Monday, November 20, 2017

A Leonardo da Vinci painting has sold for a record $450.3 million

In what was roughly three times its expected sale price. The 500-year-old Salvator Mundi, a portrait of Jesus Christ, is now the most expensive piece of art ever sold, blowing past the previous record of $179.4 million for a Pablo Picasso painting. The piece, sold to an anonymous buyer in a 19-minute bidding war filled with gasps from billionaire collectors, is believed to be just one of 20 paintings da Vinci ever created. (USA Today)


Russia Used Twitter Bots to Influence the Brexit Vote Too

Last week, it came out that Russian bots reportedly used social media to interfere in last year’s Brexit vote. Last year, the UK voted to say ‘bye bye bye’ to the EU, which shocked pretty much everyone. Now, it looks like Russia may have used Twitter, and possibly Facebook, in hopes of swaying voters to say yes. And could be because the Kremlin wants to break up the EU – which they see as a rival. Sound familiar? That’s because we recently learned that thousands of Russian-linked accounts – including bots – manipulated social media to influence US voters in the 2016 presidential election. Both the US and UK see this interference as disrupting democracy. (Fortune)


Charles Manson reportedly clinging to life in California hospital

Charles Manson was rushed out of prison to a California hospital, where he’s clinging to life, according to reports. The 83-year-old Manson normally makes his home inside the walls of Corcoran State Prison but he was taken to a Bakersfield hospital last week. He’s surrounded by five uniformed officers as he’s wheeled on a gurney from treatment to treatment. “It’s not going to get any better for him,” a source said. “It’s just a matter of time (until he finally dies).” A rep for the state Department of Corrections declined comment. Witnesses told reporters that Manson was spotted at Mercy Hospital in downtown Bakersfield. Manson is serving life without parole for leading his murderous “family” on a two-night killing spree that terrified Los Angeles on Aug. 9-10, 1969. They killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four of her friends before slaughtering grocers Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the next night. (TMZ)


A true love can expect to spend $34,558.65 this year on all the presents outlined in the song 12 Days of Christmas. That price skyrockets to $157,558 if that lover were to buy items multiple times in accordance with repetition in the song. PNC Financial Services Group’s annual Christmas Price Index is up slightly from last year because of a spike in gold ring and pear tree costs.  The bank has calculated the cost of the gifts since 1984, when its predecessor began the tradition in a holiday client letter. This year’s total price tag is 83 percent higher than that inaugural report. The company obtains its prices from a range of providers. National suppliers provided the cost of partridges, doves, canaries (calling birds). Cinnaminson Nurseries in New Jersey offered the cost of a pear tree. Hen and swan costs came from hatcheries. A waterfowl farm provides the cost of geese. A national jewelry chain shared the cost of five 14-carat gold rings. Maids-a-milking are the only unskilled laborers in the index, so their wage follows the stagnant federal minimum. The costs of all other laborers (dancers, drummers, etc.) come from professional companies. (PENN Live)


Detroit drug sting goes awry when undercover cops bust separate group of undercover cops

Police officers from Detroit’s 11th and 12th Precinct were simultaneously conducting drug stings on Andover Street in Detroit. One Precinct posed as undercover buyers and the other as undercover drug dealers. They ended up busting each other during the drug sting. There was a scuffle and two officers ended up injured. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said it was the most embarrassing thing he’s ever witnessed in the department. It all started when two undercover cops from the 12th Precinct, pretending to sell marijuana, were waiting for customers on a street corner. As they waited for customers, undercover special operations officers from the 11th Precinct arrived and ordered the pair to the ground. The rest of the special ops team from the 12th Precinct showed up and were about to raid a suspected drug den when guns were drawn, leading to punches being thrown after one cop was put in a headlock. The homeowner stood and watched while the officers brawled. One officer sustained an eye injury while another was treated for an injury to his lip. (Fox 2 Detroit)


How to have a well-behaved puppy

The secret of how to make puppies well-behaved has finally been found, and it involves stroking them with a toothbrush and exposing them to men with mustaches. The charity Guide Dogs, which trains 1,300 puppies a year, has created the first program which is scientifically proven to have a long-term, positive impact on a dog’s behavior.  Key to its success is allowing puppies to experience as many new environments and people as possible within their first six weeks of life so they are not startled, excited or scared by the strangers, or odd scenarios, when they venture outside. They are also wrapped in different materials to become familiar with fabrics like wool, fleece and nylon. Between two and four weeks, the puppies undergo a rapid period of physical development so training moves to practicing walking on different floor surfaces such as concrete and rubber. At this stage they are also encouraged to listen to everyday sounds such as mobile phones, TV and washing machines. In week five and six, the puppies are allowed outside to begin exploring, and also meet men with beards, mustaches, as well as people wearing hats and sunglasses. Lead researcher, Helen Whiteside, from Guide Dogs said: “What we’ve shown is when we do these little games with them from birth they are much more confident, they are willing to engage with the environment. At eight months these puppies are excelling. Dogs who do not receive this kind of socialisation as puppies can grow up to be anxious and scared. (The Telegraph)


Man accidentally shoots himself and wife at church during discussion on guns in churches

Police in Tennessee say a man accidentally shot himself and his wife while showing off his gun in church. Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks said that members of the First United Methodist Church were talking about guns in churches. Parks said the man pulled out .380 caliber Ruger handgun, removed the magazine, cleared the chamber, and showed the gun. He put the magazine back in and returned the gun to its holster.  When someone asked if they could see the gun, he pulled it out saying the gun was not loaded and pulled the trigger. Parks said the bullet sliced the man’s palm, then entered the left side of his wife’s abdomen and exited the right side. The couple, in their 80s, were flown to a hospital with injuries that didn’t appear to be life-threatening. (Fox 4 News)


Being today, that means it’s also:

*African Industrialization Day
*Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka G.O.H.A.R.D.
*Name Your PC Day
*National Absurdity Day

*National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
*Transgender Day of Remembrance
*Universal Children’s Day

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