Friday, May 1, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #34

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.

A baby born in India with a parasitic twin last week is being touted as a god. This isn't the first time this has happened.

This Fluffy Little Dinosaur Had Bat-Like Wings at Smithsonian
Best Headline Ever alert.



This is the story of the Sultana, a steamboat that was licensed to carry only 376 passengers. But had 2 thousand fuckin' 400 people on board. The boat sank en route on the Mississippi river. Most of the 1,800 who perished didn't know how to swim.

Queen Mother learned to shoot Buckingham Palace rats in case Nazis tried to kidnap Royal family at Telegraph
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WARNING: Gruesome stuff here. Through the 20 years of the war from 1955 until the Fall of Saigon in 1975, hundreds of photojournalists captured unforgettable images of tragedy, compassion and desperation.

Cleopatra. Comin' atcha. She is one of best-known women in history, famed for her supposed beauty and intellect, and her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. But most of what we think we know about Cleopatra is merely the echo of Roman propaganda.
Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, will not attend a celebration in Moscow in May of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany. Did anyone think he would?

The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has so far killed more than 3,600 people, injured at least 6,500 and crushed to the ground hundreds of buildings -- and iconic landmarks. The (few) pics are insane.

Although this article was first published in 2005, Telegraph just put it up on their site this week. Because 2005 was pre-internet or something. Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, the man behind the controversial film about Hitler called Downfall talks about the dangers of portraying him as a human being. "We've internalised a kind of taboo against playing him."

Liquid Mercury Discovered Beneath Teotihuacan Pyramid at Archaeology
“Large quantities” of liquid mercury have been discovered in a chamber at the end of a tunnel located beneath the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan. The mercury could indicate that archaeologists are closing in on the first royal tomb to be found in Teotihuacan. They believe the mercury could have symbolized an underworld river or lake.

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