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How Did The Dead Sea Get Its Name, Where Is It Located, And Why Is The Dead Sea So Salty?

The Dead Sea is really a lake, not a sea, because it is surrounded by land.

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It is six times as salty as ocean water, and only a few forms of plant and animal life, mainly brine shrimp, can survive in the lake, or in this virtual "dead sea".

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Salt-encrusted rocks

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Swim without sinking

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It is salty because water never leaves the lake except by evaporation, a process that leaves behind deposits of salt and other minerals.

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Salt deposits

The Dead Sea, which forms part of the border between Israel and Jordan, is 50 miles (80 km) long and 11 miles (18 km) wide at its widest point … for now:

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Its elevation is about 1,300 feet (400 m) below sea level, making it the lowest point on the planet.

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How Do Fish Sleep And Do Fish Close Their Eyes When They Sleep At Night?

Have you ever seen a fish sleep?

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Although fish have periods when they are relatively inactive, they don’t sleep.

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Most fish do not sleep like humans where they are in a state of unconsciousness in which they are completely unaware of the world around them.

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There are exceptions to this rule, however. Some species of fish in and around coral reefs will occasionally lean against coral and seem to take a snooze.

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Fish can’t close their eyes when they sleep, because they don’t have eyelids … unless you’re a shark.

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New Research Claims Hitler Died In WW II

Fox News says that Adolph Hitler indeed died as a result of a 1945 suicide.

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French researchers claim that close examination of the remains clearly show that, without a doubt, they were Hitler’s.

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Hitler reportedly had taken a cyanide capsule just before shooting himself in the head. The Russian government agreed.

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What Is A “Ticker Tape Parade” And How Did The New York Tradition Originate?

Before the electronic age, ticker tape was a thin paper ribbon of information fed mechanically to the brokers on Wall Street.

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At day’s end, floors were ankle deep with ticker tape.

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On October 28, 1886, the elaborate dedication of the Statue of Liberty was visible from the brokers’ windows, causing such excitement that they began tossing ticker tape out the windows.

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That’s how the ticker tape parade became a New York tradition.

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Lower Broadway through the Financial District in New York City is called the “Canyon of Heroes”, and has plaques in the sidewalk at regular intervals to celebrate each of the city’s ticker-tape parades.

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Parades today in Downtown Manhattan are still called Tickertape Parades. But ticker tape is no longer available in our digital age. Instead the parade uses differently shaped and colored confetti.

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How and where do parade watchers get their confetti? The New York Times supplies the answer: The Downtown Alliance, a neighborhood business association that helps organize the parade, supplies the confetti. They drop off bags of it along the parade route. A lot of paper is used in these parades, over 30 tons of it.

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SOFIA

The acronym stands for “Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy”. Very simply put, SOFIA is used to observe light in the infrared spectrum that's not visible to the naked eye. SOFIA is a true multi-use observatory. Its instruments consist of cameras, spectrometers, and photometers. They operate at different infrared wavelengths. Some are dedicated to studying specific astronomical science phenomena.

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Visible light (left) and infrared light (right)

It is an 80/20 partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), consisting of an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a 2.7-meter (106 inch) reflecting telescope (with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters or 100 inches). It is the world’s largest flying observatory.

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The aircraft is based at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif. The SOFIA Program Office is at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., which manages SOFIA's science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA; Columbia, Md.) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI; University of Stuttgart).

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The plane’s ability to fly near the edges of the atmosphere gives it better visibility than ground-based observatories. And the fact that it makes regular appearances on Earth's surface, unlike a space telescope, means it can easily be repaired or reprogrammed when necessary.

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The 747SP was designed by Boeing in the 1970s to fly faster, higher, and farther than other versions of the 747. The company's engineers shortened the fuselage by 55 feet to cut weight, but left the power plants intact, giving the SP incredible performance statistics.

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Same power, less weight

The plane can stay airborne for over 12 hours and its range is 6,625 nautical miles (7,624 miles). With a service ceiling of 45,000 feet, it can fly above the troposphere and 99.8 percent of the water vapor held in our atmosphere, which obscures infrared light. That gives its on-board infrared telescope a clear view into outer space.

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On this day in 1977,

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George Lucas’ first Star Wars movie premiers in US theaters.


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The incredible success of Star Wars: it received seven Oscars, and earned $461 million in U.S. ticket sales

and a gross of close to $800 million worldwide–began with an extensive, coordinated marketing push by Lucas and his studio,

20th Century Fox, months before the movie’s release date.


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Every Year Kansas City Builds Boulevardia, Its Very Own Nation Filled With Beer, Food, Music, And More Beer

Kansas City has a long history of being — how can I put it? — exceptionally good at a lot of things. It's home to world-class barbecue of its own style and craft cocktails that are nothing short of an art form. The city is and always has been a musical hub — the foundation for jazz in the Midwest and home to greats like Count Basie, Charlie Parker, and Pat Metheny.

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And if that isn't enough talent for one city, it goes without saying (for anyone that knows even a lick about Kansas City) that it's also pretty darn great at brewing beer.

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Once a year, the whole city comes together to celebrate this passion and build what they call a "nation filled with beer, food, music and ... more beer."

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Kansas City's craft beer scene has exploded in the last decade, boasting now as many as 20 breweries across the city. But KC's love of beer actually began long before that. In 1988, John McDonald was a young man with a plan and a palate for craft brews. He had just returned from a vacation in Europe and fallen hard for Belgian beers. Upon returning home to Kansas City, John sold his house and raised some money to start what would later become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Today, Boulevard acknowledges that at the heart of its success is a city and a powerful sense of community that deserves to be celebrated. And the celebration they've chosen? Boulevardia - an annual two-day urban festival hosted by Boulevard in the city's Stockyards District. This "small country with big ambitions," is billed as a pseudo-nation featuring not only a whole lot of beer but also local, regional, and national musical acts, delicious Kansas City foods, and a makers market dedicated to the city's many artisans.

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Boulevardia takes place every year over Father's Day weekend. Highlights of the festival include "Taps & Tastes," a three-hour event that showcases more than 50 national breweries and delicious food from local chefs.

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And Vineborough, the acoustic stage that Boulevardia calls your personal backyard, a quiet corner away from the crowds with wine tastings and mellow music.

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But if it's more of a concert scene that you're into, Boulevardia offers over 40 national and local acts performing on three stages throughout the course of the festival. There's definitely no shortage of musical options.

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For locals and tourists who have yet to experience this festival treasure, make a trip to the next Boulevardia (June 15-16, 2018) and see for yourself that it really is the city's own pop-up nation full of booze, music, and everything Kansas City. You don't even need to bring your passport.

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Where Is The Black Box On An Airplane Located And How Did The Black Box Get Its Name?

First of all, the black box in an airplane isn’t really black. It’s fluorescent orange so it’s easier to find. It’s called the “black box” because it’s associated with death.

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The box is made to survive crashes and extreme temperatures, up to 2,000°F for 30 minutes.

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Inside are recordings of the pilots’ voices and the aircraft’s flight information from its cockpit on metallic tape.

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The box is mounted in the back of the plane, which is the part most likely to stay intact in a crash.

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Rin Tin Tin And The Academy Awards

In comparison to the multi-million dollar star-studded display of excess that is the modern day Academy Awards, the first Academy Awards ceremony was a relatively muted affair that could even be described as quaint if you were so inclined. Held in a medium-sized banquet hall in a Hollywood hotel mostly known for being haunted today (Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel), the May of 1929 event wasn’t even broadcast to the public in any form.

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As unbelievable as it may seem given how massively popular the Academy Awards are today, the idea of an awards ceremony to celebrate various achievements in filmmaking was initially thought to be absurd. You see, few in Hollywood believed that any members of the studios within the industry would vote for anything but their own films.

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As for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself, it was a relatively new organization, in part formed by producer Louis B. Mayer in 1927 with the intent of uniting the various branches of filmmaking, as well as to try to curtail these entities from unionizing.

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When it came to the Academy Awards themselves, he also hoped this would similarly allow him extra direct control over these groups. As he would later state, “I found that the best way to handle [filmmakers] was to hang medals all over them … If I got them cups and awards, they’d kill… to produce what I wanted. That’s why the Academy Award was created.”

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Others in the Academy had less nefarious motives, with the hope being that the Academy Awards would lend more prestige and legitimacy to the industry, helping to convince the public to take this relatively new form of entertainment more seriously. So, yes- even from the beginning the Academy Awards have always been about the individuals working in movies trying to make it seem like they are extremely important…

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This all brings us around to the story of Rin Tin Tin, a German shepherd dog that was found in a half blown up kennel in France during WWI by an American gunner named Lee Duncan. When Duncan came across the kennel, most of the dogs inside were dead from the bombing of the area, excepting one mother dog and her five pups, two of which he kept for himself, naming them Rin Tin Tin and Nanette. (Named after little Rintintin and Nénette yarn dolls often given as good luck charms to soldiers and others fighting to free France.)

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Lee Duncan with Rin Tin Tin and Nanette

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A grown-up Rin Tin Tin

After the war, Duncan brought the two dogs back to the states with him, with Rin Tin Tin ultimately becoming a huge star in Hollywood, prominently appearing in a whopping 27 films during his career, almost singlehandedly popularizing the German Shepard breed in America and playing a large part in keeping the struggling Warner Bros. afloat in the early days.

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So when said award ceremony came around, the story goes that he, naturally, won best actor. But as a huge point of the Academy Awards was to try to make filmmakers and their films seem more important and prestigious, having a dog win one of the top awards didn’t sit well with the organizers, so the Best Actor award instead went to Emil Jannings.

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Or, at least, this is the story oft repeated on the Internet.

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The Meaning Of Memorial Day

Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

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In the years since World War 1, the day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.

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In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday. The United States celebrates this holiday the last Monday of May.

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