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Sam O’Nella Academy enlightens us:

Pic of the Day – 6/17/19

Brick arched rows in a Victorian era-subterranean reservoir beneath London, by Forgotten Heritage Photography.

Improbable Tales of Survival

Sam O’Nella Academy shares a few of them with us!


Pic of the Day – 5/23/19

The Temple of Hercules at the Amman Citadel, Jordan, by photographer Zaid Abutaha.

Asking for a friend.

Dead Body Hijinks (Part 2)

That’s right, kids! It’s time for MORE dead body hijinks!

Dead Body Hijinks

YouTuber Sam O’Nella Academy tells us of times when dead bodies have been, well, appropriated for, um, non-burial uses. (Ew! Not that! Get your minds out of the gutter.)

Opium was illegal in China, but that didn’t stop the East India Company from manufacturing it for the black market. The Chinese emperor appointed an official, Lin Zexu, to stop it. He seized and burned huge opium caches held by British merchants, and ultimately ordered the British out of China entirely. Instead, they set up base on a barren island that would become known as Hong Kong.

The British Empire’s grasp on the Americas was slipping right at the time when they needed those resources most. The massive amounts of tea they imported from China had created a huge trade deficit, but the Chinese were reluctant to let any Europeans trade outside of the Canton port strictly controlled by the Hong. So Britain sent a formal embassy led by Earl George Macartney.

Viking warriors!

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