Berlin in July 1945 (HD 1080p color footage)
That's how it looked like just after the Second World War in Berlin! Fascinating moving pictures in color show the situation of the city in summer 1945, just after the Second World War and the capitulation of Germany. Daily life after years of war. Pictures from the destroyed city, the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Adlon, Führerbunker, Unter den Linden, rubble women working in the streets, the tram is running again.
Favomancy is a form of divination that involves throwing beans on the ground and interpreting the patterns into which the beans fall; it is therefore a type of cleromancy. Various forms of favomancy are present across the world's cultures. The term comes from the Latin faba for "bean" and formed by analogy with the names of similar divination methods such as alectromancy.
Favomancy used to be practised by seers in Russia, in particular, among the Ubykh. Russian methods of favomancy may still exist after the departure of the Ubykhs from the Caucasus in 1864, but the details are now lost of exactly how Ubykh soothsayers interpreted the patterns formed by the beans. The Ubykh term for a favomancer simply means "bean-thrower", and it later became a synonym for all soothsayers and seers in general in that language.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
Favomancy is a form of divination that involves throwing beans on the ground and interpreting the patterns into which the beans fall
I'm not familiar with the word "favomancy" so I thought I'd parse it. Favo reminds me of fava, a kind of bean. So favomancy has something to do with beans? Yeah, I'll go with that.
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Lois Of The Legumes answered:
Telling fortunes by throwing a handful of beans, eh? I can
tell ya one thing. If you keep THAT up, I see a bean
shortage in your future.
MAM , wrote:
Beans ~ A form of divination that involves throwing beans on the ground and interpreting the patterns into which the beans fall. Divination: the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.
Joe S responded:
Favomancy is an old Gaelic word derived from the term "favorite panties." Favomancy is a form of divination that involves throwing panties against a wall to see what sticks.
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US actor/cast member George Clooney arrives with his wife Amal Clooney and her niece Mia Alamuddin (R-L) for the world premiere of Disney's 'Tomorrowland' at the AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater in Anaheim, California, USA, 09 May 2015. The movie opens in the US on 22 May 2015.
Photo by Nina Prommer
Bassem Youssef, the man dubbed the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," is eyeing new projects after teaching students at Harvard University's prestigious Kennedy School of Government how satire can disrupt the social and political order.
It's a topic the 41-year-old heart surgeon-turned-satirist knows well. Youssef rocketed to fame after the 2011 Arab Spring revolution as host of a wildly popular Egyptian political satire show.
"El Bernameg" - Arabic for "The Program" - was cancelled in June 2014 amid mounting pressure by the military-led government to crack down on dissenting voices. Youssef and his family, concerned for their safety, left the country months later.
At a recent appearance at a downtown Boston law firm, Youssef said he hasn't ruled out an eventual return to television. He's had plenty of offers, he says, but none caught his interest.
"The offers would be like, 'Forget politics. Why don't you do a game show?'" Youssef says. "That we couldn't do. We can't risk sacrificing the brand."
Actor and musician Carrie Brownstein takes a skip toward home after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Seattle.
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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has cut short a trip to Guyana after feeling unwell and is returning to Atlanta, the Carter Center said on Sunday.
The 90-year-old former U.S. president traveled to the South American country to observe national elections scheduled to take place there on Monday.
In a brief statement, the Carter Center said only that the former president departed on Sunday after "not feeling well."
Monday's ballot in Guyana will be the 100th international election to be observed by the center, which was founded in 1982 by Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Atlanta's Emory University.
With as few as about a dozen of the mammals left, federal regulators say a unique species of baleen whales in the Gulf of Mexico about 70 miles off the Florida Panhandle may be threatened with extinction and could get special protection from federal regulators.
In April, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced it was looking at granting endangered or threatened status to the small population of Bryde's whales that live in the DeSoto Canyon region, a deep-water area about 50 miles east of the site of BP's catastrophic oil spill five years ago.
The Interior Department has begun to open up a sliver of the eastern Gulf to drilling operations near the whales' habitat. Most of the eastern Gulf remains off-limits to drilling due to a moratorium.
Bryde's whales are found in tropical waters around the world, but the population in the Gulf has been deemed likely a genetically separate species from other baleen whales. Scientists believe there are fewer than 50 of the whales in the Gulf. A recent stock assessment found about 15 of the animals.
"Whenever you have a species down in their tens, it's spooky in terms of their long-term survival," said John Hildebrand, a whale specialist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego.
US actor/cast member Tim McGraw arrives with his wife musician Faith Hill for the world premiere of Disney's 'Tomorrowland' at the AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater in Anaheim, California, USA, 09 May 2015. The movie opens in the US on 22 May 2015.
Photo by Nina Prommer
Not so long ago, Afghan farmers collected the thick winter undercoat their goats shed every spring and threw it on the fire to heat their homes and cook their food. Some have since learned that the super-soft fluff that comes off in clumps as the weather warms up, once cleaned, refined and spun into yarn is cashmere - a luxury product that finds customers as far away as the United States, Britain and Europe.
It's changed life for goat herders like Mohammad Amin. He has 120 goats grazing the open spaces around an industrial park on the outskirts of the western city of Herat. At this time of year, most of the female goats have kids and shed the cashmere, which Amin pulls off in huge handfuls.
With an extended family of 13, he has a guaranteed income from the best of the cashmere he harvests as traders, processors, donors and international businesses are cottoning on to Afghanistan's potential as a major producer.
Each animal yields up to 250 grams (8.8 ounces) of cashmere, Amin said. Each season he can earn more than 61,250 afghanis ($1,100) - not bad in a country where the annual national average is less than $700.
Only about 30-40 percent of Afghanistan's 7 million goats are combed for cashmere, according to estimates by the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development, even though up to 95 percent of the animals could become part of the production chain. Most of the raw product is bought by traders who sell it to Chinese middlemen to feed the mills that produce affordable clothing for much of the world.
A federal judge has ordered Greenpeace protesters to stay away from Royal Dutch Shell PLC ships.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on Friday also prohibited Greenpeace from flying unmanned vehicles over the offshore Arctic area where Shell plans to drill.
The safety-zone injunction is in effect until Oct. 31, reported the Alaska Dispatch News. Shell Offshore Inc. sued on April 7, one day after six Greenpeace protesters boarded the Blue Marlin, a heavy-lift ship carrying a Transocean Ltd. semi-submersible drilling unit, the Polar Pioneer, as it crossed the Pacific.
The injunction establishes buffer zones from 300 feet to about 5,000 feet for all of Shell's Chukchi Sea fleet, anchor lines and buoys attached to ships.
US director/writer Brad Bird arrives for the world premiere of Disney's 'Tomorrowland' at the AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater in Anaheim, California, USA, 09 May 2015. The movie opens in the US on 22 May 2015.
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Oil leaked into the Hudson River on Sunday after a transformer fire and explosion a day earlier at the Indian Point nuclear plant north of New York City, and Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was concerned about environmental damage.
Cuomo visited the plant for a briefing on Sunday. The governor, who in the past has called for the plant to be shut down because of its proximity to densely populated New York City, also visited the plant on Saturday.
When the transformer exploded, it released oil into a holding tank, which then overflowed, sending oil onto the ground and into the river, Cuomo told reporters on Sunday after he was briefed by emergency and plant officials.
The transformer explosion and fire at the nuclear power reactor 40 miles (65 km) north of New York City was quickly put out. The fire triggered the closure of the plant's Unit 3 reactor, while the other Unit 2 reactor continued to operate.
Pity Jefferson Davis, if you will. Vandals have defaced his statue on the University of Texas campus, most recently with the words "Davis must fall" and "Emancipate UT." Student leaders are also seeking to remove from the Austin campus the century-old statue that recognizes the president of the Confederacy.
"We thought, there are those old ties to slavery and some would find it offensive," said senior Jamie Nalley, who joined an overwhelming majority of the Student Government in adopting a resolution in March supporting his ouster.
But as students take aim at Davis, the number of sites in Texas on public and private land that honor the Confederacy is growing - despite the opposition of the NAACP and others. Supporters cite their right to memorialize Confederate veterans and their role in Texas history, while opponents argue the memorials are too often insensitive or antagonistic, while having the backing of public institutions like UT.
The Texas Historical Commission has recognized more than 1,000 such sites from far South Texas to the upper reaches of the Panhandle. And the Sons of Confederate Veterans are planning others, including a 10-foot obelisk a few miles from the Davis statue to honor about 450 Confederate soldiers buried at the city-owned Oakwood Cemetery.
Nguyen Manh Quan (top), 26, a civil servant, carries a girl using his throat area as he performs during a showcase of the traditional Thien Mon Dao kung fu at Du Xa Thuong village, southeast of Hanoi, Vietnam May 10, 2015. Thien Mon Dao, a traditional Vietnamese martial art, was formed by 18th century villagers in Du Xa Thuong village, who believed the art form could help improve health as well as fight against foreign invaders. There are currently about 3,000 practitioners including farmers, industry workers and state servants. These practitioners say they are able to bend metal against their bodies and carry heavy objects using their throats, eyes or tongues, as well as run across the surface of a river, according to Thien Mon Dao kung fu master Nguyen Khac Phan.
Photo by Kham
Sporting T-shirts and caps printed with marijuana leaves and with joints hanging from their lips, hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday as part of a world march calling for the legalisation of cannabis.
Crowds of protesters, many dressed in Jamaican colours, made their way through the streets of the French capital from the Place de la Republique to Bastille calling for the legalisation of recreational marijuana use.
"What do we want? Legalisation," chanted the crowd, wreathed in clouds of hashish smoke and gathered behind a banner reading "Another drug policy is possible" and placards calling for "Ganga for all".
But for others, the Global Marijuana March -- which also held events in Brazil, Greece, Costa Rica, the US, Germany and South Africa among others this month -- was about calling for a better life for the terminally ill.
Cannabis use has been illegal in France since 1970, punishable by one year in prison and a 3,750-euro ($4,200) fine. In practice, imprisonment is rare, although fines continue to be meted out.
The pack of riders competes during the 177 km (109 miles) second stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia ( Tour of Italy ) cycling race from Albenga to Genoa, Italy, May 10, 2015. Picture taken with fish-eye lens.
Photo by Fabio Ferrari
The "Age of Ultron" is not over. The Avengers sequel topped the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $77.2 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
The film has earned a staggering $312.9 million in just 10 days in theaters, tying with "The Dark Knight" to become the second-fastest film to do so.
"Hot Pursuit," meanwhile, failed to make a significant mark in its debut weekend, earning a less-than-impressive $13.3 million. The Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara buddy comedy, which cost a reported $35 million to produce, was projected to earn at least $18 million out of the gates.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1."Avengers: Age of Ultron," $77.2 million ($68.3 million international).
2."Hot Pursuit," $13.3 million ($1.4 million international).
3."The Age of Adaline," $5.6 million ($2.6 million international).
4."Furious 7," $5.3 million ($19.6 million international).
5."Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," $5.2 million ($3 million international).
6."Ex Machina," $3.5 million.
7."Home," $3 million ($6 million international).
8."Woman In Gold," $1.7 million.
9."Cinderella," $1.6 million ($4 million international).
10."Unfriended," $1.4 million ($3.2 million international).
A Christie's staff holds a diamond and coloured diamond "Skull" bracelet by De Grisogono during an auction preview in Geneva, Switzerland, May 8, 2015. The bracelet is expected to sell between US $ 27,000 to 38,000 when it is auctioned on May 13 in Geneva.
Photo by Denis Balibouse
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