I just leave a soul patch on the front. It's like having a little Hitler in my pants
Friday, 24 May 2019

The Shoe Fitting Machines That Blasted You With Radiation

quote [ Finding the right fit for your shoes is not that difficult. All you need to do is take a short walk through the store in the new pair. Squeezing the front end of the shoe, or sliding the index finger behind the heel is another common practice. ]

And he's got a pair of feet that glow
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:31amGMT] [5 comments]

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Language Log » The Notion of "Trolling" in Ancient Sanskrit

quote [ Vita??a is considered a destructive style of argumentation. Here, the person who employs vita??a has no position of one?s own, and does not attempt to defend any thesis. A person may even adopt a viewpoint that is opposed to one's own for the sake of vita??a. There is nothing to be gained by either party in this encounter. ]

Ah, glad to see ScoobySnacks is still at it.

Thumb via New Old Stock
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@6:21pmGMT] [1 comment]

The Curious Career of Living as a Real-Life Garden Gnome

quote [ If you were out of a job in 19th century England and seeking new employment, there was a chance you might find a peculiar advertisement in the newspaper that read something like: ?WANTED! Ornamental garden hermit?. ]

gnome-man's land, hahihihi
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

A History of Cribs and Other Brilliant and Bizarre Inventions for Getting Babies to Sleep

quote [ Generations of parents have relied on contraptions, both clever and crazy, to give their infants?and themselves?some rest ]

Babies needing cribs, let's go!
[SFW] [history] [+4 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [7 comments]

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Beer soup

quote [ Heat the beer in a saucepan; in a separate small pot beat a couple of eggs. Add a chunk of butter to the hot beer. Stir in some cold beer to cool it, then pour over the eggs. Add a bit of salt, and finally mix all the ingredients together, whisking it well to keep it from curdling. Finally, cut up a roll, white bread, [?], and pour the soup over it. ]

This cereal excercise reminded me of how it used to be normal to start your day with alcohol for the whole family.

One of my favourite books describes the moment of an often stone-drunk society tilting into a sober lifestyle.

[SFW] [history] [+2 WTF]
[by Paracetamol@8:11pmGMT] [10 comments]

Sunday, 5 May 2019

The Rockets of Mysore

quote [ Rockets were originally invented not to send things into space, but to shoot enemies with. Their effectiveness in warfare was demonstrated for the first time by the Chinese in the 13th century, when they used them against the Mongol invaders and successfully kept them away for months. These early rockets, known as ?fire arrows?, were similar to bottle rockets we use today in firework celebrations, only larger. ]

Time for flying rockets
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@2:39pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Hand dryers v paper towels: the surprisingly dirty fight for the right to dry your hands

quote [ The long read: For a century, the humble paper towel has dominated public toilets. But a new generation of hand dryers has sparked a war for loo supremacy ]

My hands are dry
[SFW] [history] [+5 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:00amGMT] [12 comments]

Monday, 29 April 2019

1,550 years ago, someone ate a rattlesnake whole?and we have poo to prove it

quote [ What would you do to bring rain to the desert? ]

That night we split a rattlesnake and danced beneath the stars
[SFW] [history] [+2 WTF]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:07amGMT] [17 comments]

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Broken Bells

quote [ The evolution of the doorbell, and some spare thoughts inspired by a doorbell malfunction in the middle of the night on a weekend. ]

When ya gonna ring it, when ya gonna ring it
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Norwegian Sweater Detective - The Craftsmanship Initiative

quote [ To LaFleur, Sundb?s combined skills made her a unique researcher. ?A Ph.D. could have gone to the Setesdal valley and interviewed 15 people about their pattern designs, but it wouldn?t have been the same,? she says. ?She brings this innate technical knowledge to her academic pursuits. She?s a real ambassador for the importance of textiles in people?s lives.? ]

No sweat? this article on sweater knitting history touches interesting topics.
[SFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@4:57amGMT] [1 comment]

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