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Whale Explosion Thread is a Lesson in Listening to Experts

The Doncaster Council narrated a thread on the infamous Oregon whale explosion of 1970, and how it's a good example on why it's a good idea to listen to experts, especially in times like these. For some more weird history, here's a tumblr thread that makes history fun.

Twitter thread on whale explosion is lesson in listening to experts when it comes to coronavirus.
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A Compilation Of Absolutely Terrible Maps

These maps are inexcusably, hilariously terrible. The Cat Earth Theory really seems to have some legs. Might want to keep an eye on that one. 

A collection of funny maps that are absolutely terrible | Bosnians wanna swim Croatia: No AUSTRIA HUNGARY ITALY SLOVENIA LJUBLJANA ZAGREB CROATIA SERBIA BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ADRIATIC SEA SARAJEVO MONTENEGRO ITALY | Antarctic-centric world view
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Twitter Thread: The Human Body's Evolutionary Leftovers

Awesome, our bodies are like natural history museums. Apparently, we're brimming with evolutionary leftovers, and Dorsa Amir mapped out a way to play around with some of these in a fun Twitter thread. 

Twitter thread maps out the human body's evolutionary leftovers | Dorsa Amir @DorsaAmir 1d Replying DorsaAmir Put hand flat on surface and touch pinky thumb. Do see raised band wrist there's vestigial muscle called palmaris longus used help move around trees. About 14 us don't even have this muscle anymore 2/8) present absent | Oh, and know sometimes get goosebumps cold or scared s vestigial reflex used raise body hair make appear bigger or trap an extra layer heat warmth. Some people can
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Tumblr Thread On Purple Rhymes Goes Off The Rails

Tumblr has the tendency to well, tumble. And exactly that happened here. What started as an observation on violets turned into a historical rhyme on the concept of purple, which then turned into some well timed and tastefully executed filth. For more Tumblr color nerdery, here's an explanation of why magenta isn't a real color. And for random fun, here are Tumblr gems to keep the day moving.

Tumblr thread about rhyming with purple turns into dirty history lesson | gallusrostromegalus S aerialsquid Follow satanpositive Roses are red much is true, but violets are purple, not fucking blue. feels fictional have been waiting this post all my life. marzipanandminutiae They are indeed purple, But one thing missed concept purple" Didn't always exist. Some cultures lack names color see. Hence good old Homer And his "wine-dark sea."
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Tumblr Gems to Destroy Boredom

The minds of Tumblr just shoot wild thoughts around like a pinball machine, resulting in some nuggets of gold from Tumblr's busy brains. You've got off-the-wall movie ideas, quizzical musings on history, intriguing observations, and strange anecdotes. There are too many comedy gems from the world of Tumblr.

Funny moments and memes from Tumblr | bidoof movie idea: guy finds stone tablet engraved with mysterious alien language and gets caught up national treasure-esque adventure decipher its meaning, only learn s just an alien "live, love, laugh" decoration Source: bidoof 240,710 notes
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Funniest Historical Facts That People Know

Someone on AskReddit asked for people to share the funniest historical facts that they know. The resulting insights paint a picture of just how weird the world is that we live in, and how absurdly worked up people can get themselves, when it comes to warring over seemingly meaningless stuff. 

People share the funniest historical facts that they know | Ginger_Chick 12h has been all over reddit forever, but fact Andrew Jackson's pet parrot ejected Jackson's funeral swearing, will never not make giggle.
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Tumblr Drops Intriguing Knowledge on Ancient Female Pharaoh

Apparently by trying to erase the long and successful reign of this pharaoh, using her stuff as wall filler and throwing all her junk in a dump, they accidentally ended up preserving it. Pretty neat. Tumblr reviews some wild corners of history, like this thread that actually makes history fun. Here's another archaeology themed Tumblr thread about craftspeople being able to identify things that archaeologists couldn't.

Tumblr thread on interesting female pharaoh history | demands-with-menace Queen Hatshepsut Ancient Egypt. She has lovely smile someone who's been dead thousands years | deux-zero-deux she wasn't queen. she pharaoh and wanted be referred as such. she even had her statues modeled after male pharaoh's statues state her dominance and authority. she actually one most successful pharaohs all ancient egyptian history and she reigned longer than any other woman power egypt. cumleak damn no wonder she
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Tumblr Thread: Mundane People Are Important To History

This fun Tumblr thread points out how those mundane and seemingly boring things actually matter too, to historians. Never underestimate yourself, and all that stuff that society might go on saying is boring, and meaningless. 

Fun Tumblr thread points out how mundane things matter too, in history | oe just-shower-thoughts Imagine much historical knowledge wasn't written down because our ancestors thought idiot isn't going know this libertarian--princess So ancient Egypt's best friend basically called Punt. They traded all kinds fun stuff with them; ebony, incense, gold, silver,
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Tumblr User Rants about Dangers of Deregulation

They say that safety regulations are written in blood and it gets way worse than a few OSHA-defying safety fails. Big companies don't exactly have your best interests at heart, and there's a whole boatload of evidence from the early 1900s to confirm that. For some less dark history, here's tumblr making history fun.

Tumblr user tells story of dangers of deregulation with radium girls | bogleech Do also need fucking talk about Radium Girls again who slowly fucking rotted alive because company they worked deliberately hid knowledge radium's effects on living matter? feynites gonna talk about s depressing and dark as hell, but if anyone ever thinks themselves companies will just regulate out sense civic duty or basic human morality, and don't need outside enforcement
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Ridiculous Historical Facts That Prove We're Strange People

The more you learn about history, the more it kind of makes sense that nothing makes sense. People have been weird and stupid forever, and learning about our many foibles just kind of hammers out the fact that we don't really know what's going on. But hey, knowledge is power, so here are wild sex facts and completely useless facts.

Weird and strange historical facts | reddit post shampoo_and_dick 33.8k points 22 hours ago 3 ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey attract flies away pharaoh.
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Tumblr Thread About Craftspeople Identifying Things Archaeologists Couldn't

Life has looked pretty similar for a lot of human history, and when it comes to making things, some stuff hardly ever changes. It makes sense that people who still use tools all the time would have a better understanding of what ancient tools were used for. Tumblr users often put an extra perspective on prehistory and historical stuff, like this thread about depicting prehistoric people as cool dudes or this thread that makes history fun.

Tumblr thread about craftspeople identifying archaeological finds | systlin Something find incredibly cool is they've found neandertal bone tools made polished rib bones, and they couldn't figure out they were life them. Until course, they showed traditional leatherworker and she took one look at and said "Oh yeah sure 's leather burnisher use close pores leather and work oil into hide make waterproof. Mine looks just same Wait still using exact same fucking thing 50,000 years later
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Reality Is Too Unrealistic In Historical Tumblr Thread

Some people suggest that these historical "facts" are not facts at all, and instead exaggerations on the truth. We haven't researched them ourselves, so we can't confirm or deny whether they're true or not. That being said, we appreciate this Tumblr thread making "history" fun to read about. 

Tumblr thread provides historical data and shows how we question reality for being too unrealistic | tilthat TIL Tiffany Problem Tiffany is medieval name-short Theophania 12th century. Authors can't use historical or fantasy fiction, however, because name looks too modern. This is an example reality is sometimes too unrealistic. via reddit.com
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Tumblr Thread about Depicting Prehistoric People as Cool Dudes

It's kinda hard to look at our distant ancestors as people who had thoughts and feeling similar to ours. Like yeah, a neanderthal didn't know what it felt like to be stuck in traffic, but they still had families and priorities. This Tumblr thread expresses an interesting way of thinking about life before us. Tumblr can actually make history fun. For some more historical stuff, here's Tumblr's discussion of where ideas for some mythical creatures came from.

Tumblr thread about ancient humans having feelings and being reconstructed with smiles | today things disproportionately emotional about thrill-be-damned 's facial reconstructions prehistoric humans like, look at this part-homo sapiens, part- neandertal man well over 30,000 years ago doesn't he just look like dude wanna hang out with?
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Victorian Valentine's Day Cards Were A Passive Aggressive Roastfest

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. Maybe. We assume nothing. Anyways. People have always been churning out roasts. The dedicated masters of the proper roast, take no days off. This history student, Rosie White, shared a Twitter thread that points out how Victorian Valentine's Day cards were basically passive aggressive roasts. Beautiful. Great for the people you deem most special in your life. 

Twitter thread about Victorian Valentine's Day cards | tweet Rosie White @rosalindmwhite Vinegar Valentines were cheaply made cards usually featured an insulting rhyme or caricature. As receiver not sender responsible cost postage recipient often found themselves paying privilege being insulted by their admirer.
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Tumblr Thread on Mythical Creatures Is An Eye Opener

You might end up thinking unicorns existed too if you were a medieval scribe trying to translate second hand knowledge. Tumblr offers some creative, humorous, and off the wall discussion on a variety of eclectic topics, like Funny and Unexpected History Threads or the domestication of cats. You can never be sure of what bored people will do with their time, but luckily Tumblr pops out some gems.

Funny Tumblr thread on the reality of some mythical creatures | -book--creatures Honestly biggest disappointment had researching ABC medieval authors did not fact, see creatures they were describing and were trying their best describe them with their limited knowledge while going fuck fuck Za-book--creatures Instead all those creatures know came about transcription and translation errors copying Greco-Roman sources (who themselves got them travelers' tales Persia and India rhino unicorn, tiger?
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