…but I guess you knew that.
This article describes old stone tablets up to 600 years old in Japan that act as warnings against tsunamis. Some are built inland or up hills to mark how far away from the sea houses should be built, and others just remind people to immediately get away from the coast when there is an earthquake.
And here are a collection of pictures – cartoons? – from the mid-19th century, with catfish representing a tsunami that hit Tokyo.
I spent about half an hour this morning skipping through a documentary called First Orbit about the first manned flight into space by Yuri Gagarin.
The film combines recordings of video and audio from the flight (in Russian but with English subtitles), modern high definition video taken from the International Space Station and beautiful music. The video is edited to show what Gagarin would have seen from his capsule. It’s over an hour and a half, and you’d have to be pretty patient to watch the whole thing, but the first 10 minutes or so is definitely worth a watch, especially putting yourself into his shoes as he’s heading into the ultimate unknown with very uncertain prospects of returning to Earth.
Pink is for girls, and blue’s for boys, right? This is so ingrained in so many of our cultures that it’s hard to imagine that the colour distinction isn’t totally natural. Apparently, though, until the 20th century kids usually wore the same clothes, and even in 1918 blue was considered the soft, gentle colour for girls while pink was the strong, masculine colour for boys.
This article from the Smithsonian tells you a little history about how the history of pink and blue.
I always thought cosplay was a new thing. Apparently not. This blog has pictures and (a very little bit of) writing about cosplay in the 70s and 80s.