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Titanic's lead glass windows still intact after 100 years underwater. "Not since April 14th, 1912 had human eyes seen light pouring through these beautiful windows" from Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

Kösem Sultan was one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history. Favorite consort and later wife of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I, she achieved power and influenced the politics of the Ottoman Empire through her husband, then through her sons Murad IV and Ibrahim I (the Mad) and finally through her minor grandson Mehmed IV. She was a prominent figure during the sultanate of the women. She was official regent twice and was thereby one of two women to have been formal regents of the Ottoman Empire.

BLACK FARMERS, North Elba, New York. (ca. late 1800's) | Photographer unknown. (Courtesy of The Adirondack Museum. Blue Mountain Lake, New York.)

this thing made me feel like a rock star

Sumerian Star Chart. Sky Map of Ancient Nineveh. c.3300 BCE. Reproduction of a Sumerian star map or “planisphere” recovered in the late 19th century from the 650 BCE underground library of Ashurbanipal. Long thought to be an Assyrian tablet, computer analysis has matched it with the sky above Mesopotamia in 3300BC and proves it to be more ancient Sumerian origin. The tablet is an “Astrolabe”, the earliest known astronomical instrument.

The Normandy cemetery from the air. Incredible. It is so incredible up close and personal. This is one place I'd love to go to again.

Cupcakes and Ice cream

Fall fashion trends of the 1940s : Due to wartime necessity, trousers for women gain popularity for their functionality and smartness.

  • Julie C

    In addition, a great percentage of American men were at war, so there was a surplus of the fabrics used in men's suiting.

  • Vanessa Carter

    All hail the wide legged pants!