As the clock strikes midnight around the world on New Year's Eve, countless bottles of champagne will be popped to see in another year.
But there is more to the distinctive drink than meets the eye - with each glass releasing approximately 20 million tiny bubbles.
As well as giving champagne its fizz, the bubbles contribute to the tipple's distinctive taste and aroma, with chemical compounds making it smell simultaneously peachy and sweet, floral, metallic, toasty and waxy.
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As well as giving champagne its fizz, bubbles also give the tipple its distinctive taste, with chemical compounds making it taste simultaneously peachy and sweet, floral, metallic, toasty and waxy (shown above in the infographic created by chemistry teacher Andy Brunning
A chemistry teacher has created an infographic explaining how the bubbles, and different chemical compounds, create the unique taste of champagne.
Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. Español: Instalaciones generales de la NSA en Fort Meade, Maryland. Русский: Штаб-квартира АНБ, Форт-Мид, Мэриленд, США (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The National Security Agency quietly admitted on Christmas Eve to a decade's worth of privacy violations in accordance with a lawsuit.
In the executive summary accompanying the document dump the NSA stated that 'the vast majority' of incidents were the result of 'unintentional technical or human error' and in 'very few cases' was the agency's intelligence system misused on purpose.
In one particularly egregious abuse of the agency's spyware, however, an analyst inappropriately surveilled her husband's acquaintances.In another an Army sergeant kept tabs on his wife.
When women first started coming forward to accuse Bill Cosby of rape last month, the public was surprised due to his flawless reputation as 'America's dad'.
It has now been revealed that a team of lawyers and publicists worked tirelessly to keep his image pristine for decades, by silencing alleged victims and keeping the media from reporting their claims, the New York Times reports.
That apparently all-male team includes $850-an-hour Hollywood lawyer Martin Singer (whose clients include Charlie Sheen and Arnold Schwarzenegger), former William Morris agent Norman Brokaw, his publicist son David, and New York lawyer John P Schmitt.
Software engineer and lead study author Carl Drews described himself to the Washington Post as "one of many Christians who accept the scientific theory of evolution." But he says that his beliefs do not influence his science, and, as the Washington Post points out, his peers seem to mostly agree. The Red Sea work—originally undertaken as his master's thesis—was reviewed and published in a scientific journal and is supported by his current employer, the prestigious National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Drews' work is founded on the idea that, based on a slew of archeological evidence, it wasn't actually the Red Sea, but the Eastern Nile Delta, at a body of water called the Lake of Tanis, that did the parting, the Washington Post explains. Given the conditions of the lake a couple thousand years ago, a coastal phenomenon called a "wind setdown"—very strong winds, in other words—could have blown in from the east, pushing the water to create a storm surge in another part of the lake, but completely clearing water from the area where the wind was blowing. As the Washington Post writes, such events have happened fairly recently in parts of Lake Erie and in the Nile Delta.... Read More>>>>>>>
What a year it has been in the news, especially since the architect of Obamacare has let us all know that we Americans are just too stupid.
In that spirit, here’s a look back at the dumbest and silliest moments of 2014. And because we’re all so stupid, don’t forget to keep clicking on the black bar at the bottom of each entry to reveal the next delicious news story.
Let’s start off with the adventures of Lois Lerner.
For those who might not know her name, Lois Lerner is the retired IRS honcho who allegedly targeted conservative groups, and then all her emails were said to mysteriously vanish. She famously took the Fifth Amendment to avoid answering questions about the IRS scandal.
Then on Sept. 29, author Jason Mattera tracked her down and chased her as she was walking her dogs in Bethesda, Maryland, only to find Ms. Lerner apparently doesn’t like being targeted herself.
Lerner quickly sought refuge at a neighbor’s house, but the neighbor refused to let her in.
Lois Lerner begs her neighbor to let her inside.
“These guys are the press and they’re not leaving me alone. I just want to come in for a second,” Lerner pleaded.
When the neighbor’s husband showed up on the front lawn, he said, “I don’t want her in the house.”
“I wouldn’t blame you. I wouldn’t want her in my house either,” Mattera responded. “She might bring the government after you.”
Where did Christmas originate? From the Bible or paganism? What is the real origin of Santa Claus—mistletoe—Christmas trees—holly wreaths—and the custom of exchanging gifts? Many are concerned about putting “Christ back into Christmas.” Was He ever there? Here are the stunning answers!
Every year after Thanksgiving, most people's thoughts turn to Christmas. It is the time when professing Christians are supposed to focus on Jesus Christ. After all, it is the “Christ-mass” season!
Christmas is thought by most to be a wonderful time, focusing the participants on giving, family togetherness, beautiful music and decorations, feasting on special foods and singing Christmas carols throughout the neighborhood (as my family did every year). All of this is supposedly centered around the worship of Christ. Surely the Bible instructs us to do all this—right?
The answers will shock you!
Why do people think that Christmas is wonderful? Most never reflect on why they believe what they believe or do what they do. We live in a world filled with customs, but few ever seek to understand their origin. We generally accept them without question. Most people basically do what everyone else does—because it is easy and natural!
Let's carefully examine the roots of Christmas. Let's look at why people follow the customs associated with it. Why is it kept on December 25th? Did the early New Testament Church keep it? This article is filled with facts from history that, when placed together, paint a complete picture. Let's avoid all assumptions and only accept what can be PROVEN!
Do you observe Christmas because you think it's Christ's birthday? Was He born on or anytime near Dec. 25? If Jesus lived on earth today, would He celebrate Christmas at all?
Just what are the origins of Christmas? History shows that Christmas predates Christ by many centuries.
We should sit up and take notice of remarks from a popular American comedian and actor, Drew Carey. At a White House correspondents' dinner on May 5, Mr. Carey directed his comments to the president and vice president and their wives, several military and civilian dignitaries and a host of Hollywood entertainers:
"I can't watch the news lately," he said. "It gets too depressing. What I do now is turn the news off, get out my Bible and turn to the book of Revelation. I start just checking things off ... Got it, got it, need it, got it, need it ... Red dragon, seven horns, 10 crowns, got it.
"Yeah, I read the Bible a lot, you know. It's just crazy [the way] we celebrate holidays in the United States. I found out just recently there are so many religious holidays we celebrate here in this country that have nothing to do with the Bible at all. Real famous holidays, like Christmas. Christmas has nothing to do with the Bible.
"The birth of Jesus is in the Bible, but not Christmas. The tree is not in the Bible, you know. Gifts—that's not there either. There's no place where it says, '"Celebrate my birthday," says Jesus.' It's a pagan holiday that the Romans invented that we just do. But everywhere you go, I'm telling you, I've seen this so many times, you see a nativity scene and there's baby Jesus, the manger, sheep, shepherds, Mary, Joseph and Santa Claus right in the middle. Who's he? Mary's [birthing] coach? Santa Claus has nothing to do with anything."
Drew Carey actually brought up a serious side of Christmas: that history exposes the holiday as nothing more than a pagan observance dressed up in Christian garb.
Does the question of whether Christmas is biblical or not make any difference? What must Jesus Christ think about the feel-good, commercially driven season that supposedly honors Him?
Ever since World War II, Germany’s military missions abroad have been executed under a United Nations or NATO mandate—until now. The crisis in Iraq is compelling the German government to implement drastic changes in its military policy on foreign deployment. The German cabinet agreed Wednesday to
send over 100 troops to Irbil, in northern Iraq, to train Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. If finalized, the plan would be Germany’s first major military deployment without any authorization from the United Nations or NATO.
The German cabinet agreed Wednesday to send over 100 troops to Irbil, in northern Iraq, to train Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.The Peshmerga are arguably the most competent ground force fighting the scourge of Islamic State terrorists in Iraq.
NASCAR's 'bad boy' Kurt Busch says he was naked and sobbing on the floor of his motorhome after having a spiritual experience watching Brad Pitt in 'Seven Years in Tibet' when his ex-girlfriend burst in with her young son.
Busch took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday at a hearing for a protective order that Patricia Driscoll filed against him.
He admitted to grabbing her face and telling her to leave him alone, but says her claims that he smashed her head into the wall three times and strangled her in September is a 'fabrication.'
He said he was stark naked when Discroll barged into his motorhome in Dover, Delaware, with her young son and demanded that he tell the boy to his face that his relationship with Driscoll was over
Busch denies that he smashed Driscoll's head and says she is seeking revenge after he broke up with her
The hearing in a Dover, Delaware, court took a turn for the bizarre on Wednesday - and it wasn't just Busch's testimony.
Driscoll's attorney later called Busch's personal assistant to the stand who testified that the racer's 37-year-old ex has been prone to telling 'far-fetched stories.'
Michael Doncheff says Driscoll claimed she a 'trained assassin' and once ranted: 'NASCAR is nothing. I take down foreign governments. I own Washington.'
Recently, I was talking with an associate who is from China. She asked me, with a curiously troubled look on her face, "I thought Christmas was about Jesus Christ; but how come all I hear about is Santa Claus". I thought for a moment, nodded in agreement, then replied to her, "You are right, it is supposed to be about Jesus Christ". A few days later I met her again and gave her a book, entitled, Steps to Christ. I told her that it would help her to know more about Jesus than Christmas ever will. She gladly accepted and promised to read it.
Today, many are engulfed in celebrating December 25th,
ostensibly, in recognition of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, the main focus, as my Chinese friend observed, is on Santa Claus, evergreen trees, mistletoes, worldly merriment, and gift giving one to the other. But is this why He came?
For those of us who believe, as the old "deist" Benjamin Franklin did, that "God governs in the affairs of men," we face a real conundrum as we see the raw reality of tyranny coming from our own government. For example, what rational person could think that adding 16,000 reinforcements to the most feared entity in our nation – the IRS – and unleashing them as Enema Enforcers has a basis in anything this nation has ever believed or is based upon?
Humanity as a whole knows and understands the nature of governments. We can read history and see how governments operate to get what it wants. The threat of overreaching government and the obsession with control is a problem humanity has dealt with since the beginning of time. It (tyrannical controlling governments) has always been considered the greatest threat to humanity according to history.
Yet we know that governments throughout history have manufactured enemies and portrayed them instead as the ultimate threat; this is the nature of governments: to create "enemies" in order to maintain its power through fear. This known history of government propaganda and lies have, no doubt, accounted for the deaths of billions throughout history. So would it be a silly question to ask, What is the greatest threat to humanity today? Aren't these known facts about government enough to prove the point? I say no it is not, because humanity faces an even greater threat that is now hiding in plain view. The mainstream media propaganda machine, I want to argue is now the greatest threat to all of humanity.
To their credit, as far back as the 1930's, the Armstrong's knew these facts, and predicted that a reunified Holy Roman Empire, under the leadership of the Pope and a German (Assyrian) dictator would soon appear. At first, they thought Hitler filled this role. Close but no cigar. Hitler could not be the prophesied “Antichrist” because he did not ally with the Papacy, but in fact declared war on the Papacy, something Jesus told John would not be the case.
Keep your eyes on The News, especially the news coming out of Europe (The King of the North and the End Times "Beast", as well as news coming from the Mid East (The King of the South). Your life depends on it!
The Great Global Warming Swindle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Paganism flourishes in a so-called modern secular world!
In Global Warning Solway walks us through emergent scientific holes in the global-warming paradigm, in reader-friendly accounts that are informative and persuasive. Solway has clearly immersed himself in the literature on the subject. Nevertheless, the fact that he is a layman leaves him open to detractors’ charge that he lacks the authority to challenge reigning orthodoxies.
Which is why I believe the principal value of this book lies in its revelations of the disturbing lengths to which advocates of man-made global warming will go to suppress inquiry into the “settled science” by resistant scientists and laypeople alike. One doesn’t need any special scientific background to wonder why this subject, so massively freighted by financial, political, and personal-freedoms implications, “has been commandeered by an army of political pulpiteers whose underlying purposes are distressingly suspect.” Here Solway is on firm moral and intellectual ground.
Some Florida city leaders get up and leave a city council meeting before a prayer mentioning Satan, Allah and Zeus is read.
In a video posted to YouTube the Mayor of Lake Worth, Pam Triolo and several commissioners can be seen leaving the room on Dec. 2, as atheist Preston Smith prepared to lead the invocation before a city council meeting.
Preston’s invocation invokes the names of Satan, Zeus, Allah, Jesus, Buddha and Thor among others.
According to WPTV, another man has put in a request to stand at the podium and lead an invocation. This time with a satanic prayer.
"We want to make a circus out of it," explained Chaz Stevens. "We want to make a fiasco out of it, we want to make it so freaking, utterly ridiculous that they rethink this." Watch the Video HERE
Three centuries ago in parts of North America, a strange event turned morning to night. It remains wreathed in mystery - so what caused the Dark Day?
Halfway through the morning the sky turns yellow. Animals run for cover and darkness descends, causing people to light candles and start to pray. By lunchtime night has fallen. Is it the end of the world?
The Dark Day, as it's become known, took place on May 19, 1780 in New England and parts of eastern Canada. For the past 232 years historians and scientists have argued over the origins of this strange event.
Today there are many theories. Was it the result of volcanic eruption, fire, meteor strike - or something more sinister?
With little scientific knowledge amongst the populace in 1780, people would have been afraid. Some lawmakers in Connecticut believed it was the day of judgement. The sense that a decisive moment was afoot would have been bolstered by the fact that during the preceding days, the sun and moon glowed red.
"There are some verses in Matthew that might have led them to believe that this is the second coming of Christ. At the time, natural events - even birds fighting in the sky - were a sign of God's intentions. The Dark Day would have seemed like a warning to Man."
“ISIS turned up and they said to the children, ‘you say the words that you will follow Muhammad.’ The Children, all under 15, four of them, they said, ‘no, we love Yasua [Jesus]. We have always loved Yasua. We have always followed Yasua. Yasua has always been with us.'” White said. “[The Militants] said, ‘say the words!’ [The Children] said, ‘no, we can’t do that.’ They chopped all their heads off.”
“How do you respond to that?” White asked. “You just cry. They are my children. That is what we have been going through. That is what we are going through.”
Often the nonstop news of terrorist beheadings and persecution of Christians coming out of Iraq has had the devastating consequence of desensitizing many Christians here in America.
We don’t want to think about the horror Christians are facing in the Middle East, but we must.
White along with more 250,000 other Christians have been forced to flee Iraq as ISIS’s terrorist army advances.
If we don’t stand up for these Christians, they will be exterminated. ISIS is perpetrating mass genocide of Christians and other religious minorities.
While the Obama Administration has taken some action to protect Christians in Iraq, it, and the international community at large, has not done nearly enough.
Forward: Fox can't disguinish between discussion and a war! Hint: People die in wars. Isis beheads people, Hams kills Jews. This is war. Informing people what one believes about Christmas is not a war.... It a scam. Look at the photo - Even Fox uses Happy Holidays! What jerks.
Since 2005, Fox News has deployed its minions to wage their war on the "War on Christmas," and the American Family Association has pushed for a boycott of stores for not using the words "Merry Christmas" in their seasonal marketing. Like many public institutions, some retailers opt to use the inclusive phrase "Happy Holidays" which these groups interpret as a slam to Jesus Christ- the real "reason for the season."
It amazes me that in less than a century Christians have gone from opposing over-consumption at Christmas to demanding it be done in Christ's name alone. The explanation may be in the numbers. Two-thirds of the U.S. economy is based on consumer spending, and 50-75 percent of most retailers annual profits are generated during December. This means the weeks before Christmas are the high holy days of consumerism. If Christians engaged the Advent season as they did in generations past, by modeling moderation and self-denial or by ignoring the holiday altogether, it would likely destroy (what remains of) the economy.
To ensure economic survival consumers are stirred into a buying frenzy every winter with the goal of making this year's shopping season more prosperous than the previous. Santa Claus has been the mascot of this manipulation since the early 20th Century, but if more Consumer Christians have their way the season of shopping would be inaugurated by the appearance of Jesus Christ at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade instead.
Sadly, the "War on Christmas" and "Christmas Under Siege" campaigns pushed by some conservative Christians says more about the church's captivity to consumerism than its commitment to the love of Christ and their neighbors. MORE>>>>>>
CIA torture techniques used on al-Qaeda suspects included sleep deprivation for 180 hours in shackled, stress positions and waterboarding to the point of unconsciousness, according to a long-delayed and highly controversial report published on Tuesday.
At least five CIA detainees were subjected to 'rectal feeding' or 'rectal hydration' without medical need, the report states. Rectal feeding is an enema administered with the intent of providing nutrition when normal feeding is not possible - common in 19th-century medicine.
The al-Qaeda suspects were subjected to stress positions for days and weeks on end with hands shackled above their heads at CIA-run 'black sites' or the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba.
One suspect died of hypothermia while naked chained to a floor, in brutal methods worse than the agency previously reported.
The U.S. military was on high alert around the world on Tuesday in preparation for ugly details of American torture techniques being released.
Previous generations have thought that Jesus Christ would return in their lifetimes, but they
Previous generations have thought that Jesus Christ would return in their lifetimes, but they were proven wrong. Many people alive today think that Christ's return is imminent. Certainly, the Bible contains prophecies that could not have been fulfilled until this generation.
Shortly before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus Christ delivered a major prophecy of end-time events, recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. He was asked by His disciples: "When will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew:24:3).
Jesus responded with a description of conditions and events that would lead up to His second coming. Moreover, He said that when these signs became evident, His return would occur within one generation (Matthew:24:34). Could this be that generation?
Throughout the nearly 2,000 years since Christ gave His prophecy, many have thought that theirs was the time of His return—and turned out to be wrong, of course. But interestingly, there are a number of prophecies in the Bible that could not be fulfilled until our modern era, the post–World War II period.
1. The human race would have the ability to exterminate itself
In Matthew:24:22, describing world conditions prior to His second coming, Jesus said that "if that time of troubles were not cut short, no living thing could survive; but for the sake of God's chosen it will be cut short" (Revised English Bible). MORE>>>>>>>>>
As Ben Franklin is said to have quipped, two things in life are certain: death and taxes.
Sometimes, those two certainties are intertwined.
On Sunday morning, Rush Limbaugh appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to offer his take on the much-discussed issues of police violence and race in America.
His take: the chokehold death of Eric Garner is, in part, the fault of liberals who are “so eager for tax collection.”
Here’s what Limbaugh had to say about Garner’s case:
How many cops descended on that situation for cigarettes? How many people smoking marijuana did the cops ignore on the way to Eric Garner?…I think the real outrage here is an American died while the state is enforcing tax collection on cigarettes! It’s absurd. People talk about the left, they want a big state, they want a powerful state. Well, here it is.