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Heaven For The Multishippers A Startling Look Inside California's Sex Doll Factory There's two trains of thought when it comes to sex dolls, they are either consider an unnatural (and some would say disturbing) alternative to a sexual partner, others consider them a source of comfort, companionship and even therapy for some of the societies most maligned individuals. But regardless of which side of the fence you sit on, real sex dolls just like any other commercial product (they cost around $6,000) are mass assembled along a factory line. That in itself, is somewhat of a dichotomy, knowing that an inanimate object created in such a stark environment can then hold such influence and power within the human psyche. Gifted photographer Zackary Canepari was equally interested in the mystery and appeal of the Real Doll phenomena. That interest took him to Abyss Creations in San Marcos, California where he was allowed he access to the factory where the 'girls' themselves are created. Warning: Some of the following photos may be considered NSFW.

A 19th-Century Newspaper and a New Kind of Mental-Health Treatment On a 17-acre plot adjacent to the University of Alabama were a farm, a corn crib, a stable, and a building to house the people who kept all of those things running. The building was a sprawling white structure with a library and a dance hall and rooms for the people who plowed the fields, shucked the corn, and raised the pigs. It was the first building in Tuscaloosa to have steam heating or gas lighting. It was also a hospital for the mentally ill, the first of its kind in Alabama. And from 1872 to 1881, it was the headquarters of the Meteor, a newspaper written, edited, and published entirely by patients and circulated beyond the hospital walls. The paper was named after the patients’ own expectations for it: “Meteors are always a surprise,” the first issue explained, and “so doubtless will be our little sheet. The Alabama Insane Hospital was born directly out of Dix’s efforts. On the hospital’s collegiate neighbors: “The inmates of the University come to acquire ideas.

Un trésor de 170.000 photos de la grande dépression retrouvé EN IMAGES - L'université de Yale aux États-Unis a mis la main sur des clichés témoignant de la lutte quotidienne de familles entières dans tout le pays lors de la crise économique de 1929. Florilège. Misère, dénuement, personnes désespérées... Sans-abri, longues files de personnes en attente d'un repas gratuit ou familles entières vivant dans la rue constituait le quotidien de cette triste décennie. Ces clichés ont été pris par les photographes de la Farm Security Administration, l'organisme mis en place pour aider toute une population démunie. Yale a également conçu une carte interactive des États-Unis où l'on peut cliquer sur chaque état.

HISTORICAL NON-FICTION The Dutch East India Company was the first company to issue stocks and is the “granddaddy” of all corporations. During the Han Dynasty, in the first century BCE, Liu Xun was imprisoned from infanthood because his grandfather was accused of practicing witchcraft. Therefore, despite being of royal blood, not many wished to associate with him. Zhang He, one of his grandfather's subordinates, looked after Liu Xun and even provided him with education using his own money. When Liu Xun was later made emperor, he wished for his wife to be made empress, but the courtiers wished for a political marriage to one General Huo's daughter, as the general held great power in court. Embroidered mantle fragment, made from camel hair. France's first satellite was named Asterix Yuan Dynasty helmet, probably belonging to a high-ranking officer or general involved in the Mongol invasions of Japan in 1274. Ahhotep I, whose name means “The Moon (Iah) is Satisfied” was the queen of Egypt.

Stunning photos show what America looked like during the Great Depression It’s sometimes said that “the past is a foreign country.” That may be the feeling you get when you look at these photographs below, of America during the Great Depression and the years immediately following. The U.S. in the 1930s was a very different place, as the photos show. In terms of per capita income, the U.S. then was poorer than Mexico is today. The Civil Rights movement had not yet occurred, and Jim Crow laws still ruled the South. Women had been voting in national elections for fewer than two decades. The photographers who snapped these images were charged with documenting America, often its poor and vulnerable communities. The Library of Congress has maintained and cataloged the collection, and Photogrammar, a site run by Yale University, now hosts 170,000 of the photographs. The photos immediately below are some selected shots from New York, L.A., Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Backyard near Capitol, Washington, D.C. Boys play with a pigeon in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood:

Sur Gallica, la presse locale ancienne a désormais son site Gallica lance le site Presse locale ancienne, qui donne accès gratuitement à plus de 29.000 références de journaux. Cette presse locale publiée en France bénéficie d'une recherche par département depuis l’origine jusqu’à 1944. Elle représente évidemment une ressource généalogique de tout premier plan, d'autant que beaucoup de ces journaux ont été numérisés et figurent en mode indexé et qu'il est facile d'y rechercher un patronyme, un nom de lieu ou un événement (une fois affichés). Au delà de l'aspect purement généalogique, la presse ancienne aide à comprendre le contexte d'une époque, elle reflète les modes de vie et leurs évolutions, elle rend compte des débats politiques et religieux, elle témoigne des activités économiques et sociales des territoires. Dans une interface simple et intuitive, le portail permet notamment de rechercher, en cliquant sur une carte de France, la liste des journaux publiés dans l’arrondissement, le département ou la région de son choix. Liens : A lire :

Native American Language Net: Preserving and promoting indigenous American Indian languages Traces from Jefferson's Account Book: The Hemings Family This is the first post in a series that will examine strands of Thomas Jefferson’s life and world, from 1791-1803, through entries in his manuscript account book. Thomas Jefferson wrote a lot. And he also received an astounding amount of correspondence. Unquestionably, Jefferson is among the most well documented men of his generation. The editors of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University collected some 70,000 documents from his early years through the end of his presidency in 1809. Amid all of this Jefferson-mania, The New York Public Library has just digitized Jefferson’s manuscript account book from 1791 to 1803. Moments and events that loom large in historians’ understanding of Jefferson appear in the account book like anything else, as a few lines of text next to a date. Harvard historian, Annette Gordon-Reed knows more about Jefferson and the Hemings family than anyone. Thomas Jefferson account book 1791-1803, accounts February 1796 Further Reading:

Les sources généalogiques en Belgique Autres sources généalogiques Les registres de populationDes outils intéressants pour le généalogiste et sans équivalent en France sont les registres de population. Créés sous l’occupation française, délaissés de 1815 à 1830 puis régulièrement mis à jour depuis 1846, ils sont conservés par les communes, mais les Archives de l’État ont souvent une copie des registres les plus anciens. Ces registres conservent des informations sur toutes les familles vivant dans la commune : date d’arrivée ou de départ de la commune, absences temporaires, composition de la famille avec son évolution au fil des années… En théorie, ces registres ne sont pas consultables par des personnes privées.

Sandi Toksvig's top 10 unsung heroines Sandi Toksvig is well known for her TV and radio work as a broadcaster, writer and actor, and currently chairs Radio 4's News Quiz and presents Excess Baggage. Her numerous books for children include Hitler's Canary, based upon her family's experiences in Nazi-occupied Denmark, was published in 2005 to considerable acclaim. Her latest, Girls Are Best, is a knockabout look at the overlooked achievements of women down the ages. Buy Sandi Toksvig books at the Guardian bookshop "When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. "This is often considered to be man's first attempt at a calendar" she explained. "It was a moment that changed my life. 1. If you love Radio 4 you should love Hilda. 2. 3. The niece of the great Mongol leader, Kubla Khan, Princess Khutulun was described by Marco Polo as the greatest warrior in Khan's army. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Probably a princess. 10.

19 Amazing Vintage Photos That Show How People Worked Before AutoCAD We here at Bored Panda really love finding some interesting facts from our past, preferably together with some vintage photos to illustrate them. This time we’d like to share with you how an essential profession – the drafting technician – looked like before computers began their reign. A drafting technician may work in many spheres – from architecture to manufacturing and is responsible for engineering drafts, architecture drawings, and house plans. To put it simply – no structure is ever built without them. Technological advances cause some professions to cease to exist, but in the case of drafting technicians, it just made their desks smaller and tidier. AutoCAD was released in 1982, and by 1994 as many as 750 training centers had been using it worldwide. Scroll down to check out what the old days were like. (h/t dyt, vintageeveryday) Some professionals instantly related to the rarely seen pictures Bored Panda works best if you switch to our Android app (h/t dyt, vintageeveryday)