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April 10, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’

US Scholar Jesus WifeA piece of papyrus with the words “Jesus said to them, my wife” has been dated to the 6th to 9th centuries, Harvard Divinity School reports.

The small fragment — a mere 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches — caused a storm of criticism in 2012 when Karen L. King, a professor at the school, announced its existence in 2012. The origin and author of the papyrus remains a mystery. All we know is a collector, who owned the papyrus and wishes to remain anonymous, had asked for King’s help in finding out more about it. Continue Reading →

April 10, 2014
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Most affordable cities to retire? Pittsburgh in Top 10

Just in time for David Letterman’s retirement, his network has found the Top 10 places where he can enjoy his golden years.

A recent Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate survey on the retirement dreams of baby boomers finds that 39 percent are focused on a bucolic lifestyle while 26 would like to go urban.

To determine what places would offer a mix of city and country — as well as favorable tax rates and median home prices — CBS News crunched the numbers from the Tax Foundation, Census Bureau and Zillow.

The Top 10? Drum roll, please … Continue Reading →

April 9, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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Inside a beer bottle, a Guinness World Record


Last month, fishermen from Heikendorf in Schleswig Holstein, Germany, got really excited when amid the fish in their nets, they spotted an old beer bottle with a message. | AFP

Richard Platz, a 20-year-old German on a hike in 1913, rolled a postcard into a bottle and tossed it into the Baltic Sea. Inside, a polite message asking the finder to return it to a Berlin address.

Now, 101 years later, his wish has come true. Continue Reading →

April 9, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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The military photographers of the year

The Military Photographer of the Year, a contest judged at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md., recognizes MC3 Daniel Young in the news category.

In Armed Forces ArmsSgt. 1st Class Faamasino Galoia, assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines, carries a Filippino girl off a MC-130 Combat Talon II after being transported from Ormac to Manila as part of Operation Damayan relief efforts Nov. 21. Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,000 and displaced millions.

In the Hardware category, Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid took first place:

N/ACapt. Jason Curtis, Thunderbird 6, Opposing Solo pilot, re-joins with the Diamond formation to perform the Delta Bottom-Up Pass during a practice sortie over the range near Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Mar. 11, 2013.

To see more winning work, go here.

h/t Stars and Stripes

April 3, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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Widower stunned by wife’s time capsule


A 33-year-old Arizona woman has contacted her husband from beyond the grave.

On Sept 27, 1966, her husband’s 31st birthday, Betty Klug stashed a time capsule in the wall of her family’s North Phoenix home.

It remained hidden until recently when a contractor discovered it amid insulation as the house was being remodeled. “We’ve done hundreds of houses but never found anything like this,” John Murray tells NBC affiliate KPNX 12 News.

Inside the capsule, a photo and a letter.

Betty, a Republican, gives a snapshot of the 60s. Among her observations … Continue Reading →

April 2, 2014
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Cold War II: NASA breaks contact with Russians

Today, Michael F. O’Brien, NASA’s associate administrator for international and interagency relations, informed his colleagues in an internal memo that the U.S. space agency was taking a stand on Ukraine and would suspend all contact with Russian “entities” with the exception of the International Space Station, SpaceRef reports.

We can’t break ties with the Space Station; we’ve got two astronauts up there now, and the only way to get them down is via a Soyuz spacecraft. Continue Reading →

April 2, 2014
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Video: Flying Lamborghini smashes into cars on London street

Batman would not be amused.

A pleasant Mother’s Day afternoon in one of London’s most exclusive neighborhoods was smashed to pieces when a Lamborghini Aventador roared down a street, lifted off the pavement, hit one car and clipped two more. Continue Reading →

April 1, 2014
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Holy Grail found at last?


It may sound like an April Fools prank, but it’s not.

“This is a very important discovery,” Margarita Torres, co-author of a new book, tells The Irish Times ”because it helps solve a big puzzle.”

The discovery? The Holy Grail of holy grails — the cup revered by early Christians as the one used at the Last Supper. The Spanish historians traced the chalice to the Basilica of San Isidoro, a church in León, Spain. Continue Reading →

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