Islam and other religions: How many scriptures? | The Economist


Many historians would agree that the advent of Islam in the seventh Christian century was at least tactically welcomed by Christian groups whose beliefs about Jesus and the Holy Trinity were at odds, albeit only slightly, with the formulas that had been carefully elaborated by the church’s great councils.

On the other hand, that’s not a very encouraging message for people whose ideas about Christ and the Trinity do coincide with “Byzantine Christian” thinking—in other words, most of today’s traditional Christian churches.

via Islam and other religions: How many scriptures? | The Economist.

Air New Zealand set for its last-ever Boeing 747 flight


Air New Zealand’s last Boeing 747-400 is scheduled to operate Flight 7 Wednesday (Sep 10) evening, departing San Francisco at 9:30 p.m. local time. When it lands in Auckland, New Zealand, at around 5 a.m. Friday morning local time (Thursday afternoon U.S. time), the carrier will retire the jet from commercial passenger service.

via Air New Zealand set for its last-ever Boeing 747 flight.

In 2nd Try, Electrolux Reaches Deal to Buy G.E. Appliances Unit, for $3.3 Billion | NYTimes.com


The deal is also the end of an era at G.E. as it cuts ties with one of its oldest business divisions, one that gave birth to the washing machine and dryer and the toaster oven.

The transaction is the largest ever for Electrolux, which began as a maker of vacuum cleaners in 1910 and expanded into home appliances in the 1920s.

via In 2nd Try, Electrolux Reaches Deal to Buy G.E. Appliances Unit, for $3.3 Billion – NYTimes.com.

These 8 Indian laws are so old that they still mention “Her majesty” and the “East India Company” | Quartz

The Law Ministry lists about 203 laws that were enacted a 100 years ago. Some of these have been repealed, but many continue to be around complete with mentions of the East India Company and “Her Majesty.

via These 8 Indian laws are so old that they still mention “Her majesty” and the “East India Company” – Quartz.

How a Dentist Popularized Cotton Candy


Cotton candy’s earliest origins date back to 15th century Italy.

Here, in specialty bakeries off cobblestoned streets, sugar syrup would be boiled in a pan and “flicked out” with forks to create decorative, wispy strands.

Due to the laborious process and the high price of its only ingredient, this “spun sugar” was only produced in small quantities, exclusively for the uber-wealthy.

via How a Dentist Popularized Cotton Candy.

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Vox


In its early years, the Romans shared Italy with several other peoples.

The dominant power in the neighborhood of Rome was the Etruscans.

We don’t know very much about these people, in part because we haven’t figured out how to read their distinctive language.

But the evidence suggests that Rome was ruled by Etruscan kings until the Romans revolted and established a republic — an event that is traditionally dated to 509 BC.

via 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire – Vox.

The Internet’s Original Sin | The Atlantic


.. the business model that got us funded was advertising.

The model that got us acquired was analyzing users’ personal homepages so we could better target ads to them.

Along the way, we ended up creating one of the most hated tools in the advertiser’s toolkit: the pop-up ad. It was a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page’s content.

via The Internet's Original Sin – The Atlantic.