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this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Guadalcanal Begins (1942)

Battle of Guadalcanal Begins (1942)

During World War II, the Japanese occupied the island of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific. Hoping to prevent the Japanese from using this position to threaten supply routes between the US, Australia, and New Zealand, the Allies launched their first large-scale invasion of a Japanese-held island. After six months of bitter fighting on the ground, at sea, and in the air, the Allies captured the island. Why is the victory considered a strategically significant turning point in the war? More… Discuss

Amaizing pics: Aogashima Volcano, Japan pic.twitter.com/TsCqKumy1a — Earth Pics (@earthposts)

Is Schwarzenegger to Blame for Your Spare Tire?

Is Schwarzenegger to Blame for Your Spare Tire?

It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that being a couch potato isn’t good for one’s waistline, but it does take one—in fact, it took an entire team—to figure out which genre of TV or film is likely to do the most damage. The answer, as it turns out, is action. People watching an action film ate twice the amount of food by weight and 65 percent more calories than those watching an interview program. All in all, the researchers conclude, people should avoid snacking when watching TV, particularly when watching highly distracting content like action movies. More… Discuss



According to legend, Atlantis was an ancient island that long ago sank into the sea and was lost. Plato is the primary source of the legend, writing in his dialogues the Timaeus and the Critias of the flourishing Atlantean civilization and the island’s destruction 9,000 years before his time. Many have sought the missing island to no avail. While it likely never existed as Plato described, elements of his story may have been drawn from real events. What does he say sank Atlantis? More… Discuss


“British Bang” on German Archipelago (1947)

Heligoland is a pair of small German islands located in the North Sea, comprising the main island and the smaller island of Düne. The main island is commonly divided into three geographic sections, the last of which came into being in 1947, when the British Royal Navy detonated 6,700 tonnes of explosives on the island, actually changing its shape. The so-called British Bang was one of the largest non-nuclear single detonations in history. Why did the British bomb the island? More… Discuss

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