This Just In! Today, on May 2, 2015, to much jubilation and fanfare, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl at 8:34 a.m. following a seemingly short labor as “Kate” had only been admitted to the hospital about 2 and 1/2 hours before.  Though her birth was not as eagerly anticipated as that of her brother who will one day be king was, her mother’s second pregnancy still made the headlines, and people were beginning to get impatient as the expected mid to late April due date had come and passed.  So, what does this British princess have to look forward to?  No…

A Brief History    On April 27, 2005, Airbus, the multi-national European jetliner manufacturer, announced the first flight of its “Super Jumbo” passenger jet, the A380.  Not content to give it just a partial upper deck such as the Boeing 747, the A380 has a full-width upper deck extending the entire length of the passenger cabin. Digging Deeper As the largest jet liner ever built, in its “3-class” mode, the A380 can carry 525 passengers in the first, second and economy classes.  In its all-economy class configuration, it can carry a mind boggling 853 passengers!  This capacity bests the 747-8 which has a…

A Brief History In early 2015, a new book made the fantastic claim that Henry VIII nearly divorced his sixth and final wife to take on a seventh one!  In Henry VIII’s Last Love by David Baldwin, it is asserted that Henry was planning to divorce Catherine Parr to marry another widow, Catherine Willoughby. Digging Deeper Contrary to what one may assume, however, the title of this article does not refer to Catherine Willoughby but to Queen Catherine Parr herself. “What?!” you might ask yourself in confusion, “how could this wife be forgotten, especially since she is always portrayed in…

A Brief History    On April 20, 1818, accused British murderer Abraham Thornton was set free after his accuser refused to fight him in a “trial by combat.”  Digging Deeper Thornton had walked a girl home from a dance, and the next day the girl was found drowned in a pit.  Thornton was charged with murder but was acquitted at trial.  This is where things begin to get a bit different from the American idea of due process.  As was his right based on an archaic English law, the brother of the dead girl, however, insisted that Thornton be retried.   Thornton, however, invoked another medieval English law…

A Brief History On April 17, 2015, Universal Pictures releases Unfriended (previously known as Cybernatural and before that as Offline) to theaters in the United States of America.  The film tells the story of the paranormal aftermath of when a high school student named Laura Barns committed suicide due to ridicule received over an embarrassing video of her passed out at a party, but did this incident really happen? Digging Deeper An initial search of the internet might suggest that the incident actually occurred.  The embarrassing video of drunk Laura was posted on Youtube here, but “has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s…

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