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Letters of Note: I have no ancestors of that gifted people

Monday, November 19, 2012
Category: History

From www.lettersofnote.com

In 1938, some months after the initial publication of The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien and his British publisher, Stanley Unwin, opened talks with Rütten & Loening, a Berlin-based publishing house who were keen to translate the novel for the German market.

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Vikings and Native Americans - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Monday, November 5, 2012
Category: History

From ngm.nationalgeographic.com

The ruins have yielded other clues that aren’t so subtle. One team member excavated a whalebone shovel closely matching those found in Greenland’s Viking settlements. It’s “the exact size and material as the spades used to cut sod for houses,” notes Sutherland.

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Ancient tsunami devastated Lake Geneva shoreline : Nature News & Comment

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Category: History

From www.nature.com

More than a century after the Romans gave up control of what is now Geneva, Switzerland, a deadly tsunami on Lake Geneva poured over the city walls. Originating from a rock fall where the River Rhône enters at the opposite end of the lake to Geneva, the tsunami destroyed surrounding villages, people and livestock, according to two known historical accounts.

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Remains of Grandstand Recall Hitler′s Plan to Build Giant Stadium - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Category: History

From www.spiegel.de

Prior to construction, the architect had pointed out to the Nazi dictator that the measurements of "his" playing fields did not match official Olympic dimensions. But Hitler was unconcerned and retorted: "That′s totally unimportant.

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Historian on the Edge: Professor Grumpy′s Historical Manifesto

Friday, October 26, 2012
Category: History

From 600transformer.blogspot.com

So: let’s unpack the historical project and see what the really important " and relevant " elements of the analysis are. In looking at our modern nationalist and his/her relationship with the past, what are we, essentially, doing? First of all we’re showing an interest in understanding the world view of another human being " I’ll come back to that.

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The Stickiness of Languages

Friday, October 26, 2012
Category: History

From www.fooledbyrandomness.com

This stickiness of the Semitic languages supports a speculation: by the 7th Century there had to be many pockets in the Western Mediterranean of Punic-Canaanite speakers, about a thousand years after the fall of Carthage.

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Cuban missile crisis: how the US played Russian roulette with nuclear war Noam Chomsky Comment is free guardian.co.uk

Sunday, October 21, 2012
Category: History

From www.guardian.co.uk

We might have been "in even a worse position" if the world had known more about what the US was doing at the time. It was only recently learned that, six months earlier, the US had secretly deployed in Okinawa missiles virtually identical to those the Russians later sent to Cuba.

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Science on crack, 4: The town that went insane

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Category: History

From puffthemutantdragon.wordpress.com

In August of 1951, a strange epidemic struck the sleepy little town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in France. Over the course of a single day, hundreds of people lost their minds. A little boy tried to strangle his grandmother.

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From Cooling System to Thinking Machine Being Human

Friday, October 19, 2012
Category: History

From beinghuman.org

None of us has held our own brain in our hands. We have no direct evidence from experience of how it works. Nevertheless, we all agree that the brain is the center of our world. It’s a world, after all, where the death of the brain is equivalent to death itself.

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The Unsolved Mystery of the Tunnels at Baiae Past Imperfect

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Category: History

From blogs.smithsonianmag.com

Did ancient priests fool visitors to a sulfurous subterranean stream that they had crossed the River Styx and entered Hades?

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