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Re: News of the Whirled
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2021, 11:37:46 AM »
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Re: News of the Whirled
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2021, 08:36:02 PM »
I gotta party with this woman, fr.   https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/calender-customs-ancient-festival?utm_medium=atlas-page&utm_source=twitter

Across Great Britain, there are hundreds of festivals and other events, often honoring nearly-lost pagan traditions. They celebrate every aspect of the human experience, both mundane and marvelous: porridge, sports, cheese, and fire—so much fire, from flaming tar barrels to wooden longships set alight. One woman has made it her mission to experience them all.

Since 2010, historian Averil Shepherd has been tracking down the quirky, mystical, and ancient rituals of Great Britain. The task isn’t all bonfires and wassailing, however. It’s an enormous logistical undertaking to find accurate, current information about events that are often hyperlocal and organized by volunteers with little promotion. Shepherd met the challenge by creating Calendar Customs, a comprehensive online database of roughly 750 traditions currently celebrated in England, Scotland, and Wales.

Atlas Obscura spoke with Shepherd from her home in Northumberland, England, about dancing with antlers, partying with Vikings, and other memorable moments from the more than 550 festivals she has attended.
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Re: News of the Whirled
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2022, 02:26:56 PM »
A painting worth £740,000 has been destroyed after a 'bored' security guard drew eyes on faceless figures depicted in the artwork at a Russian gallery.

On his first day on the job, the security guard had drawn two pairs of eyes with a ballpoint pen onto artist Anna Leporskaya's 'Three Figures' (1932–1934) painting during an abstract art exhibition at the Yeltsin Center in the city of Yekaterinburg, western Russia.

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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2022, 11:00:50 PM »
Hundreds of feet below the ground in Missouri, there are hundreds of thousands of pounds of American cheese. Deep in converted limestone mines, caves kept perfectly at 36 degrees Fahrenheit store stockpiles of government-owned cheese comprising the country’s 1.4 billion pounds of surplus cheese. How we got to this point is a long story, and it starts during a national dairy shortage in the 1970s. 

In response to this dairy shortage and 30% inflation on dairy products, the government intervened, resulting in prices falling drastically. So, in 1977, then-President Jimmy Carter decided to pour money into the dairy industry to motivate production and alleviate the crisis. The government set a new policy to subsidize dairy, providing two billion dollars to the industry over the next four years. While this plan was welcome to dairy farmers, it also primed them for overproduction.

Farmers who had been struggling were motivated to produce as much dairy as they could, knowing that whatever was not sold on the market could likely be purchased by the government, and it was. By the early 1980s, the government owned over 500 million pounds of cheese. The reason the dairy product was converted to cheese was because it has a longer shelf life than other dairy products as the government searched for solutions to the problem it had created.

This led to Ronald Reagan enacting public distribution of the government cheese in 1981. That year then-Secretary of Agriculture, John R. Block showed up at the White House with a molding five-pound block of cheese and told reporters, “We’ve got 60 million of these that the government owns… It’s moldy, it’s deteriorating… we can’t find a market for it, we can’t sell it, and we’re looking to give some of it away.” Thus, “government cheese” was born, and the federal government distributed these cheese blocks through the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). It was given away for free by pickup to people at food banks, community centers, and so on. “Government cheese” became a totem of American culture, signaling both class and nostalgia. It is referenced in Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z songs, and in 2017, Snoop Dogg even taught Martha Stewart how to cook with it on their show.

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Re: News of the Whirled
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2022, 10:58:46 PM »
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Re: News of the Whirled
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2022, 11:16:23 AM »
Yeah, it's the Daily Fail. Still an interesting read:

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Neuroscientists inadvertently recorded a dying brain while they were using electroencephalography (EEG) to detect and treat seizures in an 87-year-old man, and he suffered a cardiac arrest.

It was the first time ever that scientists had recorded the activity of a dying human brain, according to the team.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10541939/First-recording-dying-brain-suggests-recall-key-life-events.html
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Re: News of the Whirled
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2022, 10:52:18 PM »
“I don’t really know how the bird got there, both getting it out was so complicated and damaging that I can’t imagine that getting it in could have been any fun either.”
Dr. Thomas who extracted the hen from Mr. Adam’s rectal cavity says it’s a miracle that both the man and the animal survived.

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