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Happened to Polio?
In the United States, polio was the most notorious disease of the 20th
century until AIDS appeared. The virus destroys the motor neurons that
control the muscles connected to swallowing, breathing, and limb movement.
Although there was, and is, no cure for polio, on April 12, 1955, it was
announced that Jonas Salk, using March of Dimes donations from millions
of people, had developed a vaccine to prevent polio.
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with an icepick: the history of lobotomy
In the early 1900's, Dr. Walter Freeman, largely through experimentation,
helped to establish various forms of lobotomy as everyday treatment for
psychiatric patients. By 1955 over 40,000 men, women and children in the
United States alone had undergone psychosurgery which left large parts
of their brains irreparably vandalized by doctors who didn't even need
a formal qualification to practice the operation.
Famous people treated with lobotomies: actress Frances
Farmer, Rosemary Kennedy, sister of J.F. Kennedy, Rose Williams, sister
of Tennessee Williams.
Also see: Brief
History of Lobotomy
Houseflies is a parody website and has no association whatsoever with
Desperate Housewives. The story unfolds around six suburban houseflies
in the backdrop of a picture-perfect neighborhood called Diphtheria Lane.
Presurfer and j-walk)
The Washington Posts Mensa Invitational once again asked readers
to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting,
or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. (via LitHaven)
Very nice flash movies:
old man and the fish by David Bokser
by Jim McNell
And a very funny video:
truth about Japanese restaurants
A stunning selection of over 15,000 vintage posters ranging from the rare
Alphonse Mucha to Leonetto Cappiello, as well as the more common vintage
French and Italian posters.
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Photo of the Day
We've been in gorgeous San Diego for a week on a business
trip / vacation. And what did we do there?
World, had an after-hours dinner in a pavilion at the park, and
a private "House of Douse" show by Shamu.
a ride to Carlsbad to visit the flower fields. Acres and acres of
beautiful ranunculus. Unfortunately, that's a flower we don't have
much luck with here in the Chicago area.
the seals on the Children's Beach in La Jolla. The breakwater was
originally constructed to create a sheltered beach for children. Hence
the name, Children's Beach. However the seals found the pleasant beach
to their liking and took it over.
the H.M.S. Surprise, the ship used in the academy award winning
film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which has found
a permanent home at the Maritime
Museum of San Diego.
along the Embarcaderoand admired the Urban
Trees sculptures by various artists. How amazing that one, Gathering
of the Majestic, is by Gregory
Johnson, who grew up in the house next to ours.
Park, which covers a huge 1,200 acres and is minutes away from
downtown San Diego. The park has an excellent Japanese Garden, complete
with koi pond, a beautiful rose garden, a breathtaking conservatory,
many museums, and is right by the zoo.
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Little Kittens random kitten generator
is a cybertown where the residents sport razor sharp parts, big pompadours,
tight side fenders, meticulously combed DAs, and hair plastered straight
A couple of good Japanese animated movies:
of the Guitarist
live in Osaka 2005
Does Romance Novels
I think a lot of us can agree that a large number of romance novel covers
are pretty silly and are just asking to be ridiculed. So that's exactly
what I did. I bought a few of them at the used book store and got to work
on them. The artwork almost writes its own jokes. (via Redsugar
may not be a lion, but I am a lion's cub, and I have a lion's heart."
Interesting as well as educational information on the life and times of
Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603).
There is no clear favorite when the 117 cardinals begin their secret conclave
later this month. But names often mentioned as "papabile"
the Italian word for possible papal candidates include Cardinal
Francis Arinze, a Vatican-based Nigerian, and Brazilian Cardinal Claudio
Brief histories of some of the more interesting holders of the title 'Vicar
of Christ', including Stephen VII who was completely mad, Benedict IX
who was 11 years old when he became pope, Alexander VI who sired many
children, baptized them personally and officiated at their weddings in
Bill Hocker has travelled
to some marvelous places and has taken some great photographs.
"The albums on my shelf have small labels indicating the part of
the world they encompass. It is the limit of my organization; the slides
within are randomly juxtaposed, oblivious to period or itinerary. The
photos were taken with much the same randomness, recording chance collisions
of composition, color, light and subject. I present them here in similar
disorder leaving travelogues or touring guides to other, more capable,
is the official website of the ancient House of Grimaldi. It provides
an overview of nine centuries of Family history, and outlines the genealogy
of some of its main branches.
The history of the Grimaldis is inextricably linked
to those of Genoa and Monaco whose House obtained independence and sovereignty.
The echo of this ancient name reverberates on distant seashores of Europe,
from the Black Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.
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do your pets do while you're at work?
you ever wish you could have a hidden camera in your house so you could
see what your pet is really doing while you are away from home?
Perhaps you are foolish enough to think that your beloved
pup or your darling kitty is patiently sitting by the door, waiting for
Boy, are you wrong!
For several centuries artists have depicted the human figure, still-lifes,
landscapes or non-figurative motives. One subject has been widely neglected
all those years: Micro organisms!
The Micropolitan Museum finally exhibits these often
overlooked works of art which are only visible with the aid of the microscope.
Mascots : Throughout history, crews
of many naval ships not only included humans, but animals as well. H.M.S.
Hood was no exception. In fact, at times during her 21 year career, she
was a veritable floating zoo! Her menagerie of known mascots/pets included
a goat, an opossum, a squirrel, a wallaby, beavers, a variety of birds,
as well as dogs and cats.
Ginger, a large, mostly ginger and white coloured male
tabby cat, and Fishcakes, a smaller "tuxedo" cat, were known
to have been aboard Hood throughout the 1930s. (via Ghost
of a Flea)
A virtual tour of Venice,
Europe's largest carfree city.
Imagine life in a city free from the noise, stench,
and danger of cars, trucks, and buses. Imagine that all basic needs, from
groceries to child care, lie within a five-minute walk of every doorstep.
Cities proposes a delightful solution to the vexing problem of urban
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will be missed.
26-year reign, pontiff dies at 84
Pope John Paul II -1920-2005
In case you were wondering, here is a
list of Popes of the Roman Catholic Church.
Visit Google. Submit a query of two words, but don't use quote marks.
Use no punctuation in your words, and no numbers. Find two words that
return one result, then see whether Whack
Harder than you would think! I've wasted 2 hours so
far & the closest I came was:
pontiff and kleptomaniacal
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