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Sunday, 20 October 2019

The Quest for the Irish Atlantis Is a Thing

quote [ Every seven years, it emerged from the mist. The isle of ?Hy-Brasil,? aka the ancient Irish Atlantis bound to the whims of the sea, revered by locals as the home of their pagan gods, or else, as the outpost of a lone magician and his castle ? the rumour mill never stopped churning. ]

That gently float
From winter chill
To Hy-Brasil
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Disposable Ships

quote [ Before the Industrial Revolution, the British shipbuilding industry was completely dependent on the countries around the Baltic Sea for timber and for other materials such as masts, tar and pitch needed to build ships. As a strong maritime nation, this frightful dependence on other countries for raw materials not only undermined Britain?s defense, it also worsened the growing trade deficit Britain had with the entire Baltic region ]

reached its destiny, no timber ships in sight
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:44amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Miracle Mike: The Story of the Chicken That Lived for 18 Months Without a Head

quote [ Mike the Headless Chicken (April 20, 1945 ? March 17, 1947), also known as Miracle Mike, was a Wyandotte chicken that lived for 18 months after his head had been cut off. Although the story was thought by many to be a hoax, the bird?s owner took him to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to establish the facts. ]

They say the headless chickens are taking over
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Jitterbugging With Jim Crow

quote [ In the South of 90 years ago, young African Americans started dancing the Lindy Hop. It was an act of resistance, an assertion of freedom. ]

Lindy Hop Chop chop chop
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:17amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Made for Misfits: The Colorful History of the Black Leather Jacket

quote [ Before the black leather jacket was reduced to another innocuous darling of the fashion world, it was an honored utility?a form of arthropod armor worn by the less-than-gentle men who roamed the fraying fringes of a disquieted society. The original BLJ silhouette, in fact, was donned by German fighter pilots in both World War I and World War II. ]

I wear my leather jacket like a great big hug
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:03amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

The 'Infortunate' Dictionary Scam

quote [ The story of a little-known 19th-century swindle ]

dic-tionary full of words
[SFW] [history] [+6 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:06amGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Wind Power: How the 19th-Century’s Greatest Shipbuilder Opened the Pacific

quote [ In 1849, when word reached Ohio that gold had been discovered the year before in California, there was little to keep a young ship captain named Matthew Turner (1825-1909) close to the family homestead on the shores of Lake Erie. Eight years earlier, when Turner was just 16, his 36-year-old mother was taken by illness; in 1849, when Turner was a 24-year-old newlywed, his bride died, too. And so, in the winter of 1850, Turner bid adieu to his father, brother, and sisters and caught a Mississippi River steamboat for New Orleans. ]

Sight kept on the skyline so we become builders of ships
[SFW] [history] [+1 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Greenland Unicorns and the Magical Alicorn

quote [ When the existence of unicorns, and the curative powers of the horns ascribed to them, began to be questioned, one Danish physician pushed back through curious means ? by reframing the unicorn as an aquatic creature of the northern seas. Natalie Lawrence on a fascinating convergence of established folklore, nascent science, and pharmaceutical economy. ]

I have high unicorn tolerance
[SFW] [history] [+1 laz0r]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Here Are the 10 Most Incredible Archaeological Finds of the Past Decade

quote [ New technology is accelerating archaeological discoveries at a rapid pace. Here are some of the greatest finds in recent history. ]

And then some.

[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by R1Xhard@12:29pmGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Horse Exercise at Home: Vintage Vigor's Horse-Action Saddle Ads From the Late 19th Century

quote [ Vigor?s Horse-Action Saddle, a home exercise machine, appeared on the market in the 1890s. The machine?s concertina-like casing contained four horizontal wooden platforms separated by springs. The rider?s own movements dictated the pace ? an invalid could simulate a gentle walk while a more robust person could build up a furious gallop over imaginary five-bar gates. ]

You ride my ass like a horse in a saddle
[SFW] [history] [+4 Classy Pr0n]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:03amGMT] [4 comments]

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