Archive for ‘history’

August 20, 2017

Remember: tighty-whities are just as flammable

by allthoughtswork

tunbridge wells

August 17, 2017

Ain’t no African quadripoint

by allthoughtswork

It may appear Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana all come together in a point, but go to Google Earth and zoom in: Namibia and Zimbabwe don’t touch. 

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August 3, 2017

Man panties through the years

by allthoughtswork

July 15, 2017

“Sperm is a drop of brain”

by allthoughtswork

Well, the Greeks weren’t far off….

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July 2, 2017

That time we saw it comin’

by allthoughtswork

A recreation of 2008-TC3's tumbling pattern.

Do you remember what you were doing October 7, 2008? Astronomers the world over sure do, that was the day they tracked an asteroid from outer space all the way to its impact site for the first time. Read that again because it’s freaking terrifying, especially the “first time” part.

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July 2, 2017

The appealing Mr. Doyle

by allthoughtswork

Holmes copy

June 11, 2017

Pictures of a Bygone Age

by duncanr

these pictures of post war Salford and Manchester –

could just as easily have been pictures of my own upbringing in post war Edinburgh – a time when parents weren’t so paranoid about their kids’ safety and actively encouraged them to play outside without adult supervision . . .

when you’ve finished your breakfast, Dunc, you can go play outside

but Ma, it’s raining

I don’t care. I’m not having you hanging around the house all day, getting under my feet, I’ve got things to do, so piss off and don’t come back till tea-time!

May 28, 2017

One Flew Over the . . .

by duncanr

tradition has it that if the ravens resident at the Tower of London were ever to leave it would foretell the fall of the British monarchy

to prevent such an event happening, the ravens have their wings clipped to prevent them flying off

despite this precaution, one raven – by the name of Grog – ‘managed to escape the Tower and took up residence in a local pub after 21 years of service to the Crown’

full story here –

October 21, 2016

Aberfan Remembered

by duncanr

I remember this so well

50 years ago today, 144 folk in the small Welsh mining village of Aberfan lost their lives when the slag heap perched above the village – slid down the mountain and engulfed 19 houses and the village school where 116 young children died

some harrowing footage of the time here . . .

September 18, 2016

The Days Before Paranoia Set In

by duncanr

old film footage recalls a time when kids were allowed to play outside, unsupervised, before parental paranoia about paedophiles round every corner and concern about social services involvement should the little darlings fall and skin their knee or stub their toe limited that freedom . . .