1. Inside a 1926 Rolls Royce
Found on Mansions of the Gilded Age.
2. This Rare Midcentury Beauty for Sale
Only seven of the fibreglass caravans – designed by industrial engineer Chuck Pelly in 1962 with an original price tag of $8,500 – were ever made and only two thought to still exist. Following its renovation by Oregon-based Flyte Camp, the four-berth Model X trailer is now for sale, priced at $250,000.
Found on The Spaces.
3. A mansion being moved like the old days
Moving at a rate of half a foot per second, Sharpe House — the stately former residence that is the once-and-future home of half of Brown University’s history department… After the move, the Sharpe House will be situated directly adjacent to Peter Green House, another 19th-century residence, which was also moved by the university to Brown Street in 2007… The move will open that site that will enable future development of Brown’s planned Performing Arts Center.
4. Ancient Thracian city of Seuthopolis
In the 1940s, archaeologists discovered the ancient city of Seuthopolis, the capital seat of the Odrysian Kingdom beginning in the 4th century BCE. Unfortunately, the discovery came too late, because under construction nearby was a reservoir dam, which would soon flood the valley and drown “the best preserved Thracian city in modern Bulgaria.” Now over half a century later, a project proposed by Bulgarian architect Zheko Tilev would uncover and preserve the ruins using “a circular dam wall, resembling a well on the bottom of which, as on a stage, is presented the historical epic of Seuthopolis.”
Found on Pruned.
5. The Portable Pocket “iPad” of Typewriters
The smallest typewriters ever made, first produced in 1907.
6. Having no computer, this teacher from Ghana would teach Microsoft Word to students on a blackboard
Found via Reddit.
7. This Historical Badass you’ve probably never heard of
Richard Francis Burton was a British “explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat.” He spoke 29 languages, translated the Kama Sutra and the Arabian Nights, and shocked Victorian England with his essays about homosexuality. He sneaked into Mecca for Hajj (for which non-Muslims are prohibited) in disguise. He was also said to measure the penises of men he encountered.
Found on Wikipedia.
8. A Black Women-Only WWII Unit
The patriotic women that made up the only black female unit during WWII were recognized this weekend with a monument in Kansas, CBS News Radio reported. The 800+ women who were a part of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion were responsible for organizing mail while serving in Birmingham, England. The unit was created to help work through the backlog of mail that was supposed to be distributed to U.S. service members. It was a trailblazing unit because the Women Army Corps were separated by race and women of colour were rarely allowed to serve overseas.
Found on Essence
9. A Brief Round-up of our favourite Kitsch-mas Cheer
Found on Kitschatron.
10. A guy who wrapped his brother’s present in cement…
Found on Reddit
11. Your Very Last Minute Gift Idea for any personality:
Masterclass currently has a 2 for 1 deal until December 26th on all-access passes. Or you can offer single classes from €100.
12. Can you believe this Christmas song was recorded sung by a 13-year-old girl?
The popular Christmas song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” played in films like Home Alone and having the vocals of an apparently adult woman, was actually sung by a very mature-sounding 13-year-old, Brenda Lee.
Found on Wikipedia.
13. Because for some, Christmas is a little different…
Here is a list of non-profit charities to donate to this Christmas.