Whee!: You Can Now Take Hogwarts Magic Classes Online

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HogwartsIsHere is a website offering free online classes in magic and potions and all that other fun stuff that make-believe witches and wizards want to learn.

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Though it is similar to the franchise’s interactive ebook website Pottermore, this version doesn’t seem to follow directly in Potter’s footsteps. The immersive website was made by members of the fandom to bring together anyone who has been seeking “magical experiences” since the series’ conclusion.
It also takes its course work very seriously — starting out as first year students, users are expected to complete homework assignments, essays, quizzes and tests for classes such as “Charms” and “Potions,” and progress through all seven years of wizard academics.

Unfortunately named town of ‘Kill Jews’ to vote on name change

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ee3052356ee55f5bee9f19d9d6926067a001b31aIt is a name that locals admit is not really fit for the modern age.

And now the mayor of the small Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudios — which means Castrillo Kill Jews in English — has said residents will get the opportunity to vote on a name change.

The 56 residents of the town, which lies near the northern city of Burgos, will vote May 25 on whether to change the name and instead celebrate the location’s Jewish heritage, mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez said Monday.

If they agree to the change, locals will be able to choose between the rather less offensive Mota Judios and Mota de Judios, which both mean Mound of the Jews.

“Those of us who have lived all our lives in Castrillo Matajudios don’t give it a second thought. But the moment you go elsewhere it sounds bad,” the mayor told AFP in an interview.

“Nowadays when people hear Castrillo Matajudios they go, ‘What a village. They kill Jews there. You have killed Jews’,” he said.

“There are some villagers, business people who travel to Israel, and they try not to show their identity card. It is a name that we know today is not very correct,” the mayor explained.

Rodriguez said the town hall wanted to change the name as long as it could convince the residents.

He said the town was born in 1035 when Jews who had been stripped of their possessions and exiled from their homes decided to settled on a mound, or mota, in the area.

They remained there until 1492 when the Catholic Monarchs, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, expelled the Jews from Spain, allowing only those who converted to the Roman Catholic faith to remain.

Now the town hall wants to commission an archaeological study and excavations to unearth the Jewish history of the site and even to attract visitors to the area, Rodriguez said.

Archaeologist Angel Palomino said an initial study of historical documents carried out for the town revealed that the first mention of the name Castrillo Matajudios appeared in 1623.

“The documents show that there were several killings of Jews by outsiders as happened in many other Jewish settlements in Spain and other parts of Europe,” Palomino said, although he said he suspects the name had a different origin.

Descendants of Jews who had converted to Roman Catholicism likely decided to change the town’s name during the Counter-Reformation to prove the purity of their faith, he said.

The archaeologist said there were likely 300 to 400 households, or up to 1,500 people, living in the Jewish settlement at one time.

Although estimates vary, historians believe at least 200,000 Jews lived in Spain before the 1492 expulsion. Many who refused to convert or leave were burned at the stake.

Spain now offers citizenship to Sephardic Jews descended from those who were expelled — who can prove their heritage.

In February, the government approved a draft citizenship law that would make it easier for such Jews to gain Spanish nationality, notably by allowing them to keep their existing citizenship as well.

Pub blasted for using racy picture of barmaid’s BOOBS to promote its beers

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Lucy-Wedge-3439724be wearing a vest that day. We usually promote beers three or four times a week, when we get new ales on.”

He continued: “There were comments saying ‘there’s enough exploitation in the world to be selling beers using female sexualisation’.

“There were 7,500 views of the pic and only 37 complaints. These were quite strongly worded so that’s when Steph (on social media) withdrew the picture.”

Lucy Wedge, 22, whose cleavage was pictured, does not see what the fuss is about.

She said: “It wasn’t like – pose by this pump with your boobs out.

“I leaned in and she just took the pic and, to be honest, I was more concerned it was going to be embarrassing as everyone would know it’s me by my tattoo.

“Next day I saw that Steph had removed it and apologised. If I had been there with my boobs out then fine but a bit of cleavage isn’t a big problem. It wasn’t a provocative photo.

“I drink pints with the blokes and I think that my attitude isn’t represented in the photo.

“People might think I’m one of those girls who loves male attention, but I’m not”, added the self-confessed tomboy.

Pat Robertson: Jesus said an asteroid could destroy Earth next week — SO BUY MY BOOK TODAY

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cbn_700club_asteroids_140421c-615x345Televangelist Pat Robertson warned on Monday that Jesus had said that an asteroid would destroy the Earth — and it could happen as soon as next week.

On Tuesday, three former NASA astronauts are expected to present their findings that the Earth had experienced far more impacts from large asteroids than previously thought.

For Robertson, the news was just the latest reason to hype his book, The End of the Age, which asserts that the End Times predicted in Revelation will be brought on by a meteor.

“I wrote a book!” Robertson advised viewers. “It deals with an asteroid hitting the Earth. I don’t see anything else that fulfills the prophetic words of Jesus Christ other than an asteroid strike.”

“There isn’t anything that will cause the seas to roil, that will, you know, cause the skies to darken, the moon and the sun not to give their light, the nations terrified on Earth of what’s happening. There isn’t anything that’s going to do that.”

He continued: “We’re big enough to draw some of them in. And as somebody said, it’s ‘blind luck.’ Well, it’s the mercy of the Lord. But if that mercy ever got lifted, whew.”

Robertson advised his viewers to “read what Jesus said” about “nobody living on the face of the Earth.”

“That’s what Jesus himself said!” he advised. “So, hey, just get ready. Get right. And stay right with the Lord.”

“It could be next week, it could be 1,000 years from now. But nevertheless, we want to be ready whenever the Lord says, ‘I’m wrapping it up, and it’s time to come home.’”

WTF! Korean ‘Instructor’ Teaches How to Swear in English

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Common wisdom tells us the best foreign words and phrases to learn when in an unfamiliar place are the local equivalent of “Hello,” “Good morning,” and “Where’s the bathroom?” — just to name a few of the most polite things to say.

But watch this video and you might want to reconsider enrolling in a rather formal language school.

It seems the guy on the video teaches under the premise that knowing these expletives would help Korean tourists be aware of what people they meet might say.

So you won’t have to nod your head in agreement or say, “Thank You!” when someone says, “F**k you” or any expletives one might hurl at you, especially in public.

Watch the video below.

Baby Born With 4 Feet, 4 Hands

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A baby born with four arms and four legs had his extra limbs surgically removed on Friday.

The boy, born April 2 in China’s Guangdong Province, is in stable condition after the surgery, the Global Times reports.

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Yu Jiakang, chief surgeon at Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center, told the Yangcheng Evening News that the baby was born joined at the torso to a headless parasitic twin.

According to the Evening News, the mother underwent five examinations at various local clinics and hospitals, and doctors found no abnormalities with the fetus.

However, the boy’s father, identified only as “Mr. Chen,” told ImagineChina that he felt guilty about his son’s birth defects because he did not arrange for his wife to receive good enough care.

“I only cared about my work,” he said. “I just thought of making money instead of taking [my wife] to hospital for a medical checkup.”

10 Strangest Sex Laws in the USA

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If you’re contemplating sex with a rodeo clown in Massachusetts, watch out: The long arm of the law may be coming for you. Mustachioed men, it’s probably best if you just avoid Indiana altogether. And ladies, you don’t have to put up with your lover’s bad breath anymore — in Minnesota, you are legally protected from the smell of garlic and onions.

Think these laws are weird? We’re just getting started. These bizarre rules of attraction give a whole new meaning to the term “penal code.”

Is This Your First Rodeo?

As a Massachusetts native, I think I speak on behalf of the entire Bay State when I say we’re totally OK with you having sex with a rodeo clown. As far as we’re concerned, what happens at the rodeo stays at the rodeo. We’re pretty liberal like that — a solid blue state through and through.

Wait, what’s that you say? There are horses present? Won’t somebody think of the horses?! If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: No having sex with rodeo clowns in the presence of horses! And we mean it! (Really, we do: It’s illegal in Massachusetts.)

Prince Charming Need Not Apply

Sleeping Beauty is so 1950s. This is the 21st century, people: Women don’t just lie around waiting for their princes to arrive! In fact, it’s literally illegal to do so in Colorado, where kissing a sleeping woman is prohibited by law. So, guys, you’ll just have to find some other way to wake her from the evil witch’s spell.

Wink, Wink

In Alabama, it’s against the law for a man to seduce “a chaste woman by means of temptation, deception, arts, flattery, or a promise of marriage.” (That doesn’t leave you a lot of options.) But that’s nothing compared to the rules in Ottumwa, Iowa, where you can’t even wink at a pretty lady with whom you are “unacquainted.”

Maybe Next Time He’ll Think Before He Cheats

In Arkansas, adultery is punishable by a fine of $20 to $100, which is steep but hardly prohibitive. That might explain Bill Clinton’s time in Little Rock. Good thing he wasn’t governor of California, though: An illicit affair in the Golden State could set you back $1,000.

Plus, They’re Kinda Scratchy

Maybe this is why they never filmed an episode of Magnum, P.I. in the Hoosier State. Mustaches are illegal in Indiana if the owner of said facial hair “has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans.” Soul patches and goatees, though? Totally legal.

Brush Your Teeth First

Is the American Dental Association behind this one? Men of Alexandria, Minnesota, be warned: It’s against the law to have sex with your wife if your breath smells of garlic, onions, or sardines. Ladies, know your rights: The law mandates that your man must brush his teeth if you request it!

Even If You’re Shooting Blanks

File this one under “weirdly specific” laws: In Wisconsin, a man may not fire a gun while his partner is having an orgasm. Welcome to the wussification of America!

The Virgin Suicides

Talk about a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: In Washington, it’s illegal to have sex with a virgin, even on the wedding night. Surprisingly, “Washington: Once a Virgin, Always a Virgin” is not the state’s official motto.

No Shirt, No Service

In Hawaii, it’s illegal to appear in public wearing only swimming trunks — which, correct me if I’m wrong, basically puts the entire cast of Hawaii Five-0 on the list of America’s Most Wanted. (It may also explain all the leis.) This is still better than the law of the land in Kentucky, however. In the Bluegrass State, a lady may not wear a bathing suit on a highway unless she’s escorted by at least two police officers … and armed with a club.

Bottom’s Up

In Ames, Iowa, it’s illegal for husbands to take more than three gulps of beer while lying in bed with their wives. In a related story, the inventor of the wide-mouthed beer can may have been a husband from Ames, Iowa.

Note: The frighteningly comprehensive website WeirdSexLaws.com served as my primary resource for this article.

—By Josh Roberts

Alleged Criminal Checks In At Police Station To See If Cops Are After Him

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n-HANDS-IN-HANDCUFFS-large300A German sought by authorities for alleged fraud has been arrested in Austria — after dropping into a police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation.

Police in Salzburg said the 59-year-old man walked into a police station in the city on Friday night. Spokesman Anton Schentz told the Austria Press Agency on Saturday the man told officers he just wanted to check that they had “nothing on him.”

Officers checked their records and found a recent arrest warrant from a Vienna court on four counts of fraud and embezzlement. Police say the man, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to a Salzburg prison.