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  • Three days and 30 miles — Some Kenyans experience epic traffic jam
    Posted November 20, 2015 at 9:45 am by Liz Klimas

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    Whether you are just getting in from your morning commute or are about to head out, dreading a rush hour home, don’t even start complaining about how bad your traffic might be.

    Why?

    Because Kenya recently experienced an at least three-day traffic jam.

    According to All Africa, the situation started Tuesday when unfinished roadwork coupled with a downpour made a muddy mess on a main highway from Mombasa to Nairobi.

    “I have not eaten since yesterday morning, not showered and not even changed clothes,” Nathaniel Chweya, a truck driver told Reuters (via BBC).

    Kenya’s Daily Nation reported that shop owners near the highway said they sold out of “all foodstuffs and soft drinks.”

    “The sad part is that we cannot get [more supplies] as the road is totally clogged up for the last 19 hours,” shop owner Michael Mwangadu told the news outlet.

    Watch NTV’s video of the scene:

    By Thursday, the local transport authority sent police officers to help tend to the 30-mile long jam.

    “We sent many officers last night to deal with the issue. Trucks will be guided, buses and private cars will be diverted onto the standard gauge railway road to ease the problem,” a county commissioner, Evans Achoki, told All Africa.

  • CEO Matt Keezer: FlightHub’s Most Popular US Destinations
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 12:00 am by Sponsored Post

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    The numbers are in for FlightHub’s top US destinations for the 2015/2016 holiday season! In all, 12 US destinations appeared in the top 50 according to FlightHub CEO Matt Keezer, saying “US destinations always do well during the holidays due to US consumers travel habits,” adding “whether for business, pleasure, or family reasons, US consumers tend to be very active at this time of year.”

    Before we get to the numbers for the holidays, it’s important to recognize how important the tourism industry is to the US economy. According to the US Travel Association, the tourism industry contributed $2.1 trillion to the US economy in 2014, supporting 15 million jobs either in the travel industry or directly tied to it. This accounted for 2.7 per cent of the US’ gross domestic product, generating $141.5 billion in tax revenues for the country. Needless to say, tourism is a massively important industry in the United States.

    Now, onto the numbers. The top travel destination in the US this year was Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Fort Lauderdale is a critical artery in Florida’s tourism industry, as many travelers use this airport to get to huge attractions like Disney World in Orlando, and the beaches of Miami. This destination accounted for 2.75 per cent of all of FlightHub’s holiday bookings. The next four destinations are no-brainers, with Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, and Phoenix rounding out the top five. In all, these destinations accounted for nearly 9 per cent of all holiday bookings.

    Matt Keezer believes there are a number of reasons why these cities routinely perform near the top, saying “Los Angeles and New York represent a lot of family travel as students, children, and parents reconnect over the holidays,” adding “both Orlando and Phoenix better represent the snowbird movement, with older travelers relocating for the Winter months.”

    Rounding out the remaining seven destinations in the top 50 were Miami, San Francisco, Honolulu, Tampa, Las Vegas, Kahului, and Fort Myers.

  • Ancient Kabbalistic Manuscripts Reveal Their Secrets And The Inner Meaning of ‘Abracadabra’
    Posted November 16, 2015 at 12:00 am by Sponsored Post

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    These ancient sources, going back to the beginning of time, reveal the hidden rules and advice embedded and encoded within thousands of books written by patriarchs and scholars starting from the writings of Adam and Abraham.

    A serious illness hits a family like ‘a ton of bricks,’ the resultant ‘shock wave’ brings chaos and fear into everyone’s lives.

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    The angel added just one condition,

    “when we claim back this gift, you will quietly accept living your life, keeping just those wonderful memories.”

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    Keep asking yourself, ‘Why am I alive?’ and then try to make your life more meaningful and worthwhile.

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  • Star Wars Fans, Disney Just Dropped a New 60-Second TV Spot Loaded With New Footage
    Posted November 13, 2015 at 2:38 am by Oliver Darcy

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    New footage alert!

    Despite director J.J. Abrams insisting Disney had finished releasing new footage for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the studio dropped a TV spot late Thursday — and it has new footage.

    The trailer comes one week after an international trailer was released to the excitement of fans across the world.

    The highly-anticipated Episode Seven is due in theaters Dec. 18, with some showings available the night before.

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  • Video: Does ‘SNL’ Make Fun of Democrats?
    Posted November 11, 2015 at 11:28 am by Michael Mason

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    They’ve portrayed Sarah Palin as a dimwitted Alaskan and George W. Bush as a incompetent leader. “Saturday Night Live” is known for taking aim at Republicans and has even been accused of being “mean and not funny” by big-time Republicans.

    “SNL” creator and producer Lorne Michaels claims that the show primarily pokes fun at Republicans because they have a better sense of humor.

    “Republicans are easier for us than Democrats,” Michaels said in an interview with Vulture.com: “Democrats tend to take it personally; Republicans think it’s funny.”

    Though Michaels has been known to donate to several Democratic campaigns, he identifies as an independent and contends that the show tries to stay away from promoting one party over the other.

    “Our job — and it sounds too grand to say and none of us ever say it — is speaking truth to power,” Michaels said.

  • You Guys, Starbucks Doesn’t Hate Christmas — and Here’s Proof
    Posted November 10, 2015 at 3:10 am by Oliver Darcy

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    Starbucks doesn’t hate Christmas. Let’s just get that straight.

    Sometime in the past few days, a giant myth was born on the Internet: the world’s most popular coffee shop wants to erase Christianity’s most sacred holiday from the calendar.

    The evidence? The annual red cups rolled out by Starbucks are minimalist and don’t make any references to Christmas.

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    Image source: Starbucks

    Many interpreted the new design to be a sign of the “War on Christmas.” One conservative website, for example, decried the move as “emblematic of the Christian culture cleaning of the west.” Donald Trump floated the idea of a boycott and promised under his presidency every shop would wish customers a “Merry Christmas.” Actor Rob Lowe slammed Starbucks saying he was “officially over” the chain.

    Unfortunately, it seems, none of them did their homework. Their argument hinges on one key premise: that Starbucks in previous years designed their cups to specifically mark the holiday.

    But that’s just not true. Last year’s red cup design didn’t feature anything to mark Christmas. Neither did the previous year’s. Or the one before that. Or the one before that — and so on. Click here to see for yourself.

    The idea that Starbucks in 2015 removed “Merry Christmas” from the cups is pure fiction. It was never there to remove.

    Image source: Starbucks

    Image source: Starbucks

    And that’s because the red cups aren’t about Christmas in particular. They are rolled out in early November to mark the winter season and each and every holiday it brings: Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.

    Unfortunately, the way some have talked about it this year, one would think they previously featured a full-blown Nativity scene or Jesus on the cross. That never happened.

    What has happened every year since 1984 is the release of a very popular “Christmas Blend.” Yes, you read that right. A Christmas Blend.

    Image source: Starbucks

    Image source: Starbucks

    That’s how Starbucks marks the holiday.

    In fact, it’s so popular, the Christmas Blend is usually one of the three featured coffees in each Starbucks store leading up to Christmas.

    Think about it. If Starbucks hated Christmas, would they name one of their most treasured blends after the holiday? Then feature it in all their stores? Or put it as the featured item on their website?

    Probably not. And they wouldn’t sell advert calendars letting people countdown to Christmas. Or “Merry Christmas” gift cards.

    The fact is Starbucks doesn’t hate Christmas. One might even contend the chain embraces the holiday more than its rivals or even most major corporations.

    There is no need to boycott. No need to shout or tweet angry things. Starbucks isn’t the Devil’s playground, even if its been made out to be.

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  • Star Wars Fans, There Is a New International Trailer Out That Is Sure to Give You the Chills
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 6:01 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Star Wars fans, you are in for a treat.

    On Friday, Disney released a new trailer for “The Force Awakens” — and it’s packed with tons of never-before-seen footage.

    The trailer follows another which was released mid-October. The highly-anticipated Episode Seven is due in theaters Dec. 18, with some showings available the night before.

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  • Video: Is Putting U.S. Special Forces in Syria a Violation of Obama’s Promise of ‘No Boots on the Ground’?
    Posted November 5, 2015 at 9:29 am by Michael Mason

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    President Barack Obama said Monday that the planned deployment of dozens of U.S. special forces to Syria to advise opposition forces fighting Islamic State did not break his promise not to put “boots on the ground” in the Syrian conflict.

    You be the judge!

  • How big was the line for Donald Trump’s book-signing event in New York?
    Posted November 4, 2015 at 9:09 am by Mike Opelka

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    GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s new book, “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again,” was released Tuesday and the author held a book-signing event inside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

    Fans and autograph-seekers lined the streets of the city. How big was the line? The video says it all.


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  • Donald Trump Wants Other Candidates to Drop Out So He Has ‘More Time’ To Talk About the Issues
    Posted November 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm by Tré Goins-Phillips

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    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Tuesday at a press conference for his new book “Crippled America” that “there are too many people” in the GOP presidential field and that want “more time to talk about the problems of the United States.”

    “If a person’s been campaigning for four or five months and their at zero, or one, or two percent, they should get out,” Trump said at the New York presser.

    Trump said candidates staying in the race with low polling numbers is “bad for their brand” and praised Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for leaving the race “quickly.”

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  • What happens when parents tell their kids they ate all their Halloween candy? See for yourself
    Posted November 3, 2015 at 2:47 am by Oliver Darcy

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    It’s become an annual tradition.

    On Monday, late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel published the fifth annual “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy” compilation video.

    Each year, Kimmel asks parents to pull a prank on their kids and tell them they ate all the trick-or-treat candy they collected. Participants then submit their videos and the best are selected to air on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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  • Trump quiets debate with a pistol, Lindsey Graham sounds drunk: Late-Night TV hosts skewer CNBC debate
    Posted October 30, 2015 at 10:01 am by Mike Opelka

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    The two “Jimmies” of late night television — ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon — focused a portion of their Thursday night monologues on the CNBC-hosted GOP debate.

    Kimmel used some creative editing to compare the debate to an episode of “The View,” showing all of the candidates and moderators talking over each other until a pistol-packing Donald Trump fired a few rounds into the air to silence the crowd.

    “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” also focused on Wednesday night’s GOP debate. Fallon took aim at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

    The inspiration or source of Jimmy Fallon’s idea to slow down Sen. Graham’s voice to make him sound drunk, was discussed on TheBlaze Radio.

    H/T – The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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  • Debate hangover? ‘Bad Lip Reading’ from the first Dem debate might be just what you need
    Posted October 29, 2015 at 9:12 am by Mike Opelka

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    As the Republicans were preparing to take the stage for Wednesday night’s debate, a video mocking the first Democratic presidential debate hit the Internet.

    “Bad Lip Reading Presents: First Democratic Debate Highlights” has Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders praising former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “pinto beans” and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley struggled to explain how “babies come out of the mommies.”

    Watch the lampooning here:

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  • iPhone’s ‘Siri’ knows what you should be for Halloween — All you have to do is ask
    Posted October 28, 2015 at 3:14 pm by Mike Opelka

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    With Halloween just a few days away, some people need help deciding what to wear. If you have in iPhone, the answer may be at your fingertips.

    We asked Siri a simple question.

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    Image source: iPhone

    The initial answer was pretty much what we expected. It was clever with a slight sprinkling of snarkiness so often seen when the Apple phone’s “intelligent agent” is asked a less-than-serious question.

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    Image source: iPhone

    We suspected Siri had more than one costume suggestion. So, we asked again.

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    Image source: iPhone

    And again.

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    Image source: iPhone

    And again.

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    Image source: iPhone

    After receiving about a dozen different costume suggestions (and a few veiled insults) from Siri, we found our favorite.

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    Image source: iPhone

    If you have an iPhone, please try this experiment and share your responses from Siri in the comments section below.

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  • Marco Rubio Eyes Cruz, Carson and Bush in debate prep video — but it’s not what you think
    Posted October 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Tré Goins-Phillips

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    In an online ad released hours before tonight’s CNBC Republican presidential debate, the camera opens on GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Macro Rubio on the phone talking about Cruz, Carson and Bush.

    “Hey, what’s the latest on Cruz?” Rubio asked into the phone. “I know, but is he in or is he out? Because I keep seeing reports here about both.”

    It isn’t until the end of the ad that it becomes clear Rubio isn’t talking about his GOP rivals at all.

    Watch the clever ad here:

    Last night ahead of today's debate, I got an update on Cruz, Bush & Carson. #CNBCGOPDebate

    Posted by Marco Rubio on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • Hillary Clinton’s birthday puts her on path to beat…William Henry Harrison
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 4:14 pm by Fred Lucas

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    Hillary Clinton’s is celebrating her 68th birthday Monday, meaning that, if elected, she will be the second-oldest president to take office — just a few months younger than Ronald Reagan was in January 1981.

    The second-oldest president inaugurated thus far is William Henry Harrison, who took office at age 68.

    Clinton is also competing in a potentially seasoned field.

    The Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is already 69, and will turn 70 next June, his age upon a potential inauguration. Clinton’s chief Democratic rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, would be 75 when sworn in should he actually get elected. The oldest of the candidates on the Republican side is former New York Gov. George Pataki, at 70. Two other GOP candidates, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, are both 44.

    For the last week, Democratic supporters, elected office holders and others have been sending emails to supporters asking them to sign their name to a virtual birthday card and eventually to donate to the campaign.

    “You can help make this a special birthday for Hillary. I know how much she’d appreciate seeing your name on her card,” said a campaign email purportedly from former President Bill Clinton Monday morning.

    Other older presidents upon their inauguration were James Buchanan, 65; George H.W. Bush 64; Zachary Tyler, 64; Dwight Eisenhower, 62; Gerald Ford, John Adams and Andrew Jackson were all 61; and Harry Truman was 60.

  • Is Hillary Clinton healthy enough to be president?
    Posted October 26, 2015 at 8:31 am by Michael Mason

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    After last week’s House Benghazi committee hearing, Internet news mogul Matt Drudge observed that Hillary Clinton’s health was the “biggest revelation” to come of it, claiming she was “slow-speaking, obviously induced by meds.”

    Clinton notably suffered a fall and sustained a concussion in 2012, which resulted in the formation of a blood clot.

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    Here’s a look back at some of the discussion surrounding Clinton’s health over the last few years:

  • ‘Final Thoughts’ with Tomi Lahren: ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm by TheBlaze Staff

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    Saturday, Tomi called TheBlaze Radio’s “Pure Opelka to talk about her new show.”

  • Hillary Clinton offered to send Rep. Jordan a copy of her book — the web reacted
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Just over three hours into the House Benghazi Select Committee hearing featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton facing questions from Republicans and Democrats over the attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, Clinton responded to a question from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) by offering to send him a copy of her book, “Hard Choices.”

    Clinton’s offer sparked reaction on social media.

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  • If you get emotional seeing videos of returning soldiers, do not watch ‘Celebrate Me Home’
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 11:05 am by Mike Opelka

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    Grab a tissue.

    A newly released version of Kenny Loggins’ classic, “Celebrate Me Home,” features country star LeAnn Rimes and pop star Gavin DeGraw singing as a series of videos show returning military members reuniting with family.

    The clip is part of a campaign to spotlight the needs of Disabled American Veterans.

    Watch the video — but we do suggest you grab a tissue or two before pressing the play button.

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  • Marco Rubio gets in on ‘Back to the Future’
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 9:14 am by Fred Lucas

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    It’s “Back to the Future” Day, and Marco Rubio is looking to get in on the nostalgia — by painting Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden as outdated.

    Rubio, a first-term Florida senator, has tried to frame his Republican presidential campaign as being about the future, while Clinton’s Democratic campaign is about the past.

    A new Rubio web ad shows clips of Clinton and Biden with the words, “In 1989 we went Back to the Future. Now that we’re here, it’s more like a blast from the past.”

  • Backing away from Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On,’ Donald Trump opens Richmond campaign rally with…
    Posted October 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm by Michael Mason

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    Last week Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler slapped a “cease and desist” on Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for using the rock band’s classic song “Dream On” during campaign appearances.

    Trump discussed the song controversy a bit on Twitter:

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    Trump wrote he has a “better one to take its place!”

    So when his campaign came to Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday, we asked those attending the rally, “What music should he use for his entrance?”

    Watch Trump supporters offer some song suggestions and see the actual tune used when Trump walked onstage:

  • Watch Bernie Sanders dance his way onto the ‘Ellen’ show
    Posted October 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm by Mike Opelka

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    This actually happened.

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    Image source: YouTube

    Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) danced his way onto the stage of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday. And there is video to prove it.

    Watch.

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  • While searching for tomb of Genghis Khan, archaeologists make a 4,000-year-old discovery
    Posted October 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Genghis Khan, the notorious Mongolian leader from the 13th century, might have a documented history of his conquests but one important mystery remains.

    Where is he buried?

    The search for the infamous tomb of Genghis Khan continues. (Image source: YouTube)

    The search for the infamous tomb of Genghis Khan continues. (Image source: YouTube)

    Here’s more from a UCLA news release issued a few years ago to give you some insight into the legend:

    According to legend, Genghis Khan lies buried somewhere beneath the dusty steppe of Northeastern Mongolia, entombed in a spot so secretive that anyone who made the mistake of encountering his funeral procession was executed on the spot. Once he was below ground, his men brought in horses to trample evidence of his grave, and just to be absolutely sure he would never be found, they diverted a river to flow over their leader’s final resting place.
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    Khan’s grave is presumably in a region bordered by Mongolia’s Onon River and the Khan khentii mountains near his birthplace in Khentii Aimag, and some experts believe his sons and other family members were later buried beside him. The researchers, however, have little additional information to go on. Directly following Khan’s death in 1227, the area around his tomb was deemed forbidden by the emperor’s guards, and later in the 20th century, by strict Russian occupation, which prohibited Mongolians from even talking about Genghis Khan because they felt it might lead to nationalist uprising. Only since the 1990s have researchers been allowed in the area, and several other research teams have tried unsuccessfully to locate the tomb.

    Well the fascination over the hidden burial site has not escaped the Travel Channel’s second season of “Expedition Unknown.” Last week its host Josh Gates took on the legend of King Aurthur and this week he looks at Genghis Khan.

    “From the forbidden mountains of outer Mongolia to the punishing deserts of western Africa, we’re going off the map investigating the greatest legends in history,” Gates said in a statement.

    The Travel Channel shared an exclusive video with TheBlaze ahead of tonight’s show of a discovery made while searching for the grave.

    Though only a 56-second clip, it’s cool none-the-less. Gates along with archaeologists at a site near the ancient capital of Karakorum, modern-day Kharkhorin, brushed dirt off a male human skull. Travel Channel revealed to us that it did not belong to Genghis Khan, but was from a 4,000-year-old tomb.

    Watch the clip:

    A study published earlier this year in the journal PLOS One detailed a crowd-sourced effort to search satellite images for the tomb, described as “an archaeological enigma that lacks any historical description of its potential visual appearance.” This effort eventually led to a National Geographic expedition of 55 archaeological sites that could be in the region where he was buried.

    Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin with the University of California, San Diego, who led this an other studies to discover the burial site of Genghis Kahn, said in a statement a few years ago that researchers were turning toward advanced visualization technologies because “there are few clues and no factual evidence about Genghis Khan’s burial.”

  • Forget ‘Pizza Rat’ — NYC presents two subway rats fighting over a slice
    Posted October 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm by Mike Opelka

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    It’s official, “Pizza Rat” is so last month.

    September’s viral video sensation showing a rat carrying a slice of pizza down the steps and into the New York City subway system has just been pushed aside.

    A new video, showing two rats spotted on the NYC subway tracks, fighting over a slice of pizza has just hit the web.

    Watch the battle.

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