Danie van der Merwe

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    10 of the Best-Selling Books in History (Minus Religious Texts) - includes a cooking book and an Agatha Christie novel

    With the understanding that the definition of a book is difficult; data is often impossible to confirm; that religious books like the Bible and Qur’an will be excluded; and that this list is not exhaustive, complete, or even a "top 10," these are candidates for some of the best-selling books in history.

    See http://mentalfloss.com/article/587211/best-selling-books-history

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    William Godwin’s Stunning 1794 Advice to a Young Activist on How to Confront the Status Quo with Self-Possession, Dignity, and Persuasive Conviction

    “Above all… abstain from harsh epithets and bitter invective… Truth can never gain by passion, violence, and resentment. It is never so strong as in the firm, fixed mind, that yields to the emotions neither of rage nor fear.”

    "Never forget that juries are men, and that men are made of penetrable stuff: probe all the recesses of their souls. Do not...  more
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    Alexander Chee’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Books Save Us - Books can be so many things to so many people

    “A book to me is like a friend, a shelter, advice, an argument with someone who cares enough to argue with me for a better answer than the one we both already have.”

    Chee tells the story of the singular role books played in his self-creation in his lovely contribution to A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (public library) — a labor of love eight years in the making, co...  more
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    6 Benefits of Reading Every Day - Even if it is printed on paper

    Reading is good for more than just entertainment. Committing part of everyday to reading printed books can make you a smarter, kinder, more relaxed individual. And the positive effects can be felt at any age: Even before they’ve fully developed their reading skills, kids can benefit from having access to printed materials and being read to on a regular basis. Exposing kids to books, magazines, and more at an early age is a great w...  more
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    Good Guy Rescues A Baby Moose Tangled In A Fence - The vast majority of Homo Sapiens are really good people, its a pity it's always the 5% bad ones we mostly hear from or about

    This short video just brought home to me again that the silent majority of humans are generally very kind and helpful people to anyone else or anything in distress. I ran a blog on Google+ with over 500,000 followers and I could judge from the +1's and reshares how many people were reading but never commented. Then there...  more
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    George Clooney for United to Defeat Untruthful Misinformation And Support Science (UDUMASS) - With all the Information we have available today are we Dumber than ever before?

    We have way more information today, more quickly available, to many more people than ever before in our history. We should be the brightest and best-informed humans that ever lived on Earth. Yet we seem to have really conflicting ideas on health issues, diet issues, shooting up schools, abortions, climate change, gender ri...  more
    According to a new report from the United Nations, our planet is in worse shape than at any other time in human history. The Trump Administration has done everything they can to do nothing about climate change. They just don’t listen to scientists. A lot of people don’t. Scientific fact is suddenly seen as some kind of partisan scare tactic. It endangers us all, so George Clooney is...
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    Take a Sweet Peek Inside Paris’ Oldest Chocolate Shop - Founded in 1761 on rue du Faubourg Montmartre

    As the confectionery capital of the world, Paris has no shortage of candy shops. To succeed in a sea of macarons and madeleines, these confiseries must prove that they’re the cream of the crop—a feat that family-run chocolate shop À la Mère de Famille has continuously accomplished for two-and-a-half centuries.

    À la Mère de Famille was founded in 1761 by Pierre-Jean Bernard, a young grocer. Aft...  more
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    Here's the Biggest Steam Engine in the World Going on a Test Run For the First Time in Nearly 60 Years - Weighing in at over a million pounds producing 6,300 horsepower

    Union Pacific 4014, also known as the one of the only 25 Big Boys ever built and only eight still in existence, is now officially the only one running in the world. Earlier we heard it blow its whistle for the first time since 1962, and yesterday evening it went for its first test run under its own power for the first time in 57...  more
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    Berlin's "new" $8.5 billion airport is 15 years old and has never had a flight - How does this happen in modern times?

    I'd just have never believed this (and have not heard about this until today) that a country as efficient and organised as Germany could have a major initiative like this that just stalls every year for its opening. Even the desperate measure to "install manual fire alarms" never got the airport open. Some say it may just never open and may even be demolished. All I can say is...  more
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    Huge 9.2" disappearing gun dating back to 1880's was discovered under a demolished swimming pool at a B&B in Cape Town

    Disappearing guns are considered to be a uniquely British feat of military engineering, and Hart’s research has found very few of these cannon-sized ‘guns’ were used worldwide. According to documents found in the Western Cape Archives and Records Service, at least three disappearing guns were brought to the Cape from England. The New South Wales State Heritage Register mentions...  more
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    Takealot New Road pickup point tested by MyBroadband – An awesome experience for South Africans

    Takealot has launched dozens of pickup points across South Africa, including a flagship centre on New Road, Midrand. The New Road collection point is now open as part of a beta test before an official launch next month, and MyBroadband ordered a keyboard from Takealot to test the collection facilities.

    To collect an item, customers must select the collection option when checking out on Takealot. The...  more
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    Not sure if others have this but I have about 5 Collections but my Profile view only shows the top row of 3. Other Collections are visible.