Friday, October 10, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #5

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.

Because you really want to know.

With more theories than the Kennedy assassination, this Smithsonian article explores the top nine guesses of how Poe died after calling out the word "Rosebud" "Reynolds."

Not to be outdone in the news by Ebola, the origin of Aids has been traced back to a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a valley surrounded by desert, archaeologists discovered a new 200-million year old dinosaur which they dubbed Tachiraptor admirabilis. Only two bones of the wolf-sized dinosaur have been found so far, a tibia and a hip bone which tells us…which tells us nothing.



Skeleton of Possible 'Witch Girl' Found at Discovery

A 13 year old girl was found buried face-down in an Italian burial ground believed to be dated from late antiquity to the early Middle Ages. A body buried in an unusual position is not uncommon if one was suspected of vampirism, witchcraft, etc. It was believed that a soul left the body through the mouth and facing a body downwards in burial ensures that the soul will not threaten the living. Unless a soul can make a U-turn. Can a soul make a U-turn?

Haiti shipwreck is not Columbus's Santa Maria, says Unesco at The Guardian
The ship found off the coast of Haiti earlier this year dates centuries later than believed after an examination of the remains by Unesco. Unesco called for further exploration of the surrounding waters, while also pleading with Haiti to keep their underwater looters at bay (but not in the bay, get them outta the bay).



First-Known Painting Depicts Rare, Hefty Animal at Discovery

The oldest known figurative cave painting was discovered on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and dates back 40,000 years. No answers to the universe found here, it's a pig. Unless pigs are the answer.

When Hitler took cocaine at History Extra
Hitler is known for his funky health issues including stomach cramps and chronic flatulence that made him "leave the table after every meal in order to expel vast quantities of wind." His personal doctor, Dr. Morrel, put him on concoctions of opiates, sedatives, laxatives, amphetamines, barbiturates, morphine, probiotics, cocaine (in eye-drop form), and bull semen to help everything from morning grogginess to lack of a sex drive.

Can you tell your Churchill from your Hitler? at Telegraph
Nope, I could not.

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