why are there no knock-knock jokes about freedom
because freedom rings
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This is what happens when you synchronize camera’s shutter speed with a helicopter’s blade frequency
Push Dagger and Shark’s tooth Scabbard
- Dated: 18th century
- Culture: Indian
- Measurements: 62.8 cm long including scabbard
- Provenance: acquired in London, 1978
The weapon has tapering, double edged and grooved blade, while the hilt comes with a curved triangular protective guard, its terminal in the form of a dragon head. The hilt is incised and decorated with gilt copper overlay forming floral interlace, while the sides of the scabbard have protruding shark’s teeth.
Source: Copyright © 2014 Bonhams
Obit of the Day: Band of Brothers’ “Wild Bill” Guarnere
William “Wild Bill” Guarnere’s first combat jump as a member of the 101st Airborne Divison was on June 6, 1944 - D-Day. Mr Guarnere, who enlisted in 1942, was assigned to the 506th Parachute Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Easy Company, known famously as the “Band of Brothers.”
Mr. Guarnere earned his nickname for his somewhat reckless attacks on German soldiers during and after the D-Day invasion. He had developed a personal animosity for the Nazis after his brother Henry was killed by Germans in the battle of Monte Cassino.
On June 6, Mr. Guarnere fired first on a platoon of Germans who were bringing supplies forward, killing most of them himself. Later in the day under the leadership of Lt. Richard “Dick” Winters, Mr. Guarnere was promoted on-field to staff sergeant and helped lead a platoon of 11 men against four German howitzers and their crews of 50. Even facing overwhelming numbers Mr. Guarnere and his troops won the day.
Several months later Mr. Guarnere was shot in the leg and placed in a cast to recover in a military hospital. Desperate to return to Easy Company, the sergeant painted his cast black with shoe polish and walked out of the hospital in extreme pain. He did not get far. Recognized by an officer Mr. Guarnere was court-martialed and demoted to private and forced to return to the hospital.
Able to earn an early release after threatening to go AWOL again, Mr. Guarnere returned to Easy Company in time for the last major German offensive - The Battle of the Bulge - in the winter of 1944. During the battle, Mr. Guarnere was hit by artillery while trying to save another soldier. He would lose his right leg and be sent stateside for the remainder of the war.
When all was said and done, Mr. Guarnere earned a Silver Star (one of only two earned in Easy Company during the war), two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.
Mr. Guarnere and the other members of Easy Company entered the popular consciousness with the 1992 publication of Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers and gained even broader fame with the premiere of the HBO miniseries of the same name in 2001. “Wild Bill” was portrayed by Frank John Hughes in the series.
In 2007, Mr. Guarnere and fellow member of E Company, Edward “Babe” Heffron, co-wrote (with journalist Robyn Post) Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story, which became a best seller.
"Wild Bill" Guarnere died on March 8, 2014 at the age of 90.
At the time of his death, there are 19 members of Easy Company still alive.
Sources: Miami Herald and Wikipedia
(Image of William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, circa 1941-1944, is courtesy of letterstoeasycompany.tumblr.com)
Other members of the Band of Brothers featured on Obit of the Day:
Edward “Babe” Heffron - Passed away on December 1, 2013
1st Lieutenant “Buck” Compton - officer in E Company who later prosecuted Sirhan Sirhan for the murder of Sen. Robert Kennedy
Frank Perconte - The oldest living member of Easy Company when he passed away in October 2013
Capt. Richard “Dick” Winters - an interview I posted after his passing in 2011
❝ These men have been through the toughest training the Army has to offer, under the worst possible circumstances, and they volunteered for it. ❞
Album Covers from the band "The Flight of Sleipnir" one of my favorite local denver bands. I highly recommend you check them out if you are interested in viking/folk/stoner/doom metal.. they are a great act.
You can find their bandcamp here: http://theflightofsleipnir.bandcamp.com/
Angela is a freelance illustrator currently living and working in New York. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2011 with a BFA in Illustration. Since then she has been featured in a number of magazines and shows. Her work is a combination of traditional and digital media which is reminiscent of a classical storybook illustration. Besides artwork, Angela enjoys traveling, birding and photography. She is open to comments, commissions, or questions and is currently available for illustration jobs of any kinds and is looking for an art rep. Thanks sosuperawesome for this Curator’s Monday sharing.
Fistful of Dollars (1964) and Yojimbo (1961)
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Traces of coca and nicotine found in Egyptian mummies - WTF fun facts
well DUH. a lot of historians are still trying to process the fact that ancient egyptians knew how to build boats, which is ridiculous. why would they not be seafarers and explorers?
this is not new or surprising information at all. it pretty much day one of any african-american studies course.
the egyptians knew that if they put their boats in front of the summer storm winds it’d blow them right across the sea to the Americas and they shared that with the greeks.
It’s really hard for people to understand that everyone had boats, exploration, and trade interactions without the same level of murder, colonization, and violence that the Europeans did. It’s really hard for people to get that.
The Sea-Craft of Prehistory (book; Eurocentric as heck)
Scientific Evidence for Pre-Columbian Transoceanic Voyages (273 pages-for the hardcore only!):The only plausible explanation for these findings is that a considerable number of transoceanic voyages in both directions across both major oceans were completed between the 7th millennium BC and the European age of discovery. Our growing knowledge of early maritime technology and its accomplishments gives us confidence that vessels and nautical skills capable of these long-distance travels were developed by the times indicated. These voyages put a new complexion on the extensive Old World/New World cultural parallels that have long been controversial.
This is important for the knowledge/history aspect, but also because of what was said above, that exploration/seafaring/technological advancement does not automatically mean conquest, colonization, and genocide. It’s one of those myths that an annoyingly large amount of people pass around to justify white supremacy: that everybody wants to conquer and wipe out everybody else, and that white people just got the technology and exploration level up first to do it. They like this myth for several reasons: 1) it frames genocide, slavery, conquest, etc, as natural results of human development, SOMEBODY would have eventually done it regardless 2) it frames evil acts as “human nature”, it implies that the victims of those acts would have done them if they could, and that the people doing it were only acting on “nature” 3) it implies that because white people did these things therefore white people must have had the highest technological level and 4) because white people had the highest technological level therefore white people deserved their place in the world as conquerers and colonizers and enslavers.
Of course none of this is true, but it’s something our society likes to believe and the narrative is distributed through “common knowledge” and through our media, where non-white cultures in “historical” dramas are framed as “primitive” or warlike or both, and all the various dystopia fiction where “the oppressed become the oppressors” and what not (i.e. everybody wants to conquer everybody else, so SOMEBODY has to be on top).
The egyptians had slaves so idk what you’re really getting at with this rant.
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