Friday, September 19, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #2

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.

The votes are in, and it's a big fat 'NO' for Scotland's independence. Articles poured in from around the internet this week:
What Happened Last Time Scotland Tried for Greater Independence? at Time 
Pssssst, it didn't happen…The 'No's won by a landslide.

The History Behind the Scottish Independence Vote at History
England and Scotland need couple's therapy.

25 Times Scotland Changed The World at BuzzFeed
Featuring everyone's favorite cloned sheep.

The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Woman at Smithsonian
Wonder Woman was created to balance out the testosterone of preexisting superheroes such as Batman and Superman. The 'feminist fighting fascism' was developed by a psychologist who had three Harvard degrees, was a lawyer, scientist, professor, credited with inventing the lie detector, who wrote screenplays, a novel, magazine articles and oh, ya know, kinda sorta lived with two women under the same roof whom were each bearing his children. Did you know the 'DC' in DC Comics stands for Detective Comics? Detective Comics Comics.

Gas chambers unearthed at demolished Nazi concentration camp at The Guardian

After 300 detainees escaped Sobibor concentration camp in eastern Poland in 1943, the camp was abruptly shut down and the Germans tried to cover up its existence. Archaeologists recently found remnants of the camp after a dig which exposed brick walls of the chambers. It is essentially an undisturbed crime scene. Unlike other concentration camps where you could maybe but likely not survive, prisoners (an estimated 250,000) went to Sobibor solely to die in the eight gas chambers.

Prince William relied on Harry through scandals, divorce, and death. Kate relied on Pippa and James through her thrust into the spotlight. Giving lil' baby George a younger sibling will give him a confidant to share the strains of life in the public eye, or so says this article which explores the big family tradition of the Windsors (and royalty in general).

Ancient Egyptian Woman With 70 Hair Extensions Discovered at Discovery
Ancient hair stuff. Read about ancient techniques like hiding your gray with henna or gelling it with fat.

The Strange Case of Emperor Norton I of the United States at History
Maybe it was a slow week in history, but to create an article based on what a crazy homeless man claimed in the mid-1800s is just stupid. Nonetheless, interesting. Stupidly interesting. Joshua A. Norton of San Francisco claimed to be the first and only Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico because he just felt like it. America humored him by giving him celebrity status for the next 20 years until he died from a stroke.

Why I'm not a vegetarian reason #34: Hitler was. Margot Woelk has come forward with her harrowing story from World War II. Woelk was one of 15 young women who were forcibly taken to Hitler's Prussian headquarters to sample Hitler's bland veggie deer food before he consumed it to ensure it had not been poisoned. Woelk was the only taster to survive after she escaped on Joseph Goebbel's train before the Red Army advanced on the headquarters.

America's favorite freaky families both turned 50 yrs old this week. 

Richard III killed by skull and pelvis injuries - but mysteries remain about his death at History Extra
The results of Richard's most-likely-cause-of-death test are in and conclude the king suffered 11 visible injuries before his death in 1485, three of which may have been fatal. Of the 11, nine were to the skull, suggesting he lost his helmet which opened further discussion on whether the helmet was forcibly removed.

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