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25th April


The Oddities of Household Magazine 1952.
'This is a lovely magazine, full of the wonderful images of the early 1950s. Let's examine some of them and enjoy the oddity that was 1951.'

Unusual Technical Images of Equipment Used in World War II.
'featuring technical cutaway drawings of submarines, ships, aircraft and arms '

Photo Journal: Roadside Chef.
'Mary Uduru is one of the many Nigerians struggling to live on less than $1 a day, despite the country's vast oil wealth ... Mary works from dawn to dusk cooking and selling food on the roadside in the small central town of Makurdi.'

The Bhagavata Purana.
The deeds of Vishnu and his avatars.
'The images above come from a 45 feet long, 17th century silk-paper illuminated scroll, which is obviously mounted in a wooden box.'

Monumental Images - Burial Grounds of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Elsewhere.
'a photographic stroll through some forgotten and neglected places'

Basement Beauties: Mack Sennett's Early 20th Century Swimsuit Sirens.
'Basement Beauties is a showcase of early 20th Century swimsuit models. These digitized photographs are reproductions selected from a gift of Donavan Roberts. The portfolio includes dozens of Mack Sennett photographs featuring Hollywood actors and starlets, ca. 1915. '

Photographs of Russia in the Early 1980s.

Paris Maps from 1716 to 1887.

Mystery Dutch Submarines.

Dry Valleys of Antarctica.
Photographs.

Morse Code Translator.
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'I'm not good at flirting. In fact, when I am interested, I tend to be somewhat distant, for fear of embarassing myself. How do I get better at flirting? in a nice way'

'Is health care technology impeding our species' ability to evolve and adapt?'

'I'm being cut out by my "friends" and I need advice on how to feel less shitty about it.'

'What's the story behind Indian (as in the country) last names that consist of a single letter?'

'Somewhere I read that there was a specific word in some language to describe the feeling of restraining overwhelming affection because the urge to hug and squeeze with all one's might could actually harm the subject, e.g. puppies, infants, petite girlfriends. I've searched all over with no luck. Ring any bells?'
The Spanish word 'nervio' apparently means just this.

'Novel-filter: What does it feel like to have your spine severed? Say, by a sword.'

You are lost in a forest. The forest is between two villages, A and B. People from village A always tell lies; people from village B always tell the truth. You want to go to village B. Then you see a man from either A or B. You can ask him only one question. Which question will you ask him to know for sure where village B is?

The Visual Dictionary.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet Featuring Personal Sacred Objects of the Dalai Lama.

The Clown Museum.
Featuring different types of clown.

Perfume Bottle Gallery.

In Pictures: Commodore Computers.

WordMap.
'WordMap is a maze of words, each connected to others that differ by a single letter. For instance, the word about is linked to abort because you can make one from the other by changing the u to an r. Likewise, about is also linked to abut and bout by removing a single letter, and also to abouts by adding the letter s...'

Tilak of Tibet Reveals Life's Purpose.
'This long-forgotten esoteric novella, written in the waning days of World War II, is a series of parables held together by a fictional Tibetan character, Tilak. The author expounds on a diverse set of esoteric themes, including reincarnation, soulmates, auras, karma, lost continents, and ascended masters. Although plainly written, fans of the genre will enjoy this short book, which appears on the Internet for the first time at sacred-texts. '

Mariah Carey Album Covers in Saudi Arabia.

Microscope Imaging Station.

A Twist of Reed.
'Artist and illustrator Edward Tennyson Reed (1860-1933) was a Punch Magazine contributor from 1889 until his death, despite retiring as parliamentary caricaturist in 1912. He reintroduced something of the grotesque to the Punch profile and had a deft hand at sketching facial attributes amidst often absurd scenes...'

Early 20th Century Balkan Aspirations.
A 1912 map, the Eastern Question and 20th century conflicts.
'At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Ottoman Empire was called the 'Sick Man of Europe' because it didn't seem able to hold on to its possessions in the Balkans. However, as the Balkan nations managed to cast of the Ottoman yoke, their own overlapping territorial claims led to conflicts that have dominated the region up until the 1990s.'

Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal.
'Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal captures the culture and music of the men, women, and children who worked and lived along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Nye, who was born and raised on a canal boat, never lost his love of the "Big Ditch." After the canal closed permanently in 1913, he devoted considerable time and energy to preserving its songs and stories...'

Crackpot Index.

Susie Flynn for President.
'My name is Susie Flynn. I am running for President of the United States of America to help the nine million children who have no health insurance.'
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17th April


Shorpy: The 100 Year Old Photo Blog.
Old photographs.

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of London.
The site doesn't appear to mention it, but the distinctive spire of St. Bride's, Fleet Street - http://london.lovesguide.com/bride_fleet.htm - inspired the traditional design of the wedding cake.

Monsters of Wall Street.
Gargoyles of lower Manhattan.
'I find it rather funny that these oh-so-serious financial folks are racing about on former cow paths with silly ornamental owls and jaguars perched over their heads. And they don't even know it. '

"Ow We Spake": A Black Country Dialect Dictionary.

Cities Around the World.
'6,100 photographic images from the slide collections of the American Geographical Society Library.'

Wikipedia Language Recognition Chart.
'This article describes a variety of simple clues one can use to determine what language a document is written in with high accuracy.'

A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law 1965-71.
Photographs of Sixties America.
'Lisa Law's photographs provide glimpses into the folk and rock music scenes, California's blossoming counterculture, and the family-centered and spiritual world of commune life in New Mexico. They are moments that she lived, witnessed, and recorded on the frontier of cultural change.'

Anatomy Models from the 18th, 19th & 20th Centuries.

Arabic Calligraphy.
'Like many of the asian written scripts, arabic has a romantic impenetrability about it, something in the order of abstract art - to me, anyway.'

An Exhibition of Tibetan Calligraphy.

Cherry Knowle Hospital. An abandoned asylum.
'In 1891, the Borough of Sunderland decided to construct a psychiatric facility in Ryhope due to good rail service and a scenic view of the North Sea, and from 1893 to 1895 the Sunderland Borough Asylum was constructed (also known as Sunderland Lunatic Asylum). Designed by noted asylum architect G.T. Hine, the old asylum is a prime example of the compact arrow echelon plan where wards were stepped out from the central services, similar to a Kirkbride plan (USA)...'

Roman numerals puzzle :-
You're given the symbols IX. Using any one symbol what would you have to add to it to equal 6?

An Example of Time Dilation.
There was a young lady called Bright
Who could travel much faster than light
She left home one day
In a relative way
And returned the previous night!

Montreal Expo 1967.
'These photos were found on the street in Cambridge, MA. They were originally glued onto scrapbook sheets like this. I've attempted to arrange them in a sensible order based on page numbering and picture content, but this is the best I could do.'

'Looking for snappy songs about telephones.'

'What's it like to give birth?'

'What the best way to deal with an office rival?'
Voodoo dolls. Mwahahahahahahaha.

Fantastic Gemstones.

Vintage French and Italian Posters.

Clouds and Sand on the Horizon of Mars.

Krazy Kat.

In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster.

Unseen America.
Photographs. 'Participants include Polish asbestos removal crews, Filipino nannies, Chinese garment and restaurant workers, homeless senior men, migrant workers in Long Island, domestic violence victims in the Bronx, Local 32-B janitors and doormen, and students from throughout the city. '

WikiTravel Guide to Hell.
'Hell (also known as Hades and Aitch Ee Double Tooth Picks) is a place of eternal damnation in the Underworld. It is (for many travelers) the ultimate destination. Hell is popular with travelers rich and poor alike, at all times of year. The good news is that going to Hell requires little planning, but it's not for everyone. '

Die Schlachthof.
'Die Schlachthof is located in Weisbaden, Germany. It is an abandoned slaughterhouse that graffiti artists use to express themselves. The artists here are so amazing. I love their colors, ideas, and styles.'

Yiddish Sheet Music.

Really Bad Wiring Jobs.
I've seen server rooms like this.

The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairytale.
'The first totally American fantasy for children, it is one of the most-read children's books. It has also engendered a long series of sequels, stage plays and musicals, movies and television shows, biographies of Baum, scholarly studies of the significance of the book and film, advertisements, and toys, games, and other Oz-related products.'

'On the Road' Map: Kerouac Traces His Trip.
'Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell (MA) Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac, and in spite of his fancy name, his French-Canadian parents had to emigrate to Massachusetts to find work. When he died in St Petersburg (FL) 47 years later, Kerouac's total estate amounted to under 100 dollars. Yet he'll be immortal as long as books are read, if mainly for just one of his several works: 'On the Road', based on his hitchhiking trips around the US...'

Joyce Images.
Postcards of places, people and things referenced in 'Ulysses'.

A Vulture's View of Ethiopia.
An old map of Ethiopia dating from the Italian invasion.
"ETHIOPIA AT STAKE. A Portfolio of Maps Expounding the Strategical Position of the Oldest Unconquered Nation in the West."

Children of Our Town.
' 'Children of Our Town' 1902 with wonderful Art-Deco illustrations by E. Mars and M.H. Squire and verses by Carolyn Wells is online at the Library of Congress. There is perhaps more than a little irony attached to the social (or is it instructive?) commentary in the book, such as it is, in so far as only the children of the wealthy would have had the opportunity to see the book. 'Our Town' refers to New York City.'

Shake! Rattles of the Northwest Coast.
'Rattles have been an integral part of Northwest Coast First Nations culture from time immemorial. Found throughout the breadth of the Pacific coastal region, these wondrous creatons, some exquisitely crafted complex sculptures, some simple yet resonant objects, are voices that communicate a multitude of messages.'
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11th April


A Cornish Sourcebook.
History, places and views of Cornwall.

The Whole World in a Cloverleaf.
A symbolic, 16th century map of the world.
'The map shows a world divided into three parts (Europe, Asia and Africa), connected at a single central point: Jerusalem. This is essentially still the same symbolic map of the world as the one first devised by Saint Isidore in the seventh century. Isidore's 'T and O'-shaped map, itself inspired by Scripture, influenced Christian European mapmaking up until the age of discovery...'

Total Lunar Eclipse: March 3 2007.
'On March 3rd, the Moon slide through the heart of Earth's shadow producing a red and turquoise lunar eclipse visible from parts of all seven continents...' Photo gallery.

Urville.
An imaginary city in one man's head.
'Hello, let me introduce myself, my name is Gilles Trehin, I'm born in 1972, I live in Cagnes sur Mer, near Nice, in south-east of France. '
'I'm told I have autism, some say I have Asperger's syndrome (it's very similar). Maybe it is the reason I have been drawing since the age of 5 and I have always been fascinated by big cities and aeroplanes.'
'In 1984, I started to be interested by the conception of an imaginary city called Urville. The name came from "Dumont d'Urville", a scientific base, in a French territory of the Antarctic. Since then, I made many (200) drawings of Urville, and I wrote a historical, geographical, cultural and economic description. I also have a book published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher in English, about Urville in March 2006. My greatest pleasure is to be invited to give a lecture on Urville because I can make it exist!'

Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages.
'This site is dedicated to the Chinese propaganda poster as it has been produced from 1937 till the present day. So-called propaganda art has played a major supporting role in the many campaigns that were designed to mobilize the people, and throughout the People's Republic, the propaganda poster has been the favored vehicle through which art conveyed model behavior. I've been collecting these Chinese political posters for many years now, and have brought together quite a nice collection of some 2,000 titles, spanning almost six decades of Chinese poster production. '

Gastronomic Cartography: The France of Breads.
'This brilliant map is in a gang of one, for the time being - gastronomic cartography. An intriguing category nonetheless: La France des pains ('The France of Breads') visually demonstrates the place of origin of France's different local types of bread. It turns out they come in a lot more shapes than the one foreigners (non-French foreigners, that is) usually associate with a French baguette...'

Mocha the Cute Hamster.


Buildings of Detroit.


Century 21 Exposition.
The future's just not what it used to be...
"In 1957 Paul Thiry, one of Seattle's earliest pracitioners of European Modernism, was appointed prinicpal architect of Century 21, the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The Ford pavillion, part of the Triangle of the Future, was located near the south gate on Boulevard 21. Under its geodesic dome, visitors were entertained by a simulated flight to outer space in a model rocket ship. An auto show was also part of the attraction at the pavillion, where the Ford Motor Company displayed some of the consumer products it had in development."

Strokes of Genius: Rembrandt's Prints & Drawings.

The Native Tribes of North Central Australia.
(1899) 'This massive anthropological study of the central Australian tribes is one of the primary sources for information on these cultures. Based on first-hand scholarly study just prior to the twentieth century, Spencer and Gillen describe their complex rituals and belief systems, including initiation ceremonies, kinship, mythology and material culture. The picture that emerges is that of a sophisticated culture living under what most others would consider very marginal conditions. '

Sister Aimee.
'Sister Aimee tells the dramatic life story Aimee Semple McPherson, the controversial, charismatic, wildly popular evangelist who was instrumental in bringing conservative Protestantism into mainstream culture and American politics.'
'McPherson began her mission humbly, traveling across the country staging tent revivals. In 1921, at the age of 31, she settled in Los Angeles, founded the Church of the Four Square Gospel, and built the Angelus Temple, where she often preached before a packed house of 5,000 believers using elaborate musical productions worthy of Broadway...'

Hello Kitty Hell.
One man's life with cute overload.

A blind beggar had a brother who died. What relation was the blind beggar to the brother who died? (Brother is not the answer).

A novel from every country.
Answers to a question on which books are most representative of which countries.

'How can I learn handwriting from scratch?'

'I'm starting a new job soon. What are some good habits to incorporate from day one?'

Weird People - Impostors, Eccentrics & Hoaxes.
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4th April


Now and Then.
Photographs of places in the past, and now.

The Silent The Complete: Modern Ruins in Finland.
Urban abandonment.

The Glamour of Flight.
Flight attendants in vintage advertisements.

American Civil War Posters.

Soviet Children's Books.

19th Century Shipping Posters.

Czech Match Labels.

A History of Lego.

Dream Anatomy.
Renaissance visions.
'The interior of our bodies is hidden to us. What happens beneath the skin is mysterious, fearful, amazing. In antiquity, the body's internal structure was the subject of speculation, fantasy, and some study, but there were few efforts to represent it in pictures. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century-and the cascade of print technologies that followed-helped to inspire a new spectacular science of anatomy, and new spectacular visions of the body...'

Peter Gedei Cave Photography.
Lovely photographs of caves in Slovenia.

Wrong Side of the Tracks.
Urban decay in Detroit.
'It's always fun to go up north here in Michigan, to the country, where people are scattered and open land is plenty. You find little towns where small, old houses sit on grasslands or prairies, seen only by the few cars that drive through on old roads that go unnoticed by most people as they pass the area on the highway...'
'...The only thing is, this house and the backwoods that contains it aren't up north; they're in the middle of the city of Detroit.'

10 Worst April Fool's Day Hoaxes Ever.

Italian Science Fiction Comic Covers.

Monster Makeover.
Drawing a pretty cool cartoon monster.
'This is a walkthrough of my painting process for Calamity Katie, I spent a lot of time giving her face an interesting and monstrous look, mostly through the characterisation of her features and with the use of colour and texture...'

The Old Order and the New: P.H. Emerson and Photography 1885-95.
Photographs of traditional Norfolk life.
'This exhibition explores British photographer Peter Henry Emerson's decade-long work to document the people and landscape of the Norfolk Broads, a network of freshwater rivers, lakes, and marshes in East Anglia, on England's eastern shore. Drawn to rural subjects, Emerson was fascinated by the region's traditional ways of life and concerned that they were threatened by industrialization and tourism...'

Ukrainian Graffiti.

How the Heart Works.

The Che Guevara Internet Archive.
Biography, images, speeches.

First-Person Narratives of the American South 1860-1920.
'... It includes the diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives of not only prominent individuals, but also of relatively inaccessible populations: women, African Americans, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans...'

New Philadelphia: A Multiracial Town on the Illinois Frontier.
'... Imagine villagers filling baskets with a bounty of apples, corn, and wheat, while chickens clucked and pigs rooted in nearby pens. Picture farmers hitching mules and oxen to carts filled with vegetables, fruit, and grain to sell at markets. Listen for loud clanging from the blacksmith's shop as hammers shaped hot metal into shoes for mules and horses...'
'But New Philadelphia was not a typical pioneer town. It was the first town platted and registered by an African American before the American Civil War. A formerly enslaved man called "Free Frank" McWorter founded New Philadelphia in 1836 as a money-making venture to buy his family out of slavery. Census records and other historical documents tell us that New Philadelphia was a place where black and white villagers lived side by side, but we know that the town's dead lie buried in cemeteries separated by color. '

In Pictures: Life in Stanley.
'Nearly 25 years after the Falklands conflict, what is the capital Stanley like and who lives there? '

Mid-Century Ship Interiors.

My Korea: Remembering a Home.

Finding Your Marbles.
A survivor's guide to mental illness.
Via Bob Piper.

'When the deadline for all of your projects was two weeks ago, everything is at priority #1, and stress levels are at an all time high, how do you step back, get things in order, and progress so you can catch up and get back on top of your life?'

'Er... so my new girlfriend doesn't believe in atoms...'

'I've invented a complete imaginary world. Am I insane?'
Short answer :- no. More detailed answers in the discussion.

During the Turkish stampede in Thrace, a small detachment found itself confronted by a wide and deep river. However, they discovered a boat in which two children were rowing about. It was so small that it would only carry the two children, or one grown person.
How did the officer get himself and his 357 soldiers across the river and leave the two children finally in joint possession of their boat? And how many times need the boat pass from shore to shore?

Nostradamus, The Man Who Saw Through Time.
(1941) Entertaining nonsense.
'This book, published in the early days of World War II, is partially a biography of Nostradamus, partially a historical novelization of incidents in his life, and an attempt to associate his predictions with historical and future events. McCann is at his best in the former parts of the book. He immerses us in the life and times of Nostradamus. Although many of the episodes are fictionalized, they make pleasant reading and appear to be historically accurate. The attempts to match Notradamus' predictions with historical events of the rennaissance are for the most part very well reasoned, and range from plausible to 'hmmm...'. '
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