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Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday links

The Battle of Hastings occurred 950 years ago on October 14, 1066: history, videos, maps, and links.

Heh - I guess it made sense at the time: Why Alcohol Is Not Always Your Best Friend.

The 1970s Monster Cereal That Caused a Pink Poop Panic.

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, and include an explanation of the significance of the Economic Nobel Prize winners’ work, the science of why you love cheese, how water towers work, and how you could end up in an insane asylum circa 1890.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday links

Circa 1890, it was pretty easy to end up in an insane asylum.

Will A Chicken That's Fed Lemons Taste Like Lemons?

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include senior moment science, UFO detectors, why people with bigger brains yawn longer, and, from 1930, a set of Information Tests To Try On Your Children.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

List of reasons for admission to an insane asylum from the late 1800s

It certainly was waaay too easy to get yourself locked up back then. 

This list is from West Virginia’s Hospital for the Insane (Weston) aka Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum back in the late-1800s.  I've had a lot of these "issues" over the course of my life, and still have quite a few. 

Weston Hospital in Lewis County, WV, officially named the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane upon completion of the facility shown here in 1880, was typical of the many that were established throughout the country. Its design reflected the Kirkbride plan in action.
Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride’s theory centered on what he referred to as the “moral treatment” of the insane, a constructive idea unique to the United States, for mental asylums from the mid to late 19th century.
He advocated moving patients from overcrowded city jails and almshouses, where patients were often chained to walls in cold dark cells, to a rural environment with grounds that were “tastefully ornamented” and buildings arranged “en echelon” resembling a shallow V if viewed from above.
This design called for long, rambling wings, that provided therapeutic sunlight and air to comfortable living quarters so that the building itself promoted a curative effect, or as Kirkbride put it, “a special apparatus for lunacy.” 
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is still open, but only for tours. 

Marjorie E. Carr published a pamphlet in 1993, now in the Weston Hospital Collection at the West Virginia Archives and History, that tells the history of Weston. Her pamphlet includes the following from the first log book used at Weston (spelling & punctuation left as in the original):

OCTOBER 22, 1864 to DECEMBER 12, 1889

Bad company
Bad habits & political excitement
Bad whiskey
Bite of a rattle snake
Bloody flux
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Brain fever
Business nerves
Carbonic acid gas
Cerebral softening
Congetion of brain
Death of sons in the war
Decoyed into the army
Deranged masturbation
Desertion by husband
Disappointed affection
Disappointed love
Dissipation of nerves

Dissolute habits
Dog bite
Domestic affliction
Domestic trouble
Douby about mother’s ancestors
Effusion on the brain
Epileptic fits
Excessive sexual abuse
Excitement as officer
Explosion of shell nearby
Exposure & hereditary
Exposure & quackery
Exposure in army
Fall from horse
False confinement
Feebleness of intellect
Fell from horse
Female disease
Fever & loss of law suit
Fever & nerved
Fighting fire
Fits & desertion of husband

Gathering in the head
Gunshot wound
Hard study
Hereditary predisposition
Ill treatment by husband
Imaginary female trouble
Immoral life
Jealousy & religion
Kick of horse
Kicked in the head by a horse
Liver and social disease
Loss of arm
Marriage of son
Masturbation & syphillis
Masturbation for 30 years
Medicine to prevent conception

Menstrual deranged
Mental excitement
Milk fever
Moral sanity
Novel reading
Opium habit
Over action on the mind
Over heat
Over study of religion
Over taxing mental powers.
Parents were cousins
Pecuniary losses: worms
Periodical fits
Political excitement
Religious enthusiasm
Religious excitement
Rumor of husband’s murder or desertion
Salvation army
Seduction & dissappointment

Self abuse
Severe labor
Sexual abuse and stimulants
Sexual derangement
Shooting of daughter
Snuff eating for two years
Softening of the brain
Spinal irritation
Sun stroke
Supressed masturbation
Supression of menses
Tabacco & masturbation: hysteria
The war
Time of life
Uterine derangement
Venerial excesses
Vicious vices in early life
Women trouble
Young lady & fear

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is still open, but only for tours.

Related, here's an Illustrated Guide to Recognizing Insane People from 1883

h/t Dangerous Minds.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday links

In honor of Columbus day, here’s a list of the top 10 accidental discoveries, and the story of that time Columbus tricked Jamaicans using knowledge of upcoming lunar eclipse. Related; Columbus has been cleared of importing syphilis from the Americas to Europe.

The history of Oktoberfest is much bigger than beer.

October 10th, 732 - the clash of civilizations at the Battle of Tours (and how it shaped history).

Here's an excellent site for DIY intelligent women's costumes.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include a gallery of bridges made from living roots, senior moment science,  UFO detectors, and, from 1930, Information Tests To Try On Your Children.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Heh - I guess it made sense at the time: Why Alcohol Is Not Always Your Best Friend

This is a hoot - actually from last year, but I hadn't seen it before.

Posts that are sort of ( in an alcohol plus stupid sense) related:

Men Pee On Beehive, Bees React, Targeting The First Human Body Parts They See.