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Brush off the Dust Best of the Web, 10/31/11-11/3/11

1. Victorian Faux Snow Pictures

From How to Be a Retronaut,  we get Victorian portraiture–sort of!  These are contrived images created in Victorian photography studios.  They’re great shots!  Check them out by clicking here!

2. How the Potato Changed the World

International Potato Center

That’s right, folks, the humble spud changed the world according to this piece from Smithsonian.com.  Thinking about how ubiquitous it became in European cuisine (and alcohol) it isn’t hard to imagine its radical impact–the article explains the phenomenon.  Read it by clicking here.

3. A Natural History of Vampires

"Nosferatu" by Nathaniel Gold

This is a fascinating ScientificAmerican.com blog post about the introduction of vampires to the European psyche through the Austrio-Hungarian acquisition of Slavic peoples.  It begins with an early doctor’s account of a village’s plague of vampires and continues through Bram Stoker and Count Dracula.  Read it by clicking here!

4. Calling all booklovers: A mysterious binding

Chaucer tp spread

The National Museum of American History blog takes a look at a treasure from the Smithsonian vaults, a 19th century edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.  All book lovers need to check this out!!  See the book and read the blog by clicking here!

5. Spectacular Timelapse Video of Historic Dam Removal


This is really impressive!  A dam was removed to allow the upstream travel of salmon in Washington State–very important!–and this video was put together, posted by National Geographic.  Very cool!  Check it out by clicking here.

6. Original Letter from W. E. B. Du Bois gaining religious support for the niagara movement

This is a nifty primary document from W. E. B. Du Bois from UMASS’s digital library.  This was tweeted by @AFBurialGrndNPS.  Check it out by clicking here.

7. The secret of ancient Viking navigation was transparent crystals

The secret of ancient Viking navigation was transparent crystals

Have you ever wondered what it took for ancient and medieval mariners to sail the seven seas?  This article from io9.com takes a look at how they did it by looking at the Vikings.  Read it by clicking here!

8. Lost Roman camp found in Germany

I love Roman ruins in what was once Gaul and Germania.  They had more success in settling Gaul than the rugged wildness of Germania and its peoples.  But, everything they built left an impression on the land and those peoples.  A Blog About History found this article regarding a recent discovery of a Roman camp, read it by following the link clicking here.

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