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The Eclipse of the Sun, 1820

High on her speculative tower
Stood Science waiting for the hour
When Sol was destined to endure
That darkening of his radiant face
Which Superstition strove to chase,
Erewhile, with rites impure.

By William Wordsworth

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] duathir at William Wordsworth, 'The Eclipse of the Sun, 1820'
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Also, some great photos of the eclipse here:

Stare all you want at these incredible eclipse images, from Gizmodo
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"She smiled at him very graciously when he was introduced to her."

From the chapter, "Princess Orchid's Party"

From the book "Fairies I Have Met" by Mrs. Rodolph Stawell, so beautifully illustrated by Edmund Dulac (French-born, British naturalised magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer, 1882-1953)

And here's the link to the entire book!

https://archive.org/details/fairiesihavemet00staw
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Somewhat related:

Mermaid Folktales: A 19th Century History

An idle inquiry:

Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs Banned in the United States, from "Today I found out"

...which led me to an interesting but very grim bit of history of medicine I'd not heard of before:

(caveat lector):

Sulfanilamide Disaster
Taste of Raspberries, Taste of Death
The 1937 Elixir Sulfanilamide Incident
, FDA Consumer magazine, June 1981

Modern psychopharmacology:

Why combination nootropics (aka "genius pills") are not a good idea
(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] supergee for the link!)

Upcoming solar eclipse:

Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses, from NASA

Cats and Humans:

Saved, by a Whisker--a very nice cat story and more from Gene Weingarten, in this weekend's Washington Post Magazine

...and, of course, Sherlock Holmes:

A Guide to Writing Sherlockian Biscuit Habits, from the enigmaticpenguinofdeath's Tumblr
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A 100% accurate, no lie, source proven conversation between Pope Clement VII & Henry VIII

Watch it here

(couldn't find a video that would embed here, sorry; hope the link works--please let me know if it doesn't)
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Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) is appealing for anyone going on a summer holiday to send a postcard to Robin House to help the terminally ill children make memories.

Postcards are welcome from any destination.

They should be addressed to Robin House, 2 Boturich Road, Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, G83 8LX.

(more details in the article)
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Note: I recommend putting your postcard inside an envelope; there seems to be a persistent problem with postcard delivery within the UK (anything in an envelope gets delivered just fine, though).

(and yes, I'll be sending one this week)
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For better start in life, start Cola earlier

Came across this in the article by Groovy History and thought I'd share with this comm; several of the other ads are even more unbelievable; take a look over here at their website


(cross-posting from [livejournal.com profile] vintage_ads)

Edited to add:

Thanks to <ljuser="deverbative"> on [livejournal.com profile] vintage_ads for pointing this out:

This ad is fake.

http://hoaxes.org/weblog/comments/start_cola_earlier_says_the_soda_pop_board_of_america
https://grist.org/article/food-vintage-soda-ads-can-you-spot-the-fake/full/
http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=59204

Further edit from
[livejournal.com profile] dandyxr:

That Hardee's ad that says "women don't leave the kitchen" and the Winston ad with the pregnant woman smoking are pretty obvious fakes

But.. a lot of the ads on there are real. Basically all the ones that have a husband spanking his wife are legit. Palmolive "men ask is she pretty not is she clever", even the Marlboro one "have a cigarette before you scold me"

Smile ;)

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:15 am
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("Almost there. Go get 'War and Peace' and anything you can find by James A. Michener.")

And here's a funny Photoshopping series, do take a look:
Couple Asks Internet To Photoshop Out Shirtless Guy From Engagement Photo, Regrets It Immediately
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Little girl takes hamster who hasn't moved in days to vet - who makes a very odd discovery

Life would be a lot easier - and interesting - if our pets could talk.
As it is, we have to try and guess what's ailing our furry friends when we sense something is amiss.

No one, however - not even an rodent expert - could have guessed what was wrong with one worried little girl's hamster when she took it in to see the vet.

Science:

Scientists found 2 new primates, and they look like the best 'Star Wars' character.

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

(you can download a printable version, too)

Medicine:

A Critical Look at "Dr." Robert Young's Theories and Credentials, which also explains in lay terms why all those "excess acidity in your blood is the cause for 99% of all illnesses" claims are utter nonsense.

A bit of retro-futurism:

How Soviet Artists Imagined Communist Life in Space

Vocabulary, reading, and writing:

The Grandiloquent Word of the Day 2018 Wall Calendar--take a look at some sample pages, and perhaps even make a pledge? ;)

Medieval Women Writers

A Guide to Writing Sherlockian Tea Habits

British Idioms, from Agatha Christie's Works
here they are: )
Applied psychology:

5 things I didn't want to hear when I was grieving and 1 thing that helped.

(nothing earth-shattering, but well-written)

Maryland attractions:

North Beach: Exploring a Local Gem
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18 Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

...I must say, #1 is quite surprising:

1. Lungs don't just facilitate respiration - they also make blood. Mammalian lungs produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood cells) per hour, which equates to the majority of platelets circulating the body.
med_cat: (Stethoscope)
A measles case has been confirmed in Washington, DC

The Last Person You'd Expect to Die in Childbirth

The emerging and often drug-resistant fungus Candida auris continues to spread in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

(the above two articles are from Medscape, free and quick registration required)

Court case highlights nurses' duty to follow EMTALA

When Nurses Make Fatal Mistakes

Support for the Second Victim: Caring for Our Own, from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses

(Support the Second Victim: Health professionals suffer distress after poor patient outcomes, even if no error occurred.)
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...and if anybody is interested in my comments about any of these, let me know, I'll share...:P ;)
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Vaguebooking is any update on a social network (although primarily Facebook) that is intentionally vague. Status updates which fall under the category of vaguebooking can be long or short, but most comprise just a few simple words. Regardless of the length they all have one thing in common – to elicit a response from friends and followers.

While the majority of us will just be clear about something that has happened or why we’re upset, vaguebookers take great delight in beating around the metaphorical bush. Seeking attention while giving away as little as humanly possible.


Definition from the Urban Dictionary, and a few examples

A few more examples (you can even submit the ones you find)

Why it's usually not a good idea:

5 Reasons Vaguebooking is Destroying Your Relationships

The next time your friend posts a vague FB status, reply with this video

A slightly different perspective:

In Defense of Vaguebooking


(cross-posting from [livejournal.com profile] 1word1day)
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A historical perspective on presidential elections, by Gene Weingarten; his April 23rd "Below the Beltway" column, from The Washington Post
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(The second link is hilarious...do take a look :P)

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] browngirl at Science and Food
med_cat: (woman reading)
News and Politics:

Robert Reich: Republicans Are Afraid Trump Is Genuinely Nuts:
The former secretary of labor reflects on a Washington more divided and fearful than ever.

(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] elenbarathi)

The Westminster attack is a tragedy, but it’s not a threat to democracy, by Simon Jenkins

The terrorists’ aim is not just to kill a few but to terrify a multitude. For politicians and media to overreact would play into their hands.

(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland for this one)


Languages, History, and Literature:

15 Encouraging Spanish Phrases a Bilingual Spanish Speaker Would Like Everyone to Learn

The Coolest Things You Wish Were True About the Middle Ages

The Crows of Pearblossom, by Aldous Huxley--the only children's book he wrote. The illustrations are quite charming as well.

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