The .Gif Friday Post No. 726 – Salty Dog, Woodpecker Hair & Knit Rocker

[Found here, here and here.]

Oh, and NEVER take a dog out on a boat unless it has a life jacket.

The Most Effectual Method of Recovering a Drowned Person

The Most Effectual Method of Recovering a Drowned Person, a print made by John Fougeron, satirising the French technique, 1747

In the 1730s, René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur popularized a recent discovery: the seemingly lifeless could be revived with a wealth of strategies. This “Pliny of the Eighteenth Century” (Réaumur invented a precursor to the Celsius scale, influenced methods of silk production in China, and pioneered the process of metallic tinning still used today) wrote a pamphlet titled Avis pour donner du secours à ceux que l’on croit noyez (Advice to aid those believed drowned).

After debating the pros and cons of tickling the nose with feathers and filling a drowning man’s mouth with warm urine, Réaumur reveals what he believes to be the best technique: using a pipe stem to blow stimulating tobacco smoke into the intestines through the rectum. Louis XV found the pamphlet dazzling and encouraged its wide distribution. Startlingly, as Anton Serdeczny discusses in his recent book on reanimation, soon riverbanks across Europe were lined with “resuscitation kits”, as close-by as a contemporary defibrillator, which contained all the necessary supplies for giving a nicotine enema (and later, thankfully, included bellows as a substitute for breath).

[Source.]

Seth Wheeler’s Contribution To The World: Toilet Paper Serration

[Source: U.S. Patent Office; file download link here; h/t The Big Dave.]

The .Gif Friday Post No. 703 – OMG A PUMPKIN! Laundrocat & A Cat Thing

[Found here, here and  here.]

Friday the 13th

[Found here.]


Just noticed that WordPress is dicking around again. New “improvements” just vaporized the widgets in the sidebar and replaced the Classic editor with the new “Gutenberg” crap. Not sure how long I’m gonna put up with it…

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