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History

Weird Leap Year Facts

With February 29 coming up fast, About.com encouraged its writers to create some leap year-related content, so I did my part.

Definitely learned some new info from writing this — such as that February is shorter than every other month because the Roman Senate, in trying to suck up to Augustus, took a day from February and added it to his month (August) to make it longer.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 23, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: History, Holidays

The history of weird nude calendars

A recent two-part article over at About.com: the history of weird nude calendars, part 1 and part 2.

I divide the history into everything before the 1999 Women's Institute Calendar (that became the subject of the Calendar Girls film), and everything after it.



Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 21, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: History

Mystery Illustration 11

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Without googling, try to guess what military event this insignia celebrates.

Answer after the jump.


More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 21, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, History, Military

Old Quaker Booze

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Once upon a time, thanks to Schenley liquors, you could get as wasted as old Ben Franklin (note: not a Quaker, just partied with them), in the manner of this Curly-Howard-lookalike above. Then you'd be "feeling your Quaker Oats."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 25, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: History, Historical Figure, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, 1930s, Alcohol

Save The History

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Built in 447 BC, the Parthenon sits on the Acropolis in the center of Athens Greece. Unfortunately it is in danger due to decay of the Acropolis. Repairs are being attempted, all the best of luck in that endeavor. It would be a tragedy to lose such a great piece of history.

Posted By: patty - Sat Oct 04, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: History, Archaeology

A Snort History



The takeaway message? Drinking and driving is an eternal fun recreation of humanity, encoded in the genome of the species, and will never cease.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 22, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: History, Motor Vehicles, PSA's, Alcohol

Conjugal Duels

From Charles Harper, Revolted Woman: Past, Present, and to Come (1894):

In Germany, during mediaeval times, domestic differences were settled by judicial duels between man and wife, and a regular code for their proper conduct was observed. 'The woman must be so prepared,' so the instructions run, 'that a sleeve of her chemise extend a small ell beyond her hand like a little sack: there indeed is put a stone weighing iii pounds; and she has nothing else but her chemise, and that is bound together between the legs with a lace. Then the man makes himself ready in the pit over against his wife. He is buried therein up to the girdle, and one hand is bound at the elbow to the side.'


The images of the conjugal duelists come from Hans Talhoffer's Fechtbuch, 1467 (plates 242-250). [Via Wondermark]

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 04, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: History, Husbands, Wives, Marriage

Detect Dangers Before They Happen!

MCP from dath - Tobias Haase on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 06, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, History, Humor, 1900s, Cars

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