Forgotten History

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  1. Swifty

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    Captain Dickson's heroism is marked in Cardiff.

    Memorial to Cardiff 'hero' of Spanish Civil War
    18 August 2017

    A sea captain who rescued thousands of refugees fleeing Spain in the last days of its civil war will be remembered with a plaque in Cardiff Bay.

    Archibald Dickson was waiting to load cargo at Alicante in March 1939 when he let those trying to escape Franco's forces on board the SS Stanbrook.

    The Cardiff-born mariner is still regarded as a hero in Spain today, with his deed marked in Alicante's harbour.

    A plaque commemorating his actions will be unveiled in Cardiff Bay next year. ...

    Cpt Dickson was killed, along with his entire crew of 20, when the ship was was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in November 1939 as it made its way back from Antwerp, Belgium.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-40975489
     
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    Naughty_Felid No longer interesting

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    Sorry just skimmed this thread. I've also read that in concentration camps various bromide compounds may have been given out to keep the inmates quite. Just read about this so no sources.
     
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    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    Didn't the British Army make its soldiers drink bromide tea at one stage?
     
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    Swifty Beloved of Ra

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    Lost jobs in history - The Victorian Window Movers

     
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    A strange murder case and Marcel Duchamp's last artwork. Interesting:

    http://toutfait.com/case-open-andor...a-murder-and-marcel-duchampaes-life-of-crime/

    But Short’s body also offers an explanation for the strange, incorrect anatomy that suggests a female vagina in Étant donnés. Amelia Jones has negated the conclusions of earlier scholars who discussed the genitalia of Duchamp’s figure in terms of the anatomy of the female sex, proving that there is in fact no labia majora or labia minora. What exists instead is what she calls an “aggressively visible and grotesque gash that goes nowhere.” In the photograph of the Black Dahlia murder one can see a literal gash that was incised above the vagina into the lower abdomen of the body of Elizabeth Short. It is now known through the disclosure of the autopsy reports that Elizabeth Short’s pubic area was underdeveloped. Detectives and crime experts suspect that the gash was a means for the sexually ravenous killer to insert himself into Short, whose genitals were underdeveloped and therefore unable to engage in vaginal intercourse.
     
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    In the tradition of wild diversions, did you know that in East Asia a 'bromide' is a glossy or laminated poster or collectable celebrity card? Most confusing at one, given that the excitement of the youthful fans is massively at odds with the English connoation of sedation and enervation, but the term is long-established:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromide_(Japanese_culture)
     
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    The story of the H.L. Hunley finally explained:



    Source: https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/08/...ine-crew-died-at-the-hands-of-its-own-weapon/
     
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    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...

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    Descendants of the last-emancipated slaves in 19th century America have (for now) won their right to citizenship - in the Native American tribe that enslaved them ...

    SOURCE: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-31-15-42-32
     
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    Kingsize Wombat Devoted Cultist

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    Source: http://all-that-is-interesting.com/lost-languages-discovered
     
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    Maybe not forgotten, but probably little known:

    Soviet Union detonates nuke underground to put out three year fire in archive footage from 1966

    This was as a last resort - they'd tried other means to no avail.

    The fire had been burning for 3 years. Fire doesn't do it justice - it's a big jet of flame shooting up under pressure. Hard to get the scale of it from this but the video makes it clearer.

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    In a similar vein, this one from 1965 near the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan.

    Nuclear bomb used to create reservoir


    A nuclear bomb was detonated underground near a river, creating a crater which was then connected by a channel to fill it. Called Lake Chagan, it's reportedly still radioactive. Short video at link.

    The crater

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    And here's the Minister of the Medium Machine Building Ministry [sic] preparing to swim in it.


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    Well, that was dumb! A radioactive reservoir.
     
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    :crazy:

    They obviously chose the most important man they could find to take a test plunge...
     
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    Yeah, who'da thought eh?
     
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    In 1939, New York's Madison Square Garden was host to a gathering of 22,000 Americans.

     
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    I knew about the British intervention in the Russian Civil War but hadn't heard about this Concentration Camp before.

    'Death Island': Britain's 'concentration camp' in Russia

    When British soldiers were sent to Russia after the Russian Revolution their main enemies were the Germans - their opponents in World War One - but they also found themselves fighting and imprisoning Bolsheviks. In the process they opened what Russians regard as the first concentration camp in their country. ...


    With few washing facilities and no change of clothes, inmates soon became infested with lice. Typhus spread like wildfire. Overall, about 1,000 people were imprisoned here and up to 300 died - either as a result of disease, or because they were shot or tortured to death.

    When we visit it is a muggy summer afternoon and the air is thick with midges. I dread to think what it would be like here during an Arctic winter when temperatures can reach -30C (-22F). Signs from the now abandoned museum point out the "ice cells", left open to the elements, where rebellious prisoners were punished and either perished or lost limbs to frostbite.

    Pavel Rasskazov, a radical journalist, spent several months on Mudyug. In his Prison Memoirs, which became a well-known and much-studied text in the Soviet era, he documented the appalling conditions and the lack of food.

    He describes how, when dried bread was distributed in the morning, "starving, angry men with greedy eyes crawled all over the filthy, damp floor, full of spit, picking up each and every crumb".
    Soon after the Allies docked in Arkhangelsk on 2 August 1918, they began locking people up. "They didn't know who to trust or the difference between the Reds and Whites - so they decided to incarcerate anyone who seemed suspect," says Liudmila Novikova, a Moscow-based historian who has become an expert on the post-revolutionary period in the Russian north.

    Since the main prison in the town was overcrowded, potential troublemakers were shipped to the island of Mudyug, 70km (45 miles) away. The first batch of inmates had to build their own prison camp in this desolate, windswept place. ...

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41271418#
     

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