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Friday, 25 November 2022

The library of Alexandria and its reputation

quote [ it isn?t possible to filter out the effects of Civilization among all the noise that Sagan created. ]

Stories about loss. Thumb is Museu Nacional burning in 2018.
[SFW] [history] [+3 Insightful]
[by Paracetamol@3:43pmGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Displaying the Dead: The Muse Dupuytren Catalogue

quote [ When Paris? infamous museum of anatomical pathology closed its doors in 2016, a controversial collection disappeared from view. Daisy Sainsbury explores the history of the Muse Dupuytren, and asks what an ethical future might look like for the human specimens it held. ]

Dead display waits for observation
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:07amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 20 November 2022

The Bottle Conjuror Hoax

quote [ In January 1749, an advertisement appeared on London papers for a new magical performance at the New Theater in Haymarket. An anonymous performer, latter dubbed ?the Bottle Conjuror,? was set to perform a variety of near-impossible feats, such as playing ?the music of every instrument? on a common walking stick taken from the audience, and enabling any spectator to converse with a deceased person of their choice. ]

We guessed your life is such a hoax
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:00amGMT] [0 comments]

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book ? Colossal

quote [ In 1692 an artist known only as ?A. Boogert? sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope. ]

All the colors under the sun. I bet instructions to reproduce it would be as thick as the book itself.
[SFW] [history] [+4 Interesting]
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Monday, 7 November 2022

The Biggest Fails in License Plate History

quote [ While vintage plates have grown popular, these older iterations show where officials got it wrong ]

Eyes on me like a license plate
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:14amGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 6 November 2022

Today's Creepy Clowns Have Roots in Bawdy and Crass 19th-Century Circuses

quote [ Pennywise, Art the Clown, and other modern, face-painted menaces recall an era when their kind were strictly adults-only entertainers. ]

But these creepy clowns have one thing on their mind, so be careful before you unwind

[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:22amGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Why Soviet Cosmonauts Carried a Gun to Space

quote [ For decades, the standard survival kit carried by Russian cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz spacecraft included a specially built gun and a few dozen rounds to defend against wild animals should the cosmonauts land in the Siberian wilderness. ]

I shot my space gun
[SFW] [history] [+2 Funsightful]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:16amGMT] [6 comments]

Sunday, 30 October 2022

A Short History Of Wrapping Paper

quote [ Wrapping paper is luxurious, beautiful and makes every gift look better ]

Don't get fooled by wrapping paper
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 29 October 2022

?Spontaneous Revolutions?: Darwin?s Diagrams of Plant Movement

quote [ After weeks of watching young tendrils slowly corkscrew their way toward the sun, Charles Darwin set about inventing a system for making botanic motion visible to the naked eye. Natalie Lawrence delves into a lesser-known chapter of the naturalist?s research, discovering revelations about the vegetal world that remain neglected to this day. ]

Drunk with Darwin
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@10:17amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 22 October 2022

The Wicked Bible

quote [ A scandalous printing mistake in a 17th century King James Bible caused it?s printers to lose their license, and a vast majority of the bible copies to be hunted and destroyed. ]

Chanting from your wicked bible
[SFW] [history] [+1 Funsightful]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:33amGMT] [1 comment]

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