Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Zircon Encrusted Hot Links

Sunday, 5 March 2017

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Important Stuff:

Just read Chris Kyle‘s book “American Sniper” and I highly recommend it. Here are some interviews.

I read Marcus Luttrell‘s “Lone Survivor” – twice.

Johnny Mead‘s got a story from WWII.

Former Soviet citizen Vladimir Jaffe politely attempts to educate students on the truth about life under communism. (The girl actually believes that the millions of people murdered by The Red Terror was “an accident.”) Their ignorance scares me.

Not Important Stuff:

Here’s what happens when you mess with a dead whale carcass.

This is what you get when you google Holy Crap.

Hungry? Eat this.

Perhaps you’d like a tin sandwich instead?

[Top image from here, and, yeah, they’re all tweezers.]

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Medieval WTF

Thursday, 2 March 2017

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A long, long time ago this painting made complete sense.

There’s a wood-fired forge, anvils, metal working tools, a peacock, a gryphon(?!) a deer and a bigass possum watching a naked man without genitalia cringe as a woman takes an axe to a parrot while the wind is blowing.

It’s an illustration from a French manuscript entitled The Personification of Nature Making Birds, Animals and People [ca. 1405].

Okay, so Mother Nature had already finished creating The BirdsThe Animals and at least one of The People, but then she realized that the poor guy needed a pecker. If anyone else has a better analysis, post it, because I’m done here.

[Image found here.]

Hot Links of the Ogliocene

Sunday, 12 February 2017
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A pile of half-eaten specimens of the small camelid Poebrotherium show that the entelodont Archaeotherium was in the habit of grabbing these little herbivores, bringing them back to a cache site, and consuming them. Or, at least one Archaeotherium was doing this, anyway.

How to levitate.

Do not enter void.

Dogs knocking down kids.

From the Amusing, Sad & Pathetic Department:
Montana Natural Man Ernie Wayne TerTelgte was arrested for fishing without a license (and resisting arrest) and defended himself in court. Watch the video, then read this.

THIS is just wrong. He thinks he’s a woman who believes she’s a snake. [Warning: Extreme body modifications NSFK.]

Think you’re good at spotting spelling/grammatical errors? I thought I was, but I flunked this test.

The only time Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy appeared together on television was on Ralph Edwards‘ show “This Is Your Life” in 1954.

About that SuperBowl ad by 84 Lumber

If you like our Sunday potpourri of miscellaneous links, the entire archive is here. That in itself should keep you busy for about a week. If there’s something you’d like to see more or less of, lemme know.

Top image found here, via here. Those are Hell Pigs eating proto-camels somewhere in North America. They stood 4 feet tall, weighed up to 930 lbs, were fast, and were related to whales, not pigs. In other words, they were ancient land sharks.

The Apache Revolver (ca. 1869)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

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The Apache Revolver is the Swiss Army knife of guns. Designed in the early 1900’s by the french gang Les Apaches this weapon was easily concealed and it is said that one bullet would always be left out of the chamber so as to not shoot yourself while it was in your pocket. Its range was very limited due to its lack of a barrel but it was an effective tool due to everything it could do, this weapon could shoot, cut and hit and could be easily folded up and placed in your pocket. Sheer Genius.”

The Wikipedia entry contradicts that description. This multi-purpose weapon was presumably designed by Louis Dolne of Belgium in 1860, went into production in 1869, and was discontinued by 1900. Here’s a quick video.

[Top image and caption from here; 2nd image from here.]

These poor destitute women and children fleeing persecution have been temporarily barred from entering the U.S.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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Just look at those starving and suffering poor crippled souls who are so impoverished that they had to leave their families, girlfriends, wives, children, parents and grandparents behind to fight and die for the countries they escaped from.

Via Executive Order, President Trump suspended immigration from 7 countries that support violent jihad: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria & Yemen. There are 50 muslim-majority countries (Pew Research Center, 2010) so…

86% of all muslim-majority countries are NOT affected by the immigration suspension.

For those who think this edict is outrageous, un-Constitutional and unprecedented, please read Article 1. Read the rest of the U.S. Constitution while you’re at it, including the Amendments. Sure beats watching “The View” for American history and practical math.

[Image from here.]


UPDATE:

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Volcán Calbuco Erupción de Abril 2015

Thursday, 26 January 2017

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Timelapse photos by Francisco Negroni of the April 2015 Calbuco volcano eruption, Chile. More photos here.

[h/t Savage, via Facebook]

Two Different Presidential Cabinets.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

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Heh.

Saturday Matinee – 1922 Hotties, Grampa Shreds, 50 Blues Riffs & Jeff Healey with Dr. John

Saturday, 14 January 2017

1922 beauties and fashions in color [via].

Anonymous octogenarian walks into a guitar store and doesn’t play “Smoke On The Water.”

This guy nails the styles and acknowledges that there are caption typos in the vid. The Utoobage post has the entire list.

Jeff Healey (with Dr. John) had a killer jam recorded in 1988.

Have a great weekend, folks. Rock on wit yo bad sef.

Chew Mail Pouch

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

“If you can find a job that you would do without being paid, that’s what you should do.” – Harley Warrick

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Large abandoned structure in Dillonvale, Ohio, in Jefferson county. Mail Pouch Tobacco ad barely visible.

[Found here.]

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That’s Mail Pouch barn painter Harley Warrick (1924-2000).

Here’s an excellent tribute site to those who travelled the sticks to hand-paint the ubiquitous advertisements:

Mail Pouch Barnstormers.

That quote on top? It’s similar to what my own grampa told me:
“Find something you like to do, figure out how to get paid for it, and you’ll never work a day.”

Of Christmas Past

Thursday, 22 December 2016

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New Zealand circa 1910. “Studio portrait, young woman in Christmas tree fancy dress and hat costume, with little presents and decorations hanging off her, Christchurch.”

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1909. “Midwinter carnival, children’s parade with dog sled. Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.”

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December 6, 1924. “Greenwich Village Follies girls mending toys.”

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New York, December 1924. “Unloading Railway Express car.”

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Washington, D.C., circa 1920.

[Top image found here. Other images and captions  found at Shorpy.]


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