The Maryland Historical Society launched a blog this past September called underbelly. With its vast collection of photographs, maps, recordings and other historical documents, the blog culls through and explores important, and often forgotten items from Maryland’s rich history. Occasionally, as its name suggests, the blog discusses less-than-flattering past events, which continue to reverberate with Marylanders of today. One such entry recently got our attention entitled “Masked Mystery.” In the article, the author introduces a sinister-looking photograph from their archives that has perplexed them for some time.
Feb. 13 Photo Brief: Ash Wednesday with the Pope, Mars rover self-portrait, hula hoop record, Syrian slingshot, Banana Joe
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Ash Wednesday, Curiosity takes self-portrait on Mars, Thailand sets hula hoop record, Westminster crowns Banana Joe and more in today’s daily brief.
Perhaps best known today for its drinking and “beads for breasts” activities, the Mardi Gras parade began earlier today around the French Quarter in New Orleans. French for “fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras celebrates the last night of gluttonous celebration before the ritual fasting begins on the Christian holiday Ash Wednesday.
So far this year, Super Bowl Champions Ed Reed and Jacoby Jones were scene walking with the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Also this past weekend, parades (perhaps more child-friendly?) were also held in New Orleans that included a bead-throwing Kelly Clarkson two days before winning the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album.
After winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens were welcomed back by one of the greatest victory parades in Baltimore history with over 200,000 fans in attendance on Feb. 5.
Look back at past celebrations and Opening Day sports parades. Perhaps, the biggest turnout was on April 15, 1954, when fans welcomed the Baltimore Orioles in their very first season on Opening Day against the White Sox. Over 350,000 fans were said to have shown up for the parade.
Feb. 11 Photo Brief: Pope Benedict XVI resigns, Pope candidates, prepping for Westminster dog show, European Sauna Marathon
Pope Benedict XVI resigns top post citing health concerns, a look at potential Pope candidates, prepping for the Westminster dog show, something called the European Sauna Marathon and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Photos may depict injury or death.
From China to New York City, a look at celebrations around the world for the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Snake.
Carnival parades, Lunar New Year, Kumbh Mela festival, satellite image of snow and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Photos may depict injury or death.
Residents of the Northeastern United States are dealing with the aftermath of a blizzard that pummeled the region on Saturday, dumping up to 40 inches of snow. At least nine people were killed and thousands were without power, Reuters reported on Sunday.
The glass glows bright orange as it is heated to 2500 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven’s “glory hole.” Tim McFadden, who has been blowing glass for 12 years, shapes and cools the glass, manipulating it to his vision. He uses a blowpipe as he slowly spins the hot liquid glass and expertly molds the colorful mass.