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August 2019

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All I have are negative thoughts….

John Bennet
DC comics release the next trailer for the Joker The next Joker trailer came out and it is gravitating. DC Comics final Joker Trailer “All I have are negative thoughts…..” -Fleck The beginnings of Arthur Fleck to meet Batman in the future. Director Todd Phillips, three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix......
History

A Warming Climate Threatens Archaeological Sites in Greenland | Science

Smithsonian
In Norse mythology, there are many myths that once known, are now lost. But the Norse, of course, left behind more than their tales. They also left behind their things and, in places like Anavik, on the western coast of Greenland, their dead. And long before Vikings came to Greenland,......
History

The Accidental Invention of the Slinky | Innovation

Smithsonian
As its jingle once cheered: “A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it’s Slinky.” The coiled toy certainly is a marvelous, if simplistic, thing. In 1943, mechanical engineer Richard James was designing a device that the Navy could use to secure equipment and shipments on ships while they......
History

Divers Get an Eerie First Look Inside the Arctic Shipwreck of the HMS Terror | History

Smithsonian
Below deck, glass bottles sit upright in storage rooms, and stacks of intact ceramic plates are neatly arranged on shelves. Rusted firearms hang on the walls. Wash basins and chamber pots remain undisturbed in officers’ rooms. The captain’s desk, with its drawers tightly shut, collects layers of fine marine silt.......
History

A Unique View of Saxony’s Silver Mines

Library Of Congress
Who says you can’t go Baroque from mining? Mappa Geographica Circuli Metalliferi Electoratus Saxoniae cum omnibus quae in eo comprehenduntur Praefecturis et Dynastiis quales sunt.  (Augsburg:  Mattaeus Seutter, 174-).  Copperplate engraving on two separate sheets, with water color wash.  Scale ca. 1:10,250,000.  Geography and Map Division.  Germany – Saxony –......
History

Laureate at the Library: Joy Harjo Visits the Prints and Photographs Division

Library Of Congress
The following guest post is by Katherine Blood and Melissa Lindberg of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division. This is the fourth in a series of five posts documenting Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s summertime meetings with librarians and curators across the Library of Congress. The meetings grew out of Harjo’s interest in learning more......
History

The 175-Year History of Speculating About President James Buchanan’s Bachelorhood | History

Smithsonian
At the start of 1844, James Buchanan’s presidential aspirations were about to enter a world of trouble. A recent spat in the Washington Daily Globe had stirred his political rivals into full froth—Aaron Venable Brown of Tennessee was especially enraged. In a “confidential” letter to future first lady Sarah Polk,......
History

Maxine Kumin: “One Poet’s View of Social Change at the Library of Congress”

Library Of Congress
The following essay was written in 2012 by Maxine Kumin, Consultant in Poetry from 1981-82, as part of the Poetry and Literature Center’s online “Poetry of American History” series that ran from 2012-2014. The series included essays and interviews by leaders in the literary field, including former Poets Laureate Consultants in......
History

This Centuries-Old Geoduck Shell May Rewrite the Rules About Who Can Harvest the Fancy Clam | Science

Smithsonian
Whatever Hollywood may have led people to believe about the glamor and intrigue of archaeology, in practice it is a slow science. A sliver of brown bone emerges over days as dirt and stones are gently brushed away. A tiny white bead hidden among thousands of other fragments appears only......
History

When the Public Feared That Library Books Could Spread Deadly Diseases | History

Smithsonian
On September 12, 1895, a Nebraskan named Jessie Allan died of tuberculosis. Such deaths were a common occurrence at the turn of the 20th century, but Allan’s case of “consumption” reportedly came from an unusual source. She was a librarian at the Omaha Public Library, and thanks to a common......
History

Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Shattered Gender and Race Expectations in 19th-Century America | At the Smithsonian

Smithsonian
Kidnapped, beaten and left to die, Edmonia Lewis, a talented artist with both African and Native-American ancestry, refused to abandon her dreams. In the winter of 1862, a white mob had attacked her because of reports that she had poisoned two fellow Oberlin College students, drugging their wine with “Spanish......
History

Why Spain Is Seeking to Catalog All of Its Historic Shipwrecks | History

Smithsonian
For four centuries, Spain’s prodigious naval power built an empire that stretched around the globe. But not every military or merchant voyage ended well. In the first analysis of its kind by a former colonial power, Spain’s Ministry of Culture has identified 681 shipwrecks in the Caribbean and along the......
History

A Chunk of Trinitite Reminds Us of the Sheer, Devastating Power of the Atomic Bomb | At the Smithsonian

Smithsonian
The first atomic bomb ever exploded was a test device, insouciantly nicknamed the Gadget. In mid-July 1945, American scientists had trucked the five-ton mechanism from their secret laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico, 230 miles south, to a place known to the scientists as Trinity in a stretch of southern......
History

When an Influx of French-Canadian Immigrants Struck Fear Into Americans | History

Smithsonian
In 1893, Clare de Graffenried, special agent of the United States Department of Labor, published an article in The Forum describing an invasion of America’s northeastern border. For 30 years, Graffenreid observed, hundreds of thousands of French Canadians had been pouring into states like Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode......

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