What You Missed This Weekend
120 years ago, an Englishman named Charles Miller arrived in Brazil with little more than a couple of soccer balls, a pump, his cleats and a rulebook. But one thing set him apart from other soccer obsessed Brits with an itch to travel: On April 14, 1895, Miller arranged the first game using a common set of rules between railway and gas company workers. Today, thanks in part to his efforts — but mainly to the athletic ability of the nation’s inhabitants — Brazil is recognized as a global soccer power.
On the heels of a bizarre legal battle over his care between his second wife and his three children from a previous marriage, the beloved voice of American pop radio passed away over the weekend. Remember, “keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
Abu Bakr Al-Bagdhadi is the leader of the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, which you might know as ISIS. You may have heard the name being tossed around these last few days as his group continues to gain territory in Iraq. Now’s a good time to get to know him a bit better.
Speaking of ISIS, the group posted a horrific set of pictures online on Sunday allegedly showing the mass execution of dozens of Iraqi army soldiers. The group boasted online of killing as many as 1,700 soldiers. If true, it would make Sunday’s event one of the worst atrocities in recent memory. To state the obvious, these photos are graphic.
Solar power is great, right? It’s free, clean energy! What could possibly be bad? Well, the problem is that peak generation of solar power comes between noon and 4 PM, while peak usage of electricity doesn’t hit until the evening hours. So how do you store all that excess energy? The solution may lie with a metal you’ve probably never even heard of before.
As if the news out of Iraq isn’t bad enough, there’s this to cheer you up.
Maybe an electrical substation surrounded by 115,000 volts isn't the best place to leave your kids.