society is the condom that protects us from being complete dicks to each other. It's pretty thin but it works 99% of the time
Friday, 23 August 2019

50-Year-Old Time Capsule Improved by Being Completely and Inexplicably Empty

quote [ A time capsule sealed in 1969 that was set to reveal its secrets this year has mysteriously?albeit hilariously?wound up containing absolutely nothing, a puzzle that has stumped the township of Derry, New Hampshire. ]

A time capsule the future will not find.
[SFW] [history] [+1 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The Not-So-Chill History of Hawai?i?s Breeziest Shirt

quote [ The aloha shirt has many possible inventors and a long, fraught cultural history. ]

Aloha shirts be the formal dress standard
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

How the US has hidden its empire

quote [ The attack on Pearl Harbor was just that ? an attack. Japan?s bombers struck, retreated and never returned. Not so in the Philippines. There, the initial air raids were followed by more raids, then by invasion and conquest. Sixteen million Filipinos ? US nationals who saluted the stars and stripes and looked to FDR as their commander in chief ? fell under a foreign power.

Contrary to popular memory, the event familiarly known as ?Pearl Harbor? was in fact an all-out lightning strike on US and British holdings throughout the Pacific. On a single day, the Japanese attacked the US territories of Hawaii, the Philippines, Guam, Midway Island and Wake Island. They also attacked the British colonies of Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong, and they invaded Thailand. ]

Article has a lot of good points, probably be adding the book to my list.

Grandpa Bernie sends pizza to miners blocking coal train - they're still there!
[SFW] [history] [+3 Good]
[by steele@5:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Lake Titicaca?s 150-year Old Steamship That Runs on Dung

quote [ Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America, is situated high up in the Andes on the borders of Peru and Bolivia. The water body occupies a deep valley in the mountains some 190 kilometers long and 80 kilometers across at its widest point. Located at an elevation of over 3,800 meters, Lake Titicaca carries the distinction of being the highest navigable lake in the world because of all the commercial vessels that ply between the Peruvian and Bolivian sides carrying passengers and cargo. ]

It's between Bolivia and Peru
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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Florida Man Terrorizes Town, Forcing Federal Government to Step In

quote [ As mayor of Cedar Key, Billy Cottrell reigned as a tyrant until U.S. forces chased him away ]

Florida Man, Florida Man,
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[by ScoobySnacks@8:32amGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The Egg War of Farallon Islands

quote [ The California Gold Rush of the 1850s induced another rush for a commodity, which, although not precious, became such rare and expensive that people literally killed each other for it. That commodity was eggs. ]

Gonna egg raid tonight!
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:04amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 26 July 2019

How European sailors learned celestial navigation | Aeon Essays

quote [ Teachers, always underpaid, lodged many such complaints. They often supplemented their income with private tutoring on the side, but this could cause problems; their favourite students never failed the exams. ]

On some Dutch roots of theoretical education.
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Monday, 22 July 2019

The Mahogany Ship: An Australian Maritime Mystery

quote [ One of Australia's most enduring maritime mysteries is a shipwreck known as the ?Mahogany Ship?. It was first spotted in 1836 by a party of three whalers who themselves had got shipwrecked on the south-western coast of Victoria, close to the modern town of Warrnambool. While walking along the coast back to Port Fairy, the sailors discovered the wreck of a large ship half buried in the sand dunes. ]

Big ship sailing on the ocean
[SFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:03amGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

The Myth of Blubber Town, an Arctic Metropolis

quote [ Though the 17th-century whaling station of Smeerenburg was in reality, at its height, just a few dwellings and structures for processing blubber, over the decades and centuries a more extravagant picture took hold ? that there once had stood, defying its far-flung Arctic location, a bustling urban centre complete with bakeries, churches, gambling dens, and brothels. Matthew H. Birkhold explores the legend. ]

Put its blubber up for sale
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