Category: HISTORY

Feb 13, 2014

900-year-old Viking Message Decoded. It Says ‘Kiss Me’

900-year-old Viking Message Decoded. It Says ‘Kiss Me’

Photograph by K. Jonas Nordby Runologist K. Jonas Nordby has decoded a 900-year-old Viking rune alphabet known as Jötunvillur. The mysterious inscriptions were found on over 80 different objects ranging from sticks to stones. The discovery was first reported on forskning.no (Norwegian) where Nordby explains: “It’s like solving a puzzle. Gradually I began to…

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Jan 29, 2014

Life in the Tube: 40 Years of London Underground Photography

Life in the Tube: 40 Years of London Underground Photography

The London Underground (also known as the Tube or the Underground) is a public metro system serving a large part of Greater London. The system serves 270 stations and has 402 kilometres (250 mi) of track. In 2012/13 London Underground carried over 1 billion passengers. Since the 1970s, photographer Bob Mazzer has been documenting…

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Jan 15, 2014

Picture of the Day: The Gargoyles of Paisley Abbey

Picture of the Day: The Gargoyles of Paisley Abbey

THE GARGOYLES OF PAISLEY ABBEY © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 The 850-year-old Paisley Abbey is a former Cluniac monastery, and current Church of Scotland parish kirk, located on the east bank of the White Cart Water in the centre of the town of Paisley, Renfrewshire, in west central Scotland. In…

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Jan 13, 2014

Chewbacca Tweets an Epic Series of Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Star Wars

Chewbacca Tweets an Epic Series of Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Star Wars

It all started with a simple tweet… #nostalgic so Im going to post some pics tonight. Like this 1 of Harrison, Anthony, Carrie & I sharing a laugh… http://t.co/FblggUaU5e— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) January 08, 2014 Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieRoars), the 7′ 3″ (2.21 m) actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films…

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Jan 6, 2014

Team Discovers Lost Set of Photos from 100-year-old Antarctic Expedition

Team Discovers Lost Set of Photos from 100-year-old Antarctic Expedition

Photograph via Antarctic Heritage Trust nzaht.org | Press Release | Facebook Photographic negatives left a century ago in Captain Scott’s last expedition base at Cape Evans have been discovered and conserved by New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust. The negatives were found in expedition photographer Herbert Ponting’s darkroom and have been painstakingly conserved revealing never…

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Jan 4, 2014

Untouched Paris Apartment Discovered after 70 years. Includes Painting worth $3.4M

Untouched Paris Apartment Discovered after 70 years. Includes Painting worth $3.4M

Before the start of World War II, the owner of this apartment in Paris fled to the south of France. For reasons not entirely known, she never returned and the apartment remained untouched for 70 years. In 2010 the owner passed away at the age of 91. Her executor discovered the apartment and a…

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Dec 31, 2013

Someone Found a High School Yearbook from 1913 and Put it Online

Someone Found a High School Yearbook from 1913 and Put it Online

Earlier this year, reddit user averagedekutree was browsing through a book store in Milwaukee when she came across a century-old high school yearbook from 1913. The high school was called Texarkana in Arkansas, and flipping through the pages is like taking a step through time. What’s fascinating is to observe both the differences and…

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