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Ancient fast food stall excavated in Pompeii:



Archaeologists in Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, have made the extraordinary find of a frescoed hot food and drinks shop that served up the ancient equivalent of street food to Roman passersby.

Known as a termopolium, Latin for hot drinks counter, the shop was discovered in the archaeological park's Regio V site, which is not yet open the public, and unveiled on Saturday.

Traces of nearly 2,000-year-old food were found in some of the deep terra cotta jars containing hot food which the shop keeper lowered into a counter with circular holes.
 

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Friedman was the primary codebreaker for our [U.S.] military during that war and pioneered many of the techniques that were used so successfully during the next generation's war. In the interim, she worked with Coast Guard intelligence to combat rum running during Prohibition, decoding criminal messages and often testifying in trials to help convict the bootleggers.

During World War II, she worked with the Navy but was not allowed to lead her codebreaking unit. As a woman, she was required to report to a junior male officer because women weren't allowed those positions of authority then.

Her intelligence work helped take down Nazi cells in South America and prevented Germany from bringing the war to our hemisphere in hopes of diluting American strength on the European fronts. Since the work was secret, Friedman sat by quietly as J. Edgar Hoover claimed credit for her work as the FBI took down the enemy intelligence networks.
There is a PBS American Experience documentary on her.


 

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In speeches filled with hatred and falsehoods, a public figure attacks his enemies and calls for marches on Washington. Then, after one particularly virulent address, private media companies close down his channels of communication, prompting consternation from his supporters and calls for a code of conduct to filter out violent rhetoric.

Sound familiar? Well, this was 1938, and the individual in question was Father Charles E. Coughlin, a Nazi-sympathizing Catholic priest with unfettered access to America’s vast radio audiences. The firms silencing him were the broadcasters of the day.

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The article, and the town's full history, is very interesting.
 

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In pirate communities of the 17th and 18th centuries, ships were male-dominated, tightly packed, and the ship’s crew largely formed their own mores and rules. Matelotage developed in that environment where crew mates often knew one another more intimately than the wives and children they’d left behind on land.

In some cases, matelotage was affectionate, even fraternal; in others, it was romantic and sexual. But regardless of the nature of each relationship, pirates took the bonds of matelotage very seriously.
 

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When I read the headline and introductory paragraphs I thought this sounded like some sort of a joke, but having read the whole piece, I now see there's a lot more to it than that, and certainly the artist needs to answer some questions, I think, simply clarify where and when he first found the stone on which he worked, and the sort of condition it was in when he found it.
 
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If I ever run across a millennial who needs to learn how to dial a phone number, I'm going to show them this video.

It's too bad they cut away when they did at the end. They missed the part where grandpa receives a call about his car's warranty, then smashes the phone.

 

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Stonehenge may be a rebuilt Welsh stone circle, new research shows
Archaeological excavations in 2018 uncovered six empty holes for missing monoliths, confirming that the four remaining standing stones were part of a former circle. The results of the research, which will be featured in a BBC documentary airing Friday night, also revealed significant links between Waun Mawn and Stonehenge, suggesting that at least part of the former circle was brought from the Preseli Hills to Salisbury Plain.

Parker Pearson and his team found that Waun Mawn shares an identical diameter with the enclosing ditch of Stonehenge, that both sites are aligned on the midsummer solstice sunrise and that one of Stonehenge's bluestones has an unusual cross-section that matches one of the holes left at Waun Mawn and chippings in that hole are of the same rock type as the Stonehenge rock, according to the research paper in the February 2020 issue of Antiquity.