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La Marseillaise: Bipolar about my country's National Anthem

George, our WWII veteran and Normandy hero, asked me a question about La Marseillaise, France's national anthem.

After landing in Normandy, George took part in the liberation of large parts of the French territory, then occupied by Nazi Germany. As he did so, he had many opportunities to be welcomed by French nationals, who would proudly chant La Marseillaise. Those were glorious moments both for the Allied liberators and for the French people.

[Satirical News] Chemist shocked to discover he is not the Source of all creation.

[Image: Sophist chemist Dr. Benjamin Krauss upon realizing he is not God.]

Travel Itinerary

I thought it would be fun to create a fanciful, hypothetical travel itinerary.

Leg 1

Day 1: Blois, France.
Activity: Visit la Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin
Stay in Château Royal de Blois

Flying time (from Blois to Wicklow Mountains): 1 hr 50 min
Day 2: Wicklow Mountains, Ireland
Activity: Picnic

Flying time: 4 hr 55 min
Day 3: Bay Bulls, Newfoundland
Activity: Whale watching

Amélie (2001)

I'm in the middle of watching the film Amélie (2001). The main character Amelie has 28 teeth: 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, and 8 molars — all distributed evenly between her upper and lower jaw. Her four third molars were surgically removed. Amelie brushes her teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flosses daily.

Happy Bastille Day!

France still needs a basic income to compensate people for being denied their natural right of access to the earth's resources.1

Saturn-Sized Star Is Smallest Ever Discovered

The smallest star yet measured has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge. With a size just a sliver larger than that of Saturn, the gravitational pull at its stellar surface is about 300 times stronger than what humans feel on Earth.

Japan took in just 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications

Japan took in just 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications

Japan accepted just 28 refugees last year when a record number applied for asylum, a government document dated for release on Friday showed, throwing a spotlight on the nation's reluctance to accept foreigners.

In 2016, 10,901 people sought asylum in Japan, up 44 percent from a year earlier, when the country accepted 27.

1000 ghostly figures march the streets of hamburg during the G20 summit

on july 5th 2017, 1000 figures covered in clay appeared on the streets of hamburg, germany – silently protesting on the occasion of the current G20 summit. through a two-hour long performance organized by the local collective 1000 GESTALTEN, the group sent out a powerful message that urged germany and the world to fight for a better humanity and solidarity in these difficult times.

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