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The Ancient Romans First Committed the Sartorial Crime of Wearing Socks with Sandals, Archaeological Evidence Suggests

Image via Wikimedia Commons Of all sartorial crimes, none require quite so much brazenness — or simple obliviousness — as the wearing of socks with sandals. But unlike most widely disdained fashions, which usually tend to have enjoyed their heyday two or three decades ago, the socks-and-sandals combination has deep historical roots. And those roots, so 21st-century researchers have found out, go much deeper than most of us may have expected. "Evidence from an archaeological dig has found," wrot...
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The History of the Quirky Music Typewriter: Vintage Technologies for Printing Musical Notation

Nothing could seem more ordinary to anyone who has grown up with a musician in the house, or taken music classes themselves, than sheaves of sheet music: quarter, half, and whole notes tripping through orderly staffs in chords, arpeggios, and melodies. But the process of making those sheets of music is probably far less familiar to most of us. Music printing history, as the site Music Printing History shows, parallels book printing, but uses the technologies differently, from woodblock t...
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People Are Calling the Use of Real-Life Rail Explosion Footage in ‘Bird Box’ Insensitive

Is it ethical to use real-life disaster footage in a movie?
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These silly puppets will tell you about the terrible history of photography

In the past few decades, we have witnessed rapid changes in the world of photography and cameras. The history of photography is long and rich, and tongue-in-cheek video from Glove and Boots will tell you about the bad sides of photography that came before our smartphones. The video starts from smartphones, which make it fast […] The post These silly puppets will tell you about the terrible history of photography appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Inspiration, History, Humour, Humor, Art History, Glove and Boots

How Zora Neale Hurston & Eleanor Roosevelt Helped Create the First Realistic African American Baby Doll (1951)

In the 1930s and 40s, child psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark found that very young black children in the U.S. usually chose dolls with lighter skin colors when given a choice. The findings suggested that the children had internalized dominant prejudices against them “by the time they reached nursery school,” notes the National Museum of Play. “These studies played an important role in the NAACP’s battle in the 1950s to end segregation in public schools.” What often goes unremarked in accou...
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"Capitalism has outlived its usefulness" -Martin Luther King, Jr

"I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started out with a noble and high motive, viz, to block the trade monopolies of nobles, but like most human systems, it falls victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give lux...
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See the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA for Historic Hotel Awe

... Do click the title to see the full, beautiful article!
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The Nazis and your privacy

The nonprofit organization to which I belong recently put the personal data of around 410,000 people on the internet, connected to interactive street maps of where they lived. The data includes their full names, date and place of birth, known residential address, and often includes their professions and arrest records, sometimes even information about mental or physical handicaps. It also lists whether any of their grandparents were Jewish. How would you feel if somebody published your per...
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The rightful heirs to the British crown: Wales and the sovereignty of Britain

The Mabinogion is a collective name given to eleven medieval Welsh tales found mainly in two manuscripts – the White Book of Rhydderch (c. 1350), and the Red Book of Hergest (dated between 1382 and c.1410). The term is a scribal error for mabinogi, derived from the Welsh word mab meaning ‘son, boy’; its original meaning was probably ‘youth’ or ‘story of youth’, but finally it meant no more than ‘tale’ or ‘story’. The title was popularized in the nineteenth century when Lady Charlotte Guest trans...
Tags: Books, Featured, Wales, History, Britain, Literature, Cornwall, Norman, Tolkien, Tennyson, Arthur, Lloyd Alexander, Gwynedd, Wikimedia Commons, Usk, Arts & Humanities

To Help Digitize and Forever Preserve the Sound of Stradivarius Violins, a City in Italy Has Gone Silent

Image by Mark Ordonez, via Flickr Commons We all have respect, even awe, for the name Stradivarius, even those of us who have never held a violin, let alone played one. The violins — as well as violas, cellos, and other string instruments, including guitars — made by members of the Stradivari family 300 years ago have become symbols of pure sonic quality, still not quite replicable with even 21st-century technology, with rarity and prices to match. But to truly understand the preciousness of th...
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How KGB founder Iron Felix justified terror and mass executions

Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years. None Attempting to change human behavior often ends up in unimaginable violence. The career and thinking of Felix Dzerzhinsky is a testament to this notion. Nicknamed Iron Felix, he founded the infamous Soviet security organization Cheka, known for its ...
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"I used to love to watch her dance the Grizzly Bear/I guess she's gone to Frisco, to dance it there..."

There really is a dance called the Grizzly Bear, which I didn't know until yesterday, though I've heard the lyric quoted in the post title hundreds of times. "Grizzly Bear" by The Youngbloods was in the stack of singles next to my record player in the 1960s. I happened to play this video of it:Before they play the song, Dick Clark interviews Jesse Colin Young about it, and he says: "I'm a ragtime freak, and... this is about a dance in the 1890s called the Grizzly Bear where people used to hug ea...
Tags: Law, Censorship, America, San Francisco, Turkey, History, Dancing, New York Times, Smokey Robinson, Npr, Wilson, Frisco, Woodrow Wilson, Lance, Dick Clark, Curtis Mayfield

The unexpected first jobs of famous scientists

First jobs can have often contradictory expectations and feel like an odd fit for your talents.If you feel that way, you're not alone: Isaac Newton once worked as a farmer.One tip for your first job: be an observer of people and your environment. None The great American writer William Faulkner used to work in a post office. Whoopi Goldberg was a morgue beautician. Colin Powell — former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — worked in a baby furniture store. This holds tru...
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jackie robinson: "i owe more to canadians than they'll ever know."

Let me set the scene.The year is 1946. The United States is deeply segregated. The birth of civil rights movement that would begin as African-American soldiers returned to home to Jim Crow, after fighting for democracy abroad, is still a good 10 years away.Newlyweds Jackie and Rachel Robinson leave their hometown of Pasadena, California, for Florida, where Jackie will become the first African-American to play organized, professional sports in the United States. When Rachel sees "whites only" sig...
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Check out this amazing collection of playable spoken word LPs

Here's an incredible collection of digitized historical LPs you can listen to online. A lot of them remind me of podcast episodes, like this record about "big-lie-technique" master Senator Joseph R.McCarthy. This is a browser's treat.
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Hear the Sounds of the Actual Instruments for Which Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Handel Originally Composed Their Music

When we go to a concert of orchestral music today, we hear most every piece played on the same range of instruments — instruments we know and love, to be sure, but instruments designed and operated within quite strict parameters. The pleasing quality of the sounds they produce may make us believe that we're hearing everything just as the composer originally intended, but we usually aren't. To hear what the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, and Haydn would have had in their head as they...
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The Challenges America Faced at Versailles in 1919 Are the Same the U.S. Faces Today

Rising authoritarians, a conflicted West, isolationism, and technological disruption were problems a century ago, too
Tags: News, Opinion, Uncategorized, History, Conflict, Versailles, Challenges America Faced, U S Faces Today

Vintage Geological Maps Get Turned Into 3D Topographical Wonders

What good is an old-fashioned map in the age of apps? One need not be a mountaineer, geoscientist, or civil engineer to get the topographical lay of the land with a speed and accuracy that would have blown Lewis and Clark’s minds’ right through the top of the lynx and otter toppers they took to wearing after their standard issue army lids wore out. There’s still something to be said for the old ways, though. Graphic designer Scott Reinhard has all the latest technological advances at his di...
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World’s Oldest Known Periodic Table Found During Cleanup of Scottish Lab

A classroom chart bearing an early version of the periodic table of elements has been discovered in a University of St. Andrews chemistry lab. Dating back to the 1880s, the chart is thought to be the world’s oldest. Read more...
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Царь, царевич, or Royal Titles in Russian

Are King Arthur and King Solomon both “коро́ль” in Russian? Why are both принц and князь used to say “prince,” and what’s the difference? This post will look at some royal titles in Russian and give examples of famous bearers of these titles. Image via Pixabay Коро́ль/Короле́ва The term “коро́ль” (king) is believed to come into Slavic languages from Charlemagne’s name. This word traditionally referred to Western/Catholic kings, although nowadays it may be used for other monarchies. A kingdom...
Tags: Wales, Georgia, History, David, Linguistics, Victoria, Monaco, Little Mermaid, Royalty, Western Europe, Henry Viii, Arthur, Tamar, Olga, Solomon, Vocabulary

Your body’s full of stuff you no longer need. Here's a list.

An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun. Evolutionary anthropologist and Boston College post-doc, Dorsa Amir, started the whole thing with a series of eight tweets, and boy did she start something fun. Amir laid out a list of weird, once-useful details of the human anatomy that we continue to c...
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Reigning in brutality - how one man's outrage led to the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions

Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries. None Is history just a collection of barely-connected events that recur because humans can't really learn to do better or does it have an arc that bends towards progress and a better fate for humanity? O...
Tags: Activism, Prison, Navy, History, War, United States, Innovation, International criminal court, Geneva, Red Cross, Criminal Justice, Justice System, Hague, International Committee, Geneva Switzerland, Nobel Prize

A map of London's most toxic breathing spots

Dirty air is an invisible killer, but an effective one.More than 9,000 people die prematurely in London each year due to air pollution, a recent study estimates.This map visualizes the worst places to breathe in Central London. The Great Smog of 1952 London used to be famous for its 'pea-soupers': combinations of smoke and fog caused by burning coal for power and heating. All that changed after the Great Smog of 1952, when weather conditions created a particularly dense and persistent layer...
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Watch this marvelous animation that summarizes humanity in five minutes

Director Fabio Friedli animated 3,000 images to tell the story of humanity "from a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse." “It is such an excessive amount of things, shown in such a short time, you are never able to perceive everything,” Friedli told Vimeo. “I like to believe it’s one’s subconscious that chooses what you see, hear and feel, depending on what is occupying your head and heart at the moment. No one has the same first ‘In A Nutshell’ experience.”
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5 ways to experience Montana

5 ways to experience the best of Montana By: Shar Riley The National Parks Road Trip Musts History & Culture Wildlife Food & Drink #wedge-0 { background-image: url('') }@media(min-width:560px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('') } }@media(min-width:1200px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.clo...
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An Ancient Egyptian Homework Assignment from 1800 Years Ago: Some Things Are Truly Timeless

Every generation of schoolchildren no doubt first assumes homework to be a historically distinct form of punishment, developed expressly to be inflicted on them. But the parents of today's miserable homework-doers also, of course, had to do homework themselves, as did their parents' parents. It turns out that you can go back surprisingly far in history and still find examples of the menace of homework, as far back as ancient Egypt, a civilization from which one example of an out-of-classroom as...
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Grand Ole Oprey

The beginning of the what is now Grand Ole Opry began in 1925 at the National Life and Accident Insurance Company, moving from place to place until it found its “permanent” home at the Ryman Auditorium in 1943.  Country talent… Continue reading →
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How the Months Got Their Names in the Italian Language

I mesi  The months  The original Roman year had ten named months, beginning with Martius, named for Mars, god of war. This was the month when the mighty Roman legions resumed their battles to conquer and rule the known world. It was also the time when farmers began working the fields and preparing for planting.  The other months were:  *Aprilis (April), dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite (Venus)  *Maius (May), for Maia, the goddess of new plantings (who also gave her name to il maial...
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Music in history: overcoming historians’ reluctance to tackle music as a source

Despite their enthusiasm for borrowing from other fields and incorporating new types of source material, many historians remain reluctant to analyze music. For example, when the American Historical Association dedicated its 2015 Annual Meeting to “History and Other Disciplines,” organizers called for work that engaged with anthropology, material culture, archaeology, visual studies, and museum studies, but they were noticeably silent about music and musicology. What explains this aversion?First,...
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Inspiration, Travel, and Stories

It is a time for making plans, for making resolutions, for setting goals — and for seeking inspiration for doing all those things. As you are doing that, we are here to help out with stories of places you want to return to, places you have not yet been, and ways to enjoy travel even if this is a season that finds you staying close to home base. Enjoy these stories for travel inspiration: If...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Inspiration, Travel, and Stories - EnclosureSaint An...
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