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Monochrome Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities

Monochrome vintage photos of early NASA facilities including wind tunnels that assisted in making space flight possible to analog machines that were the forerunners to the present computer. A visual history of this innovative industry is depicted here.

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By: Neatorama
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Source: http://j.mp/2IYj0yz

This “Death Comet” Looks Like a Skull

Actually that’s Asteroid 2015 TB145 as spotted by NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, when it zipped past Earth – missing it by just 300,000 miles – on Halloween three years ago.

It’s making the rounds again on the Internet, but its likely won’t come that close to Earth when it comes around again this year.

By: Neatorama
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Source: http://j.mp/2y7lMsy

This Nurse Paints With a Syringe in Her Free Time

Nurses have to use syringes all day long, so it’s no wonder that when nurse Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbauna decided to start painting during her free time, she opted to use a tool she had already mastered at work. 

Her cool creations require filling syringes up with paint and then squeezing it onto the canvas in thin, controlled splatters. The results are beautiful, intricate and entirely unique. 

You can see more of her work on her Facebook page or at Bored Panda.

Via Incredible Things

By: Neatorama
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Source: http://j.mp/2wYRhm0

Parallel World – A Wizard’s Suitcase Is A Fantastic Place To Visit

Parallel World by daletheskater

You know that song about the guy who has the whole world in his hands? Well, Newt has something even cooler- he has a magical world full of fantastic beasts tucked away inside his suitcase. And aside from the occasional escaped Niffler or Murtlap attack the beasties are usually on their best behavior because Mr. Scamander treats them well, which is more than can be said for most Muggles. Why do we Muggles insist on killing or destroying things we do not understand? And can we claim to be better than the beasts when we have less regard for life?

Dress for days of magical adventure among the Muggles with this Parallel World t-shirt by daletheskater, featuring a mystical design that is sure to amaze and astound your fellow Potterheads.

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5 People Who Were Basically Indiana Jones

Explorers, archaeologists, treasure hunters, there were many men who inspired the tales of intrepid adventurers that were eventually summed up in the character Indiana Jones. Let’s meet some of them in this article from mental_floss magazine.

1. The Guy Who First Identified Dinosaur Egg Fossils

Some of the narrower brushes of Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960): “Once we were in great clanger from fanatical lama priests, two were close calls when I fell over cliffs, once was nearly caught by a huge python, and twice I might have been killed by bandits,” he wrote. (And like Indy, the American hated snakes.)

2. The Guy Who Discovered Machu Picchu

The tales of trekking Peru told by Yale lecturer Hiram Bingham III (1875-1956) inspired Charlton Heston’s Secret of the Incas, in which an American treasure hunter dons a fedora and leather jacket-the same getup used by the Indiana Jones costume team.

3. The Guy Who Got Lost

Searching for a Lost City In 1925, British archaeologist Percy Fawcett (1867-1925) was swallowed by the deepest regions of the Amazon while searching for a legendary city he dubbed “Z.”

4. The Guy Who Was After the Holy Grail

German researcher Otto Rahn (1904-1939) was so assured of the Grail’s existence. Hitler’s SS commissioned him to search for it. “What was I supposed to do? Turn Himmler down?” Rahn told friends. He later rejected helping the Nazis and resigned.

5. The Guy Who Became a Pirate Treasure-Hunting Honorary Mexican Outlaw

His 1954 memoirs are titled Danger, My Ally. He was a spy prisoner of Pancho Villa who eventually joined Villa’s gang of Mexican outlaws. He sought forgotten empires, found a crystal skull, went toe-to-toe with jaguars, uncovered Mayan ruins, documented cannibal rites, and dug up buried treasure. So, yeah: F.A. Mitchell-Hedges (1882-1959) was the real deal.


The article above bappeared in the December 2015 issue of mental_floss magazine as part of the 500 Most Important People in History. It is reprinted here with permission.

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Color the Owls, Pies and Lodges in the Twin Peaks Coloring Book

Adult coloring books are becoming all the rage, but some of us find abstract geometrical patterns to be a little bland. If you want to color something you love, why not go a little geeky and head over to Etsy? At estellemorrisshop, you can find Twin Peaks coloring books to color to your little murderous, oddball heart out. Of course, if you prefer paper dolls, she has those for sale as well only these adult toys feature Romeo and Juliet and Ghost World.

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Nazi TV

The Third Reich was big into the new medium of television, as we learn from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids.


On January 31, 1935, a minor panel within the British government made a routine announcement that had little impact in England, but sent the Germans into panicked frenzy. After half a year of inquiry and spirited debate, Britain’s Television Advisory Committee issued a report in which it determined that the BBC should start a regular TV broadcasting service. Those were still the very early days of television, but the decision would make the BBC the first national TV broadcaster in the world.

It’s not that the Germans particularly cared about television, but they did care about propaganda. The government had invested heavily in the message that its master Aryan race was more advanced in everything, particularly technological achievement. And so Germany’s Reich Broadcasting Corporation (RRG) suddenly came under pressure to set up its own broadcasting service before the British got up and running. That way, Germany would get the bragging rights that came with being the first nation to create its own TV network.


The British took their time and worked on creating a usable system, but the Germans had no such priorities. Instead, they rushed in to at least simulate that they were ready for prime time. On March 22, 1935, just over two months after the British announcement, the RRG presented a demonstration of its “first television program service on earth.” The program was all propaganda— it began with Reich Program Director Eugen Hadamovsky announcing that, no matter what the Americans and British claimed, television had really been invented by a German named Paul Nipkow way back in 1884 with his patent for an “electrical telescope.”

The claim wasn’t completely a lie. Nipkow had come up with a mechanical scanning wheel— a rapidly rotating disk with a spiral of holes in it that “scanned” images. But American Philo Farnsworth made that contraption obsolete when he invented all-electronic scanning in 1927. Nipkow —still alive in 1935, but somewhat senile— went along with the German myth-making, posing in front of TV sets and not objecting as the government created a legend around him. According to one story, Nipkow had invented TV one lonely Christmas Eve as a way for people to see their families from afar.


“Today, National Socialist broadcasting, in cooperation with the Reichpost and industry, starts regular television broadcasting, as the first broadcasting system on earth,” announced Hadamovsky in that March 1935 address. “In this hour, this broadcast will bring to fruition the largest and holiest mission: to plant in all German hearts the picture of their führer.”

(Image credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-1002-500/CC-BY-SA 3.0)

However, there were problems with this “first” broadcast. First, it used equipment that was already obsolete because of the insistence that the technology had to include Nipkow’s spinning disk. As a result, the image was muddy and had few details compared to the all-electric video cameras the British were using. Furthermore, Germany’s “regular” broadcasts were just the same tests of old feature films and newsreels over and over again.

Plus, because the German technology required huge amounts of light in a small space, the danger of fire was a constant worry… that came to fruition in the summer of 1935, when the studio caught fire and destroyed most of the equipment. This turned out to be a blessing for the Germans because they closed everything down for six months and replaced the Nipkow disk cameras with modern all-electronic ones based on British and American designs. They also named the newly upgraded broadcasting unit the “Paul Nipkow Fernsehsender” (TV station).


Like many things, television was only interesting to the Nazi leaders as long as it was useful for propaganda purposes. Once they’d laid claim to the technological triumph, they weren’t particularly interested in providing TV sets for viewing or coming up with programs that would attract viewers. But that changed in the summer of 1936 when Berlin hosted the Olympics and mounting a few cameras pointing down at the field seemed like another good propaganda coup. The RRG also set up 28 public viewing rooms in Berlin, each big enough to hold about 40 people at a time. In all, about 150,000 Germans watched the events.

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That triumph and the new viewing rooms spurred actual broadcasts. Most were upbeat films, but there were also variety shows, music and dance performances, and the occasional interview with party officials as the war progressed. Since so few people could actually watch the broadcasts, though, Nazi propaganda chief Paul Goebbels didn’t bother dictating too much of the content. As interested as he was in television, he still preferred radio as the mass medium for party propaganda.


The Nazis’ broadcast service began unraveling in late 1943. On November 23, Allied bombers destroyed its transmitter and knocked it off the air. Finally, on May 2, 1945, the Soviet army took over the German TV studios and “the world’s first broadcasting service” was gone for good.


The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids. Weighing in at over 400 pages, it’s a fact-a-palooza of obscure information.

Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you’ll love the Bathroom Reader Institute’s books – go ahead and check ’em out!


70 Years Ago Today: Winston Churchill Delivers His “Iron Curtain” Speech

(Photo: Library and Archives Canada)

Sir Winston Churchill, the Man of the Century, saw the dangers of Nazism before almost anyone else in the free world did. Then, after having defeated that threat and been promptly tossed out of office in 1945, he began warning the West of a new danger: Soviet Communism.

70 years ago today, on March 5, 1945, Churchill spoke as a private citizen at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He delivered a speech titled the “Sinews of Peace.” But it has come to be known as the Iron Curtain speech. For in that speech, Churchill gave to the free world a startling visual metaphor for what had happened in Europe over the course of a year:

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow. 

You can listen to an audio recording of the full speech here.

-via VA Viper


In The 19th Century Spam Came Straight To Your Mailbox

In the early days of companies trying to sell us stuff we don’t want by flooding our mailboxes with junk mail “spam” the seller’s goals were typically much simpler.

They weren’t necessarily trying to scam us out of our paychecks, they were just trying to get people to choose their company over the competition, and felt direct advertising was the ticket to success.

Junk mail “spammers” used the postmasters to help them pass along their “important messages” to people in town, in a time when most people were delighted to find

For a variety of reasons, the first junk mail (targeted mail, generic mail . . . take your pick) went to and through local postmasters. Small town postmasters knew anybody and everybody in town, knew their businesses, knew their interests, knew their foibles. Much such mail was addressed directly to the postmaster, asking him to pass it along to someone in town likely to be interested in the product.

Dick Sheaff posted an interesting historical article on Ephemera Society about how Junk Mail Is Nothing New, which includes a couple dozen endearing examples of what junk mail looked like in the olden days.

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The Comic Book Code

What was in that “comic book code” we’ve heard so much about? Let’s find out, from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids.

In 1954 the U.S. government enacted a “code” for the comic book industry to regulate violence, language, and other issues that might come up in the stories. Comic book creators lived by that “code” for almost half a century. Marvel finally became the first to renounce it in 2001, and in 2011 DC Comics and Archie Comics were the last publishers to use it. Here are some of government’s rules:


“Crimes shall never be presented in such a way as to create sympathy for the criminal, to promote distrust of the forces of law and justice, or to inspire others with a desire to imitate criminals… If crime is depicted it shall be as a sordid and unpleasant activity… Criminals shall not be presented so as to be rendered glamorous… In every instance good shall triumph over evil and the criminal punished for his misdeeds.”


“Policemen, judges, government officials, and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect for established authority… Respect for parents, the moral code, and for honorable behavior shall be fostered.”


“All scenes of horror, excessive bloodshed, gory or gruesome crimes, depravity, lust, sadism, masochism shall not be permitted… All lurid, unsavory, gruesome illustrations shall be eliminated… Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, torture, vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism, and werewolfism are prohibited… Inclusion of stories dealing with evil shall be used or shall be published only where the intent is to illustrate a moral issue and in no case shall evil be presented alluringly, nor so as to injure the sensibilities of the reader.”


“Profanity, obscenity, smut, vulgarity, or words or symbols which have acquired undesirable meanings are forbidden… Although slang and colloquialisms are acceptable, excessive use should be discouraged and, wherever possible, good grammar shall be employed.”


“Suggestive and salacious illustration or suggestive posture is unacceptable… All characters shall be depicted in dress reasonably acceptable to society… Females shall be drawn realistically without exaggeration of any physical qualities… Passion or romantic interest shall never be treated in such a way as to stimulate the lower and baser emotions…

Seduction and rape shall never be shown or suggested… Sex perversion or any inference to same is strictly forbidden.”


“Divorce shall not be treated humorously nor represented as desirable… Illicit sex relations are neither to be hinted at nor portrayed… Sexual abnormalities are unacceptable… The treatment of live-romance stories shall emphasize the value of the home and the sanctity of marriage.”


“No comic magazine shall use the word( s) ‘horror’ or ‘terror’ in its title… Restraint in the use of the word ‘crime’ in titles or subtitles shall be exercised… The letters of the word ‘crime’ on a comics-magazine cover shall never be appreciably greater in dimension than the other words contained in the title. The word ‘crime’ shall never appear alone on a cover.”


The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids. Weighing in at over 400 pages, it’s a fact-a-palooza of obscure information.

Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you’ll love the Bathroom Reader Institute’s books – go ahead and check ’em out!