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Has anyone else been holed up in a foreign embassy like Julian Assange?

Recently, I was watching an episode of The Blacklist where a character seeks sanctuary inside a Russian embassy because they’re being pursued by law enforcement. They make a deal to be transported to Russia to escape prosecution and The Blacklist team is powerless to stop the vehicle transporting them out of the embassy. That’s how I always… Read More »

Simple Saturday 7 : Project Scorpio VR, Indian literacy & Twitter SMS

Why does Ctrl-S crash PuTTY? It’s a throwback to the old days and apparently stops the transfer connection. Ctrl-Q should continue it. (Source) How much beef does America produce internationally? 19% is the leading producer of beef, internationally. (Source) How long will it take before consoles start doing virtual reality? Next year. Microsoft’s Project Scorpio… Read More »

What other forts remained in Union hands in the South?

While writing this post on the role Florida played in the Civil War, I learned how different forts in Florida remained in Union hands despite Florida being a Confederate state. This got me wondering if other forts in the South remained under Union control as well. It’s a very specific bit of trivia so I… Read More »

Were there black hippies?

While reading through my newsfeed, I saw an article about Black Hippy. This got me thinking about about the hippie movement and how it seemed so few of them were black. It makes sense though. If you think about how it was back then, America was divided by race. To a much more ridiculous degree than… Read More »

What organs can’t be transplanted? What organ has the highest rejection rate?

Organ transplants are commonly used as devices in film and television to create tension or humor. A dying patient desperately needs an organ transplant in order to survive. There’s a zany mix up and, somehow, Mr. Johnson’s heart transplant ends up in someone’s ham sandwich. As much as organ transplants are a basic staple of our… Read More »

What are some Supreme Court original cases?

Two kinds of cases are put before the Supreme Court: appeals from the appeals court and original jurisdiction cases.  Original jurisdiction cases are usually between states. There haven’t been that many. Its Wikipedia page only lists about 27 cases. A lot of cases were over border disputes: New Hampshire v. Maine, Florida v. Georgia, Maryland v. West Virginia, New… Read More »

Who designed the US flag?

Recently, I was reading about the District of Columbia attempting to become a US State instead of a Federal District and all of the various things that could arise from that situation. An interesting thing they brought up was how the US flag will change after Washington DC becomes the next US state. This got… Read More »

Secondhand Sunday 4 : Thanksgiving Hoax, Protests, & Google Fake News

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax (Or How The Pilgrims Ended Socialism 400 Years Ago) via Zero Hedge How Mushrooms Could Help Replenish Forests After Clearcut Logging via Motherboard Why rural voters don’t vote Democratic anymore via WonkBlog What Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning Actually Do via Lifehacker Will Human Evolution Be Shaped by Climate Change? via Gizmodo… Read More »

Simple Saturday 6 : 13.1 Stickers, One Time, & Thanksgiving

Why doesn’t Keepass have an e-mail slot? Keepass does allow custom strings, which could be used for e-mail addresses. (Source)   Is Colombia the fifth largest country in the New World? No. I thought the countries were ranked in order of population as so: United States of America Brazil Mexico Canada Colombia Wrong! It’s actually: United… Read More »