Daily Archives: December 23, 2014

Plane clips another aircraft at LaGuardia

Plane clips another aircraft at LaGuardia

‘Doctor’ charged for HIV outbreak in Cambodia

‘Doctor’ charged for HIV outbreak in Cambodia

Terror fears on the rise in Europe

Terror fears on the rise in Europe

Ten years after tsunami, are we safer now?

Ten years after tsunami, are we safer now?

FROM FRANCE 24: How a string of ‘isolated’ attacks put France on high alert!

How a string of ‘isolated’ attacks put France on high alert



Tributes paid to singer Joe Cocker

Tributes paid to singer Joe Cocker http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30586772

Al-Jazeera suspends Egyptian channel

Al-Jazeera suspends Egyptian channel http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30585551

Al-Jazeera suspends Egyptian channel

Al-Jazeera suspends Egyptian channel http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30585551

India ‘rebels’ kill dozens in Assam

India ‘rebels’ kill dozens in Assam http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-30594622

George Bush Senior in hospital

George Bush Senior in hospital http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30595206

Global arms trade deal takes effect

Global arms trade deal takes effect http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-30594854

Obama hails The Interview screenings

Obama hails The Interview screenings http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30594820

This pressed for a lesson to be learned: Politician pelted with fries and mayo| must watch!

Politician pelted with fries and mayo.

Politician pelted with fries and mayo

CNN Newsroom|Added on December 23, 2014After activists attacked him with mayonnaise and fries, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel shed his coat and carried on.

Smartphones ‘changing our brains’

Smartphones ‘changing our brains’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30586017

Sun’s sizzling X-rays photographed

Sun’s sizzling X-rays photographed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30587002

Indians raid remote Peruvian village

Indians raid remote Peruvian village http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30594832

from the Washington Post: When a female mantis is hungry, she fakes fertility to snack on duped mates – The Washington Post

A praying mantis at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC on July 31, 2014. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

By Rachel Feltman December 23 at 12:35 PM

As you probably know, the female praying mantis will sometimes bite her mate’s head off. It’s not something that the insects make a habit of, exactly — they probably only do it when a male is particularly aggressive, or when the female really needs a nutrient boost in order to successfully lay her eggs.

But when a lady is really hungry, she sometimes throws off fake fertility signals to get a guy into bed. And when that happens, he’s pretty much always on the menu.

via When a female mantis is hungry, she fakes fertility to snack on duped mates – The Washington Post.

this pressed for your knowledge: Uber’s car-financing program sets up drivers to lie to the DMV in Calif — Ellen Huet (@ellenhuet)

today’s holiday: St. Thorlak’s Day (2014)

St. Thorlak’s Day (2014)

Thorlak Thorhalli (1133-1193) was born in Iceland and, after being educated abroad, returned there to become bishop of Skalholt in 1177 or 1178. He was canonized by the Icelandic parliament five years after his death. His day traditionally marks the climax of Christmas preparations for Icelanders. It is associated with housecleaning, as well as the preparation of special foods. The hangiket, or smoked mutton, for Christmas was usually cooked on this day, and, in the western fjords, the smell of skate hash cooked on St. Thorlak’s Day is still considered a harbinger of the holiday season. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Helmut Schmidt (1918)

Helmut Schmidt (1918)

Schmidt is a German Social Democratic statesman who was the chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. His administration was characterized by a tough approach to the worldwide economic recession of the era. He was committed to improving relations with East Germany and the USSR, and he succeeded in cultivating ties with France, encouraging economic cooperation among western European nations, and maintaining close relations with the US. Why was he the subject of a police inquiry in 2008? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: George Washington Resigns as Commander-in-Chief (1783)

George Washington Resigns as Commander-in-Chief (1783)

After demonstrating exemplary leadership as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, George Washington resigned his commission and retired to Mount Vernon, Virginia. By resigning his military post, Washington established the important precedent that civilian-elected officials possess ultimate authority over the armed forces. After a brief retirement, he was elected the country’s first president. Why was he given a posthumous military promotion in 1976? More… Discuss

Robot Flies the Friendly Skies

Robot Flies the Friendly Skies

The next time you take a flight, you may want to check that the passenger next you is human. Last week, Athena, a humanoid robot, took what was hailed as the first flight by a robot as a paying passenger on a commercial airline. Built by an American robotics company, Athena was accompanied on her flight from Los Angeles to Germany by researchers from the Max Planck Society, who are exploring the potential for robots to do life-threatening jobs, such as cleaning up nuclear waste. The flight served no scientific purpose, but Athena’s handlers said buying a seat was cheaper than stowing the robot as cargo. More… Discuss

The Good Samaritan Law

The Good Samaritan Law

Good Samaritan laws protect those who choose to aid people who are injured or ill. The laws are intended to reduce bystanders’ hesitation to assist strangers in emergency situations due to fear of being prosecuted for injury or wrongful death. The law takes its name from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan, in which a man from Samaria helps someone who has been beaten, robbed, and ignored by other passers-by. What country has gained notoriety for its poor treatment of Good Samaritans? More… Discuss

word: wizened


Definition: (adjective) Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
Synonyms: shrunken, withered, shriveled
Usage: The wizened face of the man of law was twisted into a wrinkled smile. Discuss.

Rare visit reveals ‘brutal’ IS

Rare visit reveals ‘brutal’ IS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30585783

Ukraine votes to drop neutral status

Ukraine votes to drop neutral status http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30587924

Bus station bombing kills 20 in Nigerian city

Bus station bombing kills 20 in Nigerian city

From NPR News: California DMV Prepares For Undocumented Residents Applying For Licenses

California DMV Prepares For Undocumented Residents Applying For Licenses http://n.pr/1zG9ykY