Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by robinson » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:17 pm

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Post by Witness » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:49 am

↑ Cool! Found some more:

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:30 am

Damn I want one. 8)
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Grammatron » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:48 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
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Damn I want one. 8)
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:53 pm

:HoppingMad2:
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:55 pm

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by ed » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:46 pm

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:53 pm

Hitler's hairline is 'shopped.
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:37 pm

ed wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:46 pm
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Totally copied: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_97

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Seriously.

VW after the war had to buy the rights.
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Pyrrho » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:55 pm

The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Witness » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:26 pm

You're too modest, Pyrrho, that article is worth a read:
By a lucky coincidence, Benjamin Franklin was in France as the first US ambassador with a mission to ensure an official alliance against its arch nemesis, the British. On account of his fame as a great man of science in general and his experiments on one such invisible force — electricity — in particular, Franklin was appointed as head of the royal commission.
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In a stroke of insight, the commissioners figured that the cures might be affected by one of two possible mechanisms: psychological suggestion (what they refer to as “imagination”) or some actual physical magnetic action. Mesmer and his followers claimed it was the magnetic fluid, so that served as the experimental condition if you like. Continuing with the modern analogies, suggestion would then represent a rudimentary placebo control condition. So to test animal magnetism, they came up with two kinds of trials to try and separate the two possibilities: either the research subject is being magnetised but does not know it (magnetism without imagination) or the subject is not being magnetised but thinks that they are (imagination without magnetism). The fact that the trials were blind, or in other words, the patients did not know when the magnetic operation was being performed, marks the commission’s most innovative contribution to science.
In her Souvenirs Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun describes a Mesmerian séance, disgusted by the credulity of the audience and the cheap tricks used.

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Witness » Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:21 am

The Birth of Cheap Communication (and Junk Mail)

WOULD you pay a full day’s earnings just to receive an e-mail message from me? On those terms, I bet you wouldn’t welcome hearing from me very often.

In England in 1830, postage for letters was calculated not only by the number of sheets of paper but also by the number of miles traversed, and the recipient was the one who had to pay. For a person of ordinary means, a letter of middling length could come to about a day’s wages, a fearsome cost for the unfortunate household that received a letter.

But a decade or so later, when Britain and the United States introduced cheap, flat postal rates, without regard to the number of sheets or distance traveled, correspondents enjoyed something like our unmetered broadband today. Communication became more frequent, and ties were strengthened among families and friends. But cheap rates also led to junk mail and postal scams.

In Victorian London, though service wasn’t 24/7, it was close to 12/6. Home delivery routes would go by every house 12 times a day — yes, 12. In 1889, for example, the first delivery began about 7:30 a.m. and the last one at about 7:30 p.m. In major cities like Birmingham by the end of the century, home routes were run six times a day.

“In London, people complained if a letter didn’t arrive in a couple of hours,” said Catherine J. Golden, a professor of English at Skidmore College and author of “Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing” (2009).
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Rest of that interesting article: https://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/busi ... AhS78K9ptg

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by shemp » Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:34 am

People got several letters every day from Nigerian princes!
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Witness » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:13 am

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