July 21, 1943: An M-7 tank, on its way to be inspected by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia and then put on display. The tank was lauded for its success routing the Axis forces out of Sicily and North in “Operation Husky,” and, as The Times reported, was “known to the British forces as ‘the priest,’ because of the pulpit-like appearance of its anti-aircraft gun mount.” Photo: The New York Times




In the early morning of 17 June 1939, Eugène Weidmann bowed down before the blade of the guillotine, the last person to do so publicly.

Weidmann was the last person to be executed before a crowd in France. He had been convicted of multiple kidnappings and murders, including that of a young American socialite. His trial was a sensation in that tense summer of 1939; the Frankfurt-born Weidmann was quickly dubbed “Teutonic Vampire” by the tabloids. His execution outside the prison Saint-Pierre in Versailles was a noisy affair.

In the days following the execution, the press was especially indignant at the way the crowd had behaved. Paris-Soir denounced the crowd as“disgusting”, “unruly”, “jostling, clamoring, whistling.” Among the sins the lofty paper found unforgivable was the crowd “devouring sandwiches”. More shockingly for the authorities, the unruly crowd delayed the execution beyond the usual twilight hour of dawn, enabling clear photographs — and one short film! — to be taken. The government regretted that public executions which were intended to have a “moralizing effect” now produced “practically the opposite results.” President LeBrun signed an order to hold executions only behind closed doors. (Via Iconic Photos)

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But injections are so sterile! If we’re going to kill a man, you might as well KILL the man. Rather than the invisible naptime-snuff of a syringe, let’s go back to the chopping block.


worldiary replied to your post “Edge of Tomorrow: Best Movie, Summer 2014 Calling it now. You heard…”

Really? The previews looked kinda lame.

All I can say is do not judge it by the trailers, they’re awful and I totally dismissed it initially because of them. Then it caught everyone by surprise (89-92% on Rotten Tomatoes!), with Jason Bailey at Flavorwire asking: “Why Isn’t Director Doug Liman a Household Name?" Much as it pains me to admit it, this film easily topped Gareth Edwards’ excellent Godzilla (I’ll have reviews out on both shortly inshallah). 

Last night I had a very difficult conversation…

My roommate and his friend invited me to hang out with them last night. We laughed a lot while getting acquainted over beers, and then around midnight we decided to go out for pizza (really good NY pizza place around the block). Eventually the Isla Vista shooting came up. My roommate’s friend attributed it to mental illness, and it started to hit me how sheltered I really am. 

"Uh no, it wasn’t just mental illness—" I began. 

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