Over the Hills and Far Away

History, Fashion, Romance and Deadpan Snarking.

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You ever have those moments where, just out of nowhere, you’re hit with a rock-hard Halloween boner? You are suddenly consumed with desire for pumpkin spice flavored everything, orange and black decorations everywhere you look, skulls, pumpkins, spiderwebs, spooky music, movies like Hocus Pocus and Trick R Treat, stripey stockings on the cheap, weak-ass little fog machines, ect. even though it’s the middle of goddamn June?

Reblogging this for SEVERAL people I know.

Every day, I feel a constant need to surround myself in spooky.

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You know what pisses me off about discussing history on this site?

When I find something genuinely amusing about a historical person and post about it like “HAH! Weren’t history people funny and interesting?” and tumblr people feel the need to reblog it like “Oh, remember that one horrible thing they did? Remember those questionable or socially reprehensible things they participated in? How dare you find them amusing! How dare you like or admire a fallible human being!” 

As if I don’t know what they did or what was said about them. As if one aspect of their lives is the only way to look at them. As if some historical people are nothing more than their mistakes or bad choices.


Yeah, I sort of see a lot of it as overcorrecting after learning waterdowned, “good man,” K-12 history, where anything that rebukes said history is good (not to say there aren’t legitimate arguments). It just takes a bit more historical study to even it out.

Let’s face it, if the most recent thing they learned about Andrew Jackson was the Trail of Tears, that’s gonna be the most, or only, significant thing about him to them. Which is why I appreciated deadpresidents’ ranking summary of Jackson - clear opinion but balanced (I think).

(I’m assuming this is Jackson liked to steal outhouse covers related ‘cause it’s Jackson.)

Agreed. A large portion of the people on tumblr who reblog history posts but aren’t in the history “fandom” per se have a very simplified view of history that is very black and white. Much in the same way they view everything else, really; I mean, how often have you seen “reasons why Celebrity X is a raging douche” vs “reasons why Celebrity X is a goddess” sort of posts battling each other? The debates over JLaw and KStew? I find it sickening how much people flip-flop their extremist opinions about real people with complex personalities and issues each time they learn something new about the person. And I’m a goddamn Red Sox fan. I know about flip-flopping.

There is a sad lack of seeing the humanity in historical figures as well as a lack of appreciation for humor, even in the face of uncomfortable topics. In my opinion, if you can’t even acknowledge someone’s layers of personality, then you’re better off ignoring them altogether. Same goes for making fun of them. That’s why Hitler jokes are great; you’re ridiculing a person who desperately needs to be ridiculed. Was Monty Python guilty of being politically uneducated for making a sketch about Hitler invading a small English tourist town without mentioning mass genocide? No, because the mass genocide is common knowledge and it is not funny. The Trail of Tears is not funny. Tipping outhouses is. And if people can’t acknowledge that both acts came from one person then they clearly have never left their house before.

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i find it really relatable and fresh that audioposts on tumblr fuck up like this so often because i, too, freeze and release one loud, sustained buzzing sound when forced to expend any effort on anything at all

(via blackandwhitestriped)

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Anonymous asked: what do you usually do with your free time?

When I’m not dicking around here you mean?

Reading, drawing, sewing, playing the piano, historical reenacting, going to museums

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Operating out of her New Orleans studio, noted textile conservator Jessica Hack and her assistants are working to restore the wool officer’s coat worn by Lt. Col. William Sutherland Hamilton in the War of 1812. The Louisiana State Museum is conserving the coat for display during the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial exhibit, “From Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture,” opening in the Cabildo on Jan. 11, 2015. Lt. Col. Hamilton saw action on the Great Lakes early in the war and possibly in skirmishes around New Orleans in 1815. He settled in Louisiana and became a prominent planter and politician in West Feliciana Parish. When Hamilton’s descendants offered it to Museum in 1923, the coat was in an advanced state of deterioration.” x

Filed under history conservation war of 1812 fashion

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Anonymous asked: what happened to Hank Green?

Oh, he just made a really long angry rant about how people (nay, Jon Stewart of all people) are being too cynical about the world because statistically we’re more peaceful now than ever in history. It went on for like five paragraphs with lots of capslock screaming and swearing and then it just sort of ended in the middle of a sentence. He deleted it a few minutes later. It was hilarious.