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46 Years Ago, The National Guard Shot And Killed 4 Kent State Students

On May 4, 1970, the realities of the Vietnam War reached Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Students were protesting the war as a result of President Nixon’s declaration of the United States’ intention to attack Viet Cong. More than 1,000 protestors and demonstrators were at the university campus.

According to Kent State, the protests started peacefully. However, once the young protestors clashed with the police, violence ensued.

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The National Guard was called in on May 2.

Although the university attempted to ban it, a large rally was held on May 4 at noon.

Approximately 3,000 people attended the demonstration and filled the commons area. The National Guard dispatched about 100 armed guardsmen. When the demonstrators were ordered to disperse, they began throwing rocks at the National Guard.

The protestors moved toward Blanket Hill. As things escalated, 28 guardsmen fired into the crowd.

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Between 61 and 67 shots were fired within a 13-second span.

Four students were shot dead and nine others were injured.

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The students killed were Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer.

The tragedy triggered a nationwide student strike. Hundreds of universities and colleges closed. Kent State University was closed for six weeks.

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Many questions still surround the shootings. Should the National Guard have been called to the university? Why did the guardsmen fire into the crowd?

The nation was shocked by the events of May 4. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young even recorded a song about the tragedy.

Even today, the actions of the National Guard are hotly debated.

An audio recording of the incident, called the Terry Strubbe recording, was originally taken in a Kent State dorm room. This audio file has been analyzed by experts to determine the timeline of events.

Forensic audio experts Stuart Allen and Tom Owen insist that the words “Prepare to fire” were uttered by someone in the National Guard right before the shootings. The FBI analysis of the digitized copy of the tape did not agree with their findings.

To learn more about the events that took place, visit the Kent State website.

Tragedies resulting in the loss of innocent life have been happening for decades. It is not a new occurrence, but one we, as a society, must find a way to stop.

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These Look Like Chicken Wings, But This Creation Is So Much More

Next game day, make something that even your healthiest friends will love!

Counting down the days to the big game can cause people a great deal of anxiety, whether you care about the score…or just want to make sure you keep your friends full and entertained.

Make it easy on yourself when it’s your turn to host and remember this simple spin on a classic game day food. Because with a bit of buffalo sauce and a secret ingredient, you’ll have them fighting like crazy over your food instead of the teams!

I want to eat all of this.

Because, let’s face it: buffalo sauce can make just about anything insanely delicious.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/buffalo-cauliflower-wings/

What She Does With Pie Crust Will Have You Running To The Store

I love making pies…but there are some drawbacks.

Let’s talk about prep time: I spend hours making the filling, the crust, waiting for it to bake, and cleaning up all the dishes! And after all that, it takes me so long to finish eating a whole pie that it goes bad before I get through it.

It’s really a disaster.

So what’s a girl to do when she wants to have her pie and eat it, too? Well, I’ve found the answer to all my problems — pie pops!

Okay, I’d heard of cake pops, but these are far more adorable and way easier to make!

I think I’m going to make blueberry, apple, and raspberry tonight. They’re so easy to put together and there’s basically no cleanup — win-win!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pie-pops/

Combine Two Of Your Favorite Meals With This Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

When you’re craving comfort food, it can be hard to choose between your favorite dishes.

I can never decide which meal I want, to the annoyance of my family. But what if I told you that you don’t have to pick just one? That’s right — if you’re a fan of tacos but equally love mac n’ cheese, you can have the best of both worlds with this yummy recipe.

Get ready to start drooling, folks.

If you’re ready to experience cheesy bliss, just follow the recipe below:


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 15 ounces of diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup of corn
  • 15 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups of Colby-Jack shredded cheese


  1. Pour ground beef into a heated pan and stir until brown, then drain the excess liquid.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, water, taco seasoning, salt, and pepper to the pan.
  3. Stir the mixture, then add the pasta and stir again until the pasta is coated and well-cooked.
  4. Add Colby-Jack cheese.
  5. When the cheese is melted, serve and dig in!

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Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: Cowboy Life in Texas

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When This Drone Flew Over The Ocean, It Found The Only Two People In The World

While weddings themselves are very much about people’s tribes in their entirety, a relationship that culminates in such a celebration starts with two.

Two people meet. Two people test the waters and take the plunge. They fumble through awkward dates until struggling with a plate full of pasta goes from embarrassing to endearing. They meet in the glorious middle filled with a type of love that warrants rings, parties, and promises of growing old together.

Her ability to capture the sense of oneness that can be found in a pair is what sets Helene Havard‘s wedding photography apart. The Tahiti-based artist recently teamed up with Flying World Pictures to create a collection that both literally and figuratively elevates the craft.

The combination of drone technology and Havard’s careful eye creates scenes populated by subjects who appear to be the last two people on Earth.

If you want to get a feel for what these shoots look like in action, check out the video below.

Bora bora Wedding Jacob & Jodi from Flying World Pictures on Vimeo

To see more of Helene Havard’s work, visit her website. For regular updates, follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

You can watch more videos by Flying World Pictures here.

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21 Awesome Ways To Use Chalkboard Paint Around Your Home…They’re So Creative!

I’ve always loved chalkboards — minus that horrible screeching sound that happens when they’re raked with fingernails, of course.

They’re so much more fun to draw on than simple paper, and admit it: We all feel pretty cool when we use them. Plus, the possibilities are endless when you can erase what you create as much as you want.

Speaking of possibilities, I had no clue the number of creative things you could do with chalkboard paint until just recently. I’m now convinced that there’s really nothing that can’t be made better with a coat of the stuff. If you want to add a little creative flair to your home, check these projects out!

1. Let your kids’ creativity shine with this cute craft table.

2. Use an old window to make an awesome weekly calendar.

3. Personalize your mug!

4. You’ll never have to remember which drink yours is again with these wine glasses.

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5. Turn stirring sticks into garden markers for easy organization.

6. Add a personal touch to your boring old notebook.

7. These cookie tins are too cute!

8. This serving tray is a great way to sweeten breakfast in bed or label the food you’re serving.

9. Help your kids count down to Christmas with this festive plate.

10. Make organization gorgeous with this adorable nook.

11. I’ve always just stored my seasonal clothes in trash bags but this is so much better!

12. I so need this for my bathroom drawer!

13. These chalkboard heads are so much fun for kids!

14. Use these coasters to easily assign drinks at your next party.

15. These mason jars will help keep your crafting drawer clutter free.

16. Your kid will never get bored with this dollhouse because she can change it as often as she wants.

17. Make seasonal decorations with these styrofoam pumpkins.

18. This filing cabinet is so much more stylish now!

19. Make your kids proud of their artwork by hanging it on their own gallery wall!

20. Now your little ones can color all over the walls without any timeouts.

21. This dresser will help your kids get ready so much faster!

Chalkboard paint must havesome mystical powers. How else could you make so much awesome stuff with it (that has nothing to do with math)? Will you give any of these projects a go?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/chalkboard-paint-diy/

This Haunting Icelandic Hymn Is Just What We all Need To Keep Calm And Carry On

With the United States election coming to a close, we are all looking for relief.

Here to help is a group singing an Icelandic hymn in a train station, and the acoustics are what really bring this performance to life. This echoing, haunting rendition of an ancient song is here to help you through any hard times you have on the horizon.

The religious and non-religious alike can agree on the beauty of this performance, unfiltered by anything other than natural talent.

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Read More: A Musician Was Playing His Guitar In The Subway When Something Beautiful Happened

I’ll be playing this on repeat for the next month or so, and if you’re stressed out, I suggest you do it as well. Let’s all chillax, folks.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/icelandic-hymn/

He Put A Bed Frame In His Yard To Add A Country Vibe To His City Apartment

When you live in a concrete jungle, it’s easy to start missing the great outdoors. You miss the trees, you miss the open spaces, and you even begin to miss the yard that you had to mow a billion times a year.

But if you’re growing tired of your concrete space, have no fear. With a little creativity and some simple materials, you can add some country flair to your city dwelling.

Doesn’t that look awesome and comfortable? Having your own private backyard that you can nap in is every city dweller’s dream!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bed-yard/

This Deep-Fried Restaurant Staple Is So Easy To Make At Home

I’ll admit it — I’ve never had a bloomin’ onion. Just the calorie count on the popular appetizer turns me off…but honestly, now that I know it’s easy to make them at home, I kind of want to try one.

Maybe it’s just the fact that at home, I can control just what goes into the recipe…perhaps I finally understand how delicious they look. Either way, if you’ve never tried the savory side (or maybe it’s your favorite), you have to check this simple dish out!

Here’s what you need!


  • 1 onion
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of paprika
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of salt
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce


  1. Cut the end opposite to the root off the onion and peel the dry skin.
  2. Make slits all around the onion down to the root.
  3. Mix the milk and eggs in a bowl.
  4. Combine the flour, garlic powder, two tablespoons of salt, pepper, and two tablespoons of paprika in another bowl.
  5. Dip the onion (root down) into the milk mix, spooning the mixture into all the crevices.
  6. Then, transfer the onion into the flour mix, again spooning it into the layers.
  7. Repeat the milk and flour steps once more.
  8. Fry in oil for 10 minutes.
  9. For the sauce, mix the remaining salt and paprika with the sour cream, mayo, ketchup, and worcestershire sauce.
  10. Tear off a piece of bloomin’ onion and dip away!

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