Posts tagged with ‘history

100 years ago, World War I changed both the world and wars forever

Before Europe exploded into what was called at the time “The Great War” 100 years ago in 1914, war had not really changed much for centuries. But with World War I, gigantic empires crumbled, kings fell and the way global politics worked has never been the same. When the 20th century started, World War I helped to sweep the floor clean of old institutions and old ways of thinking about nations and governments. Part of it was the technology that allowed armies to cause tremendous destruction with less, but perhaps it was also just the time for the old institutions to give way.

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One man shows how the paintings of Johannes Vermeer might be 350 year old color photographs

Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer has been celebrated for centuries for his amazingly photorealistic works, created way before photography was even invented. But one man, Texas inventor and NewTek founder Tim Jenison spent seven years showing how Vermeer could have used crude camera obscura technology and quite a bit of technical cleverness to create his masterpieces.

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The Last Tribal Tattoo Artist | Kalinga, Philippines
Apo Whang Od, 93, is literally one of the last living connections to pre-colonial Filipino culture. She is the last practicing mambabatok (or tribal tattoo artist) in the Philippine region. 
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The Last Tribal Tattoo Artist | Kalinga, Philippines

Apo Whang Od, 93, is literally one of the last living connections to pre-colonial Filipino culture. She is the last practicing mambabatok (or tribal tattoo artist) in the Philippine region. 

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Daily Discussion: For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, tell us IHC, stories of relatives who fought in WWII

I know it’s been forever since we’ve had a Daily Discussion, but don’t hold it against me. Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day in which Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to begin pushing back Germany. Do any of you have relatives that fought in World War II? If so, where did they serve and what did they do? 

Around 550 BC, ancient Persians invent the grape sno-cone by pouring grape juice concentrate over snow that was kept cold for the summer months. 
In 499 BC, the Greco-Persian Wars begin, kicking off thousands of years of bloodshed and tension between Europe and the Middle East/Persia region.
After World War II, the UK, US and Soviet Union begin directly influencing Iranian politics, with the US exerting incredible influence over the country and Iranian culture, slowly making Persia more and more Western.
In January 1979, the last Shah of Iran was exiled, starting the Iranian Revolution, which expelled the Shah and all Western powers from the country. The long game to capture Persia’s sno-cone technology seems to have been lost.
Later that year, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine was launched, bringing quick and easy sno-cones to the world.
Now see the top picture? That’s a yakhchal, an ancient Persian building that was specifically built to keep ice and snow from the winter months cold so they could make their grape sno-cones in summer.
Now look at the bottom picture. See Snoopy’s hat? You always wondered about that hat, right? Maybe it was supposed to be a dollop of sno-cone, or maybe some Devo reference? Ha ha, no.
HE IS THE SNO-CONE KING. HE CAN DO ANYTHING. 

Around 550 BC, ancient Persians invent the grape sno-cone by pouring grape juice concentrate over snow that was kept cold for the summer months. 

In 499 BC, the Greco-Persian Wars begin, kicking off thousands of years of bloodshed and tension between Europe and the Middle East/Persia region.

After World War II, the UK, US and Soviet Union begin directly influencing Iranian politics, with the US exerting incredible influence over the country and Iranian culture, slowly making Persia more and more Western.

In January 1979, the last Shah of Iran was exiled, starting the Iranian Revolution, which expelled the Shah and all Western powers from the country. The long game to capture Persia’s sno-cone technology seems to have been lost.

Later that year, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine was launched, bringing quick and easy sno-cones to the world.

Now see the top picture? That’s a yakhchal, an ancient Persian building that was specifically built to keep ice and snow from the winter months cold so they could make their grape sno-cones in summer.

Now look at the bottom picture. See Snoopy’s hat? You always wondered about that hat, right? Maybe it was supposed to be a dollop of sno-cone, or maybe some Devo reference? Ha ha, no.

HE IS THE SNO-CONE KING. HE CAN DO ANYTHING. 

This day in 1989, one man stopped an entire line of Chinese tanks live on television as Tiananmen Square in Beijing erupted in protest against Communist Party corruption

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Artist regrows Van Gogh’s lost ear via his ancestor’s DNA

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Artist Diemut Strebe made a living replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear, grown from genetic samples provided by Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo. They share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome, passed down the male lineage.

So not actually Vincent Van Gogh’s ear if you want to get super technical about it— it’s a replica of his great-great-grandnephew’s ear, but that really doesn’t make it less badass.

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83 old slang phrases we should bring back

Come for the genital slang, stay for gems like “hot as a half-fucked fox in a forest fire”.

Submitted by delsyd

100 year old negatives found in chunk of ice in Antarctica

For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old exploration hut. The negatives are believed to be from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, a group that was stranded in the hut during a blizzard when their ship blew out to sea. They were eventually rescued, but the box remained buried until now.

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A Principal in 1815, condemning the limitations of ‘modern technology
Damn kids these days and their newfangled “paper”.

A Principal in 1815, condemning the limitations of ‘modern technology

Damn kids these days and their newfangled “paper”.

(Source: twitter.com)

This is Conrad Heyer. Born in 1749, he’s the earliest born person to ever be photographed
Taken in 1852, this is a photograph of Revolutionary War veteran Conrad Heyer at the ripe old age of 103. While plenty of people had been photographed by 1852, Heyer is the earliest born person ever to have had his picture taken.
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This is Conrad Heyer. Born in 1749, he’s the earliest born person to ever be photographed

Taken in 1852, this is a photograph of Revolutionary War veteran Conrad Heyer at the ripe old age of 103. While plenty of people had been photographed by 1852, Heyer is the earliest born person ever to have had his picture taken.

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Ken Kesey’s son is planning a sequel to his dad’s legendary acid-fueled bus journey, only this one will be funded via Kickstarter

Ken Kesey’s 1964 drug-fueled trip from California to New York with a group of friends on a psychedelic bus named “Further” has become a cornerstone of 1960s counterculture legend. The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author was on his way to NYC anyway for the debut of a new novel, so he got some people together dubbed “The Merry Pranksters” and they drove across America, freaking out the normals in the process. Now in 2014, Kesey’s son, Zane is looking to re-create the journey, funded in the 21st century way— through Kickstarter.

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