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Sunday, 29 November 2020

Charles Crocker?s Spite Fence

quote [ Back when San Francisco's luxurious destination Nob Hill was just another neighborhood in the newly incorporated city, a young German immigrant named Nicholas Yung built himself a modest three-story house at the top of what was then California Hill. ]

no matter where the surveyor says the property line is
[SFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:18amGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 23 November 2020

The Shortwave Radio Audio Archive

quote [ The Shortwave Radio Audio Archive is a collection of shortwave radio recordings in both the form of a podcast and blog with embedded audio. The collection grows every day and includes both historic and modern day shortwave radio audio recordings. ]

These are interesting snippets, taken from all over the world, ranging from Nixon's resignation speech to "I found this Canadian rock chart show on the back of a punk tape".
[SFW] [history]
[by Paracetamol@6:03pmGMT] [0 comments]

In 1843, Inventor Henry Cole Created the Very First Christmas Card

quote [ This is the world?s first commercial Christmas card. It was commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843. 1,000 of these Christmas cards were printed, and Cole used as many as he required before selling the rest for 6d (sixpence) each. This price that made them a luxury item, unavailable to the working class. ]

I love to see the pretty Christmas cards
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 15 November 2020

The Orkney Finnmen Legends: From Early Modern Science to Modern Myth

quote [ At the end of the 17th century there appeared the first noting of a mysterious kayak-paddling ?Finnman? seen in Orkney waters. Jonathan Westaway explores the subsequent explanations and how early modern science's fascination with unfamiliar objects, and the ?out-of-place? in general, helped conjure the idea of an Inuit presence in the region and, in turn, a new chapter of Scottish folklore. ]

Upon the Orkney oceans face
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[by ScoobySnacks@4:34pmGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 7 November 2020

The Nottingham Cheese Riot of 1766

quote [ 1766 was a bad year for farmers. Crops failed all across Europe, and prices of wheat, flour, corn and other foodstuffs shot up as a consequence. English producers and dealers were tempted to ship much of their supplies to profitable foreign markets, and there were loud cries of protests everywhere. ]

There was cheese, cheese, walkin' on its knees
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:54amGMT] [3 comments]



Wednesday, 4 November 2020

The ?Red Ghost? of the American Midwest

quote [ The story of The Red Ghost of the American Midwest is a morbid, grisly one. It is filled with the ?demon beasts? and mysterious intrigue of 19th-century American territories. ]

Faster than the red ghost,
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[by ScoobySnacks@6:07amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Meet The Medieval Insomniacs

quote [ The story of the elusive ?second sleep,? a historic slumber phenomenon that seems to have faded in the modern day. ]

Been awake, thinking fast, cannot sleep
[SFW] [history] [+4 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:04amGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Washington, D.C., and the Quest for a Perfectly Square City

quote [ It all goes back to a rather literal reading of some rather vague instructions in the Constitution. ]

Don't try to find you no home in Washington, DC
[SFW] [history] [+1 Classy Pr0n]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:09amGMT] [2 comments]

Sunday, 18 October 2020

The Death of Max Jacob

quote [ [Picasso] did say, ?Max is an angel. He can fly over the wall by himself.?

This incident is perhaps the most widely known story about Max Jacob, and is the one thing many people think they know about him. It provides several satisfactions: that of showing a famous artist to be a monster, and his lost friend as a victim. But the situation was far more complex. ]

Existential anecdotes from 1944 France. Check a painting in Chicago and brief Wikipedia.
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@8:47pmGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 12 October 2020

Fungi, Folklore, and Fairyland

quote [ From fairy-rings to Lewis Carroll's Alice, mushrooms have long been entwined with the supernatural in art and literature. What might this say about past knowledge of hallucinogenic fungi? Mike Jay looks at early reports of mushroom-induced trips and how one species in particular became established as a stock motif of Victorian fairyland. ]

The fungi he told me stuff
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:27amGMT] [3 comments]



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