Canadian Highlander during bayonet training with a dummy.
I especially like the large waxed moustache on the dummy.
July 18, 1925: Hitler Publishes Mein Kampf
On this day in 1925, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler published the first volume of his autobiographical manifesto, Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) in which he explained his racial and political ideologies, which would become the foundation for the Nazi Party. Mein Kampf was a bitter and anti-Semitic narrative, worshiping power and discrediting morality, serving as a blueprint for Hitler’s plan for Nazi world domination.
For the first time ever, the story emerges of a group of Americans who lived in Berlin in the early days of Hitler’s rise to power. Watch as PBS NewsHour’s Margaret Warner speaks with author and former journalist Andrew Nagorski about his book, “Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power”.
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a few true facts about John Wayne
- Stalin ordered his death (the FBI intercepted 2 KGB assassins) and Nikita Khrushchev rescinded the order!
- John battled cancer in his last years. He blamed smoking six packs a day. But it could also be from shooting a movie downwind of Nevada’s nuclear test site
- John was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907
- "John Wayne" was a moniker given by the studios that he had no part in choosing. He preferred "Duke" after his childhood dog
- at 6’4” (193 cm) John was very tall for the time, and easily got a college football scholarship
- his favorite pastime was — you’ll never guess — chess
Aku could move his fingers it was so fucking awesome. Fun day!
Audi and aku. #samuraijack #cosplay #furry #furryshit #metrocon #metrocon2014
This is an old recording of the author J.R.R. Tolkien reading from his book The Hobbit.
This song features in Chapter One of The Hobbit and is sung by the Dwarves as they clear up at Bag End, Bilbo Baggins’ home.
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Understanding 19th Century Criminals - One Head at a Time
The head of 19th century physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso has been preserved in a glass chamber since his death in 1909. The former professor of forensic medicine’s sleeping face is now displayed in the Museum of Criminal Anthropology in Turin, Italy, along with the wax-covered heads, brains, body parts and skulls of the soldiers, civilians and convicts whom he studied.
Although the exhibition opened recently, Lombroso displayed his collection to the public as early as 1884. The spectacle grew as scholars and doctors, who were interested in his work, sent more artifacts from various parts of the world to support his research. In 1892, he established the Psychiatric and Criminology Museum in Turin, where he formally presented the labelled skulls and wax-covered heads of convicts alongside the tools and weapons which they used to commit their crimes. Lombroso was interested in how physical features could indicate whether an individual was prone to crime or ‘madness.’
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Coronation sword and scabbard of the Kings of France
- Also known as: “La Joyeuse”, “Sword of Charlemagne”
- Dated: 10th-11th centuries (pommel), 12th century (cross-guards), 13th century (spindle) and 19th century
- Culture: French
- Found: Treasury of the Abbey of Saint-Denis, France
- Medium: Gold, steel, glass beads, gilt silver, cabochons, gemstones, embroidered velvet
- Measurements: H. 1.05 m; W. 0.22 m
The coronation sword of the Kings of France entered the collections of the Louvre following the French Revolution, together with the other ceremonial items previously held in the treasury of the abbey of Saint-Denis. With some of the ornaments on the pommel dating as far back as the tenth and eleventh centuries, this sword is one of the oldest surviving examples of French regalia.
Kept in the royal abbey of Saint-Denis, items of regalia were used during the coronation ceremonies of the Kings of France, which took place at Reims. In the first part of the celebration, the king received the insignia of knighthood, consisting of spurs and the sword. Throughout the rest of the ceremony, the sword was entrusted to the "Connétable", who held it with the blade pointing upwards. The treasury of Saint-Denis possessed several medieval swords, but of these only the one in the Louvre seems to be the celebrated “Joyeuse”.
- "La Joyeuse"
The sword of Charlemagne is the only one known to have served as the coronation sword of the Kings of France. Dubbed "La Joyeuse", it was already celebrated in early medieval "chansons de geste." It is possible that it was first used for the coronation of Philippe Auguste in 1179, but it is first mentioned at the coronation of Philippe III the Bold in 1271.
- Different techniques, different periods
The sword is composed of a great variety of elements. Both sides of the pommel are decorated with a repoussé motif representing birds affrontee, similar to Scandinavian ornaments of the tenth and eleventh centuries. The two cross-guards, in the form of stylized winged dragon figures, can be dated to the twelfth century. The gold spindle, covered with a diamond net pattern, seems to be from the thirteenth or fourteenth century.
The scabbard, a long velvet sheath embroidered with fleur-de-lis, was added much later, for the coronation of Charles X in 1825. The oldest elements of this scabbard are, on the one hand, the large metal plate adorned with gemstones mounted on filigree bezels, characteristic of the second half of the thirteenth century, and, on the other hand, the buckle and buckle plate. Despite these extensive additions and alterations, the sword remains a valuable example of the magnificent regalia used for the coronation of the Kings of France.
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New York, Times Square, USA
London, Trafalgar Square, England
Moscow, Soviet Union
101st Airborne, Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s vacation home “The Eagles Nest”