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Powerful ‘bomb cyclone’ uncovers wreck of 18th century ship

By ethan / March 7, 2018

The “bomb cyclone” that battered the north-east of the United States in the past week was not the proverbial ill wind. It blasted away enough sand to reveal the wreckage of a ship that dates back to the 1700s. Huge waves dredged up what remains of the historic ship at Short Sands Beach in York, […]

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‘Gender trouble’: Museum removes 19th century painting to ‘prompt conversation’

By ethan / February 1, 2018

An art gallery in Manchester, England has taken down a painting that features naked women, ostensibly to spark discussion amid the #MeToo movement. Critics say it’s simply censorship. On Friday, the Manchester Art Gallery announced it would be temporarily removing a painting from the 1890s in order to “prompt conversation about how we display and […]

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Boris Johnson is “very excited” to discover he is related to syphilitic 18th century Swiss mummy

By ethan / January 25, 2018

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted his excitement at the discovery that he is the ancestor of a newly-identified 17th century Swiss mummy. A syphilitic mummified corpse dating back to the 18th century has been identified as Anna Catharina Bischoff, the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother of the foreign secretary. Her body was most recently uncovered in 1975 in Basel’s […]

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