I want my CAKE!

Something strange is going on at the Manchester Museum, where an ancient Egyptian statue moves by itself. Remaining still at night, the statue can clearly be seen turning in a perfect circle during daylight hours. Dating back to 1800 BC, it was found in the tomb of Neb-Sanu. Anyone want to guess what the prosaic explanation is? Uneven solar heating?

Something strange is also going on in the Texas House of Representatives, too. There’s an epic battle over draconian anti-abortion legislation introduced by GOP Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (the official Texas ALEC Chair) who seems to think that “in the emergency room, they have what’s called rape kits, where a woman can get cleaned out,” so no need to worry about rape/incest pregnancies, right?  Someone obviously “cleaned out” her head with pool chemicals.

Beachcomber brings us a concise look at historical transvestite protesters: the Molly Maguires, Luddites and the Rebecca Riots in Wales.

Here’s a gripping tale of near-survival by the crew of the first attempted Arctic crossing by balloon.

It’s easy to think of words such as California or Texas or New York as just the places on the map, but those words actually meant something, once, and those meanings offer a little glimpse into history. Cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust have produced The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots of the familiar terms on today’s maps.

Speaking of location, location, location here’s a review of the real world locations, both horrible and mundane, that inspired some of Lovecraft’s most famous works. Cthulhu Fhtagn!

The Voynich Manuscript: The message inside “the world’s most mysterious medieval manuscript” has eluded cryptographers, mathematicians and linguists for over a century. But a new study, published in the journal Plos One, suggests the manuscript may, after all, hold a genuine message.

Regarding the recently defeated Farm Bill, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Squeal Pig!, OK) said “Every government program, whether SNAP or any other agency that provides benefits for those in need, must be run efficiently and free from abuse and fraud.” It is doubtful that Markwayne the Okie Dullard can name a single government program to meet that standard. Apparently the rest of the House found it odious to starve the poor to make some nonsensical point and voted the bill down.

The Copenhagen Orbitals “Sapphire” test flight worked, but drifting gyros are blamed for the lack of a recovery chute deployment.

Now you can have your really inappropriate cake and eat it to0!


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