Monday, September 24, 2018

Lives of The Downtrodden in Early America

Townsends makes reproduction 18th and early 19th Century clothing and also has a YouTube channel. Below Jon Townsend gives us details from the travel journals of Sarah Kemble Knight and surveyor William Bird, who wrote down the things they saw and the people they met.

Via Miss Cellania

OK, ew and qapik

Scrabble players will now be able to use words such as "OK" and "ew" after US dictionary company Merriam-Webster announced it was adding 300 new words in the latest edition of the game's dictionary.
"Qapik", a unit of currency in Azerbaijan, is one of 20 words in the Scrabble Dictionary beginning with q that does not need a u. This is a big deal in the Scrabble universe.

Read more: BBC News

Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Twizzlers

Claire Saffitz, senior food editor at Bon Appetit, attempts to replicate everyone's favourite chewy licorice confection, the Twizzler. Can she do it?

Via MeFi

Photographer Created a 1,400-Pound Camera to Take a Picture of a Train

In 1900, when the Chicago & Alton Railway wanted to promote their brand-new Chicago-to-St. Louis express service, photographer George R. Lawrence knew the whole train wouldn't fit in one picture. He knew he needed a bigger camera - really, really big. He designed a camera that held a glass plate measuring 8 feet by 4 1/2 feet. The camera alone weighed 900 pounds. With the plate holder, it reached 1,400 pounds.

Read more: Open Culture