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South Talpatti or New Moore, was a small uninhabited offshore sandbar island in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta region.[1] It emerged in the Bay of Bengal in the aftermath of the Bhola cyclone in 1970, and disappeared at some later point.[2]

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Apparently the ocean dropped to reveal the island in 1970 and since then the sea rose to what it once was.... 8)


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Fast Food

There’s plenty of food that’s quick, in fact, instant: bananas, for example. But most people think of fast food as pre-prepared meals that are heated up as soon as you order them and whisked to you in seconds. Fast food has been around for a long time, but it took the last 100 years or so to make it really unhealthy. The first fast food was sold from street stalls in the earliest cities in the world. The ancient Romans had stalls selling hot and cold snacks such as stews, pies and sausages. The delicious Indian fast food that’s still sold in the street has followed the same recipes for centuries.

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Modern fast food began when, in 1902, ready-made meals were sold in coin-operated machines in a cafe called Horn & Hardart’s Automat in Philadelphia, and then ten years later in New York. It doesn’t sound very appetizing, but the food became popular in the 1920s and 30s during the Great Depression. People started to buy cheap ready-made take-away food instead of always cooking themselves or eating out.

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The biggest fast-food restaurant chain ever is McDonald’s. It started in 1948 as a restaurant run by two brothers, selling a limited menu very cheaply and quickly. They sold so many burgers, fries and milkshakes that Ray Kroc, a milkshake-mixer salesman, decided to buy the business.

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Kroc’s clever marketing made McDonald’s the huge chain of restaurants we know today. The healthy alternative, in many parts of the world you can buy insect snacks, including grasshoppers, locusts, crickets and beetles.

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Fast food insects in Cambodia

In parts of Africa, termites are roasted and eaten by the handful. They’re much more nutritious than a bag of chips.

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Termite fast food in South Africa

Do you want healthy fries with that? Fast food doesn’t have to be an unhealthy affair, in fact more often than not the healthy version tastes far nicer than the unhealthy one. Have a look at the fast-food recipes and make your own healthy cola or smoothie, burger and fries.

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The Pequot War

One of the most brutal conflicts in colonial America was the Pequot War (1636-37/38), during which the English killed hundreds of Pequot Indians, a small tribe in present-day Connecticut.

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The war nearly destroyed the Pequots. The few survivors tried to keep the tribe alive, but as time passed their population dwindled.

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By 1930, the two branches of the tribe, the Mashantucket and the Paucatuck, had only about ten members each.

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Sacagawea

During the winter of 1803-1804, Lewis and Clark camped at the spot where the Missouri River joins the Mississippi.

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The expedition included 29 soldiers and 16 helpers who would accompany them for the first year before turning back. The men, food, and equipment would travel in a few dugout canoes and a 55-foot boat. On May 14, 1804, the expedition began to paddle and row up the Missouri River.

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For weeks, the men made their way up the broad river, avoiding floating logs, snags, and shifting sands. By mid-July, they had reached the broad, grass-covered land of the Great Plains, which stretched unbroken to the horizon. Over the next two months, Lewis wrote fascinating accounts of the local animal life—including fish, antelopes, badgers, jackrabbits, bears, and coyotes. Herds of buffalo darkened the plains.

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Little animals lived by the hundreds in underground burrows. Their high-pitched squeals and calls echoed for miles. Lewis called them “barking squirrels.” A sergeant called them prairie dogs, the name they have today.

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By November, the expedition had traveled 1,600 miles. As the weather turned cold, the men began to build a camp on the banks of the Missouri to wait out the winter. Before they finished, a French-Canadian fur trader, Toussaint Charbonneau, offered to join the expedition and act as an interpreter. Lewis was more impressed with Charbonneau’s wife, a young Indian woman named Sacagawea (also spelled Sacajawea). She was Shoshone, a tribe that lived in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where Lewis expected to travel. They persuaded Sacagawea to come with them.

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In the coming months, Sacagawea would be invaluable to the expedition, and not just because of her translating skills.

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In February, Sacagawea gave birth to a son. When the expedition met Indian tribes for the first time, the presence of Sacagawea, with her baby strapped securely to her back, calmed the chiefs. No party with a woman and child intended to make war.

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“Sacagawea’s presence,” wrote Clark, “reconciles all the Indians as to our friendly intentions.”

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Korcula, Croatia

Korčula is an island in the Adriatic Sea, off the Dalmatian coast, in Croatia. With an area of 107 square miles (276 square km), it has a hilly interior rising to 1,863 feet (568 metres).

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Most prominent is the walled city Old Town, The Greeks colonized it in the 4th century bce.

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Korčula was subsequently occupied by the Romans, Goths, Slavs, Byzantines, and Genoese; the kings of Hungary and Croatia and the Bosnian dukes resided there; and such powers as Russia, France, Britain, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire have held the island. It passed to Yugoslavia after World War I. Yugoslav Partisans recovered it from the Germans in 1944–45.

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The inhabitants of Korčula earn their livelihood from fishing, agriculture (grapes and olives), and quarrying (white marble). Wild jackal hunting is an island specialty.

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Korčula is the reputed birthplace of the traveler Marco Polo in about 1254 and is a popular tourist resort.

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I hope your mouse's cause of death is not contagious to your other electronics. May he/she/it rest in peace.

Interesting about this Croatian island. Such an ancient place.

I watch the global weather on Sky News and marvel at all the city names across the globe the I, and I would assume most Americans, never heard of but each one so important to the people that live there.

One does wonder how the jackal population on an island is not be wiped out by sport hunting. They must be prodigious breeders.


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Did you inform the Rainbow Bridge people?

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[...] One does wonder how the jackal population on an island is not be wiped out by sport hunting. They must be prodigious breeders.


I ran across this regarding jackals.

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Did you inform the Rainbow Bridge people?

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The Yo-Yo

The yo-yo is thought to be one of the oldest toys in the world, they’ve been around and up and down for roughly 2,500 years. The world’s first yo-yo was invented in ancient Greece round about 500 to 400 BC. I don’t know exactly who worked out that two discs (made from metal, clay or wood), an axle and a piece of string could be so much fun.

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The word ‘yo-yo’ isn’t ancient Greek but probably comes from the Philippine's Llocano language, where yo-yoing was popular for centuries.

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In the late 1700s the yo-yo finally arrived in Europe. They were known as bandalores or quizzes in England, and also ‘the Prince of Wales’s toy’, and became fashionable with posh people.

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By the 19th century Americans were playing with yo-yos.

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In the 1920s Pedro Flores, originally from the Philippines, began to make and sell yo-yos in California. A businessman called Donald Duncan bought the yo-yo company, trademarked the name and advertised the toy. He also made some improvements to the design, making yo-yo tricks easier to do.

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The yo-yos became so popular that Duncan’s factory produced 3,600 yo-yos an hour in the 1930s.

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The toy has gone in and out of fashion since then and various improvements have led to new and ever more flashy tricks. Every year the World Yo-yo Contest takes place, drawing competitors from all over the globe to perform in eight different categories.

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Yo-yos were taken on board the space shuttle Discovery, as part of the Toys in Space project, to observe the effects of zero gravity on yo-yoing. In 1992 the space shuttle Atlantis also had yo-yos on board, in order to film a video of slow-motion yo-yoing!

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Major Audie Murphy

Born in 1925 in Kingston, Texas, Audie Leon Murphy was one of 12 children born to an Irish-American sharecropper family. Unfortunately, his father abandoned his family when he was just a boy, and his mother passed away when he was a teenager.

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Because of this, Murphy was forced to leave school and take up work picking cotton. In 1942, at the age of 17, Murphy falsified his age and joined the United States Army for a chance at a better life. Little did he know, this decision would lead him to become one of the most decorated heroes of World War II.

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In July 1943, Murphy took part in the seaborne invasion of Sicily, although he ended up landing in mainland Italy. There, he was awarded a Bronze Star after taking out an enemy tank in March 1944. He then went on to join in the invasion of France, where he was distinguished with a Medal of Honor for his bravery, repelling a German attack while wounded.

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Receives Medal of Honor

By the end of the war, he had obtained every American bravery award then available. He was also granted several foreign awards from the French and Belgians. He then returned home and became a movie star.

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