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Image via the Museum of Modern Art. Text from an article in Mental Floss:The 31-year-old Wyeth modeled the painting's frail-looking brunette after his neighbor in South Cushing, Maine. Anna Christina Olson suffered from a degenerative muscular disorder [Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease] that prevented her from walking. Show More Summary
Wikipedia has an extensive list, from which I've extracted some of the names I recognize:Alan Alda born 1936 An actor most famous for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the television series MASH. Alda contracted polio at age seven, during an epidemic. Show More Summary
The Art Newspaper reports on an Amsterdam exhibition about Vincent van Gogh’s medical problems: The exhibition also reveals new evidence discovered by the writer Bernadette Murphy, as revealed in her book Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story (Chatto & Windus). Show More Summary
I learned about this subject matter from a recent podcast of No Such Thing as a Fish:Cow blowing, Kuhblasen, phooka, or doom dev, is a process used in many countries according to ethnographers, in which forceful blowing of air into a...Show More Summary
An article written several months ago in Salon describes Hillary Clinton as being ideologically closer to Nixon than Donald Trump is:Part of the problem is definitional and historical, and maybe even epistemological. What do we meanShow More Summary
From a story in the Washington Post:As thousands of Donald Trump supporters streamed out of an evening rally here this week, they walked past a handful of vendors from Ohio selling simple white T-shirts featuring Hillary Clinton, Monica Lewinsky and a vulgar joke. Show More Summary
After writing posts about politics, it seems appropriate to consider the topic of "bottom wipers."Some bamboo sticks with scraps of grimy cloth wound around them have been identified as bottom wipers from a latrine pit in a 2,000-year-old Chinese relay station on the Silk Road. Show More Summary
"Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill. In fact 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness, and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer..."
Personally, I'm sick and tired of American politics. Sick and tired of the way it is conducted, and sick and tired of reading about it.But it is unquestionably important, and the outcome of the November elections will impact everyone's lives for the next 4+ years. Show More Summary
Laura Ingraham salutes a photo of Donald Trump. Video of her presentation and the gesture. Social media reaction at Esquire.Via the Pics subreddit.
Photo via the Pics subreddit.
What a nice idea.The bride Maggie Wakefield, 22, explained that she and her groom wanted to do something special for their grandmothers, who both influenced their lives.So, Wakefield said, "My husband, Josh, and I decided to honor our grandmothers at our wedding by having them be our flower girls." Full story here. Show More Summary
"A conservation group has created 3D printed sea turtle eggs containing GPS trackers. The eggs are set to be deployed this fall in Central America during an arribada, or mass nesting event when 90 percent of eggs will be poached from certain beaches... Show More Summary
"When Deborah Zvosec fished around in her mouth during dinner and pulled out a small grill brush bristle one recent evening, there was a terrifying moment around the table as her two guests looked down and found their own metal fibers sticking to the chicken and potatoes... Show More Summary
YouTube link. TL;DR viewers will probably want to speed-browse through the 5-minute video, but the concept is important.
Jose Moreno had serious concerns when he arrived for work on May 15. He and his wife just had a baby and now his job appeared in jeopardy after an early morning fire destroyed the Johnsonville Sausage factory here where Moreno had worked for the past eight years.Moreno, 37, is still working and being paid by the bratwurst giant. Show More Summary
A recent Reason-Rupe survey found that a majority of Americans under 30 have a more favorable view of socialism than of capitalism. Gallup finds that almost 70 percent of young Americans are ready to vote for a “socialist” president...Indeed,...Show More Summary
An excerpt from Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawand:Technological society has forgotten what scholars call the “dying role” and its importance to people as life approaches its end. People want to shareShow More Summary
"The population of Mongolia is just under 3 million. The northernmost dot is the city of Ulaanbaatar, with a population of over 1.3 million. The second dot is Darkhan, with 180,000 people." From the Data is Beautiful subreddit.
YouTube link. There is something mesmerizing about watching machinery in a video. But for the workers involved, it is an entirely different experience. I have personal experience in that regard, having spent much of a summer earning minimum wage greasing cooker machines and pulling dented cans from an assembly line in a Green Giant corn- and pea-packing plant.