Sunday, July 23, 2023



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Alice Eastwood Standing at a Rupture in 1906

The 1906 quake of San Francisco left a visible gap all along the San Andreas Fault line, which can still be seen today. Located between the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate, the San Andreas Fault is among the most known active faults on the planet. It was named so after the San Andreas Lake that was formed as a result of the fault, which was discovered in 1895 by geologist Andrew Lawson of the University of California, Berkeley.

After the 1906 quake, Professor Lawson established that the fault line ran down to the southern portion of California, which he named the “California Fault Line.” Immediately after this natural occurrence, the fault line could be clearly seen, as shown in the above picture.

The Monowheel (Dynasphere) from the 1930s

This bizarre vehicle was based on a design by Leonardo da Vinci. The concept for this wheel, popularly known as a monowheel, was patented in 1930 by a British inventor called Dr. J. A. Purves, who based his design on Da Vinci’s drawing. Purves was so sure that his monowheel would be the next great thing in the automobile world that he even wrote an article about it in the journal “Popular Mechanics.”

The monowheel ran well, but it had a major weakness when it came to braking and accelerating. The design would cause the driver’s carriage to spin around the wheel, similar to when a hamster stops abruptly on a hamster wheel.

Stylish Students at the Cambridge University (1926)

These elegant Cambridge gentlemen were members of a fraternity of academics who attended one of the world’s most renowned universities. Even though Cambridge students were very studious, it didn’t mean they didn’t know how to have a good time.

There was a secret organization on campus at the time called the “Alpine Society,” which only permitted members to join if they could get over the college’s gates at night.

Dad and Daughter Ride Penny-Farthings in the 1930s

Penny-farthing bikes were already outdated when this picture was taken in the 1930s. The penny-farthing cycles were popular in the 1870s and 1880s until the advent of contemporary bicycle design. They were distinguished by their oversized front wheel and relatively small rear wheel.

This type of bike gets its unusual name from British coinage. Like the wheels on this bicycle, the penny is considerably bigger than the farthing.

The Knock-up Profession of the 1920s

We now use alarm clocks or mobile phone alarms to get us up in the morning, but folks needed to be on time for work before these devices were created. Those who worked as “knocker-uppers” could be found in most major industrial cities. Knocker-uppers walked about with long sticks, knocking on bedroom windows to ensure that their clients’ workers got out of bed on time.

Knocker-uppers were paid a few pennies each week from their customers, with an additional monetary incentive if they remained at the window, persistently knocking until they were sure the person was up and ready to start their day.

Cowboys Enjoying a Saloon in Tascosa, Texas

It is quite uncommon to find an image like this one depicting cowboys enjoying themselves in a bar and playing cards. The one thing you’ll notice as soon as you see these cowboys is how different they appear from what you see on TV. The hats these guys are wearing aren’t super stylish, but rather they are tall hats that provide ventilation to keep their heads cool.

Additionally, all the riders are wearing chaps to protect their legs when horse riding. Although most people think that a cowboy should look like Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, this picture clearly depicts a typical cowboy.

European Royalty in London in 1910

Nine reigning monarchs were present during King Edward VII’s burial in 1910. Someone saw this as a wonderful picture opportunity and collected the monarchs for this historical image, possibly the only photograph of all nine kings in existence.

In the back row, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel II from Portugal and the Algarve, Kaiser Wilhelm II from Germany and Prussia, King George I from Greece, and King Albert I from Belgium.

In the front low, seated from left to right are King Alfonso XIII from Spain, King George V from the United Kingdom, and King Frederick VIII from Denmark.

The Original Moulin Rouge in 1915

The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret and theatre which is known for being the birthplace of the famous can-can dance. It was erected and opened in 1889 and sought to bring artists and creatives from all walks of life together.

This photo was taken in 1915, just a short time before the Moulin Rouge was burnt down that same year. It was rebuilt and is still open today with its extravagant arts and events. It continues to attract around 600,000 patrons a year.

An Ottoman Supply Train Abandoned in the Desert

At the start of the 1900s, T.E. Lawrence, best-known as Lawrence of Arabia, worked for years helping people in the region attack and take down Ottoman Empire outposts during the Arab Revolt. This included stopping supply trains in the region.

Lawrence and his people took down many trains, all of which remain abandoned in the desert.

Costumed Entertainers Riding Horses in a 1920s Halloween Event

Halloween has been around in its various forms for centuries, and the costumes that come with it were just as loved in the 1920s as they are today. These riders not only dressed for the occasion themselves, but also dressed up their horses to look all spooky.

Marilyn Monroe Entertaining Thousands of Soldiers (1954)

Marilyn Monroe spent time in Korea in 1954 after her honeymoon in Japan with her new husband Joe DiMaggio. Monroe spent her time in Korea performing for and entertaining the American soldiers who were stationed there.

She performed a quickly put-together show which she titled Anything Goes. In entertaining such a large audience, Monroe gained confidence in herself. It helped her overcome the stage fright she previously had. She even said the Korea trip “was the best thing that ever happened to me. I never felt like a star before in my heart.”

Funny Reaction of Yakini, a Baby Gorilla in the Melbourne Zoo

Yakini, a gorilla at Melbourne Zoo, was only a very small baby when this picture was taken in 1999. Yakini grew up a famous gorilla, having his image shared all over the world and is now significantly larger than the average person.

Here we see baby Yakini having a health check-up, and reacting to how cold the stethoscope feels on his chest. If you needed reminding on how closely related gorillas are to humans, here’s your proof! Just look at that face!

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By the way . . .
  • Yakini, a Silverback gorilla, is now dominant gorilla at Werribee Open Range Zoo, having taken leadership from his father.
  • He turned 20 in 2019.
  • Teams of doctors from the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital fought to keep him alive after he was born by caesarean section without a heartbeat.
  • He’s grown into a brawny 170kg beast, according to Melbourne Zoo senior primate keeper Ulli Weiher.
  • Ms Weiher said he had kept his mother’s gentle, relaxed personality.
  • Yakini moved to Werribee in 2011 to join father Motaba and brother Ganyeka.
  • Yakini made an escape from Melbourne Zoo in 2009 using a low-hanging palm. He went walkabout before staff recaptured him with a bunch of bananas and a tranquilliser dart. Between 40 and 50 visitors were ushered out of harm's way and into a gift shop while nine-year-old Yakini spent 20 minutes checking out some of the other zoo inhabitants. The 92-kilogram gorilla wandered for about 20 minutes, rummaging through bins and climbing on the roof of the butterfly enclosure before he was eventually lured to the elephant barn by a senior keeper carrying a bunch of bananas. "All the while during this little stroll we were shepherding guests into the gift shop, we were securing gates (and) the vets were getting their tranquilliser darts ready,'' Mr Maloney said. Zoo staff sedated Yakini from about 20 metres and carried him back to his enclosure, where he was living a bachelor life with his father and half-brother. "He woke up with a yawn and a stretch and the look on his face was like `I've just had this weirdest dream','' senior keeper Damian Lewis said. Zoo staff have trimmed the low-hanging palm.

Yakini as a baby

Yakini with keeper Ulli Weiher

Yakini 2019

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