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Thursday, 14 November 2019

The Last Victim of Smallpox

quote [ In the summer of 1978, the World Health Organization stood on the brink of a remarkable achievement?smallpox, the disease that terrorized people for three thousand years and killed millions, had been eradicated through a rigorous mass vaccination program lasting 10 years. ]

It's just like smallpox quarantine!
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[by ScoobySnacks@10:03amGMT] [2 comments]

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Just The Fax, Ma?am

quote [ Newspapers once saw fax machines as an opportunity to distribute breaking news to the masses?then they saw it as a way to reach the niches. Neither worked out. ]

Turn your fax on
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@10:18amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 8 November 2019

The Deletion of Yahoo! Groups and Archive Team's Rescue Effort –

quote [ On December 14, everything ever posted to Yahoo! Groups in its 20-year history will be permanently deleted from the web. Groups will continue running as email-only mailing lists, but all public content and archives ? messages, attachments, photos, and more ? will be deleted. ]

The only mailing list I still expected to be on Yahoo had already transitioned to

Some of these preservation efforts make me wonder if it's more of a sentimental thing. Or if there really is a use in keeping 20 year old web communication public.
[SFW] [history]
[by Paracetamol@8:27amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Nov. 7, 1985: Court Ruling in Wrongful Case Against Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

quote [ On November 7, 1985, U.S. District Court Judge H. Lee Sarokin handed down his decision to free Carter, stating that ?The extensive record clearly demonstrates that [the] petitioners? convictions were predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.? ]

When I was a little kid, and my Uncle explained the story behind Hurricane after Bob Dylan's song came on, I remember thinking how glad I was that America had moved past racism. #Cringe

[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by steele@7:52pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Soda Locomotives

quote [ An interesting type of locomotive engine that found very brief and limited use in Europe, as well as in America, was the soda locomotive. ]

Lil' water, lil' soda
[SFW] [history] [+3 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:52amGMT] [2 comments]

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Lint, Filtered

quote [ Like lint? This article is for you. Learn why dryers produce lint, and how the lint roller came into existence. It?s the lintiest article you?ll ever read. ]

The lint of love, it's made of "dust of confusion"
[SFW] [history] [+1 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:55amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 2 November 2019

The Strange, Sad Story of the Ken Doll's Crotch

quote [ The thing about Ken is that he doesn?t have one. Mattel?s gentleman companion for Barbie, its Ken doll, came into the world without junk and remains that way. His lack of genitalia is a running joke ]

I need something more, more than a ken doll
[NSFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [4 comments]

Monday, 28 October 2019

How the World?s First Floating Hotel ended up as a Doomed Wreck in North Korea

quote [ We?ll file this one under ?Things that ended up in North Korea?. When it first opened in 1988 on Australia?s Great Barrier Reef, it promised ?paradise at sea?; a floating seven-storey mega structure with nearly 200 rooms, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, a helipad, a tennis court and a 50-seat underwater observatory. Within a decade, it would be floated across 14,000km of ocean and parked in an equally, soon-to-be doomed North Korean tourist resort. ]

We're the floating hotel
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:07amGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 27 October 2019

The Goinia Radiological Accident

quote [ Radioactive isotopes have a very niche use in medicine, where they are used both in diagnosis as well as in treatment. The most widely used is radiotherapy, where a concentrated dose of radiation is directed towards a malignant tumor or group of cancerous cells to kill them. Sometimes tiny doses of radioactive materials called radiotracers are injected into the bloodstream of a patient, and the gamma rays they give off are imaged with the help of a special camera to create images of the inside of the patient?s body. ]

Lessons learned in radiology
[SFW] [history] [+6 WTF]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 20 October 2019

The Quest for the Irish Atlantis Is a Thing

quote [ Every seven years, it emerged from the mist. The isle of ?Hy-Brasil,? aka the ancient Irish Atlantis bound to the whims of the sea, revered by locals as the home of their pagan gods, or else, as the outpost of a lone magician and his castle ? the rumour mill never stopped churning. ]

That gently float
From winter chill
To Hy-Brasil
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [2 comments]

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