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26 Nov
#OnThisDay in 1922 English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun's virtually intact tomb in Egypt.

"Can you see anything?", it was all I could do to get out the words "Yes, wonderful things". ImageImage
“ my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold..." Image
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24 Nov
Of course. 2020.

Jupiter and Saturn are about to line up in a way not seen since the Middle Ages, astronomers say.…
This is how the apocalypse begins right
At this point, this would make me quite happy
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24 Nov
This is an invitation to a Roman birthday party sent around 100 AD to Sulpicia Lepidina:

"On 11 September, sister, for the day of the celebration of my birthday, I give you a warm invitation to make sure that you come to us, to make the day more enjoyable for me...
... by your arrival, if you are present. Give my greetings to your Cerialis. My Aelius and my little son send him their greetings."

(2nd hand): "I shall expect you, sister. Farewell, sister, my dearest soul, as I hope to prosper, and hail."
(On the back, in the first hand): "To Sulpicia Lepidina, wife of Cerialis, from Severa."
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24 Nov
"The Good Doctor" is trending, and it reminds me of when I was still investigating my now-confirmed autism diagnosis and I heard from a psychologist that I couldn't be autistic because my personality is different from the main character of this tv show.

I swear.
I'm lucky to have people with me who are able to alert me and help me not to fall for this kind of bullshit. But imagine how many people have no point of reference and believe when they hear these things?
I should be paid for the time I spend listening to people who know nothing about autism wanting to act like experts.
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24 Nov
Thread: This is a complaint written in c. 1750 (ancient Babylonian Yelp) to a merchant named Ea-nasir from someone named Nanni:

"I have sent messengers ... to collect the bag with my money but you have treated me with contempt by sending them back empty-handed."

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"Tell Ea-nа̄ṣir, Nanni sends the following message:

When you came, you said to me as follows: "I will give Gimil-Sin (when he comes) fine quality copper ingots."

You left then but you did not do what you promised me.
You put ingots which were not good before my messenger (Ṣīt-Sin) and said: "If you want to take them, take them, if you do not want to take them, go away!"

What do you take me for, that you treat somebody like me with such contempt?
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24 Nov
This letter was written by Pliny the Younger to the Roman historian Tacitu, describing the A.D. 79 eruption at Mt. Vesuvius:

"The cloud sank down soon afterwards and covered the sea, hiding Capri and Capo Misenum from sight. My mother begged me to leave her and escape...
... as best I could, but I took her hand and made her hurry along with me. Ash was already falling by now, but not very thickly. Then I turned around and saw a thick black cloud advancing over the land behind us like a flood.
... "Let us leave the road while we can still see", I said, "or we will be knocked down and trampled by the crowd".

We had hardly sat down to rest when the darkness spread over us. But it was not the darkness of a moonless or cloudy night...
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23 Nov
This is what you get when you don’t show up for Pliny’s dinner party in Rome (circa 97 AD):

“My Dear Septicius Clarus,

Look here, you accepted my invitation to dinner and then did not show up. You will be assessed for the costs, to the last penny, and they are not small.

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You will have to foot the bill for all these preparations:

lettuce, one head per head; snails, three apiece; eggs, two each; pasta [to wit: spelt grits]; all the above served with mulsum and snow–yes, you will pay the tab for the snow too, in fact especially for the snow...
... because it died on the dish as a result of your negligence; then olives, boiled beets, gourds, onions, and one thousand other items no less elegantly prepared.

You would have heard comic skits, or a reader, or a musician, or–considering my generosity–all three.
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22 Nov
We should buy a ghost town together, take a few hundred dogs to live there with us, spend the days exploring and finding nice historical artifacts, and never look back
I can cook.
And I’m saying that because I found this channel a few weeks ago, and I’m fascinated.

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21 Nov
And this is how the dinosaurs were killed
Here she is with all her assassin friends
One day she got pissed with them all and this is what happened:
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21 Nov
I think I'll have a slice of this 3,200-year-old cheese found in an Egyptian tomb, and combine it with the world's oldest wine (1,680 years+).

Who wants some
It can't be worse than cold coffee right
Fine, you can have the cheese on a slice of this carbonized loaf of bread from Pompeii
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21 Nov
This (in the middle) is Horace de Vere Cole.

In 1910, Cole and five friends (including a young Virginia Woolf) disguised themselves as the Emperor of Abyssinia and his posse (see the photo below), and were given a full VIP tour of the British warship, the H.M.S. Dreadnought.
In the 1800s, he bought tickets for strategically selected seats at a theatrical performance and distributed them to bald men. When the lights went up their shiny heads spelled out a swearword.
Cole would occasionally impersonate prime minister and Labor party leader Ramsay MacDonald, giving speeches that contradicted MacDonald’s actual political views.
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20 Nov
Totally adopting this hairstyle
Or maybe this one. Can’t decide.
And guys, I suggest that you try this one
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20 Nov
Gen. William T. Sherman, 1860s. ImageImage
Original by Mathew B. Brady. Image
Prints, posters and more:…
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20 Nov
Thread: menus from the RMS Titanic's fateful voyage, April 14, 1912.

Second class:
Third class:
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19 Nov
I have to break the news and let you know that when you meet an autistic kid you can talk directly to them, just as if they were in the room.... because they actually are
It doesn’t matter if they will “reply” or not. Just stop ignoring them.
It doesn’t matter if you will get a response or not. The point is treating a kid as a kid, not as a bedside lamp. Even non verbals: they can hear and understand you.
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18 Nov
🇺🇸 This weekend will mark the beginning of 92Y’s celebration of Billie Holiday’s artistry and influence. “Billie Holiday: Reaching for the Moon” will begin Sunday with a free, exclusive screening of BILLIE.

The screening will be followed by a live online Q&A with James Erskine and executive producer Michele Smith, vice president of estate and legacy brand management at Concord, and manager of the Billie Holiday estate.

Registration is required for the free events.
** The documentary can be streamed in the U.S. only, and for 48 hours after the start time. The Q&A can be accessed anywhere in the world.
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17 Nov
Something tells me that people in Pompeii were having a lot of fun.
One graffiti says: Euplia sucks for five dollars.

The photo below is of an excavated brothel room.
(Five dollars is a rough conversion of the value of ‘five asses’)
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17 Nov
Speaking of spying cameras, these photos here, taken in the streets of Oslo in the 1890s, come from one such camera hidden in the buttonhole of Carl Størmer, a 19-year-old student at the Royal Frederick University.

He secretly took around 500 of these.

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15 Nov
O dia de hoje marca os 130 anos do nascimento da professora Celina Guimarães, a primeira eleitora do Brasil (1928).

"Jamais pude pensar que, assinando aquela inscrição eleitoral, o meu nome entraria para a história. E aí estão os livros e os jornais exaltando a minha atitude."
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14 Nov
A amizade da @andreawerner_ foi uma das maiores surpresas e presentes da vida. Nunca hesitei em apoiá-la, e faria tudo de novo. Amanhã se concretiza toda a luta dela, que é de verdade e não tem prazo de validade.

Se você é de SP, pode votar em quem se importa de verdade. #50005
Nos próximos dias, a galera do bonde da defesa das pessoas com deficiência vai sumir. Quem é de verdade vai ficar.

Sendo eleita ou não, @andreawerner_ já é gigante. Já fez e vai continuar fazendo tanto por tanta gente.
E eu amo que em nenhum momento dessa campanha ela precisou inventar historinha ou atacar alguém pra se sobressair - ao contrário do que fizeram com ela muitas vezes.

Isso é prova de caráter.
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14 Nov
#OnThisDay in 1960, Ruby Bridges becomes the first Black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.

Photo colorized by me, original taken by uncredited DOJ photographer.
"The people I passed every morning as I walked up the school's steps were full of hate. They were white, but so was my teacher, who couldn't have been more different from them. She was one of the most loving people I had ever known."
"I remember turning onto the street. I saw barricades and police officers and, just, people everywhere. When I saw all of that, I immediately thought that it was Mardi Gras. I had no idea that they were here to keep me out of the school."
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