1936: In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed in a fire (it had been built for the 1851 Great Exhibition).
1966: Barbados becomes independent.
1967: The People's Republic of South Yemen becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1835: Mark Twain, writer, is born.
1937: Ridley Scott, director, is born.
1965: Ben Stiller, actor, director, producer, writer, is born.
1016: King Ethelred the Unready, dies.
1900: Oscar Wilde, writer, dies.
News Interactive: Bride loses legs in wedding horror
A bride-to-be has had both her legs amputated in order to save her life after a road accident on the way to her wedding today.
The 42-year-old woman was being driven to the ceremony in the seaside town of Blackpool, northern England, on a motorised tricycle when her bridal gown got caught between the engine and back wheels, causing her legs to become trapped, rescue services said.
"I have never seen anything like it before," said local fire officer Tony Robinson, adding that the bride was just a few hundred metres from the wedding venue when the accident happened.
"It was horrific and I'm still suffering from shock myself... This would be a terrible accident at any time but for it to happen on what is supposed to be a happy day, you just can't think of anything worse."
Sky News: Firework Hits Supporter
Investigators are trying to discover why a display firework exploded into a stand at Wolverhampton's Molineux ground, injuring eight people.
One woman suffered a fractured cheekbone and seven others needed medical treatment after the accident.
The woman was hit after the firework, which should have fired vertically, shot sideways into the Billy Wright stand. Players ducked to avoid it.
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: "It was a deeply unfortunate incident where a woman was hit on the left side of her face by a firework which diverted off course from the organised display.
"She has suffered lacerations to the face but she has not been burned."
The Sky News article has a link to more pictures.
The Observer: Scared of spiders? Take this pill
A readily available anti-tuberculosis drug could also cure man's deepest, darkest phobias.
Phobias appear in many shapes and forms, affecting at least a quarter of the population. But doctors believe that a cure may soon be on hand from the most unlikely quarter.
They have discovered that a drug on the market for tuberculosis helps phobics to overcome their worst fears within a week. They believe it could be the anti-phobia pill which scientists have been searching for.
...it could work in almost any situation where a person is very nervous, according to Chemistry and Industry magazine. 'It should help you get over whatever it is you are afraid of, as long as you face up to your fear.' Apart from phobias, it could also help people overcome their natural nervousness when learning new skills, such as snowboarding or riding.
The article also has a couple of weird phobias.
Xanthophobia - a fear of the colour yellow
Pogonophobia - a fear of beards
Caligynephobia - a fear of beautiful women
There are probably a lot of people who have no sympathy for the man in this story, but I don't condone 'mob rule'. As Detective Superintendent Brian Dunn says:
"...whatever he has done in the past does not give people the right to attack and kill him."
Should someone who has committed a crime and served the sentence given to them still be subject to mob rule? What right have people got to take the law into their own hands and decide who should live and who should die?
The BBC's Politics Show on Sunday has an online poll for the 10 most embarssing political moments. I'm happy to see that John Redwood's feeble attempt at singing the Welsh national anthem is winning with almost 38% of the votes.
For the benefit of John Redwood, here are the words to the Welsh national anthem plus ways of singing the anthem without knowing any Welsh.
The current episode of the show is available on the Politics Show website. I assume that it will be available until next Sunday. To see all entries skip to around 51:30 and to see just John Redwood skip to around 55:00.
Morning Bird: "...we, not suicide bombers, are the most deadly threat to ourselves."
Morning Bird writes about how American's are eating themselves into an early grave.
There has not been a single terrorist-caused death on American soil in two years, but we have held 1,387,000 heart related funerals since 9/11/2001. Today, there will be 1,900 more. How many must die before we wake up?
Would you sell one of your kidney's to buy a seaside flat? This British woman was prepared to.
“I want a flat and I want to sort my mortgage out . . . so whatever happens I’ve got a roof over my head.”
Ireland wants to buy a property in a Devon seaside village, but is unable to do so because prices in the area are so high.
Who Owns The Alphabet?
Companies strive for brand-name recognition, and adopt common phrases ("Where do you want to go today?") and even single words ("True") as being representative of that company, and no other. However, sometimes a word or phrase can be used by two very different companies, perhaps in different product spaces, who then have to fight it out for mind-share.
This page takes that to its logical limit, and asks: in the space of human awareness, who has won the battle for the basic building blocks, the very letters that make up the words with which we express ourselves? Who does the Internet's collective consciousness associate most closely with each of our 26 alphabet atoms?
I know that terrorist threats should be taken seriously but is there anything to be gained from repeatedly issuing warnings about the 'possibility' of an attack? A report in the USA Today says that Al-Qaeda have dropped plans for smaller attacks in favour of a larger attack comparable to 9/11. As usual officials have no specific information to indicate how or when such an attack would take place.
simple. you'll see one word at the top of the following page.
you have sixty seconds to write about it.
as soon as you click 'go' the page will load with the cursor in place.
don't think. just write.
it is not about learning new words.
nor is it about defining words.
the real purpose of this exercise is to alleviate our natural tendency to edit everything.
once one learns to flow freely in his/her writing, their best material will emerge.
Ananova: World's biggest liar accused of cheating
The winner of the world's biggest liar competition has been accused of cheating and of "not being Cumbrian".How can a liar be accused of cheating?
South African Abrie Kruger became the first overseas winner of the event since it began in 1974.
Kruger was was subjected to a chorus of Rule Britannia after he won the contest at the Bridge Inn, Stanton Bridge.
Spectators at the World's Biggest Liar contest abused the winner for "not being Cumbrian", despite it being open to competitors from all over the world.
John Graham, 65, a veteran winner of the contest, claimed Mr Kruger broke the strict rules by reading from a script while telling his lies and using props.
Ananova: 'Bloodvertising' to hit UK streets
Advertisements in bus shelters for a new video game called Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance, will seep 'blood'. The company behind the so-called Bloodvertising say the adverts will be put up around the country in two weeks time.
Acclaim Entertainment say the game, set in the year 106AD, is the bloodiest ever. In the adverts, cartridges of red dye will be placed behind clear sheets of film and released over a six-day period. The 'blood' will slowly appear to spill out on the streets and drip onto the pavements. The adverts will remain for a week.
The company say they have been cleared to erect the posters and have employed cleaners to clean the dye off the footpaths at the end of the week.
Shaun White, Communications Manager at Acclaim, said: "The concept of 'Bloodvertising' ties in with our marketing strategy and sticks to the theme of blood and carnage which is consistent throughout the Gladiator video game."
As he switched planes, Mr Bush spotted the reporters.
The sound in the hangar was so loud he could not be heard, but he held his thumb and little finger apart, and raised them to his ear, in the symbol of someone using a phone, and mouthed, "No calls, got it?" He emphasised the point by crossing his arms back and forth in front of him. He made the "cut" sign to his throat and mouthed again, "No calls."
1582: In Stratford-upon-Avon, 18 year-old William Shakespeare and 26 year-old Anne Hathaway pay a 40-pound bond for their marriage license.
1905: Irish nationalist Arthur Griffith founds Sinn Féin in Dublin as a political party whose goal was the independence for all of Ireland.
1964: Mariner program: NASA launches the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars.
1950: Ed Harris, actor, is born.
1962: Jon Stewart, comedian, actor, television host, is born.
1994: Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer, dies.
NY Times: Beware the Worm in Your Handset
As more consumers begin surfing the Web and sending e-mail messages on cellphone and hand-held devices, along comes a new worry: worms and viruses spread via Internet-enabled handsets.
The problem is still small, with only a few cases reported globally. But as operating systems in cellphones become standardized, hackers will probably begin focusing on vulnerabilities in those systems as they have with personal computers.
"What if viruses phone 911 randomly?"
That, in fact, is what happened in Japan in 2000 and 2001. NTT DoCoMo, the country's largest cellular phone provider, received complaints from customers who were being sent messages that froze their screens and automatically dialed 110, the emergency line to the police in Japan.
DoCoMo dealt with the problem by installing special security software on its servers and new handsets, which were also being bombarded with unwanted commercial e-mail and text messages from advertisers, dating clubs and other marketers. DoCoMo blocks about 55 percent of the one billion text messages that reach its servers each day because of suspicious return addresses or attachments. Another 26 percent of those messages are blocked by DoCoMo users who have programmed their handsets to turn back unwanted mail or spam.
In October, it [NTT DoCoMo] announced an agreement with Network Associates, a California-based security software company, to develop an antivirus program for handsets.
The companies hope to introduce their product by the end of 2004 but have not decided on its precise specifications. Project team managers expect the software to allow users to have antivirus updates downloaded automatically to their handsets.
Modern Drunkard magazine has published the 86 Rules of Boozing.
20. Drink one girly drink in public and you will forever be known as the guy who drinks girly drinks.
30. Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.
52. Your songs will come on as you're leaving the bar.
68. If there is a line for drinks, get your goddamn drink and step the hell away from the bar.
69. If there is ever any confusion, the fuller beer is yours.
73. If you bring booze to a party, you must drink it or leave it.
1703: The first Eddystone Lighthouse destroyed in storm.
1924: In the New York City the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.
1990: The UK Conservative party chooses John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1843: Cornelius Vanderbilt, businessman, philanthropist, is born.
1975: Ross McWhirter, Guinness Book of Records keeper, dies.
When was 911 "invented?" The simple answer is: over 35 years ago. However, the development of the three-digit number in the United States is slightly more complex than a single date. Here is a summary of how it was implemented for the first time in the United States, and events leading up to that historic event.
For the Brits, the site also has a little piece of history on 999 which was introduced on Thursday July 8, 1937.
Britain implements its 999 emergency telephone system serving police, fire and EMS after phone calls were delayed reporting 5-fatality fire on Wimpole Street. The first 999 call was placed at 4:20 a.m. when the wife of John Stanley Beard (33 Elsworthy Rd., Hampstead, London) dialed 999 to report a burglar outside her home. The burglary, 24 yeard-old Thomas Duffys, was apprehended.
[via The Presurfer]
1778: In the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover Maui.
1862: Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) sends the handwritten manuscript of Alice's Adventures Underground to 10-year-old Alice Liddell.
1941: Lebanon gains independence from France.
1941: World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor - A fleet of six aircraft carriers commanded by Japanese Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo leaves Hitokapu Bay for Pearl Harbor under strict radio silence.
1939: Tina Turner, singer, actress, is born.
Perhaps the female visitors of this site can explain this story.
Chancellor Gordon Brown has been voted one of Britain's top sex gods. He shares the honour with the likes of Jude Law, Johnny Depp and George Clooney in the list compiled by the Erotic Review.