Friday, November 14, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #10

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.

Sainsbury's 1914 Christmas truce ad exploits memory of Great War at Telegraph
Sainsbury's new commercial has people in a tizzy over claims that their dramatization of the WWI Christmas Truce ignores the message that war is a "pointless waste of young life." Whatever. The only thing that is offensive is the British soldier giving the German a candy bar of Willy Wonka proportion and in return getting a toaster strudel looking thingy. With no icing.

5,000-Year-Old Footprints Found in Denmark at Discovery
The prints reveal how Stone Age (little) people made strenuous attempts to save their fishing system from the destructive forces of the sea. The print came from a size 5.5 woman or size 9 man shoe.

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, learn 10 surprising facts about the "iconic" Cold War symbol. So "iconic" that a piece of the wall stands in the bathroom of a Las Vegas casino.

9 astonishing deaths reported in Victorian newspapers at History Extra
A series of extraordinary deaths from the Victorian press including but not limited to: an actor stabbing another actor to death during a scene of a play because he kinda forgot he had a real knife, death-by-billiard-ball, a monkey slicing his master's throat, and a woman who shot herself in the mouth after reenacting a murder she witnessed.

Dollhouses will be throwing open their doors and drawing back their curtains at London's V&A Museum of Childhood in December. The houses, which were created between the 18th and 21st centuries, offer a miniature snapshot of the history of the home and changing family relationships over the past 300 years, as well as developments in architecture and design. I'm pretty sure one of them has a miniature bong.

It is believed that World War I had the highest number of active serving writers, artists, and musicians of any war in history. Influenced by their experiences, survivors created remarkable pieces of work, of which JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings remains one of the most influential and well-known.

Human Remains Recovered From Amphipolis Tomb at Archaeology
As you know by now, there are big happenings at Amphipolis flooding the historical news feed weekly. This week, remains were recovered from (probably) a male general.

'How Long Before You Quit This Insufferable Quiz on World War One?' 16 seconds

Experts Debunk Claim Jesus Was a Husband and Father at Discovery
Jesus married Mary Magdalene and fathered two children according to a new book blah blah blah based on findings in an ancient manuscript blah blah blah Christian community is freaking out blah blah.

Former Egyptian antiquities minister faces questions over theft from pyramid at The Guardian
The world’s most famous contemporary Egyptologist, Zahi Hawass, has been summoned for questioning over claims that he helped three German hobbyists steal rock samples from inside Egypt’s largest pyramid.

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