High diving horses were a regular attraction in Atlantic City in the 1920s. On one hand, it’s a shame that television and the Internet have “saved” us from weird entertainment like this. On the other hand, it’s really not. Oh for an America where you could watch horses getting flung off diving boards while noshing funnel cake.
Nowadays, this whole bag of nonsense strikes me as punk rock meme-reworkable a la pirates, ninjas, unicorns. Sadly, no video remains.
A baby woolly mammoth that died after being sucked into a muddy river bed 40,000 years ago has revealed more prehistoric secrets of how the species survived in its icy habitat.
The mammoth, known as Lyuba, was about a month old when she died in the Siberian tundra, where she remained until she was discovered by reindeer herders three years ago. Her body was so well preserved in the permafrost that her stomach retained traces of her mother?
Rock archaeologists take note of this gallery of 21 never before seen photographs of the Beatles and Rolling Stones:
The behind-the-scenes, intimate and unguarded shots, have been unearthed after spending 45 years in a duffel bag of The Beatles and Rolling Stone’s former tour manager.
The collection of more than 50 pictures, which are being revealed to the public for the first time are part of 3,500 taken by Bob Bonis, the US tour manager who helped organise the so-called British invasion of America in the Swinging Sixties.
From Life: “The 20th century saw many astounding technological innovations. The automobile revolutionized the way people live and work, the internet changed the way people think about information, and the U.S. of A put a man on the moon. But some technological advances that came in the earlier part of the 20th centry weren’t exactly meant for the history books. Because they were stupid.”
Only 20 seconds long, but still tremendously moving.
The only existing film images of Anne Frank have been loaded on to YouTube by Amsterdam museum the Anne Frank House.
The footage, from 1941, is the only time Anne has been captured on film. The 20-second footage uploaded to the museum’s recently launched Anne Frank Channel shows Anne’s neighbour on her wedding day. A 13-year-old Anne is seen nine seconds into the video, leaning out of a second-floor window to get a better look at the bride and groom. At the time of the wedding the bride-to-be lived at No 37 Merwedeplein, next door to the Franks at No 39.
The scene was filmed on 22 July 1941, just under a year before the Frank family went into hiding above the family business. The family were discovered in August 1944 and Anne died in a Nazi concentration camp in March 1945.
In other Anne Frank news today, the NYT’s Janet Maslin praises Francine Prose’s Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife. In it, Prose tracks the diary’s various permutations—book, play, film—and shows how, when it comes to interpreting something as culturally charged as Frank’s diary, controversy is never far behind.
New York’s Tectonic Theater Project, which created The Laramie Project, a theatrical work that examines the events surrounding a gay man’s murder, is creating an epilogue to the famous work. The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later will include new interviews with some of the residents of the town where university student Mathew Shepard was killed and an epilogue that represents an interview with his killer.
Greg Pierotti, a gay actor/writer who helped create the original docudrama, interviewed Aaron McKinney, who’s serving two consecutive life sentences at Wallens Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap, Va., for Shepard’s murder.
In 1998, McKinney and a friend picked up Shepard, then a 21-year-old student, in a Laramie bar, and robbed and savagely pistol-whipped him, then left him tied to a fence in a remote area. He wasn’t found until 18 hours later and died in a Colorado hospital on Oct. 12.
“The night I did it, I did have hatred for homosexuals,” McKinney said in the interview, though he said his initial motivation was robbery. “Well, he was overly friendly. And he was obviously gay. That played a part ... his weakness. His frailty. And he was dressed nice. Looked like he had money.”
Pierotti logged more than 10 hours of interviews with McKinney, but failed to get the killer to express any remorse.
“As far as Matt is concerned, I don’t have any remorse,” McKinney is quoted as saying in the script.
When pressed again on the question of regret, McKinney said he was sorry for Shepard’s family and that his life had taken such a bad turn.
“Yeah, I got remorse. But probably not the way people want me to,” McKinney said. “I got remorse that I didn’t live the way my dad taught me to live.”
Here is Rep. Virginia Foxx, Republican from North Carolina and one of probably the two stupidest people ever be elected to the United States Congress had to say about this crime earlier in the year. What say you now, Rep. Foxx??