Friday, September 12, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #1

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

Stories of success (and lots of failures/casualties) concerning animals in space. Also, Russia sent a bunch of geckos to space for sex experiments and they all came back dead. There's a metaphor in here somewhere. Pictured is one of the OG space monkeys named Gordo, who returned to earth with a boom. Literally. His vessel crashed into the Atlantic and was never recovered.

The discovery of British Royal Navy officer Sir John Franklin's HMS Erebus and HMS Terror is being described as "the biggest archaeological discovery the world has seen since the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb almost 100 years ago." Franklin's expedition to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic in 1845 ended in mystery after the two ships vanished, most likely from being stuck in the icy waters. Want more shipwrecks? Telegraph published an article featuring ten great shipwreck discoveries.
Update 10.01.14:  Only the HMS Erebus has been confirmed, HMS Terror is still missing

Sportsball is back you guys and you can read all about its dude-bro history.

Everyone's favorite whodunnit may have been identified. Jack may actually have been Aaron Kosminski, a 23 year old Polish immigrant. Reportedly, Kosminski's DNA was found on a shawl that was discovered next to one of Ripper's victims. The guy who obtained the shawl sent it away for DNA testing and is so freaking sure he cracked the myth that he says "only non-believers that want to perpetuate the myth will doubt." How could you argue with that logic? Could Jack the Ripper have really been a 23 year old kid? And worse, Polish?

Britain's 100th anniversary since the beginning of World War I commemorations are rolling right along, and to add some variety, they honored warhorse Warrior, who so bravely and selflessly went to the Western Front to help defend his country. The grandson of Warrior's owner accepted the award on his behalf and said stuff like, "but now he rides again 100 years later."

Hitler without a Hitler mustache is no Hitler at all.

In response to the Jack the Ripper debacle, BuzzFeed compiled major stories throughout history that lack an ending. And we all love a good BuzzFeed list.

Wonders like the Great Pyramid of Giza, Sphinx, and various destinations around Cairo are going to be available on Google Street View to virtually visit as if you were walking through the streets of Egypt. Minus political turmoil.

In the largest geophysical survey ever, archaeologists scanned over a 7.4-square-mile-area around Stonehenge. The scan uncovered 17 more unknown henge-like religious monuments, including a very happy one.

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