Category Archives: History

Twenty Score and Sixteen Years Ago Today …

… the British East India Company, which would grow in size until it accounted for half of the world’s trade, was chartered. While it hasn’t been in existence for 142 years, it made Britain a trading superpower and with the other East India Companies (Dutch, Portuguese), basically defined global trade for centuries.

The wikipedia article alone is a fascinating read, and links to many more resources for those who want a historical trade understanding.

What do you think LOLCat?

LOLCat, technically, as they were chartered, they weren’t pirates.

LOLCat seems to disagree …

One Hundred and Fifteen Years Ago Today

The first Nobel Prizes were awarded. The will of Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, whose last will specified that his fortune be used to create a series of to recognize those who made discoveries that brought “the greatest benefit on mankind”, the first prizes were awarded in Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine in 1901. Shortly after his death, the Nobel Foundation was established to manage the finances and administration of the prizes and shortly after the first prizes were awarded.

And 115 years later, the prizes that are widely regarded as the most prestigious award available in the fields of literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, peace, and economics, are still being awarded and the benefits yet to be found are still blowin’ in the wind.

What do you think LOLCat?

LOLCat and SI congratulate Bob Dylan. After all, we’re still only bleeding.

Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their marks,
Make everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark,
It’s easy to see without looking too far
That not much is really sacred.

While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits,
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates.
Goodness hides behind its gates,
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have to stand naked.

It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding), Bob Dylan, 1965