Monday, 5 November 2007

Lost in Time: The Churches of the Norfolk Battle Training Area.

Norfolk villages evacuated and abandoned during World War II. Eerie.

The Underground Railroad.

'The Underground Railroad was neither "underground" nor a "railroad," but was a loose network of aid and assistance to fugitives from bondage. Perhaps as many as one hundred thousand enslaved persons may have escaped in the years between the american Revolution and the Civil War...'

Historic Route 40.

The United States' oldest transcontinental highway, running from Atlantic City, New Jersey to San Francisco.

The First Martian Landing Site in Grover's Mill, New Jersey.

'Located just off a lonely country road, a few miles from Princeton University, in West Windsor Township, New Jersey, a solitary marker on a field of dreams commemorates the first landing site of the Martian Invasion. What Martian Invasion? you might ask. Most people forget that Martian war machines did, in fact, invade our living rooms on October 30th, 1938, through the popular medium of radio, and a young Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players were responsible.'

Ho Chi Minh Internet Archive.

Stamps Depicting Ethnic Groups of Vietnam.

Weekly Puzzle.
Combining the digits 1,2,7 and 8, form the integers from 1 to 10.
This is possible with the basic operations +, -, * and / .

Jupiter Portrait.

Cassini Approaches Saturn.

Inuit Religion.

'Inuit is the term preferred for speaking of the people commonly known as Eskimo—the word Eskimo being derived from a derogatory term (meaning "eaters of raw flesh") used by the Algonquin people of North America. The Inuit culture is possibly the most geographically extensive of all traditional lifeways, showing an astonishing homogeneity of language, beliefs, and technologies over more than 5000 miles of coastal territory extending from eastern Siberia to Greenland.'

Guide to Kamakura.

'The ancient capital of Japan replete with old temples and shrines accessible in one hour by train from Tokyo Station'

Duke Dress and Heraldry.

'This combined 'hofkleiderbuch' and 'wappenbuch' (Court dress and coats of arms book) was produced in 16th century Bavaria (sometime after 1588, judging by a date visible on one of the manuscript pages)...'

The Bishops.

Lives of the Bishops of Cracow.
'It was written by the Polish historian, Jan Długosz (who also produced the 'Banderia Prutenorum' flag book), in the 15th century. The exquisite illuminations for this version (1531-1535) were painted by Stanislaw Samostrzelnik. Not even such magnificent embellishment using medieval photoshoppery could endow this parade of Bishops with anything approaching a happy or friendly disposition however. Almost all of them appear to be sour old men, utterly without charm.'

Querying the Hive Mind.
'Is it dangerous to eat a jar of peanut butter?'
'What words do you know which have a strong dissonance between their form and meaning? '
'Fiction series spanning 30+ years?'
'As the title says, how do you find a new best friend?'

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