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.

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.

Frankly, our ancestors don’t seem much to brag about. I mean, look at the state they left us in, with the wars and broken planet. Clearly, they didn’t care about what would happen to the people who came after them.

—most under appreciated quote in Mockingjay (via leftgreatperhapsless)

natgeofound:

Locals enjoy the view of the Surrey Hills in England, 1928.Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic

natgeofound:

Locals enjoy the view of the Surrey Hills in England, 1928.Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic

Anonymous asked: You should check out A Song Of Ice and Fire. Also the First Law Trilogy. Since you like Harry Potter and Hunger Games

Thanks!
I’ll deffo look them up :)

I’ve been tagged!

Once you’ve been tagged, list ten books that have moved you. Don’t think about it, just write what come to your head. Tag ten people to do the list as well!

I was tagged by The Oddment Emporium

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
2. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
3. Girl, Interupted - Susanna Kaysen
4. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
5. The Diary of Anne Frank
6. The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
7. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
8. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde.
9. The Hunger Games 1,2 and 3 - Suzanne Collins
10. Harry Potter 1-7 - J.K. Rowling

I don’t know if the last two are allowed since thats actually ten books, but, whatever.This list would probaly be different if you asked me again tomorow.

This is probaly against the rules too but I tag anyone who wants to do it…

‘Pet Kingdom' The fourth floor pet shop inside Harrods is to close at the end of January 2014 after almost 100 years of business, making way for a new women’s fashion floor.The famous pet shop sold everything from tigers, panthers, elephants and camels. Most famously, Christian the lion cub (pictured)was purchased in 1969, by two Australian backpackers, Ace Bourke and John Rendall for 250 guineas (around £3000 now) they kept the lion in thier flat in Chelsea until he outgrew it and was released into the African wild.
The introduction of the Endangered Species Act in 1976, put an end to wild animals being sold in Harrods and since then the pet shop has focused on selling dogs, cats and small pets, as well as a grooming parlour and expensive accessories for pets.Many people have since questioned the ethics of the selling of animals on the fourth floor of department store in London, myself included, and after visiting earlier this year I personally am glad to see this outdated, albeit interesting, custom come to a close.

Pet Kingdom' The fourth floor pet shop inside Harrods is to close at the end of January 2014 after almost 100 years of business, making way for a new women’s fashion floor.

The famous pet shop sold everything from tigers, panthers, elephants and camels. Most famously, Christian the lion cub (pictured)was purchased in 1969, by two Australian backpackers, Ace Bourke and John Rendall for 250 guineas (around £3000 now) they kept the lion in thier flat in Chelsea until he outgrew it and was released into the African wild.

The introduction of the Endangered Species Act in 1976, put an end to wild animals being sold in Harrods and since then the pet shop has focused on selling dogs, cats and small pets, as well as a grooming parlour and expensive accessories for pets.

Many people have since questioned the ethics of the selling of animals on the fourth floor of department store in London, myself included, and after visiting earlier this year I personally am glad to see this outdated, albeit interesting, custom come to a close.

(Source: standard.co.uk)

Staithes, North Yorkshire. January 2014.My photograph.

Staithes, North Yorkshire.
January 2014.

My photograph.

weirdvintage:

Happy New Year from these joyful pigs and a mushroom, German postcard by Fritz Baumgarten, 1928 (via)

Happy new year!

weirdvintage:

Happy New Year from these joyful pigs and a mushroom, German postcard by Fritz Baumgarten, 1928 (via)

Happy new year!

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A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves: an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. And that’s a problem, because privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are, and who we want to be. The conversation occurring today will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it. Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel asking is always cheaper than spying.

—Edward Snowden, on Channel 4, December 24, 2013. See it here:http://assangistan.tumblr.com/post/71069426273/a-definite-must-see-a-christmas-ad-from-edward (via assangistan)

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