FYI July 29, 2018


Widget not in any sidebars


On This Day

1858 – United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty.
The Treaty of Amity and Commerce (日米修好通商条約 Nichibei Shūkō Tsūshō Jōyaku), also called the Harris Treaty, between the United States and Japan was signed on the deck of the USS Powhatan in Edo (now Tokyo) Bay on July 29, 1858. It opened the ports of Kanagawa and four other Japanese cities to trade and granted extraterritoriality to foreigners, among a number of trading stipulations.



Born On This Day

1900 – Teresa Noce, Italian labor leader, activist, and journalist (d. 1980)
Teresa Noce (29 July 1900 – 22 January 1980)[1] was an Italian labor leader, activist, journalist and feminist. She served as a parliamentary deputy and advocated broad social legislation benefiting mothers.

Teresa Noce was born in Turin, Italy on 29 July 1900 to an unmarried, working-class mother. She started working as a turner in the local Fiat Brevetti factory at the age of ten. By the age of 12, she was involved in the workers’ union and joined demonstrations. As a journalist she wrote for Il Grido del Popolo (The People’s Cry} and Ordine Nuove from 1914 to 1917. She protested when Italy entered World War I in 1915 and joined the Young Socialist movement in 1919.[1]

Following the rise of Mussolini and the Fascists, Noce left the Socialists, becoming a founding member of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in 1921. After the Communist and Socialist parties were outlawed in 1925, she continued organizing workers illegally. During the 1920s, she oversaw the Communist Youth Federation and their periodical La voce della gioventù. She met PCI functionary Luigi Longo, whom she married in 1926. The two emigrated first to Moscow then to Paris. Noce organized a strike of rice workers in the Spring of 1934.[2] She then fled to Paris and surfaced as a leading political figure among the Italian exile community. As editor of Il Grido del Popolo, Noce called for improved labor conditions for the working class and for abolition the Special Tribunals used to imprison anti-Fascists. She also led a campaign on behalf of imprisoned PCI leader Antonio Gramsci that resulted in mass demonstrations in Paris.[1]

She edited the anti-fascist periodical La voce della donne in 1934. In 1936, she travelled to Spain to see the Spanish Civil War. She penned several pamphlets reporting and appealing on behalf of the Spanish Republicans. After France surrendered to Nazi Germany in 1940, Noce remained there, organizing cells among the Italian exile community in Paris. She led an effective partisan unit as a member of the underground and adopted the nom de guerre Estella. Though she avoided arrest on a number of occasions, she was eventually arrested and deported to Ravensbrück, the German concentration camp for women. She was freed in the Spring of 1945 and returned to Italy.[1]

In Italy Noce was elected to the Central Committee of the PCI. She was then elected to the Italian Parliament and was appointed general secretary of the textile workers union, where she founded the publication La voce dei tessili. In 1951 she was one of two dissenting votes in the Communist leadership to against a proposal made by dictator Joseph Stalin.[1]

Noce was aligned with the Unione Donne Italiane (Italian Women’s Union). She and other women of the Italian Parliament campaigned for comprehensive maternity legislation. They secured victory in 1950 with a law protecting working mothers, providing for children of infants and giving five months of paid leave for pregnant women.[1]

Noce died in Bologna on 22 January 1980.[3]


By Bradley Brownell: I Can’t Stop Watching These Rally Cars Crash Into Buildings

How many did you recognize?
By Dan Kopf: These are the most danceable number one hits, according to computer science
1517 Fund: Human Intelligence What I Learned from Interviewing with the CIA
By Sharon Houri: Why is Music So Powerful?


Huacachina, Peru

Vector’s World: Peace Brother, Huacachina, Peru and more ->
Huacachina is a village in southwestern Peru, built around a small oasis surrounded by sand dunes. It is in the Ica Province, about five kilometers from the city of Ica in the Ica District.[1] The oasis features on the back of the 50 Nuevo Sol note. Huacachina has a permanent population of around 100[2] although it hosts many tens of thousands of tourists each year.


Rapitutde: How To Let Go
By Sarah Laskow: Railyards Were Once So Dangerous They Needed Their Own Railway Surgeons, and more ->
By Samantha Nobles-Block: The Plant Breeder Who Minted a New World of Flavor Jim Westerfield created dozens of new culinary mints in his Illinois garden.

Arctic Brotherhood Hall Skagway, AK

Atlas Obscura: Arctic Brotherhood Hall The facade of this relic from the Klondike gold rush is decorated with over 8,800 pieces of driftwood.
Two Nerdy History Girls Breakfast Links: Week of July 23, 2018: The history of that striped Breton knit shirt you’ve been wearing all summer, The roots of the Hawaiian aloha shirt, Mother Goose as a Suffragette: a 1912 book of suffragette poems, digitized to read online and more ->
Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Walt Whitman on Democracy and Optimism as a Mighty Form of Resistance and more ->

Ferves is a portmanteau of FERrari VEicoli Speciali (Ferrari Special Vehicles)

By Nathan Avots-Smith: Would You Believe…? 1970 Ferves Ranger (Ferves is a portmanteau of FERrari VEicoli Speciali (Ferrari Special Vehicles)

Kiwi Glen:
Paint it red, add a spoiler, and rev it up at the traffic lights all the while yelling that you only race for pink slips



By Mikaela Holmes: 3D Scanning Class – How to use your camera to take objects from the world around you and turn them into 3D models on your computer!

By Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage Hometalker Canada: Repurposed Kitchen Junk Owl Wind Chime
By Katrienn: Natural Soap Bars Without Breaking the Bank | Cold Pressed Soap
Everything Pretty: Winnie the Pooh Inspired Honeycomb Soap, Scalp Scrub Recipe and more ->
By Hometalk Highlights: 29 Fun Ways To Keep Your Home Organized Do these great ideas to keep a tidy and cute home!


Widget not in any sidebars





By jprussack: Homemade Buns

Widget not in any sidebars


Widget not in any sidebars


Widget not in any sidebars