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The Daily Catch - published on 08/26/16

Leave her, Johnny, leave her Oh, leave her, Johnny, leave her For the voyage is done and the winds do blow And it’s time for us to leave her

The voyage is done and we have the freshest links available, just in time for your coffee… or your second coffee. Come and gettem!

Now that’s a time bomb! 700-year-old hand grenade used in the Crusades is found off the coast of Israel – (dailymail.com)

After 700 years of sitting in the Israel sea an ancient grenade and some other tools have been discovered. (Pics in the link):

The clay device, which would have been filled with a flammable liquid with a burning fuse poked through a hole in the top, is thought to be about 700 years old. These grenades were flung at enemy ships in an attempt to burn the wooden vessels. Diego Barkan, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, told MailOnline: ‘These hand grenades were being used in the Byzantine and early Islamic period right up until the Ottomans.

This Company Lets Kids Design Their Own Clothes – (boredpanda.com)

Here’s something fun for the kids.Picture This is a company that allows children to draw a dress and wear it:

One day, mother of two, Jaimee Newberry, came up with a brilliant idea to sew her daughter a dress that was based on her own drawing. The dress was such a huge hit with both her daughter’s friends and their parents, that Newberry decided to make a business out of it. Titled ‘Picture This’, Newberry’s company lets children turn their drawings into clothes that they could actually wear (currently, just dresses). So, how does it work? You go over to the Picture This website, choose a size and print out a coloring sheet. Then your kid draws her little heart out and you send a picture of a drawing to the website.

Cashier Notices Panicky Woman Is Making A Strange Purchase, Then Realizes She’s Being Scammed – (littlethings.com)

Shelly Yost, a supermarket cashier, met an old woman who was frantically trying to purchase $2000 dollars worth of iTunes gift cards. Rather than going along with it, she decided to investigate:

Yost asked the woman why she was buying so many gift cards. The elderly woman said her granddaughter was in jail with a broken nose and that she needed to buy the gift cards to bail her out. The story was a red flag. The cashier had heard this one before. The woman was in a panic. She was terrified for her granddaughter’s well-being. “I want to let you know your granddaughter is OK. This is a scam that we know happens,” Yost told her, but the woman refused to believe it. “I asked her if she would please wait, and let me call the Sylvania police, so they could tell her that they would never accept gift cards as payment for somebody in jail. I didn’t want her to go somewhere else.”

“Earth-Like” Exoplanet Discovered In The Nearest Star System To Our Own – (iflscience.com)

Imagine a planet that didn’t rotate. You could live on a beach in perpetual sunset!:

This new world dances around the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, which is the closest star to our own Sun. Dubbed “Proxima b”, this exoplanet was discovered after painstaking years of analysis of the tiny movements of its host star in response to the gravitational pull of the planet itself. By picking apart these stellar wobbles, estimates of the planet’s mass and physical parameters could be made. It orbits the star every 11.2 days at an incredibly short distance of 7.5 million kilometers (4.7 million miles). It’s tidally locked, which means that one side of the planet always faces the star, and the other remains in perpetual darkness. The planet, which is equivalent to 1.3 Earth-masses, is likely to be around 5 billion years old, based on the age of the star system it’s residing in.
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