roxygirl79:

My destination today was my hometown of Doylestown. Can I just say that I love my town!! It’s so pretty and has so may things to offer. Locally owned shops and restaurants, museums and parks. We even have a castle! Really, look at the picture!

Anyway, it was a great day to walk around and get some practice in. It was so bright out I had a hard time metering, which was great, because it helped me practice correcting for that. Again, these are my favorites from the day. Enjoy! 

snacrifice:

louweetomlinson:

:o

[x] 

go dennies
^not anything I ever thought I’d say

snacrifice:

louweetomlinson:

:o

[x] 

go dennies

^not anything I ever thought I’d say

mapsontheweb:

Location of Wawa convenience stores on the east coast

mapsontheweb:

Location of Wawa convenience stores on the east coast

repmarktakano:

Yes ericming that is where the sign is from.  

Whether its too much spray tan or too many attempts at undermining Obamacare, some times your friends need an intervention. 

The US almost had an Exchequer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tyler#.22His_Accidency.22

Harrison had been expected to adhere closely to Whig Party policies and to work closely with Whig leaders, particularly Clay. When Tyler succeeded him, he at first was in accord with the new Whig Congress in signing into law such measures as a pre-emption bill granting “squatters’ sovereignty” to settlers on public land, a Distribution Act, discussed below, a new bankruptcy law, and the repeal of the Independent Treasury enacted under Van Buren. But when it came to the great banking question, the former Democratic President was at odds with the Congressional Whigs. Twice he vetoed Clay’s legislation for a national banking act following the Panic of 1837. Although the second bill supposedly had been tailored to meet his stated objections in the first veto, its final version was not. This practice, designed to protect Clay from having a successful incumbent President as a rival in the next election, became known as “heading Captain Tyler,” a term coined by Whig Representative John Minor Botts of Virginia. Tyler proposed an alternative fiscal plan to be known as the “Exchequer,” but Clay’s friends, who controlled the Congress, would have none of it.[50]

an instrument is only actually an official noise maker. there are plenty of things that humans can touch and make noises with. instruments are only those which we’ve all agreed are the official ways to make noise.

The Mongolian Empire DID WHAT?!@?

Were the first to harness biological warfare, leading to the mass spreading of the Black Plague, causing the deaths of 75 million people and an upending of the social order accross the Old World.

That’s what they did.

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Some research studies indicate that the Black Death which devastated Europe in the late 1340s may have traveled from China to Europe along the trade routes of the Mongol Empire. In 1347, the Genoese possessor of Caffa, a great trade emporium on theCrimean peninsula, came under siege by an army of Mongol warriors under the command of Janibeg. After a protracted siege during which the Mongol army was reportedly withering from the disease, they decided to use the infected corpses as a biological weapon. The corpses were catapulted over the city walls, infecting the inhabitants.[113] The Genoese traders fled, transferring the plague via their ships into the south of Europe, whence it rapidly spread. The total number of deaths worldwide from the pandemic is estimated at 75 million people, with an estimated 20 million deaths in Europe alone.

The Mongolian Empire DID WHAT!?

Were such a political force, that empires around the world could not afford to not maintain relations with them, leading to a massive increase in European understanding of the globe.

That’s what they did.

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Europe’s knowledge of the known world was immensely expanded by the information brought back by ambassadors and merchants (who were sent to treat with the Mongolians). When Columbus sailed in 1492, his missions were to reach Cathay, the land of the Grand Khan in China, and give him a letter from the monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile.

The Mongolian Empire DID WHAT!? The Mongolian Empire is shockingly fascinating.

Neutralized the development of societies on the Iranian plateau, by decimating its population, thus denying the peoples of that region the sort of world prominence that a population such as theirs (if the Mongols hadn’t impeded its growth) would have afforded them.

That’s what they did.

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(As a result of Mongolian invasions in the 13th century) The population of the Iranian plateau suffered from widespread disease and famine, resulting in the deaths of up to three-quarters of its population, possibly 10 to 15 million people. Historian Steven Ward estimates that Iran’s population did not again reach its pre-Mongol levels until the mid-20th century.[111]

mapsontheweb:

A linguistic map of the languages and dialects within Europe
MuturZikin - Linguistic maps of Europe, Africa, America and Oceania. Priority is given to endangered languages and minority linguistic people.

mapsontheweb:

A linguistic map of the languages and dialects within Europe

MuturZikin - Linguistic maps of Europe, Africa, America and Oceania. Priority is given to endangered languages and minority linguistic people.

The coastline closest is southern England, the coastline further, northern France. Visiting Paris is certainly a cause for some retrospection about WWII. The city abounds in monuments and references to the war, and to the British-American role in the liberation of France. Flying on a clear day over the Channel, what really awed me is just how close the English and French coasts really are. We crossed the Channel in a matter of minutes. Be the invaders Norman, Spanish, Bonapartists, or the forces of the Third Reich, this tiny bit of sea has determined the rise and fall or the furthest extent of empires.The very skies I was crossing in peace, in the relative luxury of a Ryanair cushioned seat, were traversed by guys my age or even younger wearing flack jackets, en route to terror. The point of this post is not to romanticize war, or espouse geodeterminism. Just feeling very grateful for the delicate era of relative pesce that we, as a world, enjoy, and to those individuals and institutions that sustain it.

The coastline closest is southern England, the coastline further, northern France. Visiting Paris is certainly a cause for some retrospection about WWII. The city abounds in monuments and references to the war, and to the British-American role in the liberation of France. Flying on a clear day over the Channel, what really awed me is just how close the English and French coasts really are. We crossed the Channel in a matter of minutes. Be the invaders Norman, Spanish, Bonapartists, or the forces of the Third Reich, this tiny bit of sea has determined the rise and fall or the furthest extent of empires.The very skies I was crossing in peace, in the relative luxury of a Ryanair cushioned seat, were traversed by guys my age or even younger wearing flack jackets, en route to terror. The point of this post is not to romanticize war, or espouse geodeterminism. Just feeling very grateful for the delicate era of relative pesce that we, as a world, enjoy, and to those individuals and institutions that sustain it.