Some wondrous museums you can visit from your home

Random-Times projects are all about wonder and exploration and, since many of our readers are spending time at home to stay safe and healthy, we’re highlighting ways you can travel no matter where you are. While world governments and medical workers face to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of us (including our collaborators, of course!) staying at home. Some public activities have paused their in-person programming as officials ask people to practice social distancing to limit the spread of the coronavirus. However, a growing number of institutions, including some wondrous libraries,…

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Þrídrangaviti Lighthouse – Iceland – is probably the loneliest in the world

A cluster of slender rock pillars jut out from the ocean’s surface, miles away from civilization. From a distance, it looks like a colorful bug has settled atop on the highest of the three rocks, called Háidrangur, or High Rock in English. If you look closer, you’ll see it’s a tiny red-roofed lighthouse, perhaps one of the loneliest in the world, and you’ll need wings to go to there, because the only access to the Þrídrangar lighthouse is by helicopter. The whitewashed lighthouse is perched atop the tallest of the…

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Florida: a man stalks beach as Death to protest reopening during pandemic

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, announced on last Friday that state parks will soon reopen, even as the coronavirus pandemic continued and Death himself still stalked the beaches of the Sunshine state. The same Death that goes viral on social media after a man dresses up to alert Floridians to the dangers of reopening their economy too soon. The “Grim Reaper” in question was actually Daniel Uhlfelder, a lawyer and campaigner for public beach access who put on a cowl and wielded a scythe. As a socially distanced interview with a…

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#May 5, 2004: Human remains found in suitcase near Virginia Beach.

On this day, a suitcase holding what is later identified as the partial remains of William McGuire, a 39-year-old Navy veteran and computer analyst is pulled from the water near Virginia Beach. But it was only the beginning: a second suitcase of body parts was found nearby on May 11, and a third washed up near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on May 15. The victim was last seen alive on April 28, 2004, shortly after leaving a house in New Jersey’s scenic Warren County where he lived with his wife…

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#TodayInHistory – May 5

May 5 – Some important events on this day 1260 👉🏼 Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire. As Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, Kublai reigned from 1260 to 1294 over one fifth of the world’s inhabited land area. He was the grandson of Genghis Khan, the founder and first great leader of the Mongol Empire. If one counts the Mongol Empire at that time as a whole, his realm reached from the Pacific to the Black Sea, from Siberia to modern day Afghanistan. In 1271, Kublai founded…

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