September 6, 2017

Miscellany #82

Politically Incorrect but Hilarious Maps of Europe from the Atlas of Prejudice by Bulgarian artist Yanko Tsvetkov

 Europe Potato Tomato

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles

 Horse-Riding Librarian

In 1936, packhorse librarians served 50,000 families, and, by 1937, 155 public schools..."'Bring me a book to read,' is the cry of every child as he runs to meet the librarian with whom he has become acquainted," wrote one Pack Horse Library supervisor. "Not a certain book, but any kind of book. The child has read none of them." ..."The mountain people loved Mark Twain."

Not even an act of God can get Texans to go vegetarian. Jennifer Lopez Fuller, a food writer and foodie based in Houston, photographed the empty shelves at Walmart when she came across ...

 Houston Vegan Shelves

Netherlands is world number two in agricultural exports by using greenhouses and new technology

The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass...

Banks of what appear to be gargantuan mirrors stretch across the countryside, glinting when the sun shines and glowing with eerie interior light when night falls. They are Holland’s extraordinary greenhouse complexes, some of them covering 175 acres.  Each acre in the greenhouse yields as much lettuce as 10 outdoor acres and cuts the need for chemicals by 97 percent.

 Greenhouses Netherlands

Artist Umberto Romano, born in Italy and raised in Springfield Mass, completed in 1937 the installation of six mural panels in the Springfield Main Post Office, a project underwritten by the Federal Arts Project.  One of those murals celebrates the fur trader who founded the city, Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield  Wait!  Is that a smartphone the Indian in the front is holding?

 1930S Painting Indian+Smartphone

The Polish Doctors Who Used Science to Outwit the Nazis

The Germans knew how dangerous typhus could be. “The immunological resistance of the Germans was lower and mortality was higher in respect to epidemic typhus than was that of Poles and Russians.”....A well-placed typhus epidemic could cripple the Reich.....

To Lazowski, a fake typhus epidemic represented immunity, a way to help his townspeople avoid participating in the war. Every neighbor who came down with the disease would become safe from deportation, slave labor, and harassment from the Gestapo. And if enough people in the region reportedly had the disease, entire villages could be quarantined. He and Matulewicz could build peaceful oases in the heart of German-occupied Poland...

 Dr. Eugene Lazowski+Dr. Stasiek Matulewicz
Dr. Eugene Lazowski and Dr. Stasiek Matulewicz saved more than 8000 people over three years.

Random Acts Of Genius Vandalism

 Tiny Rain Forest

Wonderfully creative barcodes like the shaving cream barcode below.

 Shavingcream Barcode

How the Kindness of Strangers Became a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry

Portraits Of Random Strangers Before & After Photographer Johanna Siring Kissed Them

 Before&After Photographer's Kiss

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