Terminally Ill Woman Is Taken to the Rijksmuseum

This is really lovely. Reminds me of the story which made Cardinal Mazarin my favourite French historical figure: As he was dying, he had servants carry him around so he could say goodbye to all his favourite paintings.


Terminally Ill Woman Is Taken by Ambulance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam So She Can Visit It One Last Time.

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50 Shades of Tubes: Going Underground

Radio host replaces 50 Shades of Gray words with Underground stations.

audioBoom / 50 Shades of Tubes: Going Underground.

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Washing their hands of sanity

Not sure what kind of play the Republicans are making here – this “let them decide” now seems to be the party line. If it means more braindead sheep removed from the voting pool, I’m all for it. Meanwhile, I’m going to keep washing my hands and avoid shaking hands with this Senatorial idiot.

A US senator has suggested that restaurants should not have to make their employees wash their hands after toilet visits.

Senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, made the comments on Monday during a speech criticising business regulations.

"Let them decide" such issues, the newly elected lawmaker said.

His argument was that restaurants which did not require workers to wash their hands would quickly go out of business.

"But I think it’s good to illustrate the point, that that’s the sort of mentality we need to have to reduce the regulatory burden on this country," Mr Tillis said.

He suggested that restaurants that did not require hand washing would have to alert customers with prominently displayed signs – itself a regulation.

via BBC News – US senator questions forcing food workers to wash hands.

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The Croppy Acre

I walked past this stark memorial when I visited the Collins Barracks museum in Dublin. No signs or notes explained what it was. I’m glad to have seen it, and find out after the fact, but it’s a surprising oversight given how plaqued-up the rest of Dublin is. Ireland is a country that knows and acknowledges its history, so for this large site not to open or signposted is surprising.

Following the defeat of the 1798 Uprising, the bodies of the republican rebels were dumped into unmarked, mass graves across the country. These graves became known as ‘Croppy Pits’ or ‘Croppy Holes’, a reference to the United Irishmen who wore their hair cropped in the style of revolutionary France.

These Irish revolutionaries often carried barley oats as a source of nutrition to sustain them in battle. Several months after a Croppy grave had been filled and covered over, barley often began to grow up and mark the spot. If barley is cut down it only comes back stronger. Though it was lost on the British, the people quickly realised the significance and barley became a defiant symbol of republicanism.

via Dublin People | Remembering the Croppy Acre.

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Man’s Best Friend & Posties Worst Nightmare

Aussie postman takes us on a tour of the neighbourhood dogs. So great.

Man's Best Friend & Posties Worst Nightmare…..or not? – YouTube.

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Markets of Britain

I think Peter Serafinowicz should make all documentaries for the rest of time.

Markets of Britain, a short film by Lee Titt (via Serafinowicz and Popper) – YouTube.

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In 1938, Edward Kasner’s nine-year-old nephew, Milton Sirotta, coined the term googol, which is 10100, then proposed the further term googolplex to be “one, followed by writing zeroes until you get tired”.

I propose we let 9 year olds write the next dictionary.

via Googolplex – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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This sounds like a Flight of the Conchords skit, it’s so hilariously absurdist. Wonder how his fellow comrades feel about this moron blundering around next to them.

New-Zealand English teacher-turned-terrorist Mark Taylor, who shot into the public eye last year after publicly burning his Kiwi passport and then asking for a new one has blundered again by apparently forgetting to turn off geo-location services on his smartphone while tweeting from Islamic State safe houses in Syria.

via Muslim Convert Mark Taylor Accidentally Tweets Locations of ISIS Safe Houses – Breitbart.

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Brian Skerry: The ocean’s glory — and horror

In an era when our Conservative government cares little about conservation, this TED Talk shows both the horror and the hope of climactic and human changes to the ocean.  A more progressive approach is needed, and soon, but there is still a chance we can save our beautiful blue.

Brian Skerry: The ocean’s glory — and horror | Talk Video | TED.com.

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Bean: The Ultimate Psychopath Movie Trailer

Ridiculously well done. This is creepy as hell.

Bean: The Ultimate Psychopath Movie Trailer – YouTube.

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