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example of standing stone with pictish writing and reindeer.

In another universe we're using our fully charged teslaphones to teleport to mars city

You are looking at a pleasant view of a newborn baby, a skilled nurse, and a proud mother. These three people have some amazing things in common. They are all US citizens, none of them have committed a crime, none of them have been charged with a crime, and none of them have stood trial for a crime, yet all three are imprisoned. The child was born a US citizen, imprisoned at his birth. This is not a scene from some distant land, but occurred in the United States.

5 historic attempts to ban coffee: After Murad IV claimed the Ottoman throne in 1623, he quickly forbade coffee and set up a system of reasonable penalties. The punishment for a first offense was a beating. Anyone caught with coffee a second time was sewn into a leather bag and thrown into the waters of the Bosporus.

Japanese suffragist Kamako Kimura visiting the U.S., 1917

I remember accidentally breaking thermometers and getting to play with the mercury. We were more wary of the broken glass than of the toxic metal.

After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.

This poster was released during World War 1, sometime around 1914. It was created and distributed by the U.S Food Administration. It was believed that "Food would win the war, the country that conserved their resources the best would become the victor." Families were asked to substitute corn and other cereals for wheat as much as possible. Consume less meat and preserve sugars and fats by "employing careful utilization".

These chilling images were taken during London’s Great Smog of ’52. For four days the city of London was blanketed by a poisonous smog that reduced visibility to a few yards and led to an estimated 12,000 fatalities. From NPR: Roads were littered with abandoned cars. Midday concerts were cancelled due to total darkness. Archivists at the British Museum found smog lurking in the book stacks. Cattle in the city’s Smithfield market were killed and thrown away before they could be slaughte...

  • Brigid Barjaktarevic
    Brigid Barjaktarevic

    When ACD's Holmes and Watson are running around unable to see anything in the fog? This is what he's talking about.

A HERO: Irena Sendler was a Polish Catholic social worker. During World War II, she was a member of the Polish Underground and the Żegota Polish anti-Holocaust resistance in Warsaw. She helped save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto by providing them with false documents and sheltering them in individual and group children’s homes outside the ghetto. Despite being tortured and imprisoned by the Nazis, Sendler continued to do all she could to help Jewish children in Warsaw.

A HERO: Élise Rivet was the Mother Superior at the convent of “Notre Dame de Compassion”, where she not only hid refugees from the gestapo, but also used the convent to stash some weapons & ammunition for the resistance. She was eventually caught in March of 1944 & sentenced to hard labor at Ravensbrück concentration camp. About a year later, Élise was murdered along with thousands of others just weeks before the war ended.

A picture found in a Dutch article in a late 50's magazine, about women wearing trousers. A summary of the text: "Imagine the summer of 1905. At the races at Auteuil (near Paris) a woman appeared wearing trousers in public for the first time. Her name is unknown, but this is a picture of her. Police men had to protect her against the curiosity and outrage of the crowd. The incident dominated the newspapers for days on end. It wasn't until the 1920's that women wearing trousers reappeared...

London Necropolis Railway | Paul Slade - Journalist

Timeline of English language history



1910s hairstyles for teenage girls

  • Wench


Oh man, look at that lovely blue! I like how the cabinets are slanted, too.

How Hedy Lamarr, the famous actress, invented a technology which later gave us Bluetooth and wi-fi.

My Secret Nerd Theory about Don Draper is that he's a Fairy Changeling, which is why such an unpleasant person is so glib, so successful, and so hot with the ladies.

Little known fact: adding "god" to things single handedly kept the (godless) Commies from controlling the USA. TRUTH.

"The Development of Oral Contraceptive Packaging (click thru for analysis)" -- interesting article.

Group photo of the Brighton Swimming Club, 1863.

  • Cora Garcia-Mayers
    Cora Garcia-Mayers


  • Wench

    Top hats and dongs. Also, HELLO DOUBLE STANDARD. 80 years later women were still being arrested in the US for "lewd" bathing costumes that covered up a whole hell of a lot more than this. Also dongs.

  • Brigid Barjaktarevic
    Brigid Barjaktarevic

    It's like "we're in teeny tiny swimtrunks, how can we preserve our modesty? HATS. HATS ARE THE SOLUTION."