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Wrestling with Sass

Sassy commentary from a failed journalist

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September 2017

Friday List #23

  • Around 5 people were killed in 1982 in Chicago after someone tampered with the over-the-counter medication Tylenol. No one has ever been charged. Read here. 
  • Adam Worth is considered the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conon Doyle fictional criminal mastermind James Moriarty. A master criminal, he famously stole a priceless painting but never stole it because he liked it. He was caught after making a minor error, his wife was seduced by a close friend who then abandoned her, she went insane was committed to an asylum and when Adam got out, she didn’t recognise him. Horrifying, be engrossed here. 
  • Adam was also buried in Highgate Cemetery which is filled with interesting characters from previous centuries, easy to get lost in a Wikipedia hole here. Get lost here. 
  • Gretna Green by the Scottish/English border is where young people went to get married quickly, apparently, this was covered a lot in early 20th-century film and television. Pop the question here.
  • An oubliette is ‘a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling’. Sounds awful, read here.
  • One of the best AskReddit questions ever, ‘Reddit, what are the most useful askreddit posts?’ Meta, get informed here.
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Friday List #22

  • Keep being bummed out when I discover bands and realise they’re not playing Berlin on their EU tour but are stopping off in my hometown of Bristol. Anyway, go see Slothrust (listen here) on the 28th of October. Buy here.
  • This New York Times interactive article showcases some of the best female-fronted indie, punk and grunge bands – some excellent people to listen to. Explore here.
  • The ever controversial Lenny Letter had a really interesting interview with Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest, on how women should be smarter with their money and invest. Useful tips here. 
  • The Two Schoolgirls Who Fooled the World Into Believing in Fairies is a nice re-dive into the Cottingley Fairies affair. Read more here.
  • This started going viral on my Twitter but I didn’t realise this information was leaked two years ago in Sony leak. According to a legal licensing agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment, on film Spiderman must always be depicted as white and straight. Read here. 
  • I’m going to try and plug my Game of Thrones gap by rewatching it from episode one along with the other folks from /r/gameofthrones with Discord. Join us at 6pm UK time of 7pm CEST. Join us here. 

 

Friday List #21

  • I didn’t know much about Scottish King James I as I swear the UK History curriculum consists of just teaching you about the Tudors and visiting Tintern abbey until you die. Anyway, apparently the sexuality of James I is much debated owing to the fact that he had a lot of attractive male courtiers, one of whom George Villiers he promoted constantly despite the fact he didn’t hold many monarchal qualities. Read here.
  • Excellent comic from Luke Humphris and The Nib ‘What do we mean when we say “Toxic Masculinity?”‘ Stop conforming here.
  • I’m in love with this relatively new Twitter account ‘Sega CD Games’ – as much as I wish ‘Ecco watches the Titanic sink – let the vortex claim man’s folly’ existed. Explore here.
  • Polyvore might be old news to some but I’ve just discovered it. Users can create their own fashion/outfit mood boards, the best part is that they actually link to where you can buy the clothes as well. Sorry credit card but I just found a bunch of ‘witch’ themed mood boards. Spend here.
  • I wrote 3000 words why RuPaul Drag Race is like Professional Wrestling and you need to read it to justify my existence. Get woke here.
  • Did you know you can access thousands of copyright free images from the British Library? Pretty rad eh?

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