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Today in History – September 20

2001– During a televised address to a joint session of the United States Congress, U.S. President George W. Bush declared (and coined the phrase) a ” war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and other global terrorist groups.
This action started as a result of the 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center in New york. Many NATO and non-NATO countries participated in the conflict and became widespread across the different continents.
Civilian as well as military personnel that are held as prisoners or detainees by the U.S. in the War on Terrorism are neither considered suspected criminals, nor prisoner of war, but unlawful combatants, denied protection by the Geneva Conventions.



Today in History 1

September 20

1066– King Harald III of Norwayand Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the Northern Earls Edwinand Morcarin the Battle of Fulfordnear York, England.
The Battle of Fulford took place at the place identified by Symeon of Durham as the village of Fulford near Yorkin England, on 20 September 1066, when King Harald III of Norway, also known as Harald Hardrada(“harðráði” in Old Norse, meaning “hard ruler”), and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the Northern Earls Edwinand Morcar. Tostig was Harold Godwinson’s banished brother. He had allied with King Harald of Norway and possibly Duke William of Normandy but history has left us no record of what role Tostig saw for himself if the invasions were successful. The battle was a decisive victory for the Viking army. The earls of York could have hid behind the walls of their city but instead they met the Viking army across a river. All day the English desperately tried to break the Viking shield wall but to no avail.
Tostig was opposed by Earl Morcar who had displaced him as Earl of Northumbria.




Evil Clown hired for stalking, threats and a pie in the face. photo credits

There’s an evil clown who offers his service to desperate parents with unruly children…for a fee.
The Swiss actor, also known as Dominic Deville, will stalk your child for a week.
Deville will send notes to the children warning them that he’s watching them and that he will attack them soon. Then he would actually do it!
He will stalk them, scare them, and eventually attack them; but not in the dangerous or harmful way. The ultimate attack will be a cake smashed in the children’s faces when they least expect it.



A world map entitled Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula Amstelodami, created in 1689 by Gerard van Schagen. This map, created in Amsterdam, measures 48.3 by 56.0 centimetres (19.0 by 22.0 in) in size and was made using copper engraving.



72-year Old Grandpa Models Women’s Clothes, Becomes Internet Sensation

Liu Xianping, a 72-year-old Chinese man has become something of an internet sensation after he began modelling for his granddaughter’s online clothing store. Liu Xianping’s granddaughter is one of five recent college grads who created Yuekou, a female fashion store.
It all started when one day her grandpa Liu came to help with unpacking: “He picked up one piece and tried to give some advice on how to mix and match. We thought it was fun so we started shooting.” Xianping’s photos made it to the store’s website shortly after. The pictures have since gone viral, and online sales are booming. Since his modeling debut, online sales have increased fivefold.
When asked, what he thinks about his amusing stunt, Liu Xianping replied:
Why unacceptable for someone like me to wear women’s clothes? Modelling for the store is helping my granddaughter and I have nothing to lose. We were very happy on the day of the shooting. I’m very old and all that I care about is to be happy.



Where the Namib Desert meets the Sea

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The Southern Namib desert is home to some of the tallest and most spectacular dunes of the world, ranging in color from pink to vivid orange. These dunes continue right to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The cold waters of the sea brushing against the dunes of the Namib desert is one of the most surreal sights.
While the sea coast extends for hundreds of miles, one of the best places to see these dunes is at Swakopmund. Known as Swakop in Namibia, it is the country’s biggest coastal town and a mecca for Namibians on holiday. The city’s German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert.
From here, helicopter ride is available that flies you around the Skeleton Coast and the Namib desert in general.


Yuk-Ming Dennis Lo developed a non-invasive prenatal diagnosis method for detecting Down syndrome using maternal blood plasma.

in 2011, In 1997, Dr. Lo and his co-workers reported the presence of cell-free fetal DNA in the plasma of pregnant women. This discovery challenged the conventional wisdom regarding the role of the placenta as a barrier between the fetal and maternal circulations. The finding of circulating fetal DNA in maternal blood has also opened up new possibilities for noninvasive prenatal diagnosis. Over the past 15 years, the award-winning professor has elucidated the fundamental biological characteristics regarding circulating fetal DNA, including its concentrations, gestational variations, length distributions, and clearance patterns. Dr. Lo has demonstrated the use of such fetal-derived molecules for the prenatal diagnosis of sex-linked diseases, blood group genotyping, and a variety of monogenic disorders. To develop a noninvasive test for Down syndrome, Dr. Lo and his team developed an approach based on molecular counting and showed that massive parallel sequencing is an efficient method for detecting fetal chromosomal aneuploidies. In 2011, Dr. Lo and his team published the first large-scale validation of this sequencing-based technology for Down syndrome detection, with confirmations by numerous groups since then. This technology was quickly introduced into clinical practice.



Wearing super-skinny jeans and pairing it with ultra-high heels increases the chances of developing Meralgia paresthetica.
Meralgia paresthetica is an entrapment or “pinching” of the nerve that supplies sensation to the outer portion of the thigh. The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve becomes “entrapped” as it passes under the ligament of the groin. The pressure on the nerve causes abnormal sensations of burning, pain, and numbness in the distribution of this nerve, the outer and part of the front of the thigh.
Meralgia paresthetica is also known as lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome.



Baby Elephant Cries For 5 Hours After Mother Tried To Kill Him

An inconsolable baby elephant sobbed for five hours after he was rejected by his violent mother. The adorable newborn, called Zhuangzhuang, wept uncontrollably when he was separated from his mother for his safety by zookeepers after she tried to stomp him to death. Little Zhuangzhuang was inconsolable. Zoo officials hoped it was an accident when she initially stepped on him after he was born at a wildlife park. But after they treated his injuries and returned him to her two hours later, they were horrified to witness her attack him again. Rejected by his mother and taken away, the traumatised little elephant heartbreakingly cried for hours, and refused to be comforted by staff. Zhuangzhuang wept uncontrollably when he was separated from his mother
A zoo keeper explained to CEN: “The calf was very upset and he was crying for five hours before he could be consoled. “He couldn’t bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him. ”
Thankfully, Zhuangzhuang has now been adopted by the keeper who saved him at the Shendiaoshan wild animal reserve in Rong-cheng, China. “They have made a good bond,” said a spokesman for the zoo. “We don’t know why the mother turned on her calf but we couldn’t take a chance. ”
Infanticide can be attributed to stress causing factors like overcrowding and captivity which can interfere with animals’ protective instincts towards their young.



Gordon Ramsay went back to get more In-N-Out Burgers because he was so impressed!

Gordon Ramsay, celebrity chef of “Hell’s Kitchen” fame, is not one you would expect to see at a fast food joint. Apparently, his refined palate does make exceptions though. For beloved California burger joint In-N-Out.
Ramsay, who was in L.A. Opening up a new restaurant, confessed that he stopped by In-N-Out for a burger. He found his double cheese burger so delicious that he left the restaurant and then went through the drive through for another double cheese burger to take home.
According to Ramsay, the burger was “extraordinary.”