Happy 61st birthday, IHOP. Here’s how the chain still rakes in billions

New York (CNN Business)IHOP celebrates its 61st birthday Tuesday, capping off a momentous year that introduced a fake name change and a new menu item. 1958 IHOP was founded by two brothers, Al and Jerry Lapin, who discovered “inspiration in the tropical tastes of coconut syrup and dreaming up the idea of a local restaurant centered around pancakes,” according to IHOP. The first restaurant opened in a suburb of Los Angeles. The company said IHOP was a popular hotspot for Hollywood stars, including Doris Day, Milton Berle and Jimmy Stewart. 1973 IHOP went by its full name, International House of Pancakes, until 1973. That’s when it began using its now-familiar acronym. 1978 IHOP restaurants were recognizable by their A-frame roofs. …

China reportedly signs secret deal to station troops in Cambodia

Wall Street Journal says US officials have seen pact but Cambodian PM denies move China has signed a secret deal to allow its military troops to be stationed at a naval base in Cambodia, according to reports. The Belt and Road once sleepy seaside town of Sihanoukville, which has become a focal point of Chinese investment, with almost 100 casinos springing up in two years catering solely for Chinese visitors and a special economic zone established for Chinese companies. Chinese nationals now own more than 90% of businesses in Sihanoukville. If true, its further evidence of Cambodia falling deeper and deeper into Chinas embrace, said Sophal Ear, a prominent Cambodian political scientist. It does not come as a surprise as …

8 Pics Of Adorable Munchkin Kitten That Sleeps Like A Human

Probably most of us will agree that nowadays cats are taking over the Internet. Let’s admit that it’s hard to resist how adorably cute and at the same time, funny they are! We all know that if you’re having a bad day, funny cat videos will be the ones that will surely cheer you up for good. Whether they are playing with things that they are not allowed to, getting scared of pretty random objects, or simply adorably sleeping. For some cats, a piece of a blanket in the corner of the bed is enough to have a deep night’s sleep while others really like to show who’s boss and occupy all the space, spread out all over the bed and …

Csar Pelli obituary

Distinguished architect who designed the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and One Canada Square in London Csar Pelli will be remembered as a designer of world-beating skyscrapers, but for him the quality of his projects was more important than their height. The Argentinian-American architect, who has died aged 92, is best known for the towering landmarks he added to the skylines around the world: the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. Many of those structures are the among the tallest in their respective city or country, but Pelli preferred to judge his own work in more abstract terms: the emotional responses they generated, the clarity and economy of their designs, and their contribution to their cities as visual symbols, as …

Prosecutors Say Evidence Against Jeffrey Epstein Growing ‘Stronger By The Day’

Prosecutors say Epstein, 66, is a flight risk and danger to the community and should remain incarcerated until he is tried on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. In a written submission Friday to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, prosecutors revealed new information about their investigation and why they perceive Epstein as dangerous. Prosecutors said they believe Epstein might have tried to influence witnesses after discovering that he had paid a total of $350,000 to two individuals, including a former employee, in the last year. That came after the Miami Herald reported the circumstances of his state court conviction in 2008, which led to a 13-month …

Talking Horses: does horse racing really face an ‘existential threat’?

The sport is in a dangerous moment according to a former betting executive and the 2005 Gambling Act is a chief factor The internal combustion engine, powered flight, electricity, universal suffrage and two world wars are just a few of the transformative inventions, discoveries and events which have occurred since horse racing and bookmaking began their very successful association in the 1790s. So it is quite something to open this mornings Racing Post and read that Richard Flint, until very recently the chief executive of Sky Bet, feels that racing and betting Original Article : HERE ;

The moon landing still offers hope in a world ruled by tiny minds | Suzanne Moore

As a child I was fascinated by the moon landings. But after once gazing at the stars, our leaders now only look inwards, writes Suzanne Moore I am very grateful that this wonderful event should happen in my lifetime. I was precisely 11 years, 0 months, 1 day old, I wrote diligently in my moon scrapbook. I was obsessed with the moon landings, to put it mildly, collecting every newspaper clipping. I wrote Man on the moon on every surface. Scratching it on to my desk meant I got a clip round the ear. No one else in my family understood it. It was yet another sign of my unbelonging. No one in Ipswich got the huge significance of it …

We dont need to bleed: why many women are giving up on periods

With recent confirmation that periods have no health benefit, an increasing number of women are using contraception to stop them altogether For some, it is about bringing an end to debilitating pain or dark thoughts. For others, it is as simple as being liberated from the sinking realisation that you need a tampon but you left them in your other handbag. When a new wave of feminist authors and activists are calling on women to embrace their periods, the idea that some do not want a monthly bleed and are seeking to avoid having them altogether can seem radical. The technology is there, in contraceptives. They dont only prevent pregnancy. A recent drop in tampon sales How your period is …

1.2M People Are Saying Theyre Gonna Storm Area 51 And Here Are 30 Funny Memes About It

The said to The Washington Post. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.” they wrote. “I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet.” #2 #3 The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore. The base has never been declared a secret base, but all research and occurrences in Area 51 are Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information. The CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of the base for the first time on 25 June 2013, following a Freedom of Information Act request filed in 2005, and they declassified documents detailing the history and …

Facebook and Google are keeping tabs on what porn you’re watching

(iStock) BERNIE SANDERS SAYS HE’D ABSOLUTELY TRY TO BREAK UP FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, AMAZON Even if a person were to enter into “incognito mode” on their browser, meaning that their results were supposedly not being tracked, they still were, the researchers found. Using a hypothetical person named “Jack,” the researchers note that incognito mode only means the browsing history is not stored on Jack’s computer. “The sites he visits, as well as any third-party trackers, may observe and record his online actions,” the study adds. “These third-parties may even infer Jack’s sexual interests from the URLs of the sites he accesses. They might also use what they have decided about these interests for marketing or building a consumer profile. They may …

Asia’s meth trade is worth an estimated $61B as region becomes ‘playground’ for drug gangs

(CNN)Deep in the jungle in Thailand’s northern Chiang Mai province, a unit of armed border officers were on duty late last month when they stumbled on a cave stuffed with drugs. A UNODC report published Thursday found the methamphetamine trade is now worth between $30 billion and $61 billion per year in East and Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh. The UNODC report noted that it has found “large quantities” of meth are also being trafficked through Laos — which also borders Myanmar — to Vietnam, which has ample coastline for shipping to nearby markets such as Malaysia and the Philippines, but also to Australia and New Zealand. Coyne, the former Australian Federal Police official, said drug gangs have …

LA Sparks guard Riquna Williams suspended 10 games for domestic violence incident

The WNBA has suspended the LA Sparks guard 10 games for a domestic violence incident, one of the longest punishments in the leagues history The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident, one of the longest punishments in the leagues history. The league office handed down the suspension on Tuesday. Williams was arrested on 29 April and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing. Authorities said Williams repeatedly struck ex-girlfriend Alkeria Davis after forcing her way into her Florida home in December. …

Chicago mayor: Police ‘are losing the streets’ to major eruptions of violence

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. (Getty) Lightfoot’s comments also came off the back of one of the city’s bloodiest weekends so far this year, in which more than 40 people shot, nine of them fatally. Right before Independence Day, 50 people were shot. And despite the deployment of an extra 1,200 officers in the city, at least 43 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, seven of them fatally. OCASIO-CORTEZ CONTINUES TWITTER SPAT WITH TRUMP, LINKS GOP TO WHITE SUPREMACY More than 1,500 extra Chicago Police officers hit the streets, parks and lakefront for the July 4 holiday, typically one of the most violent weekends of the year. Police also executed three separate operations in June that resulted …

Why automation is a feminist issue

Working women are twice as likely as men to lose their jobs to AI, according to a thinktank. Which perhaps isnt surprising, given that most of that work is menial and badly paid According to a new study from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), nearly 10% of Carys Roberts, the author of the IPPR report, tells me: We dont even talk about risks in this area, because there are so many different factors. The primary argument that we make is that this could go in different directions. Technology is not destiny. While women dominate retail and admin, two areas that seem the ripest for automation, in sectors that are low paid, you typically dont get early adoption of …

There’s Going To Be A Lunar Eclipse Tonight – Here’s How To Watch It Live

Today, July 16, 2019, marks 50 years to the day since Apollo 11 blasted off from Earth on its mission to put humans on the Moon for the first time. As if the Moon is letting us know it’s still thinking about us after all these years, parts of planet Earth will be graced with a partial lunar eclipse tonight. The partial lunar eclipse will visible in the UK after sunset at approximately 22:30 BST, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. The skies are forecasted to remain clear of clouds throughout the evening, so about 60 percent of the visible lunar surface will turn a rusty red or grey color around this time.  The spectacle will also be visible across a large part …

Ancient City Discovered Near Jerusalem Is The Largest Neolithic Settlement Ever Found In Israel

A huge ancient city from the Neolithic period has been discovered just outside Jerusalem, and officials say it is the largest city of this period ever found in Israel. The settlement stretches nearly half a kilometer and at its peak would have housed between 2,000-3,000 New Stone Age residents. And yet, incredibly, archaeologists weren’t expecting to find anything there at all. It had been believed that this part of Israel was empty and that settlements of this size only existed on the other side of the Jordan River or the Northern Levant, researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) explained in a statement. Instead, thanks to excavations conducted as part of a project to build a new highway into Jerusalem, …