New Theory On Voynich Manuscript Suggests It Was A Medieval Store Of Women’s Knowledge

For a century the Voynich Manuscript has attracted code-breakers, cranks, and medieval scholars in an attempt to decipher the document’s meaning. Claims to have solved it come thick and fast, only to be discredited, but a new peer-reviewed theory may have more going for it. If confirmed, its scholarly value would be immense, revealing both an important lost language, and the medieval world from women’s point of view. However, many previous claims to have translated the manuscript haven’t stood up, and so far experts on the new theory have responded with a mix of skepticism and outright disbelief. The manuscript came to light when Polish book dealer Wilfrid Voynich bought and publicized it in 1912. Even with some pages missing, it …

Viral Video Shows A Giant Whale Jumping Next To A Fisherman Taking His Breath Away

From time to time, nature shows itself in full splendor to remind us of how small we really are. This power has recently been captured in the Californian waters on Monterey Bay. The bay is home to many species of marine mammals and is on the migratory path of Gray and Humpback whales making it a popular whale-watching spot. An enormous humpback whale has been captured breaching the waters of Monterey Bay in California Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Adult humpback whales weigh around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons) Douglas Croft Their size ranges in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft). The humpback is known for breaching as well as other distinctive behaviors, making them very popular among …

US claims to have images showing Iranian freighters they believe are carrying missiles

(CNN)The US claims to have multiple images of Iranian commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf that it believes are carrying missiles and other munitions, according to a US official with knowledge of the situation. At the same time, two US officials said that Iranian naval forces have significantly increased their presence around the Strait of Hormuz in the last two weeks. The Pentagon declined to comment on the assessment. CNN has learned of the images and the Iranian naval movements as the US has moved bombers and a carrier strike group into the region and fears of a conflict have been stoked by a sharp increase in tensions between Tehran and Washington. Recent leaked US intelligence reports about the threat …

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves office for last time, political future uncertain

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last September that he would not seek a third term in office. (Associated Press) “Again and again and again he has resisted reforms, he resisted the consent decree process that he has now embraced and is taking credit for as part of his legacy,” investigative reporter Jamie Kalven wrote, according to WLS-TV in Chicago. Kalven first reported on the existence of the dashcam video of McDonald’s shooting. ‘Dead tired’ In an interview with WLS, Emanuel explained he didn’t want to run for a third term because he was “dead tired.” “Being mayor is not a part-time job,” he said. “There is no Fourth of July holiday. I knew I didn’t have four years in the gas …

‘Game time’ for UK Eurovision hopeful

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEurovision 2019: UK entry Michael Rice says it’s about time we had a decent song As the final nears, UK Eurovision hopeful Michael Rice talks betting odds, boxing gloves… and why he’s “sick” of Brexit. The last few months have been “a whirlwind of emotions” for Michael Rice, the 21-year-old singer from Hartlepool who was chosen in February to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. His promotional duties have taken him from Spain and the Netherlands to Croatia and Russia, with a brief visit to Israel to film the “postcard” video that will precede his performance on Saturday. His hectic schedule has whisked him from The Graham Norton Show …

The New Feminist Trend Thats Breeding Mob Misogyny

Earlier this year, hordes of trolls descended on Russian model Anastasiya Kvitko’s called attention to Kvitko’s apparent use of Photoshop to enhance her appearance in pictures. The account then invited its tens of thousands of followers to “play a game” by guessing which body parts the 24-year-old had digitally altered in a recent photo. The abuse was so intense that Kvitko made her profile private. Russian Kim Kardashian,” is one of thousands of female influencers who post photos flaunting super slim waists, hourglass curves, chiseled cheekbones and permanently pouted lips. These women have a specific type of celebrity, promoting brands to their massive followings and bringing in big money.  Instagram face-lift” — a term coined by writer Eve Peyser to …

Woodstock 50 Is Going To Be The Next Fyre Festival Betches

Despite how many influencers go to Coachella every year, the original Woodstock is still the most iconic music festival of all time. In August 1969, over 400,000 people made their way to upstate New York for a music festival that would be a defining moment in the counterculture generation. Over the years, there have been various revivals of the Woodstock festival, and this year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, is going to be the biggest of them all: Woodstock 50. Well, it’s supposed to be the biggest, but right now it’s looking like a total sh*tshow. Let’s examine what’s going on with what may end up being the Fyre Festival of upstate New York. Earlier this year, Michael …

Congress just passed a historic LGBT rights bill. And it’s only the beginning.

It’s a historic day: The house just passed a bill that will provide nationwide anti-discrimination protection for the LGBT+ community and extend protection to women and people of color. The bill, known as H.R. 5, is an extension of 1964’s Civil Rights Act. It’s meant to ensure that those who identify as LGBT+ can’t be discriminated against at work, school, when seeking housing, and when participating in federally funded programs (among other things). Exactly 15 years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, the House has passed the #EqualityAct. I’ll fight to do the same in the Senate. Because LGBTQ Americans deserve to be treated equally, no matter where they live – or who they love. pic.twitter.com/zgkX6QsM0s …

‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: We Found Jesus In The Shower

The BacheloretteBachelortearsI’m slightly more hopeful for despite the fact that I’m already mentally preparing myself to hear the phrase “Roll Tide!” no less than 1,000 times in this two-hour episode. In case anyone forgot, yes, Hannah B aka Alabama Hannah aka Little Miss Professional Runner-Up is the new Bachelorette! I feel like this season we might be in for a real treat and get a more down-to-earth, can’t-be-swayed-by-the-Flat-Tummy-Tea-deals type of Bachelorette, or we’ll get the type who won’t be able to speak words. As I said, a real treat! Just to set the mood for you guys, my dog, after seeing me break open a bottle of rosé and hearing the beginnings of Chris Harrison’s opening monologue, has already fled …

Belgium’s King Albert II faces daily fine in paternity dispute

Former king is refusing to undergo DNA test to disprove womans claims he is her father King Albert II, who abdicated from the Belgian throne six years ago, is to be fined 5,000 (4,370) for every day that he refuses to undergo a DNA test to disprove claims he fathered a child during an extramarital affair in the 1960s. An appeals court made the order after rejecting Alberts attempts to delay giving a saliva sample, in the latest twist of a long-running paternity claim by a 50-year-old artist, Delphine Bol. Bol has been fighting in the courts for six years to get proof that Albert, 84, is her biological father. If she is able to prove paternity she could take …

23 Oddly Satisfying Soviet-Era Control Rooms

In the 69 years of its existence the Soviet Union, or USSR, became an industrial and technological behemoth. The communist union of republics (many of which were unwilling members that were kept behind the iron curtain by force), sent the first man into space, was the catalyst behind the defeat of the Nazis and had a list of rather impressive achievements in its short history, despite obvious flaws in the makeup of its society. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: republic.ru crimea.ria.ru One thing we can all appreciate, however, is the strange beauty of these Soviet-era control rooms. Before digitization, things like power plants, railway systems, space programs and nuclear weapons had to be monitored by huge banks …

Weird “Crawling Sensation” Inside Mans Head Turns Out To Be A Spider Spinning A Web In His Ear

A man in China went to his doctors after he felt a strange and itchy “crawling sensation” in his ear. As with all of these horror shows, it turned out to be a creepy crawly making a home (and nightmare fuel) inside the man’s head. The patient, from China’s Jiangsu province, went to the Affiliated Hospital of Yangzhou University, News 18 reports. There, doctors investigated but didn’t find what turned out to be a spider with standard equipment. “I didn’t notice it when inspecting [his ear] with the naked eye,” Dr Zhang Pan told News 18. “However, using an endoscope, I discovered the small spider inside.” The doctor first tried to reach in there with a pair of tweezers to try and grab the …

How Millennials Are Changing The Way We Approach Weddings Betches

The sun is shining. The flowers are blooming. The weather is still unpredictable but just stable enough to convince people to host outdoor events without any kind of backup plan. It can all only mean one thing: wedding season is upon us. In news that should surprise no one but will probably anger baby boomers somewhere, millennials are changing up the way we approach weddings. Crazy, right? That an entirely new generation, more diverse than any to come before it and with different entirely socioeconomic backgrounds, might have a few differing opinions from people who got married 50 years ago? Progress is scary. To prepare for the seemingly endless parade of undying love we’re all about to embark on, we …