2019 Current Events Study Guide

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Post by cinemaniax7 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:34 pm

Charles Van Doren, who in 1956 won $128,000 on the rigged game show Twenty One, has died at the age of 93. Van Doren was a central character in the 1994 movie Quiz Show, Robert Redford's film about the game show scandals.

https://www.thewrap.com/charles-van-dor ... ies-at-93/

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Post by boson » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:55 pm

The Event Horizon Telescope - actually a virtual telescope consisting of 8 radio telescopes across the globe - released the first image where they imaged a black hole. They saw the "shadow" of a supermassive black hole, with a mass of billions of suns, at the centre of galaxy M87. The angular resolution of the telescope was 20 micro arcseconds - "enough to read a newspaper in New York from a sidewalk café in Paris"

[if of course the newspaper was visible in radio waves and it was positioned somewhere that all the constituent telescopes could see it]

https://eventhorizontelescope.org/

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Post by Volante » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:46 pm

Stratolaunch, the largest plane measured by wingspan (and passing the Spruce Goose), had a successful maiden voyage. It was originally announced by Paul Allen (cofounder of Microsoft, now deceased) and Burt Rutan (SpaceShipOne)

The plan is to use it as a 35,000 foot launch pad for rockets.

https://gizmodo.com/stratolaunch-worlds ... 1834027264

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Post by MarkBarrett » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:39 am

Episode IX will be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Post by xxaaaxx » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:29 pm

Tiger Woods wins the 2019 Masters. It's his 5th green jacket, 15th major title, and first major win since the 2008 US Open.

I honestly didn't think he'd win another major.

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Post by DBear » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:18 pm

Volante wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:46 pm
Stratolaunch, the largest plane measured by wingspan (and passing the Spruce Goose), had a successful maiden voyage. It was originally announced by Paul Allen (cofounder of Microsoft, now deceased) and Burt Rutan (SpaceShipOne)

The plan is to use it as a 35,000 foot launch pad for rockets.

https://gizmodo.com/stratolaunch-worlds ... 1834027264
so it's basically two planes fused together at the wing. Whoopee. :roll:

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Post by mrparadise » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:22 pm

xxaaaxx wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:29 pm
Tiger Woods wins the 2019 Masters. It's his 5th green jacket, 15th major title, and first major win since the 2008 US Open.

I honestly didn't think he'd win another major.
Neither did I, but at 16 to 1 he was worth a flyer and I would have rooted for him anyway.

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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:16 pm

mrparadise wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:22 pm
xxaaaxx wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:29 pm
Tiger Woods wins the 2019 Masters. It's his 5th green jacket, 15th major title, and first major win since the 2008 US Open.

I honestly didn't think he'd win another major.
Neither did I, but at 16 to 1 he was worth a flyer and I would have rooted for him anyway.
Tiger Woods is now both the youngest-ever to win the Masters (21 yo, 1997), and the second-oldest (43 yo, 2019). Jack Nicklaus (46 yo, 1986) is still the oldest.

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Post by morbeedo » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:35 pm

A cassowary — a large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea — killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell.

AP article

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morbeedo wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:35 pm
A cassowary — a large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea — killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell.
Never own an animal that can take you.

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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:38 am

morbeedo wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:35 pm
A cassowary — a large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea — killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell.

AP article

This animal has a few hits in the Archive
Image

(Hat's off to anyone old enough to get this joke.)

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Post by Robert K S » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:05 pm

April 15, 2019, Notre-Dame de Paris is ablaze and it doesn't look good. If it's not going to be a total loss of the cathedral, it's going to be very close to it. :cry:

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Post by teapot37 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:11 pm

The steeple of the cathedral has collapsed. It's not good.
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Post by alietr » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:51 pm

It's horrible.

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Post by Woof » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:55 pm

OMG. The term tragedy is overused, but this is truly an enormous cultural tragedy. At least no life was lost (it seems).

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Post by BlueberryPlainsNever » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:05 pm

It looks as though the fire may have had something to do with renovations at the cathedral.

Imagine being the construction company that burned down Notre Dame.

:shock:

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Post by CasketRomance » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:08 pm

was in paris one time...didn't see that cathedral...didn't see the eiffel tower either for that matter...i am the least touristy traveler of all time


wonder what the cause of it was....perhaps it was varg vikernes....chronic church burner and convicted murderer...currently living in france...he was the subject of the 2019 movie "lords of chaos"...based on the book of the same name and one of the few books that i have read in entirety

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Post by CasketRomance » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:08 pm

BlueberryPlainsNever wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:05 pm
It looks as though the fire may have had something to do with renovations at the cathedral.

Imagine being the construction company that burned down Notre Dame.

:shock:
quasimodo not going to be happy

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Post by CasketRomance » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:09 pm

MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:38 am
morbeedo wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:35 pm
A cassowary — a large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea — killed its Florida owner when it attacked him after he fell.

AP article

This animal has a few hits in the Archive
Image

(Hat's off to anyone old enough to get this joke.)

saw the picture and since this is a current event thread, thought polly died

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Post by Volante » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:31 pm

Robert K S wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:05 pm
April 15, 2019, Notre-Dame de Paris is ablaze and it doesn't look good. If it's not going to be a total loss of the cathedral, it's going to be very close to it. :cry:
Looks like 2/3rds of the roof and the spire (which was itself a restoration put in place back in the 1800s) are gone, but most of the vault made it through okay. The towers are at least mostly fine and while the north rose window is confirmed okay, another is likely destroyed. (If it's the south rose window, that'd make it the second time fire took it out as it's also a restoration having gone through a previous fire).

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