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  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    edited January 30
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    My first landlady had a damn-near life-sized version of this painting in her house. Framed canvas, floor to ceiling. Definitely the largest work of art I have ever seen in a private dwelling.

    And she didn't live in some mansion, either, it was a little two-bedroom ranch in Abilene, Texas.

    My roommates and I went to her house to drop off our first month's rent in person, and all we could talk about on the drive home was the giant Napoleon painting in the dining room.

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  • Schmimpy Pim- no god what am I sayingSchmimpy Pim- no god what am I saying Registered User regular
    edited January 31
    Did everybody know that at various periods it was fashionable for Romans to piece their foreskins and use a little dick brooch to tuck it up all tight? I didnt know that that seems like somethin Id know I guess I do know it now feels good to make things right
    Athlete infibulating himself (psykter by the Syriskos Painter, c. 480 BC)
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    A penile fibula is foremost a ring, attached with a pin through the foreskin to fasten it above the glans penis. It was mainly used by ancient Roman culture, though it may have originated earlier. This ring type of fibula has been described akin to a large modern safety pin. Its usage may have had several reasons, for example to avoid intercourse, to promote modesty or the belief that it helped preserve a man's voice. Some Jews also utilized fibulas to hide that they were circumcised.

    The word fibula could also be used in general in Rome to denote any type of covering of the penis (such as with a sheath) for the sake of voice preservation or sexual abstinence, it was often used by masters on their slaves for this purpose. Fibulas were frequent subject of ridicule among satirists in Rome.

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited January 31
    Jedoc wrote: »
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    My first landlady had a damn-near life-sized version of this painting in her house. Framed canvas, floor to ceiling. Definitely the largest work of art I have ever seen in a private dwelling.

    And she didn't live in some mansion, either, it was a little two-bedroom ranch in Abilene, Texas.

    My roommates and I went to her house to drop off our first month's rent in person, and all we could talk about on the drive home was the giant Napoleon painting in the dining room.

    I have this on a long sleeved top

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    I love it

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  • FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    No, just Napoleon.

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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    IRL he was on a donkey

  • Kayne Red RobeKayne Red Robe Master of Magic ArcanusRegistered User regular
    IRL he was on a donkey

    Well yeah, mountainous terrain? You'd want to be a sure footed little ass, not some big honking horse who is going to slip and break a leg any minute.

  • HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    IRL he was on a donkey

    If that's a donkey in the picture, then that ass is fabulous.

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  • valhalla130valhalla130 13 Dark Shield Perceives the GodsRegistered User regular
    Buncha French megalomaniac lovers up in here.

  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Buncha French megalomaniac lovers up in here.

    Yeah a real crowd of ouiaboos

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    God damn

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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    The legend of Annapurna, Hindu goddess of nourishment - Antara Raychaudhuri & Iseult Gillespie 5:08

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  • sarukunsarukun Mr. Bulldopps Get SchwiftyRegistered User regular
    edited February 16
    Madican wrote: »
    Buncha French megalomaniac lovers up in here.

    Yeah a real crowd of ouiaboos

    Fuck.

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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited February 18
    Ancient game board could be a missing link tied to the Egyptian Book of the Dead:
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    In the New Kingdom, the fate of the deceased in the afterlife was reportedly affected by success in playing senet with underworld opponents. Here, a game board for senet, though not the board from the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in California. (Image credit: Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

    A game board that dates back to before the reign of the pharaoh Hatshepsut may represent the transformation of the game senet from fun pastime to religious symbol.

    Senet is ancient, dating back some 5,000 years to Egypt's first dynasty. The game was played on a board with 30 squares arranged in a 3-by-10 rectangle. The precise rules are lost to history, but players had to move a set of pawns across the board, with moves determined by throws of a set of two-sided sticks. The squares were blank except for squares 26 to 29, which contained the same progression of symbols: one for goodness, one for water, one for the number three and one for the number two.

    By the era of the New Kingdom of Egypt, which began in about 1550 B.C., these game boards had acquired a religious symbolism, appearing in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The game seemed to represent the soul's journey through the afterlife. Over time, the markings on senet boards also became more elaborate.


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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    Purse lost in 1957 found behind school locker 62 years later 2:08


    Dang those lockers are ooooold

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  • BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    Peas wrote: »
    Purse lost in 1957 found behind school locker 62 years later 2:08


    Dang those lockers are ooooold

    I had lockers like that in high school

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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited February 25
    4k, 60 fps] A Trip Through New York City in 1911 8:35

    Restored with neural networks 1911 New York footage taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America:

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    Everyone was wearing a hat lol

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    I didn't realize street cars were that old

  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    When that film was shot, folks had been experimenting with various tram systems for nearly seventy years and the first commercially successful cable car and electric tram systems were both around thirty years old!

    It helped that horse-drawn streetcars were fairly common in large cities from the early 1800s, so it was mostly a matter of experimenting with new power sources while utilizing existing rails.

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    It really threw me in Red Dead Redemption 2, a game set in 1899, when I visited Saint Denis for the first time and saw street cars trundling around.

  • Schmimpy Pim- no god what am I sayingSchmimpy Pim- no god what am I saying Registered User regular
    edited February 25
    My impression of streetcars is that they are old as shit but then I have never been in a place with streetcars

    Well actually I guess Halifax had lots of streetcars back in the day but we paved over all thems shits cause public transits for communists

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Cars and traffic ruined streetcars, according to this Vox article, at least

    https://www.vox.com/2015/5/7/8562007/streetcar-history-demise

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Cars and traffic ruined streetcars, according to this Vox article, at least

    https://www.vox.com/2015/5/7/8562007/streetcar-history-demise

    Makes sense. Think it was Ford who wiped out public transportation in Los Angeles through dirty dealing

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    It's mostly commonly rumored to have been GM, but that article says the streetcar business was already in trouble for a variety of other reasons

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    edited February 25
    They definitely had a hand or five tied behind their back for sure due to the fare being locked and right of way generally not existing

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    I absolutely adore cars and I'd give all of mine up in a second if I could have rail service that was worth a good goddamn.

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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited February 29
    [4k, 60 fps] Apollo 16 Lunar Rover "Grand Prix" (1972 April 21, Moon) 2:55

    Upscaled and resounded version of Apollo 16 mission "Grand Prix" part:
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    [4k, 60 fps] Mars Curiosity Descent, Neural Networks upscaled version 2:53

    This is an upscaled version of the gorgeous video by Bard Canning of curiosity descent uploaded on Sep 13, 2012

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  • V1mV1m Registered User regular
    Cars and traffic ruined streetcars, according to this Vox article, at least

    https://www.vox.com/2015/5/7/8562007/streetcar-history-demise

    They're making something of a comeback, in the UK at least. Metropolitan City councils have apparently decided that you need trams to be in the Kool Kouncil Kids Klub, and there are several schemes in operation now.

  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Who wouldn't want to be in the KKKK?

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  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Master Librarian and Ghostbuster Registered User regular
    Who wouldn't want to be in the KKKK?

    The extra K means Extra Racism!

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  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    Knights of Knitting, Knicknacks and Knickerbockers

  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Who wouldn't want to be in the KKKK?

    Krusty's Komedy Klown Kollege?

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  • V1mV1m Registered User regular
    Who wouldn't want to be in the KKKK?

    The extra K means Extra Racism!

    And public transport schemes that require huge capital investment!

  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited March 2
    [60 fps] A Trip Through Paris, France in late 1890s / Un voyage à travers Paris, 1890 6:06


    Upscaled with neural networks footage from the dawn of film taken in Belle Époque-era Paris, France from 1896-1900.

    ✔ FPS boosted to 60 frames per second;

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    ✔ Colorized – I'm still unsure about it, but regarding to high request from the subscribers I decided to use DeOldify NN again on this video. If you don't like how DeOldify doing colorization, please let me know in the comments, I will upload b&w version and put a link here.

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    Source video (with ambiance sound) – please subscribe to guy jones channel, he is doing an amazing job in ambiance sound adding:


    More hats
    Also I didn't expect to see travelators

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  • KanaKana Registered User regular
    I'm generally not that big on most war history stuff, but I do quite like the Forgotten Weapons guy, since he usually goes beyond just the mechanics of a gun and gets into the history and thought process behind it all.

    I thought this video was particularly interesting, where he goes over a few different knockoff Chinese pistols from the first half of the 20th century.



    Since there were bans on exporting weapons to China, there was basically a cottage industry for building copies of foreign guns to supply local warlords. Some of them are pretty well made and most have come from a dedicated factory, but what's a lot more interesting is the ones that aren't. Piles of guns were built by craftsmen who knew metalworking but almost nothing about how guns actually work. So while the guns are more or less still all functional, there's all these interesting little examples where they copy the form but miss the function.

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    Forgotten Weapons rules

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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited March 5
    How Iran Threw the World's Greatest Party In a Desert 30:09

    In 1971, Iran threw an extravagant and exclusive party to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian empire. The party had a grandeur never seen before in the world's recorded history. It had delicious food from the world's best restaurant, exquisite drinks, luxurious accommodations, medieval European style decorations, and more importantly - the party had the most decorated guestlist - heads of states from 65 different countries, emperors, kings and queens, princes and princesses, sheiks, sultans, and business figures of all kinds from 5 different continents. The venue of the event was not some ancient castle or a seven-star hotel, instead, everything was organized from scratch, in the middle of a desert, by building plastic tents.
    The cost of all of this? Not a million dollars; Not a billion dollars; this party almost cost a dynasty. It proved to be a stepping stone for the rise of the Iranian revolution and the fall of the Iranian Monarchy that changed the country forever.


    Wow

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  • Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister Registered User regular
    I was reading about the Night Witches earlier, an all-female night-bombing and harassment regiment in the Soviet air force during World War 2, and a highly decorated one to boot! The Germans apparently coined their nickname (which is nachthexen in German which is totally fuckin rad), due to a particular tactic of the Witches, which was to cut engines when near the target, glide in and drop their bombs, then roar off into the night with their engines cackling and spitting fire and such. The German soldiers said their wood-framed aircraft sounded like broomsticks clattering in flight in the night wind.

    The witches didn't fly in the most modern, high-tech bombers of the era, not by a long shot. They were flying, essentially, wooden-framed crop-dusting planes fitted with guns that could carry like two to four bombs at a time, obsolete and archaic by the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War. However, these planes were highly maneuverable, and relatively easy to fly compared to more modernized aircraft, while also having a maximum top speed lower than the stall speed of German fighter planes of the time, which meant the Witches were a hard target to safely engage.

    They'd fly multiple sorties a night, sometimes as many as 8, and two of their mechanics were released from Soviet military prison to serve in the regiment after being arrested for stealing the silk parachute off of a military flare and making underwear out of them and I love them very much.

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  • Kayne Red RobeKayne Red Robe Master of Magic ArcanusRegistered User regular
    I was reading about the Night Witches earlier, an all-female night-bombing and harassment regiment in the Soviet air force during World War 2, and a highly decorated one to boot! The Germans apparently coined their nickname (which is nachthexen in German which is totally fuckin rad), due to a particular tactic of the Witches, which was to cut engines when near the target, glide in and drop their bombs, then roar off into the night with their engines cackling and spitting fire and such. The German soldiers said their wood-framed aircraft sounded like broomsticks clattering in flight in the night wind.

    The witches didn't fly in the most modern, high-tech bombers of the era, not by a long shot. They were flying, essentially, wooden-framed crop-dusting planes fitted with guns that could carry like two to four bombs at a time, obsolete and archaic by the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War. However, these planes were highly maneuverable, and relatively easy to fly compared to more modernized aircraft, while also having a maximum top speed lower than the stall speed of German fighter planes of the time, which meant the Witches were a hard target to safely engage.

    They'd fly multiple sorties a night, sometimes as many as 8, and two of their mechanics were released from Soviet military prison to serve in the regiment after being arrested for stealing the silk parachute off of a military flare and making underwear out of them and I love them very much.

    I learned about them from this song and yes they were super rad.

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  • As a weapons pervert Forgotten Weapons is a source of lasting delight



    Therin that video is a Mauser C-96 pistol done up in intricate gold damascene with ivory grips, a view from the Al-Hambra palace engraved on the receiver and along the barrel in Arabic script "The only victor is God" which amounts to the ballerest gun I've ever heard of

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