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Google Adds Moon to Its Simulation Core

After adding the ocean, the sky, Mars, Google Earth now has imagery from the Moon.


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Zuckerberg-Khan

The similarities between Mark Zuckerberg and Genghis Khan are uncanny:

Genghis Khan was born in the Mongolian plains in 1162 - not far from the current capital Ulaanbaatar.  Mark Zuckerberg was born in White Plains in 1984 - not far from world media capital New York City.  Genghis Khan became leader of his tribe at the age of 12 and began plotting world domination. Mark Zuckerberg became leader of his middle school Coders Club at the age of 12 and began planning world domination.  Genghis Khan committed a questionable act by killing his half-brother, Bekhter, during a fight which resulted from a dispute over hunting spoils. This incident cemented his position as head of the household.  Mark Zuckerberg committed a questionable act of killing Facebook predecessor ConnectU by mimicking its features and took all the spoils.  This incident cemented Facebook as the leading social network at Harvard. Genghis Khan used his cunning to unite the warring Naimans, Merkits, Uyghurs, Tatars,