The horse algebra puzzle baffling the internet


Do you think you’re good at math? If so, this baffling brainteaser is for you.

The latest maths puzzle messing with people’s minds involves horses, horse shoes and some trendy cowboy boots.

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Source Credits: Leah Cohen in Yahoo7 Be

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Russia Face Onslaught Of The Siberian Plague


As global warming melts the permafrost, anthrax and other pathogens arise from their centuries-old slumber.

Russian scientists have contained an outbreak of the Siberian plague, a bacterial infection known in the West as anthrax, but they believe global warming will bring back even more pathogens, such as those dormant in the frozen remains of mammoths.

In Russia’s Far North, in the Yamalo-Nenets region, authorities have been fighting an outbreak of the Siberian plague, which is called anthrax in the West. More than 2,000 reindeer have died, and 90 local tribe members have been hospitalized, of which 53 are children. In the beginning of August, a 12-year old boy died in hospital.

“Children were infected as a result of traditional customs,” said Anna Popova, head of Russia’s public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor. Some families in Yamalo-Nenets still drink deer blood and eat raw meat. In accordance with tradition, children remove the reindeer veins with their teeth. “They make threads out of reindeer blood vessels,” Popova explained. She added that it was impossible to avoid infection in such a situation.

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Source Credits: Svetlana Arkhangelskaya in Russia Beyond The Headlines

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Why many employers getting rid of sick leaves?


We’ve all had the weekday morning roll around when the night before is all too fresh in our minds — or perhaps a hazy mess. Or that morning when you wake up and just simply can’t deal with facing your boss, and that nasty co-worker who is always making your life miserable. Or perhaps you simply need a day away from the spreadsheets, the customers, and the mind-numbing routine you call work.

In most companies, your only way out involves pulling a modern-day Ferris Bueller, running a thermometer under hot water (or whatever makes you feel slightly better about your subterfuge), and then calling your boss — hoping he buys the sniffles you’re conjuring up. Taking a much-needed personal day turns into a mini saga reminiscent of the soap operas your mom used to watch, and you spend half your day wondering if they’ll believe you the next time you really are sick.

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Source Credits: Nikelle Murphy in CheatSheet

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Divorce For Live-Together Under Common Law


So you’ve been with your partner for a long time. It’s time to start considering yourselves common-law married, a sort of “marriage-like” status that triggers when you’ve lived together for seven years. Right?

Nope. That’s all bogus.

For one, common-law marriage, which traces its roots to old English law, isn’t a nationwide thing. It exists in only a small number of states. Unless you live in one of those states, getting hitched will involve an official “I do” ceremony. Alabama had been one of the states that recognize common-law marriages, but it recently moved to abolish it, a trend that has been taking place nationwide for years.

Also, that common-law marriage kicks in after partners live together for a certain period of time? That’s a flat-out myth.

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Source Credits: Chelsea Beck in NPR. Image above is for illustrative purpose only and does not relate to persons mentioned.

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Mayim Bialik on the Bikini & Burkini alternative


Mayim Bialik is speaking out in favor of modest swimwear one week after France’s top court overturned a controversial ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort.

“Some women wear burkinis because it helps them conform to religious forms of modesty by covering up pretty much completely,” the “Big Bang Theory” star shared in a YouTube video. “Others see this as oppressive and as a rejection of our sexual selves and it makes them very uncomfortable.”

Bialik, who has openly spoken about how her Jewish faith impacts her views on modesty, donned a modest swimsuit for the video.

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Source Credits: Fox News. Image above shows Mayim with her kids.

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Failed Revenge Of Nakam On Nazis Post WWII


Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge against their former tormentors, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge he didn’t actually succeed in killing any Nazis.

Joseph Harmatz is one of the few remaining Jewish “Avengers” who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS men in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that sickened more than 2,200 Germans but ultimately caused no known deaths. A recently declassified U.S. military report obtained by The Associated Press has only added to the mystery of why the brazen operation did not kill Nazis, because it shows the amount of arsenic used should have been fatal to tens of thousands.

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Source Credits: AP and Fox News. Image above is of a Nazi parade in progress.

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Review On Bollywood Film-makers Going Bust


The film industry is buzzing with the news of the Walt Disney Company, one of the biggest studios in the world, shutting down their motion pictures division in India, and Siddarth Roy Kapur, the current Managing Director, being asked to step down without an extension of his contract – however, I am not surprised a single bit.

Reason? I expected this long back. Not that I claim to be a visionary but after having spent over 6 years at various film studios, I figured that the illogical ways in which studio heads function make no sense at all. So I happily returned to the US, where I am producing television shows. TV here is as maddening but there is some sense in its insanity. But in Bollywood, I could see this coming. I have been in touch with all my friends in the Hindi film industry and am in the know about how the tide has turned for the worst. Let me explain how, step by step.

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Source Credits: A Krishna in The Quint

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Lois Sorrells Beckwith Amour Of Jack Kerouac


In the late 1950s, a young woman named Lois Sorrells Beckwith did what many passionate book-lovers find themselves doing — she fell in love with an author through his work; not with the writing alone, but with the man. That man was Jack Kerouac and the book that tipped Lois over the edge of infatuation was his newly published novella The Subterraneans (public library), a semi-fictional account of a fervid romance.

But then Lois did something few ardent readers would dare to do.

A native New Englander then living in California, she moved back to the East Coast and, one fateful afternoon in 1958, mustered the timid brazenness to drive herself to Kerouac’s home in Northport, Long Island, hoping to meet him. She pulled up to the house and found him sitting under a tree in his front yard, meditating — a practice he had taken up some years earlier as he plunged into Buddhist philosophy.

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Source Credits: Maria Popova in BrainPickings

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Maldives Coup: Another may well be underway


You don’t normally get advance warning of an attempt to topple a government. Efforts to oust leaders are risky undertakings and plotters usually keep their underhand schemes very secret. So I was very surprised when a colleague said she’d got the inside track on just such a plot in the Maldives.

Graham Greene would have immediately recognised the Maldives as the perfect setting for an exotic tale of tropical intrigue.

It consists of 26 coral atolls – 1,192 individual islands – stretching hundreds of miles into the blue vastness of the Indian Ocean like – and let me apologise in advance for this, because it is impossible not to sound like a holiday brochure – like “a string of pearls”.

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Source Credits: Justin Rowlatt in BBC Magazine

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How Art Transformed Remote Naoshima Island


Art can enlighten, soothe, challenge and provoke. Sometimes it can transform a community.

Case in point: a 5.5-square-mile island called Naoshima in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea.

Once upon a time, the biggest employer on Naoshima was a Mitsubishi metals processing plant. Actually, it’s still the biggest employer, just not nearly as big as it once was.

Blame automation. The population of the island has dropped from around 8,000 in the 1950s and 1960s to a little over 3,000 now.

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Source Credits: Ina Jaffe in NPR. Image above is of the Chichu Art Museum.

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