From the Smithsonian: Plastic surgery, which aims to restore both function and form to deformities, was, at the war’s outset, crudely practiced, with little real attention given to aesthetics. Gillies, working with artists who created likenesses and sculptures of what the men had looked like before their injuries, strove to restore, as much as possible, a mutilated man’s original face. Kathleen Scott, a noted sculptress and the widow of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott of Antarctica fame, volunteered to help Gillies, declaring with characteristic aplomb that the “men without noses are very beautiful, like antique marbles.”
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When East Meets the West: Commodore Perry’s Bloody Diplomacy
While Japan had long maintained some semblance of contact with other important Asian civilizations, the country tended to be hesitant in allowing Western traders into the country. Eventually, the Shogunate made concessions to certain traders, superficially to the Dutch, and allowed them a foothold into the country. The beginning of the end of isolation came, however, when United States Commodore sailed to Japan on orders to establish relations with the country and did so with brute force. Displaying the power of his ship’s cannons and threatening to bombard the capital and other villages if negotiations were not permitted, the Japanese eventually relented and the already weakened Shogunate began to lose ever more power in what would become a new Japan.
Taken in 1962, which is better: the fact that the smoldering French actress Philomene Toulouse has a pet fox or that a little boy ruins what would otherwise be a foxy photo?
Craziest Ways Drugs Are Smuggled: Orally
Oft referred to as a “swallower” or “internal carrier,” one of the most popular and craziest ways to transport drugs is through the mouth. A carrier would numb their throat and swallow condoms or gloves filled with drugs and then remove them naturally, or sometimes with the help of laxatives.
From left to right: John, Robert and Edward Kennedy. Taken in 1948, John was currently representing Massachusetts in Congress, Robert had graduated from Harvard and Ted was sixteen.
The first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary force during World War One, the Harlem Hellfighters are commemorated throughout New York City with various streets named after them.