Fun Fact

The earliest recorded “chess by mail” match was between Henry I and Louis IV during the 12th century.

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Flying fortress

Yeah that’s a big honkin’ plane. Back in the ’30s, before the days of jet engines, the Russians built these massive airplanes, the B-7 bombers. Unfortunately, old school Russians were a secretive bunch, and not many pictures remain. However, now we have technology, and a bunch of people did digital reconstructions of the massive flying [...]

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Color Pictures of the end of the Occupation

Here are some pretty nuts pictures of some German officers literally moments away from surrender. The history of the pictures is just as interesting:
German Surrender (in color)!

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Oh hay!

New theme! Its a little cleaner. The one thing I want is to be able to see pictures on the frontpage. I’ll get cracking on that. Also, you may have noticed that I have changed the name of the blog. The new title is “Suit is the new Toga: Cool Stuff From a Long Time [...]

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Shackleton’s whiskey

I’ll be blunt with you gang, I had a series of bad experiences on the continent of Antarctica, and what was once a constant source of fascination for me now represents a black hole of hate and failure. That being said, one of the greatest stories that sings the glories of the boundless human spirit [...]

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Japanese picture plates

Neato stuff here gang, some dude took some way old pictures of Japan in 3d (like for those stereoscopes) and colorized them. Well now that its the future, someone turned them into animated gifs. Alone they are awesome, in 3d, they are way awesome:
Animated Stereoviews of Old Japan

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Suck it Canada

We in America joke about taking over Canada, but until WWII, we had a very detailed plan for taking over Canada. Why? Well at that point in time, Canada was still a protectorate of Great Britain, so if we wanted to nail GB, well then the best way to do it would be to take [...]

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Food in the Middle Ages

I have a weird fascination with daily life in the European Middle Ages, so this page was pretty great. It talks about what you would be eating no matter what your walk of life. Anyways, enjoy:
Food in the Middle Ages

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JFK Conspiracy: New Info

I’m really not trying to go on a conspiracy theory kick here, but there is an interesting article in the Huffington Post, about some recently declassified testimony regarding the aftermath of the assasination.
In researching his new book, The Kennedy Assasination — 24 Hours After, Steven Gillon was in the Kennedy Library when the testimony of [...]

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Ottoman Empire, animated

Hey Gang, here is a neato .gif showing the Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire:
Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

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