the sound of one hand clapping is the other hand fapping
Friday, 19 January 2018

Death as Entertainment at the Paris Morgue

quote [ In the late 19th century, tourists flocked to see bodies and guess how they got there. ]

The sales climb high through the garbage-pail sky
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:16amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 18 January 2018

What?s Your Sign? A Look at the 1970s Zodiac Fad

quote [ The pickup line ?Hey babe, what?s your sign?? has become a 1970s cliché; however, the extent to which the whole astrology/zodiac bit permeated western culture is not to be underestimated. From ?Age of Aquarius? at the top of the charts to horoscope booklets in every supermarket line, astrology was everywhere. ]

Harmony and understanding
[SFW] [history] [+4 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@10:59amGMT] [20 comments]

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Restraints, hallucinations, and forgotten pain were the norm on midcentury maternity wards

quote [ The terrifying history of ?Twilight Sleep? ]

And in it I would weave the bravery
[SFW] [history] [+4 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:57amGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 15 January 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr.,?s Searing Antiwar Speech, Fifty Years Later

quote [ At the time of his speech at Riverside Church, King had come to see war, poverty, and racism as interrelated; taking on one necessarily meant confronting the others. ]

If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, politicians would denounce him

Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]
[SFW] [history] [+7 Underrated]
[by raphael_the_turtle@6:03pmGMT] [3 comments]

Friday, 12 January 2018

3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upends What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization

quote [ The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologists ]

I love this stuff. There's so much we still don't know about the early days of human civilization, and so much we can never know. It's exciting when we discover new evidence that changes what we think we know and gives us a surprising glimpse into people who lived and died thousands of years ago, so alike us and so different.

Warning, rabbit hole ahead:

[SFW] [history] [+9 Interesting]
[by hellboy@1:00amGMT] [11 comments]

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

 Samuel Gridley Howe - Visionary Reformer

quote [ Although his name is not widely known today, Samuel Gridley Howe was a bold, 19th-century activist who fought for a wide range of social causes. During his lifetime, he worked to abolish slavery, to protect the mentally ill, and to improve the American prison system. A man of great passion and conviction. Howe pursued each cause with energy and enthusiasm. But he made his biggest impact in the field of education, where he was an outspoken advocate for the rights of students who were blind and/or disabled. ]

Battle Hymn At The Dining Table: A Famous Feminist Subjugated Through Food

The Boston doctor who studied autism before autism - The Boston Globe

Today is the anniversary of Howe's death. He left quite the legacy, in many ways.
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by raphael_the_turtle@6:48pmGMT] [2 comments]

Monday, 8 January 2018

Two little-known events in Texas that threatened the progression of the Civil Rights movement.

quote [ The Mansfield Crisis and restrictions on the NAACP are often forgotten in the story of school desegregation. ]

We shall overcome, some day.
[SFW] [history] [+6 Sad]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:11amGMT] [6 comments]

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Victorian Dinosaur Park that Survived National Ridicule

quote [ Long before dinosaurs were your Natural History Museum?s biggest attraction, a collection of charmingly inaccurate sculptures in a South London park were once considered the absolute authority on pre-historic reptiles. ]

I like dinosaurs as long as they behave
[SFW] [history] [+4]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:52amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Why you've never heard of a Charter that's as important as the Magna Carta

quote [ The Charter of the Forest was sealed 800 years ago today. Its defence of the property-less and of ?the commons?, means the Right would prefer to ignore it - and progressives need to celebrate and renew it. ]

Here in the US the GOP is trying to dismantle the national park system and prevent further expansion. Help Protect the Antiquities Act, Oppose H.R. 3990
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by raphael_the_turtle@5:03pmGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The Russian Woodpecker

quote [ Anyone who listened to shortwave radio or was a ham radio operator from the mid 1970s to the late 1980s will be familiar with a sharp, repetitive ?rat tat tat tat? noise that permeated the airwaves disrupting communications and television signals the world over. ]

A woodpecker pecks till he gets his fill
[SFW] [history] [+4 laz0r]
[by ScoobySnacks@2:56amGMT] [6 comments]

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