Nothing Much Happened Today.

Best I can figure is it happened on or before 6 February 2013 and the photos are from NBC7 San Diego.

[Found here.]

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.]

Unfortunate Ads

[All images found here, and there are more. Click to enlarge.]

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Confess your racism, Susie.

Teach your preschooler that skin color matters. Written by a racist for racists, it’s sold in the children’s section at Target.

I debated with myself on whether or not to post this, but then the voice in my head asked, “What are you afraid of?” The voice made a good point, so there it is.

[The 1st video posted here is related.]

WordPress Nuked “Classic Editor” (UPDATED)

[See below for update.]


The long-time WordPress blogging mantra of What-You-See Is-What-You-Get has been officially nuked as of today. Classic Editor is gone for most users of the popular platform.

To get it back, WordPress suggests you pony up $300/year for a “Business Plan” account that allows you to install a plugin for Classic Editor. That’s a non-starter for me. I don’t pay ransoms.

But there’s hope.
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