A little late, I know, but I just found out and wanted to share
A little late, I know, but I just found out and wanted to share
Last month we discussed some of the strange ways people entertained themselves before television. Here are five more examples. 1. Mummy
THE MUMMY ONE MAKES ME SO MAD
Before people had hundreds of channels, if they wanted to watch surgery or gawk at celebrity babies, they had to actually leave the house. Here are some of the ways people entertained themselves in the pre-TV era.1. Attending Public
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime…
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.
8 October 1917 - March, 1918
The Deir el-Bahri Temple Complex includes one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, perhaps in the world, built by the architects of the New Kingdom Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC.
when did we even first discover the concept of glasses
like was an egyptian pharaoh walking around in his jewel room and put two crystals up to his eyes and was like YOOOOOOOOOOOO NEITHHOTEP COME LOOK AT THIS
I spent an hour on Wikipedia reading about the history of eyeglasses because of this post I hope you’re happy
i wish they would get a black actress to play her for once
Well she descends from one of the generals of Alexander the Great who are Greek Macedonians. So there is no question there that she comes from a line of Greeks. It gets a little bit more certain because they tend…
If you’re going to get annoyed about something, you should at least know what the heck you’re talking about. 10/10 on the historical commentary.
Here’s something interesting that popped up in my inbox today. Ever notice that the number of angles less than 180˚ in each of our Arabic number symbols corresponds to the number the symbol represents? It’s an interesting take on the origin of the Arabic numeral system … except that it’s not true.
My first hint was that for zero, “angle” was magically turned into “angel”. And why, exactly, do seven and nine need all that extra embellishment? Before you sound the sad trombone, why don’t we use this time to explore the real question: Where DO our numeral symbols come from?
For starters, Arabic numerals do not originate with the Arabs. Our numerical symbols actually trace their roots back to India at least as long ago as the 3rd century BC. These Brahmi numerals show obvious similarities with our modern “Arabic” symbols, as seen below (via Wikipedia):
The lack of a zero should not go unnoticed. Multiples of ten were given their own symbols in Brahmi, and large numbers were written as combinations of symbols instead of neat little decimals like we’re used to.
The idea of zero as a number (and not just numerical punctuation) makes its earliest appearance in the fifth century AD, again in India. Over time, the Indian numerical system migrated west into Persia, where decimal notation and the round 0 were formalized. In 976 AD, the Persian version of Wikipedia known as Muhammad al-Khwarizmi is credited with the invention of the word “sifr” to represent the empty decimal place, which later evolved into the very word we use for it today: zero.
From Persia, the “Arabic” symbols quickly made their way into Europe, along with their misattributed name. Like letter forms of the time, they were not standardized, and people wrote the symbols in their own style (which, to this day, is why some 2’s curl, and some 7’s are crossed).
With the development of moveable type, symbols were quickly standardized into the forms we know (and love?) today. Thanks, Gutenberg!
If you’re interested in more numerical history, check this out, or this. Numbers have a history with many interesting angles, but the geometric ones have nothing to do with why numbers look the way they do.
phrenology (by lattona)
A loaf of bread made in the first century AD, which was discovered at Pompeii, preserved for centuries in the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius. The markings visible on the top are made from a Roman bread stamp, which bakeries were required to use in order to mark the source of the loaves, and to prevent fraud. (via Ridiculously Interesting)
(sigh) I’ve seen these before, but this one’s particularly beautiful.
I feel like I’m supposed to be marveling over the fact that this is a loaf of bread that’s been preserved for thousands of years, and don’t get me wrong, that’s hella cool. But honestly, I’m mostly struck by the unexpected news that “bread fraud” was apparently once a serious concern.
I want to know what exactly constitutes “bread fraud”.
First and last known photos of OTMAA.
30 Day Romanov Challenge 2: Day 7 - A Romanov in military uniform
Nicholas II, because he looks quite dashing :)
When the milliners were designing the military uniforms, Nicky should have been their poster child. Damn, that boy could wear them epaulets right.
Queen Isabella II walks through a garden with her daughter Isabel, the Princess of Asturias, followed by their entourage, consisting of the Marquise of Novaliches, the little princess’ governess, a military chief and, lastly, by the servants. The scene is framed with a large boarder decorated with shields with the fleur-de-lys (symbol of the Bourbon dynasty), lions and castles, referring to the kingdoms of Castilla and Leon. The subject of this print is exceptional in the painting of the Spanish Court. Romanticism attempted to humanize the monarchy, in search of emotional values showing everyday aspects of the royal personages.
The Family of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. You can see several members of the Romanov family in the back. Grand Duke Sergei, the husband of one of Victoria’s Hessian granddaughters, is seen clearly in the background by the door.
This is a cropped version of the painting isn’t it? In the larger one, baby Olga A. is on the floor too. One of my favourite paintings of all time.