Thursday, November 26, 2015

This Image Was 6 Years and 720K Photos in the Making

“Kingfishers dive so fast they are like bullets so taking a good photo requires a lot of luck – and a lot of patience,” says Scottish photographer Alan McFadyen. He spent an estimated 6 years, 4,200 hours, and 720,000 exposures trying to nail the perfect symmetrical shot of a kingfisher diving into its reflection.

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The Case Of The Poisoned Dumplings

Eliza Fenning was a domestic servant who was the most famous wronged woman in England in 1815. She was executed for the attempted murder of her employer and his family on flimsy evidence and many believed she was innocent, especially after her declaration on the scaffold:
‘Before the just and almighty God, and by the faith of the holy sacrament I have taken, I am innocent of the offence with which I am charged.’
Her case became instrumental in the fight for doctors to be better trained in the newly developing science of forensics and also led to the launch of experiments on yeast and arsenic that continue to this day.

Ms Fenning left another legacy behind: when Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein she based the character of the wrongly accused Justine on Eliza.

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It’s Carving Time!

In the nick of time here's a vintage video from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that tells you everything you need to know about carving the festive bird. Bon appetit, my American friends!


Dredging Drowned Bicycles From Amsterdam Canals

There are an estimated 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. How many of these end up at the bottom of a canal? Hundreds, many of which are vintage. A  giant claw machine perched atop a barge dredges them up from canal floors.

Not only bikes but shopping carts, wagons, and even an occasional car are fished out.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fore-edge Painting

In this 1947 film a scene is painted on the edges of the pages of a book.  She's pretty handy with a paintbrush, she even painted her hair to match the walls.