What Happened to Sweden in 1967 to cause this Chaos?

The First Morning after the country of Sweden changed from driving On The Left hand Side of the road to driving On The Right Hand Side of the road.
And Guess What? All hell Broke Loose.There was chaos and Mayhem everywhere.
It all happened in the year 1967. Yes, that 50 years ago.
Source: 20+ Rare Historic Photos That You Probably Haven’t Seen Before | Bored Panda

Kinetic Steampunk Bar, Romania.

542The authors of the entire design concept, namely the Romanian based designers Alexandru Tohotan and Zoltan Zelenyak, previously responsible for the creation of two other worth mentioning works such as The Submarine and Joben Bistro, strike again, this time with an even more unique piece of artistry.
And when we say unique, we mean world-wide unique.
How’s that for brilliant?
A giant moving clock which gives the impression that you are actually inside it, dozens of finely designed steampunk details, rotating wheels, metallic flowers opening up on the ceiling, a live moving bird and even a robot, these are the core attractions of the Romanian pub.
And it is indeed quite a wonder of design.
The works took almost two years to come to life, but the efforts are well worthwhile, offering an unparalleled experience for having your regular cup of coffee at a bar.
Read the full article via The First Kinetic Steampunk Bar In The World Opens In Romania | Bored Panda

‘PEEFACE’ and other Typos.

peeface-old-book-typoHaving worked in the printing industry you do see some very weird things from time to time.
In the days of hot metal at least it was some fun.
I can remember a bloke who had been at the pub for his dinner break.
He went back to work pissed and then decided to throw a paragraph of hot metal type away so that he could get the front page of the daily newspaper to fit.
Only problem was that if you were reading the lead article on the front page  and turned the page it disappeared.
He got the boot for that.
When I was a young apprentice and being a Protestant and not being familiar with the terminology of the Catholic Church I read the abbreviation “Fr.” in a Funeral Notice as meaning “Friar” (as in Tuck) and set it accordingly.
The Priest presiding at the service was most unimpressed.
Anyway, here is another big Stuff  Up…read the caption below carefully.



Divers get first look inside Arctic Shipwreck of ‘HMS Terror.’

Marine archaeologists explore the HMS Terror on the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean.
To get a look inside the ship, divers deployed a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV. (Parks Canada, Underwater Archaeology Team)
By Megan Gannon smithsonian.com
Below deck, glass bottles sit upright in storage rooms, and stacks of intact ceramic plates are neatly arranged on shelves. Rusted firearms hang on the walls. Wash basins and chamber pots remain undisturbed in officers’ rooms.
The captain’s desk, with its drawers tightly shut, collects layers of fine marine silt.These eerie scenes came into view for the first time as underwater archaeologists finally got an extensive look inside the HMS Terror, one of two ships that disappeared in northern Canada during the doomed Franklin expedition of the 1840s.
“We see just a dizzying array of artifacts,” Ryan Harris, the lead archaeologist on the project with Parks Canada, said during a press conference.
“The ship stands to tell us a great deal … about the specific circumstances of these men as they were confronted by their own mortality.
”The fate of the Franklin expedition remains an enduring mystery almost 175 years later.
Arctic explorer and British naval captain Sir John Franklin and about 130 crew members embarked on an official mission to chart the last stretch of the Northwest Passage across the Arctic.
They left aboard two ships, Erebus and Terror, from the U.K. in May 1845 and vanished in the Canadian Arctic.
“In a way, Franklin was the Amelia Earhart of his time,” says James Delgado, a maritime archaeologist, senior vice president of SEARCH and author of the book Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage.
“They were the best trained, best equipped, and had all the modern conveniences only to then go silent and to have the story slowly trickle out in a heartbreaking way.”
Source: Divers Get an Eerie First Look Inside the Arctic Shipwreck of the HMS Terror | History | Smithsonian

Something you may not Know about Halloween.

Halloween. Odds are, you think of it as one of the best days of the year.
If you really stop to think about Halloween and all the bizarre traditions that go along with this day, you may start to actually wonder… where in the world did all these crazy traditions come from?
Costumes, monsters, trick or treating, jack-o-lanterns… well, all this batty stuff had to start somewhere, right?
Ireland Is Believed To Be The Birthplace of Halloween.
The ancient Celtic Festival called Samhain was first celebrated more than 2,000 years ago in County Meath. The Celts believed it was a time of transition, when the veil between this world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died that year moved on to the next life.
But if the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped, the deceased could come back to life and wreak havoc among the living. Not a good thing.
Today the ancient past and the twenty-first century come together at the annual Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, where a re-enactment of the Celtic celebration kicks off with a torchlit procession through town.
The Irish welcome Halloween with bonfires, party games and traditional food, including a fruitcake that contains coins, buttons, rings and other fortune telling objects.
In ancient times, it was believed that if a young woman found a ring in her slice of fruitcake, she’d be married within the next year.
Now read on via 12 Things You May Not Know About Halloween ~ vintage everyday

The Madness of Australia’s ‘six o’clock swill’.

Ivanhoe Hotel, 120 Upper Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe, Public Bar.

Image Credit: Flickr/Liam Ryan
by Naomi Russo
Australians were forced to finish their drinks by 6pm for almost 40 years – and what a drinking culture it created!
ON 28 SEPTEMBER 1967, the clock struck one minute past 6pm and premier Don Dunstan raised a glass, as South Australians joined the rest of the nation in being able to legally continue drinking.
It was the first time they had been able to do so after six o’clock since 1916, as legislation extending the closing times of licensed establishments for the first time in almost 40 years came into effect.
Early closing times had been introduced in 1916 as a war-time austerity measure, as well as in response to a growing temperance movement. Before the change most hotels and pubs had closed around 11pm.
Unfortunately for lawmakers, less time didn’t necessarily equate to less drinks. Workers who finished at 5pm rushed off to pubs, ordering as many drinks as they could before the bars closed an hour later.
The resulting pushing, slopping and general raucousness led some to describe the drinking hour as a ‘pig swill’ and so the phrase ‘six o’clock swill’ was coined.
Journalist John Larkin described the six o’clock swill in visceral detail, writing “ankle deep at 5.30pm in a morass of cigarettes… a howling thirsty mass crawling over each other to demand fifteen beers each to drink in the last, desperate guzzling minutes.”
Early closing times, combined with a state-mandated decrease in licensed establishments and the growth of disposable incomes allowed extreme drinking to flourish in Australian states during this time.
The phenomenon was not only reported in newspapers, but made its way into high culture when Australian artist John Brack painted ‘The Bar’ in 1954. The painting, which shows a crowd of men gulping down drinks, later sold for 3.17 million Australian dollars.

The Bar (1954) by John Brack
The ‘swill’ had become part of Australian culture, reported back in England by those who visited, and celebrated by some in the states as exemplifying Australian masculinity.
Despite this cultural resonance, as the years went on, the tide began to turn against the closing hours. Illegal drinking had continued throughout the time and many began to bemoan the fact they couldn’t enjoy a few quiet drinks.
Newspapers that had previously rallied behind temperance began to align the early closing times with an assault upon the freedom of men.
via Now and then: Australia’s ‘six o’clock swill’ – Australian Geographic