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Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
The PCL Map Collection includes more than 250,000 maps
geography  history  map  maps  reference  repository  mapping  GIS 
december 2014 by pax
When They Got Back from the Moon, Apollo 11 Astronauts Went through Customs
NASA has confirmed that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins went through customs upon their return to Earth and the United States. They filled out the above form, declaring their travel itinerary and that they had brought back moon rocks, dust, and samples through the US border. They did not mention the whiskey smuggled inside Aldrin’s suitcase.

Link -via Geekosystem
History  Society_&_Culture  nasa  from google
october 2011 by pax
Photos Of Child Slaves, 1863
Via How To Be A Retronaut, scans of a series of collectible cards, sold to raise awareness of the anti-slavery cause, with photos of slave children whom abolitionists had brought North and freed. It’s an interesting glimpse into how widely “blackness” could be defined in the slave-era South:

‘Slave children, freed and brought North by abolitionists to emphasize the plight of slaves. The proceeds from sale of the photographs were to be used to educate freed slaves who had come under the jurisdiction of the Union Army in the New Orleans area. A caption on one of these photographs points out that the children had been turned out of a hotel in Philadelphia because of their “color.”’
News  History  from google
september 2011 by pax
Allies Planned To Slip Hitler Female Sex Hormones
The British plotted to lace Hitler’s food with estrogen so as to turn him “feminine” or into a mustached transsexual or something. Because that would bring about peace. Lesson being, if it hadn’t ended when it did, World War II would have grown continually stranger and stranger. The Telegraph writes:

Some tried bombs to neutralize the Führer, others tried bullets. Now it has come to light that British spies looked at derailing the man behind the German war machine by giving him female sex hormones.

Agents planned to smuggle doses of oestrogen into his food to make him less aggressive and more like his docile younger sister Paula, who worked as a secretary.

Spies working for the British were close enough to Hitler to have access to his food, said Professor Brian Ford, who discovered the plot. He explained that oestrogen was chosen because it was tasteless and would have a slow and subtle effect, meaning it would pass Hitler’s food testers unnoticed.

Speaking about the scheme, Prof Ford, a science writer and fellow of Cardiff University, said: “There was an Allied plan that they would smuggle oestrogen into Hitler’s food and change his sex so he would become more feminine and less aggressive.
News  Gender  History  from google
august 2011 by pax
Guide to Electronic Music
electronic music genres dictionary. for the electronically challenged :)
reference  funny  art  fun  flash  tutorial  music  audio  culture  guide  history 
january 2010 by pax
Snap Bird -
re-finding the tweets that got away
tool  twitter  search  history  social 
december 2009 by pax
Unhappy Birthday
'Happy birthdayday to you' is copyrighted!
history  incredible  media  music 
july 2005 by pax
PhotoRaid 2004 - Shooting at the gates - Fortified saxon churches in Transylvania
for 9 days in July, 7 photographers of the Mioritics Association have covered a circuit that included 60 fortified churches in the area of Sighisoara - Medias - Sibiu - Agnita.
Transylvania  history  photo  romania 
november 2004 by pax

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