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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Thursday links

October 25 is the anniversary of 3 major battles: Agincourt, the charge of the Light Brigade and Leyte Gulf - including a documentary on the Charge of the Light Brigade with graphic quotes from survivors and the original 1890 recording (made by Thomas Edison) of Alfred Tennyson reading part of his famous poem.

A gallery of 1930s-era British open-air schools.

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, and include an explanation of the chemicals that give Autumn leaves their colors, a self-cleaning house, an excellent site for DIY intelligent women's costumes, and lessons from the Sioux in how to turn a boy into a man.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wednesday links

Excellent site for DIY intelligent women's costumes.

Home invasion, Canadian style: RCMP reminds Nova Scotians to lock their doors after pair enter stranger's home, clean it

The Lighthouse That Wrecked More Ships Than it Saved.

This Chart Explains the Chemicals That Give Autumn Leaves Their Different Colors.

Lessons from the Sioux in How to Turn a Boy Into a Man.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include Trafalgar Day, Oktoberfest history, an 1880-era costume guide, how birds avoid crashing into each other in mid-air, and the history of Uranus jokes.

Monday, October 22, 2018

1931 photo of NYC architects dressed up as their buildings

On January 13, 1931, the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects held a ball at the Hotel Astor in New York City.

In the picture above, we have from left to right: A. Stewart Walker as the Fuller Building (1929), Leonard Schultze as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (1931) , Ely Jacques Kahn as the Squibb Building (1930), William Van Alen as the Chrysler Building (1930), Ralph Walker as 1 Wall Street (1931), D.E.Ward as the Metropolitan Tower and Joseph H. Freelander as the Museum of the City of New York (1930). 
This is cropped from the larger photo below.
There's also a short bit of video.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

This Chart Explains the Chemicals That Give Autumn Leaves Their Color

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Compound Interest explains the chemicals that give leaves their color both when they are green and when they change color in autumn. Further explanations are available in their post.

Leaves are green because of chlorophyll, yellow because of a combination of carotenoids and flavonoids, red because of carotenoids combined with anthocyanins, and orange when only carotenoids are present.