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Friday, March 9, 2018

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Friday links

March 10th is Chuck Norris' 78th birthday: his 5 most badass movies and a bunch of Norris "facts" plus a supercut of Norris's best kicks. Related: UK scientists recreated Neanderthal man, who looks just like Chuck Norris.

How Knot Analysis Can Reveal the Perpetrator of a Crime.

Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend: here's some DST history (including Ben Franklin's proposal), stories and video. Related: How daylight saving time works and why these states want to ditch it.

The Unlikely Friendship Between Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin.

The golden age of false rumps.

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, and include a map of how butterflies are related to each other, a roundup of funny colonoscopy videos, when you grow up never realizing you're on the run from the Mob, and, for Michelangelo's birthday, his illustrated grocery list.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday links

It's Michelangelo's birthday - here's a brief bio, some art, and his illustrated grocery list.

Guy Makes Functional 2 X 2 Rubik's Cube Out Of Cheddar (Plus Plastic Core).

New Comprehensive Map of How Butterflies Are Related to Each Other.

If you're of a certain age, you'll appreciate this roundup of funny colonoscopy videos.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include the anniversary of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech. Victorian beauty tips, waterbed history, a dish-washing monkey, and Stalin’s meteorologist who was imprisoned for “false weather forecasts".

Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday links

March 5th is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech.

Stalin’s Doomed Meteorologist - imprisoned for “false weather forecasts,” he sent sketches to the family he’d never see again.

Victorian beauty tips.

The Weird True Story of the Rise and Fall of the Waterbed

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include why ballet dancers turn clockwise, a 1799 list of risk factors for spontaneous combustion, plus more recent science, GPS doodling via bicycle, and, for Dr. Seuss's birthday, his little-known book of nudes: The Seven Lady Godivas (SFW).

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March 5 is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. 
Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. 

~ Winston S. Churchill (wiki) (1874-1965) (speech, Fulton Missouri, 5 March 1946) 

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both. 

~ John F. Kennedy (wiki) (1917-1963) (speech to NATO, 3 July 1963)

Larger version and related maps here.
An uncharacteristically optimistic quote from Dr. Johnson:

No government power can be abused long. Mankind will not bear it ... There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us safe under any form of government. 

~ Dr. Samuel Johnson (wiki) (1709-1884) (quoted in Boswell's Life of Johnson, 31 March, 1772) 

March 5th is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's epoch-making "iron curtain" speech in 1946, at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri - the most famous acknowledgement of the existence of a "Cold War" (wiki) between Russia and the West, which put an end to the alliance that defeated the Nazis in World War II. The Cold War, which would often became quite hot in places like Korea and Vietnam - and damn near led to a nuclear exchange during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 - continued for 45 years until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. 

Sadly, however, the freedoms regained by the nations of eastern Europe seem now to be threatened by growing authoritarianism, and under Vladimir Putin, a new Cold War may already upon us.

Churchill's "iron curtain" phrase had many antecedents, described fully in a relevant Wikipedia article.

Churchill himself used the phrase a year before in a telegram to U.S. President Harry S. Truman, but perhaps most startling was its earliest appearance in the present context in an article by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels (wiki) (1897-1945) in the Nazi newspaper Das Reich on 23 February 1945: 
"Should the German people lay down their arms, the Soviets ... would occupy all eastern and southeastern Europe, together with the greater part of the Reich. Over all this territory, which with the Soviet Union included, would be of enormous extent, an iron curtain [ein eiserner Vorhang] would at once descend."

Related posts:

Churchill on governmental redistribution.

Before there was Laffer: Churchill on the fiscal cliff..

And this: 25 years later, deer on the Czech/German border still avoid the Iron Curtain.

The text above is adapted from Ed's Quotation of the Day, only available via email - leave your email address in the comments if you'd like to be added to his list. Ed is the author of Hunters and Killers: Volume 1: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1776 to 1943 and Hunters and Killers: Volume 2: Anti-Submarine Warfare from 1943.

Check out this video of a monkey washing dishes

She's not very good at the drying part.

Lulu, a nine-year-old Golden Capuchin monkey (wiki), has been living with her owner Arthur Flemix in Benoni since she was only two weeks old.

Arthur says Lulu has been imitating his behavior - whether that is cooking, bathing or washing the dishes - for a very long time. 

If only all our pets could be this good.
Owner Arthur shared this adorable video of his monkey after catching the cute pet washing the dishes. The observant animal would watch her owner do the dishes but this time she decided to lend a helping hand as her owner cooked.

via jacarandafm