Happy weekend everyone! Here is an Open Thread/News Lounge where the usual ‘no links’ rule has been lifted as with other Lounges. Please use this post as your general point of chiming in about whatever news of the day is stuck in your craw 🙂 There will also be a “Palin Lounge” later today for the weekend along with the “Palin Report” podcast, so please save your Palin links for that Lounge. Thanks.

Here are some history notes to get us started:

Darwin’s Personal Library with Handwritten Notes Available Online

Notes and comments hand-written by Charles Darwin on the pages and margins of the books in his personal library are now available online for the first time, enabling new insights into the great naturalist’s thought processes and the development of the theory of evolution. The first phase of the project has just been completed, with 330 of the most heavily annotated books now accessible online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Darwin’s scientific library comprised 1480 books, of which 730 contain abundant research notes in their margins. All the annotated books are in the process of being digitized, resulting in high-resolution images of each book’s pages showing Darwin’s handwriting along with a transcription of the notes in a companion panel.

Adolf Hitler’s Austrian hometown revokes honour title

Adolf Hitler’s hometown in Austria has revoked the Nazi leader’s honorary citizenship – even if he never may have been given it. The council in Braunau am Inn decided to strip Hitler of any honour he may have received and which did not expire automatically after his death in 1945.

Hitler was actually born in Ranshofen in 1889, and the village made him an honorary citizen in 1933.

Codex Calixtinus manuscript stolen from Santiago de Compostela

A priceless 12th-century illustrated manuscript containing what has been described as Europe’s first travel guide has been stolen from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

The Codex Calixtinus, which was kept in a safe at the cathedral’s archives, is thought to have been stolen by professional thieves on Sunday afternoon…The 225 parchment pages include a guide to the pilgrimage routes to Santiago, apparently written by a French friar, Aimeric Picaud.

They also tell the story of how St James the Apostle’s body was supposedly transported from Judea on a raft without oars or sails, which swiftly crossed the Mediterranean and travelled north through the Atlantic before grounding in north-western Spain. From there it was supposedly dragged inland by two oxen, and the body was buried in a forest.

Viking Ship to Sail the Waters of Chautauqua Lake

The Vikings are coming! The Vikings are coming!

Centuries ago, such a statement would have been viewed as an ominous warning of impending doom to coastal towns and villages throughout western Europe. Today, however, it should be met with great enthusiasm, as anyone wanting to catch a glimpse of a replica Viking ship will have the chance to do so on July 14 when The Norseman sails the waters of Chautauqua Lake.

The event is being held to help promote the 2011 Scandinavian Folk Festival, taking place July 15 – 17 at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds, located just 10 minutes north of Jamestown.

The Norseman is a ship owned by The Leif Ericson Viking Ship, Inc. – a not-for-profit education group from Philadelphia aimed at raising awareness of Leif Ericson and the Viking’s role in world history. It is a 40 foot-long replica and has a mast that rises 24.5 feet above the waterline. The sail is 17 feet by 17.5 feet. The vessel also features a figurehead, representing a sea serpent that was hand-carved by artist and sculptor Marty Martinson. The shields on the side represent the countries of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It is rated for a maximum crew of 20 people.

The Norseman’s tentative schedule is to embark from Chautauqua Lake’s Long Point State Park on the morning of July 14 and sail to Bemus Point. From there it is on to the historic Chautauqua Institution, before returning back to Long Point. The ability to sail is dependent on the weather.

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  1. RuBegonia says:

    Marginalia — pl noun ~ notes in the margin of a book, manuscript, or letter. The word was inside a Jedediah Bila tweet last week and the cause/effect was a visit to dictionary.com.

  2. dennisl59 says:

    The Weekend News Lounge. I brought donuts: 1 dozen glazed, 1 dozen mixed and getting the coffee brewing right now.


    Scene: Medieval Times, somewhere on the northeastern coast of Britain on the North Sea. You’re herding sheep, eating dirt, wearing a sack and living in a sod hut. On the horizon you see these ships, like none other you’ve ever seen. You hear this really weird, strange and unusual sound coming from them…And this is what you hear:


    Run for your lives!!!

  3. dennisl59 says:

    The Sunday Morning Weekend News Lounge:

    I brought a wide variety of bagels and toppings this morning. I’ll get the coffee brewing. Along with milk, cream, sugar, etc., we have the new and improved ‘Liberal Tears’ Two drops are usually enough.

    Since CHARLES DARWIN is one topic of this edition, we note that today in American history, July 10, 1925 possibly the most famous and far reaching(to this day) trial of the 20th Century began:

    The Scopes “Monkey Trial”

    And rather than cut and paste the story, we have a very reliable source here from the historydotcom website.


    The movie “Inherit the Wind”(1960) was based on this trial. IMDB has the complete summary. Starring the late great Spencer Tracy. Rated an 8.1.


    posted 7/10 857am Texans for Palin Time.

  4. Cernunnos81 says:

    Actually dennis you’re much more likely to hear This:


    • dennisl59 says:

      33.3 TAM points awarded in the catagory of “Best Off the Wall Musical Group Reference of the Month”

      • Cernunnos81 says:

        Would you really rate the Great Tortelvis and the rest of Dread Zeppelin as Off the Wall? For monkey sacks, Jimmy Page thinks they’re great. I might call them Odd perhaps, maybe even Wierd. Their version of Black Dog is a bit…. interesting, I must say.

        They has no songs about kittehs. No Nyan tunes.

        • dennisl59 says:

          Pardon, I should have been more precise. I meant the ‘reference’ was ‘out of the blue’; and yeah, I’d heard of them before, and they’re crazy funky. I just went to their website:
          dubdubdubdreadzeppelindotcom where Robert Plant, himself, complemented them. DUDE! You still got 33.3 TAM points! LOL! 🙂

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