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When Homework Goes Wrong

A fifth grade class is studying World War II. One homework assignment was to define some of the terms they learned in class. This student, a cousin of redditor LeBronJameson, used Google Search to come up with the answers. Sometimes that helps; sometimes you get busted, especially if you didn't pay attention at all in the classroom. I hope he/she learned to double check and maybe get a second source. -via reddit
 

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The Worst Music Festival in History

In 1972, you'd think that any music festival organizer would try to learn from the lessons of Woodstock. But Tom Duncan and Bob Alexander deliberately set out to stage an event bigger than Woodstock in southern Indiana on Labor Day weekend. The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, the Allman Brothers, and Black Sabbath were booked. They expected 55,000 people.  

But the people of Chandler, a tiny town in southern Indiana, were galled at the prospect of tens of thousands of unwashed ne’er-do-wells descending upon their bucolic utopia. Less than a week before the event, Mayor Russell Lloyd officially barred the festival from taking place within city limits. With flower children from all over the Midwest already arriving, the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival seemed doomed before it had even begun.

The courts, according to Marley Brant in Join Together: Forty Years of the Rock Music Festival, told Duncan and Alexander they couldn’t hold the festival in Indiana. So the men rushed to find a new venue, while acts like Rod Stewart and Black Sabbath began to cancel. The venue they found — a day before doors were scheduled to open — was Bull Island, a peninsula of swampy fields situated on either side of a changing bend in the Wabash River about 50 miles away. Although technically part of Illinois, it was only accessible through Indiana, making Bull Island a lawless wasteland.

A quarter million people showed up. That wasn't as many as attended Woodstock, but the festival certainly outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution. Read what a mess the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival (better known now as the Bull Island Festival) became at Ozy.  

(Image credit: University of Southern Indiana)


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Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

We had a video last year about New Mexico's musical road that plays "America the Beautiful." It sounds really nice. California tried the same stunt with "The William Tell Overture," but it didn't quite turn as as well. Tom Scott took a road trip to Lancaster to explain why.

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Yeah, that sounds pretty bad, and the story of how it happened is even worse. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Astronomers Observe Collision of Neutron Stars

Astronomers announced today that they have detected a spark that was produced when two neutron stars collided. The spark plus the gravitational waves produced by the collision are evidence of a massive explosion. The gravitational wave evidence of such collisions (possibly by black holes colliding) has been observed before, but the event detected on August 17th of this year was the first time such an event was accompanied by a flash, which indicates it was caused by neutron stars instead of black holes. The event is called GW170817 after the date, but is described as "a Rosetta stone for astronomy."  

Scientists announced Monday they have observed gravitational waves for the fifth time—and they’ve seen the light from the cosmic crash that produced them. The waves came from the collision of two neutron stars in a galaxy called NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth.

Neutron stars are strange, mysterious objects, the collapsed cores of stars that exploded in spectacular fashion—supernovae—and died. These stars measure about the size of a metropolitan city, but have about the same mass as our sun. Astronomers had long predicted that when two neutron stars collide, the resulting explosion would produce electromagnetic radiation, in the form of optical light. The afterglow would shine bright enough to be seen through powerful telescopes, the first visible proof of a source of gravitational waves, provided the latter could also be detected.

The resulting explosion is called a "kilonova," which is 1,000 times brighter than a supernova. Physicists believe such collisions are what produced some of the heavier elements of the universe, like gold. Read more about the kilonova at the Atlantic.

You can watch a video about the discovery here.


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I Fell 15,000 Feet And Lived

When you have a day in which everything seems to go wrong, remember that one day Cliff Judkins had in 1963. As a member of the Marine All Weather Fighter Squadron 323, Lt. Judkins was piloting his F-8 Crusader jet across the Pacific en route from California to Hawaii on the first leg of his assignment to Atsugi, Japan. He refueled mid-flight, and then everything fell apart. There was an explosion. Fuel spilled all over the plane, which caught fire. Ordered to eject, he found the ejection seat release did not work. The alternate release procedure did not work, either. We knew he had to exit the plane on his own. Then things got worse.

Then I stood up in the seat and put both arms in front of my face. I was sucked out harshly from the airplane. I cringed as I tumbled outside the bird, expecting the tail to cut me in half, but thank goodness, that never happened!     In an instant I knew I was out of there and uninjured.
    
I waited . . . and waited . . . until my body, hurtling through space, with the 225 knots of momentum started to decelerate. I pulled the D-ring on my parachute, which is the manual way to open the chute if the ejection seat does not work automatically. I braced myself for the opening shock. I heard a loud pop above me, but I was still falling very fast. As I looked up I saw that the small pilot chute had deployed. (This small chute is designed to keep the pilot from tumbling until the main chute opens.) But, I also noticed a sight that made me shiver with disbelief and horror! The main, 24-foot parachute was just flapping in the breeze and was tangled in its own shroud lines. It hadn’t opened! I could see the white folds neatly arranged, fluttering feebly in the air.
    
“This is very serious,” I thought.

Indeed. Judkins survived the 15,000-foot fall and landed in the Pacific …but he was seriously injured and his survival kit was gone. Read the story of Judkins' fall at the USS Los Angeles website. -via Metafilter


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Wizard of Oz Homecoming Assembly

Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, had a pep rally to gear students up for homecoming. The school's dance team did a great routine with a Wizard of Oz theme.

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Sure, it's a cheesy idea you'd expect from a high school choreographer, but these kids display some seriously fancy footwork to some truly clever song selections. This may put a smile in your Monday. -via Boing Boing


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I Disagree With Your Rant

Ah, life inside the bubble, where the world is divided into two distinct groups: those with agree with us, and those who don't. The internet was supposed to open up the world to global communication, a sharing of ideas. But it also allowed us to limit our communications to like-minded individuals and organizations, because no matter how obscure those beliefs are, you'll find someone on the internet to validate them. So how can we handle those with opposing views?

1. Ignore them. That's what the bubble is for, so you can stay safe inside it and have your beliefs reinforced instead of challenged.
2. Convince yourself your opponents are mentally or psychologically impaired, like this guy.
3. Argue with them. It's not going to change minds, but that's what a lot of folks do.
4. Tell yourself that all viewpoints are equally valid. They are not.
5. Remember the Serenity Prayer.

This is the latest comic from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.


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Rathtar-O’-Lantern

'Tis the season …that everyone is re-watching the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens to brush up on the narrative before Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits movie theaters. I used that as an excuse to watch it last night. But if you are a serious Star Wars fan, you'll easily recognize this pumpkin as a Rathtar, the large carnivorous creatures Han Solo was smuggling when he first encountered Ray and Finn.

Now these aliens can be part of your Halloween! Put this Rathtar-O’-Lantern on your porch and you'll be able to distinguish dedicated Star Wars fans from the casually-costumed by their reaction. However, if they think it's  Audrey 2 from Little Shop of Horrors, that's okay, too. You'll find complete instructions for making this jack-o-lantern at Star Wars.  

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Mr. Mom

It's hard to believe now, but the 1983 comedy Mr. Mom was a "fish out of water" movie that portrayed a man who stayed home with his young children while his wife went to work. Gasp! Placed in the context of its time, the movie was quite funny, and established Michael Keaton as a comedy star for the rest of the decade. That may also be hard to fathom for younger audiences who know him only from Batman or Birdman. For those of us who recall the funny and strangely groundbreaking movie Mr. Mom, here's some behind-the-scenes trivia.

10. Michael Keaton turned down a role in Splash for this film.

Which would you rather see him, a mermaid movie or a film in which he had to assume the role of mom for a while?

7. This movie came about after the director had to look after his own kids.

Your perspective on family life definitely changes when you have to take on a different role than you’re used to.

Read the rest of the trivia list on Mr. Mom at TVOM.


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I Accidentally Became Famous In Another Country

A few years ago, Buzzfeed senior editor Erin Chack pulled an idea out of thin air and wrote a post about Malta. It went viral, and she explains how that can make your life really weird for a while. But she eventually visited the country and had an adventure she never anticipated. This post contains NSFW language.

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I know what it's like to be desperate for a post idea. Now I think about all those times I wrote about chicken breeds or historical murders, when I should have been writing about a lovely nation that's underrepresented in US media. Lesson learned. -via Metafilter


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Sci-Fi Universe Logic That Falls Apart In Three Steps

Rules, laws, and logic help us set up a science fiction universe so that we can understand the story we're about to hear. But following the rules isn't very exciting, and you need excitement for people to want to see your show. And logic can be the enemy of creative storytelling. You can see how this works in the Star Trek image. We take the breaking of the Prime Directive for granted, even though we joke about it, because Star Trek would be boring if the Enterprise crew just wandered the universe observing alien civilizations like they are supposed to. Other examples just show a lack of thought. 



There are 15 examples of how the science fiction we watch doesn't stop to consider logic at Cracked.


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2017 Quebec City Comic Con Cosplay

The annual Quebec City Comic Con brought out thousands of French Canadian geeks this weekend. Some were there to show off their fandoms and amazing cosplay creations. Our friends from Geeks Are Sexy were there each day, too, to document most interesting costumes. Many of them, like the Gundam at the top, obviously took a lot of work and dedication to bring to life. Others, like the guy below, cleverly took advantage of a natural resemblance.

There were plenty of characters from movies, TV, manga, and comic books, plus some Halloween characters, too. You'll find part one of a three-part gallery of pictures here. Part two and part three will be coming soon!


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Warning for Dog Walkers

WhiteWalkerWaterboy noticed his retired neighbor found a novel way to say, "Get off my lawn!" Think this will cause dog walkers to avoid it? Redditors discussed the use of dihydrogen oxide. Alternate names include dihydrogen monoxide, hydrogen hydroxide, hydrogen oxide, and oxidane. It turns out that all are correct, depending on what chemical nomenclature rules you follow. It's all water, even if it's not under the bridge. None of this would be necessary if people picked up after their dogs.

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Extraordinary Kids in Zero Gravity

In a collaboration between Les Chevaliers du Ciel (The Knights Of Heaven), the European Space Agency (ESA), and noveSpace (a company that operates a vomit comet), a group of disabled kids got to experience weightlessness, accompanied by ESA astronauts. Ten people with mobility issues were freed from the limits of gravity. It was an experience to remember.

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From the YouTube Page:

The kids came from five ESA member states – UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy – and boarded the converted Airbus A310 Zero G in Bordeaux, France on 24 August as part of this “Kid’s Weightless Dreams” flight. True weightlessness is produced in the large cabin area of this aircraft during repetitive parabolic maneuvers, as in the Air Zero G flights operated by Novespace.

The children also took part in education experiments including lighting a candle, mixing liquids of different densities, playing ping-pong with bubbles of water and working a fidget spinner to demonstrate the effects of weightlessness.

Joining the children were ESA astronauts from their corresponding member states: Tim Peake (UK), Frank De Winne (Belgium), Maurizio Cheli (Italy), Thomas Reiter (Germany), Claudie Haigneré and Jean-Francois Clervoy (France) mentored the children on board and answered their questions.

Two disabled adults, former athlete and German television personality Samuel Koch, a strong advocate for disabled causes, and Philippe Carette, a very active Rêve de Gosse volunteer and pilot, also took part in the flight.

Did you catch the girl who used the few minutes of zero-G to walk? That's at 2:35. The event was organized by Rêves de Gosse (Kids’ Dreams), which provides children with educational opportunities and adventures involving space flight.  -via Geekologie

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State

Last week you got to read 50 ghost stories, one from each of the US states. Now we have another round of stories, all different as far as I can tell. These are urban legends (even though some are rural). They are stories passed down to scare folks, sometimes based on a true story that's been twisted in the telling, sometimes embellished tales about real people, and sometimes just pure fiction. The trouble is, we often don't know what category a story fits into. The details are either fuzzy or else happened so long ago that records are gone. But mostly, they survive because people like to tell a good story, and those who hear it won't bother to look up the truth. In Minnesota, you might hear the story of The Hairy Man of Vergas Trail.

Why it's creepy: What’s not to be creeped out about? An 8-foot, musty-smelling, barefoot man with a reputation for being unnaturally aggressive is a hell of a thing to consider encountering in the woods. Some reported sightings were just that: sightings. However, reports like Ken Zitzow’s made the Hairy Man more than an apparition, but something to fear. Zitzow returned from driving in the woods with dents all over his car hood and said the Hairy Man jumped onto the road and began pounding the hood.
Where it came from: Nobody really knows. Sightings trace back to the '60s, had a significant increase in the '70s, and still happen from time to time. Some say it’s a legend. Some say there was an old hermit living in the woods who wasn’t too keen on your rascally kids wandering his land. Others say the Hairy Man is real and point to a mysterious skull discovered in the Vergas Trail area that is human-like, but not hominid. It was discovered by a private citizen who didn’t turn it over, so no one knows if it’s human, Bigfoot, animal, or hoax. -- Dustin Nelson  

Read the creepiest urban legend from your state and all the others at Thrillist.

(Image credit: Daniel Fishel/Thrillist)

The linked article begins a month of posts about urban legends at Thrillist.


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How Charlie Chaplin’s Wife Saved His Backyard Fortune

Charlie Chaplin had been in show business for decades when he was swept up in Senator Joe McCarthy's campaign to rid the U.S. of communists and communist sympathizers. Chaplin was one of many Hollywood luminaries  targeted by the McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee. The matter came to a head when Chaplin visited Englan in 1952. The actor received a telegram saying he would not be re-admitted to the U.S. unless he appeared before the committee to answer questions about his politics and morals. Chaplin was so angry he vowed never to return to America.

Chaplin was returning by ship to his native England for the first time in more than 20 years, bringing with him his wife and four children for the worldwide premiere of his latest film. Like many in Hollywood, he had been growing increasingly frustrated with being the target of communist allegations hurled by Sen. Joseph McCarthy and others in Washington. And so Chaplin made a bold decision after receiving the telegram: He would not go back to the U.S. The hitch? Chaplin’s vast Hollywood empire, a fortune amassed over decades of successful motion pictures, lay in his adopted homeland. More than a million dollars also lay buried in his Beverly Hills backyard. How was he to extricate his fortune without returning? To solve his problem, Chaplin turned to the person he trusted more than any other — his fourth wife, and an American citizen — Oona O’Neill Chaplin.

Oona O’Neill, the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill, was 36 years younger than Chaplin, and married him right after she turned 18. Less than ten years later, with four young children (they eventually had eight), she was charged with arranging all of Chaplin's affairs in America, including digging up the million dollars in the their backyard. Read how she accomplished all that at Ozy. 


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Large Cat Spotted

First, David Sluder saw an enormous cat just off the road in Hernando, Mississippi. It appears to be a wild cat, maybe a cougar. He didn't get too close to it.



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The local news team from Fox13 sent Scott Madaus out to the location to do a live report. He teased it beforehand with this live shot.



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Well, that is a large cat, but not any larger than Garfield or your everyday big tom cat. The video and the resulting screen shot, seen at the top, went viral yesterday, and everyone got a bit of a laugh. Yes, Madaus did his tease when the house cat appeared on purpose.

"You have a very serious job being journalist, but at the same time when things like this happen you can't take yourself too seriously," he said.

-via Buzzfeed

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A Night at the Garden

You may have never heard about the 1939 Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden. It's not mentioned in textbooks or classrooms because it's a "scary and embarrassing" part of U.S. history. Filmmaker Marshall Curry hadn't heard about it either, either, until last year. He hunted down footage of the event from various archives and assembled a documentary. Warning: this film is disturbing.

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Curry explains more about the film here.

The first thing that struck me was that an event like this could happen in the heart of New York City, a city that was diverse, modern, and progressive even in 1939. The second thing that struck me was the way these American Nazis used the symbols of America to sell an ideology that a few years later hundreds of thousands of Americans would die fighting against.

It really illustrated that the tactics of demagogues have been the same throughout the ages. They attack the press, using sarcasm and humor. They tell their followers that they are the true Americans (or Germans or Spartans or...). And they encourage their followers to “take their country back” from whatever minority group has ruined it.

-via Laughing Squid


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Father-Daughter Halloween Costumes

It had to happen sooner or later. It is now easier to find a Link costume than it is to find a Peter Pan costume. So redditor jay_roo modified a Link costume, because that's what you do when your daughter wants you to play Peter Pan to her Tinkerbell. The picture was taken last night at the Goblin Gathering in Bradenton, Florida. They make an adorable family. And when jay_roo admitted he is a single father, commenters piled on to volunteer to be his Wendy.  

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The Phantoms of Paris

The following is an article from Uncle John's OLD FAITHFUL 30th Anniversary edition.

Do you believe in ghosts? Paris is loaded with them. Here are a few famous spots in the City of Light where believers claim you’re likely to encounter some spirited residents.

THE LOUVRE

Every year, millions of people visit this museum to see the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and other masterpieces. The building dates to the 12th century, when it served as a fortress for Philip II. Since then, the grounds have borne witness to wars, plagues, and other calamities, which is one reason why the Louvre is considered by ghost hunters to be the most haunted place in France. Since it was converted into a museum in 1793, visitors and staff have reported spectral orbs, mysterious shadows, and human-looking figures lingering among the artworks.

French legend also tells of a gnomelike ghoul dressed in red that often appears near the Louvre as a harbinger of national tragedy. Often referred to as “the Little Red Man,” the spirit is supposedly capable of offsetting impending doom… for the right price. If the tales are true, he’s bargained with French rulers including Henry IV, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon, who failed to heed the Little Red Man’s advice and suffered the consequences at the Battle of Waterloo. The museum’s other ghosts are said to include the spirits of French soldiers and prisoners who were once held captive in its dungeon.

NOTRE DAME

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead

Imagine this: You are working on a horror film, and need a skeleton. You borrow one from a guy you know. It doesn't look authentic enough, so you dress it up a little. The 1978 George Romero film Dawn of the Dead turns out to be a success, and you are proud of your work. Then a few years later, you find out that the skeleton you used was not a plastic prop, but a real human skeleton! See, the skeleton had been sold to a costume shop, which offered it for rent.

In a strange twist of fate, a police officer visited the shop one day looking for a costume and spotted the skeleton, convinced that it was the real deal. Oddly enough, it was the mummified ‘skin’ hanging off of the bones that tipped the officer off, though the faux flesh was actually applied by Savini on the Dawn set, made from a mixture of rubber, cotton and Rice Krispies cereal. A testament to Savini’s talents, to say the very least!

Authorities arrived at the shop and confiscated the skeleton, which the coroner identified as being the remains of a woman in her mid-30s, who had died of unknown causes. Apparently, the woman had passed away 100 years prior, and nobody is quite sure how her body ended up being passed around from person to person, thought to be either a prop decoration or a teaching tool.

While the police did not suspect foul play, they investigated the history of the skeleton anyway. Read the entire story of the discovery and what happened to the skeleton afterward.  -via Strange Remains


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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage

In the DC comics universe, Batman has recently become engaged to Selena Kyle (Catwoman). We don't know if they will actually go through with it, but if something prevents the nuptials, there's bound to be some evil mad scientist or super villain involved. Of course, a wedding is always good for ratings, or comic book sales in this case. Batman has taken a walk down the aisle, or come close to it, many times over his almost-80-year history. He's been spotted marrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman.

The Batman and Wonder Woman of the Brave and the Bold animated universe nearly got married in All-New Batman Brave and the Bold #4, having been hit with a spell from Eros, the Greek god of attraction, that makes them fall for each other. The two break out of the spell thanks to Diana’s lasso of truth, but decide to plan a lavish wedding anyway... and use it as a trap to draw out a bunch of supervillains—who couldn’t resist attacking the wedding of Wonder Woman and Batman!—that they then proceed to beat the snot out of.  

Batman went to the altar with many of those famous brides more than once, plus a few other less memorable characters. So far, they've all been stopped at the last minute, annulled, or occurred in a dream or an in alternate universe. Read the short versions of each of Batman's marriages at io9.


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Peanut Butter Sandwich Recipe

The Food Network has a recipe for peanut butter sandwiches. It involves parchment paper, a rolling pin, and kitchen shears. And the prep time is three hours and five minutes. The idea is that you can, I don't know, make better sandwiches by preparing frozen slices of peanut butter ahead of time, then just plop one on a piece of bread …and then wait for it to thaw. While the recipe itself got 5.5 stars out of six, the comments are priceless.  

This is a real life saver. Who has time to get a butter knife and spread peanut butter in the morning. Better to roll it out the night before and using kitchen scissors (but not a butter knife! Burn in hell, butter knife) cut a slab of frozen peanut butter instead.

And even more so on Facebook, where you can see a video of how it's done.

She must be one of those people from infomercials who can't pour milk, and find themselves in an avalanche of Tupperware falling from their cabinets.

I've never met a soul who rips the bread with peanut butter.

-via Mashable

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Kitten Rescued from 25-Foot Deep Hole

If black cats are bad luck, then this kitten has already used all his bad luck up. However, it was good luck that a geologist working nearby heard him mew. The kitten had fallen 25 feet down a hole in Venice, California. No one knew how long he'd been down there.

The Los Angeles area’s Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (SMART) was called in to rescue the kitten. SMART rescuers Ernesto Poblano and Felix Lopez used an infrared camera attached to the end of a long pole to investigate the pipe and find the kitten. Once it was spotted, and the rescuers assessed the animal’s physical surroundings, they made a plan to safely remove the kitten from the pipe.

They sent down another pole with a camera and a loop attached to grab the kitten. Watch a video of the rescue at National Geographic News.

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Playing Fetch with a Lion

You know Chris Poole. He has the cats named Cole and Marmalade (previously at Neatorama). He's gotten himself into a career advocating for cats. Poole visited the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa and met a lioness named Serabie who loves to play fetch.

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To be fair, Serabie doesn't usually bring the stick back to whoever threw it -the would be dangerous- but she does love to chase a thrown stick and chew it to pieces. She's also pretty good at climbing trees, too, just like a house cat. A house cat that could have you for dinner if she chose. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Why Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night are Illegal

Did you know that it is illegal to photograph the Eiffel Tower at night? Taking pictures of the Paris landmark is perfectly fine during the day, but not at night. Or, to be realistic, you can't take photos of the tower at night and use them for commercial purposes. The reasoning is bound up in weird copyright laws.

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It never occurred to me that a building could be copyrighted. Sure, I understand that you can't just design and build a building by copying some other architect's work, but taking a picture should be okay. And it is, in most places. But not France.  -via Laughing Squid


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Disciplining the Tongue

Have you ever sat down with a nice healthy meal, low in fat and full of vitamins and fiber, and become so depressed halfway through your meal that you decided you weren't hungry? You know what's good for you, and you make decisions on what to eat in the future. When the future becomes now, you find out that you're only human. You can only push a tongue so far before he fights back. This is the latest comic from The Awkward Yeti.


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10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Movie The Sting

When the movie The Sting came out in 1973, I was pretty excited to see it, since Paul Newman and Robert Redford looked really good in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Sting was charming in its dedication to the 1930s movie aesthetic. The plot was complicated (to a 14-year-old), but believable since it was based on a true story. And Newman and Redford still looked good. If you enjoyed The Sting, you'll want to learn some trivia about the movie. Some of it is painful.

7. Robert Shaw had to incorporate a knee injury into his role.

The actor took a bad spill on a wet patch of ground before filming and as a result tore all the ligaments in his knee. He had to add a hobbling walk to his character to keep it looking natural.

5. Robert Redford broke his thumb before filming and had to work around it.

He broke his thumb during a skiing incident and as a result had to find a way to use his hand without further injuring his thumb.

Read the rest of the trivia list about The Sting at TVOM.


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John Banvard's Three-Mile Panorama

John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of, probably because his chosen medium was a 19th-century show business gimmick. Banvard was a talented painter at the time when panorama exhibitions were hot. The shows were mechanical moving pictures, in which a canvas painted with interesting scenes was scrolled in front of an audience. Banvard painted and sold these scenes, but he wanted to become his own boss, so he decided to create the biggest and best panorama of them all: a production showing the entire Mississippi River.

In the spring of 1842, he set off in a skiff to capture on canvas some 1200 miles of river, from St. Louis to New Orleans. It took him two years of dealing with blistering heat and yellow fever in the summer, rain and cold in the winter. While he worked, he made a threadbare living by selling and trading whatever small items he could find. It was an arduous adventure, but he did it, and when he was finished, he knew that what he had was very, very good. It may not quite have been, as the advertisements boasted, three miles long, but it came damn close. It was the largest painting in the world.

His next necessity was to create an entirely new system of spools and levers capable of handling this unprecedentedly huge canvas. He succeeded so well that he patented the device. Finally, in 1844, he was able to present his leviathan of a panorama in Louisville. He accompanied the exhibit with his own narration, giving highly-colored but immensely entertaining anecdotes about his travels down the river. He was not only a born panorama painter, but a natural showman. Within a few days, it was a huge success.

Banvard's panorama later went to Boston, New York, and London, where crowds flocked to see it. Banvard became one of the richest men in America, so he built a huge mansion on Long Island and retired from showing his panoramas. But he had other interests, and managed to blow his entire fortune. Read the many ways John Banvard destroyed his bank account and his legacy at Strange Company. Hint: P.T. Barnum was involved.


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The Spookiest Ghost Stories From All 50 States

Every state has places that are said to be haunted by the spirits of those who met an untimely death. Some are legends that grow in the telling while others are enhanced by a historical record of the tragic and violent deaths. And we imagine that some were just made up out of whole cloth. But they are fun to tell people who visit your area. Here's one from Mississippi:

At the center of the historic section of Glenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City’s public burial grounds, there’s a grave surrounded by a chain link fence. Local lore claims that the grave belonged to a witch who lived along the Yazoo River, who used to lure fishermen to the shore to torture them. When the Yazoo County sheriff came to arrest her, she fled into the swamp and fell into quicksand. The sheriff found her half sunk. Before she drowned, she swore to take revenge on Yazoo City. No one thought much of her threat, but they fenced in her grave just in case. Then, on May 25, 1904, a fire nearly wiped out the entire city, spreading quickly on unusually fierce winds. After the fire, Yazoo City residents found the chain link around the witch’s grave cut open.

How does your state's scariest ghost story stack up against that one? Read a ghost tale from each of the 50 states at Mental Floss.

(Image credit: Flickr user Natalie Maynor)


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