It Could Be Amazing

I like stories about ordinary people who've done something out of the ordinary. My favourite year in history is 1912.
dichotomized:

Chernobyl - A liquidator wearing a gas mask and protective clothing, takes a baby in a pram back to his home. The child, found in the 30 km “no-go” zone in the village of Tatsenki, had been left in an abandoned house where the liquidator was measuring radiation levels.

dichotomized:

Chernobyl - A liquidator wearing a gas mask and protective clothing, takes a baby in a pram back to his home. The child, found in the 30 km “no-go” zone in the village of Tatsenki, had been left in an abandoned house where the liquidator was measuring radiation levels.

nikoznate:

An ancient Egyptian “griffin” with the body of a leopard, head of a hawk, wings, and a human head on its back (because… Why not?).
From the tomb of the Middle Kingdom provincial governor Khnumhotep at Beni Hassan. 

nikoznate:

An ancient Egyptian “griffin” with the body of a leopard, head of a hawk, wings, and a human head on its back (because… Why not?).

From the tomb of the Middle Kingdom provincial governor Khnumhotep at Beni Hassan. 

historical-nonfiction:

A vision of 2000, drawn by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists to be used on cigar boxes and postcards, for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. It’s actually kind of sad how little of this we have. Who wouldn’t want to travel by whale?

(Source: news.distractify.com)

picturesfromgrandpa:

The Jewish Community in Ansbach, Germany gathers for a wedding.  The bride and groom had both been recently liberated from the camps.  Germany, 1946.

picturesfromgrandpa:

The Jewish Community in Ansbach, Germany gathers for a wedding.  The bride and groom had both been recently liberated from the camps.  Germany, 1946.


Pablo Picasso photographed in his studio near Cannes, France in 1956. The Thonet rocking chair in the distance appears in many of his paintings.

Pablo Picasso photographed in his studio near Cannes, France in 1956. The Thonet rocking chair in the distance appears in many of his paintings.

(Source: ughpsh, via foursaltypeanuts)

21st July 2007 - The last Harry Potter novel is published.

21st July 2007 - The last Harry Potter novel is published.

'GERMS make nerous and physicl wrecks of normal women'

- Interesting advert from the 1920’s.

'GERMS make nerous and physicl wrecks of normal women'

- Interesting advert from the 1920’s.

(Source: retronaut.com)

itcouldbeamazing:

April Fools Day: World War 1 - 1915.

On April 1, 1915, in the midst of World War I, a French aviator flew over a German camp and dropped what appeared to be a huge bomb. The German soldiers immediately scattered in all directions, but no explosion followed. After some time, the soldiers crept back and gingerly approached the bomb. They discovered it was actually a large football with a note tied to it that read, “April Fool!”

(Source: listoftheday.blogspot.co.uk)

todayinhistory:

March 16th 1912: Lawrence Oates dies

On this day in 1912 Lawrence Oates, a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s British team to the South Pole, left his tent never to be seen again. Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition was his second attempt and aimed to become the first group to reach the South Pole. The group succeeded in reaching the Pole on 17th January 1912, only to discover that they had been beaten by Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian expedition. Sadly, Scott’s entire party of five men died on the return journey. Oates was one of those who died first. He was suffering from severe frostbite and, in an apparent act of self-sacrifice, simply walked out of his tent into a blizzard. He had asked them to leave him behind as his condition worsened, and it is likely he felt that he was holding his group back and limiting their chances for survival. Thus on March 16th he walked out of the tent saying: "I am just going outside and may be some time." The others died soon after and their bodies were found by a search party in November, along with some of their equipment and personal effects. Oates’s body was never found, but he and his companions are remembered as brave men and national heroes.

"We knew that poor Oates was walking to his death, but though we tried to dissuade him, we knew it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman.”
- Entry in Scott’s diary about Oates

Captain Oates is one of my favourite people EVER.

itcouldbepeachy:

Apparantly Monica and Rachel were aged 23 in Season 1 of Friends. I’m 24, still living with my parents and playing the Mulan soundtrack on repeat. christ.