Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Links Can't Do That, Dave

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Is the Smithsonian smarter than a fifth-grader?

Over at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, one of their exhibits has been erroneously referring to the Precambrian period as an "era" rather than a "supereon." It took 27 years for someone to notice, and that someone happened to be a fifth-grader.

If you listen to the piece, you learn that the Smithsonian acknowledged and corrected the gaffe (yay!), but sent their thanks to the wrong city and misspelled the kid's name (boo.).

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

There's a dance band on the Titanic playing "Nearer My God to Thee"

Today marks the 96th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. My new favorite blog, The Bowery Boys, commemorates the occasion by telling about some of the ship's more famous New York-native passengers. Previously unknown to me: John Jacob Astor was traveling with his 18-year-old wife, with whom he'd fled to Europe a few months prior in an attempt to avoid scandal.

Also, enjoy the 1997 film, reenacted in 30 seconds by bunnies.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Other OTHER White Meat

History is Funny took a little unplanned vacation when the ol' day job intervened. Sorry about that. Hopefully we'll resume operations as usual soon.

In the meantime, today at work I learned more than anybody strictly needs to know about the pardoning of the Presidential turkey. Though the White House suggests this practice began with Truman, the Truman Library refutes this. Nobody seems to be sure where this tradition came from, though the photo gallery suggests it might have originated with JFK or Nixon.

Anyway, enjoy this image, from the Ford Library via the White House, of Gerald Ford introducing a live turkey to the frozen, dismembered corpse of one of its brethren. The turkey appears suitably horrified.