Picture Of The Day
A guy from Sweden rode his bicycle to Nepal, climbed Everest alone without Sherpas or bottled oxygen, then cycled back to Sweden again.
For his 1996 ascent, Göran Kropp left Stockholm on October 16, 1995, on a specially-designed bicycle with 108 kg (240 lb) of gear and food. He traveled 8,000 miles on the bicycle and arrived at Everest Base Camp in April 1996. Following a meeting of all of the Everest expeditions on the mountain at the time, it was agreed that Kropp would attempt to summit first.
Where the term ‘uppercase and ‘lowercase’ came from: from the early days of the printing press
The individual type blocks used in hand typesetting are stored in shallow wooden or metal drawers known as "type cases". Each is subdivided into a number of compartments ("boxes") for the storage of different individual letters.
The terms upper and lower case originate from this division. By convention, when the two cases were taken out of the storage rack, and placed on a rack on the compositor’s desk, the case containing the capitals and small capitals stood at a steeper angle at the back of the desk, with the case for the small letters, punctuation and spaces being more easily reached at a shallower angle below it to the front of the desk, hence upper and lower case.
The Orgone Accumulator was a device sold in the 1950s to allow a person sitting inside to attract orgone, a massless ‘healing energy’. The FDA noted that one purchaser, a college professor, knew it was “phony” but found it “helpful because his wife sat quietly in it for four hours every day."
The Chinese government has an AI surveillance system that uses 20m+ cameras and facial recognition systems to track citizen behavior and monitor criminals. They officially named it ‘Skynet’, because of Terminator
Skynet is the Chinese government’s video surveillance system, which it claims is for tracking criminals. Under the project, more than 20 million cameras have been set up in public spaces across the country.
State media boasts that it’s the world’s biggest surveillance network, calling it “the eyes that safeguard China” — but it’s also led to fears about the impact of constant surveillance on the public at large, and that it might be used to target dissidents.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny shares first photo from Berlin hospital
“Hi, this is Navalny. I miss you. I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own for the whole day. Just myself. I did not use any outside help, not even the simplest valve in my throat. I liked it very much. An amazing, underestimated process by many. Recommended.”
Ted Kaczynski (better known as the Unabomber) received an invitation in 2012, while incarcerated at ADX Florence, to his Harvard graduating class’s 50th anniversary reunion. He RSVPed, noting his occupation as “prisoner” and his eight life sentences as “awards.”
As a sophomore, Kaczynski participated in a study described by author Alston Chase as a “purposely brutalizing psychological experiment” led by Harvard psychologist Henry Murray. Subjects were told they would be debating personal philosophy with a fellow student, and were asked to write essays detailing their personal beliefs and aspirations. The essays were turned over to an anonymous attorney, who in a later session would confront and belittle the subject – making “vehement, sweeping, and personally abusive” attacks – using the content of the essays as ammunition, while electrodes monitored the subject’s physiological reactions.
An inmate serving a life sentence for molesting and murdering a 10-year-old girl named Katie was forcibly tattooed across the forehead by a fellow prisoner
Stockelman was sent to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Unbeknownst to him, Katie’s cousin, Jared Harris, was also incarcerated there. On the 22nd of September, 2006, Harris slipped into Stockelman’s cell and lay in wait. When Stockelman entered the cell, Harris slammed the locked door behind him, trapping Stockelman. He then held Stockelman down and tattooed “KATIE’S REVENGE” on his forehead as a daily reminder of his crime.
‘Mighty Ducks’ star Shaun Weiss is over 230 days sober!
Former child star Shaun Weiss, best known for his role as Greg Goldberg in the ’90s sports comedy classic The Mighty Ducks, is now 230 days sober.
Earlier this year, Weiss was arrested on burglary and meth-related charges. A man realized that there was “an intruder in his garage,” who turned out to be Weiss. When officers got to the scene, they discovered Weiss inside a vehicle in the garage, which he had broken the window of to gain entry. And has even gotten a new set of teeth.
Dalia Dippolito hired a hit man to kill her husband. She was informed of the news her husband had been killed when she arrived home to a crime scene. Turns out, the hit man was a cop and the crime scene had been faked as a string operation. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison
Mike Dippolito divorced his wife of 7 years to marry Dalia, after he hired her as an escort one night.