Great story on heirloom crops and recipes…I. want to make some watermelon molasses.
This is a great story from the “you can’t make this stuff up” category.
TL/DR: In 1355 students from U of Oxford battled local townsfolk for 2 days over the quality of drinks at the local tavern, 93 people were killed. Even though the locals won the battle, they had to pay a yearly fine to the U for 470 years.
The United States Geological Survey has launched the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer.
Looks interesting, this is mostly a link to self so I can check it out when I am at my desktop.
Concise history of the American surveillance state.
What a great historical lesson. My take away is that the Christians set us back 1500 years. About a third of the way through the article is a map by Ptolomy, a 2nd Century Hellenic Egyptian. Not only had he learned from earlier Greeks that the Earth was round, but he a had a pretty good idea of its relative size.
If Christianity would have remained the religion of Jesus instead of transmogrifying into the state-sponsored overbearing and nutty religion about Jesus, I am pretty certain that we would have colonized the moon by now.
Very cool and well done visualization.
A short political history of walls (and their ineffectiveness).