Don’t forget that the church was literally so impressed they gave him a medal instead of imprisoning him or executing him
Mozart only needed to hear a piece once to play it better than the original. And on top of that, they believed all his music to have been created by someone else, not this kid, so they locked him in a tower for a period of time (forget how long) with only music paper. When they came back all the paper was filled and he had written on the walls as well. AND ALL THE MUSIC WAS PHENOMENAL. how much more perfect can you get than Mozart? If you want to know more: watch the movie Amadeus. It’s historically accurate but also funny at times. Watch. it.
so he was the first to illegally download a song
And for those of you that would like to hear the first illegally downloaded song that the Vatican kept a secret for so long because it was “too beautiful for human knowledge” You can find it here.
The 1st US Camel Corps, 1856.
The use of camels for warfare has gone back for thousands of years as the camel has many advantages over the traditional horse. In dry arid deserts a camel can function for up to a week without water and can cross desert terrain to rough for horses. While not as fast or maneuverable as a horse, a camel is a much larger animal which lends to an intimidation factor in battle. These were the same arguments made by Capt. George H. Crossman, a Mexican American War veteran who was accustomed to operating and fighting in dry desert conditions. Throughout the 1850’s Capt. Crossman preached to all who would listen, espousing the view that the US Army should adopt camels for use on the western frontier.
In 1855 he got his chance when Secretary of War Jefferson Davis approved his plan to assemble an experimental camel corps. With $30,000 dollars Capt. Crossman and his associate Major Henry C. Wayne purchased 76 camels from Greece, Malta, Turkey, and Egypt along with 5 experienced Bedouin handlers.
In 1856 the camels landed at Indianola, Texas and were driven Camp Verde for assignments. Once there the men were trained by the camel handlers how to ride, care for, and command their camels. From 1856 to 1860 the 1st US Camel Corps patrolled the southwest. The Camel Corps even conducted exploratory surveys and mapping expeditions Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and California. Early results of the experiment showed great success, as the animals easily operated in the deserts of the southwest. Furthermore the camels proved that they could cross rugged terrain that horses could not go. If it wasn’t for the American Civil War, John Wayne and the Lone Ranger may have ridden camels instead of horses.
In 1860, with tensions rising between the north and the south, the US Army began to consider a war fought in the east. Regular cavalry was given priority over experimental camelry and in 1861 the US Camel Corps was disbanded. Some were sold to the public, most were turned loose into the wild. As a result the southwest actually sported a small population of wild camels. The last camel sighting occurred in 1941 near Douglas, Texas.
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Lava fountain frozen during eruption.
The rarest lava on Earth, has some unusual properties. Unlike most lavas, this is a carbonate rather than a silicate, and erupts from Oldoinyo Lengai, a volcano in Tanzania. It comes out at a very low temperature, roughly 500 Celsius, runs like water and freezes rapidly. Its minerals and elements provide the fertility for the Masai Mara, that famous nature reserve filled with grazers and their predators. The fountains can solidify in the air in a short time, creating fragile and ephemeral ‘lavafalls’, the volcanic equivalent of a sandcastle.
Image credit: Carsten Peter and Tineke Speelman via Geomorfologia para todos.
La Rueda de Falkirk en Escocia, ingeniería en estado puro
Miley: “Dad I have something for Tanners bug collection”
my uncle: “that’s great”
Miley: “it’s a bird”
my uncle: “no its not”
They let it go and it flew away just fine, so we’re wondering how she caught it.
she caught another bird.
update: she caught a squirrel today
She is gonna rule the world one day with this power
is she a disney princess?
Ahh public toilets
> “Blood Sport” O.O
> There Will Be Blood.
> The Longest Yard.
> Children of the Corn.
The Murder Cult of India
Originating from the middle ages, the Thuggee were a cult devoted to the Hindu goddess Kali. According to Thuggee belief, Kali was a bloodthirsty goddess of extreme power who desired human sacrifice, lest she destroy the world. Of course, there wasn’t exactly a long line of volunteers for human sacrifice, so the Thuggee resorted to unwilling victims.
Typically the Thuggee would pose as ordinary people, such as merchants, pilgrims, soldiers, and other travelers. Travel throughout India at the time was often dangerous due to wild animals and outlaws, so it was wise to travel in groups. A group of Thuggee would get to know a traveler (or travelers) and offer to keep company for protection. As they traveled, sometimes for hundreds of miles, the Thuggee would gain the trust of the traveler. Biding their time, they struck when the moment was right, typically in a secluded area far from civilization. Being highly experienced in their murderous art, the Thuggee typically had foreknowledge of the route, knowing where the best ambush points were, where the best escapes routes were, and where the best hiding places for bodies were located.
When the victim least expected it, the Thuggee would jump the victim and murder him (killing women was forbidden by the Thuggee). Thuggee religion forbid the actual spilling of blood, so the time honored bloodless technique of garroting the victim to death was used. The Thuggee worked together as a disciplined team, with one acting as a look out, another providing a distraction for the victim, others tasked to restrain the victim, while one honored Thuggee had the duty of strangling the victim to death with a silk scarf.
Once the murder was complete, the Thuggee would bury the body while offering up a sacrifice of sugar. A portion of valuables stolen from the victim would also be offered to Kali. Thuggee membership was for life, and was hereditary only. Typically the career of a Thuggee began at age ten, when the new member was permitted to witness their first murder. When a Thuggee came of age, he received the rank of “strangler” and was entrusted with the duty of committing murder for Kali.
The end of the Thuggee cult came to an end when the British gained near total control over India in the early 19th century. In the 1830’s British officials formed the “Thuggee and Dacoity Department” with the goal of rooting out and exterminating the Thuggee. To head the department, an experienced British soldier named Sir William Henry Sleeman was chosen to head the department. Sleeman observed and catalogued the modus operandi of the Thuggee and used their own tactics against them. His men would often pose as travelers, tricking the Thuggee into believing they were victims ripe for the killing. When the Thuggee would strike, the tables would be turned against them as they were ambushed and captured. The captured Thuggee would then be interrogating, sometimes turning “Kings evidence” against other Thuggee.
Within a few years the Thuggee cult had been crippled by the British. By the end of the 19th century the Thuggee were declared extinct. The legacy runs deeply in modern day pop culture, being the enemy of Indiana Jones in the film Temple of Doom. The Thuggee are also where we derive the word ”thug”commonly used to describe a violent and merciless criminal.
Via Lock, Stock, and History