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  • Rifle-carrying French inventor pilots 'flyboard' in air above Paris

    07/14/2019 1:52:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 83 replies
    The Week ^ | 14th July 2019
    Frank Zapata demonstrated his device above the crowds at the Champs-Elysee, soaring high into the air on what looks like a futuristic hoverboard. A former jet-skiing champion, Zapata operated the device by leaning forward as if on a Segway. As part of his display, he flew to and fro before stopping gracefully in midair while holding an unloaded rifle... Zapata claims that the Flyboard can reach a top speed of 190 km/h, with a predicted top speed of 200 km/h. According to his website, it can fly up to 150 metres for ten minutes, carrying a maximum load of 100...
  • Morocco adopts law confirming Berber as official language

    06/13/2019 10:12:47 PM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 11 june 2019 | AFP
    <p>Moroccan lawmakers have unanimously approved a bill that confirms the Berber language’s official status, eight years after it was preliminarily recognized in a new constitution.</p> <p>The new law is designed to cement use of Berber – alongside Arabic – by government administration, local authorities, public services, schools and in cultural life.</p>
  • These are the hardest-to-spell words in the English language

    05/21/2019 5:02:30 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | 21 May 2019 | Mallory Hughes
    (CNN) Bondieuserie. Bewusstseinslage. Ayacahuite. Most of us wouldn't even know how to pronounce those words, let alone spell them. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a week away and it is sure to be filled with a plethora of problematic words. An international team of linguists from the language-learning app Babbel partnered with Merriam-Webster to analyze a decade's worth of words and find out what knocked out Bee contestants in the final round. Bondieuserie [bohn-dyooz-ree]: banal and often shoddy religious art (almost all religious art) Zenaida [zen-eye-da]: any bird of a genus of tropical American pigeons (know of some Mexican...
  • 600-year-old 'world's most mysterious text' finally decoded by UK genius

    05/15/2019 8:37:05 PM PDT · by ETL · 53 replies
    The Sun, via ^ | May 15, 2019 | Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor | The Sun
    A mysterious 600-year-old manuscript that has been deemed "unreadable" by the world's top cryptographers has finally been deciphered. That's the claim by one Bristol academic who has cracked the legendary Voynich manuscript and revealed its secrets. Dr. Gerard Cheshire believes that the document is written in a dead language called proto-Romance. By studying the letter and symbols through the manuscript, he was able to decipher the meaning of the words. According to the linguistics buff, the Voynich manuscript contains sex tips, info on parenting and psychology, and herbal remedies. "I experienced a series of 'eureka' moments whilst deciphering the code,...
  • Bristol academic cracks Voynich code, solving century-old mystery of medieval text

    05/15/2019 5:12:44 AM PDT · by vannrox · 52 replies
    PHYS ^ | 15may19 | by University of Bristol
    A University of Bristol academic has succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programs have failedby cracking the code of the 'world's most mysterious text', the Voynich manuscript. Although the purpose and meaning of the manuscript had eluded scholars for over a century, it took Research Associate Dr. Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, to identify the language and writing system of the famously inscrutable document. In his peer-reviewed paper, The Language and Writing System of MS408 (Voynich) Explained, published in the journal Romance Studies, Cheshire describes how he successfully deciphered the manuscript's...
  • Two French heroes who died rescuing hostages today

    05/10/2019 6:18:40 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 27 replies ^ | 5/10/19 | imgur user zaphod
    Two French heroes who died rescuing hostages today byzaphod3 hr Cedric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello were killed while on a mission to rescue what was thought to be two hostages at the time from an Islamist terror group in Burkina Faso. The hostages were being taken to Mali to be handed over to the Katiba Macina terror group there. Frenchmen Laurent Lassimouillas (L) and Patrick Picque, shown below, were the hostages being initially rescued. However the rescue team were surprised to find a further two hostages, an American and South Korean woman being held by the terrorists....
  • Leaving National Review

    04/25/2019 12:01:21 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 30 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-25-19 | Brother Bob
    I decided to finally cancel my subscription to National Review. Below is the letter I sent to them requesting my cancellation. I also worked in Customer Service jobs enough to know he will never look at this. Chances are this will get passed around by a few entry level reps who will get a good laugh out if this. The smart ones will take it as a wake up call to look for another job. I sent this via snail mail, so obviously the links below do not appear in my letter to Editor in Chief, Rich Lowry. Mr. Lowry:...

    04/24/2019 5:48:19 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies ^ | 4/19/2019 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    In the same article, the Post also reports on a backlash against this amazing generosity. A leader of the Yellow Vest movement says that if donors can give so much money to rebuild Notre Dame, they should stop telling us there is no money to help deal with the social emergency. But the donations to Notre Dame are coming from private donors. No one denies they have money. Its the French government thats running out. Some in the Yellow Vest movement probably favor the government taking yet more money from the wealthy to help deal with the social emergency. Thats...
  • Inquiry opened after Yellow Vests goad police to commit suicide (23rd week)

    04/23/2019 3:38:45 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | April 23, 2019 | Rachel Holman
    The Paris prosecutors office has launched an investigation into allegations that Yellow Vest protesters assailed police over the weekend with taunts urging officers to kill themselves. Yellow Vests took to the streets of Paris for a 23rd consecutive Saturday this weekend, facing off against police at the citys historic Place de la Rpublique, where protesters chanted at officers to commit suicide....On Sunday, the Paris prosecutors office opened an inquiry into contempt of a person carrying out public authority at a rally.
  • Billionaire diamond trader dies during penis enhancement procedure, reports say

    03/06/2019 12:35:15 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/6/2019 | Tariq Tahir
    A billionaire diamond trader has died during a penis enlargement operation at a posh Parisian clinic, it was reported. Ehud Arye Laniado died at the age of 65 in the clinic of an unnamed plastic surgeon on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the French capital. According to local media, complications during surgery proved fatal for the Belgian-Israeli dual national and he suffered a heart attack when a substance was injected into his penis. The billionaire, whose exact fortune is not publicly known, got in trouble with the authorities in 2013. He faced claim for 4 billion British pounds (approx. $5.2...
  • Audi names its new car 'turd': German firm's e-tron tag is very close to French word for 'excrement'

    02/07/2019 5:39:23 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 50 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 2/5/2019 | Sara Malm
    German carmaker Audi is being ridiculed online after revealing its latest electric car model: the Audi e-tron.As was swiftly discovered by francophones around the globe, 'e-tron' is very similar to the French word 'tron'.It is therefore unlikely that Frenchmen will be rushing to their local cardealers to purchase the new Audi, as 'tron' means 'excrement' or 'turd'. Audi promises that the e-tron will usher in 'anew era of electric'. It writes on its website that the car is 'the only electric SUV built with Audi DNA,' adding: 'This is electric done the Audi way.' However, as reported by Inquisitr, social...
  • John Kerry on his message to Trump: 'Resign'

    01/22/2019 10:18:05 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 80 replies
    John Kerry on his message to Trump: 'Resign' By Owen Daugherty - 01/22/19 12:18 PM EST Former Secretary of State John Kerry had a simple message for President Trump on Tuesday, saying he should resign. Kerry was speaking on a discussion panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, when he was asked what his message to Trump would be, according to CNBC. Kerry was at first hesitant to answer the question, saying Trump "doesn't take any of this seriously. He doesnt have an ability to have that kind of conversation, Kerry said after debating whether to answer or...
  • No nudes is bad news: Paris's first NAKED restaurant closes after 15 months due to lack of customers

    01/08/2019 10:42:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 8, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    The first nudist restaurant in Paris has been forced to close its doors 15 months after opening because it failed to attract enough customers. O'naturel, located in the city's 12th arrondissement, will close its doors permanently in February, owners Mike and Stephane Saada revealed. The restaurateurs, who opened O'naturel in November 2017, said: 'We will only remember the good times, meeting beautiful people and customers who were delighted to share exceptional moments.'
  • Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer .. Terror Attack in France Is a Fresh Reminder of Why We Need the Wall

    12/18/2018 10:00:34 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Minnesota Sun ^ | December 14, 2018 | Lt. Col Tony Shaffer
    The terrorist attack on a French Christmas market should serve as a wakeup call to America. The stakes are too high for Congress to keep playing political games with border security. We need to build the wall. Americans awoke Wednesday to yet another awful reminder that we still live in a world beset with radical Islamic terrorism. In the night, the crack of gunfire and the all-too-familiar cry of Allahu Akbar rang out in a French Christmas market. At least four people who came out to enjoy Strasbourgs famous Advent traditions are dead. As President Trump so astutely noted in...
  • Confederate plaque on Montreal Hudson's Bay store removed

    08/16/2017 10:49:31 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 38 replies
    CBC News ^ | 8/15/2017 | Sarah Leavitt
    The Hudson's Bay Company has removed a plaque from the company's flagship store in downtown Montreal that commemorates Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate States during the American Civil War.(snip) The aftermath of the Charlottesville clashes has prompted many to look closer at Confederate monuments in their own neighbourhoods. The Montreal plaque hung on a wall of the HBC store on Union Avenue. Written in French, it read: "To the memory of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States, who lived in 1867 in the home of John Lovell, which was once here."(snip) Andrew Papenheim first saw the...

    12/15/2018 4:03:07 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 1 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 15,2018 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    You may have to go all the way back to the late 20th century to recall an article in Harpers magazine that was worth reading, but the current issue features an article from the controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq that defends Donald Trump (Donald Trump Is a Good President) in ways that will drive just about everybody out of their minds But whats most remarkable about the new American policies is certainly the countrys position on trade, and there Trump has been like a healthy breath of fresh air; youve really done well to elect a president with origins in...
  • (France)...Four dead and up to 11 critically hurt in shooting at Strasbourg Christmas market

    12/11/2018 3:07:27 PM PST · by caww · 154 replies
    dailymail ^ | 11 December 2018 | TERRI-ANN WILLIAMS
    The local fire department for the French city confirmed the casualties early on Tuesday evening The area has been cordoned off and trams have stopped running in the popular tourist destination The gunman had previously been shot by a soldier near the Christmas market and then fled the scene It is not yet clear if the market was a target of the attack or if there was any links to terrorism The Strasbourg-based European Parliament was on lockdown after reports of the shooting emerged Police have said they know the identity of the suspected gunman
  • Vive La French Revolution 2.0 And Our Own!

    12/10/2018 5:41:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | December 10, 2018 | Kurt Schlichter
    Yeah, I know conservatives are not supposed to be excited about change and disruption and actually accomplishing things, but you look at what the French people are doing and you have to think, You tell those elitist jerks whats what, Pierre! Those feisty frogs are sick and tired of being forced to sacrifice their francs (yeah, I know they use euros, but franc has a k sound so its funnier) on the carbon tax altar to Gaia, the false demigod worshipped by the smart set congregation of the creepy weather cult. Impoverish the peasants today to maybe make it a...
  • More than Riding flagrant hatred of Trump needed for liberal international order to remain in power

    12/05/2018 8:26:08 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/05/18 | Judi McLeod
    But a funny thing has happened to Trudeau on his way to Marrakesh. The French Carbon Tax Revolt against his bosom buddy President Macron has suffered a major setback scored as an unexpected historic victory of the yellow jackets. Why would Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau be wiling to blow more than half a billion dollars on a left-leaning media already in the tank for him? Just like the country next doors, the Canadian media is overwhelmingly left-leaning, and from the $1-billion-a-year taxpayer-subsidized Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) down through the media ranks, is already in Trudeaus back pocket.
  • French Citizens SHOCK Leftists with Chant We want Trump!

    12/03/2018 5:51:02 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    The Black Sphere ^ | 12/3/2018 | Kevin Jackson
    How often can I be right? As much as President Trump said Americans will win. As France burns from years of socialist rule, America goes through a Renaissance. The difference is America elected a real leader and not a chump. We watched for 8 years as our black version of Emmanuel Macron ruined the country. Over $8 trillion worthless dollars printed then pumped into an anemic economy, and the black Boy Wonder felt like a rock star. As one comedian put it, We told you Obama was Superman, but we forgot to tell you he didnt know how to fly....