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5 life-affirming ways to stop irrational fear of death spoiling your life. In 1998 the Houston Chronicle marked the 35th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The article is no longer on the paper's website, but the ''wayback machine'' saved it. Payday lenders made about $49 billion in high-interest loans last year. Need $750 for a week? You'll pay back $1,000. That's 1700% for a week. Were they really the ''good old days'' when it came to the cost of things? Maybe, maybe not.
Rita Hayworth shimmers in this 1946 classic, If you haven't seen it, dash to your video store or buy it on eBay or Amazon. Larry Singleton has an unusual job - finding local and regional artifacts for new Cracker Barrel locations. Watch the evolution of growth of the United States from the 13 colonies up to the present day -- with dates, wars, and purchases. Here are some of the more intriguing discrepancies and theories surrounding the last successful assassination of an American president.
Older passengers remember looking forward to a nice steak sandwich and salad being served on a flight. Now, you're lucky to get a bag of peanuts. Internal documents show that young people have long been a key marketing target for this industry. On December 12, 1985, the DC-8 transport plane crashed shortly after a re-fuelling stop leaving 248 American soldiers and an air crew of 8 all dead. Many of the staff and patrons of the Fitzerald Theater in St. Paul have seen Ben the stagehand and heard actress Veronica sing.
The movie ''Saving Private Ryan'' was based on finding Sgt. Frederick Niland and sending him home after his three brothers were killed, and the telegrams were delivered to his mother on the same day. Candidate Dave Wilson  knew a white guy didn't have a chance in a mostly African-American district, so he decided he would lead voters to think he's black. Government-paid workers supposedly trained to uphold the law advise clients on how to lie on government forms, evade legal requirements, and ignore proper procedures. On September 19, 1989, UTA flight 772 was blown up by terrorists on a flight from the Congo to Paris. The memorial was built by an association of the victims’ families with the help of local inhabitants.
Is this 'chemtrail' trying to make us gay? Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10, 1913, hurricane force winds, blizzard conditions and 35-foot waves battered the Great Lakes. More than 250 people lost their lives with 12 major shipwrecks. Now you can see what gas prices are around the country at a glance. Zoom into the map to see prices by ZIP code or by stations near you. For this minister, the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald provided a perfect lead into a biblical tale of a storm on the Sea of Galilee.
This revered stone, also called Jacob’s Pillow, is said to have been the very stone Jacob anointed after his dream of angels and visitation from God. Police high speed chases are an unnecessary danger, most of these pursuits are after non-violent offenders. This electronic musical instrument  is named after the Russian inventor, Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. But, how do you play it? William Clark's signature in the rock at Pompey's Pillar in Montana isn't the only evidence of the expedition.
Thank God Reebok realized who they were dealing with, and set aside $30 million for Iverson when he turns 55 in 2030. But then, his ex-wife gets half ! The Poodwaddle clock shows statistics about the present, past and predictions for the future. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve. That dated rat poison will work just fine to knock-off Mildred's husband. And, your tub of sour cream that expired two weeks ago is probably ok as well.
According to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Eye-opening highlights from a Creationist science textbook. CAUTION: May be not be safe to see, show, or discuss at work or with easily offended friends. Want to know where you belong on this map? Click "Take the Test" and answer the 10-question survey. On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan.
Some women on Facebook have accused Maria Kang of Sacramento, California of bullying and ''fat-shaming'' by posting this photo on the social network. A new way to ''Rick Roll'' your friends. According to Jacqueline Stallone, a foremost American rumpologist, rump reading is an art that was practiced in ancient Babylon, India, Greece, and Rome. Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on beaches in the area.
Due to the 2013 government shutdown, regular maintenance has stopped, the vegetables are only periodic watered, and Mrs. Obama is nowhere in sight. In 1906, a German shoemaker became a national hero by impersonating an army officer and leading a squad of soldiers to steal money from the government. The most dangerous encounter in the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. Who should you tip? Just about everyone in the service industry, that's who.
More than 500 missing victims or unsolved cases are currently featured on the Iowa Cold Cases website. The remains in the coffin, being unloaded from a plane that can't actually fly, did not just arrive, they've been in a lab for months waiting to be identified. When Walmart decided to honor SNAP cards when computers didn't show available balances, shoppers loaded carts with groceries they really couldn't pay for. By 1935, people were pointing out the embarrassing similarity between the German ''Heil Hitler'' salute to the Führer and our raised arm salute to the flag.
The Civil War was the first war to be captured on film, and with recent technology it can be colorized. Hemingway often used the term ''the true gen'' (genuine) to distinguish accuracy from rumor and speculation. A good description of this friendship.
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The website drunkdialcongress.org randomly selects a member of Congress, phones his or her office, and lets you unleash a drunk dial they say you won't regret.
One member of the despised bureaucracy locked out of work during the government shutdown is Air Force energy expert Kevin Geiss of Alexandria, Virginia. Movie cowboys in the 1930's and 1940's were big stars, especially to a kid with a nickel for a ticket and a nickel for popcorn. According to an anonymous park ranger, ''We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.'' Memorial are now guarded by more security personnel than they are during normal operations.
In 1940 we were flying bi-planes from our carrier decks, a decade later we'd be taking off in jets. Walmart has come a long way since Sam Walton opened the first discount store in Rogers, Arkansas over 50 years ago. When your local school board wants a new bond issue approved, they announce the end of football, or layoff of the most popular teachers, if the deal isn't approved. Same thing with the Federal government. Woody Allen's worst nightmare: Mia Farrow and children tell all in Vanity Fair.
Our children are soaked with the cult of safety the way they would once have imbibed religion or patriotism. The $55 million that U.S. Bank has to pay back to 2.7 million customers only applies to debit card transactions, not checks, and is just a fraction of the real overcharges the bank got away with. After disaster strikes, basic services like electricity, gas, water, and sewage treatment may not function for days, weeks or longer. A well-stocked RV can save you. The Old Farmer's Almanac, North America's oldest continuously published periodical, comes out every year in September.
The famous mirror skit by Lucille Ball and Harpo Marx. The U.S. spends more per high-school athlete than per high-school math student, unlike most countries. And we wonder why we lag in education rankings. Washington doesn't understand our aversion to debt. There is a possibility that prominent politicians are buying blocks of Twitter followers.
Was it hypocritical for the US, Britain, and Israel to consider a military inhtevention in Syria because the government allegedly used chemical weapons? Ways to use cash to increase your life satisfaction include giving it away, taking relaxing vacations, or doing things you always wanted to do. Hallucinations are the hallmark of psychiatric disorders; about 75 percent of those diagnosed with schizophrenia experience voices they can't explain. Top 10 Ways to Deal with a Snoopy Neighbor
About to get your 15 minutes of fame?  Call us first! Declaring martial law and confine patriotic dissidents to concentration camps  is spreading as the country experiences a surge in groups on the radical right. A new book, written by airline pilot Patrick Smith, takes some of the most frequently asked questions and answers them in the form of anecdotes and rants. Five simple strategies to deter your children from pulling the family rug out from under you, rolling your body up in it and then dropping it off in the lobby of the nearest Super 8 Seniors Lodge.
The U.S. loves the smell of napalm in the morning. A record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60%. We have the finest leaders that money can buy. The election of a Republican, Abraham Lincoln, as President in 1860 sealed the deal. His victory, without a single Southern electoral vote, was a clear signal to the Southern states that they had lost all influence.
Here is how the locals think you should spend your time exploring New Orleans. Pat Buchanan is with the majority of Americans who feel we have no business getting involved in Syria. ''Shawshank Redemption'' star Tim Robbins is working behind bars again, not as an actor but as a mentor. How many ways are there to disbelieve in God? At least six, according to a new study.
The 2013 budget, obtained by The Washington Post from intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World Many felt President Clinton bombed an aspirin factory in Khartoum in 1998 to keep the Monica Lewinsky story off the front page of the New York Times. Faced with the usual options for senior housing and elder care, some older adults are inventing their own grass-roots versions.
Turns out Trump University is not an illustrious business school, but a scam that defrauded at least 5,000 people who had hoped to learn investing skills. The Red Brigades (Brigate Rosse in Italian, often abbreviated as the BR) was a terrorist group ln Italy active during the 1970's, ''The Years of Lead'. The builders of the MLK memorial had to pay $800,000 to the King family to use King's image and words. In New Jersey, you go to jail for not paying support payments, even if you have no income.
According to Google, only 5 or 6 percent of marriages last 50 years. According to the author, going to the doctor when you’re not sick does more harm than good. Cross these items off your grocery store list, they're rip-offs, fakes, drastically unhealthy, or just plan gross. The new energy efficient models of RV roof air conditioners can operate well in desert conditions. But, how about yours?
President Roosevelt's 1933 executive order outlawing the private ownership of gold in the United States was arguably unconstitutional. Why did he do it? No gift is as personal and touching as cash. Shingles is a painful skin disease caused by a reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Half of those 60 to 80 years old will be affected. There are many reasons why estranged adult children cut off or curtail contact with their parents.
The Halls of Ivy radio show featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria. Two of my granddaughers attended horse camp this summer and loved it. No boys or cell phones allowed. Two-thirds of all U.S. $100 bills are in circulation outside of the United States. We'd be in real trouble if they all came home. Raisuli gained international infamy for his May 1904 kidnapping of Ion Perdicaris, a wealthy American expatriate living in Tangier. Enter Teddy Roosevelt.
50 things you might not have known about Canada. Frank Marshall's  famous chess move against Stepan Levitsky in 1912 became known to millions again in the 2011 movie ''Tower Heist''. ''You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore.'' Richard Nixon resigns, August 9, 1974. W.C. Fields wasn't the only person ''who never said that''. Even some quotes said to come from the Bible came from other sources.
According to the author, quiet desperation is acceptance of and surrendering to circumstances. Main stream media and politicians seem to be doing everything they can to keep black on white crime from the American public, while white on black crime, real or imaginary, is big news. Behind all its Victorian beauty, Galena, Ill., is embracing 21st-century tools that will help preserve this river town. Twenty-five years after accusing an innocent man of rape, Tawana Brawley is finally paying for her lies.
Unfortunately, attacking forces do not always respect the declaration of an 'open city'. What does it mean? The U.S. Army wanted chocolate bars not to be too appetizing, so soldiers wouldn’t eat them too quickly. They were created for survival, not dessert. Tattoos may be skin deep, but their significance sometimes goes deeper, and can often tell you something about the wearer. Hollywood studios, desperate to protect German business, let Nazis censor scripts, remove credits from Jews, get movies stopped and even forced an MGM executive to divorce his Jewish wife.
Hundreds of millions of times a day, thirsty Americans open a can of soda, beer or juice. And every time they do it, they pay a fraction of a penny more because of a shrewd maneuver by Goldman Sachs. Is there a massive government conspiracy to sabotage the economy? Are there secret agents working in your office, right now? Three years after Eva Peron's death 60 years ago, her embalmed corpse disappeared, removed by the Argentinian military in the wake of a coup that deposed her husband, President Juan Peron. It then went on a global odyssey for nearly two decades. By encouraging your baby to smile, you're helping her develop self-esteem. It lets her know that her feelings are important and that she can affect her environment
With a Buddy Pass, you can fly to exotic places for a fraction of regular price. But, if you're not careful, the only place that you'll get familiar with could be the airport terminal. Under the proposed ordinance, Deer Trail, Colorado would grant hunting permits to shoot drones. Naturally, the FAA has a problem with this. Trayvon Martin might never have been shot, if he had been arrested when caught at school with stolen jewelry and drugs, instead of just being disiplined..
After a bride-to-be says yes to the dress, she often starts saying no — to carbs, desserts and other high-calorie foods. Critics say the media distorted facts, used 5 year old photos to show Trayvon as a young boy, and even altered a current photo of Trayvon in a hoody from looking menacing to sweet and innocent. Air-conditioning has long been termed a mere luxury and evidence suggests that most people prefer sweating to shivering. Really? History is full of potentially game-changing battles that almost came to be. It's impossible to know exactly what the results would have been, but it's mind-boggling to think what might have happened.
This ship can be saved if we all do our part. The Secret Service investigates about 10 presidential threats every day. In this kid's case, I blame the hat. Grace Sherwood  was thrown into a river with her thumbs tied to her feet and a bible tied to her neck. If she sank, she was innocent. Mrs. Sherwood floated.
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Everyone with a vehicle needs one of these code readers. Low voltage forces your air conditioner and other devices to draw extra current to deliver the power expected of it, thus overheating the motor windings. There are thousands of people in this crowd, and yet you can spot and recognize any face. Rabbi Efraim Zalmanovich, a prominent orthodox Israeli rabbi, has issued a religious ruling declaring that medical marijuana is kosher.
A Texas preacher has his congregation talking, after asking in his newsletter for $50,000 to pay for new blades for his million dollar helicopter. Mastering the use of utensils according to the style of eating you prefer will demonstrate confidence and finesse and make those around you feel comfortable.  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has apologized for telling Congress that the NSA does not collect data on millions of Americans. As Iranian Airlines Flight 655 was climbing to 14,000 feet, the USS Vincennes, commanded by Captain William Rogers, fired two surface-to-air missiles.
Gore Vidal quotes on life and sex. Standing trial for 13 counts of vandalism, the man's attorney has been barred from mentioning ''Freedom of Speech'' in court. Seven myths about grilling steaks. There are two styles of eating accepted in North America: American and Continental/European. Ok, three, counting barbeque ribs.
The Engines of Our Ingenuity is a radio program that tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. Listen to over 25 years of broadcasting. One of NSA leaker Edward Snowden's greatest fears is what happened to Frank R. Olson. Custer wants you! Join the 7th Cavalry and ride to glory in 2014, by participating in a 4 day adventure that ends with Custer's (and your) Last Stand. The life of Jack Reed and other main characters for this movie about the Russian revolution was painstakingly researched by Warren Beatty, the writer and director.
WiseGeek has a team of researchers, writers and editors dedicated to providing short, clear and concise answers to common questions. DuckDuckGo, a search engine that claims it gives its users complete anonymity, has seen a 33 percent increase in users since the NSA PRISM scandal broke. Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, many individuals and families will be eligible to receive subsidized coverage. Step aboard the world’s first on-land cruise-themed resort that gives guests the experience of being on a luxury queen of the seas - but without sea sickness.
In 1944, an American military chaplain prepared a pamphlet, ''Let’s Look at Rape!'' in response to charges by French women against black American soldiers. Obama’s trip could cost the federal government $60 million to $100 million based on the costs of similar African trips in recent years. Flight 847 was hijacked by members of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad after taking off from Cairo. CAUTION: Check your vandalism insurance coverages before applying this sticker to your car bumper.
The NSA is the best hidden of all the US intelligence services – and its secrecy has deepened as its reach has expanded. In light of recent revelations about spying on American citizens, an editorial worth re-reading. Since 1996, Intellicast.com has provided expert weather information to weather savvy users. A Postal Service computer system photographs and captures an image of every mail piece that is processed. There, that should make you feel safer.
 Russia plans to resume nuclear submarine patrols in the southern seas after a hiatus of more than 20 years. In the last dark nights of the Vietnam War, a secret government organization used a black helicopter for a single, sneaky mission. The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The killer's identity remains unknown. A simplified explanation of the afterlife.
''The Peter Principle'' has been translated into several languages. The idea is, that a person will eventually advance into a job he or she cannot handle. Union leader Mark Rosenthal eats lunch when he arrives at work at 2 p.m. Then, he goes to sleep. More than five million Americans now suffer from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. We have an extraordinary relationship with dogs – closer than with any other animal on the planet.
In 1939, the British government commissioned a number of morale-building posters to help the public get through the war. Now, this one is all the rage. Which US President won an election with the largest ever popular majority? Lyndon Baines Johnson, who took 61% of the vote in 1964. Research shows the average smartphone user checks his or her device 150 times per day, or about once every six minutes, even on long weekends. In 2010, USA TODAY asked local experts to name one great hamburger joint in each state and the District of Columbia.
The workplace can be a minefield of personalities, filled with combustible people. A spoof movie poster about a deadly serious problem. The disclosure is required in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. A Japanese mayor is under fire for saying that WWII ''Comfort Women'' were necessary for the morale of Japanese soldiers. Here is the history.
School children in Japan are taught a very sanitized version of what happened in the 1930's and 1940's. Billie Sol Estes 1925 - 2013 Planning for retirement usually means budgeting for food, travel and other expenses. Don’t forget to include $220,000 for health care costs. CREW uses high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters – and their highs and lows – resonate nearly a century after the St. Paulite found fame.. Wall Street was laid out behind a 12-foot-high wood wall across lower Manhattan in 1685 to protect the Dutch settlers from British and Indian attacks. Need an excuse? We've got you covered, with an excuse creator for every occasion. The IRS is well aware of this massive political hot-potato fraud, but does nothing about it.


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