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Arguing with a Husky

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He says, “So my husky stole my dad's potato skin off his plate. This was the ensuing argument.” Both Dads and Huskys are extremely verbal, so many words flew back and forth. Redditor kurtu5 offered a handy translation:

Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!

Dog - Our species decided to work together 10,000 years ago to help each other to survive! We used to share the hunt!

Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!

Dog - All you give me is boring dry food! Taste is enhanced by smell and my nose is 1,000 times more sensitive than yours! My food is so damn boring!

Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!

Dog - What do you expect? This is torture! I can't stand my dry food anymore. I love you so much and I want to eat with you!

However, the dog was eventually resigned to the fact that he will never outtalk Dad. But hey, he got a potato skin!  

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100 Years of Fitness in 100 Seconds

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The way women have tried to stay fit sure has changed in the last 100 years. One thing you must remember is that the first couple of decades in this video were the days that women spent a huge amount of time carrying buckets of water from the well to the house, washing diapers by hand, and hauling firewood or coal for the heating stove. They deserved a good stretch!  Later, when modern appliances and office jobs replaced household drudgery, we had to get more serious about fitness. The video was made by Benenden health to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. -via Buzzfeed


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There Goes the Bus

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When they said, “The bus is lost,” that didn’t mean the driver took a wrong turn. Heavy rains have left Brazil with massive drainage problems and flooding. On a stretch of the Trans-Amazon highway between Rurópolis and Itaituba, rushing water undercut the road’s foundation. On Tuesday, a bus was recorded as it was swallowed by the collapsing road, and is then washed away in the floodwaters. Fortunately, all the passengers got off the bus in time, and no one was injured. The story is in Portuguese with an English translation by Google. -Thanks, Ken Berken!


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An Embarrassing Moment at a Press Conference

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Nigel Hayes of the Wisconsin Badgers is a 6’7” elite basketball player, but you have to remember that he’s also a 20-year-old college student. During a press conference last week, he had a little fun with the stenographers that record everything for press releases, throwing out this quote:

“Before I answer that question, I would like to say a few words: cattywampus, onomatopoeia and antidisestablishmentarianism. (Laughs).”

During another press conference a couple of days later, Hayes was given an opportunity to repeat that stunt for the stenographers. He chose the word “syzygy,” but was also impressed with Debra Bollman’s appearance. And just like a 20-year-old college student, he remarked about it to his teammate while forgetting the microphone was hot. And then became quite embarrassed. His adorable reaction makes the whole sequence golden. Another thing you might learn in college besides big words: Pride goeth before a fall.  -via reddit


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Better Off Dead: 7 People Whose Death Notices Improved Their Lives

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1. Betty Robinson

At the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, Betty Robinson, a 16-year-old student from Riverdale, Ill., won a gold medal in the 100-meter dash and a silver medal as part of the 100-meter relay team. But her most impressive athletic achievement would come eight years later, when she staged one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

In 1931, Robinson was flying in a small biplane with her cousin when they crashed near Chicago. After she was pulled from the wreckage, emergency workers declared her dead. Her body was placed in the trunk of a car and driven to a mortician, who realized that she was still alive. Robinson had suffered a concussion, a broken leg, a cracked hip, and a crushed arm. She would spend a total of seven months in a coma, followed by another six in a wheelchair.

Miraculously, after just three years, Robinson was able to walk again. And before long, she was running. Within three years, she’d resumed training and was up to her previous speed. But because she couldn’t bend her knees enough to crouch in the official starting position, she wasn’t qualified to compete in most races. She could still pass a baton, though. So, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, she was allowed to be the third runner in the 100-meter relay team. Although the German team led for most of the race, their final runner dropped the baton, and the U.S. team sprinted ahead to win by eight yards. Just five years after she’d been delivered to the undertaker, Robinson won her second Olympic gold.

2. Edward V. Rickenbacker

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker was an ace fighter pilot and one of America’s most dashing heroes. During World War II, he was sent to deliver a message to General Douglas MacArthur, who was leading the Pacific campaign from New Guinea. But in October of 1942, tragedy struck when Rickenbacker’s B-17 went down somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. After weeks of searching for his body, newspapers declared the war hero dead.

Twenty-four days after the accident, Rickenbacker and six of his companions were found alive, floating on a raft in the middle the ocean. Headlines nicknamed the pilot “Ironman Eddie” and “That Indestructible Man of Aviation.” Rickenbacker was thankful to have survived, but the weeks of starvation and dehydration had token a toll on his physical and emotional health. He and his men had to watch, helpless, as one of their ranks died aboard the raft. After Rickenbacker returned to health, he set about making certain that no soldier suffered such pain again. He used his fame to encourage the U.S. Air Force to design new life rafts equipped with radios and emergency supplies. Fittingly, they became known as “Rickenbackers.”

But Rickenbacker’s work was far from over.

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Teletubbies are Horrifying in Black and White

This terrifying photograph has gone viral on the internet over the past 24 hours. Once upon a time, when almost every TV was in black and white, shows were lit in a way that made them look normal. But the Teletubbies are pretty much defined by their colors, and the bright cheerful colors of their surroundings. Without that palette, they are plastic soulless aliens.

Vanyaland mentioned that the picture reminded them of the creepy Joy Division video for their song “Atmosphere.” Within hours, Christopher G. Brown had the mashup ready for YouTube.

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If anything can be creepier than the still picture, it’s the moving pictures of the colorless Teletubbies.


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Fish Comes with Bonus Crocodile

Ben Stack was fishing just off Cape York, Australia, and caught a Threadfin. That’s a fish. But the line went taught, and Stack thought the fish had hidden under something and got the line caught. He slowly started to pull up a heavy weight, expecting a log to come up with the fish. He even leaned over the side of the boat to get a good look.

What took place in the next few seconds felt like a lifetime. Or was it that I felt like my life only had a few seconds. First, I saw a bit of silver, then I saw my lure with the fishes mouth wide open. I lifted the leader some more and leaned over further to see what the fish was hooked up on. It was at this moment, I realised I was staring eye to eye with a solid salt water crocodile. We were face to face and no more than 20 inches apart. Fright kicked in, I released the leader and flew backwards into the boat.

It was a frightening experience for Stack, and not a good day at all for the fish. Read Stack’s full account at Facebook. -via Arbroath

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That is a Long Cat

Longcat is back! Redditor FallenCoffee took a picture of his cat with a panoramic camera. And this was a day that kitty did not want to sit still for his picture, so now he is a centipede. This may remind you of Cyriak Harris’ Kitty City. Cats can be surreal even when they aren't trying to be.

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Rap Battle: Hodor vs. Groot

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It’s the perfect matchup- Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and Hodor, from Game of Thrones. Who’s the winner? It’s obviously Hodor. I laughed my way through this video before I realized it had English subtitles. Then I had to watch it again, and it was completely different. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Munchkin Kitten Compilation

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Munchkin cats have normal size bodies, but very short legs, due to a genetic mutation. It is a relatively new breed of cat that people find incredibly cute. You’ll see why in this compilation of Munchkin cat clips from MrFunnyMals. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Time Travel to Ancient Rome

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A stop-motion tourist in Rome gets to travel 2,000 years back in time to see how the ancient Romans built Trajan’s Column. The Column is a tower constructed of 29 huge slabs of marble, with spiral stairs carved out of the inside of each slab. The engineering genius required to assemble such a tower was unprecedented.

This video was created by Hans Weise and Fernando Gomez-Baptista to accompany the National Geographic feature story on the mysterious Trajan’s Column in the April issue. If you’re more interested in the animation, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made. -Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!


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The Daredevil Life and Pyrotechnic Death of Sophie Blanchard

Before Amelia Earhart, before Blanche Stuart Scott, before Pancho Barnes, there was Sophie Blanchard, who took to the air long before there were airplanes. Blanchard was the first woman to fly, and was appointed France’s Chief Air Minister of Ballooning by Napoleon Bonapart.

Over the course of her high-flying career, Blanchard gained a massive fanbase nad pioneered new flight techniques. Her test flights resulted in multiple near-death experiences before she finally perished in a fatal blaze of glory in 1819. It was a dizzyingly eventful life of 41 years, and worth celebrating on Blanchard’s 237th birthday.

Despite how flagrantly Blanchard flirted with death her whole life, she was a shy, nervous person, terrified of loud noises and riding in carriages. But when she married the ambitious early ballooner Jean-Pierre Blanchard in 1804, she finally discovered her ideal habitat—the quiet bliss of high altitudes.

Yes, she also became the first woman to die from flying, ten years after her daredevil husband did. It was a spectacular, gruesome, and very public death, which you can read about at Motherboard. -via Digg


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Berkeley Spampocalypse

Have you ever been caught in an email storm? Someone sends an email to a list instead of one recipient, then some on the list hit “reply all” to complain about it, and the emails escalate from there. It’s a mistake that has happened before, but this time it had a happy ending for some folks.

It all started late last Tuesday when Nigel Guest, president of a Berkeley community group called the Council of Neighborhood Associations, attempted to send an email to himself that mistakenly hit the inboxes of thousands of registered voters.

The brief email, with the subject line “test,” included a single character: “x.” Instead of ignoring the message, some of the recipients responded to ask why they gotten it. And, rather than replying only to Guest, they made the fateful, likely unintentional, decision to reply all.

What resulted was a string of thousands of emails going to thousands of people in Berkeley -and elsewhere. Some people ignored it, some were upset, and some had fun with it. You can see an imgur gallery with selected emails from the storm, including memes and t-shirts to commemorate the event.

One person in the chain asked when the potluck would be ...and the suggestion that they get together drew the immediate interest of list members who kept their sense of humor, so they started a Facebook group called CNA Survivors and an event page to plan the picnic. The picnic was held Sunday, and about 70 Berkeley voters came together in the spirit of community and shared tribulation.

A good time was had by all …who attended. -via Metafilter

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Walt Disney Pictures Intro Logos

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Since 1985, the Walt Disney Pictures logo that begins their movies always features a castle with a shooting star arching over it. It was the same logo for ten years, and then for Toy Story in 1995, they altered it a bit for that particular movie. In the 20 years since then, the logo has been customized for most of the movies (the Toy Story version became their default for Pixar films), while keeping the two basic elements. This video shows us the logos in front of 39 Disney films, and how they mesh with their subject matter. I also found out that there are a ton of Disney films I haven’t seen. -via Geeks Are Sexy 


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The Unlikely Baroness

A 1917 newspaper headline called her “The Richest Negro Girl in the World.” Sarah Rector was born in 1904, a member of the Creek Nation in Oklahoma. Her family had been slaves of the Creek before all their slaves were freed and made citizens. In accordance with the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887, all of Sarah’s family members were given allotments of land in Oklahoma. Sarah’s father sold off his and some of his children’s allotments to pay taxes on the rest. Sarah’s allotment was small and rocky, no good for farming, so her father leased it to an oil company. You can guess what happened.

Sarah’s first oil well came in August 1913, producing 105,000 gallons of oil each day. In a time when a nickel bought an ice cream soda, she netted more than $300 a day ($7,000 in 2015 currency). Published drilling updates reported Sarah ended up with over 50 completed wells on her property and the area exceeded the famed Glenn Pool production.

She was not the only Freedman minor whose land produced oil, but other children were taken advantage of by court-assigned guardians who siphoned off profits. Sarah’s guardian was a white family friend, chosen by her parents, who fairly allocated funds to the family under the supervision of a judge who would not put up with fraud. The story of how Sarah Rector’s life changed from that day on is a fascinating one, told in detail at This Land magazine. -via Digg


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If The Internet Was a High School

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If the internet were a high school, the people inside would be websites. And they’d all have their quirks. Google is the teacher, and the students include the ADHD twins (Vine and Twitter), the big man on campus (Facebook) who’s dating the cheerleader (Buzzfeed), the troublemaker (reddit), and quite a few nerds. Cracked, which produced this video, apparently skipped class that day. No surprise there. We can assume Neatorama is in the library, sorting things out in the adult section. This video contains some mildly vulgar references. -via Viral Viral Videos


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The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich

When Jill and Zeon go to the San Diego County Fair this year, they’ll have to try the new “all that and a bag of chips” sandwich -except this one has the chips right inside. The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich makes chili, cheese, and Fritos a little easier to eat while you’re walking. You’ll find it at the the Grilled Cheese-a-Fair booth, whose proprietors unveiled it at a recent fair planning meeting. Does anyone want to place bets between now and then that they develop a method for deep-frying this sandwich?     

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14 Bad, Unnecessary, or Curious Movie Sequels

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

We live in the age of movie sequels. Movie historians well know the the sequel is a relatively new phenomenon. Sequels used to be extremely rare, but nowadays it seems like every other film gets a sequel (or sequels) made.

Almost inevitably, a sequel is weaker and makes less money than the original, but with a blockbuster film the producers are happy to make a fraction of what the original made. Few movie fans will list any sequel on his or her list of all-time best or favorite films.

Okay, let's take a look at a list of bad, unnecessary, or curious movie sequels.

1. Son of Kong (1933)



Listed by some film historians as "the first movie sequel.” King Kong was such a huge smash, this rushed sequel is historic also, in that it is the only movie sequel to ever be released in the same year (1933) as its original.

Sadly, Son of Kong has no Fay Wray.

2. Return to Oz (1985)

Disney's sequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz came 46 years after the original, earning a sequel place in the record books. Unfortunately, that's all it is known for, as it was a commercial and critical failure.

Director Walter Murch reportedly wanted only scant references to the original film, with the intention of remaining faithful to the L. Frank Baum novels; for instance, the scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion are only briefly in the film.

3. McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965)



A strange sequel, based on the hit TV series McHale's Navy and a sequel to the 1964 hit film of the same title. But strangely, there is no McHale in this one! Series star Ernest Borgnine (who played Quinton McHale) does not appear in the film named after his character. Ernest was off filming Flight of the Phoenix when this was being made. Much worse than it's predecessor. Ironically, Flight of the Phoenix is better than either of the McHale's Navy films.

4. Grease 2 (1982)

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16 Shampoo Facts

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Shampoo has come a long way since it was first introduced in the 19th century. I remember when some shampoo company started advertising the idea that you should shampoo every day. That was a really novel idea at the time, since showers weren’t all that common in houses yet, and a lot of folks still didn’t have indoor plumbing. Craig Benzine guest-hosts this week’s mental_floss List Show, posted a little earlier than usual. He’s got facts about shampoo, including the reason there’s silicone in your shampoo.  
 


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Sex and Suffering: The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan's Floating World

A new exhibit of Japanese art in San Francisco called "Seduction: Japan’s Floating World" presents the image of beautiful women doing alluring things in an opulent world. But these women of the Edo period were prostitutes in the Yoshiwara pleasure district outside Edo (now Tokyo). The art promoted business, and invited intrigued men to sample the decadent pleasures of what was once called the "suffering world," but then was changed to the “floating world” to whitewash any negative connotations. Laura W. Allen, curator of Japanese art at the Asian Art Museum, put together the exhibit. She cautions us on what we don’t know about the women.   

“Don’t take these paintings at face value,” Allen says. “It’s easy to say, ‘Oh, yes, it’s a picture of a beautiful woman, wearing beautiful clothing.’ But it’s not a photograph. It’s some artist’s rendition, made to promote this particular world, which was driven by economics. The profiteers urged the production of more paintings, which continued to feed the frenzy for the Yoshiwara.

“The artwork is very much glamorized and idealized,” she continues. “I haven’t been to 17th-century Japan so I don’t know what it was actually like, and the women didn’t write about it, so we don’t have their firsthand accounts. To imagine it from a woman’s perspective, it must have been a very harsh reality. There’s been some modern scholarship that promotes idea that the women working as prostitutes had an economic power that they might not have otherwise had. But I think the day-to-day reality of living in the Yoshiwara could not have been pleasant.”

The life of an Edo Period prostitute was strictly ranked and regimented, and Yoshiwara flourished under their labor. Read some of the history of the pleasure district and the women who lived and worked there, at Collectors Weekly. You'll also see samples from the art exhibit.  

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Red Panda and Apple

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This is probably some kind of enrichment activity for red pandas in the Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo, Japan, but it ends up as pure entertaining cuteness. They slap slices of apple onto the glass windows of Eita’s enclosure and he has to get them himself. The apples taste so good after all that effort! -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Car Crushed by Falling Safe

Looks like Wile E. Coyote has been up to his old tricks again! Who else would drop a vintage safe from some height right onto a parked car? You’d be forgiven if you thought this must be an art installation, and you’d be right, too. It’s a promotional gimmick on the streets of Limerick, Ireland, for Grandmother’s Giant Journey, a performance that is part of the Giant Saga by the French art company Royal de Luxe (previously at Neatorama). Grandmother will arrive in Limerick September 5th to stay through the 7th. Well, according to the legend, she will actually fall from the sky, but I wouldn't worry about any cars being crushed -at least none accidentally. -via reddit

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Dark Lord Funk

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Voldemort, the bad guy from the Harry Potter series, is out with his version of “Uptown Funk.” Elijah Thomas is Voldemort, and the cast includes musicians, dancers, and a group of cosplayers from Brigham Young University. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. -via The Daily Dot


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Spa Lady Cheese Ball

You’ve seen women in movies undergoing beauty treatments at spas. You may have remarked that they look like a salad, slathered with some food-based mask and sporting cool cucumber slices on their eyes. Now that look really is food! Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella at Lucky Peach made this cheese ball in that likeness using various cheeses covered in mashed avocados. Her towel head wrap is mozzarella cheese, and her lips are a big red bell pepper. But they make it clear that they did not come up with the original idea.

Anna initially found Spa Lady when she was browsing around for Halloween-themed crafts. A few clicks down the rabbit hole, a tutorial on Hungry Happenings revealed her in all her glory. We read the comments, which we’re told never to do, and found throngs of home cooks bickering about her true origin. While many lauded Spa Lady as a breakthrough in cheese-ball artistry, one commenter claimed that the recipe was not revolutionary whatsoever, and had been around since she was “in school.”

Then you get to see the recipe, and the process of building this in pictures.  -via Boing Boing

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Dekker’s Double Dunk

Sam Dekker of Wisconsin dunks the ball so hard that the net swings around and it goes through the hoop a second time! The Badgers went on to eliminate the Oregon Ducks from the NCAA tournament 72-65 yesterday, but it wasn’t because of this weird goal. It didn’t count, because 1. the opposing coach called a timeout before the dunk, and 2. even if it were a legitimate 2-point basket, the opposing team gets the ball after a goal, so you can’t score two goals in a row without surrendering the ball between them. It’s still a neat little stunt to catch on video. It’s not the first time Dekker has astonished the crowd with a weird throw. This one happened last fall.

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Cats Stealing Pizza

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Being a citizen of the internet makes it very likely that you enjoy cats and occasionally enjoy a pizza. The problem is that cats enjoy pizza, too, and cats have no concept of resisting temptation, neither do they have respect for stupid human “rules.” My husband watched this and said, “Why don’t they push the cat away from the pizza?” Duh, these people are too busy recording a video for that! -via Tastefully Offensive

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Color for the Colorblind

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EnChroma, Inc. worked for ten years to develop lenses that enable colorblind people to distinguish more colors than they ever have before. Those glasses went on the market a couple of years ago, and are available to the public for $350-$400. Of course, affected people have varying levels of colorblindness and the enhancement from the glasses varies among them.

As part of their Color for All campaign, Valspar Paint invited a few colorblind people to try the glasses out and got their reactions to seeing vivid colors for the first time. It was quite emotional for them, and yes, they got to keep the glasses. Valspar also offered them to some commenters at YouTube who shared their stories. -via Viral Viral Videos


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The Woman Emperor

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader.

In a civilization ruled by men for thousands of years, only one woman ever made it to the top in imperial China -Empress Wu.

HIGH CHINA

China hasn’t had a monarchy since the Communist Revolution of 1949. But for more than 4,000 years before that, it was ruled by 308 different emperors spanning 14 dynastic periods. Of those 308, only one was a woman.

It happened during the T’ang dynasty, which ruled China from AD 618-907, an era commonly considered the height of Chinese art, literature, philosophy, trade, and technology. The capital city, Chang’an (modern day Xi’an), was the largest and most culturally advanced city in the world, with a population of more than a million. This was also a rare era of freedom for women in China; women had long been treated as inferior, but now enjoyed such freedoms as the right to be educated, to divorce, to own land, and to take part -to a degree- in politics. But no one could have expected a woman to take as large a role as the girl known as Wu Zhao.

LUCKY GIRL?

Wu Zhao was born in 624 into a noble and wealthy family, and was educated from an early age in music, art, literature, and philosophy. That education would help her immensely. When she was 13 years old, her family’s connections allowed her the great privilege of becoming a Cairen, one of nine “fifth-tier” concubines of the Emperor Tai-tsung. Her education, her musical talent, her beauty, and her wit made her stand out from the other girls, and she soon became one of the emperor’s favorites. He gave her the title Meinang, or “Charming Lady,” and assigned her to work in the imperial study. There she would add to her knowledge the workings of government- knowledge that she would put to great use in the coming years.

In 649, when Wu Zhao was 25, Emperor Tai-tsung died -not a good thing for a concubine: in keeping with tradition, all the concubines were sent to a Buddhist convent, where they were to spend the rest of their lives. But Tai-tsung’s son, Kao-tsung, became emperor and soon began visiting Wu at the convent. Many historians believe that Wu Zhao had been having an affair with the prince for a number of years, possibly because she knew he could get her out of the convent when his father died. True or not, two years later the new emperor broke tradition and had Wu Zhao returned to the palace, where she became Wu Zhaoyi, Zhaoyi signifying the highest rank of the second-tier concubines. There were now only two women above her in what became her quest for the throne: Kao-tsung’s wife, Empress Wang, and his first consort, Xiaoshu.

HEIR REPLACEMENTS

Within a few years, Wu Zhaoyi had two sons by the emperor -two possible heirs to the emperor’s throne if she got rid of the two women in her way. And she soon did.

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Big CAT Scan

You may have been tempted to put your cat in a copy machine at one time or another, but this is taking that urge to a whole new level! The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Germany has a Toshiba Aquilon CX CT-scanner that can accommodate patients up to around 300 kilograms. That’s necessary when you want to scan an unconscious zoo animal like a lion or a bear. IZW has scanned around 80 different species so far, from the tiny naked mole-rat to a two-meter-long fish. You can see the scans of many of those animals at EZW’s website. See how big a leopard’s fangs really are inside its face. The elephant skull appears to revolve around teeth, instead of the trunk. And somehow, the chameleon looks the same inside as it does outside. -via Metafilter

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Attending a Stranger’s Bachelor Party

Jeff Minetti of Philadelphia is getting married, but first, there’s the bachelor party. All of Jeff’s friends were invited, even Joey DiJulio in Seattle. But Joey DiJulio has never met Jeff or any of his friends -he just got put into the email loop by mistake. DiJulio just read the emails for a while, but got up the courage to respond when final RSVPs were requested. DiJulio sent his regrets.

    Hi All,

    So, I have no idea who any of you guys are, but I have been enjoying being a fly on the wall hearing about the plans for this bachelor party over the last few months.

    I’m assuming my E-Mail address was added to the list by mistake (perhaps a typo of someone else?).

    I live out in Seattle, WA and although for a moment I thought it might be funny to just show up and be that guy nobody knows but everyone wonders “who is that guy?”, buying a plane ticket for a cross-country flight just to crash a bachelor’s party might be a bit over the top (although it would be epic!).

    Nonetheless, I do hope you guys have a great time and I’d like to take a moment to wish the best of luck in life to the groom!

    Cheers!

    Joey DiJulio
    Seattle, WA

Then the rest of the guys -including the groom- insisted that DiJulio was welcome anyway. They noted that he resembled Jeff Minetti and wanted to meet him. One thing led to another, and the stranger from Seattle will be attending the bachelor party in Philadelphia this coming Friday. You can read the whole story so far at Q13Fox-TV and follow the story as it unfolds at DiJulio’s Facebook page.  -via The Chive

(Image source: GoFundMe)

PS: This experience might remind you of James West, who traveled from Australia to spend Thanksgiving with the Tran family in Florida due to an email mixup.


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