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Got a Light?
Think your smoking habit and lighter is cool? Well, they’ll never be flamethrower cool. These German soldiers used a flamethrower to light their cigarettes. The flamethrowers were used during the Eastern Front of the war.
Auguste Renoir nel 1919…via.
How a holiday party went wrong.
At twenty-six, at the embarrassing end of a series of attempts at channelling Kerouac, I was beyond broke, back in my home town, living in my aunt and uncle’s basement. Having courted and won a girl I had courted but never come close to winning in high school, I was now losing her via my pathetically dwindling prospects. One night she said, “I’m not saying I’m great or anything, but still I think I deserve better than this.”
That fall, my uncle called in a favor and soon I was on a roofing crew, one of three grunts riding from job to job in the freezing open back of a truck. My fellow-grunts, Leon and John, were the only black guys on the crew, and hence I was known as the Great White Hope. Once everyone had seen me work, I became the Great White Dope.
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He was a war-hero fighter pilot. He was an MIT rocket scientist. He was a lot of impressive things, and then Buzz Aldrin went to the moon, which is maybe all you know about one of the most famous men on earth—a guy who’s been frozen, like a footprint in lunar dust, in America’s mind for forty-five years now. But the thing about Buzz is that he still wants way more than the moon
Retired NYPD detective Harold Thomas poses with his retired NYPD identification card in West Hempstead, New York December 17, 2014. Reuters interviewed 25 African American male officers on the NYPD, 15 of whom are retired and 10 of whom are still serving. All but one said that, when off duty and out of uniform, they had been victims of racial profiling, which refers to using race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed a crime.
The Hill of Crosses (Lithuanian: About this sound Kryžių kalnas (help·info)) is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising. Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.
D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s new album Black Messiah, released to the surprise of almost everyone a week ago, isn’t supposed to be about sex. Its release was bumped up, after all, in response to protests surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and other unarmed African-American men. And yet it is a very sexy album. Just listen to it. As Ava Tunnicliffe wrote in Nylon, “If there was only one word to describe the album, it would be sexy. In three words, it’s really, really sexy.” This has become something of a consensus position since the album fell from the sexy, sexy heavens, at least if numerous tweets like this one are any indication:
Whether it’s an iPad or an Android tablet, here are seven things to get you going with your new Christmas gadget
Predator: 1919…San Francisco circa 1919. “Cole touring car at Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park.” Upholstered in alligator…@.
George Rodger, Korongo Nuba women making bread from Dhoura meal in the granary (tukl) room of a Mesakin house, Kordofan, Sudan, 1949 (371.1989)…via.
“I asked if he wanted to have sex — while he was talking about his dad having a stroke”
A US Navy Lieutenant with the ship’s Japanese skull mascot; when Japanese remains were repatriated from the Mariana Islands after the war, roughly 60 percent were missing their skulls, April 1944.
Silent Night: 1940
March 1940. “Center of town. Woodstock, Vermont. Snowy night.” Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott…. via.
“Sergeant A.M. Chandler of the 44th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Co. F., and Silas Chandler, family slave, with Bowie knives, revolvers, pepper-box, shotgun, and canteen”, between 1861 and 1863 [Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Call Number: AMB/TIN no. 3164]