Nuns Learn Martial Arts

No, this video from 2009 that just went viral now is not from a cheesy 90′s movie. The vintage footage is from a a documentary showing nuns learning martial arts for self defense. Trust me, don’t mess with these sisters. The video is featured on Neatorama


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These Vintage Life Hacks Are From The 1900s. The Weird Part Is, They Actually Work.

We all generally see life hacks as a new trend to make life better and cigarettes as an undeniable way to, eventually, make life suck. (Sorry, smokers.)

However, way back in 1900-1910, the two clashing ideas were combined to create these helpful cards which came along with the purchase of Gallaher’s brand cigarettes. But unlike the fact that cigarettes are in no way beneficial, these old-timey tips actually hold up. Channel your inner boy scout and see for yourself!

1.) How To Extract A Splinter

“Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.”

2.) How To Fell A Tree

“Have decided which side you wish the tree to fall, cut alternatively a downward and inward cut as shown. When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and finally pull tree down by means of ropes.”

3.) Keeping Plants Watered While Away

“Fill a large pail with water, and stand it a little above the level of the plants and group round or near as many plants as practical. Loosely plait two or three strands of wool together, immerse completely in water, and place one end in the pail, weighted, and touching the bottom. Rest the other end on the soil: a separate plait of wool is advisable for each pot.”

4.) How To Light A Match In The Wind

“The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind can be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture. On lighting the match the curled strips catch fire at once; the flame is stronger and has a better chance.”

5.) How To Make A Chair To Cross A Stream

“Fasten a strong rope to a tree and let a boy swim across the stream and fasten the other end to a tree on an opposite bank. Make the chair, fasten it to a running look or a block pulley, and by means of a light rope fastened to the middle of (the) chair and held by a scout at each end, those unable to swim are safely passed over.”

6.) How To Make A Fire Extinguisher

“Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted.”

7.) How To Make A Water Filter

“A most handy and efficacious filter can be made out of an ordinary perfectly clean zinc water pail, through the bottom of which a hole has been drilled and a small pipe fitted. The water percolates through the layers of fine and coarse sand, and clean picked gravel and stones, with which the pail is filled, filtering through to the bottom in a clear state.”

8.) How To Preserve Eggs

“Eggs for preserving must be newly laid, and by simply putting these into a box or tin of dry salt-burying the eggs right in the salt and keeping it in a cool dry place — it is possible to preserve them for a very long period. No air whatever should be allowed to get to the shell.”

9.) How To Stop A Mad Dog

“A scout’s staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat may be held before you as shown. The dog invariably endeavours to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick.”

Hopefully you’re never in a position to need that last one, but it is good to be prepared.

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This Awesome 10 Min Short Film on Glass Making Won a 1959 Academy Award

Glas is a 1959 Oscar®-winning short film on glass-blowing and glass-making automation, directed by Bert Haanstra. The film contrasts the production of hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines in the Netherlands.

The wordless film says a lot without saying a word.

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13 Incredible First Photographs Paint An Interesting Picture Of Human History

All you have to do if you really want to marvel at human progress when it comes to photography is scroll through your Instagram feed.

Once a privilege reserved for few, capturing life through a camera lens is now something most of us do on a daily basis. Seeing images of babies, pets, and incredible destinations is commonplace now, but when the first photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1827, the most mundane image is the one that changed history.

Known today as “View from the Window at Le Gras” this blurry photograph of a barley discernible view was a contemporary marvel. Let’s take a walk through human history by checking out these amazing photographic firsts.

1. The First Photograph — 1827

Niépce’s “View from the Window at Le Gras” is considered the first-ever photograph and it was taken in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France. Although gritty, the image captures parts of a building and the photographer’s surrounding estate.

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2. The First Photograph of a Person — 1838

The person in the lower lefthand corner of this image has gone down in history as the first ever human photographic subject. Louis Daguerre, for whom the famous Daguerreotype process was named, most likely took this from his apartment window.

3. The First Selfie — 1839

Philadelphia-based photography enthusiast Robert Cornelius uncovered the lens, entered the frame, sat in place for one minute, and covered the lens again to capture what is now known as the first self-portrait photograph in history.

4. The First Hoax Photograph — 1840

Although photographer Hippolyte Bayard had developed a photographic process before Daguerre, who is traditionally heralded as being the Father of Photography, he didn’t release his findings quickly enough. Daguerre stole the spotlight by rolling out his own method, so as a response, Bayard released this photo of what appeared to be an image of him dead by drowning. This was, of course, a hoax.

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5. The First Moon Photograph — 1840

The first image of the moon was a Daguerrotype captured by John W. Draper. Because of poor storage, it is now pretty heavily damaged.

6. The First Photograph of an American President — 1843

Our sixth president, John Quincey Adams, became the first American president to have his photo taken, but it was after he’d already left office.

7. The First Aerial Photograph — 1860

Photographer James Wallace Black shot this photo from a hot air balloon over Boston at an altitude of 2,000 feet.

8. The First Color Photograph — 1861

Thomas Sutton, who went on to invent the SLR camera, pressed the shutter button to take this photo of a tartan ribbon. The man behind the science that made it all possible, however, was a physicist by the name of James Clerk Maxwell.

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9. First Photograph of a Battle in Progress — 1870

This 1870 image is the first-known photograph of a battle in progress and it shows Prussian advancement toward French troops. Although the first war photographer was an American named Matthew Brady who’d begun working about two decades prior, the above image is still believed to be the first of an ongoing battle.

10. The First Landscape Photograph in Color — 1877

Louis Arthur Ducos du Hauron, who is known as one of the first great innovators of color photography, took this shot of a scene in Southern France.

11. The First Photograph of a Tornado — 1884

This tornado was immortalized in Kansas by a fruit farmer. To capture it, he used a box camera and snapped the photo from 14 miles away.

12. The First Photograph of Earth from Space — 1950

A V-2 rocket snapped this shot from space in 1950. When it was released, copy surrounding the image was framed as “how our Earth would look to visitors from another planet coming in on a spaceship.”

13. The First Digital Photograph — 1957

The first digital photo came as a result of technological developments by Russell A. Kirsch that allowed graphics to be scanned to computer memory. This image is of his son, Walden.

While some of these images seem basic by today’s standards, we probably wouldn’t be sharing our lives on Instagram if they’d never been taken.

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These Look Like Normal Photos From Afar, But They’re Very Much Alive

When practical photography was born in 1839, the simple act of capturing basic portraits and images of everyday objects was a feat of epic and almost unfathomable proportions. That being said, it didn’t take very long for burgeoning photographers to start experimenting with form and function.

About 80 years after the craft’s inception, Arthur Mole and John Thomas decided to develop a series that was unlike anything that had ever been done before. By organizing groups of American soldiers into iconic images that pay homage to some of our nation’s most influential figures, the two achieved an effect that’s beyond impressive (even by today’s standards).

Thomas was in charge of organizing the troops into recognizable images, and Mole was tasked with climbing an 80-foot viewing tower and capturing the photos.

The Human U.S. Shield (1918) — 30,000 officers and men


The Living Allied Flags (1918)

Mole fittingly referred to the pictures in this series as “living photographs.”

Living Portrait of Woodrow Wilson (1918) — 21,000 officers and men

Living Portrait of Woodrow Wilson (detail)

These photos boosted morale as U.S. troops continued serving in World War I.

The Zion Shield (1920)

Human Statue of Liberty (1918) — 18,000 officers

Most impressively of all, every picture was captured with a simple 11 x 14-inch camera.

Living Emblem of the United States Marines (1919)

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To see more pictures from this collection, check out the rest over on the Library of Congress website.

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25 Vintage Mustaches

With over 17,000 historic photos on Flickr, the Library of Congress is a treasure trove for vintage awesomeness. Not only do the fine people at the LOC share an amazing archive for the world to enjoy, but they also categorize and tag many of the images, helping others sort through their extensive collections.

One tag that caught my eye was ‘great mustaches of the LOC‘. With approximately 350 photos tagged as such, I knew I would not be disappointed.

I went through all 350 this morning and below are the Sifter’s 25 personal favourites. Enjoy my friends!

1. General Von Hindenburg c1910-1915

2. Cammdr. Michael Elder vom Appel c1910-1915

3. W.C. Redfield c1910-1915

4. General Grippenberg c1910-1915

5. Kaiser Wilhelm II 1910-1915

6. General Fushimi c1910-1915

7. Gen. Jose Santos Zelaya, former President of Nicaragua 1913

8. Lopez Munos c1910-1915

9. S. Hirai c1910-1915

10. General De Mas-Latrie

11. Prince Sulkowski c1910-1915

12. Dr. Francisco Bertrand, President of Honduras 1913

13. Archduke Leopold Salvator c1910-1915

14. Jose L. Requena c1910-1915

15. Benton McMillin c1910-1915

16. Paul Doumer c1910-1915

17. N. Cochon c1910

18. O.M. Marling 1914

19. Goremykin 1914

20. Dr. John T. Gerin c1910-1915

21. King of Rumania c1910-1915

22. General Desfontaines

23. Archduke Franz Salvatore c1910-1915

24. J.J. Lannin 1913

25. Major General Ambrose E. Burnside c1860-1865

Brooklyn Bookstore Turns Vintage Sci-Fi Novels Into E-Books


Brooklyn-based bookstore Singularity & Co. is resurrecting vintage science fiction titles by tracking down their copyright holders and getting permission to make them available in DRM-free PDF, Epub and Moni format.

Each month, the store, together with the community, selects one out-of-print or unavailable novel and publishes it online and on all the major digital book platforms for little or no cost. Subscribers can choose either a one-year membership for $29.99 or a lifetime membership for $129.99, which offers access to every book they save.

Singularity & Co. was founded earlier this year after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and praise from authors including Neil Gaiman. The bookstore has also republished two classic novels in print format (A Plunge Into Space by Robert Cromie and The Torch by Jack Bechdolt) and will soon be releasing a third (Mr Stranger’s Sealed Packet by Hugh MacColl).

Wired reports that the bookstore is thinking of branching out further by offering new sci-fi books, opening an e-store with cover art-inspired merchandise and reviving vintage titles from a different genre.

Image courtesy of Singularity & Co. on Facebook.

This article originally published at PSFK

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80′s Kids Show SwitchBack Tries To Explain What Is Rap?

Back in 1987, rap was still a very new and very underground concept for white people. So what exactly is “rapping?” Back on the Canadian 80′s show Switchback, Stu Jeffries tries to explain to new musical fad with the help from some ‘talented’ kids. 


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Brother Helps Little Sister Cross Gap By Lying Over It

This adorably precious vintage clip from the 90′s classic version of America’s Funniest Home Videos was uploaded online long ago, but has started to trend again now.

Bob Saget introduced the cute video with, “This maybe one of the sweetest tapes you’ll ever see. Parents, get your kids over here to show them this is a good example of a brother helping his little sister.”

In the short clip, a brother’s little sister was having difficulties making it across a small gap in the sidewalk. To help her out, big bro literally lied down across the gap, so his little sister could climb over him to safety. 

The cute! It’s too much!


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Greatest Moments In Sports History Montage

Back in July, sports obsessed  published this ‘Greatest Moments In Sports‘ video that has only gone viral this week. Now, the video featuring all the best from the past century has garnered over 195,000 views, and is covered on KentuckySportsRadio, TheChive, and BuzzFeed


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