Military as social experiment; the man that survived both atomic bombs; an underwater Stonehenge; some unusual Egyptian mummies; tar & feathering

The Republican debates last night revealed that several of the candidates have some shaky understanding of American history; from the Revolution and the 4th amendment, to the Progressive movement, they showed some confusion (the Democrats often show just as much confusion and no doubt their debates will also be filled with questionable history). But no statement was more glaringly distorted from a historical perspective than Huckabee’s assertion that “the military is not a social experiment.” Actually, the US military has a long history of leading the way in this regard, as Nick Sacco ably demonstrates here. (He actually could have gone even further back than the Emancipation Proclamation and the enrollment of black troops, but this is more than enough to make the point).

With the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima behind us, and the anniversary of Nagasaki coming up, here’s the incredible story of a man that was in both attacks, and survived.

And over on We’re History, they have a solid piece on how the scientific community reacted to the bombings (including those that worked on the Manhattan Project).

A Stonehenge-like monolith has been discovered underwater off the coast of Sicily. Clearly there was an ancient settlement there, but what the structure’s purpose was is a mystery.

And while we’re on the ancients, two New Kingdom mummies have been analyzed and found to be in a remarkable state of preservation. The unusual part: the process of mummification was radically different than others, especially since the internal organs were not removed as per the usual.

It always seems that we get this kind of stuff just before a weekend: Here’s a brief history of tar and feathering.

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