December 29, 2014

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NYPD arrest go-slow –
Police in the New York Police Department (NYPD) have dramatically reduced the amount of arrests and other actions since the shooting of two of their officers on December 20th 2015. Citations for traffic violations have fallen by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587; summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination are down by 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300; parking violations drop 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241 and drug arrests by cops dropped by 84 percent, from 382 to 63.

I “emoji” you –
The most popular word of 2014 is not actually a word at all but a symbol meaning love – the ’emoji’ heart symbol was the most widely used character in blogs, Twitter and Facebook and in 250,000 global news outlets in the last 12 months, according to a list compiled by the Global Language Monitor in Austin, Texas.
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3 wheels on my airliner –
A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane landed safely at London’s Gatwick Airport after discovering a problem with part of its main landing gear. Virgin flight VS43 was travelling from Gatwick to Las Vegas when it had to return and land on slightly less than the full number of wheels.

No such thing as bad publicity –
The Interview, the film about the spoof assassination of the North Korea Leader becomes Sony’s biggest download film ever. It’s been downloaded more than two million times since its release on 27 December, making back a third of its $44m (£28m) budget.

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The Interview Trailer

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January 16, 2015

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Beagle 2 probe found on Mars –
Pictures taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have spotted the missing Mars robot Beagle2, identified its landing location and it looks to be in one piece. The probe designed an promoted by the late Professor Colin Pillinger landed on Mars on 25th December 2003, but no radio contact was ever made with the probe. It was assumed to have crashed but it now seems that for some reason two of the solar panels did not deploy and the radio signal was consequently blocked.
Beagle 2 replicaReplica of Beagle 2 at the London Science Museum

Britain’s oldest person dies age 114 –
Ethel Lang has died at the age of 114. She was believed to be the last person living in the UK who was born in the reign of Queen Victoria. The oldest person in the world is thought to be Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who celebrated her 116th birthday in March 2014.

Elon Musk proposes 700 mph test track in Texas –
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) the billionaire founder of PayPal tweets that he will build a test track for his “Hyperloop” transport system that could theoretically travel at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour. He tweets the most likely location for the test track that works in a partial vacuum using magnets is in Texas, USA.
Elon Musk tweet 16 01 2015Elon Musk - The Summit 2013Elon Musk in 2013

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CNN explains Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

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February 16, 2015

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Lance Armstrong made to pay –
Lance Armstrong is forced to refund $10 million (£6.5m) to SCA Promotions a Dallas-based company that paid him around $12 million in bonuses during his career which included 7 Tour de France titles that were consequently revoked. When Armstrong’s drug doping cheating was exposed, SCA sued to get its money back and an arbitration panel has found in the company’s favour.
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Snowman building world record set –
A new world record has been set in the city of Iiyama, north-west of Tokyo, Japan for the most snowmen built in one hour. Over 600 people helped to break the old record by making 1,585 snowmen to beat the previous record of 1,279 snowmen, set by more than 350 participants in the United States in 2011. The competition was part of the Iiyama Snow Festival and the Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort is near to city.
Nozawa-Ski-resortNozawa Onsen Snow Resort

Amazon drones off –
The Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA) sets draft rules for the use of drones in US airspace which state that pilots must remain within eyesight of their unmanned crafts. This would not allow Amazon to launch its Amazon Air delivery service which the firm said last year it had the technology in place to launch as soon as regulations were in place.

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The Snowman

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May 26, 2015

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Best photobomb ever? Seagull steals the show from Red Arrows display team –
An image that shows the latest addition to the world famous Red Arrows is a seagull has become an Internet hit. The amazing moment was captured by first year photography student Jade Coxon,18, as she took pictures at the Llandudno Air Show on 23 May. And, since posting the stunning snap online on Sunday, Jade is over the moon to have got more than 1 million views. The crisp pic clearly shows eight of the Red Arrows in tight formation trailing their famous vapour. But then where the ninth plane should be there is an intrepid seagull holding the formation in place and, amazingly, with his own vapour trail. [Daily Telegraph]
Red-Arrows-and-seagull Photo: SWNS GroupRed-Arrows-and-seagull (Photo – SWNS Group)

Taylor Swift enters Forbes 100 most powerful women list –
The 25 year old singer and songwriter has become the youngest woman ever to be included on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
She’s included at number 64 in the list released on Tuesday because, Forbes says, she ‘has not only broken record sales and captivated the world with her fantastically honest lyrics, but she has proven herself as an impressive businesswoman.’ [Daily Mail] See List of the Day
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The Charlie Charlie Challenge – what is the spooky craze? –
A strange new game is taking over Twitter, fuelled by speculation that its players can connect with a dead Mexican spirit known as Charlie. The Charlie Charlie Challenge has been played by thousands of young people after a number of videos purported to show supernatural goings-on. The game entails placing two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of the cross with the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Participants then repeat the phrase “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” in order to connect with the demon. If Charlie is there the pencils will move to indicate his answer. [Daily Telegraph] See Top Twitter Trends 25 May 2015

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Are You Consuming Your Coffee Correctly?

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Forbes Magazine 100 Most Powerful Women in the World 2015 [Forbes]

Rank Name Age Country Category
#1 Angela Merkel 60 Germany Politics
#2 Hillary Clinton 67 United States Politics
#3 Melinda Gates 50 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#4 Janet Yellen 68 United States Finance
#5 Mary Barra 53 United States Automotive
#6 Christine Lagarde 59 France Philanthropy/NGO
#7 Dilma Rousseff 67 Brazil Politics
#8 Sheryl Sandberg 45 United States Technology
#9 Susan Wojcicki 46 United States Technology
#10 Michelle Obama 51 United States Politics
#11 Park Geun-hye 63 South Korea Politics
#12 Oprah Winfrey 61 United States Media
#13 Ginni Rometty 57 United States Technology
#14 Meg Whitman 58 United States Technology
#15 Indra Nooyi 59 United States Business
#16 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner 62 Argentina Politics
#17 Irene Rosenfeld 62 United States Business
#18 Ana Patricia Botín 54 Spain Finance
#19 Abigail Johnson 53 United States Investments
#20 Marillyn Hewson 61 United States Manufacturing
#21 Beyoncé Knowles 33 United States Celebrity
#22 Marissa Mayer 39 United States Technology
#23 Helen Clark 65 New Zealand Philanthropy/NGO
#24 Safra Catz 53 United States Technology
#25 Angela Ahrendts 54 United States Technology
#26 Ellen Kullman 59 United States Business
#27 Michelle Bachelet 63 Chile Politics
#28 Anna Wintour 65 United States Media
#29 Ursula Burns 56 United States Technology
#30 Arundhati Bhattacharya 59 India Finance
#31 Sri Mulyani Indrawati 52 Indonesia Philanthropy/NGO
#32 Ruth Porat 57 United States Technology
#33 Lucy Peng 42 China Technology
#34 Loretta Lynch 56 United States Politics
#35 Chanda Kochhar 53 India Business
#36 Federica Mogherini 41 Italy Politics
#37 Gina Rinehart 61 Australia Metals & Mining
#38 Nancy Pelosi 75 United States Politics
#39 Adena Friedman 45 United States Finance
#40 Ewa Kopacz 58 Poland Politics
#41 Queen Elizabeth II 89 United Kingdom Politics
#42 Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi 53 United Arab Emirates Politics
#43 Ho Ching 62 Singapore Business
#44 Laurene Powell Jobs 51 United States Technology
#45 Renée James 50 United States Technology
#46 Drew Gilpin Faust 67 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#47 Ertharin Cousin 58 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#48 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 60 Nigeria Politics
#49 Samantha Power 44 United States Politics
#50 Ellen DeGeneres 57 United States Celebrity
#51 Amy Hood 43 United States Technology
#52 Bonnie Hammer 64 United States Media
#53 Mary Callahan Erdoes 47 United States Finance
#54 Angelina Jolie 39 United States Celebrity
#55 Beth Comstock 54 United States Business
#56 Phebe Novakovic 56 United States Business
#57 Sofía Vergara 42 Colombia Celebrity
#58 Donna Langley 47 United Kingdom Media
#59 Sheikh Hasina Wajed 67 Bangladesh Politics
#60 Katie Jacobs Stanton 45 United States Media
#61 Arianna Huffington 64 United States Media
#62 Margaret Chan 67 China Philanthropy/NGO
#63 Mary Jo White 67 United States Politics
#64 Taylor Swift 25 United States Celebrity
#65 Rosalind Brewer 52 United States Business
#66 Nemat (Minouche) Shafik 53 United Kingdom Politics
#67 Lubna S. Olayan 59 Saudi Arabia Business
#68 Peng Liyuan 52 China Politics
#69 Zhang Xin 49 China Business
#70 Güler Sabanci 60 Turkey Business
#71 Elvira Nabiullina 51 Russia Politics
#72 Elizabeth Holmes 31 United States Healthcare
#73 Tory Burch 48 United States Fashion and Retail
#74 Dana Walden United States Media
#75 Diane von Furstenberg 68 United States Fashion and Retail
#76 Carol Meyrowitz 61 United States Business
#77 Mary Meeker 55 United States Technology
#78 Solina Chau 53 Hong Kong Technology
#79 Miuccia Prada 66 Italy Fashion and Retail
#80 Katharine Viner 44 United Kingdom Media
#81 Shakira Mebarak 38 Colombia Celebrity
#82 Yao Chen 35 China Celebrity
#83 Fabiola Gianotti 54 Italy Philanthropy/NGO
#84 Padmasree Warrior 54 United States Technology
#85 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw 62 India Medicine
#86 Kaci Kullmann Five 64 Norway Philanthropy/NGO
#87 Folorunsho Alakija 64 Nigeria Oil
#88 Judy Faulkner 71 United States Healthcare
#89 Patricia Harris 58 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#90 Gwynne Shotwell 51 United States Construction & Engineering
#91 Sara Blakely 44 United States Fashion and Retail
#92 Risa Lavizzo-Mourey 60 United States Philanthropy/NGO
#93 Shobhana Bhartia 58 India Media
#94 Beth Brooke-Marciniak 55 United States Business
#95 Weili Dai 53 United States Technology
#96 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf 76 Liberia Politics
#97 Raja Easa Al Gurg United Arab Emirates Business
#98 Jenny Lee 43 Singapore Technology
#99 Greta Van Susteren 60 United States Media
#100 Lee Boo-Jin 44 South Korea Service

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November 16, 2015

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‘Pastafarian’ wins right to wear colander on head in driving licence photo –
A woman in the US has won the right to wear a colander on her head in her driving licence photo. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles had previously forbidden Lindsay Miller from sporting the unconventional headgear, worn by followers of the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or ‘Pastafarians’. However, the decision was overturned after Miller launched an appeal with the assistance of the Secular Legal Society. Lawyer Patty DeJuneas told the Boston Globe: “I’m not a Pastafarian. But my understanding, and my view of it, is that it’s a secular religion that uses parody to make certain points about a belief system.” The Pastafarian ‘religion’ was founded a decade ago after the Kansas school board came under pressure to teach the theory of intelligent design in biology class as an alternative to evolution. [Daily Telegraph]

Town pays people to cycle to work –
An Italian town will pay people hundreds of euros per year if they cycle to work instead of using their cars. The council in Massarosa, just north of Pisa, says the pilot scheme will see cyclists paid 25 cents per kilometre travelled, up to a monthly cap of 50 euros (£35), the regional Il Tirreno news website reports. That means commuters who switch to two wheels could pocket up to 600 euros (£424) in a year. It’s said to be the first such scheme in Italy. Fifty workers will be included in the 12-month pilot, which will use a smartphone app to record the distance travelled each day. The scheme is being funded from fines collected from traffic tickets in the town, which by law has to be reinvested in road safety, the site points out. [BBC]

Budget private jet firm launched by French rugby legend –
Philippe Saint-André, the coach who took France to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup, aims to democratise private jet travel. He and ex-player Christophe Ducluzeau have founded Le Jet, offering London to Paris flights for £363 one-way. The 45-minute service will launch on November 23 and will initially run on Mondays and Fridays, ferrying passengers between the private jet terminal of Stansted Airport and Le Bourget airport near Paris. Further London-Paris services and routes to other European destinations are also being planned. [Daily Telegraph]

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Moto Experiment: Truth or Drop: How far will people go to protect their phones

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February 7, 2016

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Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos beat Carolina Panthers –
The Denver Broncos produced a defensive masterclass to upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 and win Super Bowl 50. Carolina were heavy favourites, having lost only once all season and with the league’s Most Valuable Player of the season Cam Newton at quarterback. But Newton was smothered by the Broncos defence and gave up three turnovers, including one that led to a touchdown. That helped Denver, quarterbacked by veteran Peyton Manning, open a 10-0 lead early on and they never lost it. It had been rumoured the game would be 39-year-old Manning’s last, but he said afterwards he would “take time to reflect”. [BBC]

Coldplay and Beyonce star in half-time show –
British group Coldplay were the main performers at the half-time and they were joined by Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. Coldplay opened the show by singing ‘Yellow’ and ‘Viva La Vida’ as children carrying multi-coloured umbrellas and violins streamed onto the pitch. Mars and Ronson performed their hit ‘Uptown Funk’, before Beyonce sang her new song ‘Formation’. The artists closed the show by performing a mash-up of Coldplay’s hit ‘Fix You’ and Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’. [BBC]

Twitter suspends 125,000 ‘terrorism’ accounts –
Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts”. In a blog, the US-based firm said the accounts “primarily related to ISIS” (the so-called Islamic State group). “We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism,” it said, adding that it had increased its report reviewing teams to react faster. Twitter has more than 500 million users around the world. [BBC]

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“NFL 2016: PART TWO” — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL

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List of the Day –

List of Superbowl Champions [from Wikipedia]

Game Date Winning team Score Losing team Venue City Attendance
50 February 7, 2016 Denver Broncos† 24–10 Carolina Panthers* Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara, California (2)[note 1] 71,088
(8, 3–5) (2, 0–2)
XLIX February 1, 2015 New England Patriots† 28–24 Seattle Seahawks* University of Phoenix Stadium (2) Glendale, Arizona (3)[note 1] 70,288
(8, 4–4) (3, 1–2)
XLVIII February 2, 2014 Seattle Seahawks* 43–8 Denver Broncos† MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey 82,529
(2, 1–1) (7, 2–5)
XLVII February 3, 2013 Baltimore Ravens† 34–31 San Francisco 49ers* Mercedes-Benz Superdome (7) New Orleans, Louisiana (10) 71,024
(2, 2–0) (6, 5–1)
XLVI February 5, 2012 New York Giants* 21–17 New England Patriots† Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Indiana 68,658
(5, 4–1) (7, 3–4)
XLV February 6, 2011 Green Bay Packers* 31–25 Pittsburgh Steelers† Cowboys Stadium Arlington, Texas 103,219
(5, 4–1) (8, 6–2)
XLIV February 7, 2010 New Orleans Saints* 31–17 Indianapolis Colts† Sun Life Stadium (5)[note 3] Miami Gardens, Florida (10)[note 2] 74,059
(1, 1–0) (4, 2–2)
XLIII February 1, 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers† 27–23 Arizona Cardinals* Raymond James Stadium (2) Tampa, Florida (4) 70,774
(7, 6–1) (1, 0–1)
XLII February 3, 2008 New York Giants* 17–14 New England Patriots† University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Arizona (2)[note 1] 71,101
(4, 3–1) (6, 3–3)
XLI February 4, 2007 Indianapolis Colts† 29–17 Chicago Bears* Dolphin Stadium (4)[note 3] Miami Gardens, Florida (9)[note 2] 74,512
(3, 2–1) (2, 1–1)
XL February 5, 2006 Pittsburgh Steelers† 21–10 Seattle Seahawks* Ford Field Detroit, Michigan (2)[note 1] 68,206
(6, 5–1) (1, 0–1)
XXXIX February 6, 2005 New England Patriots† 24–21 Philadelphia Eagles* ALLTEL Stadium Jacksonville, Florida 78,125
(5, 3–2) (2, 0–2)
XXXVIII February 1, 2004 New England Patriots† 32–29 Carolina Panthers* Reliant Stadium[note 3] Houston, Texas (2) 71,525
(4, 2–2) (1, 0–1)
XXXVII January 26, 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers* 48–21 Oakland Raiders† Qualcomm Stadium (3)[note 3] San Diego, California (3) 67,603
(1, 1–0) (5, 3–2)
XXXVI February 3, 2002 New England Patriots† 20–17 St. Louis Rams* Louisiana Superdome (6) New Orleans, Louisiana (9) 72,922
(3, 1–2) (3, 1–2)
XXXV January 28, 2001 Baltimore Ravens† 34–7 New York Giants* Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida (3) 71,921
(1, 1–0) (3, 2–1)
XXXIV January 30, 2000 St. Louis Rams* 23–16 Tennessee Titans† Georgia Dome (2) Atlanta, Georgia (2) 72,625
(2, 1–1) (1, 0–1)
XXXIII January 31, 1999 Denver Broncos† 34–19 Atlanta Falcons* Pro Player Stadium (3)[note 3] Miami Gardens, Florida (8)[note 2] 74,803
(6, 2–4) (1, 0–1)
XXXII January 25, 1998 Denver Broncos† 31–24 Green Bay Packers* Qualcomm Stadium (2)[note 3] San Diego, California (2) 68,912
(5, 1–4) (4, 3–1)
XXXI January 26, 1997 Green Bay Packers* 35–21 New England Patriots† Louisiana Superdome (5) New Orleans, Louisiana (8) 72,301
(3, 3–0) (2, 0–2)
XXX January 28, 1996 Dallas Cowboys* 27–17 Pittsburgh Steelers† Sun Devil Stadium Tempe, Arizona[note 1] 76,347
(8, 5–3) (5, 4–1)
XXIX January 29, 1995 San Francisco 49ers* 49–26 San Diego Chargers† Joe Robbie Stadium (2)[note 3] Miami Gardens, Florida (7)[note 2] 74,107
(5, 5–0) (1, 0–1)
XXVIII January 30, 1994 Dallas Cowboys* 30–13 Buffalo Bills† Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia 72,817
(7, 4–3) (4, 0–4)
XXVII January 31, 1993 Dallas Cowboys* 52–17 Buffalo Bills† Rose Bowl (5) Pasadena, California (7)[note 1] 98,374
(6, 3–3) (3, 0–3)
XXVI January 26, 1992 Washington Redskins* 37–24 Buffalo Bills† Metrodome Minneapolis, Minnesota 63,130
(5, 3–2) (2, 0–2)
XXV January 27, 1991 New York Giants* 20–19 Buffalo Bills† Tampa Stadium (2) Tampa, Florida (2) 73,813
(2, 2–0) (1, 0–1)
XXIV January 28, 1990 San Francisco 49ers* 55–10 Denver Broncos† Louisiana Superdome (4) New Orleans, Louisiana (7) 72,919
(4, 4–0) (4, 0–4)
XXIII January 22, 1989 San Francisco 49ers* 20–16 Cincinnati Bengals† Joe Robbie Stadium[note 3] Miami Gardens, Florida (6)[note 2] 75,129
(3, 3–0) (2, 0–2)
XXII January 31, 1988 Washington Redskins* 42–10 Denver Broncos† Jack Murphy Stadium[note 3] San Diego, California 73,302
(4, 2–2) (3, 0–3)
XXI January 25, 1987 New York Giants* 39–20 Denver Broncos† Rose Bowl (4) Pasadena, California (6)[note 1] 101,063
(1, 1–0) (2, 0–2)
XX January 26, 1986 Chicago Bears* 46–10 New England Patriots† Louisiana Superdome (3) New Orleans, Louisiana (6) 73,818
(1, 1–0) (1, 0–1)
XIX January 20, 1985 San Francisco 49ers* 38–16 Miami Dolphins† Stanford Stadium Stanford, California[note 1] 84,059
(2, 2–0) (5, 2–3)
XVIII January 22, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders† 38–9 Washington Redskins* Tampa Stadium Tampa, Florida 72,920
(4, 3–1) (3, 1–2)
XVII January 30, 1983 Washington Redskins* 27–17 Miami Dolphins† Rose Bowl (3) Pasadena, California (5)[note 1] 103,667
(2, 1–1) (4, 2–2)
XVI January 24, 1982 San Francisco 49ers* 26–21 Cincinnati Bengals† Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac, Michigan[note 1] 81,270
(1, 1–0) (1, 0–1)
XV January 25, 1981 Oakland Raiders† 27–10 Philadelphia Eagles* Louisiana Superdome (2) New Orleans, Louisiana (5) 76,135
(3, 2–1) (1, 0–1)
XIV January 20, 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers† 31–19 Los Angeles Rams* Rose Bowl (2) Pasadena, California (4)[note 1] 103,985
(4, 4–0) (1, 0–1)
XIII January 21, 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers† 35–31 Dallas Cowboys* Miami Orange Bowl (5) Miami, Florida (5)[note 2] 79,484
(3, 3–0) (5, 2–3)
XII January 15, 1978 Dallas Cowboys* 27–10 Denver Broncos† Louisiana Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana (4) 76,400
(4, 2–2) (1, 0–1)
XI January 9, 1977 Oakland Raiders† 32–14 Minnesota Vikings* Rose Bowl Pasadena, California (3)[note 1] 103,438
(2, 1–1) (4, 0–4)
X January 18, 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers† 21–17 Dallas Cowboys* Miami Orange Bowl (4) Miami, Florida (4)[note 2] 80,187
(2, 2–0) (3, 1–2)
IX January 12, 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers† 16–6 Minnesota Vikings* Tulane Stadium (3) New Orleans, Louisiana (3) 80,997
(1, 1–0) (3, 0–3)
VIII January 13, 1974 Miami Dolphins† 24–7 Minnesota Vikings* Rice Stadium Houston, Texas 71,882
(3, 2–1) (2, 0–2)
VII January 14, 1973 Miami Dolphins† 14–7 Washington Redskins* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (2) Los Angeles, California (2)[note 1] 90,182
(2, 1–1) (1, 0–1)
VI January 16, 1972 Dallas Cowboys* 24–3 Miami Dolphins† Tulane Stadium (2) New Orleans, Louisiana (2) 81,023
(2, 1–1) (1, 0–1)
V January 17, 1971 Baltimore Colts† 16–13 Dallas Cowboys* Miami Orange Bowl (3) Miami, Florida (3)[note 2] 79,204
(2, 1–1) (1, 0–1)
IV January 11, 1970 Kansas City Chiefs^ 23–7 Minnesota Vikings‡ Tulane Stadium New Orleans, Louisiana 80,562
(2, 1–1) (1, 0–1)
III January 12, 1969 New York Jets^ 16–7 Baltimore Colts‡ Miami Orange Bowl (2) Miami, Florida (2)[note 2] 75,389
(1, 1–0) (1, 0–1)
II January 14, 1968 Green Bay Packers‡ 33–14 Oakland Raiders^ Miami Orange Bowl Miami, Florida[note 2] 75,546
(2, 2–0) (1, 0–1)
I January 15, 1967 Green Bay Packers‡ 35–10 Kansas City Chiefs^ Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, California[note 1] 61,946
(1, 1–0) (1, 0–1)

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February 18, 2016

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Hairy panic sets in as homes are swallowed in masses of tumbleweeds –
Bizarre images have emerged of houses inundated with tumbleweeds in rural Victoria after extreme dry conditions cover homes in clouds of ‘hairy panic’. Residents have been left frustrated and exhausted trying to rid their properties of the ghost-like weed, which has engulfed front and back yards, gardens and garages. Named hairy panic, the weeds of Wangaratta are world-class, holding their own against Texas tumblers. Locals say the tumbleweed has been around for a couple of years but, with dry conditions, this summer is by far the worst. They suspect it’s coming from a nearby paddock that a farmer has failed to maintain. The council can’t help because the situation is not considered a fire risk, which has left homeowners to clean up indefinitely. [Yahoo News Australia]
Hairy panic tweet

‘Unauthorised trousers’ kill Canadian zoo’s otter –
A Canadian zoo is under scrutiny following the death of an otter which had been given a pair of trousers to play with in its enclosure. Logan, a 12-year-old American river otter, drowned at Calgary Zoo after being given the article of clothing as an “unauthorised enrichment item”, the Calgary Sun newspaper reports. The zoo’s general curator, Colleen Baird, says Logan got trapped in one of the trouser legs, and two employees have subsequently been disciplined following an investigation into the incident. “It was human error and we take animal deaths very seriously,” she tells the paper, but refuses to be drawn on who was responsible. “It’s irrelevant how exactly the pants got in there, it’s more that the pants got in there in the first place.” [BBC]

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May 20, 2016

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Mum in Chewbacca mask shatters Facebook Live record –
A braying Chewbacca mask found “on clearance” has shot a Texas mother to internet stardom. Candace Payne was not expecting to purchase the mask when she went to her local Kohls department store, just outside of Dallas, Texas. She doesn’t even consider herself a huge Star Wars fan. On Thursday, the 37-year-old mother of two was returning some items and was going to spend her birthday money on some exercise clothes or something “for the kids”. The Facebook Live video she broadcast from the store’s car park – immediately after purchasing the Chewbacca mask – has broken the record as the most-watched Facebook Live video – ever. “That’s just crazy,” Mrs Payne told the BBC. “I’m just laughing – in all honesty, that is ridiculous. I’ve looked at the number of views and it just seems like someone is just playing with a calculator.” It’s a big number: So far, more than 48 million people have watched Payne laugh hysterically as she shows Facebook her new purchase. [BBC] See Video of the Day [Also see 24 May – Video of the Day]
Candace Payne - ChewbaccaCandace Payne – Chewbacca

India records its hottest day ever –
A city in India’s Rajasthan state has broken the country’s temperature records after registering 51C, the highest since records began, the weather office says. The new record in Phalodi in the desert state comes amid a heatwave across India. The previous record for the hottest temperature stood at 50.6C in 1956. The heatwave has hit much of northern India, where temperatures have exceeded 40C for weeks. The run-up to the Indian monsoon season is always characterised by weeks of strong sunshine and increasing heat but life-threatening temperature levels topping 50C are unusual. [BBC]

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June 1, 2016

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European leaders open world’s longest rail tunnel in Switzerland –
The world’s longest rail tunnel, running for 35 miles (57km) under the Swiss Alps, has officially opened. The Swiss president, Johann Schneider-Ammann, said the tunnel, which it is hoped will ease transit through the heart of the continent, would “join the people and the economies” of Europe at a time of rising nationalism and border closures. He spoke before European leaders made a ceremonial first journey through the Gotthard base tunnel. Passengers included the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the French president, François Hollande, and the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi. While the tunnel was entirely funded by Switzerland, a non-EU member, the bloc’s transport commissioner, Violeta Bulc, hailed it as “a godsend” for the continent. It runs from Erstfeld in the central Swiss canton of Uri, to Bodio in the southern Ticino canton. [The Guardian]

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Gotthard base tunnel

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World’s longest tunnels (in use) [Wikipedia]

Name Location Length Type Year Comment
Delaware Aqueduct United States New York state, United States 137,000 m (85.1 mi) Water supply 1945 4.1 m wide. New York City‘s main water supply tunnel, drilled through solid rock.
Päijänne Water Tunnel Finland Southern Finland, Finland 120,000 m (74.6 mi) Water supply 1982 16 m2 cross section
Dahuofang Water Tunnel China Liaoning Province, China 85,320 m (53.0 mi) Water supply 2009 8 m in diameter (50m2 cross section)
Orange–Fish River Tunnel South Africa South Africa 82,800 m (51.4 mi) Water supply 1972 Longest continuous enclosed aqueduct in the southern hemisphere (22.5 m2cross section)
Bolmen Water Tunnel Sweden Kronoberg/Scania, Sweden 82,000 m (51.0 mi) Water supply 1987 8 m2
Tunel Emisor Oriente Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 62,500 m (38.8 mi) Waterwaste 2006-2012 Water management in Greater Mexico City. Longest waterwaste tunnel.
Guangzhou Metro Line 3 China Guangzhou, China 60,400 m (37.5 mi)Excl. branch Metro 2005-2010 Guangzhou Metro. Longest metro/rapid transit tunnel;
longest railway tunnel
Beijing Subway Line 10 China Beijing, China 57,100 m (35.5 mi) Metro 2008-2012 Beijing Subway
Gotthard Base Tunnel Switzerland Lepontine Alps, Switzerland 57,091 m (35.5 mi) or 57,017 m (35.4 mi) Railway Twin Tube 2016 The longest railway tunnel excluding urban metro lines with intermediate stations.
Two tubes (East 57,091 m (35.5 mi), West 57,017 m (35.4 mi)), 8.8–9.5 m (29–31 ft) diameter, (71m2 cross section)
Seikan Tunnel Japan Tsugaru Strait, Japan 53,850 m (33.5 mi) Railway Single Tube 1988 74 m2

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July 9, 2016

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Matador Victor Barrio killed by bull in Spain –
A matador has died after being gored by a bull in Spain – the first bullfighter to die in the ring in Spain this century. Victor Barrio, 29, a professional bullfighter, was killed when the bull’s horn pierced his chest. The fight, in the eastern town of Teruel, was being broadcast live on TV. Also on Saturday, a 28-year-old man died after being gored by a bull during a bull run through the village of Pedreguer, near Valencia. The last matador to die in a bullfight in Spain was Jose Cubero, or Yiyo, in 1985. Television footage shows the bull throwing Barrio into the air before goring him on the right-hand side of his chest and violently throwing him. [BBC]

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January 20, 2017

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Donald Trump is sworn in as 45th President of the United States –
There is some dispute to the size of the inauguration crowd, starting an acrimonious war of words between the new president and the press.


The President and First Lady at the Liberty Ball on Inauguration Day

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