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New Google Doodle Honors Famous Photo of Loch Ness Monster

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Fans can search for the monster on Google Street View

Eighty-one years ago, Colonel Robert Wilson snapped a grainy photograph of what appeared to be a prehistoric sea creature raising its head out of the depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness — inspiring the legend of one of earth’s most infamous monsters, Nessie. On Tuesday, Google honored the anniversary of that celebrated photo with an animated Google Doodle.

Wilson said he took the shot of the Loch Ness Monster, printed in the Daily Mail in 1934, when he was driving across the northern shore and noticed something in the water. But Wilson himself never claimed the photo as proof of a monster and disassociated his name from the picture by calling it the “surgeon’s photo.”

In 1994, then 93-year-old Christian Spurling confessed that he had built the neck and attached it to a toy submarine. The toy was then photographed by a big-game hunter named Marmaduke Wetherell to spite the Daily Mail for a perceived injustice from a previous Loch Ness Monster search.

The Google Doodle shows an animated Nessie submarine being driven by three aliens. Fans hoping to solve the mystery once and for all can use Google Street View to search for the monster.

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Female Chess Legend: ‘We Are Capable of the Same Fight as Any Other Man’

Judit Polgar, Hungarian chess grandmaster.
Ondrej Nemec—Getty Images Judit Polgar, Hungarian chess grandmaster.

“It’s not a matter of gender, it’s a matter of being smart,” Judit Polgar says

Judit Polgar, one of the world’s top chess players, has hit back against a claim by another of the game’s stars that men are naturally better chess players.

“We are capable of the same fight as any other man, and I think during the decades that I actively played chess I proved it as well,” Polgar told TIME in an interview Monday. The native Hungarian became a chess prodigy along with her two sisters and broke Bobby Fischer’s record to become the youngest grandmaster at age 15 in 1991. It’s not a matter of gender, it’s a matter of being smart,” the grandmaster added.

Polgar’s comments came after a storm erupted over Nigel Short’s remarks that people should “gracefully accept it as a fact” that women possess different skills than men, while also suggesting that women are worse drivers.

“I don’t have the slightest problem in acknowledging that my wife possesses a much higher degree of emotional intelligence than I do,” he told New in Chess magazine. “Likewise, she doesn’t feel embarrassed in asking me to maneuver the car out of our narrow garage. One is not better than the other, we just have different skills.”

Polgar, who announced her retirement last year, pointed out that she had defeated Short “quite a few times.” She also defeated Garry Kasparov, widely considered to be the finest chess player in history, in 2002.

“I grew up in what was a male dominated sport, but my parents raised me and my sisters [to believe] that women are able to reach the same result as our male competitors if they get the right and the same possibilities,” she said.

Polgar, who founded the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation to use chess as an education tool, says she sees roughly an equal number of young boys and girls competing in chess at equal levels. But she says fewer girls pursue chess later on, in part because they choose not to and in part because they do not receive the same encouragement from parents, teachers and other people around them.

“Whenever I speak to parents or to kids, I always encourage them that if they believe, if they do the work, if they are really dedicated, then they can do it,” she says. “No matter whether they are a boy or a girl.”

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Chess Master Says Men Naturally Better Players Than Women

British former World Chess Championhip finalist Nigel Short looks at a chess board in his home in Athens November 4, 2005.
Yannis Behrakis—Reuters British former World Chess Championhip finalist Nigel Short looks at a chess board in his home in Athens November 4, 2005.

"Rather than fretting about inequality, perhaps we should just gracefully accept it as a fact”

One of Britain’s best chess players has sparked controversy after he said that women were inherently not as good as men at chess and suggested that women were worse drivers.

Nigel Short, who lost to Garry Kasparov in the 1993 world championship, told New In Chess magazine that we should “gracefully accept it as a fact” that women possess different skills than men, the Telegraph reports.

“I don’t have the slightest problem in acknowledging that my wife possesses a much higher degree of emotional intelligence than I do,” he said. “Likewise, she doesn’t feel embarrassed in asking me to maneuver the car out of our narrow garage. One is not better than the other, we just have different skills.”

“It would be wonderful to see more girls playing chess, and at a higher level, but rather than fretting about inequality, perhaps we should just gracefully accept it as a fact.”

The comments from the sometimes provocative player drew a swift response from the chess community.

Amanda Ross, the head of the Causal Chess club in London, told the Telegraph that his statements were “incredibly damaging when someone so respected basically endorses sexism.” Russ also observed that Short lost to Judit Polgar, the former women’s world champion.

[Telegraph]

TIME United Kingdom

This London Homeowner Came Up With a Genius Way of Taking Revenge on Her Neighbors

And the neighbors are seeing red. Lots of it

One disgruntled Londoner has come up with a diabolical way of taking revenge on neighbors who opposed redevelopment works on her multimillion-dollar townhouse. She’s turned it into a garish local eyesore by painting it red and white.

The candy-striped three-story house can be found on a quiet street in Kensington, one of London’s wealthiest districts, reports the Guardian.

The owner gave her house the makeover after neighbors objected to plans to demolish the building and replace it with a five-story home, including a two-story basement.

Neighbors are appalled with the paint job, calling it “hideous” and “an eyesore.”

“I don’t think it belongs here. It kind of glows in the evening. It’s fluorescent. And the half-finished stripe is driving me mad,” 19-year-old Saskia Moyle, who lives across the road from the house, told the Guardian.

Maybe they’ll let her demolish it after all.

[The Guardian]

TIME United Kingdom

5 Things To Know About The New Royal Baby

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the Stephen Lawrence Centre in South London, March 27, 2015.
Zak Hussein—Corbis Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the Stephen Lawrence Centre in South London, March 27, 2015.

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, is due to give birth later this month

LONDON — Royal fans are ready to welcome Prince William and Kate’s second child — a younger brother or sister to Prince George, whose birth two years ago whipped up a worldwide media frenzy.

As in 2013, the royals are keeping everyone guessing by disclosing virtually nothing about the baby — including the due date and gender.

If the bookies are to be believed, the baby will be a princess and she will be called Alice.

Here’s what we know — and don’t know — ahead of the second royal baby’s birth, expected in the coming days:

MYSTERY BIRTH DATE

Clarence House announced on Sept. 8 that Kate was pregnant, but gave no clues about the due date other than to say it would be this month. On a recent public visit, Kate reportedly told a charity worker that she is due mid-to-late April.

The baby could share a birthday with her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who was born on April 21. The newborn’s birthday could also coincide with William and Kate’s fourth wedding anniversary, on April 19.

PRINCESS ALICE?

Though there has been no confirmation of the baby’s gender, bookies and the British media seem confident it will be a girl. Some suggest that Kate herself offered a hint of what’s to come with her choice of clothing: She wore a bright pink coat for her final public appearance, before she disappeared for maternity leave.

As for what the baby will be called, many are betting on one quaint-sounding name: Alice.

The name is by far the favorite among Britain’s bookmakers, with William Hill putting odds at 2-1 after a number of unusually large bets came in for it. Ladbrokes puts the odds at 3-1. No one seems to know why, though.

Elizabeth and Charlotte follow closely, with Victoria, Alexandria and Diana trailing behind. James and Arthur come in as the top bets for a baby boy.

“It’s absolutely dominated at top of the market by girls’ names,” said Joe Crilly, spokesman for William Hill. “They’re the seemingly perfect couple so maybe they’ll have the perfect combination of a boy and girl family.”

Britain’s royal history has seen a few women called Alice: Queen Victoria named her second daughter Princess Alice, and the queen’s mother-in-law — Prince Philip’s mother — is Princess Alice of Battenberg.

Whatever the royals choose, it’s fairly safe to rule out names like Wayne or Mercedes — both with odds of 500-1, according to Ladbrokes.

HEIR OR SPARE?

When George was born in 2013, he jumped the line of succession ahead of uncle Prince Harry to become the third in line to the throne — after Charles, his granddad, and his father William.

George’s sibling will become the fourth in line, bumping Harry down to fifth place. Prince Andrew, the queen’s second son, moves to sixth.

As the second-born, the new baby will likely not be expected to become the ruling monarch. Instead, he or she will be the “spare,” or backup, should anything happen to the first-born.

George VI famously became king unexpectedly after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936.

“An abdication is highly unlikely to happen again, but you never know,” says Joe Little, managing editor at Majesty magazine.

And unlike in the old days, the gender of the second child will not matter.

Britain in 2013 introduced legal changes to end a centuries-old “male primogeniture” rule that puts boys before girls in the line of succession. Under that system, a princess can be robbed of her place in the line by a younger brother.

That rule, which dates back to the 1701 Act of Settlement, is now abolished in Britain as well as in 15 former British colonies.

RELAXED PARENTS

Kate, 33, and William, 32, seem relaxed about the birth of their second child, and both have been out and about chatting with locals and keeping up their official duties until March.

Kate did suffer from severe morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum, in the early months — just as she did during her first pregnancy — and had to pull out of plans to make her first solo royal tour to Malta. But her health improved since then, and she looked well as she was snapped by photographers wherever she went.

Meanwhile, William will be taking some paternity leave from his new job. The former search and rescue helicopter pilot began his full-time job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on March 30, and is expected to begin flying rescue missions this summer.

THE BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT

Britain’s royal family may be one of the world’s most traditional institutions, but its press team has made efforts to modernize communications by taking on Twitter and other social media.

Just like when George was born, royal officials plan to announce the baby’s birth by Twitter, broadcasting the news directly to the monarchy’s millions of followers worldwide.

Journalists will get a slight head start, though — reporters will get an email two minutes before the palace tweets the news.

About two hours later, officials will post a more traditional announcement on a gilded easel outside of Buckingham Palace.

 

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This Country Just Banned Revenge Porn

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New U.K. law cracks down on many kinds of online abuse

The United Kingdom is cracking down on people who share nude photos of their exes without their consent, a practice known as revenge porn.

Under the U.K.’s new Criminal Justice and Courts Act enacted Monday, anyone who discloses private sexual photographs of another person with the intent to cause distress could be prosecuted. Violating the new law carries a punishment of up to two years in prison, a fine or both. The law applies to photos shared both online and offline, according to The Telegraph.

The new law marks the U.K.’s first time revenge porn has been listed as a specific crime.

The U.K. is also cracking down on Internet trolls through the new act. Punishment for abusive messages that have the “intention of causing distress or anxiety” will be punishable by up to two years in prison, up from a six-month maximum under previous rules.

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Daring Thieves in London Have Made Off With as Much as $300 Million in Valuables

A police forensics officer enters the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London Tuesday May 7, 2015 after it was burgled over the weekend.
Dominic Lipinski—AP A police forensics officer enters Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd. in London on April 7, 2015, after it was burgled over the weekend

No, this is not a movie plot

A crack team of thieves broke into a vault in central London’s gem district over the weekend and raided up to 70 safety deposit boxes, making off with a staggering fortune in jewels, cash and other heirlooms.

Though police have not confirmed the value of the haul, the former chief of the Flying Squad (a London police branch that specializes in organized crime) Roy Ramm estimates the jewelry stolen during the heist could be worth as much as $300 million, reports the BBC.

Users of the safety deposit boxes at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd. still do not know if they are among the victims, as police continue to forensically examine the scene.

One local jeweler, Michael Miller said he “felt sick” at the prospect of losing up to $74,000 of uninsured watches and jewelry.

Many other users of the depository did not insure the contents of their boxes because of the high cost of premiums.

“If you can’t afford your jewelry insurance, you put it in a safety deposit box which is going to cost you between £300 [$450] to £400 [$600] a year and you know it is the most secure place you can put it,” said James Riley, a gem industry expert.

Using heavy cutting equipment, the thieves are believed to have accessed the vault via a lift shaft, drilling into the vault to reach the boxes.

“There is still a concern that the thieves may have had some kind of inside knowledge,” said BBC News correspondent Daniel Sandford.

Tracing the stolen gems would be nearly impossible says diamond dealer Neil Duttson. “Once diamonds have been recut and polished there is no geological map,” he said.

[BBC]

TIME United Kingdom

Britain’s Prime Minister Mocked for Using Fork and Knife to Eat Hot Dog

The image went viral shortly after a photographer captured Cameron's unconventional eating technique at an Easter barbecue

British Prime Minister David Cameron took a drubbing on social media this week after he was caught on camera holding a fork and a knife above a cleanly sliced hot dog.

Critics pounced on the image, snapped during an Easter barbecue in southern England, as evidence of Cameron’s inability to connect with ordinary voters. Cameron is currently in a tight election race against Labor’s Ed Miliband, who is no stranger to food controversies himself. Photographers captured Miliband’s exceptionally awkward encounter with a bacon sandwich last year.

Side-by-side comparisons of the images have already cropped up on Twitter, enabling swing voters to take a long, hard look at their electoral options for 2015.

 

 

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The Queen of England Is Facing a Staff Revolt at Windsor Castle

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Staff may withdraw services because of low pay

For the first time in history, the Queen of England’s household staff may take industrial action.

The Guardian reports that they are frustrated by paltry wages, and will cast ballots Tuesday to determine if they will continue with certain services they currently perform without pay around her weekend home at Windsor Castle — such as taking visitors on tours, interpreting and offering first aid.

The U.K.’s Public and Commercial Services union says more than 100 disgruntled staff members may rescind these free services, citing chronic underpayment.

The starting salary for household staff at Windsor Castle is reportedly as little as $20,000.

“It is a failure of leadership on the part of the Queen that despite receiving close to £300 million [$443,658,000] a year in public subsidy she continues to pay staff so badly,” antimonarchist campaigner Graham Smith told the Guardian.

However, the Royal Collection Trust, which administers the Queen’s homes, says the uncompensated tasks are not compulsory and only performed voluntarily. It further argues that employees are paid above the market rate and receive a generous pension.

[Guardian]

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1,000-Pound Bomb From World War II Unearthed in London

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Sergeant Rupert Frere—Britain's Ministry of Defence/AFP/Getty Images An unexploded 1,000-pound bomb discovered at a building site in south London, on March 23, 2015.

Hundreds evacuated while experts work to defuse the explosive

Experts safely defused a 1,000-lb. bomb from World War II on Tuesday after it was unearthed in southeast London.

The 5 ft.-long bomb, which was 6-9 ft. below ground, had prompted an evacuation of 1,200 homes in Southwark after a construction vehicle discovered the device on Monday, officials said in a statement. As of Tuesday evening, affected residents were allowed to return home, with the bomb defused and removed.

The Southwark area, once the commercial hub of London, had been heavily bombed during World War II. Bombs continue to be discovered decades after the war ended in 1945: between 2009 and 2014, the London Fire Brigade was notified of seven unexploded bombs from World War II.

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