Last February, in The Year of Our Lady 2015, The Thread About Interesting Facts For Interested Individuals
lasted for nigh unto one calendar year minus a few days. I learned a lot of things from that thread:- Shirkes, a.k.a. Butcherbirds are metal as hell and impale their prey on thorns to slowly age like fine wine
- Blue jays go catatonic when you roll them on their backs
- Crows can use tools and problem solving skills
- Seagulls live a really long time
- 50 Canadian geese can produce three and a half tons of demon-shit in a year
That's only bird facts and only from the first five pages. (Seriously, that is a lot of goose shit.)So, I went to Wikipedia and two cups of tea later, I have discovered these things:*Today (May 10th) is the 75th anniversary of the decision of Nazi leader Rudolf Hess to parachute "into Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom."
Hess' plane actually ran out of fuel, that's why he had to parachute. He was promptly identified, debriefed and then shipped the fuck out proving that no one in Glasgow wanted to deal with his bullshit, presumably because he exhibited signs of "hypochondria" and "paranoia." Either that or someone was actually trying to kill him. I mean, who wouldn't, really? Seriously, the guy was an asshole.*Following the link for exhumation within the previous article, I proceeded to Ancient Egyptian funerary practices.
The earliest graves found are from pre-history ... which means they had no writing, not like ... dinosaurs and shit. The oldest graves discovered only contain a single pot.
Without any written evidence, there is little to provide information about contemporary beliefs concerning the afterlife except for the regular inclusion of a single pot in the grave. In view of later customs, the pot was probably intended to hold food for the deceased.
Considering the early stage of agriculture, it seems fairly reasonable to guess that those early funerals didn't have a lot of food to spare for someone rotting in the ground. By the end of the Pre-Dynastyic period, the dead got more pots, more food, some odds and ends thrown in with them and eventually,
Gender differences in burial emerged with the inclusion of weapons in men's graves and cosmetics palettes in women's graves.
Because what is any lesson in history without yet another glaring example of patriarchy.*From there I went to burial goods then to grave robbery and right on into The Black Market.
There's a lot of obvious examples of current black market goods like arms, drugs, human organs, animals, animal products, counterfeit money, counterfeit processed goods, copyrighted entertainment (apparently mix-tapes are illegal) ... the list goes on and on. The big one here in the US was Prohibition
which lasted from 1920 to 1933. A good deal of information is present within the article, I highly recommend reading it if you would like further proof that Americans are weirdly Puritanical in public but godless heathens in private. Oddly enough, Winston Churchill believed that Prohibition was "an affront to the whole history of mankind." After the ratification of the 21st Amendment, Prohibition had ended but many speakeasies had already accepted a mixed clientele of ladies and dudes for the intervening years. Public drinking for women was no longer the purview of an immoral feminine character because women had shitty jobs too, motherfucker, it's The Depression, deal with it.
Take that, patriarchy. @Usagi
SMASH. Probably her grandmother, though unless Jess is actually a time-traveler. NANA SMASH.*Industrialization was kind of a short article, but it led me to manufacturing which led me to 3D Printing ....
Seriously, this shit is so cool. Why are we not 3D printing everything?
As of 2012, 3D bio-printing technology has been studied by biotechnology firms and academia for possible use in tissue engineering applications in which organs and body parts are built using inkjet techniques. In this process, layers of living cells are deposited onto a gel medium or sugar matrix and slowly built up to form three-dimensional structures including vascular systems. The first production system for 3D tissue printing was delivered in 2009, based on NovoGen bioprinting technology. Several terms have been used to refer to this field of research: organ printing, bio-printing, body part printing, and computer-aided tissue engineering, among others. The possibility of using 3D tissue printing to create soft tissue architectures for reconstructive surgery is also being explored.
In 2013, Chinese scientists began printing ears, livers and kidneys, with living tissue. Researchers in China have been able to successfully print human organs using specialized 3D bio printers that use living cells instead of plastic. Researchers at Hangzhou Dianzi University designed the "3D bio printer" dubbed the "Regenovo". Xu Mingen, Regenovo's developer, said that it takes the printer under an hour to produce either a mini liver sample or a four to five inch ear cartilage sample. Xu also predicted that fully functional printed organs may be possible within the next ten to twenty years. In the same year, researchers at the University of Hasselt, in Belgium had successfully printed a new jawbone for an 83-year-old Belgian woman.
There's so much interesting stuff in the world we live in, so many things we've created, so many habits and routines we perform, so many of our mistakes that turn out to have surprising positive effects that I can't imagine ever possibly learning all about it, even though I want to. I rely upon all of you to pick up the mantle (as I lay down for the evening) and delve into Interesting Things so that you may spread the knowledge far and wide.