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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

The Brennan Gyro-Monorail: The World?s First Single-Track Railcar That Was Never Developed Beyond the Prototype Stage

quote [ The Brennan Gyro-Monorail was developed by the Irish-born Australian inventor Louis Brennan (1852?1932). It was 40 feet long and weighed 22 tons, and was designed to carry 10 tons. Speed on the level was 22 mph. The vehicle was balanced by two vertical gyroscopes mounted side by side, and spinning in opposite directions at 3000 rpm. ]

Dreamin' 'bout a monorail to take you away.
[SFW] [history] [+3 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Sunday, 5 January 2020

1923: A Monthly Zine of Public Domain Treasures

quote [ On January 1, 2019, the public domain resumed its march forward after a 20-year hiatus. Our cultural commons now includes a handful of very famous works. ]

Interesting concept of dedicating short zines to a PD work. You can read these online or print them out yourself.
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@6:06pmGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Wanna-Beats: In 1959, Café Bizarre Gave Straights an Entree Into Beatnik Culture

quote [ America hit peak hippie in 1967, thanks to the avalanche of media hype that accompanied the Summer of Love. In contrast, there was no single catalyzing event to mark the moment when our nation reached peak beat, although one could make a good case for 1959. ]

De ce Café bizarre
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[by ScoobySnacks@9:07amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Dec. 30, 1953: The First Compatible Color TV Sets Go on Sale for $1,000 (Around $9,500 Today)

quote [ On June 25, 1951, CBS broadcast the very first commercial color TV program. Unfortunately, nearly no one could watch it since most people had only black-and-white televisions. ]

We gotta move these color TV's
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:27amGMT] [3 comments]

Friday, 20 December 2019

How Santa Survived the Soviet Era

quote [ Of all the variations on the beloved character, Russia's Ded Moroz might have the strangest history. ]

And Father Frost might do you well
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [0 comments]



Wednesday, 18 December 2019

The Story of the Cabbage Patch Kids Craze of 1983

quote [ In the history of all Christmases that have come to pass, there never was another that so turned the American consumer into a stark raving lunatic like the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of 1983. ]

Gotta patch a lil' kid tryna' get at this cabbage
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Archivists Are Saving the History of Internet Piracy

quote [ Regardless of one?s opinion on piracy itself, the surrounding internet subculture?s long history?estimated to have begun somewhere around 1975?is well worth preservation. That said, piracy isn?t the only thing the Archivist and the folks at The Eye are working on. ]

More web archival efforts.
[SFW] [history] [+1 Good]
[by Paracetamol@8:39amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Tesla For Tots

quote [ It took a while for Power Wheels to get the right branding, but the tiny motorized cars eventually took the toy aisles by storm?despite recall-worthy flaws. ]

When I was a kid I dreamed of Power Wheels
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:02amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 13 December 2019

Dagen H

quote [ Dagen H (H day), today usually called "Högertrafikomläggningen" ("The right-hand traffic diversion"), was the day on 3 September 1967, in which the traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right. [?] It was by far the largest logistical event in Sweden's history. ]

This wikiepdia entry turned up in my followed bookmarks. ScoobySnacks might like it.
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@9:04pmGMT] [2 comments]

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Revisiting a Censored Film Noir that Tackled PTSD Decades before it was Acknowledged

quote [ For so many US veterans, the real journey home begins in the head ? that long, winding road to psychological stability after the traumas of service. Even today, it?s a topic not easily broached given the stigmas surrounding mental health. It wasn?t until 1980, and under much controversy, that the American Psychiatric Association added the term ?PTSD? to its diagnostic manual and classification scheme. ]

PTSD, I can't heal from it, yeah
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[by ScoobySnacks@9:15amGMT] [1 comment]



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