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Strange Maps

359 - The Euro Invasion of France (2002)

Missing
over 5 years ago

Gone are the days when crossing a border in Europe almost always meant having to change currencies. Converting guilders into Deutschmark, francs to pesetas, or whatsits into whatnots — all that came to an end on New Year’s Day 2002. The physical introduction of euro coins and banknotes marked ...

Daylight Atheism

From the Mailbag: Weekend Kookery Edition

Dabanner
over 5 years ago

The last time I did a post like this, it was to share some of the more uplifting and inspiring e-mails I received. This one is headed in a different direction. Here, for your reading pleasure and amusement, enjoy this selection of kookery culled from e-mails I've gotten, as well as the occasional ...

Eruptions

Redoubt Mini-update for 2/6/09

Missing
over 5 years ago

Just to keep us appraised of the situation at ever-steaming-and-shaking Redoubt: From AVO (2/6/2009 11:05 AM) Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues.  After the tremor episodes of yesterday, seismic activity has remained slightly elevated relative to the last few days.  The volcano has not erupted. ...

Eruptions

Redoubt Mini-update

Missing
over 5 years ago

For all you Redoubt vigil holders... According to AVO at ~12:30 (2/5/09): Starting at 11:18 AKST (20:18 UTC), a burst of more intense seismic tremor occurred. This episode lasted for about 4 minutes and was the most most energetic since January 30. Radar and pilot observations confirm our ...

Daylight Atheism

Full Faith and Credit

Dabanner
over 5 years ago

Why don't we already have gay marriage in all of America? I mean this as a simple question of law, not a matter of fundamental rights or justice. The reason I ask is because we already have legally recognized gay marriage in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and because Article IV of the U.S ...