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October 01, 2010

First World War officially ends

First World War officially ends - Telegraph
The final payment of £59.5 million, writes off the crippling debt that was the price for one world war and laid the foundations for another. Germany was forced to pay the reparations at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 as compensation to the war-ravaged nations of Belgium and France and to pay the Allies some of the costs of waging what was then the bloodiest conflict in history, leaving nearly ten million soldiers dead. The initial sum agreed upon for war damages in 1919 was 226 billion Reichsmarks, a sum later reduced to 132 billion, £22 billion at the time. The bill would have been settled much earlier had Adolf Hitler not reneged on reparations during his reign.

September 27, 2010

I thought this was going to be an Onion article, but it turns out that an actual dude is actually dead.

BBC News - Segway boss Jimi Heselden dies in scooter...

September 25, 2010

The Electric Fan Death legend of South Korea

Click through to read the common (aka totally ridiculous) explanations for how having a fan on overnight in a closed room could kill you. Fan death - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fan death is an urban legend prevailing in South Korea in which an electric fan left running overnight in a closed room can cause the death of those inside. Fans sold in Korea are equipped with a timer switch that turns them off after a set number of minutes, which users are frequently urged to set when going to sleep with a fan on. . . . Fan death is frequently cited when police detectives are unable to determine cause of death.

September 20, 2010

Attention Mojonauts: Alexa.com has your number

Alexa.com is a website rating firm. From their description of...

September 16, 2010

"World's Dumbest Criminal" Michigan, represent! #YesMichigan!

The Star Wars bandit might be the "world's dumbest criminal,"...

September 15, 2010

Aww, c'mon, Japan, why you gotta go do a thing *AGAIN*!?!

Look - it's a baby Mi-go caught by divers...

August 29, 2010

Katrina doc demonstrates flooding was caused by the Army Corp. of Engineers

Harry Shearer vs. the Army Corps of Engineers | Mother...

August 25, 2010

The Two Churchills

Book Review - Churchill’s Empire - By Richard Toye - NYTimes.com
George W. Bush left a big growling bust of Churchill near his desk in the White House, in an attempt to associate himself with Churchill’s heroic stand against fascism. Barack Obama had it returned to Britain. It’s not hard to guess why: his Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was imprisoned without trial for two years and tortured on Churchill’s watch, for resisting Churchill’s empire. Can these clashing Churchills be reconciled? Do we live, at the same time, in the world he helped to save and the world he helped to trash? Toye, one of Britain’s smartest young historians, has tried to pick through these questions dispassionately. Churchill was born in 1874 into a Britain that was coloring the map imperial pink, at the cost of washing distant nations blood-red. He was told a simple story: the superior white man was conquering the primitive dark-skinned natives, and bringing them the benefits of civilization. As soon as he could, Churchill charged off to take his part in “a lot of jolly little wars against barbarous peoples.” In the Swat valley, now part of Pakistan, he experienced, fleetingly, an instant of doubt. He realized that the local population was fighting back because of “the presence of British troops in lands the local people considered their own,” just as Britain would if she were invaded. But Churchill soon suppressed this thought, deciding instead that they were merely deranged jihadists whose violence was explained by a “strong aboriginal propensity to kill.” . . .

August 15, 2010

Chart: What seafood is safe to eat?

stephmodo: Seafood: What is Safe to Eat and What is...

August 11, 2010

This is a vital issue

Report: Baby Skull Jewelry May Be Linked To Violence |...