The Daily Populous

Friday February 14th, 2020 day edition

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A convicted rapist, Cameron was pitching for the Wyoming State Penitentiary All Stars, a team featuring only the hardest of hardened criminals.

“Individual errors that cost the team the win,” they write, “would result in death.”.

The Penitentiary All Stars were a fleeting sensation, a collection of random convicts that just happened to be great at America’s favorite sport.

They played just four games, winning all, but every one was infused with more drama than a modern World Series.

“Various items were made from the hides of these unfortunate lawbreakers, sold as souvenirs, and used as a warning to other would-be felons.”.

“He was lynched for the murders by Rawlins citizens in 1881,” they write, “and shoes were made from his skin.”.

But by November, the prison was being praised for its new education initiative, and the Death Row All Stars faded into memory. »

The first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided says he pooped his pants less than halfway through — and had to continue using the same underwear for 38 days

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After 15 days of pulling a nearly 400-pound sled across a treacherously windy Antarctica, Colin O'Brady was hungry, his willpower depleted.

He'd embarked on a daring mission — alone and unaided by kite or resupply — trekking across the southern continent on skis.

Packed up with him were special gooey 1,180-calorie "Colin Bars," created specifically for him and his trek by his sponsor Standard Process. »

Earth just had hottest January since records began, data shows

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The record temperatures in January follow an exceptionally warm 2019, which has been ranked as the second hottest year for the planet’s surface since reliable measurements started.

The past five years and the past decade are the hottest in 150 years of record-keeping, an indication of the gathering pace of the climate crisis.

The Swedish town of Örebro reached 10.3C, its hottest January temperature since 1858, while Boston experienced its hottest ever January day, at 23C (74F). »

IRS quietly deletes guideline that Fortnite virtual currency must be reported on tax returns

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However, the IRS did not respond when CNN asked for a statement clarifying the tax treatment of video game currencies.

"[The] definition of virtual currency in IRS guidance would still encompass these," Jerry Brito, executive director at the Coin Center, a virtual currency think tank, wrote on Twitter after the changes on Wednesday.

According to the instructions for Schedule 1 , taxpayers will need to answer yes if they have engaged in a transaction involving virtual currency; if they have received any amount of virtual currency for free; have exchanged virtual currency for goods or services; have sold virtual currency; or have exchanged virtual currency for other property, including other virtual currency. »

Social media-predicted personality traits and values can help match people to their ideal jobs

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Individuals’ scores for each of the Big 5 traits are visualized, with higher scores at the top of the graph.

Architects, female futurists, and chief information officers tended toward greater openness and emotional stability and less agreeableness, whereas librarians and doctors presented mixed profiles.

Alternatives, evident in the software programmer cluster, include DevOps—a fast-growing occupation that combines software development and information technology operations (27). »