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Photo Of The Day: How To See The Historic Five-Planet Alignment

Five Planet Alignment

The five planets visible to the naked eye will be able to be seen all together for the first time in over a decade. Image Source: imgur

Right now, for the first time in a decade, five planets are simultaneously visible to the naked eye from Earth. This rare celestial event can be seen every morning until late February at around 45 minutes before sunrise, with the view peaking in late January/early February.

Each morning, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, and finally Mercury will rise, in that order. These planets (and Earth) all orbit the sun in a similar plane called the ecliptic. Each planet, however, orbits the Sun at different speeds, meaning that they rarely line up in a way that can be seen from Earth. But for the next few weeks, things will line up just right.

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23 Delicious Mad Men Era Dishes America Shouldn’t Have Given Up On

By the middle of the 20th century, a confluence of factors–a rise in supermarkets and pre-packaged food, an advertising boom, a renewed fascination with classical European cooking, extreme growth in the middle class, among others–led to a truly singular culinary milieu. Even today, and even if you didn’t live through it the first time, chances are you can recognize some 1950s and 1960s food that America has now forgotten.

While the likes of prune whip, salmon mousse, tuna noodle casserole, fish sticks, and yam ice cream deserve to be left on the culinary scrapheap of history, there are plenty of popular mid-century American dishes that merit a resurgence today. At first glance, beef Wellington, chicken Kiev, and chiffon pie may seem like dusty relics of the Mad Men era, the kind of food your parents–if not your grandparents–made with help from an actual paper-and-ink cookbook. But if you give these dishes a second thought, or simply look at the mouth-watering things today’s cooks are doing with these classics, you’ll realize that they’re fully in keeping with modern standards of deliciousness.

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Tunnel Of Fudge

Tunnel Of Fudge

Given its name, there's no confusion about what it is. The only confusion is as to why we stopped making this. Image Source: Pinterest (left), Flickr (right)

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

A somewhat simple dish of beef tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry. Perhaps that simplicity and universality has something to do with the fact that no one can truly pinpoint its origins. Image Source: Alecia Bakery NYC (left), Flickr (right)

Cheesecake Cookies

Cheesecake Cookies

It's simple. Cheesecake is good. Cookies are good. Therefore, cheesecake cookies are good. Image Source: Vintage Recipe Cards (left), Pinterest (right)

Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev

Despite its name, this herbed, buttered, and breaded chicken is just one example of French haute cuisine that took hold near mid-century. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

This apple, celery, and walnut salad (with many other variations and additions) was invented at New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Image Source: WordPress (left), Wikimedia Commons (right)

Fondue

Fondue

This Alpine classic of melted cheese (sometimes chocolate) accompanied by various dipping items took hold in America after its appearance at the 1964 World's Fair. Image Source: Flickr (left), Wikimedia Commons (top right), Flickr (bottom right)

Baked Alaska

Mad Men Food Baked Alaska

Supposedly invented at the venerated Delmonico's Restaurant in New York, this seemingly improbably dessert houses ice cream within a browned meringue shell. As hot as the meringue gets--and some set it directly on fire--the insulated ice cream will stay frozen. Image Source: Vintage Recipe Cards (left), Flickr (right)

Chicken Croquettes

1960s Food Chicken Croquettes

These spiced, breaded, and fried rolls come in endless variations beyond chicken and have countless permutations across the globe. Image Source: Flickr (left), Pexels (right)

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Although America is culinarily synonymous with apple pie, the Betty Crocker classic, apple cake, has somehow been all but forgotten. Image Source: Vintage Recipe Cards (left), Flickr (right)

Chicken Marengo

1960s Food Chicken Marengo

Chicken served with tomatoes and seafood, this is yet another mid-century classic brought over from France. And yet another French standby whose origins are--probably apocryphally--linked with Napoleon. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

The story goes that this beef, noodles, and cream sauce dish exploded in America after U.S. servicemen, stationed in the dish's homeland of Russia, brought it home after World War II. Image Source: Vintage Recipe Cards (left), Flickr (right)

Chicken a la King

Chicken A La King

Consisting of diced chicken served in a mushroom cream sauce over pasta, rice, or bread, this classic may also have been invented at Delmonico's in New York (accounts vary). Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Modern IKEA-fueled mini-resurgence notwithstanding, this postwar party classic has largely been forgotten, even though it's basically just a standard meatball in a cream gravy. Image Source: Pinterest (left), Wikimedia Commons (right)

Chiffon Pie

Chiffon Pie

The uniquely light and airy chiffon pie is any kind that folds together meringue and/or whipped cream with a flavor base ranging from fruit curd to peanut butter. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

Due to its low cost relative to most any cut of meat, meatloaf exploded in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II, retaining popularity in the postwar years. Though it remains somewhat popular today, the increased availability and affordability of other meats have knocked meatloaf from its postwar perch. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon

Although this fried crab dumpling fits in among postwar tiki culture and is often purported to be of southeast Asian provenance, it was very likely invented in America. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Lobster Newberg

Lobster Newberg

This boiled, buttered, and creamed lobster dish is yet another that was supposedly invented at Delmonico's in New York. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (left), Wikimedia Commons (right)

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Likely another cost-cutting holdover of the Great Depression and World War II, this savory chicken and vegetable pie is now mostly found only in the grocery store freezer aisle. Image Source: Flickr (left), Flickr (top right), Flickr (bottom right)

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Yet another example of the postwar American fascination with French cuisine, this baked dish layers potatoes and cheese together in a shallow cooking vessel. Image Sources: Hey, my mom used to make that! (left), Flickr (right)

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls

These sweetened balls of popcorn stuck together with molasses have dipped in popularity since the 1950s, now largely relegated to Christmas or Halloween. Image Sources: Flickr (left), Flickr (right)

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie

Although pumpkin pie and cheesecake have obviously remained popular, this hybrid, a Kraft classic, has fallen out of favor. image Source: Pinterest (left), Flickr (right)

Grasshopper Pie

Grasshopper Pie

A staple among southern desserts in the 1950s and 1960s, this creamy mint pie sports an Oreo crust, all of which makes it strange that it hasn't remained as popular as it once was. Image Sources: Pinterest (left), Flickr (right)

Beef Burgundy

Beef Burgundy

One more entry in the postwar American love affair with classical French cooking, this braised beef and vegetable stew was largely popularized, like so many other French dishes in America, by Julia Child's 1961 classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Image Source: Pinterest (left), Flickr (right)

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What It Takes To Call Winter Storm Jonas A Blizzard

Snowfall Prediction

The National Weather Service snowfall projection. Image Source: National Weather Service

The northeastern United States is hunkering down for a potentially devastating winter storm this weekend. As Winter Storm Jonas approaches, meteorologists are predicting historic amounts of snow, with anywhere from 1 to more than 2 feet from Friday to Sunday. And while Washington D.C. and Baltimore are at the center of Jonas’ path, the entire Eastern seaboard has been told to prepare for the worst.

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10 Weird Facts You Never Knew About Bigfoot

As a seldom-sighted creature of myth, Bigfoot is sort of similar to Santa Claus, if Santa Claus was an eight-foot-tall, fur-covered, naked forest monster. There are those who are convinced that Bigfoot is real, however, and some—such as the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (or AIMS)—have dedicated their lives to finding proof. Whether you believe in him or not, here are ten surprising Bigfoot facts, as told by those who swear that the (hairy) truth is out there:

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There are at least 12 different kinds of Bigfoot just in the United States

Grassman Rendering

While many cultures have their own version of Bigfoot—including the formidable Yeti of the Himalayas, also known as the Abominable Snowman—America lays claim to several types all of its own. According to AIMS, there are more than 12 different types of Bigfoot inhabiting Appalachia, ranging from the more human-looking Grass Man (rendered above) to the vicious, eight-foot-tall Midnight Whistler.

Bigfoot legends go back at least 3,000 years

Bigfoot Hiding

Native Americans have their own reported sightings of Bigfoot that predate modern accounts by millennia. These come from several tribes, including the Iroquois and Shawnee. One Cherokee legend even tells of a Bigfoot called the Tsul 'Kalu (aka the Cherokee Devil) that married a young girl and was blamed for all of the tribe’s misfortunes thereafter. Image Source: Flickr

The original Bigfoot makes a sound like a steam engine

Bigfoot Stroll

First spotted by the Iroquois, the aforementioned Midnight Whistler is thought to be the first clan of Bigfoot to venture beyond the cave systems where they hid from humans. It is believed to have used waterways to spread throughout Appalachia and eventually evolve into the different Bigfoot clans reported today. The nocturnal creature weighs 400 pounds, has jet black fur, and glowing green eyes, and communicates with a booming whistle that allegedly resembles a steam engine. Image Source: Flickr

Bigfoot has psychic powers

Bigfoot Taxidermy

Cherokee legend has it that the Tsul 'Kalu had the power to read people’s minds. Present-day witnesses have claimed to lose time after sighting the Bigfoot, similar to the effect reported by those who claim to have been abducted by aliens: Hours pass in the blink of an eye, and the victim is left unable to recall what happened to them. And sometimes, of course, Bigfoot just makes people strip naked and go crazy. Image Source: Flickr

It’s possible that Bigfoots bury their dead

Bigfoot Facts Burial Ground

One suggested reason for the lack of evidence of Bigfoot’s existence is the idea that these creatures bury their dead. There have been several reports of the discovery of Bigfoot burial grounds over the years, and while most come from less than reputable sources, it would perhaps explain why no one has ever stumbled across a Bigfoot carcass in the wild.

Bigfoot and Chupacabra work together to hunt their prey

Bigfoot Blurry

In Appalachia, Chupacabras are referred to as West Virginia Vampires, thanks to the local belief that they suck on the blood of woodland creatures. AIMS believes that Bigfoot may use Chupacabras the same way hunters use bloodhounds, with the Chupacabras catching the prey and the Bigfoots swooping in to retrieve the body. In return, Bigfoots act as muscle for Chupacabras, protecting them from traps when curious monster hunters get too close. As you might expect, no evidence currently exists to support this theory. Image Source: Flickr

Bigfoots communicate through tree knocks

Surfing With Sasquatch

Some Bigfoot investigators believe the creatures communicate with each other—and even with humans—by knocking on wood with their fists, or possibly a club or stick. This bears similarity to gorillas, who have been shown to clap their hands in warning during instances of alarm. Image Source: Flickr

Bigfoot might be a surviving member of a presumed-extinct race of ancient apes

Hunting Bigfoot

One suggestion for Bigfoot’s existence is that it is a member of a race of presumed-extinct apes—the largest who ever lived—who crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia and into the United States. However, no Gigantopithecus fossils have yet been found in America. Image Source: Flickr

Bigfoot likes apples

Bigfoot Store

An apple a day does not keep Bigfoot away. According to AIMS’ investigations, one Bigfoot type called a Yahoo has surfaced in the orchards of West Virginia’s rough country, where Golden Delicious apples are abundant. The Yahoo, they claim, is ten feet tall and weighs up to 1,000 pounds, with scat as large as an apple pie. According to at least one news source, Bigfoot also enjoys blueberry bagels. Image Source: Flickr

Bigfoot has a ruthless streak

Bigfoot For President

The most aggressive Bigfoot in Appalachia is ominously called the Wildman. Alleged to be eight feet tall, 500 pounds, covered in jet black fur, and unafraid of people, the Wildman is a close relative of the Midnight Whistler, but with an even worse temper. In the 1700s, the Shawnee claimed the Wildman was responsible for the deaths of seven members of their tribe. Image Source: Flickr

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