Friday, November 28, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #12

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.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksblahblah and shared a moment of solidarity with each other while uncomfortably watching Tony Danza lip-sync along to a Broadway number during the Macy's parade.

These are mostly balloon-themed factoids like how Felix the Cat was the first giant balloon to be featured in the parade AND how the balloons were outlawed during the years of WWII to conserve helium.

Don't know what to get that special someone for the holidays? Napoleon admirers will be able to carry the French emperor's DNA on their wrists after a Swiss company announced it plans to sell watches containing a fragment of his hair for more than £6,000 each.

After its discovery in 1974, the mysterious ape-like hominid skeleton was classified as a 3.2 million-year-old “Australopithecus afarensis”—one of humankind’s earliest ancestors. The headline-grabbing find filled in crucial gaps in the human family tree, shook up ideas about early human evolution, and made creationists the butt of so many many jokes.

A 42-year-old Russian man was caught carving a foot-long 'K' into the side of the 2,000-year-old amphitheater.

A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of a small town in northern France. The Folio is the 231st copy found and is valued between 2.5 and five million euros.

Workers spent hours defusing the aged weapon, which is believed to have been dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force between 1943 and 1944 as the Allies fought Nazi Germany.

The 20-page codex tells readers how to cast love spells, exorcise evil spirits, and treat black jaundice. Black jaundice reducto!

Lost Village Discovered in England at Archaeology
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of six Shropshire cottages buried by a slow-moving landslide in 1952 that brought them down. Oh, the landslide bring it down.

Buried Polish 'Vampires' Likely Had Cholera at Discovery
“Vampires” buried in northwestern Poland with large stones wedged into their mouths or sickles over their necks were local people probably affected by cholera. This made the vampires that more deadly.

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