sci-universe:

These are the depictions of the most intense meteor storm in recorded history – the Leonid meteor storm of 1833. The Leonid meteor shower is annually active in the month of November, and it occurs when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. While the typical rates are about 10 to 15 meteors per hour, the storm of 1833 is speculated to have been over 100,000 meteors per hour, frightening people half to death.
Here’s how Agnes Clerke, an astronomer witnessing the event, described it:  “On the night of November 12-13, 1833, a tempest of falling stars broke over the Earth… The sky was scored in every direction with shining tracks and illuminated with majestic fireballs. At Boston, the frequency of meteors was estimated to be about half that of flakes of snow in an average snowstorm.” (x)

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elenei:

keenpeach:

25 abandoned Yugoslav monuments that look like they’re from the future

“These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place or where concentration camps stood. They were designed by different sculptors and architects, conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their ‘patriotic education.’ After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost. From 2006 to 2009, Kempenaers toured around the ex-Yugoslavia region with the help of a 1975 map of memorials, bringing before our eyes a series of melancholy yet striking images.”

This is making rounds on my dash again so I will repeat what I said a year ago: these aren’t actually abandoned. And the sentence “their symbolic meaning is forever lost” is not very well-informed, since at least one of these sculptures - the third one of the concrete flower in Jasenovac, near the site of the 1940s death camp, (also Niš, Sisak, and Knin) - still has massive cultural, historical, religious and psychological significance for all the death camp survivors and their families, and everyone who fought in any war for (or against) Yugoslavia. 

This isn’t history: it’s still cultural memory, and its symbolic meanings remain present.

Saying that the Republic ‘dissolved’ is like saying that getting electric shocks to your genitals is ‘slightly unpleasant’ - the Yugoslav Wars lasted for a total of seven years (1991-1995, and then 1998-1999/2001), during which there were all the things you can find in a war with some ethnic cleansing and genocide thrown in for good measure. These sculptures date as far back as the Second World War, that much is accurate, but people still remember: a memorial ceremony is held every year at Jasenovac and other locations, because these things are kind of hard to forget, even though it’s been decades since they occurred. 

This article isn’t only misinformed and inaccurate, it also doesn’t credit the original photographer, and my semi-professional opinion as someone who was born in Yugoslavia is that it’s bullshit.

The pictures are nice, though.

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fiftysevenacademics:

anthrocentric:

This Viking Female Warriors story is all over my everything/social media/news outlets right now

jangojips:

I find it pretty troubling that people historically assumed biological sex from grave good and never actually thought to give clout to the physical human remains themselves. Forensic osteology helps to paint a more accurate picture here, and in this case gave archaeologists solid…

NOOOO!!! HELP I CAN’T ESCAPE THIS STORY. IT’S EVERYWHERE! Inaccurate media representations of archaeology is one of my HUGE pet peeves so I HAVE to respond. For those of you who don’t know, there’s a TRULY WRETCHED tor.com post claiming that new research shows 50% of Viking warriors were female. This is one of the most egregious examples of shitty science reporting I’ve seen in ages for a bunch of reasons.

1. It’s not news. The post they’re referring to is from 2011. So why the big fuss all of a sudden.

2. What the authors of the original study actually say is that around 50% of the skeletons, 6 out of a total of 13, were probably female. ONLY ONE OF THESE FEMALE SKELETONS WAS BURIED WITH A SWORD AND SHIELD. What the authors actually say is that women were a large element of Viking migration. At no point do they claim 50% of the warriors were women. Tor.com says that because no one ever taught them to read carefully or think critically.

3. The authors of the original study are properly cautious regarding their claims about the sex of the skeletons. Everyone knows how difficult it can be to determine sex from osteological remains, and it’s one area where there is almost always some room for debate. Although if you have a complete pelvis, you can usually get a pretty reliable reading of the sex, people generally still refrain from making absolute statements no matter how confident they are.

4. Far from ignoring or overlooking women, what the article actually says is that they believed there were a lot of Viking women in England because so many round brooches of the sort typically worn by women (and not men), have been found. Contrary to what Tumblr would like us to believe, grave goods and artifacts are important and valid sources of information regarding gender, and the large presence of Viking women in England was already hypothesized on the basis of that. So, now someone has tested that hypothesis on a particular population and come up with an actual number— 50%— of females in that population, which will undoubtedly be put to the test in the future and eventually we’ll have an idea how accurate that is. THIS IS GOOD SCIENCE AND IT’S NOT IGNORING OR OVERLOOKING WOMEN. Quite the opposite.

5. What IS unfair to women are popular media posts that make wild, unsubstantiated claims about what women did on the past that then get dragged all around social media and feed into tedious and ill-informed debates about gender roles and male bias in archaeology (which exists, I’m not denying that, but this is not an example of it).

Finally, here is a better post dealing with this topic.

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emilianadarling:

deanobanion:


"Horsemanning, or fake beheading, was a popular way to pose in a photograph in the 1920’s. Sometimes spelled horsemaning, the horsemanning photo fad derives its name from the Headless Horseman, a character from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

(x)

HUMAN BEING ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN SUCH HUGE FUCKING DORKS OKAY.

emilianadarling:

deanobanion:

"Horsemanning, or fake beheading, was a popular way to pose in a photograph in the 1920’s. Sometimes spelled horsemaning, the horsemanning photo fad derives its name from the Headless Horseman, a character from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

(x)

HUMAN BEING ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN SUCH HUGE FUCKING DORKS OKAY.

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laurajohnsongrey:

roachpatrol:

Stromae - Papaoutai

Last year the most popular video on French TV and the number one song in France and Belgium was “Papaoutai” by Belgian singer Stromae. The tune and rhythms are appealing and unusual; the video is compelling and, ultimately, moving. Though the title sounds like it could be a word in an African language, it is actually meant to be understood by French speakers as meaning “Papa, où t’es?” which translates as “Dad, where are you?” The song and the story of the video refer to the absence of Stromae’s father, who was killed in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The plaintive cry of the singer who feels the absence of his father is also expressed in the child in the video who begs his mannequin-like father to come to life.

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oglaighnaheireann:

Bobby Sands Street, Iran

Following Bobby’s death on hunger strike Iran renames the street that the British Embassy is located to Bobby sands Street. This obviously meant all mail being delivered to the embassy has to be labelled with Bobby’s name. The embassy has since moved its main entrance so that it is on a different street.

oglaighnaheireann:

Bobby Sands Street, Iran

Following Bobby’s death on hunger strike Iran renames the street that the British Embassy is located to Bobby sands Street. This obviously meant all mail being delivered to the embassy has to be labelled with Bobby’s name. The embassy has since moved its main entrance so that it is on a different street.

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ironbloodaika:

dottily:

Circus strongwoman Katie Sandwina 
"Holding her husband overhead had become a popular feat, and to add to that, for the finale Sandwina lifted three men."

Strong and gorgeous! :D
Also her dad would offer a reward of 100 marks to any man in the audience who could beat her in wrestling. No one ever succeeded. XD During one of these she met her future husband of 52 years. XD

ironbloodaika:

dottily:

Circus strongwoman Katie Sandwina 

"Holding her husband overhead had become a popular feat, and to add to that, for the finale Sandwina lifted three men."

Strong and gorgeous! :D

Also her dad would offer a reward of 100 marks to any man in the audience who could beat her in wrestling. No one ever succeeded. XD During one of these she met her future husband of 52 years. XD

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VIA ironbloodaika   •  SOURCE dottily
#goals  #fitness tag  #history  
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