In the late 1800s, merchants in the city of Superior, Wisconsin needed a way to convince other companies their town deserved to be a national center of manufacturing and shipping. To promote this idea, the Superior business interests created this rare map of a skinless, naked giant covering a good chunk of North America.
The late 19th century, also known as the time when the US had the most awesome paper money in the world
Even with all of the changes to the look of American paper money in the past decade or so, it still seriously lags behind the rest of the world in the awesome money quotient. But in the late 1800s, the US had some seriously badass paper, with huge, intricate and beautiful scenes from Greek myth and it just screamed “THIS IS THE FUCKING LAND OF LIBERTY MOTHERFUCKER”.
We think we’re so cool because so far, we’ve been sitting here on Earth for tens of thousands of years without a major extinction event meteor or comet strike, but we’ve had some incredibly close calls, the most recent perhaps being back in August of 1883, when a comet barely brushed the Earth. If it had hit, you and I wouldn’t be here reading this on the internet.