Riot at the Ritz

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Looking back at PiL’s infamous 1981 riot show in NYC.

The 8,000 Year-Old History of Tattoos

The Ring Fortress of Bluetooth…

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Or Forkbeard, depending on which historian you ask. Regardless, a ring fortress dating back to the late tenth century and attributed to the Vikings was recently discovered on the Danish island of Zealand, some 30 miles off the coast of Denmark. Measuring 475 feet in diameter, and featuring “a 35-foot wide circular rampart surrounded by a palisade of wooden spikes,” it is the fifth ring fortress to be unearthed, all unique to Denmark.

Image: Jørgen Falck

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The End of History? by Noam Chomsky

The short, strange era of human civilization would appear to be drawing to a close.

Dreams of Steam and Wheels of Steel

Here’s a sweet little profile of the Midwestern Railroad Preservation Society, a group whose aim is to restore early 20th century steam engines and railcars to their former glory.

The Cigarette Century

James Bosnack’s invention of the cigarette-rolling machine in 1880 helped propel the early 20th century economy forward, making the mass-production of cigarettes a “Potent Symbol of Velocity for the New Modern Age.” 

via, laughingsquid

New Nazca Lines

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After a recent sandstorm blew topsoil off of some hills in the Chincha Valley in Southern Peru, a pilot noticed “a snake (approximately 196 feet in length), a bird, a camelid (perhaps a llama) and some zig-zag lines” on the desert floor. While these new findings have yet to be validated by archaeologists, the other mysterious geoglyphs and lines in the desert have been thought to be everything from maps and advertisements for people coming off of the surrounding mountains to an alien airport with runways for UFOs.

A Slight Bump in the Night

The Last Titanic Survivor Remembers Hitting the Iceberg

A Brief History of Religion in Art

In Case You’ve Ever Wondered

Here’s the oldest song in the world, a 3400 year-old Sumerian cult hymn that was discovered on some tablets in the ancient port city of Ugarit in northern Syria.

via, WFMU / OpenCulture

Cookie, Cookie, Koekje

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The Curious History of the Black-and-White Cookie

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Thug: A Life of Caravaggio in Sixty-Nine Paragraphs by Stephen Akey

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They tortured him of course.

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More precisely, they carved up his face – “sfregio,” it was called, a ritual disfigurement intended to inflict permanent and visible dishonor on one who had disrespected the wrong people. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was no stranger to this code of vendetta. In his earlier Roman years, he had run with whores who were known to take the occasional blade to the face of a rival. Now in Naples, towards the end of his strange and violent life, it was his turn to be branded.

via, longform

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