Aryan Race Testing, 1940
A pile of American bison skulls waiting to be ground for fertilizer, mid-1870s
The pictures that media chose to not publish
Indonesia’s Mbah Gotho was an adult before Australia became a nation and has lived through 27 US presidents. The man, who Indonesian authorities claim to be a staggering 145 years old, was born to a world that bears little resemblance to ours. According to his identity card, Mr Gotho was born on December 31, 1870 – well before both World Wars.
When he entered the world in the same year as Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, the Franco-Prussian War was still going strong and Italy was still not a unified nation.
Gotho is from Sragen regency in the eastern parts of Central Java province in Indonesia. The world first came to know about him after a news report on Liputan 6. In an interview with the program, he said that though he could not remember his date of birth, he remembers the construction of a sugar factory built in Sragen in 1880.
He has outlived 10 of his siblings, four of his wives (last of whom died in 1988), and all his children. He now lives with his grandchildren, great children, and great grandchildren.
Mean World Syndrome is a phenomenon whereby violence-related content of mass media makes viewers believe that the world is more dangerous than it actually is
This is also called the “Bad-News Bias” in social psychology. People who watch the news and crime procedurals more frequently are more likely to view the world as a dangerous place, although violent crime rates have dropped steadily over the past few decades. One explanation is a 24-hour news cycle funded through advertisements that is incentivized to highlight violent crime that captures our attention. Similarly, a large proportion of the population fears mass shootings, since they are widely reported in the media, while over ⅔ of tens-of-thousands of gun deaths are due to suicide.
A man holding his old heart following a succesful heart transplant surgery
Over 5 millon people attended the Cubs World Series celebration and it ranks as the 7th largest gathering in human history
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein published a best-selling romance novel that spawned a twenty-episode TV series and a stage musical.
The book was called “Zabibah and the King.” It was a love tale set in medieval Iraq, set around the 7th or 8th century in Tikrit, Saddam’s home town. It was written in 2000, but the author remained anonymous. It was only after Hussein showed interest in his literary ventures and the heavy influence of Hussein’s life in the book that it was believed to be written by their leader. This rumor prompted sales of the cheap book, making it a bestseller.
Even the Central Intelligence Agency thought that the book was written by Hussein himself, perhaps with the help of some ghostwriters. They went through the book with a fine-tooth comb, using the text to analyze and gain insight into Saddam’s mind and thought process.
Stephen King’s “Misery,” a story about a writer kidnapped by a crazed fan named Annie, Annie represents cocaine, as the story was written at the height of King’s cocaine addiction
What would happen in an all out nuclear war?
A real nuclear war wouldn’t resemble Fallout, Mad Max, or Metro 2033. Giant mutant lizards and dudes in leather aside, the very existence of people at all in the Northern Hemisphere after a total nuclear exchange is erroneous. A real nuclear war goes like this:
In the opening few hours, the vast majority of the population is wiped out in the immediate detonations. Many people die from the thermal scarring, but many, many more perish from the sheer force of the bombs, the resulting fallout, the collapse of structures, the fires, and the lack of oxygen. If you are in a major city, you are dead within 24 hours, even if you avoid the actual blast. The fires will start to consume the oxygen in the area, and you will quickly suffocate even if you found shelter. Furthermore, the drastic pressure changes of a nuclear blast basically tear the body apart from the inside, especially in concern to the lungs. In this way, you will not die quickly through fire or through being blasted to pieces, but by slowly suffocating. As far as burns, well, if a 1 megaton warhead is detonated within (if I am reading the chart right) 10 kilometers of your position, you are burned to bits. Further out, you suffer some extensive, but likely non-fatal, third degree burns. Within 2 kilometers, you get fatal raditiation poisoning. Within 3, you are pretty much guaranteed acute radiation poisoning.