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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Today in History

858 Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
1492 Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies.
1521 Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
1524 Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni Verrazano.
1535 Antonio Mendoza is appointed first viceroy of New Spain.
1758 Frances Williams, the first African-American to graduate for a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems.
1808 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of U.S. ships.
1824 Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54' 40'.
1861 Virginia become eighth state to secede from the Union.
1864 General Grant bans the trading of prisoners.
1865 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
1875 The game "snooker" is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1895 China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki.
1929 Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgeson, a former member of the Ziegfield Follies, get married.
1946 The last French troops leave Syria.
1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.
1961 Some 1,400 Cuban exiles attack the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
1964 Jerrie Mock becomes first woman to fly solo around the world.
1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1970 Apollo 13–originaly scheduled to land on the moon–lands back safely on Earth after an accident.
1975 Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
1983 In Warsaw, police rout 1,000 Solidarity supporters.

Non Sequitur


Curly of the Three Stooges

The Funniest Guy in the World

by  Eddie Deezen
He was born Jerome Lester Horwitz in Brooklyn, New York, on October 22, 1903. Born to Solomon and Jennie Horwitz, Jerry was youngest of the five Horwitz (later Howard) brothers. Up until he became a world-famous “Stooge,” his life was fairly uneventful.

Young Jerry was a mediocre student and was fairly quiet and unobtrusive. He played and excelled on the school basketball team. While his older brothers, Shemp and Moe, were playing Vaudeville houses and cutting their teeth as comedians, Jerry graduated from public school and sort of drifted around, trying to find himself.

By the mid-1920's, Jerry had managed to score a steady gig conducting the Orville Knapp Band. It was a comedy bit of shtick, where Jerry would conduct the band, and as he did, bits of his clothing would fall off, until at last he was left standing in a big diaper. At the age of 29, he replaced his older brother “Shemp", as the third stooge in the Three Stooges slapstick comedy act.

Shemp, Moe, and a frizzle-haired violinist named Larry Fine had made up a comic trio for several years, along with their leader at the time, a man named Ted Healy. But by 1932, Shemp decided he wanted to try making it on his own and left the act. Jerry was brought into the act and, according to Moe, for his first two weeks as a Stooge, all he did was run around barefoot on stage, carrying a bucket of water.
Jerry had spent the early years of his life with thick, brown curly hair and a big mustache. When he joined the act, the first step was shaving off the facial hair and cutting off all his hair. The story goes that Jerry actually was crying when they cut his hair off.

“If you want me, call me ‘Curly,’ he said, and his lifelong (soon world-famous) monicker was set. Being the youngest of five children in the Howard household, he was known lovingly as “Babe." Another version of the “Curly" derivation story has Ted Healy seeing Jerry with a shaved head and saying, “Don't you look girly.” Moe misheard him and thought he said “Curly' and the new nickname was soon adopted.

Although not as wild and boisterous, Curly really was a lot like the character he played in the Stooges' shorts- childlike, emotional and excitable. He loved dogs, buying a new one in every new city he visited. Once, when he and Moe were walking down the street, Curly's dog was hit by a car and killed. Curly became hysterical. Moe, thinking fast, ran to his house and gave Curly his dog. This settled Curly down and he was alright.

Curly and his older brother Moe always had a extremely close relationship. Curly had no financial sense at all, and Moe would help him with his finances and do his income taxes every year.

Curly lived his entire adult life in severe pain. At the age of 12, he had accidentally shot himself in the leg in a hunting accident. The bone did not set properly, and for the rest of his days, Curly had trouble with the leg. If you watch a Three Stooges movie and see Curly running, you will see a very noticeable limp.

This chronic pain he suffered had another bad effect: it caused Curly to drink. It is disputed whether or not Curly was a full-fledged alcoholic, but he did like his alcohol.

Curly had one other major weakness: he loved women. Any good-looking woman with a good approach would latch onto Curly and he was more than happy to spend his money on her. Curly was actually married four times. His first marriage was annulled and he got two divorces. He finally found happiness with his fourth and final wife, Valerie, but more on that later.
After making a few mediocre shorts and films at MGM studios with Ted Healy, the boys and Healy decided to part and go their own ways. After signing a new contract with Columbia Studios in 1934, Curly, Moe, and Larry quickly found their comic identities. Moe, dispensing pies, slaps and eye pokes, took over the act's "leader" role from the departed Ted Healy, while Larry became the nondescript middleman in the act.

Curly's comic character became fully fleshed out and nothing quite like him has ever been seen on the movie screen- before or since. Curly was a surreal kind of man-child. To everyone's happy surprise, it was quickly discovered that Curly was a master of invention and was a virtuoso at slapstick comedy. He had a zest and enthusiasm for life and all of it's adventures. He was Moe's most frequent target for a slap, a poke in the eyes, or a pie in the face.
Curly's trademark excited yelps of 'woob woob woob,” his dog barks, his compliant “Soitenlys,” and his brisk face washes (where he is excited and smooths his hands up and down over his face, briskly, over and over) were loved- and happily expected- by his legions of fans.

Curly was what Moe called a "slow study,” meaning he simply couldn't remember lines very well. One day, Moe watched as Curly forgot his line in a scene. As Moe recalled, "his eyes rolled back, he fell on the floor and started spinning around like a top." And thus, the “Curly spin" was born.

Jules White, the director of dozens of Three Stooges shorts, was a stickler for detail and did not like any ad-libbing in the films he directed. But, recognizing the genius of Curly, White would direct him by saying, “Look, you do whatever you want. I know you'll be great.”
Throughout the 1930s and well into the ‘40s, the Stooges churned out classic comedy films, which continue to delight audiences, around the world, to this day. But by the early 40's, Curly's health rapidly deteriorated.

Curly loved to go out dancing and drinking and most of all, he loved smoking cigars. He definitely did not take care of himself, and like a child, was always just looking for the next good time. In the mid-1940s, he was admitted to the hospital with very high blood pressure and he had a series of strokes. As any Stooge fan well knows, it is sad to watch Curly's last few Stooges shorts, because he looks so anemic and wasted. His trademark high energy and vitality seems almost gone.

Curly had trouble remembering any of his lines, and there are memories of brother Moe, slowly and patiently, going over Curly's lines with him, one by one, before an upcoming scene- as an adult might rehearse with a child.

Finally, on May 6, 1946, the final, sad moment occurred. As the Stooges were filming their 97th short together, Half Wit's Holiday, Moe went over to get Curly for his next scene. He found Curly slumped in a chair with his head on his chest. Curly had had a major stroke, and this one was the end of his career as the third Stooge.

Curly was rushed to the hospital, not knowing that his movie career was over. Curly's older brother, Shemp, replaced him in the act and in the films. Shemp, an undisputedly good comedian, just never could really replace the great Curly in the hearts of millions of Three Stooges fans. As movie critic Leonard Maltin so aptly put it: “Shemp just couldn't replace Curly's other-worldliness".

As Curly was now "retired" and without any income, brothers Moe and Shemp volunteered to give a percentage of their weekly pay to their kid brother. Larry Fine, although not related, immediately offered to give a portion of his salary to his old partner, too.
Curly lived out his final days with his new wife, a woman named Valerie Newman. Happily, Curly finally found that "great love" he had looked for all of his life. Valerie deeply  loved Curly (unlike his previous three wives) and would nurse him in his chronic illness, 24 hours a day. She would even bathe poor Curly as his body atrophied.

Curly's health grew worse and worse until finally he was committed to a sanitarium.  Moe would often visit and remembers how on his final visit, Curly was so weak, he could only communicate by squeezing Moe's hand.

The reality of this incredibly vital, life-of-the-party, comedic genius dying in such a slow, cruel fashion is sadly ironic. Jules White was to remember visiting Curly in the hospital during his final days. As he and Curly were chatting and reminiscing, Curly looked up wistfully and said, “Gee Jules, I guess I'll never be able to make the children laugh again, will I?”

Curly Howard finally passed away on January 18, 1952. He was barely 48 years old.

Happily, Curly Howard is now recognized by countless comedy critics as one of the finest comedians in movie history, many ranking him along with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers. The Three Stooges are beloved around the globe by their devoted fans and Curly Howard is the indisputable most popular Stooge of all-time.

A woman who lives in the past ...

... the 1930s, to be exact

by Ilyce R. Glink
In a small apartment in the modern center of Amsterdam, Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse parties like it’s 1938.
The owner of a historical consultancy company, Teeuwisse, 41, lives her work, forgoing most modern belongings and conveniences of the 21st century in favor of a life straight out of the 1930s.
“The only modern thing I have in my house is my computer; I need it for my work,” she said. “I also have a modern fridge, but only because I haven’t found a nice 1930s one yet and they no longer deliver ice for ice boxes.”
Teeuwisse’s obsession with the era began when she was a little girl growing up in the 1970s. She was surrounded by the decade’s aesthetic and thought, even then, that the style was, well, ugly. To find something more pleasing to her eye, she began collecting old things, first from the 1950s, then earlier as she explored history.
Building dates back to 1918
“As a student, my house was a mix of all sorts of old things, but slowly I started to focus it all and eventually I decided to just go for it and aim for the lifestyle of a lower-middle-class woman in Amsterdam in the late 1930s,” she said. “I felt right at home.”
Her favorite year, specifically, is 1938, because in addition to being a great example of the time she loves – the “golden age” of architecture, design, fashion and movies – it was also before the start of World War II and Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Netherlands.
In her apartment on the second floor of a building constructed in 1918, Teeuwisse lives with all the “modern” amenities of a 1930s woman. She describes her space as “a typical working-class house with a front room, back room, bedroom, ‘wet room’ (bathroom) and kitchen.”
The cozy apartment is filled with Dutch furniture from the 1920s and 30s, with a fireplace and radio and no television.
“Making sure that everything is at least pre-1945 gives the home automatically the right atmosphere, and of course I’ve done a lot of research to see how I can recreate some of the details correctly,” Teeuwisse said.
Those details are what really give the apartment its old-world charm – small things such as matchboxes, magazines, an old sewing kit, antique magazines, family photos and ashtrays all add to the authentic ambience.
Cleaning, 1930s-style
Even the way Teeuwisse keeps house is old-fashioned.
She runs a 1920s vacuum cleaner over the rugs, and washes the floors with vinegar, scrubbing on her hands and knees. She does all her laundry by hand using a washboard, a block of soap, bleach and a brush – “the smell is lovely,” she said.
“I just started doing it as an experiment to see what it was like, to learn about the past, and then I realized that I liked doing it that way and saved lots of money, that it was better for the environment, and that I didn’t have to put a big ugly white metal or plastic noisy box in my house,” Teeuwisse said, referring to modern appliances like washers and dryers.
Teeuwisse spends many of her mornings getting to know neighbors, going to a flea market in her neighborhood with her dogs and chatting about “the good old days” with seniors.
But because she has a company to run, she also spends part of her day with her laptop, doing research, “so that part is not very 1930s,” she said. However, she does use a Bakelite phone, introduced in 1931, instead of a cell phone to conduct business.
And when the workday is done, she spends her evenings listening to old music, reading magazines or books, or playing board games with friends.
“And of course sometimes I have to darn stockings,” she said.
Despite all this, Teeuwisse said she’s not particularly nostalgic. After all, she didn’t live through the era she mimics.
“I combine the best of the past with the best of the present to create a new tomorrow,” she said. “I don’t hide from reality. I do not pretend it is the 1930s. I do not ignore what goes on in the modern world. In the end, it is just a lifestyle.”
And to see many more photos of Teeuwisse's lifestyle, go to her Flickr page.

Return to Sender ...

101-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Finally Arrives

by Jaime Lutz 
Return to Sender: 101-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Finally Arrives (ABC News)
A message in a bottle that was thrown into the ocean in 1913 and recently found by a fisherman off the coast of Germany was returned to the sender's granddaughter.
"It was very surprising," said Angela Erdmann, 62, to The Guardian. "A man stood in front of my door and told me he had post from my grandfather. He then told me that a message in a bottle was found and that the name that was on the card was that of my grandfather."
The message, found last month by fisherman Konrad Fischer, is largely indecipherable. However, the name and address of the sender - Richard Platz - is still legible, as is his request that the message be forwarded back to him.
Platz wrote the postcard, thought to be the oldest message in a bottle in the world, when he was just 20 years old.
Erdmann never knew Platz, who at age 54. But she had heard plenty of stories about the man from her mother, his daughter.
"I knew very little about my grandfather, but I found out that he was a writer who was very open minded, believed in freedom and that everyone should respect each other," she said. "He did a lot for the young and later traveled with his wife and two daughters. It was wonderful because I could see where my roots came from."
The postcard will be on display in a German museum.

Early Polaroid SX-70 photos from LIFE

Polaroid 1972 nude rentmeester
01 110813134In 1972, Polaroid introduced its iconic SX-70 camera. It was an evolutionary leap from the groundbreaking "Land Camera" invented in 1947 by Polaroid co-founder Edwin H. Land (image right). LIFE has posted a gorgeous gallery of SX-70 photos from a time when instant photography was still in the realm of magic. The shots were taken by LIFE photographer Co Rentmeester who had a chance to put the SX-70 through its paces before it was available for purchase. #nofilter

The Untold Story Of The First Woman To Fly Around The World

Geraldine 'Jerrie' Fredritz Mock (born 1925 in Newark, Ohio) was the first woman to fly solo around the world. She would fly a single engine Cessna 180 christened the 'Spirit of Columbus.' The trip began March 19, 1964, in Columbus, Ohio, and ended there April 17, 1964.
Jerrie Mock was 38 years at the time and she accomplished what Amelia Earhart is famous for having failed to do. But in the decades since, as Mock's life began to unravel, history all but forgot the pilot who made it.

6 People Who Were Literally Erased From History

by Melissa Stanger
Jang Song Thaek
Jang Song-thaek disappears in the photo on the right
After news of the execution of Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-un's uncle and close advisor, broke in December, North Korean state media has been erasing the man from history entirely, deleting him from online archives and photographs. This extreme measure makes it "the largest deletion ever carried out by the official KCNA news agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper," according to the Guardian.
But it wouldn't be the first time a political leader has attempted to wipe a person clean out of history — here are five other people who were erased from existence:

Nikolai Yezhov, Joseph Stalin's head of secret police

Joseph Stalin with Nikolai Yezhov photoshopped out
Stalin (center) with Nikolai Yezhov to his left. 
After Yezhov's execution, he was airbrushed out of the photo.
Yezhov earned the nickname "The Vanishing Commissar" among art historians for his disappearance from photographs after his execution in 1940.
Yezhov, a loyal Stalinist, was head of the secret police during Stalin's Great Purge, overseeing mass arrests and executions of those deemed disloyal to the Soviet regime before ironically being arrested, tortured, tried, and executed himself for disloyalty.
Stalin was known for eliminating all traces of those who fell out of his good side, or whom he no longer had use for, Yezhov included.

Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's propaganda minister

Hitler with Joseph Goebbels photoshopped out
Goebbels (second from right) appears with Adolf Hitler and others at the home of film maker Leni Riefenstahl in 1937. In later images, he is missing.
Goebbels was immensely valued by Hitler for his enthusiasm, brilliant ideas, and vehement anti-semitism. Hitler made Goebbels his chief of propaganda, and sent him all over Germany to establish a Nazi presence and boost morale during the war. Goebbels was one of just a few people in Hitler's inner-circle, even trusted with helping burn Hitler's body after he committed suicide.
Like Stalin, Hitler was known for "erasing" people who fell out of his favor, though it remains unknown what Goebbels did that led to his being deleted from this famous 1937 photo taken at the home of German film maker Leni Riefenstahl.

Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary

Lenin addressing the troops, Trotsky photoshopped out
Formerly close comrades, Trotsky appears in the image on the left at one of Lenin's speeches; the same image, altered after the two split, shows Trotsky deleted.
An influential voice in the early days of the Soviet Union, Trotsky was initially a leader in the Bolshevik revolution, but references to Trotsky were eliminated after he switched his allegiance to the Mensheviks, splitting from comrade and fellow revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.
Lenin later denounced Trotsky as a "scoundrel" in 1917 (though Trotsky eventually rejoined the Bolsheviks), and after Lenin's death Trotsky was eliminated from photos by Stalin. Trotsky was eventually exiled from the Soviet Union completely.

Bo Gu, senior leader of the Chinese Communist Party

Qin Bangxian, Bo Gu, and Mao Zedong photoshopped
Bo Gu, far left, appears in the photo with Mao Zedong and comrades; in the later photo, he is missing.
Qin Bangxian, better known as Bo Gu, was the "person with overall responsibility of the CCP," and so had tremendous responsibility under leader Mao Zedong.
However, as a result of some miscommunication on tactical military defense at the Zunyi Conference during the Long March, Bo Gu was criticized for "serious partial political mistakes" and replaced in command by Zhang Wentian in 1935.
The exact miscommunication differs in most historical accounts, but it could be what led to Bo Gu's fallout with Mao Zedong, and therefore could have been the reason for his elimination from this photo.

Grigoriy Nelyubov, Soviet cosmonaut

Lost Cosmonaut Grigoriy Nelyubov photoshopped
A founding member of the "Sochi Six," Nelyubov is eliminated in the later photograph.
Hand-picked for the first cosmonaut detachment in 1960, Nelyubov was a star choice for space flight for being "a remarkable person, an excellent pilot, a sportsman..."
A founding member of the top space team known as the Sochi Six, some say Nelyubov was the third or fourth person in space; others say he never made it into space before being expelled from the Soviet space program for alcohol-related misconduct. The incident led to his being deleted from program records.
Nelyubov was ultimately struck by a train and killed; his death was ruled a suicide.

'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' isn't a modern forgery

Analysis suggests that the controversial fragment is indeed ancient, but not everyone is convinced

A controversial document that suggests that Jesus of Nazareth had a wife is most likely ancient and not a modern forgery, according to a paper published in the Harvard Theological Review. The papyrus fragment, known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," has been the subject of widespread debate since it was discovered in 2012 because it includes the phrase "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'." It also mentions that "she will be able to be my disciple," which led some to question whether women should be allowed to become Catholic priests.
The Vatican has previously said that the document is most likely a modern forgery, but scientists from Columbia University, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say their analysis strongly suggests that it is indeed part of an ancient manuscript and that it wasn't edited or tampered with. The researchers used micro-Raman and infrared spectroscopy to analyze the composition of the ink, looking for clues as to whether it may have been applied after the original document was damaged.
"It would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible."
"There is absolutely no evidence for that," Timothy Swager, an MIT chemistry professor who worked on the project, tells the New York Times. "It would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible." The researchers dated the fragment to between the sixth and ninth century AD, noting that it bears a strong resemblance to other texts from that era.
Lead researcher Karen King acknowledges that her findings don't prove that Jesus had a wife, though she believes it does indicate that early christians were discussing issues related to sex and marriage. In her view, the document proves that "women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus," though not everyone is convinced of its authenticity.
The Harvard Theological Review is also publishing a rebuttal to King's findings today, authored by Brown University professor Leo Depuydt. Depuydt maintains that there was never any need to conduct tests on the fragment, because it includes "gross grammatical errors" and its text matches writings from another early christian text discovered in 1945. According to him, the document is so blatantly fake that it "seems ripe for a Monty Python sketch." Depuydt also dismissed King's claims that the fragment's ink doesn't match the carbon inks used today, telling the New York Times: "An undergraduate student with one semester of Coptic can make a reed pen and start drawing lines."

The 1900 Paris World's Fair In Color Photos

The Exposition Universelle of 1900 was a world's fair held in Paris, France, from April to November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. The style that was universally present in the Exposition was Art Nouveau.

The Paris World's Fair, visited by nearly 50 million people, displayed many machines, inventions, and architecture that are now nearly universally known, including the Grande Roue de Paris Ferris wheel, Russian nesting dolls, diesel engines, talking films, escalators, and the telegraphone.

Patent Medicine

Patent medicine and 'cures' were prevalent in the lat 19th and early 20th centuries (they have been around since before the 'beginning' of history and at times just as prevalent or more so).
They were by and large very detrimental to one's health, but that didn't stop them from being 'best sellers'.

The Beautiful Butterfly Orchid

Look once, look again. This is not a butterfly taking a rest on a piece of shrubbery. It is Psychopsis papilio - better known as the butterfly orchid.

It has petals of an incredible length which look like antennae and its speckled brown and yellow sepals look like outspread wings. Little wonder that this amazing orchid reputedly started the orchidmania of the 1800s.

Rare 18th century red Jolly Roger pirate flag goes on public display for first time

It once sent a shiver down the timbers of sailors everywhere but now this rare 18th century pirate flag has taken pride of place at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
A rare 18th Century red Jolly Roger pirate flag
It once sent a shiver down the timbers of sailors everywhere but now this rare 18th century pirate flag has taken pride of place at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
The unusual red Jolly Roger flag was captured in a battle off the coast of North Africa in 1780 and has gone on public display for the first time in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The red background was the most feared as it meant that the pirates would kill anyone they defeated, paying no heed to the usual rules of engagement.
The red flag was known as the ‘Jolie Rouge’, meaning ‘pretty red’, and it is thought the name may have been corrupted into English as Jolly Roger.
Curators at the museum believe the feared skull and crossbones symbol is an excellent example of those used at the time.
The skull and crossbones on a black flag was originally used to denote disease and quarantine, as the symbol stood for death.
Pirate flags, which became popular in the 1700s, later developed to include full skeletons, cutlasses and bleeding hearts.
The ensign belongs to Pamela Curry, who is descended from Lt Richard Curry, who captured the flag in the 18th century.
The flag was restored at the Winchester School of Arts Textile Conservation Centre in 2007 where it was found to have traces of gunpowder on it.
A new gallery, set to open in 2014, will reportedly show how the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary fought and continue to fight piracy.

Historic Iconic Photos

 Happy Veterans Day!
Kiss a Veteran today,  tell them Thank You, buy a Vet dinner, lunch or a warm coat, do something, anything to make it a “Happy” Veterans Day…
The Kiss

The Strange Truth Behind Nine Baseball Traditions

We look back at the origins of baseball's long and rich history of oddball traditions.

Hitler May Have Married a Jew, DNA Study Suggests

DNA analysis of hair taken from Eva Braun's brush suggests she had Jewish ancestry on her mother's side.

Mysterious Nazi Rings

Mysterious Nazi rings
For more than 60 years these places, 170 kilometers to the North of Murmansk, were considered confidential. Nowadays a strict regime of access operates also.
These mysterious objects were built during World War II by the Germans. They are located near the village of Liinakhamari, in the Pechenga district, close to the Barents Sea. There are different stories about their purpose, one says that it is a platform for artillery guns, but they are aimed back from the Gulf, to where the Soviet warships could appear, another says that they are launching pads for the Wehrmacht’s unknown flying objects.

Cursed Things

7 Terrifying Cursed Objects That Actually Exist The Woman from Lemb Statue
Originally made around 3500 B.C.E. in Cyprus and then found in 1878 in Eastern Europe, this statue has killed so many people its often referred to as "The Goddess of Death." Supposedly, the first owner was a Lord Elphont, whose seven-member family all died within six years of Elphont receiving the statue. The Woman from Lemb was then acquired by Ivor Manucci, who died along with his entire family within the next four years. Then it went to a Lord Thompson-Noel. He and his family died. The statue disappeared for a bit, but its next confirmed owner was Sir Alan Biverbrook, who wife and two daughters shortly croaked. With two sons left, Biverbrook wisely donated the damn thing to the Royal Scottish Museum.



Ancient Eskimo Artifacts Reveal Animal Connection

Artifacts from an early Eskimo winter village reveal how intertwined human and animal lives were at the site.

Climate Change and the Mongol Empire

Favorable climate change facilitated rise of Mongol Empire

Although many studies have associated the demise of complex societies […]

Ancient Egyptian Coffin Unearthed in Israel

A 3,300-year-old cylindrical clay coffin complete with the skeleton of a man buried with a gold scarab seal of Pharaoh Seti I, has been unearthed in Israel.

Ancient Egyptian Mummy Found With Brain, No Heart

An ancient Egyptian mummy found with an intact brain, but no heart, has a plaque on her abdomen that may have been intended to ritually heal her.

Egyptian Coffin Holds Bronze Age Artifacts

Israeli archeologists have unearthed an ancient Egyptian coffin complete with the skeleton of a man and several burial offerings.

Daily Comic Relief


Risque Women 1937

In 1937 two women caused a car accident by wearing shorts in public for the first time
In 1937 a careless driver caused an accident when he took his eyes off the road to ogle 2 women wearing shorts in public for the first time.

Fashions of the Future as Imagined in 1893

It’s always fun to look back at how visionaries from the past pictured the 21st century -and how wrong they were. Those future predictions were staples in the heady 1940s, ‘50s, and ’60, when technology was making great strides, and they seem downright quaint today. But let’s go back even further, to 1893.
Illustrations from a delightful piece called the “Future Dictates of Fashion” by W. Cade Gall and published in the January 1893 issue of The Strand magazine. On the premise that a book from a hundred years in the future (published in 1993) called The Past Dictates of Fashion has been inexplicably found in a library, the article proceeds to divulge this book’s contents – namely, a look back at the last century of fashion, which, of course, for the reader in 1893, would be looking forward across the next hundred years into the future. In this imagined future, fashion has become a much respected science (studied in University from the 1950s onwards) and is seen to be “governed by immutable laws”.
The “fashions” look like a Renaissance costume ball of some sort, celebrating form over function to a ridiculous degree. Of course, the aim was humorous, but we can imagine it’s funnier now than it was when it was published. See “fashions” from the 1900s through 1993 at The Public Domain Review.
What is so ironic about these 'fashions' is that they were about as tacky as one could get and the actual fashions of the 1970s were about as tacky as you could get - gads, how did we ever make it out of that decade?!

What the well-dressed woman wore 200 years ago

A Dutch chintz jacket from 1810-1820. 
For those who are unclear about what chintz is, this from the Wikipedia entry:
Chintz (from the plural of chint) was originally glazed calico textiles, initially specifically those imported from India, printed with designs featuring flowers and other patterns in different colours, typically on a light plain background. Since the 19th century the term has also been used for the style of floral decoration developed in those calico textiles, but then used more widely, for example on pottery and wallpaper. Chintz designs are mostly European patterns loosely derived from the style of Indian designs themselves reflecting, via Mughal art, decorative traditions in Islamic art such as the arabesque...

These early fabrics were extremely expensive and rare. By 1680 more than a million pieces of chintz were being imported into England per year, and a similar quantity was going to France and the Dutch Republic....

In contemporary language the word "chintz" and "chintzy" can be used to refer to clothing or furnishings which are vulgar or florid in appearance....

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