Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)

Over 1200 people died as a magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck Valdivia, Chile today (1575). Also, the English Interregnum began as Oliver Cromwell was named Lord Protector of the Commonwealth (1653), England’s Convention Parliament passed the Bill of Rights that established parliamentary elections and other constitutional limits on the monarchy (1689), Japan’s Mount Fuji erupted for the last time to date (1707), the Sons of Liberty staged the Boston Tea Party (1773), the first two of four severe earthquakes struck New Madrid, Missouri (1811), the first Canterbury Association colonists arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand (1850), Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel opened (1903), the U.S. Navy’s Great White Fleet began their voyage around the world (1907), 200,000 people died as a magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck China’s Haiyuan County (1920), Polish President Gabriel Narutowicz was assassinated at Warsaw’s Zachęta Gallery (1922), Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe disappeared during an escape attempt from Alcatraz Island (1937), William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain tested the first point-contact transistor (1947), 134 people died when two passenger planes collided in a blizzard over Staten Island, New York (1960), the Second Vatican Council officially revoked the Edict of Expulsion of Jews from Spain (1968), Bahrain gained independence (1971), Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich declared the city bankrupt rather than turn over Cleveland Public Power to creditors (1978), John Gotti ordered the murders of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti and took control of New York City’s Gambino crime family (1985), the Romanian Revolution began with protests in Timișoara over a government attempt to evict dissident church leader László Tőkés (1989), Kazakhstan gained independence (1991), the parents of 685 Pokémon viewers in Japan reported their children having seizures after watching the episode “Dennō Senshi Porygon” (1997), and the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus sparked international protests over the plight of women in India (2012). And 145 people were killed when terrorists attacked an Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan (2014).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology may have sneezed on the lens of his telescope while research this week’s Bippiescopes….

Sagittarius: Balance passion and practicality this weekend. Use pink tissue.

Capricorn: Alter your priorities this weekend. Less Nyquil, more Dayquil.

Aquarius: Keep a larger perspective this weekend. Get that flu shot.

Pisces: Less is more this weekend. Especially a less runny nose.

Aries: Don’t go overboard this weekend. Do go oversofa.

Taurus: Balance humility and confidence this weekend. Enunciate Gesundheit.

Gemini: Pace yourself this weekend. Yes, stopped is a pace.

Cancer: Stick to your schedule this weekend. Or stick used tissues to it.

Leo: Make well-timed adjustments this weekend. Sneeze only at stop lights.

Virgo: Take small steps toward success this weekend. Fuzzy slippers help.

Libra: Moderation is your friend this weekend. Except for chicken soup.

Scorpio: Temper excess zeal this weekend. Turns out it was just a noseful of dust.

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsComey Sucks Up to the Lapdog-elect
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with SciShow: 4 Billion Years In Under 10 Minutes
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Are the worries over fake news a distraction from the problems with ‘real’ news?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsNorth Carolina Coup plus 2016’s Biggest Lies
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Praying Mantises Hatching
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Photo Credit: British Wildlife Centre

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::