eventually, she asked to see Garrison's penis
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

1875: When Locusts Ruled Over America

quote [ A species disappears from our planet about every 30 minutes. From climate crises to man?s carelessness, there are endless factors that drive the living into a black hole of non-existence. Till date, the most extraordinary of these eliminations occurred in a family of tiny insects?the Rocky Mountain locusts which became in 1902 the only agricultural pests to face complete extinction. ]

Down they come, the swarm of locusts
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Wednesday, 11 May 2022

A Texas Shopper Bought a $35 Bust at Goodwill. Experts Say It's an Ancient Roman Portrait of One of Julius Caesar's Worst Enemies

quote [ A shopper at a Goodwill in Austin, Texas, knew there was something special about the $35 marble bust she purchased. ]

And let that roman way decide fate through this path of mine,

[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@11:27amGMT] [2 comments]

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Petrified Waters: The Artificial Grottoes of the Renaissance and Beyond

quote [ Idling alongside the waters of artificial grottoes, visitors found themselves in lush, otherworldly settings, where art and nature, pleasure and peril, and humans and nymphs could, for a time, coexist. Laura Tradii spelunks through the handmade caves of the Italian Renaissance and their reception abroad, illuminating how these curious spaces transformed across the centuries. ]

Watery grottoes and mountainous caves
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Ins De Castro: The macabre tale of the 'skeleton queen'

quote [ The monarch who was crowned after death is part of Portuguese folklore. As a portrait of Ins by Paula Rego is exhibited, Holly Williams looks at why she has fascinated artists. ]

"Yo soy la reina de los huesos, yo soy la reina del infierno, Estoy bien"
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Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Handy Mnemonics: The Five-Fingered Memory Machine

quote [ Before humans stored memories as zeroes and ones, we turned to digital devices of another kind ? preserving knowledge on the surface of fingers and palms. Kensy Cooperrider leads us through a millennium of ?hand mnemonics? and the variety of techniques practised by Buddhist monks, Latin linguists, and Renaissance musicians for remembering what might otherwise elude the mind. ]

Haunting hands of memory
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Monday, 25 April 2022

Gerald Horne: Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the USA

quote [ Former UCSB professor Gerald Horne, the award-winning author of more than thirty books, discusses his book ?The Counter-Revolution of 1776? which argues that for the country's forefathers, "freedom" meant the right to keep others enslaved?and that the consequences of this definition continue into the present in the form of a racialized conservatism and a persistent racism targeting the descendants of the enslaved. [4/2015] ]

One of the things I liked about Zinn's People's History of the United States is how he tried to frame the Constitution and Bill of Rights in the context of how the creators benefited from them. For example, the Second Amendment being purposed for slaveholders to build militias that they could hunt down runaway slaves with or the government being powerless to limit the speech of the wealthy thanks to the First. So I damn near gave myself a facepalm-based concussion when Horne mentioned the First Amendment's Freedom of Religion in the context of quelling religious conflicts at a time when maintaining a singular White class was so imperative to keeping the enslaved from revolting.
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[by steele@4:10pmGMT] [2 comments]

Sunday, 24 April 2022

The 17th Century Astronomer Who Designed The First Steam-Powered Vehicle in History

quote [ On October 9, 1623 Ferdinand Verbiest was born in the town of Pittem (present-day Belgium). Of his early years it is only known that he studied humanities, philosophy and mathematics in Bruges, Cortrique and Louvain. ]

If you're all about steam and brass
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Friday, 22 April 2022

Stirrup Stir-Up

quote [ How an experimental take on stirrups?a.k.a. the things you put your feet in while riding on a horse?led to a longstanding debate among historians. ]

Stirrup to stirrup and side by side
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

The Wild West Outpost of Japan?s Isolationist Era

quote [ For two centuries, an extreme protectionist policy barred all foreigners from setting foot inside Japan?except for on one tiny island, a cramped cultural crossroads where anything could, and did, happen. ]

I was in Japan, buyin' drip and blowin' Yen
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Twice Accused of Murder, This Writer Later Foresaw the Sinking of the Titanic

quote [ Under the pseudonym Mayn Clew Garnett, author Thornton Jenkins Hains published a maritime disaster story with eerie parallels to the real-life tragedy ]

Die Titanic sinkt in Panik
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:09amGMT] [0 comments]

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