History in Pics

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Flamingos huddled together in the bathroom at the Miami Zoo during Hurricane Andrew (August 24, 1992).

Flamingoes are very fragile and a big stressor like that could even kill one. These situations are usually very scary for the zookeepers. The logistics and creative thinking that go into protecting the animals at times like this are very impressive, not to mention that the keepers still have to go in every day (or sleep at the zoo overnight) during natural disasters to make sure the animals are cared for.

In 1992 the zoo was still named Miami Metro Zoo and commonly referred to as Metro Zoo by the locals. Five years ago it was renamed Zoo Miami.


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Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing, August 6, 1945.


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“This CD-ROM can hold more information than all the paper that’s here below me”- Bill Gates, 1994.


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Taxidermist Carl Akeley posing with the leopard he killed with his bare hands after it attacked him, 1896.

One evening after a long day of hunting and observing wildlife in Somalia, Akeley was headed back to the spot where he’d bagged a hyena and a big warthog earlier in the day, but when he got there all he saw was a couple of big bloody streaks leading off into a thick brush. Akeley froze, realizing what was happening, and when a noise came from the brush, he raised his rifle and fired to try and scare it off. Suddenly, out of the bushes came a leopard screaming towards him teeth-first. Unable to get his weapon back around quickly enough, Akeley dropped his gun and threw his arm up just in time to prevent the vicious beast from ripping out his throat. The leopard latched on to Akeley’s left hand, chomping down with all its might, and kicking at him with its back legs. When his attempts to pull his hand out of the leopards’ jaws only made the creature bite down harder, Akeley, punched his fist further into the leopard’s mouth.

The leopard gagged, Akeley pulled his hand out, grabbed the leopard, body slammed it to the ground, and jumped on it with both knees, crushing it to death. Akeley, bleeding profusely from his wounds on both hands, still recovering from his recent battle with malaria, and barely able to stand, then picked up the leopard (despite a shattered hand), threw it over his shoulder, walked back to camp with it, and taxidermized it for a museum exhibit.


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The headquarters of Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party in Rome, 1934.

This building is Palazzo Braschi, a 19th-century palace. It was used as the Ministry of Interior building after Italy’s unification. Then, when Mussolini took over, it housed the Federazione Fascista dell’Urbe, which supervised sports and charity activities.

In 1934, Mussolini had “elections”. You could choose to vote for or against a predetermined list of MPs. This was a temporary billboard imposed over the front of the building advertising that. The building didn’t look like this all the time. Matter of fact, this is how Palazzo Braschi looked prior to the 1929 “elections”.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I find it amusing how people talk about the Nazi’s like the christians haven’t done the same thing during the Inquisition and the crusades. Nazi’s are still reviled, yet christians are popular? Make a choice, hypocrites, or shut the he!! up.

    • You clearly know nothing about the Crusades or the Inquisition.

      The Spanish Inquisition, though draconian by our standards, was actually more lenient, and ended in more not guilty verdicts, than the civil courts run by the King and his government. Most of the Inquisition’s horrors were played up by English Protestants as propaganda, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I when a Spanish invasion seemed imminent.

      And the Crusades were a response to several centuries of Islamic incursions into Christian lands. The First Crusade began because Seljuq Turks conquered half the Byzantine Empire and began slaughtering Christian pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem. Infamous battles, like the Massacre of Jerusalem, were indeed brutal, but were, in fact, entirely common in the warfare of the Middle Ages. Everyone acted the same way. Not two hundred years later, Muslim armies would commit atrocities in Georgia and Turkey that were far greater than the deaths at the hands of Crusaders, and razed the city of Jerusalem to the ground so no one would want it.

      Also, look at you, edgelord. You can say Hell, your mom’s not going to find out.

    • Really, how far back you want to go? It is true that crimes of this nature have been committed since the dawn of time. However, this does not justify the crimes committed by the Nazis and their allies. Those criminals earned their fate. And, those who support their ideals will also get their appropriate Justice.
      BTW, the Spanish Inquisition executed 39 person at the pyre, 2 of them in effigy. Lord Calvin executed 6,000, including the Jesuit priest that discovered our circulatory system.

    • The ability for humans to inflilct suffering on others is born out of weakness and lack of insight in the individual, and fostered by the flaw in all of us as a group, in our inability to create a society which is a product of the finest of our knowledge, in justice, equity, compassion, creative will, and love for each other. Our tragedy is that we are lost in a sea of competing ideologies, political contests, hidden schemes to control wealth, religious traditions, and power struggles, while the simple truth blunders on waiting for catastrophe to shape us, while the gift of choice is ignored.

  2. Having just looked up the total deaths during the inquisition, it seems to vary from 30,000 up to the millions. Though we cannot arrive at accuracy, we do know that 50,000,000 people died in the world wars recently, and no one was a victor! German fascism rose out of a frustrated Germany burdened with debt after the first world war. We are now burdened with debt once again, and the arms makers are itching for excuses to use them, so lets be careful eh? As to Arabs and terrorism, the school kids recently blowing off their immaturity are catching up to terrorist executions of innocents as we speak, but few are seeing the real ill behind all this. Since our churches are proving to be little more than international pedophilia rings, where are the moral arbiters of the modern age? You certainly cannot look to the governments, muslims, christians or fascists for that can you??

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