sometimes I make fun of bieber or 1d fans for how ridiculous they look when fangirling/stalking them
but then I remember beatlemania and…
how one time
a girl almost died
because she tried to
mail herself to the beatles in a huge box
beatlemania was and is
I count on tumblr to visually educate me on history’s less important but infinitely more interesting events.
It delivers. My god does it deliver.
(Ruth as a senior at Cornell in December, 1953)
“I want to ride the great winds, strike the sharks on the high seas, drive out the invaders, reconquer the nation, burst the bonds of slavery, and never bow to become anyone’s concubine.”
Lady Trieu (Triệu Thị Trinh)
Art by Franny (tumblr)
In the third century CE, a young Vietnamese woman known as Lady Trieu led a rebellion against Chinese occupation. The details of her life are unclear and her story is at times embellished to epic proportions, casting her as a nine foot tall giant. Her birth name is unknown, but Lady Trieu is believed to have been born to a high ranking family, orphaned young, and raised by her elder brother. She was around 20 years of age when she led a rebellion that lasted either six months or three years depending on the source. Like the Trưng Sisters before her, when defeat became inevitable, Lady Trieu chose to take her own life rather than surrender. Although her rebellion was unsuccessful, Lady Trieu’s bravery earned her a place in the pantheon of Vietnamese heroes.
~ Ministry of Food poster, Great Britain, 1939-1945
Imperial War Museum
(Source: amandaonwriting, via wanderingboywonder)
Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways -
Great. Brain-eating amoebas….
By way of climateadaptation:
Enviro-headline of the year?
It’s a fatal infection without an effective treatment, and one that strikes in a decidedly gruesome manner: An amoebic organism lurking in water is inadvertently inhaled during a swim on a hot summer’s day. From there, it travels through the nasal passage and into the brain, where it multiplies, devours one’s cerebral fluid and gray matter, and almost invariably causes death.
These “brain-eating amoebas” — known to doctors and scientists as Naegleria fowleri, or N. fowleri — aren’t believed to kill often. In the US, researchers estimate that between three and eight people die from N. fowleri disease, commonly referred to as PAM (primary amebic meningoencephalitis) each year. But that might not be the case for long. In recent years, N. fowleri has popped up in unexpected locations, which some experts suggest is a sign that warmer waters — caused by brutal summer heat waves and rising temperatures across the country — are catalyzing their spread.
Said William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt: “It’s not something that’s necessarily touched on in medical school. You have to really probe what patients were doing in the last several days, you have to ask if they were swimming. Honestly, an accurate diagnosis is basically serendipity.”
WWII-era propaganda poster from the Soviet Union.
A roller skate-wearing Irish girl looks on at an occupying English soldier.