FYI October 17, 2019

On This Day

1091 – London tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
The London Tornado of 1091 is reckoned by modern assessment of the reports as possibly a T8 tornado (roughly equal to an F4 tornado) which occurred in London in the Kingdom of England and was the earliest reported tornado in that area, occurring on Friday, 17 October 1091.[1] The wooden London Bridge was demolished, and the church of St. Mary-le-Bow in the city of London was badly damaged; four rafters 26 feet (7.9 m) long were driven into the ground with such force that only 4 feet (1.2 m) protruded above the surface. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600 (mostly wooden) houses. For all the damage inflicted, the tornado claimed just two known victims from a population of about 18,000.[2][3]

William II of England was King at the time of the tornado; it is unknown if he was present in the area during the storm.

 
 

Born On This Day

1864 – Elinor Glyn, English author, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1943)
Elinor Glyn (née Sutherland; 17 October 1864 – 23 September 1943) was a British novelist and scriptwriter who specialised in romantic fiction, which was considered scandalous for its time, although her works are relatively tame by modern standards. She popularized the concept of the It-girl, and had tremendous influence on early 20th-century popular culture and, possibly, on the careers of notable Hollywood stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson and, especially, Clara Bow.
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FYI

 
 
 
 
By Anne Woodyatt, CNN: Former Nazi guard, 93, to stand trial in Germany over thousands of camp murders
 
 
 
 
By Alex Johnson, NBC News: Family Circle, a pillar of women’s magazines, will shut down after 87 years The publication becomes the third of the once-dominant Seven Sisters of women’s magazines to close, joining Ladies’ Home Journal and McCall’s.
 
 
 
 
By Thomas Ricker, The Verge: Arlo’s Video Doorbell shows both faces and packages Heads, shoulders, knees, and toes, too
 
 
 
 
By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News: Ex-Florida officer who fatally shot retired librarian during drill gets no jail time The 73-year-old woman who had volunteered to participate in a police demonstration was shot and killed in front of about three dozen people, including her husband.
The family of Knowlton, a retired librarian and mother of two grown sons, received a more than $2 million settlement, approved by the Punta Gorda City Council.
 
 
 
 
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By Ian Cohen, The Ringer: How ‘Almost Famous’ Foretold the Future of Music Journalism
 
 
 
 
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By Webneel: Dandelions or Animals – Beautiful Photoshop Manipulation Works by Phuoc Nguyen
 
 
 
 
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By Thryn, HackerNoon: A guide to giving your cats their annual performance review
 
 
 
 
News from Science: 3000-year-old toolkit suggests skilled warriors crossed Europe to fight an epic battle; ‘Bingo!’ In a remarkable first, humpback whales spotted using their fins to scoop up fish; Fast new 3D printing method creates objects as big as an adult human and more ->
 
 
 
 
Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: FROM THE ARCHIVE (2015) | The Well of Being: An Extraordinary Children’s Book for Grownups about the Art of Living with Openhearted Immediacy
 
 
 
 
Phil Are Go: 2019 Then & Now Car Show, Lake Forest, IL. – Pt. 2
 
 
 
 
Fast Company Compass: 16 incredibly useful things you didn’t know YouTube could do; The pope’s first wearable is a $110 rosary that tracks your prayers and more ->
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Ideas

By Yoshinok: $10 Smartphone to Digital Microscope Conversion!
 
 
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Recipes

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