Friday, February 27, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #25

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.

What the Greatest Musicians In History Look Like Now at BuzzFeed
Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Bach included. This is totally pointless, but hilarious. What BuzzFeed does best.

The decision to republish Mein Kampf in Germany for the first time in 75 years is understandably controversial. However, the challenge of reading Mein Kampf in hindsight is to try to understand how something so obviously wrong and so clearly the product of a broken, third-rate mind could bring about the Götterdämmerung of Europe. I would love to read this.



An 1899 film showing a rather gory surgical procedure has been confirmed as being the oldest known surviving film of a surgery, as well as the oldest known film showing the use of anesthesia.

What Your History Class Won't Tell You About Why Americans Headed West at BuzzFeed
Manifest destiny but also the pursuit of gigantic sloths. Bigger-than-horses-sloths.



In spite of eyewitness testimony and official records, rumors have persisted that the famous gunslinger Billy the Kid was not killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in 1881 but escaped to live a long life. Fed up with the doubts about Billy the Kid’s demise, a historian has petitioned a New Mexico court to create a death certificate for the notorious outlaw.

Though popular scientific wisdom has long blamed the black rat for carrying plague-infected fleas to Europe, a team of researchers now claims that blame may have been misplaced.

Women today are nearly always required to identify themselves as ‘Miss’, ‘Mrs’ or ‘Ms’. But it’s little known that these titles all derive from the same word: mistress.



Current mood: babies by Van Gogh.

CT scans and endoscopy of a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue from China have revealed a mummified body thought to belong to the Buddhist master Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School.

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