30

Apr

rifflenonfiction:

Book Giveaway!
History fans, we have 5 COPIES of NY Times bestseller The Plantagenets to give away! Thanks to our friends at Viking Books for this awesome prize!
The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. 
Click through to win!

rifflenonfiction:

Book Giveaway!

History fans, we have 5 COPIES of NY Times bestseller The Plantagenets to give away! Thanks to our friends at Viking Books for this awesome prize!

The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. 

Click through to win!

30

Sep

26

Sep

American History, Exploded

25

Sep

A Short History of Book-Banning and -Burning

Happy #BannedBooksWeek2013 ! http://bit.ly/16J9qkr

23

Sep

21

Sep

Is there such a thing as safer cigarettes? Read about it via NOVA | “Safer” Cigarettes: A History.
And click the pic to read about he Cigarette Century

 

Is there such a thing as safer cigarettes? Read about it via NOVA | “Safer” Cigarettes: A History.

And click the pic to read about he Cigarette Century

 

20

Sep

Read about our 16th president when you check out the Bancroft Prize winners! (via Abraham Lincoln | The White House)

Read about our 16th president when you check out the Bancroft Prize winners! (via Abraham Lincoln | The White House)

20

Sep

Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire.

19

Sep

jtotheizzoe:

rarely-important:

cory-doctorow:

theatlantic:

The Frog That Got Caught In the Crossfire of a Rocket Launch

On Friday evening, NASA’s Minotaur V rocket blasted off from its launchpad at a spaceport in Virginia, carrying the LADEE spacecraft on the first leg of its trip from Earth to the moon. The scene that resulted was fiery. It was inspiring. It was epic. 
It was also, however, not without its casualties. 
The picture above, captured on Friday by one of the remote cameras NASA had set up for the big launch, captured a creature that found itself, alas, caught in the crossfire of humanity’s drive to explore: a frog. A very unfortunate frog. Launch pads, you see, are generally built near marshes and ponds whose water can absorb the flames of a rocket’s ignition. And this little guy was in the wrong place at the very, very wrong time.
Read more. [Image: NASA/Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport]


so long space frog

Ground control to Major FrogGround control to Major FrogTake your protein pills and put your helmet on (Ten) Ground control (Nine) to Major Frog (Eight) (Seven, six) Commencing countdown (Five), polliwog (Four) (Three, two) Check ignition (One) and may pond (Blastoff) scum be with you This is ground control to Major Frog, you’ve really made the glade And the gators want to know whose shirts you wear Now it’s time to leave the swamp land if you dare This is Major Frog to ground control, I’m hopping through the door And I’m croaking in a most peculiar way And the flies look very different today Here am I sitting on a lily pad far above the world Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles, I’m feeling very still And I think my tadpole knows which way to go Tell my mate I ate her insect lunch, she knows Ground control to Major Frog, your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong Can you ribbit, Major Frog? Can you ribbit, Major Frog? Can you ribbit, Major Frog? Can you… Here am I sitting on a lily pad far above the Moon Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do
I spent entirely too long on what is probably the worst joke on Tumblr.

That song. That is the best thing.

Major Frog should be on our list of animal space travelers.

jtotheizzoe:

rarely-important:

cory-doctorow:

theatlantic:

The Frog That Got Caught In the Crossfire of a Rocket Launch

On Friday evening, NASA’s Minotaur V rocket blasted off from its launchpad at a spaceport in Virginia, carrying the LADEE spacecraft on the first leg of its trip from Earth to the moon. The scene that resulted was fiery. It was inspiring. It was epic. 

It was also, however, not without its casualties. 

The picture above, captured on Friday by one of the remote cameras NASA had set up for the big launch, captured a creature that found itself, alas, caught in the crossfire of humanity’s drive to explore: a frog. A very unfortunate frog. Launch pads, you see, are generally built near marshes and ponds whose water can absorb the flames of a rocket’s ignition. And this little guy was in the wrong place at the very, very wrong time.

Read more. [Image: NASA/Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport]

so long space frog

Ground control to Major Frog
Ground control to Major Frog
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on 
(Ten) Ground control (Nine) to Major Frog (Eight) 
(Seven, six) Commencing countdown (Five), polliwog (Four) 
(Three, two) Check ignition (One) and may pond (Blastoff) scum be with you 

This is ground control to Major Frog, you’ve really made the glade 
And the gators want to know whose shirts you wear 
Now it’s time to leave the swamp land if you dare 

This is Major Frog to ground control, I’m hopping through the door 
And I’m croaking in a most peculiar way 
And the flies look very different today 
Here am I sitting on a lily pad far above the world 
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do 

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles, I’m feeling very still 
And I think my tadpole knows which way to go 
Tell my mate I ate her insect lunch, she knows 
Ground control to Major Frog, your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong 
Can you ribbit, Major Frog
Can you ribbit, Major Frog
Can you ribbit, Major Frog
Can you… 
Here am I sitting on a lily pad far above the Moon 
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do

I spent entirely too long on what is probably the worst joke on Tumblr.

That song. That is the best thing.

Major Frog should be on our list of animal space travelers.

19

Sep

tastefullyoffensive:

[kingcheddarxvii]

 Some of us always knew what we wanted to do with our lives.

(Source: kingmunsterxvii)