Lucy beats Ike, Brew a Potion Day, Trump disrupts world, deadly horses, holy shoe
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Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 6:08 AM EST
Jan 19 2017

Today is Thursday, January 19, the 19th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 346 days remaining.

There is:
One day until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
14 days until Groundhog Day;
26 days until Valentine's Day;
32 days until Presidents' Day;
40 days until Mardi Gras;
41 days until Ash Wednesday;
52 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
57 days until St. Patrick's Day;
60 days until the arrival of Spring;
80 days until Palm Sunday;
82 days until First Day of Passover;
76 days until April Fools' Day;
85 days until Good Friday;
87 days until Easter Sunday;
88 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
89 days until Last Day of Passover;
93 days until Earth Day;
99 days until Arbor Day; and
655 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1953, Almost 72% of all television sets in the United States were tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth, about 44 million people. The equivalent number today would be 88 million. It received higher ratings than the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which received 29 million viewers, the day afterward.

Video: Lucy Goes to the Hospital.

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Among other things, today is also Brew a Potion Day. You know what to do.

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Florida man charged with making online threat against Trump.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains at least 45,454 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 19 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"Sometimes I think the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down, by proving, however long it takes, that life isn't all it's cracked up to be."
-Julian Barnes

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Well, at least we're not alone. Most primate species are threatened with extinction. Three-quarters of primate species are in decline, the researchers found, and about 60 percent are now threatened with extinction. From gorillas to gibbons, primates are in significantly worse shape now than in recent decades because of the devastation from agriculture, hunting and mining.

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More cheerful news: The drug-resistant superbug known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, may be spreading more widely than previously thought. The nasty little critters appear to be spreading from person to person without causing any disease symptoms.

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Just to be clear, Mel Brooks didn't try to pants President Obama. "No, no. I have some measure of intelligence and taste, you know."

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Donald Trump is disrupting the world, and he isn't even President yet.

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Norman Lear on why people fall for fake news... "We're more likely to pay attention to the final source of an article — the person who calls it to our attention — than to the original source. With sites like Facebook feeding us self-selected and self-reinforcing media, we begin to have a real problem."

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Headline of the day: 'Aids-curing' pastor claims he removed woman's 'vaginal warts' with the power of his holy shoe.

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Challenging stereotypes, an Australian doctor notes that Horses killed more people in Australia in recent years than all venomous animals combined. Yeah, but at least they don't hide in your shoes.

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Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee for head of the EPA and current Attorney General of Oklahoma, stayed quiet as his state developed the worst human-made-earthquake problem in the country. The state as a whole was slow to deal with the problem, and, for many years, it did not admit the quakes had a human origin. After that, it neglected to rapidly slow the rate of wastewater injection. This has allowed medium-scale earthquakes to continue: In November, a 5.0-magnitude quake damaged the structures of downtown Cushing, Oklahoma. Before 2009, Oklahoma had one or two earthquakes per year. Now it has two a day.

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One of those questions you never thought you'd be asking: If the US president started a fistfight, what would the Secret Service do?

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Few of the great existentialists had children.

How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?

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We're off tomorrow to do some office maintenance. Have a great weekend, see you on Monday...

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Legionella, Thesaurus Day, stopped in the name of Florida love, crash an iPhone with a text, coffee's good for you
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Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 6:09 AM EST
Jan 18 2017

Today is Wednesday, January 18, the 18th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 347 days remaining.

There is:
One day until the time travelers arrive en masse to attempt to prevent what happens in
2 days, Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
15 days until Groundhog Day;
27 days until Valentine's Day;
33 days until Presidents' Day;
41 days until Mardi Gras;
42 days until Ash Wednesday;
53 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
58 days until St. Patrick's Day;
61 days until the arrival of Spring;
81 days until Palm Sunday;
83 days until First Day of Passover;
77 days until April Fools' Day;
86 days until Good Friday;
88 days until Easter Sunday;
89 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
90 days until Last Day of Passover;
94 days until Earth Day;
100 days until Arbor Day; and
656 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1977, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia announced they had identified a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious "Legionnaires' Disease" which had sickened over 200 and killed 29 persons who had attended the July, 1976 Pennsylvania American Legion convention at the Bellevue- Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Among other things, today is also Thesaurus Day, marking the birthday of Peter Mark Roget, the British physician, natural theologian, lexicographer, compulsive list-maker, and eccentric who first published Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition in 1852. Feel free to celebrate, honor, laud, praise, puff up, push, rave, recommend, root, salute, stroke, bless, endow, favor, give, glorify, grace, laud, magnify, praise, provide, commemorate, observe the occasion, admire, immortalize, keep, memorialize, monument, monumentalize, observe, pay tribute to, perpetuate, remember, salute, solemnize...

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Stop in the name of love: A Florida man asked sheriff deputies to help him propose to his girlfriend over the weekend, and they obliged with a fake traffic stop.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains at least 45,306 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 18 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"We're just three days away from Donald Trump's inauguration, and just two days away from all the time travelers coming back to stop him."
-Stephen Colbert

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The percentage of Americans saying it is the government's responsibility to provide health care to its citizens has increased from 51% last year and now stands at 60%, its highest point in nearly a decade. More than eight-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (85%) say the federal government should be responsible for health care coverage, compared with just 32% of Republicans and Republican leaners.

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Just eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity.

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Vladimir Putin: President-Elect Donald Trump is "a grown man, and secondly he's someone who has been involved with beauty contests for many years and has met the most beautiful women in the world. I find it hard to believe that he rushed to some hotel to meet girls of loose morals, although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world." As Stephen Colbert asked, is that something about which you really want to brag? And Putin doesn't have to believe the allegations about Trump, he just has to look at the recording.

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The Atlantic has wonderful pieces almost every day, like The hermit who inadvertently shaped climate-change science.

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You can write a best-seller and still go broke. "My book is on the New York Times best-seller list right now and we do not have any money in our checking account."

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On Tuesday, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced that Colo, the world's first gorilla born in a zoo and the oldest known living gorilla in the country, had died in her sleep overnight, less than a month after her 60th birthday.

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Why people keep comparing Donald Trump to P.T. Barnum. As early as 1989, a story in the New York Times included a reference to Barnum as "the Donald Trump of Bridgeport at one time," citing Barnum's adopted home town in Connecticut. In September 2015, Salon called him "the second coming of P.T. Barnum," and in January of last year, Samuel L. Jackson called Trump "more P.T. Barnum than politician." A Lexis search found 234 articles in which they are mentioned in the same breath.

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This text message can crash any iPhone. A white flag emoji, the digit "0" and a rainbow emoji confuse iOS 10 when it tries to combine them into a rainbow flag. Send those specific characters in a text message to an iPhone running iOS 10 and that phone will freeze. The hapless recipient doesn't even have to open or read the message- the phone freezes as soon as it receives the text.

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Go ahead, have another cup. Caffeine may counter age-related inflammation. The study also provides evidence that caffeine and its own metabolites may counter the action of circulating nucleic- acid metabolites, possibly explaining why coffee drinkers tend to live longer than abstainers.

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Northridge quake, Ben's birthday, young blood, TX mortality, chickens changed the world
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Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ 8:31 AM EST
Jan 17 2017

Today is Tuesday, January 17, the 17th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 348 days remaining.

There are:
3 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
16 days until Groundhog Day;
28 days until Valentine's Day;
34 days until Presidents' Day;
42 days until Mardi Gras;
43 days until Ash Wednesday;
54 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
59 days until St. Patrick's Day;
62 days until the arrival of Spring;
82 days until Palm Sunday;
84 days until First Day of Passover;
78 days until April Fools' Day;
87 days until Good Friday;
89 days until Easter Sunday;
90 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
91 days until Last Day of Passover;
95 days until Earth Day;
101 days until Arbor Day; and
657 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1994, The Northridge earthquake struck at 4:30:55 a.m. PST and had its epicenter in Reseda, a neighborhood in the north-central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. The death toll was 57, with more than 8,700 injured. In addition, property damage was estimated to be between $13 and $40 billion, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

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Florida man accused of squirting conditioner on women, pleasuring himself at Target.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains at least 45,194 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 17 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"There's nothing like active employment, I suppose, to console the afflicted."
-Anne Bronte

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Want to get the ol' pep back in your step? A startup called Ambrosia will fill your veins with the blood of young people and empty your pockets of $8,000.

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What happens when you defund Planned Parenthood? Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world. From 2000 to the end of 2010, Texas’s estimated maternal mortality rate hovered between 17.7 and 18.6 per 100,000 births. But after 2010, that rate had leaped to 33 deaths per 100,000, and in 2014 it was 35.8. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 600 women died for reasons related to their pregnancies.

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You remove that dusty exterior of Mars, and you have this planet that is just so reminiscent of Earth. It's like finding a dusty Earth in your attic.

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Chickens changed the world. No, really.

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The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum has a lengthy and fascinating piece on the role of humor in the rise of Trump. Take a few minutes and read How Jokes Won The Election-How do you fight an enemy who's just kidding?

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"Nobody wants to buy them..." Frustrated scalpers losing big money trying to sell tickets to Trump inauguration. Well, duh.

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Forget about evil AI or Skynet... twisted inventor designs robot that plays bagpipes 24/7.

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Although extended support is available through January 13, 2020, Microsoft warns that Windows 7 in 2017 is so outdated that patches can't keep it secure.

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Another one of those "foods that can extend your life" stories: Consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality, a large prospective study has found.

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Let's hope this doesn't catch on... Shark switches to asexual reproduction, gives male-less birth.

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US goes dry; National Fig Newton Day, combusting chicken manure, orca menopause, Cooper worked for Boeing?
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Published Monday, January 16, 2017 @ 12:02 AM EST
Jan 16 2017

Today is Monday, January 16, the 16th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 349 days remaining.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

There are:
4 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
17 days until Groundhog Day;
29 days until Valentine's Day;
35 days until Presidents' Day;
43 days until Mardi Gras;
44 days until Ash Wednesday;
55 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
60 days until St. Patrick's Day;
63 days until the arrival of Spring;
83 days until Palm Sunday;
85 days until First Day of Passover;
79 days until April Fools' Day;
88 days until Good Friday;
90 days until Easter Sunday;
91 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
92 days until Last Day of Passover;
96 days until Earth Day;
102 days until Arbor Day; and
658 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, authorizing Prohibition in the United States, which became effective one year later. Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933.

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Among other things, today is also National Fig Newton Day. Newtons are a Nabisco trademarked version of the fig roll, a pastry filled with fig paste. Their distinctive shape is a characteristic that has been adopted by many competitors including generic fig bars sold in many markets. They are produced by an extrusion process. The product was named after the city of Newton, Massachusetts.

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Florida man robs bank, posts spoils on Instagram, gets caught.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains 44,939 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 16 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"Good and evil are not like the Redskins and the Cowboys."
-Maureen Dowd

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Headline of the week: Spontaneous combustion concerns lead to warnings over height of chicken manure piles.

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Turns out that animation is a universal language.

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Amazon seeks FCC approval to run mysterious wireless tests that could be related to drone delivery.

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Volkswagen is considering an all-electric, self-driving Microbus. And from Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, Ford is considering re-introducing the Bronco in 2020- just in time for O.J.'s parole.

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Only three mammals experience menopause: humans, short-finned pilot whales, and orcas. Scientists think they've figured out why orcas do. It turns out being a grandmother is a good thing.

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D.B. Cooper could have been a Boeing employee or a contractor who wore a tie to work. Rare earth elements found by electron microscope analysis suggest the long-missing skyjacker may have worked on Boeing's aborted SST and could have been among the thousands of workers displaced when the government pulled the plug on the project.

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How to make Amazon's Alexa and Google Home talk to each other in an endless loop in four easy steps.

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Moon Express- the California-based company with hopes of mining the Moon someday- has received full funding for its first trip to the lunar surface, slated for later this year. The company just raised $20 million in its most recent round of financing, and has raised over $45 million in total so far. That money will go toward launching Moon Express’s MX-1E lander, which will explore and take pictures of the Moon’s surface after launching on an experimental Electron rocket.

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There was an ice storm of sorts at the box office this weekend, with three major releases skidding into the ditches. Martin Scorsese's Silence, Ben Affleck's Live by Night, and Monster Trucks are DOA. Elsewhere, Hidden Figures will easily win the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with $25 million-plus, while La La Land enjoys a big Golden Globes bump and Rogue One approaches $1 billion.

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Opera star Andrea Bocelli backs out of singing at Trump's inauguration after receiving death threats; social media comments prompt Jennifer Holliday to cancel; and it gets even worse.

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Motown arrives, kiss a ginger, Florida maid of "honor", 100K Amazon jobs, Chrome defect, Goldshower
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Published Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 12:15 PM EST
Jan 12 2017

Today is Thursday, January 12, the 12th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 353 days remaining.

There are:
4 days until Martin Luther King, Jr. Day;
8 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
21 days until Groundhog Day;
33 days until Valentine's Day;
39 days until Presidents' Day;
59 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
64 days until St. Patrick's Day;
67 days until the arrival of Spring;
79 days until April Fools' Day;
92 days until Good Friday;
94 days until Easter Sunday; and
662 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1959, Berry Gordy, Jr. founded Motown as Tamla Records with an $800 loan from his family and royalties earned writing for Jackie Wilson. The company was incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan. The name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has also become a nickname for Detroit. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned record label that achieved significant crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its subsidiary labels (including Tamla Motown, the brand used outside the US) were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as the Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. During the 1960s, Motown achieved spectacular success for a small record company: 79 records in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart between 1960 and 1969. Its first hit was Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" (1959), which made it to number 2 on the Billboard R&B charts (released nationally on Anna Records).

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Among other things, today is also International Kiss A Ginger Day. Kiss A Ginger Day was started in 2009 by Derek Forgie as a Facebook group intended as a “karmic counter-event” to the November 2008 creation of a Kick A Ginger campaign, also on Facebook. The latter resulted in numerous ginger kids being assaulted at school, stirring international outrage and condemnation. In response, Derek decided to dedicate January 12th to a much more peace-loving activity aimed towards gingers.

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Florida maid of honor arrested at wedding reception after getting drunk, nearly running over best man.

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Some persons born on January 12 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"A life can get knocked into a new orbit by a car crash, a lottery win or just a bleary-eyed consultant giving bad news in a calm voice."
-David Mitchell

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It's Jeff Bezos' birthday, but he seems to be giving out the presents... Amazon says it will create 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in the US over the next 18 months.

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If you're like me, you rely on Google's Chrome browser auto-fill feature to complete forms online. Turns out there's a big problem with that.

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This was the opening to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah last night. Comedy Central didn't publish the opening as a separate video, and the one below, uploaded to YouTube, is formatted the way it is so that it can't be easily identified by software as a copyrighted work.

The full Daily Show episode (including the opening) is here.

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Here's Digg's summary, so you don't need to go bouncing all over the web.

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While you were sleeping, GOP senators took the first step toward Obamacare repeal. Republican senators are now on record as having rejected opportunities to keep Medicare, Medicaid, and the children’s health program CHIP off the cutting-room floor; to make it possible to import prescription drugs from Canada; to prevent erosion of women’s health services and support for rural hospitals; and perhaps most tellingly, to protect Medicaid funding for the 32 states that accepted the option of expanding that program under the Affordable Care Act. The mess goes to the House on Friday.

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As the world looks on... Australian Business Review says Donald Trump media circus is damaging everyone.

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Baboons can make five human-like vowel sounds. That almost seems like enough to qualify them for political office.

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Tiny aluminium drum cooled beyond quantum limit proves we can make things even colder. Possibly down to absolute zero. This could make exotic things like large-scale quantum computers possible.

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Still late, but getting better. I'm improving... fortunately, most gastrointestinal bugs are self-limiting, which is good, considering my health insurance has lapsed. ACA keeps reminding me every day of the penalty I'll pay on my 2017 taxes if I don't have coverage... which equals about a half of one month's insurance premium. Not a strong hand from which to deal, fellas... and the Senate isn't helping you, either. I'm going to take tomorrow off and hope a full 24 hours in the sack will knock the rest of this out of me. Have a great weekend!

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