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Re: Historical Fragments

Post by Catoptric » Sun May 01, 2022 10:24 am

Drink like an Egyptian: 5,000-year-old yeast resurrected to brew ancient beer

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/august- ... -1.5155502


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Modern brewing traditions are based on a very brief antiquity:

Farmhouse Beers: Find The Best Before They Become Extinct
https://www.forbes.com/sites/garystolle ... 0ebe9d76ca

The Norwegian Kveik has a lot of variations, and I was initially going to buy the Lutra strain and upon checkout it was out of inventory, and the Omega Yeast 091 Hornindal strain I ended up getting produces a tropical and dried stone fruit flavor profile and is the parent of Lutra (which gives a clean and lager effect when brewed at ale temperatures, with no specific fruit flavor imparted.) The only alternative at the time is the Espe strain which is it's own separate strain and gives a pear fruit flavor profile.

I'm going to revive the yeast from a bottle using Jovaru yeast strain from a farmhouse ale I made prior and may experiment on both the Kolsch and Maibock, swapping it with the Kveik yeast. (Update) some vulture capital organization seems to have taken over a popular homebrew company and rather than support it in it's new transition to a warehouse ecommerce and wait another week, I'm going to go elsewhere.


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The Age of Realpolitik:
https://slideplayer.com/slide/14483626/


Big logs
https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/lumber ... otographs/

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China Accused of Covering Up Photo Evidence of the First Everest Ascent (George Mallory and Andrew Irvine 1924)
https://petapixel.com/2022/05/16/china- ... st-ascent/


A lost climber, a missing camera and fears of an astonishing Chinese conspiracy to hide the truth: Mountaineer charts intrepid attempt to force Everest to reveal final secret after 97 years
https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/mount-everest-conspiracy/


Pen Y Gwryd Hotel in Snowdonia, North Wales shown in the photo at 52:35 ( https://youtu.be/FPs88ac1WS4?t=3155 ) is the hotel that Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay practiced climbing the local mountain in the 1950s prior to ascending Mt. Everest (and that hotel was already 90 years old at the time of the photo.)


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Ancient Humans Used This One Cave in Spain For a Mind-Blowing 50,000 Years
https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-use ... -000-years
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Re: Historical Fragments

Post by Catoptric » Mon Jun 20, 2022 9:12 am

Looking up pepper plants (I have a few that are a couple-years old) and how long they live, I realized the Spanish missions in California introduced pepper trees, many of which have grown for over 150 years.

Now you see it (and move the date to current,) now you don't.
https://goo.gl/maps/jEKbETHqi8rfeKBw5

https://pajaronian.com/154-year-old-pep ... e-removed/

A law firm had already been there for over a decade and seems to have decided to get rid of it, which likely would not have survived retransplanting (and likely they didn't want to pay to do so; it is a law firm, after all. . . F'ing bastards.) Surprisingly no one has ever commented on the absence of the tree, and maybe because it's just California. . . Who gives a damn about ancient forests? ? ? Chop off a few root node structures from ancient redwoods because some weed smoker wants a few puffs from Smokey the Bear?

You can still see the oldest (circa 1825-1840) Pepper Tree at Mission San Luis Rey
https://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/usa/ ... defrancia/

History on the mission gardens.
https://www.pacifichorticulture.org/art ... -missions/



Another interesting tree to read up on.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree (Santa Barbara, California)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moreton_B ... ifornia%29


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I suspect the tree was not kept alive, even though it could have been (for over $200k,) and according to Quora, often plants won't survive::
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-ne ... -46475775/
https://www.statesman.com/story/news/20 ... 149278007/
https://www.quora.com/Can-a-100-year-ol ... n-its-life


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Confessions of an Aging Pothead article from May 1986
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-polit ... g-pothead/

(magazine pages https://books.google.com/books?id=AiwEA ... 0X&f=false )


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The Mystery Of Hohokam Ballcourts (Arizona Native tradition which started with the Olmecs and spread throughout the Americas.)
https://www.archaeologicalconservancy.o ... allcourts/

The Brutal and Bloody History of the Mesoamerican Ball Game, Where Sometimes Loss Was Death
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/m ... n-baseball
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Re: Historical Fragments

Post by Catoptric » Mon Jun 27, 2022 8:23 am

This was days before a massive earthquake destroyed everything you are looking at.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_ ... earthquake



Colorized with sound added.

Mary Ellen Pleasant
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ellen_Pleasant

When slavery was around a woman would eavesdrop on conversations and began using what they talked about to start investing, and she acquired so many businesses and properties that she would amass what would be $30 million. Some of her properties were likely under the name of white men who would assist her in investing, as otherwise it would restrict her options.


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Inside The 1976 Chowchilla Kidnapping That Left 26 Schoolchildren Buried Alive
https://allthatsinteresting.com/chowchi ... TzIu9sjPy0
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Post by Catoptric » Tue Jul 26, 2022 7:54 pm

This is the kind of crap someone would see and ignore inside an abandoned house.

The Chicken Cup - most expensive teacup (actually wine) at U$36 million. The 3-inch cup from the Ming Dynasty's Chenghua Emperor (1465 to 1487)
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... p-tea.html

You could say that someone using such a cup he just paid $36 million for and using it to drink hot tea out of, is pretty damn stupid. . . And the Sotheby Chairman calling it the 'Holy Grail of Chinese Art' sounds like a huge diss.

These were popular, though probably just like a lot of ceramics you find in modern times, mass-produced.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_C ... henghua%29

You can even buy your very own for $6.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2251832 ... 4itemAdapt
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Post by Catoptric » Wed Aug 03, 2022 3:09 am

Pretty impressive-looking, hand-painted house interior from someone with my same last name, who would have worked on it from the end of 19th century.

Labourer who turned his cottage into a William Morris ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Morris ) showcase
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/201 ... s-showcase

Video and a crowdfunding after they already received 675,000 pounds sterling to restore it, where their goal was 1,000,000 (and they charge 15 pounds for admittance apparently, while even offering a special tour for "high tea" and a tour for 1,000?)
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/stories ... parr-house

The paint can they show in one of the images is highly toxic vermillion (which contains mercury, and eventually was replaced with cadmium which is also toxic) and so is the white paint based on lead, along with many other things, and so they might have actually replaced all of the painting inside to make it accessible to the public.

It still looks pretty cool but someone has to actually find interest in it apart from it being a curiosity.


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Ancient Scrolls Blackened by Vesuvius Are Readable at Last
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ ... 180953950/




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How the Discovery of Two Lost Ships Solved an Arctic Mystery
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adve ... ice-ghosts
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Re: Historical Fragments

Post by Catoptric » Mon Aug 22, 2022 3:47 am

Paste Eater's Grave
Goldfield Pioneer Cemetery
Goldfield, Nevada

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pas ... e=facebook




Varna Man 5,000 B.C. gold artifacts tomb of lost culture near Black Sea.
https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient ... man-002798
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Post by Catoptric » Wed Sep 07, 2022 4:39 am

Josef Mencik, owner of Strakonicku castle (Dobš chateau) since 1911, fended off the nazis in 1938 on a horse wearing battle armor.

https://www.newsunzip.com/wiki/josef-mencik-knight/



The last "true" knight, basically, and a bit like Don Quixote.

It's apparently true:
http://ww2f.com/threads/josef-mencik-th ... ote.76341/


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1333 AD
Mass Grave of Samurai Tells The Story of a Feudal Japanese War
https://www.swordsofnorthshire.com/mass ... panese-war

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Post fascist utopian town of Tresigallo, Italy
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/t ... 8590d3852b
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Post by Catoptric » Sun Oct 02, 2022 7:13 pm

Alberghi Diffusi (Hotels designed around old Italian Villas.)
https://www.alberghidiffusi.it/?lang=en

Best video
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=470287824495684

I'm sure people could find places that are significantly cheaper (many places found along the countryside in many countries can charge about $40, and some are possibly even older than these Italian villas.)


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Edwin Booth (Broth of John Wilkes Booth) saved the life of Robert Lincoln (the first son of Abraham) who was being shoved towards and nearly falling onto a train as it was starting, which could potentially have killed him.

He also had a deranged fan of play performances which lead to two gunshots as he was performing.

https://lincolnconspirators.com/2013/04 ... oths-life/



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https://strangeremains.com/2018/01/02/d ... -tom-parr/





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Lady Dai (Xin Zhui from 2nd century BC)
https://smarthistory.org/tomb-of-lady-dai/

During this time it was common for Chinese nobles to take "immortality potions" (check Wikipedia: 'Chinese alchemical elixir poisoning' ) The first emperor Qin Shi Huang famously died ingesting it, and it contained mercury (and other things.) Lady Dai (Xin Zhui) had mercury and lead in her stomach.




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin_Zhui
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_a ... _poisoning

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8th century cathedral in Rome, Italy

Basilica di Sant Eustachio in Campo Marzio
Piazza di S. Eustachio, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

https://goo.gl/maps/ND68VTcTQu2b8Psg6

Deer with crucifix seems like an entheogen reference (at a time when many mushrooms symbolized being "born again?") The deer was considered a reference to amanita mushroom, which they seek out beneath pine trees (no other reference could be made to it.)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Visio ... nt_Eustace


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Before Jack the Ripper, a lunatic may have terrorized London.
https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0ctd635 ... Yjb5PqQzkk
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Re: Historical Fragments

Post by Catoptric » Sat Nov 05, 2022 9:33 am

Life hacks:

Ancient Romans Brushed Their Teeth with Urine
https://www.ancientoriginsunleashed.com ... dium=email

"While today we flush our urine away without giving it a second thought, in ancient times it was considered a valuable commodity. Urine contains a wide array of important minerals and chemicals such as phosphorus and potassium. The Romans believed that urine – both human and animal - would make their teeth whiter and keep them from decaying, so they used it as a mouthwash and mixed it with pummis to make toothpaste. In fact, urine was so effective that it was used in toothpastes and mouthwashes up until the 1700s."
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Post by Catoptric » Mon Nov 14, 2022 1:24 pm

Ainu tattooed around their lips to attract people (it might be slightly better than Geisha staining their teeth black. . .)
https://historydaily.org/women-with-tattoed-lips-ainu

In one of the photos, you can see a woman giving sake to an alcoholic bear (might be a Russian bear?)

I guess the bear was coping for the fact, that back in Siberia they used to cuddle with spiked suits.

https://www.geeknative.com/33171/siberi ... ed-armour/
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