Belarusian Movie Posters.
'Some people call Belarus "The
last and only dictatorship in Europe",
well today we have some posters from this unique
country. These are posters for Hollywood movies
made for the cinemas of Belarus capital city
(b. 1924) The City of London's last lollipop lady - watching over
Queen Victoria Street.
Lunar Orbiter Views Crater Copernicus.
'To prepare for the Apollo
landings, five Lunar Orbiter
spacecraft were launched during
1966 and 1967 to gather detailed
images of our fair planet's
large, natural satellite.
Dramatic views returned by the
spacecraft cameras included this
stark moonscape. '
The African Photographs of George Rodger.
Rodger visited Nigeria, Uganda and Lamberene
in Gabon. He gained unprecedented access to
the Nuba tribe in Southern Sudan and the
Masai warriors of Kenya, photographing their
way of life and secret ceremonies...'
I still have fond memories of Bernard Cribbins and Derek Jacobi reading
'The Hobbit' circa 1979. Jacobi (who mostly narrated the Dwarves) wore
a sling for the chapter after the Battle of Five Armies - special
The First Turkish World Map (1072).
'This map, made by Mahmud Kashgari bin Husayn
bin Muhammad, was included in his Divanu
Lügat-it-Türk, a scientific work he published
in 1072 (AD) for the benefit of the Caliph of
Baghdad. It is the first world map of Turkish
origin known in history, and is preserved at
the General National Library (Millet Genel
Kütüphanesi) in Istanbul. '
A game you can play with Wikipedia.
'To start a game of Wikington Crescent, first
click on the Random article link. From the
article given, you then click on one of the
article links to the next article. The object
of the game is to reach the article on Mornington
Crescent tube station, whilst clicking on as few
articles as possible. The fewer the links used,
the better the game. An example is that the article
for Matterhorn can lead you to Mornington Crescent
tube station within four links.'
A Guide to the Covered Bridges of Southeastern
'Covered bridges symbolize small-town America.
Something from the nineteenth century, a little
archaic and strange to nineteen-nineties eyes,
picturesque and sentimental, "kissing bridges"
recall a time when life was simpler and closer
to the land -- if only in our dreams. '
In Pictures: The Seto People.
'On either side of a disputed and un-ratified
border between Estonia and Russia lies the
land of the Seto people, Setomaa (meaning
"Land of Wars" in the Seto language).'
'A separate ethnic group to the rest of Estonia,
the Setos have their own unique traditions of
singing runic verse and worshipping pagan deities
and are one of the last remaining traditional folk
cultures in Europe.'
Capturing the Soul of the Americas.
'This extraordinary and very rare book weaves
fact and fantasy as it narrates the adventures
of a group of Benedictine missionaries led by
Father Bernardo Buil, who accompanied Christopher
Columbus on his 2nd voyage to the New World.'
The Regions of France.
'Les Jeunes voyageurs en France, ou lettres
sur les départemens by Georges Bernard Depping
with engravings by Ethiou & Blanchard from
drawings by AM Perrot was first published in
JM's World War One Sketchbook.
'... approximately 130 water-colour and pen and
ink images which were produced by a British
soldier based in France and Belgium between
1917 and 1918.'
Faraway Places, Fabulous Journeys: Travels on
'In the fifteenth century, European artists were
able for the first time to make multiple copies of
printed works on paper. These images, as single
leaves or bound in volumes, were easily distributed
among the population and conveyed ideas and
information about all subjects, including
foreign lands and daring journeys. By the
sixteenth century, commercial print publishers
made a substantial living producing woodcuts
and engravings of places that were of special
interest to their stay-at-home clients...'
Clive's UndergrounD Line Guides.
'Clive's UndergrounD Line Guides are a series of
pages describing the London Underground system
and the independent railways of the London area
- the Docklands Light Railway and the Croydon
Tramlink (neither is a part of London Transport,
though the DLR used to be). Each line is covered
on a single page. '
A Ten-State Australia.
'... This map, dated 1838, shows an earlier proposal for the subdivision
into 10 states. It was published by the Journal of the Royal
Geographical Society in
London, and accompanied an article entitled Considerations on the
and Geographical Nomenclature of Australia. '
Nostalgic Saturday morning TV, phantom flans and gunge and stuff.
The Bubble Burst.
80s and 90s nostalgia site. Pop music, children's TV,
and other fun things.
The Medical Astrology Calendar of 1487.
'There are ~60 illustrations in this rather
enigmatic astro-encylopedic seasonal incunabulum
[Iatromathematische Hausbuch] at the Bayerische
Staatsbibliothek in Munich. It comes from the
Augsburg printery of Johann Schönsperger.'
True or False?
62 percent of Americans said they would "never" eat a snail. 47 percent
of those same Americans said they would consider trying escargot if they
were in a fancy French restaurant.
By his decree, the sealing wax used by King Louis XIV had to be made
from wax found in honeybee colonies on the grounds of Versailles and had
to contain no less than 1 percent "virgin's urine".
In Japan, the first traffic lights used yellow to indicate 'stop' and
red to indicate 'go'.
A recent poll of 1784 ninth grade students by the National Scholastic
Statisticians revealed that they consider biology to be the "most oogy"
According to the International Brotherhood of Arborists, a typical
20-year-old White Oak tree will produce 19,472 acorns per year.
The average bikini sold in 2005 was 32 percent the size of the average
bikini sold in 1965.
A baseball-like game was referenced in the Old Testament in at least 18
verses in 4 different books.
The History of Geology in Rare Books.
'The above images come from the amazing Jesuit polymath,
Athanasius Kircher. He was moved to produce a sort of
pre-geological treatise, Mundus Subterraneus (1665), after having witnessed
the eruption of Mount Etna (2nd image) and visiting the dynamic
summits of both Etna and Vesuvius. The top image shows Kircher's
understanding of the origin of volcano eruptions...'
New York's Persian Parade.
The Iranian New Year (Nowruz) falls on the spring
equinox. Photo-essay on the Nowruz parade for the
Iranian community in New York.
Beekeeping Collection at the National Library of
'... It is one of the very finest collections of
rare beekeeping books in the world, including
items published as far back as 1525.'
'The foundation of the collection was due to the
efforts of John William Moir (1851-1940). Inspired
by the example of Scots missionary David
Livingstone, Moir and his brother emigrated
from Scotland in 1877 to southeast Africa,
where they were initially involved in the creation
of alternative transport routes to help obviate
the need for slave transport. It was later,
after settling in the Shire Highlands of
present-day Malawi, that John Moir began beekeeping,
due to the fact that his crops required
Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling (1891).
'This book discusses spells, incantations and
talismans used within Rom culture, as well as
the more practical magic they use in their
interaction with the Gorgios--the non-Gypsies.
It is this latter topic which provides some of
the most interesting and instructional reading.
Leland gives some generalized methods of
fortune-telling which any prospective psychic
would do well to study; as well as the details
of the 'Great Secret', a magic trick in which
all of your money disappears...'
'Gypsy life has a romantic appeal, and Leland, who
popularized Gypsy lore in this and other books
played no small part in this image-making. However,
Leland makes it abudantly clear that life on the
road was hard. The Rom people are to be admired
for their survival skills in a hostile world, and
for the longevity and persistance of their culture.'