Gleanings From The Past #62

Bag o’ Nails BACCHANALS—BACCHANALIANS — vulgo “The Bag o’ Nails.” A public-house in Pimlico had originally a sign on which was represented a satyr and several Bacchanalians dancing and carousing. The common people called the satyr the devil, and, in course of time, the sign was known only as “The Bag o’ Nails,” or “The […]

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War Never Changes

A graffiti on the wall of a fortress of Verdun discovered by an American magazine reporter in 1945: Austin White – Chicago, Ill. – 1918 Austin White – Chicago, Ill. – 1945 This is the last time I want to write my name here. Reference The New York Times, August 14, 1985

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Obsolete Geographical Knowledge

“You mean there are two Koreas?” — U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Richard Kneip, when questioned about his opinion during a congressional hearing on the conflict between the North and South Korea. Doctor, a newspaper targeted to general practitioners published once a week, was well received by the doctors due to its excellent content and service. […]

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Wearing Two Watches

During the latter half of the eighteenth century, wearing two was in vogue in Europe. It was only popular among the males at first, but soon, the females also adapted this fashion. However, watches were costly back then so many people would use faux watches. Usually, one would wear a genuine watch on one side, […]

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Learn Fun Facts’ Monthly Miscellany, March 2018

Random Ramblings The Worst Possible Superpowers This is inspired by Masercot’s fun post with the same title. — The sporadic ability to run through walls. — The psychic power to break any of your own bone with just a thought. — The power to steal anyone’s superpower in a world where no one possesses any […]

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The ABCs Of War

“The Harvest of Battle” by Christopher R. W. Nevinson, 1919 An Austrian Archduke, assaulted and assailed, Broke Belgium’s barriers, by Britain bewailed, Causing consternation, confused chaotic crises; Diffusing destructive, death-dealing devices. England engaged earnestly, eager every ear, France fought furiously, forsaking foolish fear, Great German garrisons grappled Gallic guard, Hohenzollern Hussars hammered, heavy, hard.

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When Soldiers Mistook Bugs For Bullets

Image: Wired In 1775, during the time of the arrival of Thomas Gage in Boston, something bizarre and absurd occurred. A group of British soldiers, while walking at Beacon Hill (Boston) after dusk, were terrified by a strange sound that they heard in the air. They thought it was the sound of bullets which later […]

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A Way To Glowing Health

This is a guest post by Joe Malone While reading The World as I Found It by Bruce Duffy (1987), a novel about the social and philosophical interactions between Wittgenstein, Russell, and Moore, I came upon the following, referencing Bertrand Russell and the married woman he was carrying on an affair with, Lady Ottoline Morrell: Then […]

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Pun Of The Weak: Leauge

I remember joining a tennis tournament where I was the only player when the tournament started. The organizers said that I was in a league of my own.  

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