One of my favorite things about conducting historical research by reading memoirs and oral history transcripts is the intimacy of the experience, the unique quality of the information accessible. Right now I’m writing about the overseas trip Jewish refugees took from Italy to Shanghai while fleeing the Reich. One woman wrote:
"At this time (1938-1940), people could still get out of concentration camps when they had tickets to go someplace. There were two young men on the ship who had come out from the concentration camp. They were playing the piano and singing in the evening, you know, light songs, popular music, like ‘Mack the Knife.’ I said to my mother, ‘How is it possible that people when they come out from the concentration camps are able to enjoy themselves and sing and be so happy? It seems like a contradiction to me.’ And my mother said, ‘Well, it’s because they came out of the concentration camp that they are happy.’"
It’s no secret that the Geyser of Awesome loves a good sweater, particularly when they’re impressively ugly and/or being worn by cute animals. We’ve seen sweaters on Shetland ponies, cats, pugs, turtles, mini pigs, lambs and even snakes. There was also that unforgettably upsetting clown sweater worn by wilwheaton, but let’s try to stay on track.
Let’s talk about penguins, penguins that don’t just look cute in little sweaters, but who desperately need them to help recover from the potentially lethal affects of oil pollution. When their feathers become coated with oil, penguins lose their ability to keep warm. And when they try to preen their dirty feathers they end up ingesting the toxic oil. As a result oiled penguins frequently die from exposure and starvation. The Penguin Foundation at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria, Australia takes in oiled penguins and uses knitted sweaters to keep the birds warm and prevent them from preening until their feathers can be properly cleaned.
And you can help them.
If you’re a knitter you can download the penguin sweater pattern here and send in sweaters. But wait, if you aren’t a knitter but still want to help, you can support the foundation by clicking here to donate or adopt a penguin. Put a penguin in a sweater and you’ve not only made the world a cuter place, you’ve also helped save a penguin.
Click here to learn more about the Penguin Foundation and their awesomely good work.
[via Fashionably Geek]
I want to buy so many sketch cards!
In 1962, after her divorce from Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball became president of their company, Desilu Productions, making her the first woman to head a major Hollywood studio.
Every day we read about new government surveillance programs accessing more info about our private lives. We’re in a critical moment. Fortunately, momentum in Congress is building in support of the Email Privacy Act (HR 1852), which would update ECPA and require a warrant for online communications.
Fact: If there were a button I could press to make Sir Patrick Stewart a regular fake news correspondent I would never stop pressing it
so cute ahljghzlguhulghagl
Can this become a poster at Emerald City Comic Con PLEASE
jehhehehehehahihhahHAHAHAHAHAHA AS A PAINTING MAJOR I TOTALLY CAUGHT THAT REFERENCE AH…AHHAHAHA. I’m impressed
Dude I just finished a chapter about this painting in the book I’m reading Scandals, Vandals, and Da Vincis by Harvey Rachlin. Rachlin did not have a very good opinion of Watson which I think was a bit of American bias.
difendo-un-sogno-in-volo asked: Hello :) In 3 months, one of my best friends turn 17, and I want to give her a book (I always give books as gifts). She loves fairies' books, but here in Italy (I'm Italian), it's difficult to find a really good book about them. Could you please suggest some good books to me, about fairies, mermaids and so on (in English it's perect, don't worry)? It'd be very helpful, I'm sure :)
Hello, lovely! Wish your friend a happy birthday from me when it comes around! :D Unfortunately, I don’t personally know any books (that I can think of right now at one in the morning) about mermaids or fairies or anything of the sort, but I’m posting this publicly so maybe some followers will see it and know something so then they can make a comment on this ask, send you a msg, or send me something I can post!
I would check works by Charles de Lint. It is the essence of urban fantasy. There are stories with faries and there was one with a mermaid too! I started out with one of the short story books.