People Used To Order Sears Home Kits From A Catalog In The Early 1900s And Some Are Still Standing Today

While these days we don’t think twice about ordering all kinds of things online, with giants like Amazon offering pretty much anything you could possibly imagine shipped to your doorstep, the mail-order concept goes back much further than you might think, and you could even get an entire house delivered by mail. Image credits: filed for bankruptcy, revolutionized home-ownership and kick-started the American dream for thousands by offering affordable ‘kit homes,’ arriving by railroad in pieces that people would put together themselves. With 400 types to choose from in a range of budgets, the mail-order homes proved to be a massive hit, with 75,000 built all over the USA between 1908 and 1940. Sears Archives The scheme was an impressive …

John Dingell’s Greatest Hits: Lawmaker Had An A+ Trolling Game On Twitter

Dingell, who died on Thursday at the age of 92, played a role in passing some of the nation’s most important legislation, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. But he’ll also be remembered for something else entirely: His solid Twitter game. 

Why Do We Hiccup?

Hiccups are an annoying, if ultimately harmless, facet of life.* (At least, they are most of the time, for most people – but more on that later.) These involuntary bursts of respiratory action tend to take place after we’ve rushed down a meal or gulped down a drink too hastily and usually disappear of their own accord within a few minutes or hours. As WebMD explains, the actual mechanism behind hiccups starts in your diaphragm, a muscle located between the lungs and the stomach. When we breathe in or inhale, the diaphragm pulls down, allowing air to enter the lungs. When we breathe out or exhale, it relaxes so that the air exits the lungs and then the body through the nose …

Tiger killed in zoo’s mating introduction

It said: “Our focus right now is on caring for Asim, as we get through this difficult event.” Staff are “heartbroken by this turn of events”, the zoo said. Tiger facts Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the five tiger subspecies and have the narrowest black stripes The roar of a tiger can be so loud that it can be heard from two miles away (3.2km) A tiger can bite down with the force of 1,000lb (450kg) From sitting down, a tiger is able to leap forward 33ft (10m) Fossils found in China show tigers could have been alive two million years ago Source: ZSL London Zoo

This Zoo Will Name A Cockroach After Your Ex And Then Feed It To A Meerkat On Valentines Day

The release of Aunt Bessie’s ludicrous heart-shaped Yorkshires and Marks & Spencer’s now infamous love sausage can only mean one thing. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. But if Hallmark cards, liquor-filled chocolates, and pickle bouquets aren’t your jam, how is one to celebrate the third biggest holiday of the year? By naming a cockroach after your ex, of course.  El Paso Zoo in Texas is offering people from across the world the opportunity to name a roach after their ex and then watch as said roach is fed to a family of hungry meerkats on Valentine’s Day. – All you have to do is send them the first name and initial of the last name of your ex via Facebook messenger, and voilà. Not …

Google Maps is using giant virtual arrows to stop people from getting lost

San Francisco (CNN Business)Google Maps wants to make it easier for people find their way in busy urban spaces, and it thinks large cartoon arrows can help. Yet while many companies, including Google, have been working on augmented reality products for years, few had luck with consumers. (Pokémon Go, created by Niantic, which spun out of Google, is a notable exception.) There are two main reasons for this: it’s hard to figure out what to do with the technology, and difficult to make virtual images actually mesh with the real objects around you. Google Maps thinks it has cracked this nut, and it gave CNN Business a peek at it during a walk from a park on San Francisco’s waterfront …

Old postcards sent back to the future

Image copyright Ben Curran Image caption This card was originally sent from a soldier serving overseas to his daughter in Shrewsbury in 1919 “People are interested in the history of their homes, the people who lived there; and maybe this will encourage them to think and talk about these things.” Some of the cards are greetings from holiday destinations, while others contain personal messages, including one from a soldier shortly after the end of World War One. Writing to his daughter Nellie, in Shrewsbury, he scolds her for not writing while he is billeted overseas. Image copyright Ben Curran Image caption This was the first card Mr Curran sent home – originally from Switzerland in 1938 to an address in …

Assault Accusation And Blackface Scandal Entangle Virginia’s Top 3 Elected Officials

With Gov. Ralph Northam’s career already hanging by a thread over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, the day’s developments threatened to take down all three of Virginia’s top elected officials, all of them Democrats. Herring — who had previously called on Northam to resign and was planning to run for governor himself in 2021 — apologized for his “callous” behavior and said that the days ahead “will make it clear whether I can or should continue to serve.” AP Photo/Steve Helber In this Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 file photo, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring takes the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Herring, admitted Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, to putting …

The Owner Of The USB Discovered In Seal Poop Has Been Found, And The Story Is Wild

The mystery of how a USB stick came to be found in a frozen sample of leopard seal poop in New Zealand has been solved, and it’s an interesting journey, to say the least. Last week, the world was simultaneously surprised and intrigued when the story of the USB popping up unexpectedly made headlines.   Researchers at New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) run a leopard seal program to study the rare seals, and one of the best ways to do this is to look at their scat. It can tell a huge amount about what the seals eat, where they go, and their health. To get it, however, they need volunteers who collect the samples and …

Diana Ross’ Grandson Is Supremely Adorable In Grammys Speech

Diana Ross’ grandson is a tough act to follow, even if the performer is Ross herself. Grammy Awards on Sunday, and her 9-year-old grandson Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick got the honor of introducing her. Alicia Keys described him as a “distinguished little guy,” Raif-Henok went to work: “She has shown the world that nothing is beyond our reach,” he said. “So, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome by grandmommy, Diana Ross!” Here’s the whole sequence, from Keys’ handoff to Raif-Henok’s intro to his grandma killin’ it.  Download Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Canadian man with unusual last name gets Assman license plate request denied

Dave Assman, who lives in the Canadian province Saskatchewan, said he’s had his request denied before and doubts whether it’ll ever be granted. Tyler McMurchy, a spokesman for the SGI, which reviews personalized license plate requests, said the committee must abide by a set of guidelines regardless if a word “is someone’s name and pronounced differently than the offensive version.”

Earths Magnetic Field Is Played Like A Drum By Solar Plasma

The Earth’s magnetic field is shaped by the complex motion of molten metals in the Earth’s core and by interactions with electric particles coming from the Sun. The boundaries of the field are constantly shifting and researchers have found evidence to suggest that the edge of the magnetosphere can vibrate like a drum. This idea was first proposed 45 years ago. When the outer boundary of the field, known as the magnetopause, is struck by solar plasma, ripples propagate across the surface. When these vibrations reach the poles they are reflected back. This creates an interference pattern known as a standing wave pattern, just like how a drum’s sound is produced. As reported in Nature Communications, this is the first …

Measles Cases Have Tripled In Europe

Last year, Europe saw 82,596 new cases of measles, three times as many as 2017, and a staggering 15 times more than the record low in 2016. 2018 saw the highest number of people contracting the disease in Europe in a decade. The disease can be fatal, with 72 children and adults dying last year because of it, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) report. Ninety-two percent of cases come from just 10 countries. The list, in order of most to least cases, is Ukraine, Serbia, Israel, France, Italy, Russia, Georgia, Greece, Albania, and Romania. Only six out of the 53 countries in the WHO Europe region didn’t have any new cases. Sixty-one percent of people that became infected required hospitalization. The WHO …

Police say they found an underground gang hideout and shooting range, and they’re not impressed

(CNN)Scratch “build an underground lair” from your list of ways to elude Southern California’s Fontana Police Department. “We are the champions at Hide n Seek and no manhole will help you,” it said. Interlocking rubber mats lined the ground in one area, with something resembling furniture pads or moving blankets fixed to walls, and a US flag hanging in one corner. Another area had a dirt ground and a wall lined with sandbags. Fontana police said they arrested an unspecified number of suspects; they did not release their names or say what charges they face. The department left the impression it didn’t admire the handiwork. “Friendly message to anyone who wants to engage in illegal activity and be a member …