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In June 1867, James Glaisher, an English astronomer and meteorologist, and an avid balloonist, was floating over Paris in a balloon when he entered an area of dense cloud:

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In the 19th century, access to medicine was like opening Pandora's Box – it brought both blessings and strange, sometimes dangerous, tricks. Some "cures" were harmless frauds, but many others were…
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 Until about a century ago, in the Western world, you couldn't tell whether a small child was a girl or a boy by her clothing.

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Testing Firepower: A Woman's Accuracy in Aberdeen, 1942 Amid the shadow of World War II, humanity faces its greatest test yet.
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Forget what you learned in history books. Often they tell only one side of a nuanced story. The rare finds collected here show an aspect of history that we rarely get to see.
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You've heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but pictures like the ones in the collection here have a lot of stories to tell.
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 The rugged terrain of North Caucasus, nestled within the Russian Federation, is filled with ancient towers that stand as silent sentinels to an architectural tradition begun by the…

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In 1966, a small Welsh village is forever changed by a devastating event that shocks the nation. The Aberfan disaster, caused by the collapse of a colliery spoil tip, tragically resulted in the loss…
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Take a trip back in time to the 1970s with a look at the colorful and dynamic world of television.
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The 1970s, a period of great change in America, holds a treasure trove of forgotten events that, for some, have been forgotten. From trending toys to daring stunts, these events serve as symbols of…
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 In February 1869, two British prospectors, John Deason and Richard Oates, were digging for gold in central Victoria, Australia, when their ax struck something hard very close to the…

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 Step into a Technicolor time machine and travel back to the '60s, where television screens were alive with groovy characters and far-fetched storylines.

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Inventing has been a human practice from ancient civilizations to the modern era. While many things have become essential parts of everyday life and beyond, some inventions were too bizarre to make…
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We all know well that the Great Lakes are littered with shipwrecks; It's just a matter of finding them.
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Located in northeastern France, Alsace is a region filled with a rich and complex history, often serving as a cultural crossroads between France and Germany. This unique status is reflected in its…
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This unique photo collection includes a stunning array of vintage cameras, some of which were ingeniously hidden in everyday objects.
 

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As the United States expanded westward in the early 1800s, the trade in American bison fur, skin, and meat began to flourish across the Great Plains. By the 1860s, these iconic animals had roamed…
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The beginning of the 19th century was marked by the consequences of the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. This period saw a departure from the elaborate styles of the late 18th…
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This incredible facial hair not only won people's hearts but also secured his place in history as he held the record for the longest beard ever grown in France.

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Join us as we embark on a journey through the world of amazing weather phenomena. From the awe-inspiring dance of the Northern Lights to the dramatic wrath of tornadoes, the wonders of nature never…
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There is a creature hidden in the heart of the Gobi Desert which is as mysterious as it is scary, which the locals know as the Mongolian Death Worm.
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Welcome to the mysterious realm of the Bohemian Grove, where ancient redwoods tell tales of mysteries, myths, and conspiracy theories. Nestled amidst the tranquil forests of California, this secluded…
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Welcome to the fascinating world of the Amish community, where traditions and beliefs that have been passed down for centuries often surprise, confuse, and sometimes even shock outsiders.…

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 Step into the musical time machine and embark on a whimsical adventure through the fantastical world of one-hit wonders of the 1960s and 1970s.

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 English inventor Sir Henry Bessemer, famous for his groundbreaking steelmaking process, which still bears his name, once lamented, "Few men suffer more seriously from seasickness than…

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More than a century ago, in the middle of bustling Hollywood Boulevard, a man with a dream and a passion for shoes opened a small, unassuming shop. Salvatore Ferragamo's journey began here, but his…
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 Few things are as gratifying as a trip down memory lane – and it's even better when you find something you hadn't noticed before. Because as Ferris Bueller said – life moves too fast…

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There are over 100 million buildings in the world, a number that is absolutely staggering when you try to wrap your head around it.
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Embark on a journey into the lesser-known areas of cinema, where hidden treasures await discovery. The vast archives of great filmmakers contain forgotten masterpieces that deserve a revisit.
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Killer blobs have been a fear for people for decades, with one becoming the terrifying threat of the 1958 film, The Blob. In such a situation, when a black spot mysteriously appeared on the streets…
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As we reported earlier, the US made its first successful aid airdrops over Gaza on Saturday, at a moment the White House is seeking to stave off further humanitarian disaster in the Strip as the war presses on.

Local footage has begun emerging, captured by Palestinians scrambling to access the aid. Like Jordan before, the US C-130s flew low and dropped the aid crates over and near the beach. Hundreds if not thousands of people could be seen clamoring to open the crates.

Pentagon officials have said that such air drops can be risky in terms of the safety of people on the ground, hence a beach is 'open air' enough for an optimally safe delivery.

Israel's military over the weekend issued a video saying it had authorized the US airdrops and coordinated with the Pentagon.

IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said Israel is working with international partners "to enable the entry and distribution of humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza."

View from inside C-130 of Saturday's airdrop. US Air Force via Reuters

"We encourage all efforts, all of them to help alleviate the suffering of civilians in Gaza," he said also of airdrops by the Royal Jordanian Air Force, which has conducted at least 16 drops since the Gaza war began.

Meanwhile, there are emerging reports Sunday saying that children in some local hospitals have begun to die of malnutrition. "The number of children who have died of dehydration and malnutrition in northern Gaza has risen to 15, a Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman there said Sunday," CNN reports

Claire's Observations:  This number of kids, dead from starvation, is probably very conservative, compared to the number of kids who actually have died, or are dying, from starvation in Gaza.

But hey, starvation and illness are dandy ways to kill Gazans, and the IDF doesn't  need to use those pesky, US continually-supplied bombs and bullets to do so!!!

And about a potential, viable cease-fire?!?  As a much loved TV character used to say frequently, "Fuggetaboutit!!"   

Netanyahu will refuse it, because he can: the "fix is in" with Egypt, which is being given a two billion dollar massive loan/(bribe) by the IMF to establish tent cities in the Sinai for those Palestinians left breathing, to become their  "permanent home". 

Because of a recent population boom there, primarily among its poorest citizens, Egypt's poverty rate is estimated at roughly 27%, by various private agencies, including the World Bank.

How in the name of heaven Egypt is going to take care of their own people, let alone, their "Gazan Guests", is anyone's guess, particularly when most of the IMF money will most likely be "siphoned off"  by President El-Sisi and his minions.

But hey, Egyptian state accounting people will make the spending of this money look great, and as though that money is actually getting to the people who desperately need it..... on paper.