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A Strange Show in the Sky Over Siberia

A Strange Show in the Sky Over Siberia | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Hundreds were injured, most of them by glass shattered by the shock wave created when a meteor exploded as it entered the atmosphere.
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If ever this was a picture of Thor's Hammer, this is it. Take away astronomy and one can certainly understand the gods at work.

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E. A. Black: Guest Blogger: Kenneth Weene

E. A. Black: Guest Blogger: Kenneth Weene | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"I am often asked what genre I write."

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Of course you should read this. After all, I wrote it. My reflections on the notion of genre.

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8 Freaky Urban Legends That Turned Out To Be Real - ODDEE

8 Freaky Urban Legends That Turned Out To Be Real - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You've heard the classics–Bloody Mary, the Boogeyman, the Baby Sitter and the Man Upstairs. Now how about some real urban legends, creepy bits of contemporary folklore that either turned out to be based on true stories, or urban legends that became true!
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Here are eight urban legends with enough truth to make the hair on your nape stand on end. There is one from history that isn't mentioned here but is equally horrifying. For that read T.R. Heinan's book "L'Immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen."

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The 50 Healthiest Foods of All Time (With Recipes)

The 50 Healthiest Foods of All Time (With Recipes) | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here's the food guide to end all food guides: the foods you should be eating now
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Okay, I get it. Eat healthy, lots of fruits and vegetables and all this good stuff. But no bacon? Corndogs? Cheeseburger and fries? Beer? Brie? Hey, the list goes on. What's a guy to do? Anyway, we should be thinking healthy and sustainable foods so here's a good list.

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Canada's wild fur trade returns

Canada's wild fur trade returns | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's not nostalgia, it's big business. From trapline to showroom, the return of Canada's wild fur trade.
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A fascinating look at the resurgent Canadian fur trapping industry. We humans are such an omnipresent species and always affecting the environment and other species for good or especially for ill.

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The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share

The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Astrology, can we still use this arcane knowledge? A prominent astrologer talks about her craft.

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Sensational Sound to Sex Education

Sensational Sound to Sex Education | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Young singer, musician, actress Emma Sapper joins us and shares her music as well as her dreams and goals.We welcome Al Vernacchio who isn't afraid to speak about something many shy away from - Sex Education. Join us for a show that will prove fun, entertaining and informative.
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If you missed last night's show, do catch the podcast. A really lovely young singer and a wonderful discussion of sexuality.

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Food Waste Grows With the Middle Class

Food Waste Grows With the Middle Class | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The estimated one-third of food left uneaten is a serious threat to the global environment and economy.
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As consumers we must be aware of what we buy and what we prepare. Eating leftovers is not a reason for shame but pride that we are not being wasteful. Sharing with neighbors does not mean we are showing off but that we are caring. Not allowing packaged and canned foods to languish on the shelf but rather bringing them to food banks is not a sign that we have been wasteful but that we have taken responsibility. Food is a precious resource, let's not waste it. Let's not despoil our world. And let's not allow our neighbors to go hungry.

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FCC votes to protect the internet with Title II regulation

Net neutrality has won at the FCC. In a 3-to-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission today established a new Open Internet Order that implements strict net neutrality rules, including...
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There are some who think there is no difference between the political parties. Consider that this was a straight party vote with the Democrats holding for protecting net-neutrality and the Republicans taking the opposite position. Note, too, that the communications industry was very opposed to net-neutrality. For my part, I certainly don't want my website or the other sites to which I belong coming up behind those of big businesses just because I can't afford to pay for greater visibility. If you think money is speech, you will disagree with me, but that is where I stand on this issue.

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Venezuela Is Running Out of Toilet Paper

Venezuela Is Running Out of Toilet Paper | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Cash-strapped Venezuela, which has the second-largest oil reserves in the world, after Saudi Arabia, and relies on oil for 95 percent of its export revenue, has been hit particularly hard by plummeting global prices. Still, it’s hard not to read a commodity-sharing deal proposed by nearby Trinidad and Tobago’s prime...
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I keep a 6 month supply on hand in the house. Seriously, the reason because I buy our TP on line. Of course, it has to be the right brand and quality.

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“People are really getting angry”: How Bernie Sanders just electrified Iowa — and what it means for ’16

“People are really getting angry”: How Bernie Sanders just electrified Iowa — and what it means for ’16 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
At an under-the-radar town hall in Des Moines, Sanders had the crowd begging for more. Here's why it matters
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First, I love Bernie Sanders. He's honest, hardworking, and intelligent. He loves his country and more importantly he loves the people of his country. His ideas are original and typically reflect a balanced approach. So, what's the problem? Quite simply you can't get elected by the young; you need the middle-aged voters. They are more conservative, have more to protect, and are more fearful. Also, you can't get elected without money. Reality is that even campaign buses need gas and those volunteers need housing and food. Then comes the advertising. Honestly, business is also frightened to take a chance. Finally, were Bernie elected, who in the Washington establishment would support him. He'd be a lame-duck from the moment he took office because everybody would be manipulating their way around him, trying to take his place and lead within the Congress. Sadly, he is not the person to challenge Hillary, but for my part, I will contribute to his campaign and yes I would vote for him. Hell, better to follow a rainbow than to hunker down for a storm.

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Documents show the expensive tastes of Jeb Bush’s low-key wife

Documents show the expensive tastes of Jeb Bush’s low-key wife | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Columba Bush spent $42,000 at a Florida jeweler soon after an infamous Paris shopping spree.
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I do not begrudge Mrs. Bush her jewelry, but I question her judgment between the lying and the borrowing. She is the one who will be lying next to Mr. Bush in the White House if he were ever elected. Will she whisper sweet nothings in his ear that are payment for jewelry she could not afford?

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Why Washing Dishes By Hand May Lead to Fewer Allergies

Why Washing Dishes By Hand May Lead to Fewer Allergies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study shows kids in families who hand-wash their dishes have fewer allergies
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It often seems that a little bit of dirt is good for us. So when is somebody going to start selling "Dirt for Tots" pills. I can hear Mom now: "Here, Little Debbi or Todd, take you vitamins and your dirt pill."

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Primary school children call for sex education for MPs | NewsBiscuit

Primary school children call for sex education for MPs | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A report by an influential committee of schoolchildren has urged the Government do more to ensure the nation’s MPs get the sex and relationships education they need to form healthy relationships with others. ‘Too often MPs embark on a career in politics without the emotional or sexual maturity needed not to get arrested in embarrassing circumstances,’ said seven-year-old Isobel of St. Mary’s Primary, Braintree. ‘It’s important that their education prepares them not just for the moral demands of representing their constituents, but also for understanding which body parts can come into contact with other people’s body parts, under what circumstances, and just how much damage that’ll do to your career.’
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While this is satire, it is in many ways very true. Politicians seem to live in a world of sexual ignorance mixed with inappropriate behavior; it reminds me of the clergy of the Middle Ages. Kids today are becoming all to aware of the foolishness and disingenuousness of adults, especially those in public life.

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Facebook offers fully automated profiles for morons | NewsBiscuit

Facebook offers fully automated profiles for morons | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Facebook is set to offer fully automated profiles by the end of next year. Users who lack the will to update their status in person at odd intervals will be able to pre-select a lifetime's worth of status updates that will automatically be posted to their profiles. The company has developed the technology after realising that most users’ status updates read like a stream of thought from a person leading a highly uneventful life. 'If you pick a Facebook profile at random you'll notice that it is either a load of stupefying banalities or outright lies. This is because most people have really dull lives and/or they are too dreary to say anything interesting anyway,’ a spokesman for the office of Mark Zuckerberg explained. ‘So we thought most people would see no difference between their mates posting the same old crap and a computer doing it on their behalf.'
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For many people this would be a real improvement. After all computers have much more to say than most of us humans.

 

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Meet the man who takes care of Yellowstone National Park every winter

Meet the man who takes care of Yellowstone National Park every winter | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Steve Fuller has spent the last 42 years working as the winter caretaker of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
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My hat's off to this guy; I'd be stark raving mad by the end of the first week. And what does he do with his summer vacation? He goes on safari in Africa. I true lover of the wilderness. Even Thoreau would be impressed.

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How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Forty thousand years ago in Europe our ancestors formed a crucial and lasting alliance that enabled us to finish off our evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals
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Just a theory, but a fascinating one at that. It may explain why my Airedale Jennifer always wanted to help bring in the bags of dog food but expected bacon and roast beef at dinner.

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Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age

Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations.
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Sure, I know this is very intellectual and not very relevant to today, but who can resist penguins? Not me!

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10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE

10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Next time your children complain about their grammar classes, send them to learn
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A fascinating list of some of the world's most unusual languages. Some disappearing and a couple growing in popularity, but all of them unique. If you love language, as I do, this is a great article to just enjoy.

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Welcome to Gibtown, the last 'freakshow' town in America

Welcome to Gibtown, the last 'freakshow' town in America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With the demise of the carnival, an important slice of American history risks being lost – but the residents of Gibsonton, Florida, are trying to keep the legacy of the town’s famous ‘freaks’ alive
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If we listened to the reformers, we'd think those poor people being taken advantage of my callous showmen who exhibit them for profit. But if we listened to the freaks, perhaps they saw it differently. Perhaps they saw the possibility of life, shared with others like themselves and able to earn a living. Sometimes we must remember that our best intentions are not always so kind. At least, thanks to modern medicine and laws about the disabled, many of those who might have found their way to the "freak show" no longer suffer.

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Llamas On Llam Llose Llawmen

Llamas On Llam Llose Llawmen | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A pair of lost llamas led Sun City, Ariz. cops on a lengthy chase this afternoon, tying up law enforcement resources and leaving the city free for plundering by the handful of criminals who weren't watching, rapt, in their offices. Watch the entire, hilarious pursuit here, set (of course) to "Yakety Sax."
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Some really funny video here. I guess it never occurred to the humans that they could just let the llamas eat and hang until the guy with the dart gun got there. You have to root for the llamas.

 

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Here are the most popular dog breeds in the U.S.

Here are the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why are they all smiling? Because they are too stupid to understand what suffering is
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A great slide show of the ten most popular breeds, so just ignore the snide comments and enjoy these lovely animals. And, yes, I know that there are many rescue dogs in need of homes and that mixed-breed dogs are wonderful.

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Bomb-sniffing elephants trained in South Africa | Top News | Reuters

Bomb-sniffing elephants trained in South Africa | Top News | Reuters | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
MABULA, South Africa (Reuters) - In the South African bush, elephants are being trained in the art of bio-detection to see if they can use their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out explosives, landmines
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While I hate to see elephants put at risk and there is a risk in finding explosives or hunting poachers, it is great to realize how wonderful these animals are. The coolest thing is they don't need constant re-training the way dogs do. Elephants remember and remember. They also have an incredible sense of smell to go with those wonderful trunks.

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The Best Way to Treat Peanut Allergies? Eating Peanuts

The Best Way to Treat Peanut Allergies? Eating Peanuts | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a breakthrough study, researchers show that it’s not only possible to tamp down allergic reactions to peanuts, but by eating small amounts of them infants can avoid getting allergic in the first place
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Peanuts are such a basic of baseball, circuses, and saloons to say nothing of great foods like M&M Peanuts and peanut butter. They are a great treat and ubiquitous. But, some people are terribly allergic. Of course those of us who received allergy shots as kids know that there can be some homeopathic treatment for allergies and welcome it. More and more medicine is learning that many illnesses are effectively disruptions due to immune reactions (such as allergies) and auto-immune reactions. Teaching the body how to regulate itself is a promising new direction for medicine.

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Another 10 Truly Amazing Tree Houses

Another 10 Truly Amazing Tree Houses | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wanna feel like a child again? Then take a look at these cool treehouses that are going to make you feel eleven again. (amazing tree, amazing houses, tree houses)
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Perhaps because I never had a tree house, I love to see what others have created. While the tree house restaurant in the picture isn't a real tree, it stuck me as so creative that I had to lead with it.

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Confidential to the White House: You guys are misspelling ‘February’

Confidential to the White House: You guys are misspelling ‘February’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

February not "Febuary," and the "r" is pronounced as in Feb-ru-ar-y

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While it is funny to see the White House making the silliest of mistakes over and over, those of us born in the second and shortest month take it seriously. Did you know that Feb"r"uary was named after the Roman festival of purification called Februa where during which people ritually washed. There is a Roman god called Februus, but he is named after the festival, not the other way around.

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