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Universe is 80 Million Years Older Than Thought

How they figure this stuff out is beyond me, but scientists just found out the universe is older than they originally thought. A look at the split second after the ‘Big Bang’ shows the Universe is 80 million years older, putting at 13.81 billion years. The European Space Agency’s Planck probe took a look at the afterglow of the Big Bang and found the Universe is older, but they also found it is expanding a rate slower than they thought.

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Bear
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1962 U.S. Military Ejects a Bear From a Supersonic Jet to Test New Capsule

In 1960, the U.S. Military put the Convair B-58 supersonic jet into service but they had a problem, it had standard ejection seats in it and at supersonic speeds and at high altitude, that meant there was good chance the crewman would not survive the extreme conditions. The military had to come with a better idea, so they worked with Stanley Aircraft to develop an ‘escape capsule’, and they did. One problem, who to test it on?

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FBI
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FBI Most Wanted List Created in 1950

It was in 1950 the FBI came out with their Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list to publicize dangerous criminals, basically the toughest guys the FBI wanted to capture.

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Papal conclave
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Watch The Vatican Chimney Live [VIDEO]

As the world waits for a new Pope, CBS News has found a new way to allow people to waste time at work, by watching live video of a chimney!

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Abbott and Costello
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When Comedians Were Funny, Remember Them?

I was so disappointed with the Oscars last night. I hope they never ask Seth MacFarLAME, oops, make that MacFarlane, to host again.

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Cracker Jacks at Ballpark
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Over 17 Billion Toys Put in Cracker Jack Boxes

Cracker Jacks, the candy popcorn, made its debut in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair, the same fair that introduced the Ferris wheel, Aunt Jemima Pancakes and the ice cream cone. A German immigrant sold popcorn from a cart when he and his brother came up with the idea of candy-coated popcorn they named ‘Cracker Jacks’.

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photo from operahouse.com
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Waterville Opera House Community Service Project of the Year by the Mid-Maine Chamber

The Waterville Opera House was awarded 2012 Community Service Project of the Year by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. Last year The Opera House Association finished a $5 million renovation project of the Waterville Opera House.

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George Washington
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Is it Washington’s Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday or Presidents’ Day?

Today, February 12, is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. There was a time in our country we celebrated Lincoln’s birthday as a holiday on its own and George Washington’s birthday, February 22, also celebrated separately

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DA14 Asteroid
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DA 14 Asteroid Passing Within 17,000 Miles of Earth This Friday

This Friday, an asteroid known as DA 14, will pass very close to Earth, it’s expected to be within the orbit of the moon or 17,200 miles from earth. The moon is roughly 238,000 miles from Earth making DA 14’s is the closest passing of an asteroid ever recorded. 

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Harding and Coolidge
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February 8, 1922, the First Radio Installed in the White House

It’s a big day in White House history today, February 8, 1922, the day a radio was installed in the Presidential Mansion. President Warren Harding was in office at the time and he wanted the radio. In 1922, radio was the hottest new technology much like the internet is today. In the 1920's radio broadcasts where everything and anything they could get to fill air time. A lot of local radio stations had amateur talent perform while some of the larger stations broadcast news casts, weather reports, popular and classical music, a sort of a free for all radio industry.

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