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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Abolish The Suburbs

quote [ Socialists should realize that their rightwing critics were onto something when they criticized dense urban areas for their latent socialistic characteristics. ]

Good argument. The critique is US-centric but might apply to other countries.
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[by Paracetamol@7:33pmGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Picturing Scent: The Tale of a Beached Whale

quote [ What can visual art teach us about scent, stench, and the mysterious substance known as ambergris? Lizzie Marx follows a ?whale-trail? across history to discover the olfactory paradoxes of the Dutch Golden Age. ]

A wail beach on a beached whale
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:29amGMT] [3 comments]

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Solving a 100-Year-Old Mystery About a Pigeon

quote [ This summer marks the centennial of a bird?possibly the most famous pigeon in history?going on display at the Smithsonian. A representative of Columba livia domestica, this bird is known as simply Cher Ami. ]

Doin' the (coo, coo) pigeon
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:26amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 16 July 2021

How Scientific Detective Work Pinned Down the Oldest Known Shark Attack

quote [ But mysteries about the 3,000-year-old bones from Japan remain. ]

Step back, here comes the shark attack
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Zheltuga: The Illegal Russian Gold Mining Town That Sprang Up in China

quote [ In the spring of 1883, gold was discovered on a branch of the river Albazikha, in northern Heilongjiang province in China near the border with Russia, leading to both Chinese and Russian prospectors flocking to the area and creating a settlement on the right bank of River Amur. ]

Gold that we mining
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Ribbon-Cutting Overkill

quote [ The evolution of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, as seen through the sharp blades of a huge pair of ceremonial scissors. Did a bridge just open nearby? ]

And on ribbon cutting day they'll come from miles away

[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@2:16pmGMT] [4 comments]

Monday, 5 July 2021

The Tiara of Saitapharnes

quote [ For the better part of a decade, the widely celebrated and esteemed Louvre Museum of Paris proudly displayed a supposedly ancient tiara made of solid gold. Experts at the Louvre identified it as belonging to the Scythian king Saitapharnes who ruled sometime in the 3rd century BCE. ]

Where?d you get the tiara
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[by ScoobySnacks@12:23pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 2 July 2021

Billboard Empire

quote [ The evolution of the billboard, an object that very much tends to keep pace with the times. Who doesn?t love outdoor advertising? ]

In the picture on the billboard in a field near the big old highway
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[by ScoobySnacks@6:20amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Middle Earthenware: One Family?s Quest to Reclaim Its Place in British Pottery History

quote [ ?Church? is one of several hand-painted Patterson patterns glazed in a pink luster. ]

Dust has settled on the earthenware
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:21amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 24 June 2021

The Anatomical Machines of Raimondo di Sangro

quote [ Housed in glass cases in the basement of Sansevero Chapel in Naples, Italy, are two extraordinary exhibits. Called ?anatomical machines?, they are two skeletons, one belonging to a man and the other to women. ]

Be turnin' into anatomical rust
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:11amGMT] [0 comments]

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