It turns out that Google is run by dog people! Item II, part e is the company's "Dog Policy", where they lay out the company's status as a "dog company" and warn against employees bringing cats into the office.
"Google's affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we're a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out."
It's right after the sections about Equal Opportunity Employment, the company's drug policy, and their commitment to a safe work environment, so clearly this is serious business.
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While the idea behind prohibition was to stop people from drinking, the US soon found that not letting people drink was not going to stop them at all. The law resulted in a lot of crime and home-brewing and other dangerous activities.
Hospitals were used to seeing people die from alcohol poisoning. When people try to distill at home, it's not pure and it might have chemicals that kill them. However, they soon realized that a lot of these deaths were due to the US government.
The US realized that bootlegers were stealing industrial alcohols that were turned into drinkable spirits. They ordered that this alcohol be poisoned. The idea was that the danger of dying from alcohol would scare people into not drinking. Of course this did not stop and the law was eventually repealed. It was estimated that this program killed around 10,000 people by the end of the law.
Considered by many to be the last great classic of the international silent screen, The Passion of Joan of Arc is an unforgettable work of art. Danish director Carl Theodore Dreyer gives us a film with deliberate precision and masterful economy.
There are films that critics praise as being transcendental as a result of their austerity, but no other film is as deserving of such a claim.
The original version of the French film, was lost in a fire, the master negatives were found 53 years later in a Norwegian mental institute by a janitor in a closet.
The canisters were sent to the Norwegian Film Institute where they were first stored for three years until finally being examined.
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It's truly horrible what hunger and desperation can do to a people. A Washington Post report talked about a famine that lasted between 1995 and 1997.
In the article, they interviewed a young clerk who told the reporters they wouldn't understand what people do when they're hungry. "When one is very hungry, one can go crazy."
She told them of a woman who killed her 7-month old baby to eat it with another woman. The clerk said it wasn't uncommon. "I can't condemn cannibalism. [...] It was common that people went to a fresh grave and dug up a body to eat meat."
International aid helped the country get over the famine, but not before it killed over 300,000 people.
Baseball player Richie Ashburn hit a foul ball that struck a spectator and as they carried her away, he hit another foul ball and struck her again!
Ashburn played center field for the Philadelphia Phillies and was known by his nicknames Whitey, Putt-Putt, and The Tilden Flash. He grew up on a farm in Tilden, Nebraska. He batted left and threw right handed. During an August 17, 1957 game, Ashburn hit a foul ball into the stands that struck Alice Roth, the wife of Philadelphia Bulletin sports editor Earl Roth. It broke her nose.
When playing resumed, Ashburn hit another foul ball that struck her again as she was being carried off on a stretcher. Ashburn and Roth were friends and remained so. Her son actually became a batboy for the Phillies in later years. The majority of Ashburn’s career was spent with the Phillies, but he went on to play for the Chicago Cubs for two years and the New York Mets for one year. He received six All Star awards and two NL batting titles.