for those not in the know, night witches were russian lady bombers who bombed the shit out of german lines in WW2. Thing is though, they had the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. the planes were also so noisy that to stop germans from hearing them combing and starting up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get the fuck out of dodge.
their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.
how the fuck is this not taught in every single history class ever
pretty sure I’ve reblogged this before but it can happen again
it’s back omfg yes
Always reblog the lady pilots of wwii. (Every country had them, but the night witches were flying bombers while most of the others were providing support.)
When I was an NBC Page, 1 thing was constant, Don Pardo, the longtime voice of SNL would always say “Hi” to me whenever I saw him around 30 Rock. I was introduced to Mr. Pardo by my friend and ‘Page Mentor’ Jonathan Accarrino, and we often found ourselves together in empty conference rooms (after ‘big shot’ meetings we weren’t invited to), each of us stuffing our faces with the leftover cheese and crackers.
"We scored big time today, Mr. Pardo."
"I’d say we did!"
Merry times! Thanks for the memories. RIP Mr. Pardo
All I can think of now is Don Pardo announcing different cheeses.
"Featuring PPPEPPPPER JACK."
Focus achieved: Watching this and listening to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t09higEubD8
So glamorous. So present. The grandmother of pug performance art.
This is great.
Since July 17th there has been five reported occurrences exemplifying the police and American justice system’s lack of reverence for Black life. These are the five stories that were able to attract at least minimal attention. Who knows what is going on out there covered up (like the Ferguson police is trying to do with Mike Brown’s murder), unrecorded, and unknown. In the past 23 days the police have perpetrated the humiliation, degradation, and murdering of Black dignity,souls, and people. Knowledge is power. Do not rely on mainstream media to give you the full/accurate story. They will always be complicit in the devaluing of Black life because Blackness has been criminalized in America. Please spread these stories and add any more that you know of under the hashtag #badges are the new hoods. We need to start documenting, and spreading information. They will try to silence us as they did to Ramsey Orta, and Alba Lekaj, the people who filmed the NYPD harasing and murdering Eric Garner. But united we can make a difference. Knowledge is power. Stay woke Black America, Stay woke.
this happened in the past 23 days
I wrote this in 2007. McSweeney’s rightly declined — it was not terribly funny but it was AHEAD OF ITS TIME. I am available to write a dumb thing about Google Glass that will be relevant in 2023.
JB2: Judgement Day
Future Cyborg James Brown travels back in time to the past to battle Past Cyborg James Brown in a fight of funkiness. However, humanity acknowledges the awesome power of two James Browns, and world peace ensues under a banner of funky good times and hot pants for all. Unfortunately, Past Cyborg JB gets Linda Blair addicted to crack.
James Brown Begins
We learn of the early kung-fu training of James Brown necessary to
ascend the throne to become the Godfather of Soul. Funky monastic
montages with Liam Neeson culminate in a battle against the evil
soulless singer, Billy Joel. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business
is victorious, and Joel is run over repeatedly by an elevated train
driven by Fred Wesley to the tune of the roller-skating classic “(It’s
Not The Express) It’s The JBs Monaurail (Part 1)”.
After topping the charts, the Minister of The New New Super Heavy Funk
hits hard times and is upstaged by a monotone Russian soul singer.
Encouraged by his friend Apollo Creed, James goes to rural Russia to
get back to the funky basics, and triumphantly regains his title by
performing “Livin’ In America” in the ring. Some kind of boxing
competition happens, but the credits roll with the Soul Brother Number
One marrying Brigitte Nielsen in an American flag cape and doing the
Apollo James Brown
After takeoff, disaster ensues with the Apollo space mission as the
capsule has (what appears to be) fatal problems. Engineers race to fix
the issue, but success comes only when a young James Brown appears and screams orders such as “Do it like a sex machine”, “Get it funky in
your own way!”, “Treat your daughter right!”, and “Get on up!”. Upon
landing, JB spins three times and does the splits after feigning
A Mighty Funky Heart
In a controversial casting choice, Brad Pitt is picked to play the
role of James. We learn the shocking revelation that Gerald Ford
(played by Jamie Foxx, in an equally confusing casting choice) and
James Brown were the same person.
Harry Potter and the Mystery of James Brown
JB teaches the ways of women to young Master Potter in the final
episode of the series. Potter learns that no amount of sorcery can
match the power of wearing a cape and doing the splits while
screaming. In the end, Hermione runs off with Brown, wearing a thong
and a white furcoat.
Bill Burr (“Ol’ Redface”) on perseverance and becoming an artist. (NSFW). From The Monday Morning Podcast
"When you stop looking at your job to solve all your problems, you’ll stop being disappointed."
— Helena Price. Watch the talk.
— Terence McKenna (via the-warrior-of-sunlight)
This is how I teach a graduate seminar. #doodles
Giant marching band party? Uh yes please. (at Brooklyn Public Library)