15 Years After 9/11 Attacks, Americans Remember - Text + Audio + Pictures - 10 September 2016
"Sunday is the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks against the United States. On September 11, 2001, four passenger airplanes were hijacked
as they flew over the U.S. mainland. The hijackers flew them into two buildings in New York, the Pentagon, and the into the ground in Pennsylvania."
'Tasteless' mattress ad is latest 9/11-themed promotion to spark backlash- 10 September 2016
"Ad showing men falling into two piles of mattresses prompts apology as Texas store announces ‘indefinite’ closure
– but it’s not the first such controversy...
“Right now, you can get any sized mattress for a twin price!” says a grinning woman flanked by two employees in the 20-second spot.
She flings her arms out and the men tumble backwards, knocking over two tall piles of mattresses.
The woman screams “Oh my God!” in mock panic, then immediately recovers her composure and adds, with a half-smile: “We’ll never forget.”
Remembering Sept. 11, 2001- Text + Audio + Videos - 9 September 2016
"The 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States is Sunday.
On social media, people shared their memories and expressed their sadness about Sept. 11, 2001."
The island where thousands go to get married - 11 September 2016
"Every year, 3,000 couples fly from the Middle East to Cyprus to get married.
It's the easiest place to go if they want a civil ceremony rather than a religious one."
Pancake Robot - Parry Gripp The lyrics are below the video on YouTube: "The pancake robot is coming to town
He’s mixing up the batter and he’s laying it down
Buttermilk, blueberry, chocolate chip
50 million pancakes he’s gonna flip..."
Millions Across Southern Africa Face Food “Insecurity”- Text + Audio - 9 September 2016 "Millions of people across southern Africa are dealing with food shortages resulting from extremely dry weather.
Some scientists have linked the drought to the weather event known as El Nino."
Is graffiti art? Or vandalism? - Kelly Wall
"Spray-painted subway cars, tagged bridges, mural-covered walls – graffiti pops up boldly throughout our cities. And it turns out: it’s nothing new.
Graffiti has been around for thousands of years. And across that span of time, it’s raised the same questions we debate now: Is it art? Is it vandalism?
Kelly Wall describes the history of graffiti."
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26 Facts about Magic - mental_floss List Show Ep. 436
(YouTube) "Our distant ancestors took a magician’s tricks at face value and were either amazed or outraged that these showmen would harness the demonic arts. Today, we enjoy illusions and magic tricks as skillful entertainment. How did they do that? There’s a lot involved. Not only is there the basic trick, but the magician’s patter, eye contact, and pacing affect how well the trick works. Elliot Morgan has some facts about not only how magic works but also the history of the art and other neat tidbits about magic, in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show."
American Athletes Protest National Anthem - Text + Audio + Pictures - 10 September 2016
"The National Football League plays its first games this weekend.
While fans will be watching the action on the field, many people want to see what happens during the national anthem."
Native Americans halt pipeline construction - VIDEO
"A controversial oil pipeline contested by Native American tribes has been halted.
The US government says more study is needed before construction can resume."
In pictures: Refugee crisis on show - 8 September 2016
"An exhibition in London explores the global refugee crisis through the eyes of eight photographers reporting from 13 countries on behalf of Oxfam.
The pictures aim to capture something of the personal stories behind the migration facts and figures.
Photography director Rebecca McClelland said: "My aim was to be as sensitive as possible to the subject, whilst stretching the limited language of crisis photography."
Anh Do: A portrait of Australia's 'happiest refugee'- 9 September 2016 "His journey to Australia took him from tragedy to comedy.
As a young boy, Anh Do escaped war-torn Vietnam aboard an overcrowded fishing boat.
He has since built an impressive career in entertainment."
North Korea accused of 'maniacal recklessness' after nuclear test triggers earthquake - 10 September 2016
"UN security council agrees to begin work on further sanctions as Japanese PM Shinzo Abe warns of grave threat... North Korea has confirmed it has conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, marking the 68th anniversary of its founding
with a reminder to the world that it may be edging closer to developing a warhead capable of striking the US mainland."
Pioneering 'diaries' reveal the secret lives of animals- Article + Photos + Video - 9 September 2016
"How do you tell if an elephant is having a good day? Or spy on the nocturnal squid-catching skills of the albatross?
This week at the British Science Festival, Prof Rory Wilson of Swansea University has been divulging the secrets of the animal kingdom,
including penguin diving habits, albatross hunting methods and the emotional states of elephants."
Sequoia and Kings Canyon: A Land of Giants- Text + Audio + Photos
(This week, we visit a place where you will find the world's largest living things, as well as the tallest mountain in the continental United States.
Welcome to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, in central California!"
World Nomad Games Come to a Close in Kyrgyzstan- Text + Audio + Photos - 8 September 2016
"The 2016 Rio Olympics are over and the Paralympics are just beginning. But in between, a much different kind of international sporting event took place
in Central Asia. Instead of running, swimming, and basketball, athletes took part in sports like eagle hunting and traditional stick wrestling."
Why Do Baseball Managers Wear Uniforms?
"Basketball and hockey coaches wear suits. Football coaches sometimes wear suits too, but often wear team-branded jackets.
Some wear ill-fitting pleated khakis, some wear sweatshirts, and Tom Landry, the former coach of the Dallas Cowboys,
was never seen coaching without his trademark fedora hat.
So why, then, do baseball managers always wear uniforms?"
‘Girls Who Code’ Opens Door for Women in Tech Jobs- Text + Audio + Video - 7 September 2016
"Girls Who Code is a program to get girls interested in computer science so they can fill a growing number of industry jobs.
Research suggests the percentage of computing jobs filled by women fell from 36 percent to 25 percent since 1991."
Paralympic Games Begin in Brazil - Text + Audio + Video - 7 September 2016
"Rio de Janeiro is home for the next 11 days to thousands of athletes competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games.
As the opening ceremony took place Wednesday night, organizers were dealing with budget concerns."
18 OMG Things You Didn’t Know About Burning Man
"Burning Man… You’ve probably heard of it. “It’s like Coachella, right?” Is it “a raging hippie orgy in the middle of the desert?”
Or a modern day drugged out Woodstock where you can’t shower? Nope! Prepare to get schooled!
Here are 18 OMG things you probably didn’t know about the festival where they burn a man."
1. What IS BM? (clock, the Man, art installations)
2. Who goes to BM?
3. No money or bartering
5. The man burns
6. Burning Man Slang
7. The sand isn’t really sand
8. The Dust Storms
9. No wifi?!
10. It’s cold as sh*t at night
11. The temple
12. Making an Entrance
15. Bacon & Beyonce, 747s, and a free haircut
16. TEDx Talks
17. Porto Potties
18. Tricked Out Bikes
How Was Burning Man?
"How do you explain the experience of attending the Burning Man art and culture festival to someone who’s never been there?
It’s a life-changing event, at least for the first few days afterward. It’s impossible to explain, but get ready for a valiant effort.
Comedian Kevin Oeser illustrates the difficult descent into the real world for a Burning Man returnee.
He feels as if he’s made some quantum leap in consciousness, while he comes off as just plain annoying to the rest of us." (Neatorama)
Most tricks by a cat in one minute - Meet the Record Breakers "Didga the Australian skateboarding cat and her owner Robert performed a total of 20 tricks in one minute to earn themselves a place in the Guinness World Records 2017 book. Didga, who was adopted from a cat shelter, can even take on the challenge of a real skateboarding park.
The tricks include:
2. Give left paw
4. Give right paw
7. Lay down
8. Go onto one-side
10. Back to sit
12. Shuffle right
13. Shuffle left
14. Spin 360
15. Come (walk to me)
17. Step on the coin
18. Jump into hands
19. Go from hand, down to knee, then onto the skateboard
20. While the board is moving, jump over the bar and land back onto the board, a.k.a. "hippy-jump"
THE EVOLUTION OF STOP-MOTION
"With the release of Kubo and the Two Strings, it is a perfect moment to go back in time and see the evolution of stop-motion animation
throughout the years."
+ List of the films included.
Careers With Animals - 16 August 2016
"Do you love animals? Have you ever thought of finding a career that lets you work with them?
Imagine spending your days tending to the needs of our furry friends. If you want a career with animals, you have many options from which to choose.
Take time to explore each one. They are very different from one another in terms of responsibilities, education and training, and earnings.
While one may not be a good choice for you, another could very well be."