If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness.
A phrase that was carved on the walls of a concentration camp cell during WWII by a Jewish prisoner (via cunnilingusbliss).
I am not remotely, remotely qualified to comment on the sheer profound tragedy of these words about human nature but perhaps —on this, of all days— we should pause for a moment and take them into our hearts and be thankful for all the blessings we have.
Abraham Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 150 years ago today.
Know were you stand: Modern Day Locations blended with Major Historical Events by Seth Taras
1. The Hindenberg Disaster of May 6, 1937
2. Allied soldiers rushing the beach at Normandy in June 1944
3. The Fall of the Berlin wall in 1989
4. Adolf Hitler touring Paris and standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in 1940
This makes me mad as hell and I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t recognize one of those names. However, there is always time for personal growth and I am happy to recommend to you womenrockscience.tumblr.com. If you care about women or science or —Joy! Rapture!— both, you’ll love it. If you have a daughter who has ever shown even the least interest in math or science, I’m making it mandatory reading.
And yes, it will be on the final.
True story: I know someone who quoted this in an advertisement for a job. He hired the first person who knew that it was Shackleton’s ad for his ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic.
A little something for the ladies…
When Disneyland opened in 1955, it included a lingerie store with an exhibit on the history of the bra. It was hosted by an animatronic figure called “The Wizard of Bras.”
On this day in 1957…
On the morning of September 4, 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Counts set out on a harrowing path toward Harding High, where-as the first African American to attend the all-white school – she was greeted by a jeering swarm of boys who spat, threw trash, and yelled epithets at her as she entered the building.
Charlotte Observer photographer Don Sturkey captured the ugly incident on film, and in the days that followed, the searing image appeared not just in the local paper but in newspapers around the world.
People everywhere were transfixed by the girl in the photograph who stood tall, her five-foot-ten-inch frame towering nobly above the mob that trailed her. There, in black and white, was evidence of the brutality of racism, a sinister force that had led children to torment another child while adults stood by. While the images display a lot of evils: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality, it also captures true strength, determination, courage and inspiration.
Here she is, age 70, still absolutely elegant and poised.
Tickling was a form of torture used in ancient China on nobility because it left no mark and recovery was quick.
That Naughty Waltz or Take me in your arms again and waltz, and waltz, and waltz. Sol P.Levy. Edwin Stanley. Chicago: Forster Music Publisher Inc., copyright 1920.
First Line: Hold me tightly, swing me lightly, to that naughty waltz.
First Line of Chorus: Oh play again that naughty waltz and play it soft and low.
The waltz was a scandalous dance when it was introduced. A character in one 1771 German novel fumes “But when he put his arm around her, pressed her to his breast, cavorted with her in the shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding—then my silent misery turned into burning rage.” The waltz was popular in Vienna by the 1780s, though, and quickly spread to other countries but it apparently remained controversial for decades: the 1825 Oxford English Dictionary described it as “riotous and indecent.” We probably can safely assume that few Chicagoans viewed it as “naughty” by 1920, though.
The Ottoman Empire was still in existence the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
Don’t remind us…
Seasons Greetings from the Cubs, 1962, Chicago.
YES!!!! The Cubbies rule! Awesome post here… Maybe it’s a sign 2013 is our year?!?!?
To commemorate the Cubs’ 2013 home opener. The most hopeful day of the year for us Chicagoans…
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