Had a great time reading up about the Shetland islands a while back. Depressing and compelling in equal measure.
Even just looking at how far they are away from Scotland scares me a bit.
Foula (/ˈfuːlə/; Scots: Foola), located in the Shetland archipelago of Scotland, is one of the United Kingdom’s most remote permanently inhabited islands. Owned since the turn of the 20th century by the Holbourn family, the island was the location for the film The Edge of the World. RMS Oceanic was wrecked on the nearby Shaalds of Foula.
The name "Foula" derives from Old Norse Fugley, "bird island": compare the Faroese name of the island of Fugloy, "bird island", and Scottish Gaelic Fughlaigh.
Was reading about ancient incense the other day, enjoyed it
I was reading about Shetland yesterday. Gonna just call it Zetland to be old school.
In the middle of one RIGHT NOW: Transition Metals → Mercury (element) → First Emperor of China Qin Shi Huang → Terracotta Army
How the careers of players I once bought on Football Manager actually turned out.
Always used to end up looking up ‘mysterious disappearances’ when I was bored during a night shift.
The favourite one I found was this
Dan Cooper is the pseudonym of an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in United States airspace between Portland and Seattle on the afternoon of November 24, 1971. The man purchased his airline ticket using the alias Dan Cooper but, because of a news miscommunication, became known in popular lore as D. B. Cooper. He extorted $200,000 in ransom (equivalent to $1,260,000 in 2019) and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and protracted FBI investigation Man...
wow that was quite the read!
heavy metal side projects has become the kind of thing that i automatically search when drunk. which is often,.
1980s civil defence/nuclear war planning mainly
Square Leg was a 1980 British government home defence Command Post and field exercise, which tested the Transition to War and Home Defence roles of the Ministry of Defence and British government. Part of the exercise involved a mock nuclear attack on Britain. It was assumed that 131 nuclear weapons would fall on Britain with a total yield of 205 megatons (69 ground burst; 62 air burst) with yields of 500 KT to 3 MT That was felt to be a reasonably realistic scenario, but the report stated t Morta...
Able Archer 83 is the codename for a command post exercise carried out in November 1983 by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). As with Able Archer exercises from previous years, the purpose of the exercise was to simulate a period of conflict escalation, culminating in the US military attaining a simulated DEFCON 1 coordinated nuclear attack. Coordinated from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) headquarters in Casteau, Belgium, it involved NATO forces throu The 19...
In September 1947, over a year after VE Day, the ROC held the first of a series of small scale exercises in southern England, which included for the first time substantial numbers of jet aircraft, principally in the form of the Gloster Meteor. The following year the first large scale exercise took place over a four-day period; in the latter half of which radar was used as the sole means of monitoring and controlling participating aircraft. By the mid-1950s, the greater speeds and altitudes attain...
great way to spend a friday evening
Fantasy/scifi lore of stuff I haven’t even read or seen. And sometimes stuff I have.
Aaaagh thewarn you dick I’m not going to do any work now.
My GF is doing a cross stitch map of the world so lately I’ve been looking up all the islands that appear on the map that I can’t name instantly. Learned about this incident on Franz Josef Land in the Kara Sea during WWII recently.
On May 30, 1944, weather inspector Gerhard Wallik and
Obergefreiter Werner Blankenburg hunted and killed a polar bear. Blankenburg, who was also the station’s cook, prepared a serving of steak tartare from the animal, which was consumed by all but one member of the station’s crew. As Blankenburg had also been the one who had consumed the greatest amount of raw polar bear meat, he was the first to report pain in his legs and a high fever after a few days. Within a month, nine more members of the weather troupe fell ill, with the vegetarian paramedic Gerhard Hoffmann as the only exception. The Kriegsmarine’s medical corps remotely attested trichinosis, and the evacuation of the operation was ordered immediately.
A helicopter prison escape is made when an inmate escapes from a prison by means of a helicopter. This list includes prisoner escapes where a helicopter was used in an attempt to free prisoners from a place of internment, a prison or correctional facility.
One of the earliest instances of using a helicopter to escape a prison was the escape of Joel David Kaplan, nicknamed "Man Fan", on August 19, 1971 from the Santa Martha Acatitla in Mexico. Kaplan was a New York businessman who not only escape...
The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration was an era in the exploration of the continent of Antarctica which began at the end of the 19th century, and ended after the First World War; the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition of 1921–1922 is often cited by historians as the dividing line between the "Heroic" and "Mechanical" ages.
During the Heroic Age, the Antarctic region became the focus of international efforts that resulted in intensive scientific and geographical exploration by 17 major Antarctic ex...
nothing will make you happier to be sat in a house on dry land like reading about people walking around Antarctica, unable to see anything, running low on food and then falling in to random holes in the ice
just look at this lad
Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen (UK: /ˈɑːmʊndsən/, US: /-məns-/; Norwegian: [ˈruːɑɫ ˈɑmʉnsən] (listen);[tone?] 16 July 1872 – c. 18 June 1928) was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He was a key figure of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Born in Borge, Østfold, Norway, Amundsen began his career as a polar explorer as first mate on Adrien de Gerlache's Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897–1899. From 1903 to 1906, he led the first expedition to successfully t...
he was clearly hardy as FUCK
this is great but there are too many suspects (or I’m too lazy)
The Paris massacre of 1961 occurred on 17 October 1961, during the Algerian War (1954–62). Under orders from the head of the Parisian police, Maurice Papon, the French National Police attacked a demonstration by 30,000 pro-National Liberation Front (FLN) Algerians. After 37 years of denial and censorship of the press, in 1998 the French government finally acknowledged 40 deaths, although there are estimates of 100 to 300 victims. Death was due to heavy-handed beating by the police, as well as
They beat protesters till they were unconscious and then threw them in the Seine, and then covered it up for nearly 40 years
Also, if you follow the link to Maurice Papon - the Chief of Police in Paris at the time - there is an entire rabbit hole of crimes against humanity and actual Nazi collaborators throughout the French Police force of the 50s-90s
Some of those that work forces
Are the same that burn crosses