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The Beautifully Illustrated Atlas of Mushrooms: Edible, Suspect and Poisonous (1827)

Two centuries ago, Haiti, “then known as Saint-Domingue, was a sugar powerhouse that stood at the center of world trading networks,” writes Philippe Girard in his history of the Haitian war for independence. “Saint-Domingue was the perle de Antilles… the largest exporter of tropical products in the world.” The island colony was also at the center of the trade in plants that drove the scientific revolution of the time, and many a naturalist profited from the trade in slaves and sugar, as did pla...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Books, College, France, History, Emily Dickinson, Haiti, Caribbean, Napoleon, Flores, Port Au Prince, Domingue, Flora, Josh Jones, Jean Jacques Dessalines

Rare Rides Icons: The History of Imperial, More Than Just a Car (Part I)

Today Rare Rides Icons features a special Chrysler that was a car, then a brand, then a car again. Throughout its varied history, Imperial always represented the best of what Chrysler offered. First, we travel back to the Twenties. Conceived as a full-size flagship luxury car, the Imperial was the idea of Chrysler founder Walter […] The post Rare Rides Icons: The History of Imperial, More Than Just a Car (Part I) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Luxury cars, Editorials, Autos, Chrysler, 1930s, Walter, Great Depression, 1920s, Imperial, Chrysler Imperial, Domestic Cars, Coachbuilding, I8, Rare Rides, I6

How to delete your Google Maps history and reset all your recommendations

Your Google Maps history tracks most places you go. Iuliia Bondar/Getty Images You can delete your Google Maps history through your Google account's Settings page. Deleting your Google Maps history will reset the locations that Google Maps recommends to you. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. By default, the Google Maps app tries to track your location history. It records the places you visit, so if you visit the same locations multiple times, it knows to reco...
Tags: Google, Privacy, Trends, History, Location Tracking, Google Maps, Tech Insider, Search History, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, William Antonelli, Devon Delfino William Antonelli, Iuliia Bondar Getty

Watch Nigel Farage accidentally endorse the IRA on Cameo

As a former member of the European Parliament and Brexit Party Leader whose political career largely existed in relation to the Northern Irish border, you'd think Nigel Farage would have at least the slightest familiarity with the Provisional Irish Republican Army. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, History, Nigel Farage, Ira, European Parliament, Brexit, Irish, Irish Republican Army, Provisional Irish Republican Army, Up the RA, A Taste Of Brexit, Brexit Party, Irish Republicanism, The Problem With Brexit Is ■■■■■■■■■, Brexit honor roll

The entire 34,000-year DUNE timeline explained in one 10-minute video

I would not recommend for this for the uninitiated. It might be overwhelming and off-putting, if you're not already at least somewhat familiar with the Dune universe. It's a lot. But this is a good summary!
Tags: Video, News, History, Alternate History, Dune, Frank Herbert, Arrakis, Butlerian Jihad

A Beautifully Illustrated Edition of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, the Bestselling Book by Historian Timothy Snyder

For all its talk of liberty, the US government has practiced dehumanizing authoritarianism and mass murder since its founding. And since the rise of fascism in the early 20th century, it has never been self-evident that it cannot happen here. On the contrary — wrote Yale historian Timothy Snyder before and throughout the Trump presidency — it happened here first, though many would like us to forget. The histories of southern slavocracy and manifest destiny directly informed Hitler’s plans for t...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Books, Politics, College, Africa, US, History, Current Affairs, Yale, The New York Times, Hitler, Stalin, The New Yorker, Rick Steves, Trump

A 13th-Century Cookbook Featuring 475 Recipes from Moorish Spain Gets Published in a New Translated Edition

Some of the distinctiveness of Spain as we know it today comes as a legacy of the period from 700 to 1200, when most of it was under Muslim rule. The culture of Al-Andalus, as the Islamic states of modern-day Spain and Portugal were then called, survives most visibly in architecture. But it also had its own cuisine, developed by not just Muslims, but by Christians and Jews as well. Whatever the dietary restrictions they individually worked under, “cooks from all three religions enjoyed many ing...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Japan, College, Spain, History, Food & Drink, Portugal, Seoul, Tunis, Atlas Obscura, Colin Marshall, Maghrib, Al Andalus, Strait of Gibraltar, Nawal Nasrallah

Five key areas of communication for research integrity

Viewed from the outside, the research idyll can appear inspirational—a research team working in perfect harmony each contributing parts to the whole to achieve exciting advances in knowledge contributing to the public good. PhD candidates or new post-doctoral fellows will be excited to be accepted to join an established team, looking forward to commencing or establishing their research careers, and anticipating a stimulating and challenging mentoring environment.    Such a positive and construct...
Tags: Books, Featured, Communication, Workplace Culture, History, Language, Academic Research, Data Management, Social Sciences, Science & Medicine, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Workplace Satisfaction, Research Integrity, Epigeum, Research Standards

Vintage Pistolero

If you've been enjoying the write-ups on the old Savage automatics, or are just into vintage handgunnery and Americana, the booklet The Tenderfoot's Turn, by Bat Masterson is available in Kindle format for only ninety-nine cents. Commissioned as an advertising gimmick by Savage Arms to promote their futuristic ten-shooter back in the day, original copies bring big money in good condition. The Kindle copy will let you read it without having to worry about folding, spindling, or mutilating a piec...
Tags: Books, Guns, History, Savage, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Bat Masterson

The Downfall of Oscar Wilde: An Animated Video Tells How Wilde Quickly Went from Celebrity Playwright to Prisoner

Oscar Wilde left a body of literature that continues to entertain generation after generation of readers, but for many of his fans his life leads to his work, not the other way around. Its latest retelling, Oscar Wilde: A Life by Matthew Sturgis, came out in the United States just this past week. “Universally heralded as a genius” when his play The Importance of Being Earnest premiered in London in 1895, he was just a few months later “bankrupt and about to be imprisoned. His reputation ...
Tags: Facebook, London, College, History, United States, United Kingdom, Literature, Seoul, Oscar Wilde, Alain De Botton, Queensbury, Wilde, Alfred Douglas, de Botton, Colin Marshall, De Profundis

Two Mavericks

I'm not a huge fan of TV westerns. I mean, I'll watch old reruns of Wagon Train if I'm sick in bed just to see which future stars of '60s-'80s television I can spot in larval walk-on bit parts, but other than that I'll doze through most of them. I've developed something of a fondness for Maverick, though. The writing's generally pretty good and I enjoy James Garner's character, a roguish gambler who gets by on wits and charm more than fists and firearms. (The fact that it's the first thing on ...
Tags: Amazon, Guns, Kentucky, US, Alabama, America, San Francisco, History, New Orleans, Robert Louis Stevenson, James Garner, Smith Wesson, Tam, Mavericks, MeTV, Smith and Wesson

Tokyo Revengers “Swastika” Merchandise Accrues Much Attention

Tokyo Revengers has attained a great deal of attention online yet again for the most typical reason as photos of clothing-based merchandise was shared, with Twitter denizens naturally being compelled to make a comment about the “swastika” symbol on them (even though it is actually the Buddhist “manji”). The tweet that showed off the purchasable […]
Tags: Anime, Anime Goods, Buddhism, Clothing, History, Internet, Politics, Tokyo Revengers, USA

"The political warhorse of the past has been checked, martingaled, cruppered, and bestridden by King Cotton."

"But he prances in his new caparisons, and neighs a happy scorn at the old. 'We Democrats,' he avouches, 'are few potatoes in the hill at Washington, and we don't cut much figure;' therefore, let us hold and mind our own cotton at home, 'for the future is bright and promising.'... 'At Washington my policy, which some of the newspapers don't like, has been to get anything in sight for the South when I saw the chance, and I tried to get it, right or wrong, honestly or dishonestly, because the peop...
Tags: Law, Washington, Senate, Wikipedia, History, United States, Language, New York Times, Nyt, South Carolina, South, Democratic, Democratic Party, U S Senate, Clemson University, Tillman

Benjamin Lay was the best radical vegan Quaker hunchback abolitionist of the 1700s

I got an email a while back from a fellow by the name of David Lester, who asked if I wanted to read his graphic novel biography of "an 18th-century dwarf and hunchback who fought a lonely, heroic fight for the abolition of slavery." — Read the rest
Tags: Reviews, Post, News, Book Reviews, Book Review, History, Graphic Novels, Veganism, Vegans, American History, Quaker, Quakers, US history, David Lester, Abolitionists, Abolition

Betty Wood obituary

My friend and mentor Betty Wood, who has died of cancer aged 76, was a Cambridge academic and a historian of the study of slavery, gender, and religion in the Atlantic world. She was among the first to study enslaved people, and specifically enslaved women, at an elite UK university and was instrumental in building the profile of early American history in the UK.Born in Melton Constable, Norfolk, the daughter of Marjorie (nee Green) and Stanley Wood, a railway guard, she was educated at grammar ...
Tags: Books, UK, Education, Americas, History, Atlantic, Higher Education, Cambridge, Slavery, Universities, University of Cambridge, Fakenham, London School of Economics Continue, History books, Betty Wood, UK Born

The Bombing of Pompeii During World War II

In 79 AD, 17-year-old Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, known as Pliny the Younger, gazed across the Bay of Naples from his vacation home in Misenum and watched Mount Vesuvius erupt. “Darkness fell, not the dark of a moonless or cloudy night,” Pliny wrote in his eyewitness account — the only surviving such document — “but as if the lamp had been put out in a dark room.” Unbeknownst to Pliny and his famous uncle, Pliny the Elder, admiral of the Roman navy and revered naturalist, hundreds ...
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The Little-Known Bombing of Pompeii During World War II

In 79 AD, 17-year-old Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, known as Pliny the Younger, gazed across the Bay of Naples from his vacation home in Misenum and watched Mount Vesuvius erupt. “Darkness fell, not the dark of a moonless or cloudy night,” Pliny wrote in his eyewitness account — the only surviving such document — “but as if the lamp had been put out in a dark room.” Unbeknownst to Pliny and his famous uncle, Pliny the Elder, admiral of the Roman navy and revered naturalist, hundreds ...
Tags: Facebook, College, History, Getty, Pliny the Elder, National Geographic, Pliny, Pompeii, Bay Of Naples, Josh Jones, Goethe, Getty Museum, Mount Vesuvius, Durham NC Follow, Mount Vesuvius Re Created, Edward Bulwer Lytton

Archaeologists Discover 1300-Year-Old Pair of Skis, the Best-Preserved Ancient Skis in Existence

Surfing is generally believed to have originated in Hawaii and will be forever associated with the Polynesian islands. Yet anthropologists have found evidence of something like surfing wherever humans have encountered a beach — on the coasts of West Africa, in the Caribbean, India, Syria, and Japan. Surfing historian Matt Warshaw sums up the problem with locating the origins of this human activity: “Riding waves simply for pleasure most likely developed in one form or another among any c...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Japan, College, China, Russia, Sports, History, Hawaii, New York Times, Smithsonian, West Africa, Norway, Josh Jones, Larsen, Kottke

Tiny Tank!

Click to embiggen, but only a little bit. A 1:72 model of a Jerry VK.45.02(P) H, which is a failed bid for what eventually became the Tiger II or "King Tiger". Two variants were proposed, one with a conventionally forward-mounted turret, and the one in the picture, the "Hinten", with the turret mounted to the rear, behind the powerplant. A friend noted that this allowed the engine to serve as additional armor between the bow and the turret basket. I guess the driver and bow gunner cou...
Tags: Guns, History, Tanks, Tamara, Tam, Munroe, T'hee, Frink, Geekery, Pickcher Takin, Sony Mavica

Slot Machine Age: A 1964 British Newsreel Angsts Over Whether Automated Machines Will Displace People

When Americans hear the phrase “slot machine,” they think of pensioners compulsively pulling levers day and night in Las Vegas. But when the British hear it, a much less bleak vision comes to their minds: the automated dispensation of cigarettes, coffee, groceries, and even entire meals. Or at least such a vision came to the minds of Britons back in 1964, the year of the British Pathé newsreel above. With its brilliant colors and jazzy score, Slot Machine Age proudly displayed to the vie...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Film, College, Toronto, History, Las Vegas, Seoul, Alan Watts, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, France Poland San Francisco, Facebook Slot Machine

Behold the Photographs of John Thomson, the First Western Photographer to Travel Widely Through China (1870s)

In the early 1860s, a few Westerners had seen China — but nearly all of them had seen it for themselves. The still-new medium of photography had yet to make images of everywhere available to viewers everywhere else, which meant an opportunity for traveling practitioners like John Thomson. “The son of a tobacco spinner and shopkeeper,” says, ” he was apprenticed to an Edinburgh optical and scientific instrument manufacturer where he learned the basics of photography.” In 1862 Thomson sa...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, Photography, Japan, College, China, Singapore, History, Bbc, World, Britain, Cambodia, Edinburgh, Seoul, John Thomson

Al Capone’s “Sweetheart” Colt 1911 Sells for 1.04 Million

A while back we covered the auctioning of Al Capone and Sonny Capone’s collection of firearms and memorabilia. That auction has now concluded and in an unsurprising turn of events, the entire collection sold for millions. Most notably, Al Capone’s Colt 1911 pistol which he lovingly called “sweetheart” sold for far more than its expected […] Read More … The post Al Capone’s “Sweetheart” Colt 1911 Sells for 1.04 Million appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, History, Daily News, Al Capone, 1911, Pistols, Gun Auctions, Semi-Auto, Sonny Capone, Famous Guns, Gangster Guns, Infamous Guns

In Mexico City, a Columbus statue comes down and a one of an indigenous woman goes up

Mexico City recently removed a statue of Christopher Columbus, a European explorer whose treatment of natives and other colonists was so brutal it resulted in condemnation and disgrace in his own lifetime. The city has decided to replace it with a replica of a pre-Columbian statue known as the Young Woman of Amajac. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, History, Mexico City, Statues, Colonialism, Columbus, Christopher Columbus

Read 1920s financial news day by day on Twitter and Substack

The Roaring 20s [Twitter, also Substack] summarizes 1920s financial news from the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times day by day. It's a fascinating insight into the ups and downs of another era—one that ours is often held to echo with—and I won't spoil how interesting it'll get if the author keeps it up until October 2029. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, History, Wall Street Journal, Good Accounts

John Dee's scrying mirror has Aztec origins, analysis finds

John Dee was a 16th-century astrologer and science advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, but as he got older he became increasingly obsessed with magic. He frequently claimed to contact otherwordly spirits using this black obsidian scrying mirror, currently held by the British Museum. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, History, Queen Elizabeth, John Dee, British Museum Read

Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu’s Laika Definitely the Sweetest Girl

Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu has tried to get watchers to grow more emotionally attached to the sweet Laika as she participates in a variety of different training exercises while also exposing her cute personality, the sweet little vampire sure to easily be labeled the best aspect of the series. Omake:
Tags: Space, Comedy, Vampires, History, Anime, Bathing, Moe, Laika, Pantsu, Image Gallery, Tsuki, Nosferatu, Arvo Animation, Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu

Tata Sons just won the bid for ownership of Air India in a full-circle moment - see the airline's 89-year history

Tata Airlines 747 Tata Sons won a 100% stake in Air India, having bid $2.4 billion for the debt-ridden airline. Tata will take on $3.1 billion in debt but maintain Air India's brand and assets. Air India has an 89-year history, having been founded by the Tata family in 1932. Air India dates back to 1932, when it was founded as a private entity by renowned industrialist and philanthropist JRD Tata. Tata was India's first private pilot and his fascination with the industry l...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, London, News, Australia, Singapore, India, Trends, History, BBC News, Features, Chicago, Britain, Royal Air Force, Malaysia

Witness Maya Angelou & James Baldwin’s Close Friendship in a TV Interview from 1975

In the mid-50s, Maya Angelou accepted a role as a chorus member in an international touring production of the opera, Porgy and Bess: I wanted to travel, to try to speak other languages, to see the cities I had read about all my life, but most important, I wanted to be with a large, friendly group of Black people who sang so gloriously and lived with such passion. On a stopover in Paris, she met James Baldwin, who she remembered as “small and hot (with) the movements of a dancer.” The two...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Television, College, France, Poetry, America, History, Paris, Literature, Random House, Maya Angelou, Harlem, James Baldwin, Paris France, Baldwin

Window Washing

This morning's cartoons featured a 1937-vintage Popeye number wherein he and Bluto do battle over who will clean the windows on Olive Oyl's high-rise office. I thought the hooks on the outside of the windows they used to clip in with their safety harnesses were an interesting detail and wondered to myself if that was really how it was done back in the day. Boy howdy was it ever. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, History, Tam, Bread And Circuses, Vidjo, Eek

"The film, sponsored by the [Chinese] government, depicts an against-all-odds American defeat in a battle known in the United States as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir."

"Mr. Luo’s crime was to question the legal justification of China’s intervention when North Korea’s troops were on the verge of defeat after invading the South. 'Half a century later, few Chinese people have reflected on the justifiability of the war,' he wrote on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, before referring specifically to a doomed Chinese military unit featured in the film 'that did not doubt the "wise decision" of the top.'"  From (NYT). Statement from the People’s Liberation Arm...
Tags: Law, North Korea, China, Russia, Censorship, Journalism, History, United States, Philippines, Korea, Norway, Weibo China, Nobel Committee, Luo, Nobel Prize, Ann Althouse