Sotheby’s: 1907 Thomas Flyer 4-60 Four-Passenger Runabout.
History Today: Gun Control, The Right To Bear Arms.
Really interesting condensed history. Thank goodness he referenced Blackstone. The differences between UK and US gun law, in about a page and a half of reading.
Atlas Obscura: The Wellington Wreck of Simiane-la-Rotonde.
What a story. RIP, guys.
Mac invoice, 1987 ... beware the prices.
Australian dollars, not us. Still expensive, but not that expensive.
Archaeology News Network: Archaeologists uncover secrets of Revolutionary War site.
Lexington. “Watters’ favorite discovery is the button. ‘It is gorgeous,’ she said. ‘It has a fox, a windmill, a bridge on it, and to think something this delicate has been sitting here for so long is incredible.’”
The Atlantic: The Real Reason People Don’t Save Enough for Retirement.
“If all workers were automatically enrolled in a savings account that couldn’t be tapped into until retirement (or disability, if that came first), they wouldn’t be burdened with investment decisions.” Where’s my paddle? Someone needs a paddling. If you’re going to play that game, prosecute those responsible for the last Wall Street debacles. The stock market and real estate plunges were paid for at the worker bee level by retirement accounts, early withdrawals. Come down off the high horse, Atlantic.
MessyNessyChic: Chasing Ghosts in an East London Time Capsule.
Impressive. And, perhaps, a little oppressive.
Daily Mail.UK: Is James Dean’s ‘cursed’ Porsche about to be found?
Even so, it’s not complete. Parts were scavenged for other racers, with their own ‘curse’ histories.
Hyperallergic: A Petition to Stop “Irresponsible” Restoration of Chartres Cathedral.
Comparison photos ... ? Concerning.
Guardian.UK: Battle of Britain pilot’s relatives help excavate downed plane 75 years on.
“Wünsche’s plane was hit and he baled out, surviving with burns and leg injuries and returning to active service the following year. The plane ploughed straight into farmland now owned by the National Trust.” One assumes the haybale cushioned his landing [‘baled out’]. Apparently an ill-spelled wartime guide has caused the confusion in UK.
Two books on the history of ‘the Castrati’. I cross my legs and move on ...
Steampunk Vehicles: Story about a Jet Trike.
Ahram Online: Anticipation grows at possibility of Tutankhamun tomb’s hidden chambers.
The Atlantic: Debating ‘The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration’.
Click “Read On” on the topmost item, to see one person’s take on the Texas “chain gang” system. Not what some might expect.
Guardian.UK: Shady dealings of William Shakespeare’s father ‘helped to fund son’s
There seem to be two tracks on ol’ Shakes. One is doing serious research, the other is expending efforts to deny his existence.
WarOnTheRocks: Navigating the Islamic State Challenge [audio].
Vox: 7 terrifying medical “treatments” that never caught on.
PS Blog: Color Film was Built for White People. Can Film Be Racist?
Another lens through which to view the past. Kodak had a whole lot of films with different color balances. Which one are they calling racist? Vericolor was brown as all hell.
Autoweek: Flipping collector cars for profit is harder than it looks — these guys just learned
Popular Archaeology: 9,000 year-old ritualized decapitation found in Brazil.
Wow. So interesting that the hands are in different directions. I wonder what it meant.
History: 4,000-Year-Old Egyptian Manuscript Found.
“The drawings are believed to predate by 1,000 years those found in the Egyptian ‘Book of the Dead,’ another, more famous ancient funerary text that dates from the beginning of the New Kingdom (around 1500 B.C.).” The Book of Two Ways. Can’t wait to hear more.
FishbowlNY: Santa Fe Journalist Penned Her Own Obituary.
FastCoDesign: How Pantone Became The Definitive Language Of Color.
“The Pantone of today started as a graphic standards system for professional designers in 1963 but has morphed into a global design force starting in the 2000s due in part to calculated marketing efforts and initiatives. It’s not just about the Pantone Matching System (PMS for short); it’s the Color of The Year, the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone hotels, Pantone cafes, Pantone mugs, Pantone iPhone keyboards, Pantone lipstick, and tie-ins to the movie industry.”
Italian Ways: The world of the future on Lampo stickers.
The Atlantic: Maids in America - The Decline of Domestic Help.
1912: “Ladies are sometimes not honest in money matters concerning the girls they employ. I have known many nice girls to work for little money — two dollars and a half or three dollars a week — and one week out of every five or six the lady would forget, or pretend to forget, to pay for. If the girl has given no written receipt for her wages, she sometimes has no proof of what is due her.”