The Scilly & Netherlands Fake war lasted 335 years.

This war was fought between the Netherlands and the Isle of Scilly, which is located off the southwest coast of Great Britain.
The war started in 1651, but like many wars of that era it was not taken seriously and soon forgotten about.
Three centuries passed before the two countries finally agreed to a peace treaty in 1986, making their war the longest in human history.
War duration: (1651-1986) Three hundred and thirty-five years. Casualties: None.


Scilly is probably Britain’s best-kept secret.
A sub-tropical paradise just 28 miles southwest of Lands End – this has to be the ‘perfect holiday’ destination.
Sub-tropical Climate, White Sand Beaches, Peace and Tranquility.
If you are looking for beautiful white beaches, exotic sub-tropical plants and a quality of life that is difficult to find in this busy World, then the Isles of Scilly are your destination of choice.
There are five inhabited islands in the archipelago, set amongst hundreds of smaller islands and rocky islets, which provide homes to numerous species of seabirds and marine animals.
via Listverse and Cornwall Online 

An Early Fake Photo by Roger Fenton.

Orientalist Study, 1858.
The two men pictured are in fact white Europeans, posing in a London studio.
Photograph by Roger Fenton (English, 1819–1869)/Featured at the Clark Art Institute
On display at the “Photography and Discovery” exhibit at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., is a photo of two men dressed in traditional Arab garb in a carpeted room (above).
They’re smoking a pipe. It’s a beautiful photo, but it’s not from the Middle East.
It was shot in a studio in London by photographer Roger Fenton. The men in the photo are white Europeans, dressed up and posing as Arabs.
The whole thing is staged — as are several of the exhibit’s images. The photos were taken in the 19th and early 20th centuries, roughly the first 75 years of photography.
This was also a time of rising European colonial power.
European empires needed justification for subjugating vast swaths of earth, and photography could frame the Arab and Asian world in a way that supported the empire, says Ali Behdad, a professor of literature at UCLA and author of Camera Orientalis: Reflections on Photography of the Middle East.
Source: Long Before There Was ‘Fake News,’ There Were ‘Fake Photos’ : Goats and Soda : NPR

Why we love a fright at Halloween.

Image Credit: Photographby Alamy Stock Photo.
Halloween is here again and although it seems to get more commercial each year, one constant remains – giving each other a good fright.
The startle response, whether from a particularly convincing trick-or-treater on your doorstep or a fright in a horror movie, seems to be close to a human universal.
When we look at other animals, even very simple ones, there are stereotyped movements called fixed-action patterns.
In invertebrates these are usually related to fighting or feeding but they’re triggered by a single neuron. No matter what the context or stimulus the animal still produces the same set of actions in the same order.
So it is with us. While different cultures have developed different triggers to freak each other out the end result seems to be the same – and all humans share the startle response as completely stereotyped behaviour.
It is as fundamental as a knee-jerk. We still don’t know why producing it in a controlled way seems to give pleasure in many cases, although we can speculate that the fight-or-flight response is stimulating and enjoyable when we know there is no real consequence.
Dr Daniel Glaser is director of Science Gallery at King’s College London
Source: Why we love a fright at Halloween | Daniel Glaser | Life and style | The Guardian

Vintage Pics of Strange Beauty Devices, 1920s-40s.

Pictures below describe how terrible beauty care procedures looked like in the 1930s and 1940s.
Women now must be happy they don’t have to spend many hours sitting under strange devices or put weird things on their faces.Unusual and Bizarre Beauty Devices in the 1930s and 1940s (1)
Permanent hair procedure. Germany, 1929
Unusual and Bizarre Beauty Devices in the 1930s and 1940s (2)
Blow-drying, 1920s.
See more Images via vintage everyday: 15 Unusual and Bizarre Beauty Devices in the 1930s and 1940s.