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Discovering the Patroness of Paris hiding in a Little-Known Church

For centuries, the Parisian church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont has silently peered over shoulder of the famous Pantheon temple in the Latin Quarter, keeping its secrets to itself. It is one of those spaces– and there are many in Paris – that often ends-up as an footnote in the guidebooks, playing secon…

Discovering the Patroness of Paris hiding in a Little-Known Church

The American Marie Antoinette of Pre-War Paris

Her private villa in Versailles hosted the last great Parisian party before the storm of World War II, attended by Coco Chanel, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Rothschilds. Paris fashion experts named her the best-dressed women in the world and her eye for design catapulted her to the higher….

The American Marie Antoinette of Pre-War Paris

FYI November 16, 2017

1491 – An auto-da-fé, held in the Brasero de la Dehesa outside of Ávila, concludes the case of the Holy Child of La Guardia with the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects.
The Holy Child of La Guardia (Spanish: El Santo Niño de La Guardia) was the subject of a medieval blood libel in the town of La Guardia in the central Spanish province of Toledo (Castile–La Mancha).[1][2]

On November 16, 1491, an auto-da-fé was held outside of Ávila that ended in the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects who confessed to the crime under torture. Among the executed were Benito Garcia, the converso who initially confessed to the murder.[3] However, no body was ever found and there is no evidence that a child disappeared; because of contradictory confessions, the court had trouble coherently depicting how events possibly took place.[4]

Like Pedro de Arbués, the Holy Infant was quickly made into a saint by popular acclaim, and his death greatly assisted the Spanish Inquisition and its Inquisitor General, Tomás de Torquemada, in their campaign against heresy and crypto-Judaism. The cult of the Holy Infant is still celebrated in La Guardia.

The Holy Child has been called “the most infamous case of blood libel in Iberia”.[5] The incident took place one year before the expulsion of the Jews from Spain,[5] and the Holy Child was possibly used as a pretext for the expulsion.[2]

The 1912 Catholic Encyclopedia stated that the allegation “has been well named ‘one of the most notable and disastrous lies of history'”.[6] However, in 2016, the Archdiocese of Madrid’s official website still maintained that the alleged events actually took place.[7] An American historian, William Thomas Walsh, defended the validity of the charge, impugning the honesty of Henry Charles Lea, who had earlier exposed it as a fraudulent prosecution.[8]

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1899 – Mary Margaret McBride, American radio host (d. 1976)
Mary Margaret McBride (November 16, 1899 – April 7, 1976) was an American radio interview host and writer. Her popular radio shows spanned more than 40 years. In the 1940s the daily audience for her housewife-oriented program numbered from six to eight million listeners. She was called “The First Lady of Radio.”

Early life
McBride was born on November 16, 1899 in Paris, Missouri, to a farming family. Their frequent relocations disorganized her early schooling, but at the age of six she became a student at a preparatory school called William Woods College, and at 16 the University of Missouri, receiving a degree in journalism there in 1919. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Missouri.[1]

She worked a year as a reporter at the Cleveland Press, and then until 1924 at the New York Evening Mail. Following this, she wrote freelance for periodicals including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and starting in 1926 collaborated in writing travel-oriented books.

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By Dan Colman: Herbie Hancock Now Teaching His First Online Course on Jazz
Via Dangerous Minds: An Interactive Map of Every Record Shop in the World
By Colin Marhall: Beautiful & Outlandish Color Illustrations Let Europeans See Exotic Fish for the First Time (1754)
Sponoserd by Discover Los Angeles: How a History Buff Spends 3 Days Outdoors in Los Angeles
Comments on your marathons?
By Patrick Redford: Camille Herron Destroys 100-Mile Run World Record By Over An Hour
I didn’t feel like I needed it. I do hot races where I crave beer, but I was kind of cold. I feel like I could have gotten through the race without drinking a beer, but it was nice to stop and guzzle a beer really fast and keep going. It was probably about 80 miles into the race where I had my first beer. I lost some time in the end with stopping and having a beer in the dark, but I had enough time to play with, I knew I was going to be okay. The beer was a nice treat.
By Melanie Ehrenkranz: Revenge Porn Is Finally Criminalized In New York City
On Thursday, New York City voted to criminalize revenge porn. That means the nonconsensual dissemination of intimate photos and videos online is now a misdemeanor offense in the city and is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.
By Lauren Evans: Why It’s So Hard to Make Revenge Porn Laws Effective
By Michelle Woo: You Should Interview an Elderly Family Member This Thanksgiving
By Kristen Lee: ‘Celebrity Brain Crash’ Axed On The Grand Tour Season 2
By Bryan Menegus: Amazon’s Last Mile


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Dehydrating Kale And Apples: Step By Step

If you haven’t made kale chips, or apple fruit leather, or apple chips, you’re really missing out! These dried foods are delicious, long-lasting, and very useful to have around the homestead. They are light and…

Dehydrating Kale And Apples: Step By Step

FYI November 15, 2017

1760 – The secondly-built Castellania in Valletta is officially inaugurated with the blessing of the interior Chapel of Sorrows.
The Castellania (Maltese: Il-Kastellanija; Italian: La Castellania), officially known as the Castellania Palace (Maltese: Il-Palazz Kastellanja; Italian: Palazzo Castellania), is a former courthouse and prison in Valletta, Malta. It was built by the Order of St. John between 1757[a] and 1760, on the site of an earlier courthouse which had been built in 1572.

The building was built in the Baroque style to designs of the architects Francesco Zerafa and Giuseppe Bonici. It is a prominent building in Merchants Street, having an ornate façade with an elaborate marble centrepiece. Features of the interior include former court halls, a chapel, prison cells, a statue of Lady Justice at the main staircase and an ornate fountain in the courtyard.

From the late 18th to the early 19th century, the building was also known by a number of names, including the Palazzo del Tribunale, the Palais de Justice and the Gran Corte della Valletta. By the mid-19th century the building was deemed too small, and the courts were gradually moved to Auberge d’Auvergne between 1840 and 1853. The Castellania was then abandoned, before being briefly converted into an exhibition centre, a tenant house and a school.

In 1895, the building was converted into the head office of the Public Health Department. The department was eventually succeeded by Malta’s health ministry (currently known as the Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community Care), which is still housed in the Castellania. The building’s ground floor contains a number of shops, while the belongings of Sir Themistocles Zammit’s laboratory are now housed at the second floor and is open to the public by appointment as The Brucellosis Museum.

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1849 – Mary E. Byrd, American astronomer and educator (d. 1934)
Mary Emma Byrd (November 15, 1849 – July 13, 1934) was an American educator and is considered a pioneer astronomy teacher[1] at college level.[2] She was also an astronomer in her own right, determining cometary positions by photography.[3]

Personal life
Mary E. Byrd was born November 15, 1849 in Le Roy, Michigan to the reverend John Huntington Byrd and Elizabeth Adelaide Lowe as the second of six children.[4] The family moved to Kansas in 1855. Her father was strongly opposed to slavery and the slave trade. Her mother was a descendant of John Endecott. Her parents instilled in her a strong Puritan belief, making her a person of high moral principles. Her uncle, David Lowe, a Kansas judge, who served for one term in Congress, refused to seek re-election because he found “politics and ideal honesty incompatible”. She died of cerebral hemorrhage on July 13, 1934 in Lawrence, Kansas and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.[5]

In the late 19th century it was very difficult for a young woman to get a decent education.[6] This was no different for Mary Byrd and this is reflected in her education. She was a teacher, on and off, while trying to get an education. Byrd graduated from Leavenworth High School. She attended Oberlin College from 1871-1874, when John Millott Ellis was the college president. She left Oberlin before graduating. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1878. She studied under Edward Pickering at Harvard College Observatory. She received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Carleton College in 1904.

Byrd was one of a group of young women who were the pioneers of coeducation. Most notable in this group was probably Alice Freeman Palmer. She worked briefly at The Coast Star in Manasquan, NJ prior to her death.

Mary Emma Byrd held many teaching posts. The most important:

1883-1887 Teacher of mathematics and astronomy at Carleton College
1887-1906 Director of the observatory at Smith College[7] in Northampton, Massachusetts.

In 1906, Byrd, at the height of her career, resigned from her positions at Smith[8] because the college accepted money from Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, which she found reprehensible. Upon her resignation, she returned to Lawrence, Kansas. She continued writing, and contributed many articles to Popular Astronomy magazine.

During her life Byrd was a member of:
the Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America (now the American Astronomical Society or simply AAS),
the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
the British Astronomical Association
the Anti-Imperialist League of Northampton
The American Mathematical Society (Ref. New York Mathematical Society list of members June 1892, page 6.

Mary Emma Bird has written two books:

Laboratory Manual in Astronomy which was published in 1899 and is currently available as a reprint by BiblioLife, ISBN 978-1-110-12258-5
First Observations In Astronomy: A Handbook For Schools And Colleges which was published in 1913 and is currently available as a reprint by Kessinger Publishing, ISBN 0-548-62274-4


By Lorraine Boissoneault: The Forgotten Women Scientists Who Fled the Holocaust for the United States
A new project from Northeastern University traces the journeys of 80 women who attempted to escape Europe and find new lives in America during World War II

By Erling Kagge: The power of silence in the smartphone age
‘My children wonder less and less; if they still wonder at anything, they pull out their smartphones to find the answer’ … Erling Kagge, author of Silence in the Age of Noise.
By Gary Price: New Data & Infographic: “The Internet and Digital Technology” in Canada
Comments on working in the STEM field?
B Gary Price: Reference: New Report and Data: “Women in STEM: 2017 Update”
While nearly as many women hold undergraduate degrees as men overall, they make up only about 30 percent of all STEM degree holders. Women make up a disproportionately low share of degree holders in all STEM fields, particularly engineering.

Women with STEM degrees are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM occupation; they are more likely to work in education or healthcare.

By Liz Hunt: Google Maps gets a new look
Heather Chapman: New app maps opioid overdose deaths in real time
“So far, ODMAP has been adopted in parts of Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.”
By Sarah Perez: Amazon’s latest Whole Foods price cuts include deeper discounts for Prime members
By Leigh Anderson: You Need to Deal With Your Digital Legacy Right Now
By Bian Kahn: This NASA Animation Is Like a Van Gogh Painting of Our Recent Hellish Weather

By Kelly Stout: Lightning Round With the ‘5 Under 35’ National Book Foundation Honorees

Ribs for your pleasure, from Head Smokeboy Drew Magary


By Inga Ko: 50+ Times People Realised Their Grandparents Were Cooler Than Them

By​ James Gould-Bourn: 89-Year-Old Japanese Grandma Discovers Photography, Can’t Stop Taking Hilarious Self-Portraits Now
By Eric Grundhauser: Inside Connecticut’s Secret Museum of Retro-Future Oddities
Robots, rockets, and UFOs are all hiding in a quaint New England barn.
Holloways of Dorset
Many holloways are now abandoned as roads, too narrow to be traveled on wheels. But they are still used as walking paths by locals in the know. Others, such as the trench-like roads in parts of France, were used as shelters in World War I and II. It’s fascinating to stroll through the ancient paths today and wonder about the comings and goings of the unfathomable number of human footsteps that carved them out of the Earth.
By David Dunning: Why Incompetent People Think They’re Amazing

Erica Offutt: Kinja Deals


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Welcome to Gastro Obscura!

Gastro Obscura is a food section devoted to curiosity and wonder. In addition to stories about melon-obsessed warlords and a quest to save an iconic cookie, you can explore our new database of curious and unusual food and drink. As you browse Gastro Obscura, you’ll find bamboo waterslides of fast-flowing somen noodles and a decadent Vietnamese egg coffee invented during a dairy shortage. Down the road, we plan to give you the ability to add your own wondrous food and drink entries, just like you can with our Atlas.

Welcome to Gastro Obscura!

5 Questions with The Lily: The Washington Post’s Bold Experiment for Millennial Women | Beyond Bylines

The first US newspaper for and run by women was established in 1849. The Washington Post is bringing it back to life with its new experimental site for millennial women, The Lily. Launched in June 2017, the site is a first-of-its-kind project for The Post. Its mission is to empower and inform on of-the-moment stories that are important for its audience — calling attention to a diverse set of perspectives.

5 Questions with The Lily: The Washington Post’s Bold Experiment for Millennial Women | Beyond Bylines

Henrik Edberg: 24 Quick Ways to Make Someone Happy Today

24 Quick Ways to Make Someone Happy Today

Jordan Fried: Top 10 Most Inspirational Bloggers In The World

Jordan Fried is an entrepreneur and blogger.

Whether you’re an aspiring blogger or just looking for a little inspiration in your life, here’s a list of 10 inspirational bloggers who all started out as, well… bloggers. Enjoy!

Top 10 Most Inspirational Bloggers In The World

Journalism’s New Patrons: Enterprise journalism emerges in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains – Columbia Journalism Review

Source: Journalism’s New Patrons: Enterprise journalism emerges in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains – Columbia Journalism Review