August 24, 2017

Miscellany #81

Incredible Shots Of The 2017 Solar Eclipse.  My favorite comes from reddit, photo by curstenj in Lewiston, Idaho, who said" I am the accidental photographer of this once in a lifetime shot."

 Solar Eclipse Plane Contrail

How Three Doctors Invented A Disease To Fool The Nazis And Save Jewish Lives

The little-known story of Syndrome K, which stayed secret for 60 years after the war.
From September 1943 to June 1944, Nazi forces occupied the city of Rome. During this time, a mysterious illness broke out, which led many to be quarantined in an isolated wing of the city’s Fatebenefratelli Hospital. Called Syndrome K, the disease resulted in zero fatalities, and instead saved dozens of Jewish lives.

The Women Warriors who served Wine on the Battlefield

The Vivandières, alternatively known as cantinières, was the French title for women attached to military units who sold wine to the troops and offered better cuisine on the battlefield than the army could offer, a tradition that began in French Army regiments during the early 18th century. Most Vivandières were married or related to soldiers in their regiment.  They kept soldiers from straying from camp in search of these extras, lowering the possibility of desertion....Their role evolved from canteen keepers to include everything from an auxiliary presence at camp, to acting as nurses and support to the troops, to taking part in battle themselves...

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The practice was widely imitated and equivalent versions of their role have appeared in armies across the world.  They served on both sides of the American Civil War and in the armies of Spain, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and various armies in South America...In the American Civil War, vivandières on both the Union and Confederate sides were known as “daughters of the regiment.” On the battlefield they were brave soldiers, charging to the front lines shoulder to shoulder with their male comrades in arms.

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Theo Jensen and his Strandbeest
A Dutch artist, Theo Jensen began in 1990 to build large mechanisms out of PVC that were able to move on their own and, which he called collectively, Strandbeest.  Watch them walk the beach in a mesmerizing video at his website.

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Tired Boy And His Cow Lose Out At Dairy Fair, Fall Asleep And Win The Internet

That would be Mitchell Miner and his cow Audri at the Iowa State Fair dairy cattle show where Mitchell's father captured this moment.

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A Secret Work Studio Suspended Below a Highway Overpass

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Spanish furniture designer Fernando Abellanas has built a studio affixed to a highway underpass where the floor and walls function as a self-operated horizontal elevator. Using mechanics adapted from a metal dolly, Abellanas hand-cranks his way to his studio...The studio hasn’t been sanctioned by the city of Valencia, so its exact location is a secret.

New Jersey husband finds his wife's diamond engagement ring in a sidewalk crack in Italy NINE YEARS after she lost it there while on vacation

Justin and Margaret Mussel were visiting San Marco dei Cavoti, Italy in the summer of 2008 where her family owns a home when Margaret noticed that her ring was gone....Nine years later, Justin and Margaret, now 36, and parents to two boys, took the family back to the same southern Italian town.  They were sitting on a bench in the front yard on August 5 when something caught Justin's attention. 'I saw this flicker of light coming out of a crack in the sidewalk.' The crack was several inches deep, so he grabbed a screwdriver from inside the house. And there was the ring. Only 10 feet from the house.

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What a dump of 12,000 tons of orange peels looks like now.

In exchange for donating a portion of unspoiled, forested land to the Área de Conservación Guanacaste — a nature preserve in the country's northwest — the park would allow the company to dump its discarded orange peels and pulp, free of charge, in a heavily grazed, largely deforested area nearby. One year later, one thousand trucks poured into the national park, offloading over 12,000 metric tons of sticky, mealy, orange compost onto the worn-out plot.
Sixteen years later: Compared to the adjacent barren former pastureland, the site of the food waste deposit (on the right above) was "like night and day."

 Orange Peel Dump

Watch a Charm of Hummingbirds frolicking in a birdbath.

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A horse in Turkey has been dubbed the most beautiful horse in the world.

The horse is an Akhal Teke, a breed that is a direct descendant of the extinct Turkoman horse that lived in ancient times. With only a few thousand of these horses in existence, it's little wonder that the Chinese refer to them as "Horses from Heaven."

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