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Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday links

Great-grandmother, 92, rams mugger with mobility scooter. Bonus: Hell's Grannies sketch from Monty Python.

In 1950, the White House was gutted and re-built from the inside. Here's a set of photos.

Yesterday was National High Five Day: a brief history of the high five.

Better than it sounds: David Hasselhoff stars in a new epic '80s style music video for a song from the Kickstarted film 'Kung Fury' (in which a martial-arts expert cop goes back in time to fight Hitler (AKA Kung Furher), dinosaurs and Norse gods). Kind of related (as in also from Kickstarter): here's a trailer for Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (because fracking!)

Superheroes’ Part-Time Jobs: Because No One Pays Them For Saving The World.

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, and include lots of tax stuff, Leonardo da Vinci's handwritten resume (from before he was famous), the anniversary of the Titanic sinking, and an answer to the age-old question: if I dug straight down, at a speed of 1 foot per second, what would kill me first?

David Hasselhoff Stars in a new epic '80s style music video for a song from the Kickstarted film 'Kung Fury'

While not quite in the same class as Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre....

Kung Furyscheduled to be released on YouTube for free in late May 2015, is about a martial-arts expert cop who goes back in time to fight Kung Furher (Hitler with skills). A time machine malfunction sends him back too far, where he has to deal with dinosaurs and Norse gods, among other things. At least that's what I get from the music video and trailer - check them out yourself, below.

David Hasselhoff (wiki) fights bad guys and rides a dinosaur in this over-the-top music video for "True Survivor", a song from the soundtrack. Hasselhoff is also, of course, appearing in Sharknado 3.

Kung Fury is described as an "1980s style action comedy that features arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants, and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury."

The official trailer (from back when it was on Kickstarter):

Beatle Kisses: from a 1965 magazine article, closeups of The Beatles' lips, so you can practice kissing at home

Have at it.

via Weird Vintage.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Great-grandmother, 92, hits mugger with mobility scooter. Bonus: Hell's Grannies sketch from Monty Python

My favorite bit:
"We went through the war and all the bombings. We won't let a weasel like that hold us back."
A 92-year-old woman has told how she saved her 75-year-old friend from a mugger by ramming him with her mobility scooter.

Eileen Mason and Margaret Seabrook were on their way back from a lunch club meeting when the thief struck from behind a fence.

Margaret Seabrook, 75, (left) and Eileen Mason, 92 Photo: SWNS
He saw the contents of Ms Seabrook's basket, mounted on the front of her scooter, before grabbing Ms Mason by the arm and reaching for her carrier bag. Ms Mason shouted "Oh, no you don't," and hit the accelerator of her scooter.

The would-be thief was knocked to the ground before the great-grandmothers, both of Swindon, Wiltshire, sped off.

Ms Mason - who has four children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren - said: "I saw him look into my basket and I said 'oh no you don't', really loudly.

"I put my scooter into accelerate and turned really fast. The next thing I know he was on the floor. I thought 'my gosh'.

"Something in me just told me to turn so I squeezed the accelerator and turned and he went flying. He was so evil looking. We go to the lunch club every week on our scooters and nothing like this has ever happened before.

"We went through the war and all the bombings. We won't let a weasel like that hold us back. I would stand up for myself again if I needed to, but hopefully I won't need to. We will carry on as normal though - he hasn't put us off."

Mother-of-three Ms Seabrook, who has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren said: "They were obviously targeting us because they thought we'd be an easy target - he was wrong.

"We're just so surprised by the response we've had. We just want to warn people not to leave things on display in their baskets, put it in the back or leave it on your lap, hidden by a coat."

And here are Hell's Grannies from Monty Python (wiki):

More at the Telegraph, via Dave Barry.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday links

Tax day quotes, songs, links and advice, filing an extension, and the 1967 cartoon version of the Beatles' Taxman. Related: Death and Taxes... and Zombies: Tax implications of the zombie apocalypse.

The Titanic sunk on this day in 1912 - here's an eyewitness account.

A Short History of Congress’s Power to Tax.

It's Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. Here's his handwritten resume from 1482.

A Photographic Exploration Of The Oldest Living Things In The World.

If I dug straight down, at a speed of 1 foot per second, what would kill me first?

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, and include the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, romance novel covers re-enacted by real people, a KKK application from the 1920's (you had to be recommended by a friend first, though), and the status of woolly mammoth cloning efforts.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday links

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 150 years ago today: history, quotes, illustrations, and videos (including the 1956 appearance on I've Got A Secret of the last eyewitness)

The Mission to Clone the Woolly Mammoth.

Do shoes cause schizophrenia?

Tangentially (maybe) related to Lincoln: Here's the 1920's KKK Application Form.

10 Unretouched Romance Novel Covers Reenacted by Real People.

The Mystery of the Green Children of Woolpit

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include reasons for insane asylum admission in the 1800's, the science of old people smell, a video of a chameleon that's actually two body-painted women, and making raisins before seedless grapes.

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 150 years ago today

From Harper's Weekly of April 29, 1965. this illustration is by Thomas Nast, and represents Nast's Tribute to the fallen president.  The illustration shows Columbia, or Lady Liberty, kneeling and weeping over Abraham Lincoln's Coffin. The picture also shows a grieving Union Soldier, contemplating the loss of his commander and chief.  Also pictured is a Union Navy man, likewise mourning Abraham Lincoln's death.
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won. 
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people are exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead. 

~Walt Whitman (1819-1892) ("O Captain! My Captain!," 1st stanza)*

Last known photograph of Abraham Lincoln,
taken by Henry F. Warren on 6 March 1865
Our children will behold his fame,
The kindly-earnest, brave, foreseeing man,
Sagacious, patient, dreading praise, not blame,
New birth of our new soil, the first American. 
~James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) (of President Lincoln, Commemoration Ode, 21 July 1865)

Assassination has never changed the history of the world.**

~Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) (in the House of Commons, 1 May 1865, on Lincoln's assassination) 

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have born the battle and for his widow and for his orphan, to do all that may achieve a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. 

~President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) (Second inaugural address, 4 March 1865)

Lincoln Assassination - Harper's Weekly Illustration
Although he actually died at 0730 the following morning, today is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) on 14 April 1865, only five days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox.*** Lincoln was very fond of the theater, and that evening, he and Mrs. Lincoln - likely in a celebratory mood because of the end of the Civil War - attended a performance of the comedy, Our American Cousin, by English playwright Tom Taylor at Ford's Theater on 10th Street NW in Washington. There, following the intermission, actor and Southern sympathizer John Wilkes Booth managed to gain access to the Presidential box through a series of security lapses, and shot Lincoln in the back of head with a small pistol. He then jumped down onto the stage, shouted "Sic semper tynannis!" ("Thus always to tyrants!"), and although breaking his leg in the process, made his escape. Booth was ultimately tracked down and killed on 26 April, and four other conspirators were hanged on 7 July 1865.**** 

The Assassination of President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre
After the Act, wood engraving from Harper's Weekly, April 29, 1865.
At least in the North, the President's death unleashed a paroxysm of grief. Before funeral services in Washington, he lay in state in both the White House and the Capitol, and the train that slowly bore his body to Illinois for burial stopped in 11 cities for additional viewings by the public. He was laid to rest in Springfield, Illinois on 4 May 1865. Perhaps my favorite Lincoln quotation:
"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy."
* N.B. Written by Whitman in 1871 in memory of the assassination of President Lincoln.

** Except that this one probably did, at least in the United States... It led to the many excesses of Reconstruction and lasting bitterness between the North and South.

*** 14 April was Good Friday that year. 

**** Lincoln's assassination was only part of a larger conspiracy which also targeted Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward. Johnson's intended attacker lost his nerve, but Seward was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack that same night. 

Here's a brief (5 minute) video on the assassination:

Funeral March for Abraham Lincoln written by Major General John Gross Barnard was performed by the United States Marine Band during the funeral procession from the Executive Mansion to the Capitol on April 19, 1865. This youtube version is played with with period illustrations of the obsequies: 

In 1956, an eyewitness (Samuel Seymour) to the Lincoln assassination appeared on "I've Got a Secret": 

Much more at The rest of the illustrations from the Harper's Weekly issue referenced above are available here.

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