50 years ago, JFK offered Soviets shot at moon

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buzzaldrinapollo11In the middle of the space race, President Kennedy suggested that the Soviet Union and the United States work together on a mission to send a man to the moon, the National Journal reminds us.

Kennedy announced his proposal in a speech before the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 20, 1963. Continue reading

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Did Americans take part in Kenyan terror siege?

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Updated: Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed tells PBS NewsHour that “two or three” Americans and a female Briton participated in the militant attack in Nairobi.
The FBI is investigating claims that five or six Americans were among the terrorists who attacked shoppers at a Nairobi mall, NBC News reports. Continue reading

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No ‘cheese': Why people look so serious in old photos

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War isn’t funny. Robert H. Kelly, Union soldier, photographed by Purviance at Fifth and Wood streets in Pittsburgh. | Library of Congress

Bad teeth? It took too long to take the picture?

Turns out showing your teeth when you smiled used to be frowned upon.

“There are some people who raise their upper lip so high… that their teeth are almost entirely visible. This is entirely contradictory to decorum, which forbids you to allow your teeth to be uncovered, since nature gave us lips to conceal them,” St. Jean-Baptiste De La Salle wrote in The Rules of Christian Decorum and Civility of 1703. Continue reading

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