"In the not-too-far future, rule by debt-based currency will be seen as devoid of any legitimacy, just as today we see as devoid of legitimacy the concepts of rule by divine right and rule by chattel ownership of ones body." -- Michael Rivero

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The 1921--1924 hyperinflation happened mainly because of three things: the ongoing internal political instability in the country, the occupation of the Ruhr district by foreign troops, and when the Weimar (modern-day Germany) government printed too much banknotes to pay reparations after the 1923 French invasion. Because the banknotes were not matched by Germany's production, their value fell.

You probably remember the 1980 movie The Blue Lagoon, which starred then-14-year-old Brooke Shields and 18-year-old Christopher Adkins as scantily clad castaways on a deserted tropical island. The film, with its gratuitous teen nudity and bewildering sex scenes, was generally panned by critics and even earned Shields a Razzie Award for Worst Actress, but it did receive an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. It was that camera work that also proved to be noteworthy for wildlife biologists.

The Medical Stuff Used in the Past Will Give You the Willies unewsy Thu, 09/28/2023 - 14:19

US Civil War Surgeon’s kit.

WWII Nazi Booby Traps Disguised as Everyday Objects unewsy Thu, 09/28/2023 - 14:10

During World War II, the Nazis sneaked in bombs into everyday items aboard British supply ships. They believed that by cutting off Britain’s supplies, they could starve them into submission.

5 of America's Insane Ayslums and the Horrors That Happened There unewsy Thu, 09/28/2023 - 14:05

From the birthplace of the lobotomy to a school for disabled children with "zoo-like" conditions, let's go behind the locked doors of history's worst institutions.

Old Photos Show How Disney Animators Used Real-Life Model to Draw Alice In Wonderland unewsy Thu, 09/28/2023 - 13:57

Based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll and produced by the Walt Disney Productions, the 1951 Alice in Wonderland is a classic American animated musical fantasy.

The film features Kathryn Beaumont as the voice of Alice. Walt Disney was also impressed by her looks that he also chose her for the model of Alice.

25 Famous Predictions That Were Proven To Be Wrong unewsy Thu, 09/28/2023 - 13:52

The only predictable thing about the future is that it's unpredictable. Which is why it's never a good idea to doubt or dismiss the possibility of a 'futuristic' technology, especially when there are always brilliant innovators who aim towards the impossible.

Fake News is Old News unewsy Thu, 09/28/2023 - 13:25

Britain’s psychological warfare campaign against the Nazis pre-empted the information wars of the 21st century. 

Vladimir Putin the Historian unewsy Thu, 09/28/2023 - 13:24

Moscow was once considered the third Rome, but in Vladimir Putin’s view it is more accurately the second Kyiv.

France in Rhodesia: A Secret History of African Decolonisation unewsy Thu, 09/28/2023 - 13:22

Rhodesia’s white minority declared unilateral independence from the UK in 1965, gaining covert support from France, Britain’s colonial rival in Africa.