1. Hemingway’s Frozen Leopard of Kilimanjaro
In 1926,local missionary Dr Richard Reusch discovered and recorded the mysterious carcass of a frozen leopard at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Hemingway saw Reusch’s photo of the frozen leopard and it inspired his famous short story, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.”
“Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai ‘Ngaje Ngai’, the House of God. Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.”
No one knows quite what the leopard was doing up here. Reusch recorded that he managed to cut off one of its ears to take home as a souvenir. Some years later someone unknown made off with the whole thing, never to be seen again.
Photo found here.
2. This Grilled Banana Marshmallows BBQ Hack
Slice open a banana peel and put marshmallows in it and then grill, baby.
5 Awesome Summer BBQ hacks found on Roadtrippers.
3. The Pyramid of Chephren
Cairo, Egypt by BeboFlickr.
4. Blackbeard’s Ship Confirmed Off North Carolina
After 15 years of uncertainty, a shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina, USA, has been confirmed as that of the infamous 18th-century pirate Blackbeard, state officials say.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge grounded on a sandbar near Beaufort in 1718, nine years after the town had been established.
Blackbeard (real name Edward Teach) and his crew abandoned the ship and survived. After a comprehensive review of the evidence, officials are sure it’s the ship sailed by one of history’s fiercest and most colorful pirates.
Found via Presurfer.
5. In Instagram Account of Things Found in Old Records
Scored nice copies of Beatles ’65, Beatles VI, a mono With The Beatles, a German HELP! and out fell these drawings of Sir Paul.
What’s better than finding a copy of the Jimmy Lavaca Swings LP? – Finding a real photo of Jimmy himself in a framed photo card standing with a woman (is it mom, a fan, who knows?). The back cover is also autographed by him and the handwriting matches the writing on the photo.
IF THE BOMB FALLS – A Recorded Guide LP and out fell all sorts of Cold War era pamphlets and handwritten preparation lists. The lists are of items and tasks needed to be completed and stored in case of a nuclear assault. They include: “Cats”, “Rick’s opera books”, “Jeff’s little men””, etc.”
Found a copy of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ at a flea market in Bellmore, NY and although it didn’t include the promotional poster, it did include the (censored) scandalous photo seen here!
An unsigned “Marijuana License” was found inside a Pam Todd & Love Exchange LP in Durham, NC. The certificate is signed by Jimmy “Nickel Bag” Carter, President.
A copy of the Woodstock LP set knowing one disc was missing because of what was inside: The previous owner had collaged the inner sleeves of the set.
Found this written on the inner sleeve of Pink Floyd’s ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ LP.
Found on this instagram account posting submissions of things found inside vintage record sleeves.
6. A town in Texas called Earth, the only place on Earth officially named Earth
Earth is a city in Lamb County, West Texas, United States, established by William E. Halsell, who laid out the townsite in 1924. Originally Halsell named the city Fairlawn, but in 1925 it was renamed Earth when it was learned that there was already a town in Texas by the name of Fairlawn. In order to find a new name the townspeople sent in suggestions, and the agreed-upon best name was chosen. The name Earth was submitted by Ora Hume (O.H.) Reeves, who became the owner of the city hotel.
As of the 2010 Census, the population was 1,065.
Found on Wikipedia.
7. The search engine that plants a tree everytime you use it
Bookmark it and start planting trees now.
8. A Beautiful Portrait of Paris’ Hidden Passages
Always my first suggestion when someone asks me what to do in Paris when it’s raining, the talented photographer behind the Tell Tale blog has beautifully captured the spirit of Paris’ many covered hidden passageways, built in the Belle Epoque, perfect for rainy day shopping. They’re mostly found in the 9th & 10th arrondissements, I’ve listed my favourites to find here.
Photographs found on the Tell Tale Blog.
9. Inside Mussolini’s Secret Bunker
Later, Mussolini decided to build another bunker, and then a third, which was still unfinished by the time he was arrested in 1943.
Oh and here’s a photo ↓ of the creepy headquarters of Mussolini’s Italian Fascist party. Rome, 1930…
10. Hitler’s Girlfriend, Eva Braun’s Lingerie for sale at an Ohio antique shop for $7,500
The shop owner claims that he picked up the underwear 84-year-old U.S. Air Force Maj. Charles Snyder, who, in turn, picked up $3 million worth of Nazi memorabilia from a mysterious soldier going by 1st Lt. D.C. Watts, who says he was there during the 1945 liberation of Adolf Hitler’s Alps retreat. Snyder purchased a trunk of memorabilia from a warehouse in the 90s for 3 million dollars and now runs a whole web store filled with unsettling Nazi memorabilia. You can find it here.
The salmon-colored panties with an “EB” monogram came with a certificate of authenticity, but it’s anyone’s guess if they actually belonged to the girlfriend and accomplice of one of the most reviled monsters in history.
Found on Death and Taxes Mag.
11. That time Billie Holiday was busted for Drugs with her Chihuahua
“PH…4…INP SOUNDPHOTO PHILA,.PA…“DOPE RAID.” Nightclub singer Billie Holiday was picked up by Phila., Police in an early morning dope raid at her hotel today. She was held under bail on charges of using dope. She is currently filling a singing engagement at a night club here. Held with her on the same charge was her husband and road manager, Louis McKay, 46. The 41-year-old singer insisted on bringing her pet Chihuahua dog to City Hall. Photo shows Billie leaving the Central cell with her pet dog. Detective Capt. Clarence Ferguson who lead the raid is behind her. DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY SAM PSORAS….2/23/56….”
Found on Dangerous Minds.
12. Prohibition-Era Roulette Cocktail
“Old Mr. Boston Fruit-Flavored Gins – Ginsicles – What’s Your Flavor”, a marketing gimmick for the bygone distillery, Old Mr. Boston, also famous for their bartender’s guide, first published in 1935 and became known to both professional and home bartenders as the “Bible of Booze.”
Recently sold on Live Auctioneers.