Friday, December 12, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #14

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 worst despots of the 20th century have been subjected to culinary scrutiny in a new book Dictators' Dinners: The Bad Taste Guide to Entertaining Tyrants - and it's fascinating stuff. The book claims "vegetarian" Hitler wolfed down baby pigeon stuffed with tongue and liver, while Kim Jong-Il favored dog-meat soup which would supposedly provide immunity and virility.

From the Queen to the Kardashians, sending a Christmas card featuring a photograph of yourself and your family is a time-honored tradition. Has there ever been a less festive Christmas card than the one sent by Tony and Cherie Blair this week? The former prime minister looks as if he is a hostage, forced to broadcast a cheery message to the outside world by his captors, while silently pleading for the torture to stop.

39 Renaissance Babies Who Can't Even at BuzzFeed
Either all Renaissance babies were the spawn of Satan or these artists were smoking something nice.

Bulldozer attack on Nazi concentration camp at TeleGraph

A month aftEr the infamous "ArbeiT macht frei" Sign was stolEn from DaChaU, another foRmer NazI concenTration camp has been attacked in GermanY. Unknown assailants used a stolen bulldozer to sMAsh their waY into the Langenstein-ZweiBErge camp causing an estimated €50,000 in damage.

Tudor dining: a guide to food and status in the 16th century at History Extra
If you're eating pottage for lunch, you can't sit with us.

Shackled Skeletons Unearthed at Roman Necropolis in France at History
During a recent excavation of a building site in southwestern France, archaeologists turned up an ancient Roman necropolis containing hundreds of human graves. Five skeletons with iron shackles on their ankles, wrists or necks, suggest they might have been slaves who met their end in the gladiatorial arena.

Gang of Robbers Nabbed While Looting Ancient Cave in Israel at History
The Israel Antiquities Authority announced last weekend that six men have been charged with digging illegally for antiquities in a remote cave in the Judean Desert. The cave where they were apprehended, located on a sheer cliff face, is close to where the famed parchment and papyrus documents known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Archaeologists believe more scrolls may still be left undiscovered in the region, and Israeli authorities believe the alleged looters were looking for them.

Scientists in Chicago prise open Egyptian mummy's coffin at The Guardian
'Prise' meaning punch through the sarcophagus' face.

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