Posts tagged with ‘history

Remembering the days before the internet, when you actually had to buy porn at a store from a person

Video store employees talk about the days before the internet became a hub for adult entertainment and had to rent adult films to customers face-to-face.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Holocaust documentary to finally be released

The documentary will be shown in tandem with a new documentary, “Night Will Fall,” at festivals and in theaters, as well as on British television to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Hitchcock was approached in 1945 by his friend and producer Sidney Bernstein about the possibility of helping with a documentary based on footage shot in the Nazi concentration camps by British and Soviet army units. Upon first viewing the footage, the director of “Psycho” and “The 39 Steps” was reportedly so traumatized that he avoided the film studio for a week.

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Seven years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone and blew everybody’s fucking mind

Considering that it’s becoming harder every day to find a phone with any sort of physical keyboard, it’s kinda hard to believe that it was only 2007 when Steve Jobs took the stage at Macworld and changed the world forever with the iPhone. I remember reading tech rumor sites at the time, and the best sane guess at the time was that the Apple phone would look something like a Blackberry with a bigger screen.

King Tut was buried with a hard-on to try and quash religious rebellion. Glad that’s worked well so far for Egypt.

When the young King Tut was buried, he was given his dead penis a full salute, standing up at a straight 90 degree angle. This hasn’t entirely been clear, but one egyptologist  Salima Ikram, a professor at the American University in Cairo, has argued that the unusual burial of King Tut was an attempt to make him appear as Osiris, the god of the afterlife, to counter attempts by King Akhenaten to establish a monotheistic religion.

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Men’s fashion of 1914. We should bring this back… all those who are dapper and quaint RISE UP

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100 year old photographic negatives found perfectly preserved in Antarctic ice

Discovered by a team of Antarctic conservators, the treasure trove contained 22 unprocessed cellulose nitrate negatives. They’re believed to have been snapped by the Ross Sea Party way back in 1915, while they attempted to set up supply depots on the New Zealand side of Antarctica.

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 2013 pop culture and news mashup
 These are the events of 2013 summed up in a single drawing. There are around 90 separate events depicted, including Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding, a bunch of video games & apps, pop culture sadness, and news stories. 
By Mario Zucca for Beutler Ink
List of included people and events

 2013 pop culture and news mashup

 These are the events of 2013 summed up in a single drawing. There are around 90 separate events depicted, including Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding, a bunch of video games & apps, pop culture sadness, and news stories. 

By Mario Zucca for Beutler Ink

List of included people and events

Here is a very inspirational infographic animation video about time and how much time the humans have left in this universe..The History and Future of Everything

Publisher is the science animation channel “Kurzgesagt”. (

During Prohibition, your doctor could write you a prescription for medicinal booze

Way before the push for medicinal marijuana, during the days of Prohibition in the US, if you wanted your liquor fix, you could take your chances on the black market, or you could stroll down to your doctor’s office and get a prescription for medicinal booze. It’s for my glaucoma *hic*

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The messy history to define, invent and reinvent the taco

The search for authentic Mexican food—or rather, the struggle to define what that meant—has been going on for two hundred years, and some of the most important battles have been fought outside of Mexico. Notions of authenticity have been contested through interactions between insiders and outsiders, they have changed over time, and they have contributed to broader power relations. The very idea of Mexico was first conceived by Creoles, people of European descent born in the Americas, who imagined a shared past with Aztec monarchs to claim political autonomy within the Spanish empire, but who scorned the native foods made of corn. When independence came in the nineteenth century, attempts to forge a national cuisine were torn between nostalgia for Creole traditions and the allure of European fashions. Foods considered to be Indian were largely ignored, along with yet another variant of Mexican cooking that emerged in the northern territories conquered by Yankee invaders. With the U.S. rise to global power in the twentieth century, this Tex-Mex cooking was industrialized and carried around the world. Mexican elites, confronted with the potential loss of their culinary identity to this powerful neighbor, then sought to ground their national cuisine in the pre-Hispanic past.

Learn something, you fucks!

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Hard-carved javelin spear tips pre-date the origins of humans by 80,000. Probably aliens.


The oldest known stone-tipped projectiles have been found in Ethiopia, clocking in at around 280,000 years old. That’s about 88,000 years older than Homo sapiens. We know that we were not the only intelligent, tool building hominids— there were ones that came before us and existed at the same time as us, and this new find confirms that the rise of abstract intelligence was a long, slow process that occurred through many different hominid species over time. We weren’t the first, and we probably won’t be the last either.

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Afternoon documentaries: Charlie Brooker on How Video Games Changed the World

Jonathan Ross and Dara O’Briain join Charlie Brooker to explore the history of interactive entertainment and how it’s changing how we work, communicate and play.

Listen to Da Vinci’s viola organista being played for the first time ever

500 years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci sketched an instrument he called the viola organista, which plays like a piano but creates sound more like a bowed instrument like a viola or cello. Polish concert pianist and instrument maker Slawomir Zubrzycki built the viola organista from sketches and notes in da Vinci’s voluminous manuscripts. The process took 5,000 hours spread across three years.

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