Thursday, July 04, 2024

Miss Cellania's Links

This guy covered a car with 100,000 fire crackers and lit it. You might say it was a good car while it lasted, but it really wasn't. 

Here’s What Revolutionary War Soldiers Were Eating on July 4, 1776.

The Comedy Pet Photography Award Winners for 2024. (via Digg)

The Smithsonian Acquires the Earliest Known Photograph of an American First Lady.

Why Is Chile So Long? Its length is far from the only thing unique about the country's geography. (via Metafilter)

"Show Us Your Cats!"

A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at presidential immunity. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
10 of History’s Most Misinterpreted Quotes. I know, the list could have been a lot longer.

The Jews of Verteba Cave. They spent a year and a half without sunlight to escape Hitler's Final Solution. 




DWVR said...

Another misunderstood phrase, “No taxation without representation.” Too often this is presented as opposition to taxation. Actually, it was about refusing to pay taxes to the East India Company rather than the British Parliament in London. It also included the issue that the Massachusetts colonists didn’t have adequate representation in London. Paying taxes was not the issue, who received the taxes was the issue to become violent over.

Anonymous said...

The problem with the misunderstood quotes is who misunderstands. Using a quote intending to mean what it meant originally nobody hearing it would know what you meant. They would logically jump to the current understanding.
Language changes too, gay in 1944 is not the same as gay in 2024. It doesn't matter what you meant, it's what people think you meant.