At three minutes and four seconds after 2 AM on the 6th of May this year, the time and date will be 02:03:04 05/06/07 . This will never happen again.
This Day In Texas History On this fateful day, Davy Crockett woke up and walked from his bunk on the floor of the Alamo up to the observation post on the west wall. William Travis and Jim Bowie were already up. The three gazed at the hordes of Mexicans moving steadily towards them. Davy turned to Bowie with a puzzled look on his face and said, "Jim, are we pouring concrete today?"
French said to outpace Americans in French-bashing Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:28AM BST PARIS ( Reuters) - The French dislike themselves even more than the Americans dislike them, according to an opinion poll published on Friday. The survey of six nations, carried out for the International Herald Tribune daily and France 24 TV station, said 44 percent of French people thought badly of themselves against 38 percent of U.S. respondents who had a negative view of the French. Only 14 percent of Germans, 25 percent of Italians, 29 percent of Spaniards and 33 percent of Britons had a negative view of the French, according to the Harris/Novatris poll, which questioned more than 1,000 people in each country. Looked at from another perspective, the Germans have the highest regard for their neighbours, with 73 percent saying they had a positive view of the French. By contrast, some 63 percent of Italians had a positive view of the French, 54 percent of Spaniards, 51 percent of French, 41 percent of Britons and just 35 percent of Americans. Relations between France and the United States plunged following Paris's fierce opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Thursday's poll said 74 percent of Americans said whoever wins the second round of France's presidential election on May 6 should try to improve relations with the United States. Some 41 percent of French agreed, but 20 percent believed Paris should be even more distant with Washington.
This image made from a document made available by the National Archives shows a summary page of a document entitled 'Amenities in the Japanese Armed Forces.' It was written by the U.S. occupation authorities just one month after Japan's surrender in 1945, and later expanded upon, covering everything from mail delivery to ship stores to the use of radios. The bottom lines say the sources of the information are 'Captured Documents' and 'Statements of Prisoners of War.' Japan's practice of enslaving women to provide sex for its troops in World War II has a little-known sequel: After its surrender - with tacit approval from the U.S. occupation authorities - Japan set up a similar 'comfort women' system for American GIs. (AP Photo/National Archives)
The Man Eater of Mfuwe On September 2, 1998 the Field Museum received the donation of the largest man eating lion on record. ( measuring 5 feet from floor to ear tips and 10 feet 6 inches in length ) The lion was a maneless male, much like the famous man eaters of Tsavo already on display at the museum. It was donated by Wayne Hosek of West Hills, CA. The lion was actually shot in 1991 near the South Laungwa National Park in Zambia. The man eater of Mfuwe (pronounced muh-FU-way) had killed and ate at least six people during a two month period. Hosek had learned of the lion when his safari guide had informed him it had killed the sixth victim, an elderly woman from a nearby village called Ngozo. Hosek decided to go after the lion when he heard several lionesses had been killed by park rangers, who at the time didn't know it was a maneless male. Hosek, the safari guide, and a couple trackers visited Ngozo. There they learned that a day after killing the elderly woman, the lion had returned to her home and carried off a bag of clothes. The lion had taken them to the banks of the Laungwa River near the village, where it returned at night to play with them. It was here that a blind was set, and after a week of waiting the lion finally shot. The man eater of Mfuwe is now on permanent display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The mount is located in the basement level, separate from the original Man Eaters of Tsavo.
Sudan's famous goat 'wife' dies Charles Tombe is refusing to comment on the affair The best-known goat in Sudan has died months after being "married" to a man in the South Sudan capital, Juba, the BBC has learned. Local elders ordered a man found having sex with the goat, later called Rose, to "marry" her last February. "The idea was to publicly embarrass the man," says Tom Rhodes, editor of the Juba Post, which first ran the story. The BBC's story of the "wedding" caught the public imagination and became one of the best read internet stories. Rose, black and white, is believed to have died after choking on a plastic bag she swallowed as she was eating scraps on the streets of Juba.
Spare any change? Canada unveils C$1 million coin Thu May 3, 2007 9:14PM OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a welcome addition to any piggy bank on Thursday -- a monster gold coin with a face value of C$1 million (455,000 pounds) that it says is the world's biggest, purest and highest denomination coin. Weighing in at 100 kilograms (220.5 pounds), the limited edition coin easily dwarfs its closest rival, the 31 kg (68 pound) "Big Phil", which was made to honour the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and has a face value of a mere 100,000 euros (C$150,000). The Canadian mint introduced the mega-coin, which is the size of an extra-large pizza, alongside the one-ounce gold bullion coins it is mass producing at its Ottawa plant. Originally designed to promote the new one-ounce coins, the colossal 100 kg coins will be produced in a very limited quantity. A U.S. precious metals distributor has ordered three and there is interest in Asia and Europe, the mint said. At 53 centimetres (21 inches) in diameter and over 3 cm (1.2 inches) thick, the massive coins need a high level of hand crafting. While it has a C$1 million face value, the coin is worth more than twice that amount given the current gold price of $683.30 an ounce.
Tampon Taser Gun Ladies can replace that monthly period with an exclamation mark as feminine hygiene goes lethal with The Pink Stinger , a taser/stun gun creatively disguised as a tampon...except for the buttons, prods and high voltage. This weapon of mass absorption aims to target a niche market consumer, that being the tampon wielding women who desire private and discreet security in a friendly familiar package. The tampon taser/stun gun is the latest in portable and personal security systems. The beauty of this taser/stun gun, aptly named The Pink Stinger , is its ingenious design and ability to be concealed nicely and unassumingly into any purse for ultimate stealth. The taser's gentle glide zapplicator easily fits in the palm of your hand for incredible comfort and protection and ready for honorable discharge at a moments notice. In addition, its fresh floral scent helps eliminate the smell of fear, not just cover it up. The Pink Stinger packs 50,000 volts of power at your finger tips. Because it is an advanced taser gun, you do have the option of stun or taser capabilities with a simple click of a switch. In the Stun setting, you need only make contact with intended target via the 2 prods for an effective toxic shock rendering the victim disoriented, demoralized and embarrassed . When shooting in Taser mode, 2 extra absorbent cotton tampons with barbed probes and 14 ft. of wire are expelled and propelled by compressed nitrogen. Electric current then passes to the body, where the probes have attach to the clothing or bare skin, causing central nervous system disruption, possible urination and certain humiliation. Optimal target range for the taser is 7-10 feet with a maximum of 14 feet. Absorbency range of tampon is 6-9 grams. The included batteries and compressed nitrogen cartridge store neatly in the pink zapplicator casing for easy replacement. *This product strictly for use in accordance with country or state laws. Need not be female or menstruating to use effectively. Tampon taser/stun gun to be used for security purposes only or in self defense. It is not intended nor recommended for vaginal insertion.
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