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Memorial Day Trivia to Help You Impress Your Friends)

Just in case you need one or two tidbits of history to throw around at your Memorial Day cookout, here are a few things your friends might not know about this American holiday that just might impress them.We’ve been officially celebrating Memorial Day in some form or fashion since 1868.What else happened in 1868. Funny […]

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Michelle Obama Encourages Oberlin Graduates To Seek Out ‘The Most Contentious, Polarized, Gridlocked Places’

While giving the commencement address at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, on Monday, first lady Michelle Obama encouraged students to get involved in civic life and “run to, and not away from, the noise.” “Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find,” Obama said […]

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Is this bus company full of sh*t, or is this poop-powered vehicle the fastest bus around?<br><br>
A vehicle that runs on cow manure has set a "land speed record" for buses, the BBC reported Wednesday. The “Bus Hound,” which is powered by cow manure converted into fuel and normally functions as a public bus around the English town of Reading, clocked in at 76.785 miles per hour doing a lap around a track, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-32801974" target="_hplink">the BBC reported.</a><br><br>
However, the numbers don’t seem to add up. It's unclear whether the speed of the Bus Hound -- named after the British Bloodhound supersonic car -- is actually a record. A February police chase involving a school bus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa reached speeds up to 100 mph, <a href="http://thegazette.com/subject/news/public-safety/cedar-rapids-school-bus-involved-in-first-avenue-crash-20150210" target="_hplink">according to The Gazette.</a><br><br>
Bus and Coach Buyer notes that there is “documented and anecdote evidence for much higher speeds” achieved by buses in the 1960s. Additionally, Guinness World Records officials have stated the Bus Hound's speed cannot be marked as a world record unless it exceeds 150 miles per hour, Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Reading Buses -- which operates the Bus Hound -- told the BBC.<br><br>
The Bus and Coach Buyer, however, specifies that the record attempt was meant to reflect speeds for “a service bus.” The article also notes that the record was simply a “lighthearted event” meant to help spread the word about biomethane gas as fuel. <br><br>
Even if it doesn’t hold a Guinness World Record, though, we think the Bus Hound and its snazzy cow print paint job are pretty cool.<br><br>
Reading Buses operates a total <a href="http://www.busandcoachbuyer.com/bus-hound-reading/" target="_hplink">34 buses powered by the cow manure fuel</a>, according to Bus and Coach Buyer. The cow droppings are converted into fuel through anaerobic digestion, which involves microorganisms breaking down the feces in an oxygen-free environment. According to the BBC, this produces biogas, which can then be liquefied and used as fuel. <br><br>
The Bus Hound, by the way, is not to be confused with another U.K. “poo bus” that debuted recently: the Bio-Bus, which serves the city of Bristol and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/18/bus-poop-fuel_n_6889052.html" target="_hplink">runs on human waste. </a><br><br><a href="http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/05/british-poo-powered-bus-sets-speed-record/" target="_hplink">H/T Ars Technica</a><br><br><br><br><a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostWeirdNews"><img src="http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/FBLOGO_0.png"></a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostWeirdNews" target="_hplink">Like Us On Facebook</a> | <br><a href="https://twitter.com/HuffPostWeird"><img src="http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/TWITTERBIRD.png"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/HuffPostWeird" target="_hplink">Follow Us On Twitter</a> | <br><a href="mailto:Hilary.hanson@huffingtonpost.com"><img src="http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/email-letter-icon.jpg"> Contact The Author</a><br><p>-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/terms.html/">terms.</a> It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.</p>

How Fast Can A Poop-Powered Bus Go?

Is this bus company full of sh*t, or is this poop-powered vehicle the fastest bus around? A vehicle that runs on cow manure has set a “land speed record” for buses, the BBC reported Wednesday. The “Bus Hound,” which is powered by cow manure converted into fuel and normally functions as a public bus around […]

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Republican Sen. Thad Cochran Marries Longtime Aide

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — the Mississippi Republican whose 2014 primary campaign drew national attention over an aspiring blogger’s photos of his bedridden wife — has married his longtime aide, his office said Monday.The wedding to Kay Webber took place privately Saturday in Gulfport.The senator’s first wife, Rose Cochran, died in […]

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Artist Jim Bachor Fixes Chicago Potholes With Ice Cream Mosaics

Devouring a melty, delicious Good Humor bar on a stoop on a steamy July afternoon — does anything say “summer in the city” more perfectly? With the hottest months fast approaching, mosaic artist Jim Bachor is bringing those frosty memories to streets around Chicago. In a series called “Treats in the Streets,” Bachor fills in […]

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Monday Matters: The Cuddliest Cat, A Moving Apology Two Decades Later And An Emotional Homecoming

Your ‘Monday Blues’ are scheduled to end right… now. Here at the HuffPost Partner Studio, we’re looking to change your mind about Mondays. We believe that the first day of the week should start off on the bright side. So we’ve partnered with Target to bring you our favorite stories, videos and feel-good campaigns of […]

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Operation Coach Pairs Veterans With At-Risk Youth To Help Both

When Kleiton Almeida walked into Miami’s Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School a little over a year ago, he brought his experience serving in the Middle East and Africa with him. For the Navy veteran, working at the school was an opportunity he earned through Operation Coach, an initiative started by Up2Us Sports, a non-profit founded […]

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‘Inside Out: Portraits Of Cross-Gender Children’ Beautifully Documents Transgender Kids

For the past 12 years, Dutch photographer Sarah Wong has documented the lives and experiences of a group of children who have transitioned — or are in the process of transitioning — to live as their authentic selves. Wong captured these images of children involved with VU University in Amsterdam, where they engaged in a […]

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Rainbows Form Over Dublin As Ireland Votes To Legalize Gay Marriage

In a historic vote, Ireland passed a referendum to legalize gay marriage. As voters in the Irish capital of Dublin went to the polls on Friday, some noticed a fitting accompaniment from Mother Nature.What a fitting day for a rainbow over Dublin. So very proud to be Irish today! #MarRef pic.twitter.com/rBZGhzSAL7— Fintan Gillespie (@fintangillespie) May […]

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