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

Pope Sergius I, who later rejected the Quinisext Council doctrine that allowed priests to marry, was elected today (687). Also, Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights, which thus reached the 11 states required for adoption (1791), Lakota chief Sitting Bull was killed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, prompting protests that led to the Wounded Knee Massacre (1890), Saint Petersburg’s Institute of Russian Literature, better known as the Pushkin House, was founded (1905), the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway, now the London Underground’s Piccadilly Line, opened (1906), 687 miners died in an explosion at the Mitsubishi Hōjō coal mine in Kyushu, Japan (1914), the Twenty-first Amendment took effect, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment and ending Prohibition (1933), the film Gone With the Wind premiered at Atlanta’s Loew’s Grand Theatre (1939), Japanese occupation commander Douglas MacArthur abolished Shinto as the state religion (1945), the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands was signed (1954), an Israel court sentenced Adolph Eichmann to death (1961), 46 people died when the Silver Bridge collapsed into the Ohio River between Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio collapsed (1967), the Soviet probe Venera 7 landed on Venus, the first successful soft landing on another planet, on the same day 300 people died when the ferry Namyong Ho capsized in the Korea Strait (1970), John Paul Getty III was found alive in Naples, Italy after being held captive for four months, on the same day the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from their list of psychiatric disorders (1973), 7.7 million gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Atlantic when the MV Argo Merchant ran aground off Nantucket (1976), President Jimmy Carter announced that the U.S. would open full diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (1978), 61 people were killed when a car bomb leveled the Iraqi embassy in Beirut (1981), British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds issued the Downing Street Declaration (1993), the Treaty of Bangkok designated Southeast Asia a nuclear weapon-free zone (1997), the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after an 11-years, $27 million restoration project (2001), the Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight from Seattle (2008), and 48 people died when a boat with 90 asylum-seekers crashed off Christmas Island, Australia (2010). And a gunman seized 18 hostages in a café in Sydney, Australia (2014).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology paused his last-minute Christmas shopping to research this week’s Bippiescopes….

Sagittarius: Use objective analysis to find truth this weekend. Or just ask for her sizes.

Capricorn: Tune into your stream of consciousness this weekend. But that sweater will get returned.

Aquarius: Listen to constructive criticism this weekend. Agree to trim your holiday wish list.

Pisces: Don’t judge your worth by the hierarchy this weekend. Unless the office gifts track the hierarchy.

Aries: Don’t make promises you can’t keep this weekend. That’s been sold out for weeks.

Taurus: Effort counts more than outcome this weekend. Unless that gift is delivered in January.

Gemini: Express your feelings before they fester this weekend. Or just accept those hideous socks.

Cancer: Experience is the best teacher this weekend. So don’t give them the fruitcake this year. Again.

Leo: A half-hearted attempt is a waste of energy this weekend. A whole-hearted attempt is a waste of yarn.

Virgo: Extend your thoughts to distant horizons this weekend. Like, the other end of the store.

Libra: Create beauty in humble things this weekend. But don’t expect the recipient to appreciate it.

Scorpio: Your efforts will stand on their merit this weekend. Or fall on it. Just sayin’.

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Today on Campus

Mixed NutsA Political Blizzard
YouTube TreasuresLake Toba with Pac-Man Ghosts: How Do They Decide Where to Go?
Campus QuestionDoes the God-King’s authoritarian streak also explain the FCC ending Net Neutrality?

Today on Campus

YouTube Treasures at 2pm ET – Lake Toba with To Be Announced
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Editor’s Note: Mixed Nuts will return tomorrow.

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Photo Credit: Geert Weggen (Mercury Press)

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::