FYI April 17, 2018


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On This Day

1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years[8] from 1892 until 1954. Ellis Island was opened January 1, 1892. The island was greatly expanded with land reclamation between 1892 and 1934. Before that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965 and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990.

It was long considered part of New York, but a 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found that most of the island is in New Jersey.[9] The south side of the island, home to the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, is closed to the general public and the object of restoration efforts spearheaded by Save Ellis Island.

Born On This Day

1896 – Señor Wences, Spanish-American ventriloquist (d. 1999)
Wenceslao Moreno (April 17, 1896 – April 20, 1999),[1] better known as Señor Wences, was a Spanish ventriloquist. His popularity grew with his frequent appearances on CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s and 1960s.[2]




By Daniel Kreps: R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dead at 74

Ronald Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018) was an American actor and voice actor. He achieved fame when he played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ermey was also a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant. During his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as a drill instructor.

Ermey was often typecast in authority figure roles, such as Mayor Tilman in the film Mississippi Burning, Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine, Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Jimmy Lee Farnsworth in Fletch Lives, a police captain in Se7en, plastic army men leader Sarge in the Toy Story films, Lt. “Tice” Ryan in Rocket Power, the warden in SpongeBob SquarePants, and John House in House.

Ermey hosted two programs on the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he answered viewers’ questions about various military issues both modern and historic; and Lock n’ Load with R. Lee Ermey, which concerned the development of different types of weapons. He also hosted GunnyTime on the Outdoor Channel.


Harry Laverne Anderson (October 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018) was an American actor, comedian and magician. He is best known for the role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984–1992 television series Night Court.

In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1981 and 1985, Anderson had a recurring guest role as con man Harry “The Hat” Gittes on Cheers, toured extensively as a magician, and did several magic/comedy shows for broadcast, including Harry Anderson’s Sideshow (1987). He was also notable for his role as Richie Tozier in the 1990 Tommy Lee Wallace miniseries It.


By Nardine Saad: ‘Nice guy’ Harry Anderson gets heartfelt sendoff from ‘Night Court’ costars, fellow magicians
By Matt Novak: Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Explodes, Woman Almost Sucked Out Window
By Rebecca Fishbein: NYC Will Remove Statue of Doctor Who Performed Gynecological Experiments on Women Slaves
Sexual Assault issues?
By Tracy Clark Flory: New York City Will Finally House Inmates According to Their Gender Identity
By Maddie Stone: Everything About This Newly-Discovered Octopus Nursery Is Wild
By David Murphy: How to Upgrade Your Computer With a New Drive
By David Obuchowski: The Magic Of Learning To Drive A Manual Transmission
Distracted Driving laws?
By Andrew P. Collins: Behold Delicious Instant Karma For A Badly Behaving Kia
Gastro Obscura: The Nazi History of One-Pot Meals, I’ll Have a Pruneburger With Fries, Please and more ->
Atlas Obscura: Overlooked Soviet-Era Industrial Design, Independent Bookstore Day is on April 28 so tell us what makes your favorite local bookstore special, YEMEN Hababah Water Cistern and more ->
Debra Lynn Dadd Live Toxic Free: Happy Earth Day!
By Ellen Glover: Hoosiers, IU students can share experiences in Stories from Home mobile studio
By Meena Lee and Sarah Guinee: The New York Times has signed up a lot of subscribers. Here’s how it plans to keep them.
By Ian Frazier: The Maraschino Mogul’s Secret Life
Beyond Bylines Blog Profiles: Millennial Workplace Blogs
By Aron Pilhofer (James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at @TempleSMC. Proud @Guardian and @nytimes alum. Co-founder of @documentcloud & @HacksHackers. Yachtsman.) A growing list of tools, practices, and platforms you can use to improve reader trust in your journalism →

By Gary Price: New Resource: Google and CyArk Launch “Open Heritage”, Open Access to the World’s Largest 3D Heritage Collection
By Gary Price: Now Available Online: Library of Congress Digitizes Unique Japanese Censorship Collection
By Germania Rodriguez For White woman, 72, is arrested for attacking a PREGNANT soldier in a restaurant during a row over a parking spot and calling her a ‘gay black b***h’
By Jennifer Calfas: Desiree Linden Just Became the First American Woman to Win the Boston Marathon in Three Decades
By Devin Coldewey: Conserve the Sound is an archive of noises from old tape players, projectors and other dying tech

By Katherine Schwab: This Is What A World Without Smartphones Looks Like
The National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ) is a large area of land in the United States designated as a radio quiet zone, in which radio transmissions are heavily restricted by law to facilitate scientific research and military intelligence. It is located in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, and a small part of Maryland.

Read more on wiki ->
By DJ Pangburn: This Site Tracks How Wikipedia Is Being Edited in Real-Time
By Hometalk Hits: 25 Memorial Day Flag Ideas That Will Fill You With Pride
Stabilizing the blocks?? Stencils are a neat decorating idea.
By Charissa Tutorial Team Newark CA: Need a Bar for a Party in a Hurry (and Inexpensively)?!
By Melissa Woods Hometalker Saint Joseph, MN: Make LARGE Canvas Wall Art for $14
Chas Crazy Creations: Fireflies and Cattails
Video: Fireflies and Cattails
By jessyratfink: Free Online Cooking Class




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By Molecular gastronomy – Fruit Caviar

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