Friday, April 24, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #33

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.

Liam, have you learned nothing?

Humanity: gettin' fucked up for millennia. Wearing a necklace made from the leaves of a shrub called Alexandrian laurel would do the job, according to a newly translated Egyptian papyrus.

Ceremonies are being held in Armenia and around the world to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

Skeletons of three children thought to have been sacrificed by the Thracians in the sixth century B.C. have been discovered in one of 20 ritual pits at a site in southwest Bulgaria.

Scientists use mathematical models to simulate how the populations of modern humans and Neanderthals might have changed if modern humans were using fire more frequently than Neanderthals, and when the two groups were using fire about equally. They also looked at the reindeer population—a food source for both groups.

For decades, the remains of nearly 400 unidentified sailors and marines killed aboard USS Oklahoma during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 have been buried in unmarked graves in a Honolulu cemetery. Now, in a policy reversal, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced it will exhume and attempt to identify the unknowns.

Orville: What’s that glued to your face?
Wilbur: It’s a beak. You know, for flying.
Orville: But beaks aren’t part of–
Wilbur: I like the beak.

Lady Astor: "If you were my husband, I'd poison your tea." 
Winston Churchill: "Madam, if you were my wife, I'd drink it." zzzzing

The Australian actor's controversial film views the legendary Gallipoli from the Turkish side.

Like, what is it? From Prince Harry on a battleship to the Queen laying a wreath, this is a guide to the Gallipoli landings and the events in Britain and Turkey to mark their 100th anniversary.

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