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NY Times Weekender Nostalgia Post

The Internet appears to have swallowed an almost ten-year old commercial from the NYTimes about its (then new) Weekender subscription service, which included the famous "Saturdays, the word alone makes me happy" comment. It was parodied here by the 92Y Tribeca (RIP) and was then revised by the NY Times. I am, however, looking for the original ad that ran in 2006 (according to this Time article). Was even able to locate the abridged version of the commercial, but can't find the original. MeFi's can you help me save this from the internet rabbit hole?
posted by neoist on Oct 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Books on Jewish history

I'm looking for exceptionally well written books on topics in Jewish history that don't focus on the Holocaust, the modern state of Israel, or are "complete" histories (i.e. "A History of the Jews") [more inside]
posted by gwint on Oct 18, 2015 - 12 answers

What is the meaning of 'Get high! and farewell dinosaurs zippie'?

This woman was at the Democratic National Convention - Miami, 1972. [Source - the image in question is about a third of the way down the page]
posted by srboisvert on Oct 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Is there a term for architectural scars?

Years ago I ran across a term for the scars left behind on buildings by previously existing details or even other connected buildings. The line of a former wall, a connected roofline, that sort of thing. As time will do, the years have erased the term from my memory. I'm working on a small documentary project involving those scars, and would love to use the name . . . Any ideas what that term might have been? Thanks!
posted by pt68 on Oct 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Examples of surprising aspects of everyday life during past times

I'm looking for examples of unexpected (and not widely known) practices of everyday life from bygone eras. I'll give a few examples of the type of information I seek. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Oct 11, 2015 - 41 answers

Birthday songs sung in the US before "Happy Birthday To You"

Looking for music and hopefully audio for birthday songs that might have been sung in the states before ~1860, ideally in English. I feel certain that I have seen a list of such songs in the past, but several decades worth of hubbub about the "Happy Birthday to You" copyright and the generic nature of the possible search terms seem to have have rendered Google helpless. Thanks!
posted by quarterframer on Oct 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Did the Founding Fathers have a "Sent Mail" folder?

Did people commonly make and keep copies of their handwritten personal correspondence? [more inside]
posted by brentajones on Oct 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Art history podcast suggestions, please.

Another podcast question! Something that will teach me the history of art? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Sep 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Ancient podcasts

Hi! I'm looking for good podcasts about extremely ancient history, stretching way back into pre-history! Basically: anything that goes from pre-sapiens hominids to, i don't know, let's use 500 BCE as our arbitrary cutoff date. Stuff about human evolution, early architecture, first farming practices, religions, history of tool use, anything in that nice huge swath that encompasses the shadowy past. I know that's a big-ass series of unrelated eons, but basically: the older the better!
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 26, 2015 - 9 answers

VFW technical question

The VFW was established in 1913 and had overlap with living Civil War vets. Cursory googling doesn't turn this up, but could Civil War veterans join the VFW?
posted by codacorolla on Sep 24, 2015 - 11 answers

German Military Industrial Resources During WWII

If Germany didn't expend resources on perpetrating the crimes of the Holocaust would there have been a significant impact on the outcome of WWII in Europe? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Sep 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Are atheists, in fact, responsible for more mass murder than theists?

I'm an atheist trying to take the question of secular morality in society seriously. In debates about whether a secular society is better than a religious one, theists often allude to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc -- the mass murders of the 20th century who were motivated by secular beliefs. Are theists right that atheists killed more people in the 20th century than religious leaders did? What notable examples of this exist, besides the three mentioned above? [more inside]
posted by everythingyoudoisaballoon on Sep 21, 2015 - 27 answers

Help me find resources to learn about my new home in Washington state.

Two years ago, we moved from Maryland to Seattle, WA, but I still feel like I don't know very much about my new home. Ideally, I'm looking for the "here's what you should have learned in 6th grade" level overview of local history and common knowledge. (I might get into deeper history later, but right now I just want to not feel like such a tourist)
posted by mboszko on Sep 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Amateur Historian Seeking Advice on Interviewing Sources

I'm writing a book about an event in local history and I'm doing a lot of new research using primary sources. As part of this, I've been interviewing descendants of the parties involved. What is the protocol or best practice for sharing your findings with them? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Sep 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Any world history book reccomendations for the medieval period?

My undergraduate degree was in medieval history, and I still enjoy reading about the period. But I've a very narrow geographic range to what I've read about - mainly western Europe, with some on eastern Europe and the Middle East. I'd like to broaden my range with some good books about what was going on in the rest of the world from about 500CE to 1500CE. [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur on Sep 11, 2015 - 18 answers

The Footprint on Crusoe's Island & its use in critical theory

The single appearance of the footprint in Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel, Robinson Crusoe, is perhaps one of the most famous events in all of literature. I am interested in who has referenced it, and for what ends, especially in critical theory. I also wonder whether Michel Foucault's famous closing lines to 'The Order of Things' is a subtle reference to the appearance of that footprint? Can other allusions to 'the figure of man' and marks in the sand be traced back to Defoe's novel?
posted by 0bvious on Sep 9, 2015 - 3 answers

What is a good video about the founding fathers (of the US)?

I am teaching a college-level introductory government class and need to include content about the Founding Fathers and their views on government. My expertise is in environmental law/policy, which is where most of the class will focus, but I do need to cover the traditional constitution-writing, independence-declaring stuff as well. I already have readings (from Zinn, and also a mainstream textbook) but I would like a compelling video about the founding fathers - and, hopefully, their disparate and conflicting viewpoints - to round out our first week. I was thinking of PBS or something like that, but I'm having a hard time finding anything that is 1) long enough, 2) not too long (>60 minutes), and 3) college level. Any ideas?
posted by Princess Blueberry on Sep 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Recommend books about the 20th century

I'm trying to fill in gaps in my knowledge of recent history, and need additional reading recommendations. Can you suggest books? Very specific or specialized is fine! [more inside]
posted by josyphine on Sep 6, 2015 - 44 answers

RSS feed of Art Masterpieces?

I'm trying to get back into the swing of creating art regularly. I'd love to get a regular stream of the great paintings of Western art. Wide-ranging and updated at least daily. Anyone know of such a thing?
posted by mkuhnell on Sep 3, 2015 - 6 answers

That Old House

What are the most awesome historic homes that can be toured? I am most immediately interested in the North East US, but am glad to hear about ones all over the country and even out of the country, because, well, I seem to be trying to make it everywhere.... [more inside]
posted by ReluctantViking on Sep 2, 2015 - 55 answers

History: swift, coordinated, mass betrayal

What are some interesting historical events of relatively swift, coordinated, mass betrayal, such as the Night of the Long Knives, or the Bleiburg Tragedy? Doesn't matter if the betrayers were "good" or "bad".
posted by Sticherbeast on Aug 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Ultra-Violence Through the Ages

Can anyone recommend a good historical examination of literary and performed works throughout all of human history that stood out from their contemporaries for containing exceptionally violent/disturbing imagery, even for their own time? (more 'recent' examples being Titus Andronicus, the various Penny Dreadfuls, de Sade, Milton, etc) [more inside]
posted by chambers on Aug 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Solve this Memoir/History Problem For Me

Was interracial marriage ever illegal in New York State? What was the status of the law in 1961? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Aug 20, 2015 - 10 answers

A History of Hitsville U.S.A.

I'm about to finish Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era, which is a history of the songwriters and musicians who invented the classic "Brill Building Sound." What's the best book to read about Motown Records? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Aug 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Stuff to do in/near antigonish ns

Asking for my folks: tell me arts/ecology/sheep/theatre/rug hooking/banjo/history/alternative building materials stuff to do near Antigonish Nova Scotia in the first week of September this year.
posted by lizifer on Aug 16, 2015 - 3 answers

In 1527 how did English households tell time?

In the novel "Wolf Hall" Liz Cromwell is shocked to realize she and Thomas are awake at 3 o'clock in the morning (quote, though no real spoilers inside). How does she know what time it is in 1527? Would a successful lawyer and merchant have a clock in his bedroom? Would a church or town clock tower ring the hours through the night? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Aug 8, 2015 - 18 answers

Escape from US & Canadian Internment camps during WWII?

I'm trying to find out if anyone successfully escaped from a Japanese-American or Japanese-Canadian Internment camp during World War II. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Jul 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Resources and info on the history of Boston MA pop music

I just moved to Boston and don't know much of anything about it's history as a music town. I mean I'm generally aware of classic rock bands being from Boston, and then Mission of Burma, but what else? What books, documentaries, websites, magazine archives, etc should I read to find out more about the Boston (and surrounding area) scene? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 20, 2015 - 22 answers

The Best Historical, Educational, or Informational YouTube Channels?

I'm looking for YouTube channels that are dedicated to providing education about or insight into interesting subjects. They can have humor in them, but I'd prefer for them to be primarily informative rather than humorous. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Fragments of Old London Still Visible in Modern London

Fragments of Roman Londinium are still visible around London. Bits of old London Bridge have been worked into St. Magnus the Martyr Church. What other leftover bits of old London are still hanging around the modern-day city? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jul 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Why do Americans spend so much on housing?

I have been reading some articles about housing costs in the U.S. and I'm interested in learning why – historically, culturally, economically, or otherwise – Americans spend a larger portion of their incomes on housing compared to other developed nations. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jul 9, 2015 - 23 answers

How do I convert old French currency?

I'd like to convert 729 livres in Lyon, France in 1736 to contemporary US dollars. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Jul 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Bring On the Spooky History

It's time to take my love of spooky history to a new level. What are some shows, movies, podcasts, etc that do it well? Preferences within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Medieval Knick Knacks?

Are there any surviving evidence of household decorations from medieval times in Europe? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Jul 4, 2015 - 8 answers

History Steel Pier in Atlantic City

Google challenge: Name the architect who built the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jul 2, 2015 - 7 answers

LAZURASNAIL: What happened to the British Museum's revenant mollusc?

In the mid-1800s, a snail spent years glued to a specimen card in the British Museum before scientists realized it was still alive. What became of this snail? Help me solve a scientific History Mystery, AskMe! [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Jul 1, 2015 - 17 answers

Seeking recommendations: books about African history

Once again, I'm reminded of everything I don't know, so it's time to start organizing my next round of what-to-read. This time: African history. Any recommendations would be very welcome. [more inside]
posted by ElaineMc on Jun 28, 2015 - 7 answers

How Long Until They Knew Who Won The Battles?

I'm interested in better understanding the rate at which data transmission has increased through human history. I would like to graph this to understand better how to compare ancient events with modern based on how long it would take an idea to filter through a population at a given time. I know this is a tall order, and so I've settled on one variable that I think will be useful for me: the speed at which the results of a battle were relayed back to the relevant parties. [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jun 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Modern criticism of Gibbon to keep in mind during reading?

I'm embarking on Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," and won't be dissuaded (plus, I already bought a great, modern edition). I am, however, aware that some parts of it have aged better than others. What should I be keeping in mind as I read? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jun 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Where can I find historical residential gas prices?

For Louisville, Kentucky but I guess anyplace will do. I am trying to determine if I need to switch my aging furnace from gas to electric and for the life of me I can't find any pricing over time ( like years ) to compare rate hikes. Any suggestions?
posted by usermac on Jun 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Mnemonic version for Saxon kings

I'm familiar with the William the Conqueror onwards verse about English kings (Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee, etc), but I know that I saw one for the Saxon kings somewhere and I can't find it. I recall bits like "With Egbert's name our tale is led, then Aethels Wulf, Bald, Bert, and Red" and "Never-ready Aethelred" and you'd really think I would be able to google up an answer with that as a start, but I've got nothing.
posted by It's Never Lurgi on Jun 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Best books on colonial American history?

I was recently looking at my family tree and curious about the lives of my ancestors, many of whom emigrated to Massachusetts/Rhode Island/New York from England in the early 1600s. Especially interested in books about Rhode Island and particularly anything about Roger Williams or Stephen Hopkins, who are great-great-etc grandfathers of mine (but also interested in just learning about everyday life for colonists, and what the transition was like moving from England). Assume I know little beyond the basics of American history.
posted by three_red_balloons on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

The best non-fiction I ever read. Help me find more.

I recently finished The Making of The Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes and it is probably the best non-fiction book I ever read. I picked it up based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews not because I have any particular interest in WWII or wars in general. [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Jun 9, 2015 - 86 answers

Cool history podcasts (and other podcasts) for a 8 year old boy

My 8 year old son LOVES history. He also loves audiobooks and podcasts as he can listen whilst doing his other great love - Lego! Can anybody recommend good history podcasts aimed specifically at primary school aged children? I would also appreciate details of any other good age appropriate podcasts that you think he would enjoy. Thanks!
posted by ozem on Jun 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Yahweh or the highway

I'm interested in reading a popular but scholarly book about the development of Yahweh from one of many gods in a polytheistic system to a singular monotheistic god. A history of the peoples of Palestine from pre-history up to Christianity, which tackles the Bible in its appropriate historical context, could hit the spot as well. What's best?
posted by lewedswiver on Jun 3, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I create a Maya Angelou costume?

My 10 year old (Caucasian) daughter wants to participate in an end-of-school-year social studies project where she has to dress up as Maya Angelou. This is part of a class presentation on famous North Carolinians (we love to claim Dr. Angelou even though she wasn't born here), and my daughter will also give a short speech. [more inside]
posted by little mouth on May 31, 2015 - 17 answers

European History for the ignorant

I was staring at the map of Europe yesterday, and I realized that I know very little history. To start I would like to learn about the Colonial Period and the major power players there in. I seem to be ingesting a lot of podcasts and audiobooks lately so that would be perfect. To be clear, I'm looking for an introductory level work to get me started. [more inside]
posted by aeighty on May 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Best books on medieval / early modern British history?

I'm seeking pretty much what it says on the tin: books that are about medieval and early modern British history, especially anything about Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Non-fiction preferred, well sourced fiction okay. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on May 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Name me some really cool princesses?

I'm putting together a book for a very little girl who is going through a princess phase, hoping to expand her idea of who a princess can be - e.g., "Here's Princess Sophie - she worked for the World Childhood Foundation." Most of the lists of favorite princesses are Disney characters, and others are too specific to an era or kingdom. I realize that this project is subject to criticism, but I'm thinking of it as a "Yes, and..." contribution to her enthusiasm. Can you name me some good role model princesses?
posted by mmiddle on May 19, 2015 - 31 answers

Recommend us stuff to read in Spain, about Spain.

tau_ceti and I are leaving for a vacation in Spain this week, hitting Madrid/Basque Country/Barcelona. We're looking for recommendations of stuff to read on our Kindles about the history, culture, geology, etc of regions we might be driving through. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on May 18, 2015 - 14 answers

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