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Archive for the ‘True Stories’ Category

Smokin’ Hot Links

Sunday, 15 September 2019

I get this.

SQUIRREL!

Yellow Jello?

Cruel but funny.

Hey, hey. My, my.

This story should piss you off.

Tushar’s Great Adventure [via].

There’s a reason it’s called a ram.

No other word to describe them. Animals.

THIS irritates some folks, but somehow THIS doesn’t.

From The Naiveté Department: Couple Travels To ‘Break Stigma’ Of Countries Getting A ‘Bad Rap.’ Iran locked them up.


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[Top image: A “kid” was spotted smoking at a soccer game, except the “kid” is 36 years old, and the “kid” next to him is his son. Image and story found here. (h/t Octo).]

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Saturday Matinee – The Nablus Soap Factory, WHODAT, Fishing With John & FISHBONE

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Amazing. The contents of clay cylinders found during the excavation of ancient Babylon is evidence that soapmaking was known as early as 2800BC, and these guys in Nablus are still doing it the ancient way, by hand. Why?

Nice animation that must have taken a while to make [via].

Fishing with John (with Japanese subtitles). From the Utoobage comments: “The problem with other fishing shows is that they are too polished, too normal. And they don’t have enough Tom Waits.”

Reminds me of “The Fishin’ Musician” series featuring John Candy.

Now for something completely different.

I don’t know what Fishbone was yammering about here, but I like the vibe.

As long as a tune was good, I never paid much attention to lyrics, but sometimes, years later, I found that the songs I liked a lot weren’t about what I thought they were about at all.

Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow for stuff.

Державне підприємство “Антонов” 1961

Thursday, 5 September 2019

“In the mid twentieth century there was made a series of photographs advertising Soviet “An” planes to western buyers. Some of these photos have been revealed just recently. Party leaders didn’t allow them to be used abroad and the photos were kept in the archives of “Antonov” company.”

[Image and caption found in here. More about the Ukraine-based company here.]

Happy Labor Day!

Monday, 2 September 2019

I’m not an historian, but here’s the gist.


In 1894 there was a recession in the US, and Chicago engineer, industrialist and developer George Pullman had to lay off a large chunk of his workforce (yet he kept about 2/3rds on the payroll).

Some of those laid off were anarchists, socialists and Marxists (the Progressive Movement was on the march) and they organized a strike, not only for the layoffs, but because Pullman wouldn’t reduce the rent for the housing he built and owned. But they did more than protest. They turned to violence and arson.

They burned the buildings and product of their employer (The Pullman Car Company) and others. The damage affected the rail commerce of 27 states, the US Postal Service, and thousands of workers and their families not directly affected by the layoffs. Dozens were killed during the riots.

Note that the arson and violence didn’t affect Pullman nearly as much as it did to the thousands of people who benefited from Pullman’s brilliance, including engineering underground sewage systems for the city of Chicago.

In that year, democrats controlled the House, the Senate AND the Presidency. What did President Cleveland do? He gave the “strikers” an Official Holiday. Then a few days later, he sent in the U.S. Military to kick ass on his own constituents.

Even as Pullman Company and railroad workers were striking, Congress passed legislation in June 1894 making the first Monday in September a federal legal holiday to recognize and celebrate labor. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill into law June 28, 1894, a few days before sending federal troops to Chicago.

“It was a way of being supportive of labor. Labor unions were a constituency of the Democrat Party at the time, and it didn’t look good for Cleveland, who was a Democrat, to be putting down this strike.”
[Richard Schneirov, professor of history, founder of the local chapter of the SDS, 1966, Grinnel University.]

Federal troops were recalled from Chicago on July 20, and the Pullman strike was declared over in early August. Eugene V. Debs, arrested at the height of the violence along with several other ARU leaders, was charged with violating the injunction and served six months in jail. Though the ARU disbanded, Debs would emerge as the leader of the nation’s growing socialist movement, running for president five times on the Socialist Party ticket.

And Karl Marx smiled.

[Sources: here, here and here. More Labor Day stuff here.]

Under Construction Hot Links

Sunday, 1 September 2019

FREEZE!

For the Win.

Dolphin Retriever.

The History of Neil Young.

Holy crap, Preying Mantis!

Jerry Lawson on Frank Zappa.

How to remove a stuck ring w/ dental floss [via here].

Papa Charlie Jackson‘s “Airy Man Blues” (1924) had some unusual chord changes.


Grog” is old Brit naval slang for “grogham,” a cloak worn by Vice Admiral Edward Vernon (known as “Old Grogham”) who realized that sailors were hoarding their daily rum rations for later binges. In 1740 he decreed:

“To Captains of the Squadron! Whereas the Pernicious Custom of the Seamen drinking their Allowance of Rum in Drams, and often at once, is attended by many fatal Effects to their Morals as well as their Health, the daily allowance of half a pint a man is to be mixed with a quart of water, to be mixed in one Scuttled Butt kept for that purpose, and to be done upon Deck, and in the presence of the Lieutenant of the Watch, who is to see that the men are not defrauded of their allowance of Rum.”

THAT likely pissed off a lot of swabs. [USNI has more here.]


“On August 29, 1916, the U.S.S. Memphis was wrecked on the beach at Santo Domingo City, Santo Domingo, by enormous seas which were unaccompanied by any wind whatsoever.” [Eyewitness story here.]


From the Well Look At That Department:

After accounting for all income, charity, and non-cash welfare benefits like subsidized housing and Food Stamps—the poorest 20% of Americans consume more goods and services than the national averages for all people in most affluent countries.


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[Top image: A coworker shot this photo of a hotel basement conference center grand stairway. I liked the composition and color transitions.]

Raccoon Dog?

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Okay, I never heard of a raccoon dog until recently.

Prepare to be grossed out and disgusted.

[h/t Madame Jujujive.]

Casper’s – Springfield, Missouri

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

 

Yeah. I could hang out here.
The music and chili dogs are righteous.

[Found here. More here.]

#3 Rebar With Neon Skimmer & Tomato Plant Hot Links

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Big Beach Bubbles.

Photoshopped tan?

How to make a Miraphone.

László Bíró is possibly the greatest pen name ever.

Marcel Marceau‘s last words were, ”                               .”

This illusion works only once… as far as you know. If you’ve never seen it, stop the video at 0:55, reset to 0:00 and watch it again. If you’ve seen it before, watch the entire video non-stop, then smack your forehead.


Neither Southside Johnny nor Maria Muldaur wrote the song. Lois Mann & Henry Glover did, and The Swallows recorded it in 1951.

I first heard this song when I was 11. This song sounded so good, but I was curious as to what they were talking about. I’m like “Grandma, what are they talking about?”
She looked at me for a minute and replied, “They’re talkin’ ’bout cuttin’ meat.”

BTW, Lois Mann’s real name was Sidney Nathan.


[Top image: Libellula croceipennis aka “Neon Skimmer” spotted in my side yard.]

Cloudy With A Chance Of WTF

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

[Found here.]

Damn The Emojis! Hot Links Ahead!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Bath Day.

Ringtone Cat.

Jakow Trachtenberg.

Admiral David Farragut.

Funny & Chair. Guy’s a good sport.

Building a Les Paul style guitar (timelapse). Nice soundtrack, too.


What do the names, Orange Ricky, Blue Ricky, Cleveland Z, Rhode Island Z, Hero, Teewee and Smashboy all have in common?
A lot, according to Page 12.


=D XD XD XD XP

Just go away, mind your own business, and get over it.

Pure awesome. If her neighbors were smart, they’d do the same thing she did, then petition the Manhattan Beach city council to rename the street “Insert Emoji Here,” turn it into a profitable local tourist attraction then sell.


From the Save The Planet Department:
“It’s enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It’s enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the whole world.”
Jair Bolsonaro Presidente da República Federativa do Brasil

Either he never said it, or Bolsonaro was yanking somebody’s chain.


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[Top image: Three sisters from the Strutts family archives.]


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