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Friday, 17 September 2021

Circassian Beauty in the American Sideshow

quote [ Among the ?human curiosities? in P. T. Barnum?s American Museum was a supposed escapee from an Ottoman harem, a figure marketed as both the pinnacle of white beauty and an exoticised other. Betsy Golden Kellem investigates the complex of racial and cultural stereotypes that made the Circassian beauty such a sideshow spectacle. ]

Outside the freak show
[SFW] [history] [+1 Insightful]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:04amGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 13 September 2021

One Woman?s Mission to Rewrite Nazi History on Wikipedia

quote [ Coffman knows the book is legit, because she happens to have a copy on loan from the library. When she goes to the cited page, she finds a paragraph that appears to confirm all the Wikipedia article?s wild claims. But then she reads the first sentence of the next paragraph: ?This is, of course, nonsense.? ]

I'd say it's surprising, but the more I read about US support for right wing reactionaries in nations that take even the slightest step leftward it makes sense that the US has seemingly become a clearinghouse for apologia and image rehabilitation of Nazi individuals and even ideology. There's an interesting memory hole surrounding World War 2 where the US and Allied powers have sanitized themselves and their Nazi allies in the name of Anti-Communism and western dominance.

Anyway, random WW2 links in the extended.

[SFW] [history] [+6 Informative]
[by steele@6:22pmGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 6 September 2021

Let?s Go To The Tape

quote [ Why Memorex, Silicon Valley?s first true startup, evolved into something of a ghost kitchen of computing. ]

It was all summed up on a Memorex mixtape
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:07pmGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 5 September 2021

Paper Railway Wheels

quote [ Conventional wisdom says that all load bearing structural components should be made of sturdy materials such as wood or steel. So where did the idea of making paper wheels spring from? ]

Wherever the railway runs there's a wheel inside me that's turning
[SFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:44amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 3 September 2021

Part Of Flight 93 Crashed On My Land. I Went Back To The Sacred Ground 20 Years Later

quote [ Almost every step led to a snap or a soft thwack.

Fallen branches cracked under my feet. Ferns brushed up against my calves.

This past June, I was with my reporting partner Scott Detrow searching for something in this grove of hemlocks.

Metal debris from Flight 93 found this year on the grounds of the national memorial.

A reminder, really. ]

This was a tough read for me...
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[by XregnaR@8:37pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 27 August 2021

Chicago River: The River That Runs Backward

quote [ From the mid to the late-19th century, Chicago was in the midst of a period of rapid growth, and as the city grew it placed enormous strain on the region?s natural resources. One of the biggest challenges the city faced was waste management. ]

And mud is waist high
[SFW] [history] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Mount Tambora And The Year Without a Summer

quote [ Volcanic eruptions can change the planet?s climate. During major eruptions, huge amount of volcanic ash are released into the upper atmosphere which form a veil-like covering preventing sun?s rays and heat from reaching earth. ]

Explode into the air, explode into the air
[SFW] [history] [+1 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:16amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 13 August 2021

Back in the 1920s, Many Radium Water Producers Advocated Drinking Radium Water as a Necessity of Healthy Living

quote [ ?The radium water worked fine until his jaw fell out.? ]

Just drink the water where you came from
[SFW] [history] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [5 comments]

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