U.S. President Barack Obama has now been in office for 167 days, and it’s time for a look back. Why 167 days? Why not – it’s just as arbitrary a number as the usual “100 days”. In that time, President Obama has contended with stimulating the U.S. economy, reshaping U.S. policy abroad, and starting work on domestic issues such as health care reform. As he and his family arrive in Moscow today for an official visit, find here a look back at some of the first 167 days of the Obama administration. (38 photos total)
President Barack Obama tours the pyramids outside Cairo, Thursday, June 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) #
President Obama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a family visit to the Oval Office May 8, 2009. The youngster wanted to see if the President’s haircut felt like his own. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) #
Afghanistan’s only known pig trotted out of quarantine, two months after he was locked away because of swine flu fears, to bask again in the mud at the Kabul Zoo.
The pig, a curiosity in Muslim Afghanistan where pork and pig products are illegal because they are considered irreligious, was quarantined because visitors to the zoo were worried it could spread the new H1N1 flu strain, commonly known as swine flu.
“Our people did not understand that the disease only passes from person to person and felt that the swine influenza might even be spread from the zoo because we have a pig here,” zoo manager Aziz Gul Saqib said.
“Other zoos abroad told us not to worry … when people began to realise the disease doesn’t come from the pig itself we decided to release the pig,” he said.
A 1922 political cartoon on the British invasion of Iraq.
Microsoft write their code to fit people’s expectations of what the specification says rather than what it actually says.
It’s actually a bit worse. Microsoft writes their code to what they think the expectations are instead of what the expectations really are.
More than 800 surviving pages and fragments from the The Codex Sinaiticus, which was written in Greek on parchment leaves in the fourth century, have been reunited.
Last year The British Library put The Book of Psalms and St Mark’s Gospel online, and now the remaining pages have been made free for public use for the first time.
Along with the Codex Vaticanus, the Codex Sinaiticus is considered the oldest known Bible in the world. Originally more than 1,460 pages long and measuring 16in by 14in, it was written by a number of hands around the time of Constantine the Great.
It offers different versions of the Scriptures from later editions of the Bible, notably in St Mark’s Gospel which ends 12 verses before later versions, omitting the appearance of the resurrected Jesus Christ.
Makes you wonder when exactly they actually made up that part of the story.