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Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday links

If you grew up in the 1980s, or have kids who did, you'll love this: Supercut of dancing in ‘80s movies (set to Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling”)

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, and include the experimental nuclear reactor secretly built under the University of Chicago, photographs of elegant in-flight airplane dining from the 1950s, the use of trial by touch to determine guilt in colonial America. and a set on anti-communist propaganda posters (including my personal favorite, "Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks?").

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Head shots of all of the ways US intelligence thought Hitler might try to disguise himself

Fearful that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler would attempt to flee Germany, US intelligence tried to predict what the Führer would look like if he altered his appearance. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA, had asked Eddie Senz, a New York make-up artist, to clone the portrait of the German leader after D-Day on 6 June 1944 because they feared that ‘Der Fuehrer’ would be able to flee from Germany assuming a disguise.

Here are Senz’s altered head shots of the Führer in numerous guises - they were circulated among Allied forces before the D-Day invasion in June 1944.

Here’s Hitler without hair or his infamous mustache.
Hitler with glasses, a thicker mustache, and a widow’s peak hairstyle.
Hitler with a beard.
Hitler with a thinner mustache, thick-rimmed glasses, and a slightly new hairstyle.
Hitler without a mustache and a widow’s peak hairstyle
German magazine Der Spiegel discovered and published the images during he 1990s - they were later released by the US National Archives in Washington.

Related posts:

The 20th of July plot was the unsuccessful bomb attempt to kill Hitler in 1944.

The Herd Reich? Brit farmer turned Nazi super cows into sausage because they were too aggressive.

Further reading:

The definitive source: Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich.

Stormtroop Tactics: Innovation in the German Army, 1914-1918.

Resilience/self-reliance vs safe spaces: I Learned More at McDonald's Than College

Prager University: Can working at McDonald's better prepare a young adult for life than attending college? For Haverford undergraduate Olivia Legaspi, college taught her that her feelings are more important than anything; but working at McDonald's she learned that serving others comes first. Which of those lessons is more important? Olivia Legaspi explains.

Supercut of dancing in ‘80s movies

If you grew up during the 1980s (or if, as in my case, have kids who did), you'll recognized most if not all of these - I don't think there was anything unfamiliar to me, and I was just around when these movies were playing on the VCR in the background. 

As is frequently the case, these supercuts make me want to watch a whole bunch of these films again. This compilation didn't come with a list of the movies included: I started to try to produce one but there are 80 clips (although lots of repeats, especially Footloose, Flashdance and Dirty Dancing), and I soon gave up. Some YouTube commenters also had partial lists, so I've cobbled together a list, below, that is both out of order and incomplete. Feel free to add more, if you recognize clips I've left out. 

Video editor Robert Jones:
August 5th marks the 30th anniversary of Lionel Richie’s album “Dancing On the Ceiling”* and to celebrate here's a nostalgia overload of 80 movie dance scenes from the 80's getting down. They bad, uh-huh!
Watch full screen!

Dirty Dancing
Beetle Juice
Top Secret
Good Morning Vietnam
Risky Business
Teen Wolf
The Blues Brothers
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Back to the Future
Howard the Duck
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Desperately Seeking Susan
One of the Rocky movies
The Breakfast Club
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
Pretty In Pink 
Revenge Of The Nerds
Three Amigos
Short Circuit
Romancing the Stone 
Coming to America
Smooth Criminal video clip by MJ
Edward Scissorhands
Gremlins II
The Goonies
Peggy Sue Got Married
National Lampoon Vacation

Add more if you recognize things I've missed!

*Here's the official music video of Lionel Richie performing Dancing On The Ceiling:

Related: This compilation video of Christopher Walken dancing in over 50 movies will make your day (movie list at this post):


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wednesday links

Trial by Touch was a method of determining guilt in a murder case that was used occasionally in colonial America. 

The Experimental Nuclear Reactor Secretly Built Under the University of Chicago.

These are rather astonishing: Composite Images of Birds in Flight Inspired by an 150-Year-Old Technique.

Scandinavian Airlines has a collection of photographs of elegant in-flight dining from the 1950s.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include the physics of stopping a meteor with one punch, explanations of the 33 possible gender choices on an Australian sex survey, the mystery of why you can't remember being a baby, and a set of journalism bloopers (including "Here's How You Can Lick Doberman's Leg Sores").

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks?

Great propaganda - look how mean and grumpy this guy has become because he doesn't have the right brand of paper towels.  He's obviously about to rise up against his employer in particular and capitalism in general.

This, of course, is still going on,...

Anti-Bolshevik poster, 'Europe's Victory is Your Prosperity', 1941
In case the Communists should conquer, our women
would be helpless beneath the boots of the Asiatic Russians
Similar - I don't have a translation:

I don't have a translation for these - please post in the comments if you have one, or can translate:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Monday links

Australian Sex Survey asks about your gender - here are explanations of the 33 possibilities.

The Public Shaming of England’s First Umbrella User.

Here's How You Can Lick Doberman's Leg Sores (and other journalism bloopers).

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include cockroach milk as the superfood of the future, Milton Friedman's birthday, a test from 1912 for eighth graders in Kentucky, and an answer to the age-old question, "What Is American Cheese, Anyway?".

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Here's How You Can Lick Doberman's Leg Sores (and other journalism bloopers)

From Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge, a collection of newspaper bloopers collected by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism: 

Former President Enters Dinah Shore

Babies Are What The Mother Eats

More of us will live to be centurions

Despite our best efforts, black employment is still rising

Retired priest may marry Springsteen

Homicide victims rarely talk to police

British left waffles on Falklands

Here's How You Can Lick Doberman's Leg Sores

Sisters reunited after 18 years in checkout line at supermarket

Sharon To Press His Suit In Israel

Man minus ear waives hearing

Blind Woman Gets New Kidney From Dad She Hasn't Seen In Years

Jerk Injures Neck, Wins Award
Students cook and serve grandparents.

Lots more hereThanks, Charlie.

(NSFW, maybe) When you think your job sucks...

Just remember you could be Martha the dildo dipper.