I knew I would get to this eventually. I am a firm believer that the past is damned to repeat itself if we do not understand where we have been to know where we are going. And as a journalist, I refuse to censor myself from something because it is unpleasant and so should you. You can develop an educated opinion without seeing what happened and knowing the fact. I found a great BBC documentary on Auschwitz. It is broken up into four installments and each installment is broken up into five separate videos. All videos are conveniently located on YouTube.

Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Auschwitz: Factories of Death:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Auschwitz: Frenzied Killing:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Auschwitz: Liberation and Revenge:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Auschwitz: Corruption:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V


Famous Auto Makers

I’m a car girl. Always have been. And I prefer driving them much more than I do working on them. Here’s a pretty good list of the guys that helped facilitate the creation of those brilliant works of fine engineering.

Nicolaus August Otto: This guy designed and built the first four-stroke engine in 1884, but it didnt’ go into a car. It ended up in a motorcycle. Which are just as equally awesome as cars. The patent went to Alphonse Beau de Roaches’s four-stroke engine in 1886, but his design was on paper still while Otto was piecing his engine together with his bare, awesome, German hands.

Gottlieb Daimler: Daimler, another one of zee Germans, invented a gas engine in 1885, which completely revolutionized auto design. Daimler worked for Otto at the Deutz Gasmotorenfabrik and took Otto’s engine to new heights when he used a gasoline-injected carburetor. The first four-wheeled automobile was developed by Daimler in 1886 when he adapted a stagecoach to his engine design.

Karl Benz : Fucking German cars suck Another German! Benz designed and built the first practical automobile powered by a internal-combustion engine. He received the first patent for a gas-fueled car on Jan. 29, 1886 for his three-wheeled model (Patent No. 37435), followed by his four wheeled model in 1891, followed by the advent of Benz & Co., which would become the world’s largest manufacturer of automobiles by 1900.

Duryea Brothers : America’s first gasoline powered commercial car manufacturers were brothers Charles and Frank Duryea, bicycle manufactures who took an interest in the new gasoline engines and automobiles. September 20, 1893 in Springfield, Mass., the Duryea brothers’ first automobile was successfully tested on the city streets and in 1896 they founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company.

Henry Ford: Everyone kniws this guys, so I’ll be brief. Ford created the Ford Motor Company in 1903. “I will build a car for the great multitude.” In October 1908 he did just that and offered the Model T for $950.

Rudolf Diesel: A Parisian! Nice. This garcon (see what I did there?) was originally a refrigerator engineer. But, on the side, he designed heat engines, including a solar-powered air engine. In 1894, he filed for a patent for his new invention, dubbed the diesel engine. He completed and operated his first successful engine in 1897. As a side note, his engine was the first that proved that fuel could be ignited without a spark, and he almost died in the process of learning this when one of his engines exploded.

Charles Franklin Kettering: Charles Kettering was the inventor of the first electrical starter motor ignition system, which was first installed in a Cadillac on February 17, 1911.

Bravo, gentlemen.

Historical Architecture

Jack the Ripper

Since Halloween is so very very close, I give you a Jack the Ripper documentary. Very entertaining if I say so myself. Enjoy.

Fuzzy Muzzles

I happen to be a big fan of facial hair on men. It’s very distinguishing, and there’s something wise and yet jolly about a man in a full beard and mustache. However, many industry professionals seem to think that the clean-shaven look is best for a respectable and trustworthy appearance.

Hmmmm...clean-shaven...definitely trustworthy...totally gonna use that for firewood.

Especially if you’re running for president.

Well, a few presidents in America’s history disagreed with this stereotype and went all out with mustaches, beards, mutton chops and sometimes all three.

In Office: 1837 - 1841

Martin Van Buren

In Office: 1861 - 1865

Abraham Lincoln

In Office: 1869 - 1877

Ulysses Grant

In Office: 1877 - 1881

Rutherford Hayes

In Office: March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881

James Garfield

In Office: 1881 - 1885

Chester Arthur

In Office: 1889 - 1893

Benjamin Harrison

In Office: 1893 - 1897

Grover Cleveland

In Office: 1901 - 1909

Theodore Roosevelt

In Office: 1909 - 1913

William Taft

I approve!

Putin, however, does not…

Old School Funny

You don’t need to hear a damn thing to appreciate some very old fashioned slapstick.

Oh, Buster, you’re so silly! That’s not how you drive a car!

Let’s see Brad Pitt do his own stunts.

It’s all in the legs.

HAAAAAhahahahaha. My favorite scene from Chaplin’s “Easy Street”

Some famous funnies in history. Enjoy.

And I Do My Little Turn on the Catwalk

Fashion through the ages! A look at previous generations of women (and men) rummaging through their closets with “nothing to wear”

It started around 10,000 B.C. with the advent of the needle and loom, which allowed people to sew soaked animal skin and hide together to create an early version of garments.

Around 6,000 B.C., the Neolithic Period, was still a simplistic style with draped skins and furs, but the discovery of indigo led to the dyeing of garments with mordant to help the colour stay.

Then in Mesopotamia, 3500 B.C.–333 B.C., The Assyrians wore tunics with petals as fringe, square beards were in vogue, and the Persians wore trousers with tunics and woven fabrics. The custom of veiling women was developing around this time period. Clothing is being used less for utility and more for status.

Egypt 3100 B.C.–30 B.C. Things are finally getting creative. Shenti (loin clothes) and Kalasiris (dress worn by women leaving th breasts exposed) were worn and made of linen. Elaborate collars and wigs were worn as well cosmetics. Clothing is used to symbolize status.

Minoan 3,000 B.C.–1450 B.C., The First European Civilization Women wore colorful, pleated, tiered skirts and had exposed breasts and cinched waists. There was elaborate detailing in these hourglass shapes, grooming became important and bathing became daily ritual.

Ancient Greece 1700 B.C.–146 B.C., Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic fibulae,chylamis, himation, chitons, drapery,wool, linen, and patterned fabric were worn. Hair was bleached, teeth were cleaned,cosmetics were used, people were very body conscious and worked out.

Etruscan 753 B.C.–509 B.C. Very colourful clothing that followed the Greek fashion with chitons, cloaks, wool, and cotton. Also wore t-shaped tunics. The Etruscan tebbena developed into the Roman toga.

Roman 753 B.C.–395 A.D. 509 B.C.–476 A.D. The Romans were more modest about nudity; wore simple, narrow tunics and togas of various colors in linen, wool, and silk. Layering was popular as well as brooches. Clothing was sewn together.

The Dark Ages / Byzantium, 324 A.D.–1453 Moving toward Medieval fashion with the wearing of veils, pearls, robes, silk, taffeta, brocade, damask. Garments included the dalmatika, chemise, and stola.

The Dark Ages,  476 A.D.–115 Trousers, full skirts, hooded garments, long sleeves, bliaut, cyclas, utilitarian fashion. Understandably, there weren’t really too many pictures coming out of the Dark Ages of their fashion…

Medieval, Gothic, Middle Ages 1150–1485 Cotehardie, cloaks, tunics, surcotes, silk, brocade, wool, flemish, parti-colored, emblems, dagging, hennins, wimple, barbette…most of these words mean absolutely nothing to me, but they were a part of Gothic fashion.

The Renaissance 14th–16th century Finally! Fashion for the sake fashion. Things got sexy. The physique was accentuated with corsets, farthingales, drawers, pleated cloaks, lace, and and heavy dose of flamboyant. Men wore codpieces and peascod bell.

Elizabethan/Jacobean, 1558-1603 Rigid, linear, stiff, ruffles, flatchested, V-waist, farthingale, bumroll hahahaha, pearls, heeled shoes, and blouses that exposed the chest for men. Fabric was tight, heavy, elaborate, and luxurious.

Cavalier (Early Baroque) 1620-1660 Fashion dominance has shifted from Spain to France. This was a softer look. turned down boots, loose hair, less stiffness, waistlines rose, embroidery, muffs, hat and plume, falling lace collar, ribbons and bows, breeches, frock, corset, very ornamented, busk, and doublets.

Baroque/Restoration 1660-1715 Heavy, vertical look with coat, vest, britches, canons, stockings, busk, Manteau gown, plunging neckline, high waisted, fontages, lace, ribbons, silver and gold embroidery, high heeled shoes, and jewelry. Unfortunately, this was also a time when hygiene suffered greatly, so lots of perfume was used.

Rococo 1715-1775 Corset with V-bodice, softer sleeves, lace collar, sweetheart necklines, sausage curls, pastels, ribbons, lace, birds, flowers, feminine feel, pretty, tricorne, vest, coat, jabot, bag wig, bombazine. Silk brocade heeled shoes, knee britches, riding boots, powdered hair, mob cap, powder and rouge on faces.

Neoclassical 1775-1795 and the Revolution 1790-1795 Fitted robes of satin, silk, and seersucker. Phrygian bonnet resurfaces, waistcoat, trousers, redingote, stock, mobcap, fullest and most unrealistic proportions after the Baroque period.

Directoire/Empire 1795-1815 High-waisted sheer dresses, revealing bustlines, tophat, shawls, pouf, carrick greatcoat, Incroyables, Marveilleuses, reticule.

Romantic 1815-1848 Bateau neckline, Bertha collar, Byron collar, frock coat, crinoline, leg-o-mutton sleeves, opera cloak, stock, Zouave jacket, emphasis on small waist. Fashionable women looked like porcelain dolls and were “fashionably ill” or faint. Hourglass shape for men and women, hair pulled up, corsets, wasp waist for men. Men were generally clean shaven and later had small mustaches. The Hoop Skirt became popular mid-century, trousers, stirrups, modern evening attire for men.

Victorian (crinoline) 1848-1870 and Victorian (bustle) 1870-1890 Basque, bloomers, cardigans, bowler or derby hats, bolero, crinoline, morning coat, mutton chops, pagoda sleeves, paisley shawls, pea jackets, sacksuit, Chignon hairstyle, cinched waist and off the shoulder dresses, handkerchiefs, hoop skirts, promenade gowns, carriages, elaborate cloaks, men wore cutaway jackets, equestrian styling for daytime, ascot tie, dust ruffle, blazer, bustle, Chesterfield overcoat, Eton jacket, fedora, jersey sweater, tuxedo, swallowtail jackets, Windsor ties, monocle, knickerbockers, wing collar, modern formalwear and the dawn of sewing machines.



Edwardian 1890-1911 Jacket and bustle, smart hats, button up boots, fullness flattened down the back, stovepipe trousers, waistcoat,  Art Nouveau-extravagant, over-civilized decadence, Art Deco-more freedom from corseting, skirts impossibly long and tight at bottom.

WWI and the 1920’s Oh, the flapper. So cute. Fur shawls and stoles, turban, fantastic headdresses, knee britches for sports, blouses, skirts, cropped hair, cloches, cowl neckline, shawl collar, saddle oxfords, trench coat, turtleneck sweaters, pajamas, kimonos, the “bob” hairstyle, t-shirts, chemise dresses, boutonnieres, jodhpurs, suppressed bustlines, straight and thin figures were in, t-strap shoes with a Louis heel.

1930’s Women began to wear pants, slinky, long and shiny gowns, backless gowns, the waist becomes natural, tanning becomes popular, the zipper becomes acceptable in women’s clothing, bathing suits trim down, tanned skin symbolizes the leisure class.

WWII and the 1940’s Argyle, Bermuda shorts, culottes, crew cuts, loafers, windbreakers, flight jackets, halter neckline, cummerbund, platform shoes, sportswear.

1950’s Skirts are longer, the hourglass silhouette is in, the natural waist is corseted again by the “Merry Widow”-breast support and boned down the waist, voluminous skirts, tulle under the skirt, strapless gowns, silk, evening wear, ballerina look, epitomized by narrow grey flannel suit for men, the “new look” is characterized by the little black dress and pearls, chukka boot, gaucho pants, poodle skirts, pageboy haircuts, mandarin jackets, car coats, ballet slippers, the A-line dress, duffle coat, capri pants.

1960’s The miniskirt emerges from Great Britain, youth movement, bob hairstyles, Twiggy, caftans, Nehru jackets, maxi skirts, micro skirts, mod clothing, pantsuits, ponchos, Sassoon cut, the waif, hot pants, flower children, afros, catsuits, the extreme mod look.


If this wasn’t focused on older history, I would dedicate a very long post just on how much I loved 90s fashion.

Just in case you’re interested in how these ladies put on all of those layers:

…..and here’s a picture of Dita Von Teese in a corset.

You’re welcome.