Thursday and had motorists out of their vehicles, picking up money off the road, according to police. The bills apparently dropped from a Brink’s armored truck about 8:30 a.m., police said. Video posted to social media shows cash flying and people picking the bills up off the highway. “One-hundred dollar bills flying everywhere, and people are making BANK,” wrote one person who posted video to Instagram. At least one car was on the shoulder with front end damage from a crash with airbags deployed....
  • High-speed train crashes in Turkey, killing 9

    12/13/2018 5:17:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    The train collided head-on with a maintenance vehicle in Ankara's Marsandiz station, causing part of a bridge to collapse onto two carriages, state news agency Anadolu said. Two of those injured were in a critical condition, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told the agency, adding no more wounded were at the crash site as of Thursday afternoon. According to Anadolu, 206 passengers were on the train at the time of the crash. Three of the dead were train conductors, while the other six were passengers. CNN Turk said the crash took place four minutes after the train left the station.
  • Delta Bans Emotional Support Animals on Long-Haul Flights

    12/11/2018 9:08:04 AM PST · by Simon Green · 74 replies
    The Points Guy ^ | 12/11/18 | Darren Murph
    2018 is not a great year if you’re an emotional support animal. Southwest, American, Spirit, JetBlue and even Royal Caribbean have all clamped down on emotional support animals, but it’s Delta that has thrown down the hardest. Back in March, the airline began requiring that all passengers traveling with a support or service animal provide additional documents, outlining the need for the service animal as well as proof of the animal’s training and vaccinations, 48 hours prior to departure. Several months later, it increased restrictions once more, limiting passengers to “one emotional support animal per flight” and forbidding “pit bull...
  • Migrant caravan member arrested for throwing rocks at border wall contractors

    12/10/2018 7:03:35 PM PST · by conservative98 · 9 replies
    ABC 10 News San Diego ^ | Posted: 5:04 PM, Dec 10, 2018 Updated: 1 hour ago | By: Allison Horn
    When the man threw another rock across the border, agents alerted Tijuana Police to arrest him. CBP said the man was a 27-year-old Honduran national. Mexican officials said he would be turned over to immigration authorities for deportation.
  • Burial well dating back to Middle Kingdom uncovered

    12/10/2018 1:43:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Egypt Today ^ | Friday, December 7, 2018 | staff
    The archaeological mission working in the archaeological site of al-Khalwa area, Fayoum, has uncovered a burial well, located to the east of the Prince Waji's tomb... Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that al-Khalwa, located at southern Fayoum, contains a cemetery dating back to the Middle Kingdom era, namely Amenemhat III era (1842-1799 BC). He added that the cemetery has the tomb of Prince Waji, the ruler of Fayoum in the Middle Kingdom, as well as the tomb of his mother "Nabat Mout", which lies to the east of it. Meanwhile, Head of the archaeological mission...
  • A drive through 1940's Los Angeles!

    12/10/2018 8:03:59 AM PST · by NRx · 44 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-27-2015 | Internet Archive
    Based on the cars, I am thinking late 40's. LA looks very different today. Most of the houses and buildings shown are long gone.
  • Three-year-old girl is 'scarred for life' after she was left with chemical burns...

    12/10/2018 6:39:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Connor BOyd
    Full Title: Three-year-old girl is 'scarred for life' after she was left with chemical burns up her arm when she got henna tattoo as a 'holiday treat' in Turkey Freja Ellis was on a family break in Antalya, Turkey, when she got the temporary tattoo with permission from her mother Marlana, 32. But shortly after arriving back in the UK, Freja, from Herne Bay, Kent, complained the cat pattern - which stretched from her wrist to her elbow - was itchy. 'We were entirely unaware of the dangers and want to make sure other parents know what can happen so...
  • 32 Years Ago an Aeroflot Pilot Bet He Could Land an Airplane Blind. He Couldn’t.

    12/10/2018 5:47:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    From The Wing ^ | 12/8/2018
    Somehow I wasn’t familiar with the story of Aeroflot flight 6502 from Yekaterinburg to Kuibyshev to Grozny. On October 20, 1986 the pilot of the Tupolev Tu-134A bet his co-pilot that he could land the plane blind. He would draw the curtains on the cockpit windows and make an instrument-only approach. One of the many bizarre things about this incident is, why would the co-pilot accept a bet in which if he wins he likely dies? There’s only the narrowest window in which he might win the bet and actually collect. On approach to Grozny the pilot ignored the ground...
  • Cache of gold coins and 900-year-old gold earring found in Caesarea

    12/10/2018 3:55:41 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 3, 2018 | Rachel Bernstein
    The coins are dated to the end of the 11th century, which would link the cache to the Crusader conquest of the city in the year 1101, one of the more critical events in the city's medieval history... A small bronze pot was found a few days ago at the Caesarea National Park, and inside it were 24 gold coins and a gold earring... found hidden between two stones in the side of a wall, located in a house in a neighborhood that dated from the Abbasid and Fatimid periods (909-1171 CE)... According to the Antiquities Authority, most inhabitants of...
  • Archaeologists found treasure of silver Celtic coins

    12/10/2018 1:02:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Slovak Spectator ^ | November 24, 2018 | SITA, Compiled by Spectator staff
    Archaeologists found a treasure of Celtic coins in Mosskaovce near Turăianske Teplice. The finding of 40 coins contains the most precious coins that Celts minted in this era, so-called tetradrachms. "The Celts had highly-developed coin system; tetradrachms have four times the higher value of other nominals," explains Karol Pieta, deputy of director from Archaeological Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) in Nitra, as quoted by the SITA newswire. Tetradrachms are about nine to ten grams in weight, as if they have four drachms inside, which were the smallest coins in that time, Pieta explains. It is highly probable that...