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Sunday, 5 April 2020

Victorian Taxidermy Animal Hats

quote [ This particular craze is perhaps an extension of the overall fascination with taxidermy, and the ways in which the Victorians pushed creative boundaries with the controversial practice. Complete tableaux featuring dead bunnies studying in a library, for example, were all the rage, and giving the animals human characteristics after death — reading, having tea, playing croquet — was especially popular. ]

This tender taxidermy trophy of the bereaved
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 4 April 2020

How Medieval Artists Saw Elephants: Claws, Hooves, Trunks Like Trumpets, and Castles on Their Backs

quote [ The artists had apparently never seen elephants, but they featured prominently in bestiaries ]

Emerged god's ensanguined bestiaries
[SFW] [art]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 3 April 2020

Eastern Sports and Western Bodies: The “Indian Club” in the United States

quote [ Although largely forgotten today, exercise by club swinging was all the rage in the 19th century. Daniel Elkind explores the rise of the phenomenon in the US, and how such efforts to keep trim and build muscle were inextricably entwined with the history of colonialism, immigration, and capitalist culture. ]

Swings a club and stinks something awful
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 2 April 2020

A Chinese Fishing Village Regains Its Rightful Place in California History

quote [ A shipwreck brought Chinese immigrants to the Monterey area. Discrimination forced them to start over. ]

I'm fishing with my boat and I'm fishing for trout
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@1:42pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Joseph Bell, The Real Sherlock Holmes

quote [ The Ardlamont murder was an open and shut case. A young, wealthy aristocrat, Cecil Hambrough, was out hunting on the Ardlamont estate in Scotland with two associates—Alfred Monson, his tutor, and a mysterious third man named Edward Scott, who was identified only as a friend of Monson—when shots were heard. ]

Gotta figure it out, I'ma be like Sherlock
[SFW] [people] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:25amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Sex Worker Brides & the Rise of “Millionaires” in the Twisted Tale of a Forgotten Economic Crash

quote [ Once upon a time, in pre-revolutionary Paris, French prisoners were set free under the condition that they married prostitutes and emigrated with them to Louisiana. The newlyweds were chained together, escorted to the port and sent to the land of the free. This bizarre and little-known anecdote of history comes from the story of one of the earliest examples of an economic bubble that gave birth to the term, “millionaire“, first coined in 18th century France. ]

I'm gonna squash our love like an economic crash
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:26amGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 30 March 2020

What Are the Odds?

quote [ Pondering the nature of open tryouts, the back-door way for some athletes into the professional leagues. Do you have what it takes to make a go for it? ]

I proved my point at the try-outs
[SFW] [sports]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:36amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Ecological Mystery of a Stink Bug Swarm Far Out to Sea

quote [ The chance encounter has led to insights on how insects make it to distant islands. ]

And I've never sniffed a stinkbug
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:15amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Bosses Panic-Buy Spy Software to Keep Tabs on Remote Workers

quote [ Phones are ringing off the hook at companies providing a bit of Big Brother. ]

Boss man spy on you
[SFW] [business] [+4]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:38amGMT] [7 comments]

Friday, 27 March 2020

Barnacle Goose: The Bird That Was Believed to Grow on Trees

quote [ In the days before it was realized that birds migrate, ancient scholars struggled to explain why some species of birds appeared and disappeared as the seasons changed. The idea that these little feathered creatures can travel thousands of miles in search of food and warmth was unimaginable. But the notion was not entirely an alien one. ]

The songs of the birds
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:12amGMT] [0 comments]

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