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Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Ra The Cat

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Okay, so like over a thousand years ago B.C. there was this Egyptian sun god named Ra, and he was pretty powerful. You’ve probably heard of him.

There was also a god named Apep or Apophis or something. He was a snake, the god of the underworld in charge of the forces of chaos and evil. The sun god had had enough of Apep‘s assholery and decided to take him out. Ra heard that Apep liked hanging out around a certain sacred sycamore tree.

Ra thought about it for a while, and instead of burning Apep to cinders with his sun god eyes, he decided to turn himself into a cat with a beard and a knife, find the sacred sycamore tree, and kill him. (He forgot that cats don’t have hands, but he ignored that part.)

Apparently Ra cut Apep pretty good, but he didn’t kill him, so he dropped the cat costume, went back to being the sun god and pretended it never happened. I think he was embarrassed.

Under a sacred sycamore the sun god Ra, in the form of a cat, slays the snake Apep (or Apophis), god of the underworld and symbol of the forces of chaos and evil. Detail of a wall painting from the tomb of Inherkhau (TT359).

New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, ca. 1189-1077 BC. Deir el-Medina, West Thebes.

[Image & caption found here, via here.]

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Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delightful Butt Music

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

[Hieronymus Bosch‘s Butt Music found here.]

Saturday Matinee – St. Patrick’s Day Eve Edition: Irish Wedding at 5AM, The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats, & The Rumjacks

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Pretty good rendition of “The Rattlin’ Bog.” It’s a tough song to sing, but I’m partial to the version sung by The Fenians. Saw them sing it live more than once, and Terry Casey never stumbled.

The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats jam it with “Barrels of Whiskey.”

The Rumjacks‘ “An Irish Pub Song” is “a piss take at the explosion of Irish Pubs in Australia and the bastardisation of a culture.
From the lyrics posted on the Utoobage:

There’s a county map to go on the wall,
A hurling stick & a shinty ball,
The bric, the brac, the craic & all,
Lets call it an Irish pub.

Caffreys, Harp, Kilkenny on tap,
The Guinness pie & that cabbage crap,
The ideal wannabee Paddy trap,
We’ll call it an Irish pub.

You get the idea. On the other hand, my favorite Irish rebel song was a broadside set to music: Nell Flaherty’s Drake. It’s got some of the best snarky curses I’ve ever read. Here’s The Clancy Brothers’ version.

This is kinda fun, too. Good story intro:
The Night I Punched Russell Crowe.”

Have a great weekend, folks. We’ll be donning some green tomorrow.

Water Towers

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

[Images found in here. Click for larger, each image has the name and location in the title of each .jpg.]

Occasional Cortex Hot Links

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Cat rescue.

Not alotta Lada left.

Veinte Ideas Increíbles Con WD-40.

“History never repeats itself, but it rhymes.”
-Mark Twain (or someone).

Dude is amusing. Death metal meets the Beatles.

Toyota key fob battery dead? Locked out? Can’t start your car? Try these hacks. Might work for other brands, too.

Fun Facts To Know & Tell: Every amoeba is a clone. If someone named Cathy owned one for a pet, it would be Cathy’s Clone.

Gary Sinese (aka “Lt. Dan” in the movie Forrest Gump) received a surprise tribute from service members, 1st responders & Hollywood celebs.

Universal Basic Income: Finland’s experiment (to reduce their 9% unemployment rate by handing out free money) lasted a little over one year. [h/t rightymouse]

What Americans Must Know About Socialism.

Venezuelan immigrants speak out: “You do not ever want anything close to socialism.”

[Top image: Alexandria Occasional Cortex & Friends. h/t Octo.]

Costumes Bretons: What the Brits wore

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

She was only 10 years old when that photo was taken, 13 when it was hand-tinted. She was a professional postcard model known as Mary,  Jane, or Semolina. Not sure of any of this, but the pic is cool.

[Found here.]

Ronald Lee Ermey (1944-2018) Buried With Honors.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Don’t know who Ronald Lee Ermey was? Here’s a hint. Here’s another.

RESPECT

Mr. Otto’s Dicycle ca. 1880

Monday, 21 January 2019

No idea how this works, how to steer, how to brake, but it was touted as a safety bicycle for people unable to handle a penny farthing. I’m guessing that if you came to a quick stop, you’d be either thrown face-first onto the pavement, or you’d rock back and forth until your lunch suddenly appeared on your lap. Once you started pedaling, the same rocking thing would happen again with the same result, only messier.

I want one.

[Found here, via here.]

Pride, Trust and Faith

Thursday, 20 December 2018

[Images found here via here.]

National Gross Domestic Hot Links

Sunday, 16 December 2018

DJ Marshmallow is awesome [via].

Dontcha just know it. Cuba cuba cuba cuba

They named the student, but won’t name the badgering teacher.

Savannah College of Art and Design students opine on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas when they’ve never heard of him.

Can’t score off the referee. Nope. (Was that one of the Hanson Brothers?)

Top 10 GDP By Country 1960-2017 is an interesting graph animation. Russia fell off the map in 1993 and didn’t make the Top 10 for 20 years. China made the list in 1993, and look what they’ve accomplished since then. [Found via here].

Baby It’s Cold Outside” is a pretty and innocent classic song about flirting, nothing more (despite what the SJWs would have you believe).

Fun Facts To Know And Tell: The USS California, christened in 1908, was sunk in 1918 by a German U-Boat.  The USS San Diego, christened in 1914, was sunk in 1918 by the same U-Boat… yet the United States lost only one ship during WWI. Amazing that only six lives were lost. The latest story (with photos and sonar imaging) is here.

“The difference between a good officer and a poor one is about ten seconds.” —US Admiral Arleigh Burke (1901-1996) More here.

A 3,000 year-old penguin “super colony” was recently discovered in Antarctica, and the UK Daily Mail has to explain what guano is.

Penguins migrate.

[Top image: One-Eyed Charley Parkhurst had a fascinating life story. More here.]


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