General Leblois’ Chinese Saber
- Dated: circa 1915
- Measurements: overall lenght 34 1/2”. Blade lenght 23 1/2”
With a delicately arched grip and an ornate scabbard adorned with mixed metal damascened inlays of silver, copper and brass, this saber sword was the possession of French General Paul Adoplhe Leblois (1857-1930), a decorated hero of World War I. The inlays that adorn the sword are unquestionably rare, with few examples of such artistry attainable today.
- Noted throughout his career for his bravery and military prowess, Leblois was grand Defense Commander in Saigon in 1910, leading the Fifth Colonial Infantry Brigade in 1912 and becoming the General of the Colonial Division in 1914.
- That same year, Leblois led the Second Colonial Division to a triumphant performance in battle. In 1917, Leblois was elected President of the Colonial Committee, and by February of 1918 he was named the Head of the French Troops in Indochina.
- For his illustrious military career, Leblois was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1926.
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Leonid Ivanovich Rogozov (1934 – 2000) was a Soviet general practitioner who took part in the sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1960–1961.
He was the only doctor stationed at the Novolazarevskaya Station and, while there, developed appendicitis, which meant he had to perform an appendectomy on himself, a famous case of self-surgery.
The operation took 2 hours. He positioned himself so that he could see his own body using a mirror when doing the surgery - he made a 12 cm cut through which he found the appendix. After 5 days the doctor felt good, and after 7 days he removed the wires which had been used to sew up the body.
#golly i do enjoy pointless wordplay
On this April 20th, it’s important to remember the past. Everyday, until 1976, a British traffic researcher named Reuben Smeed woke every day to go and analyse traffic patterns. Woke Smeed every April 20th, until 1976, the year of his death. Woke Smeed, everyday.
Another tidbit about the British Isles: many years ago, the ancient Picts decorated themselves using woad, a blue dye derived from the Asp of Jerusalem, a fairly common plant. While I’m uncertain myself of the exact methods used to create woad, I would not be absolutely ridiculous in assuming that the ancient Picts used smoke to cure the woad; being that they were Scottish, it is more correct to say they smeeked the woad. The ancient Picts, evidently, would smeek woad everyday. If that were the case.
|JESSE EISENBERG:||People on the street say mean things to me.
|JESSE EISENBERG:||I get called Napoleon Dynamite because I have curly hair. I live in New York City and I ride a bicycle. I always bike down 9th Avenue and there’s this kid who goes to school there named Abraham. Every time I pass him, he calls me Napoleon Dynamite. He screams it out and his friends laugh. That was a fine movie but I wasn’t in it.
|INTERVIEWER:||What do you say back?
|JESSE EISENBERG:||I say, “Please, Abraham, I’m not that man.”
"Raising awareness about cat welfare is a good look for your husband’s upcoming campaign strategy. Don’t you think supporting government action on missing and murdered indigenous women in this country would be a better look?"
Hailey King, the 21yo university student who interrupted Laureen Harper (wife of Canadian PM Harper) during her opening speech announcing her “Just for Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival” last night. Laureen responded, “We’re raising money for animals tonight. If you’d like to donate to animals, we’d love to take your money…That’s a great cause, perhaps another night. Tonight we’re here for homeless cats!” [source
] (via randomactsofchaos
(Source: nitanahkohe, via billnihilist)