Posts Tagged ‘History’

NASA 1965

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Gemini SpacecraftAstronauts James McDivitt and Ed White inside the Gemini spacecraft for a simulated launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida, 1965

[Image and caption found here.] More about Ed White here.

The Titanic Movie Floating Door Analysis

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Titanic Door Study 1

Titanic Door Study

Yep. There’s hard proof that two people could have fit on it, and Jack shouldn’t have had to slip off into the drink.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Was it teak, pine or oak?

[2nd image found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Russian Love Bugs, Romanian Finger Flute, Buddy Guy & Stevie Ray Vaughan

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Love Bugs in 1912 Moscow. [via]

„Digi Fonful” ieste un instrument muzical inventat de Ştefan Popescu, fost concurent la „Românii au talent .În ciuda numelui, instrumentul nu are nicio componentă digitală. Digi Fonful, care seamănă cu un fluier, este făcut să cânte cu ajutorul unui deget introdus într-un capăt al intrumentului şi al aerului suflat printr-un orificiu.În clipul de mai sus îl puteţi vedea pe cel mai mare „virtuoz” al Digi Fonfului, Ştefan Popescu, în acţiune.

Well, duh. [via]

Buddy Guy from February 2015, pushing 80 years at the time of that interview. He always looked like he had fun playing, as he did in this 1989 vid with Stevie Ray Vaughan:

That wraps it up for this edition of the Saturday Matinee. Have a great weekend, and we’ll have more fun tomorrow.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 422 – Awesome Dog, Windshield Destruction & 1900s Beirut

Friday, 29 January 2016

Awesome Dog Is Awesome
Enough to piss you off
Beirut 1900s

[Found here, here and here.]

Arcul de Triumf Bucharest

Monday, 18 January 2016


In response to this post, fellow blogger wheels sent me the photo above with this caption:

Reminds me of what I saw on a trip to eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria). When they put up scaffolding around a monument or building for repair work, they put up screening fabric printed with an image of what it looks like.

That’s the Arcul de Triumf, a monument dedicated to the veterans of Romania’s War of Independence against the oppression of the Ottoman Empire (and later for Romania’s role in WWI). This is its 3rd incarnation: the 1st was wooden, erected in 1878. It was replaced with another in 1922, then that one was demolished and rebuilt in 1936. So what’s behind the curtain? This:

Arcul de Triumf Bucharest December 2015

Apparently, that poor guy in the red car has been trapped in the roundabout since December 2015.

Here’s what it’s supposed to look like:

Arcul de Triumf Bucharest

1907 Berlin Street Sweeper

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Street Sweeper Berlin 1907

Just spreading it around. [Found here.]

Ancient Celtic Pole Dancer Figurine

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Waterloo Helmet ca 150-50 BC

Oh wait. It’s an ancient Celtic Pole Dancer figurine helmet. Nevermind.

[Found here via here.]

The Weasel Goes Pop

Monday, 14 December 2015

JackInTheBox 1800s
That’s a 19th Century Jack-In-The-Box, and it creeps me right out.

What’s the “weasel” and why does it go “Pop?” Hard to say, but it likely has to do with weaving yarn. When it became associated with the toy is a mystery, and why the toy became associated with fast food stumps me as well.

[Found here.]

The Democrat Presidential Debate October 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Mad Hatter at teaparty

Looks like it’s gonna be Hillary, Bre’r Bernie, Curly Joe and four or five other people who haven’t shown up yet.

And Friday The 13th comes on a Tuesday this month.

[Update: There were some subtle funnies in that snoozefest.]

Emilio Arechaederra 1936-2015

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Emilio Arechaederra Sr. charcoal

Emilio was born in Havana, Cuba. After the Cuban Revolution, Emilio fled to Spain and arrived in the U.S. in 1960. He succumbed to cancer this past week.

R.I.P. Emilio. You were one of the nicest guys I ever met.


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