Saturday, March 16, 2013

Stories around the net

Before there was a Swiss Army knife, there was this British army knife:

The knife's marlin spike, for instance, was a mainstay of 1800s mariners and their signature knots.—but seafaring wasn't all fun and knot-tying. Though the blade's rounded tip may seem impractical, a stab wound at sea almost always meant certain death, so you generally wanted to avoid stabbing-conducive situations at all costs. Some of the components have kept their original purpose, though, and as the workman's knife evolved into a military tool, one of these—the can opener—was added so soldiers in the field could dig into their canned food rations.
Photosource Core77....

Hair archeology? We haz that.

several videos on how to do it: LINK  LINK  LINK

I suspect a lot of these fancy hairstyles might be wigs: as Dolly Parton answered when asked how long it took to get her hair done, she answered: I don't know because I'm not there.

More HERE.
Faustina the Elder (A.D. 100-141) was said to have worn at least three hundred wigs, while Caligula (A.D. 12-41) was fond of a large capillameus, a full wig. Though, sometimes bald Romans, both men and women, would paint hair on their heads rather than wear a wig. The popularity of wigs and artificial hair was fodder for Martial’s and Juvenal’s acerbic wit as they made fun of women who used wigs to look younger and old men who hoped to hide their age (Corson 1965).
and of course, it's easier to get rid of head lice in a wig than on a head of long hair.
At the time, head lice were everywhere, and nitpicking was painful and time-consuming. Wigs, however, curbed the problem. Lice stopped infesting people’s hair—which had to be shaved for the peruke to fit—and camped out on wigs instead. Delousing a wig was much easier than delousing a head of hair: you’d send the dirty headpiece to a wigmaker, who would boil the wig and remove the nits.

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 WSJ telling you what all of us (outside of the elite echobox) already knew: most women chose the "mommy track" of less demanding jobs, part time jobs, or working from home, despite lower wages and less chance to get promoted.

Been there, done that.
Remember this the next time you read about women "making less than men".


The Titanic Violin may not be a fake...
Several newspaper reports from the time said he had been found "fully dressed with his violin strapped to his body".
There have been various theories about what happened to the instrument which range from it floating away to being stolen by someone involved in handling the bodies of the deceased.
A violin was returned to Wallace Hartley's fiancee Maria Robinson, in Bridlington in East Yorkshire, and a transcript of a telegram dated 19 July 1912 to Canada's Provincial of Nova Scotia was found in her diary.
'Miracles happen' It said: "I would be most grateful if you could convey my heartfelt thanks to all who have made possible the return of my late fiance's violin."
a bit late, of course, for the families, who were not even eligible for workmen's compensation (they were independent contractors).


another person dies of rabies from an infected transplant.
One wonders how many deaths from rabies are not diagnosed properly in the US, and if there needs to be a test for the problem.
 Four transplant deaths from Rabies in Texas occurred in 2004...

Scotland to regulate the press (and blogs/facebook)?

The regulator could have the power to censure newspapers, magazines and websites, including "gossip" sites, while the expert group said further regulation of social media may also be required.

a similar law was passed  here in the Philippines,(not yet the law thanks to the Supreme court link),  that would stop bloggers and even those who comment on the internet, from posting "lies"...

the slander law here is one reason you can't point fingers at those stealing money etc. Often the witnesses fear for their lives, but if the press publishes the "rumor" they can be sued for libel. Which is why we knew the mayor was thinking about a "hit job" on his rival, and when it happened (killing the rival's sons and our nephew but not his rival, who wasn't there ) we knew the story behind the murders, but we couldn't name names.

And those reporters who look too deeply into corruption also end up dead, which is why we are number two in the world for reporters murdered.

nor are blogs the only thing being censored in the UK:

Apostrophe ban on Devon council's new street names

(headsup Improbable research)

 so the BBC has this to educate you

  • To indicate missing letters or shortened words - it's [it is]; can't [cannot], should've [should have]
  • To show possession - Mark's house; this season's chinos
  • To show possession when a plural noun ends with the letter s, an apostrophe is added after it - Pete goes to a boys' club; Kate teaches at a girls' school
  • But when a plural noun does not end in an s, the apostrophe comes before it - Eileen went to the children's library; James sang in a men's choir
the 2001 IgnoblePrize was given to the founder of the Apostrophe Protection Society...

For examples of apostrophe abuse, go to ApostropheAbuse blog...

Scientists:  answering the really important question of the day: How Dead is a Doornail?
How Dead Is a Doornail?“ Mike Dubik and Brian Wood, Annals of Improbable Research, vol. 1, no. 6, Nov/Dec 1995.
how old is the expression? It probably predates PiersPlowman...

and may or may not have had it's origin in "deadnailing" or clenching/bending the sharp end of a nail to keep it from being removed to reuse.

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