I came for the beaver, I stayed for the quantum theory. And then I came for the beaver again
Tuesday, 16 July 2019

The Myth of Blubber Town, an Arctic Metropolis

quote [ Though the 17th-century whaling station of Smeerenburg was in reality, at its height, just a few dwellings and structures for processing blubber, over the decades and centuries a more extravagant picture took hold ? that there once had stood, defying its far-flung Arctic location, a bustling urban centre complete with bakeries, churches, gambling dens, and brothels. Matthew H. Birkhold explores the legend. ]

Put its blubber up for sale
[SFW] [history] [+3]
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Saturday, 13 July 2019

The Fascinating Daguerrotypes of Victorians Breastfeeding

quote [ You know the daguerrotypes. Stiff scenes of Victorian families in too much clothing, expressing about as much enthusiasm for one another as one would have for a lamppost. That?s why we did a double ? no, triple ? take when we found a small selection of Victorian breastfeeding portraits in the depths of the web. How is it these women, for whom showing an ankle was rather scandalous, could suddenly feel comfortable exposing their bosom for the minute long exposure time needed for a daguerrotype? What was early motherhood really like for women in the Victorian era? ]

Its power on me is bloody breastfeeding horrid discovering instability
[NSFW] [history] [+6 Interesting]
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Monday, 8 July 2019

See How the Moon Has Been Mapped Through Time

quote [ A new exhibit in London has 300 years of celestial ephemera on display. ]

I bought a map of the moon
[SFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:32amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 5 July 2019

Hellburner: The 16th Century Weapon of Mass Destruction

quote [ In the age of sail, when ships were made of wood, fire was the number one enemy of sailors, and this fearsome tool was used in diabolic ways at times of war to sink enemy ships. ]

Set fire to the ships on fire!
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

How the American Flag Became Sacred?and the Hottest Brand in the Nation

quote [ Few graphic icons hold the same visceral power as the American flag. The blue field, white stars, and red stripes have an immediate emotional impact?which is why the symbol has been so readily co-opted for everything from stage costumes to political propaganda to product advertisements. ]

If you wave the American flag
It's the spirit of the dollar not the USA
[SFW] [history] [+2 Informative]
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Thomas Jefferson Needs A Dead Moose Right Now To Defend America

quote [ There are no moose in America, said the French count to Thomas Jefferson. They don't exist there. Americans see a reindeer and just call it a new name, saying it's bigger. But the only thing that's big here is your American imagination. Jefferson was incensed. You are an ignoramus, he said tactfully. Then he promised to deliver an American moose to Paris. Here's what happened next. ]

The stuff they don't teach you in History class. Was surprised to learn from the article how young most of the founders were.
[SFW] [history] [+4 Funny]
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Saturday, 29 June 2019

The Singular Queerness of Old Coney Island

quote [ Drag kings, queer burlesque, and bathhouses abounded. ]

Would you like to go on the Coney Island Steeple
[SFW] [history] [+2 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:21amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 27 June 2019

The World?s First Parachute Jump

quote [ On December 26, 1783, a crowd gathered outside the observatory in Montpellier, a French city near the south coast on the Mediterranean Sea. They were about to witness the world?s first successful jump in a parachute. ]

Take your parachute and jump
[SFW] [history] [+3 Original]
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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

What Is Juneteenth?

quote [ When Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued the above order, he had no idea that, in establishing the Union Army's authority over the people of Texas, he was also establishing the basis for a holiday, "Juneteenth" ("June" plus "nineteenth"), today the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. ]

I clicked on this video with the caption "Run the Jewels discuss Juneteenth" and spent like 3 playthroughs wondering when RTJ was going to show up. I'm very tired. ???????

[SFW] [history] [+2 Good]
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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

We Could Have Had Electric Cars from the Very Beginning

quote [ Early electric cars performed better in cities than internal combustion vehicles, but didn?t give riders the same illusion of freedom and masculine derring-do. ]

Give 'em a ride in your electric car
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
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