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Today's Featured Article - Clay

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Clay is a type of fine-grained natural soil material that contains hydrous aluminium phyllosilicates (clay minerals) that develops plasticity when wet.

The presence of clay in folk law goes back to prehistoric times. Indigenous peoples around the world still use it widely for geophagy, which beyond the polite convocations of research academia, means: "eating dirt".

The first recorded event involving clay dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, predominately on the sticky shores of the Tigris-Euphrates river systems. The Sumerians and Akkadians (including Assyrians and Babylonians) found themselves up to their waists in it, while trying to escape the Achaemenid Empire, who subsequently got all eight legs dug in as far as the metatarti fleeing from Alexander The Great, who also got stuck because he was not wearing his wellies. (more...)

Previously Featured Article - Rush Limbaugh

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Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (/ˈlɪmbɔː/ LIMB-bawww; born January 12, 1951) is an American radio personality and conservative political commentator. He is notorious as the host of The Rush Limbaugh Show, a talk radio show in national syndication since 1988 and heard by 15 million listeners, each of which Peter Strzok claims he can smell at the local Walmart. Limbaugh has expressed unacceptable viewpoints on race, LGBT matters, feminism, and climate change; which, if you are out to get him, you can get ammo at Wikipedia. (more...)

Did you know...

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  • ... that Baron Hofstedter von Grunke used Christmas tree ornaments from the royal tree to give himself awards and medals? (pictured)
    • ... and when discovered, he was not jailed but left outside with the trash on the first week of January?
  • ... the Order of St. John is the #4 platter, to go?
  • ... that I only slept with your wife as a prank?
  • ... that if you see Buddha on the road, you should kill him, but first get his autograph on a baseball or something?
  • ... that life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% fatality rate?
  • ... that food is probably the most addictive substance known to man?
    • ... that withdrawal symptoms include nausea, hallucinations and possibly death?
      • ... that the reason the government does not ban it is because of the tax money it gets from the food industry?
  • ... that Tyrannosaurus Rex went extinct because it couldn't reach anything put on a top shelf?

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On this day...

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September 22: Autumnal Unquinox, Annual Shout at the Elderly Day

  • 66 CE - Emperor Nero creates the Legion Italica, who wrote in all italics.
  • 1465 - Aztec tourists discover autumn in the resort town of Equinox, Vermont, a town named for an Aroostook chief who tended to fall off his horse. The first day of autumn is named after the town.
  • 1742 - Instead of the sun, a giant inflatable Wario head rises in the east followed by an encore of Bowser's Castle music for the entire morning. This would be heard and seen all over the globe.
  • 1785 - Britain fails to recognise autumn any longer, after realising that "the weather's always crap, every bloody day!"
  • 1816 - Autumn is cancelled after the Year Without a Summer.
  • 1827 - Some guy invents Mormonism.
  • 1867 - New England businessmen and scientists announce they genetically modified trees to change colors in autumn, as part of a plan to lure Southern tourists back North after the Civil War. The plan fails when the first Southern tourists complain about the integration of colored trees with non-colored trees.
  • 1960 - Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham is first published, provoking the law that Best Before Date stickers are to be put on all eggs and ham. This law is later extended to include all perishable food items and Michael Jackson's career.
  • 2001 - The Federal Communications Commission places a largely ignored ban on the use of fall as a synonym for autumn, citing complaints by family members of September 11 victims.
  • 2004 - The countdown timer in Lost secretly goes below zero and counts down to minus 108, before displaying a picture of the Rosetta Stone and then a large Wikipedia logo. On a completely unrelated note, a plane crashes on the island and the first series of Lost begins.

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