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mortisia:

Folk rhyme
The case was memorialised in a popular skipping-rope rhyme. Folklore says the rhyme was made up by an anonymous writer as a tune to sell newspapers. Others attribute it to the ubiquitous, but anonymous “Mother Goose”. In reality, Lizzie’s stepmother suffered 18 or 19 blows; her father, 11 blows.

There is also a song by the 1960’s folk group Chad Mitchell Trio.  Despite the subject, it’s actually rather funny.

mortisia:

Folk rhyme

The case was memorialised in a popular skipping-rope rhyme. Folklore says the rhyme was made up by an anonymous writer as a tune to sell newspapers. Others attribute it to the ubiquitous, but anonymous “Mother Goose”. In reality, Lizzie’s stepmother suffered 18 or 19 blows; her father, 11 blows.

There is also a song by the 1960’s folk group Chad Mitchell Trio.  Despite the subject, it’s actually rather funny.

Ugh…

Long story short, my father got me a super fabulous birthday present, and my stepmother got me 8 plastic tumblers from Pottery Barn. So, I was writing them a thank you note tonight and when I got to the word “tumbler”, I wrote “Tumblr” instead. The pervasiveness of technology….

medievalpoc:

distant-relatives-blog:

 The University of Sankoré, or Sankore Masjid is one of three ancient centers of learning located in TimbuktuMaliWest Africa. The three mosques of Sankoré, Djinguereber Mosque and Sidi Yahya compose the famous University of Timbuktu. During the 14th -16th century, Sankore University enrolled more foreigen students than New York University today. 

The Mali Empire gained direct control over the city of Timbuktu in 1324 during the reign of Mansa Kankou Musa also known as Musa I “King of Kings”. He designed and saw the construction of one of Sankore’s first great mosques and the Jingeray Ber Masjid in 1327.The foundations of the previous structure were laid around 988 A.D. on the orders of the city’s chief judge Al-Qadi Aqib ibn Mahmud ibn Umar. A local mandinka lady, esteemed for her wealth, financed his plans to turn Sankoré into a world class learning institution. 

By the end of Mansa Musa’s reign (early 14th century CE), the Sankoré Masjid had been converted into a fully staffed Madrassa (Islamic school or in this case university) with the largest collections of books in Africa since the Library of Alexandria. The level of learning at Timbuktu’s Sankoré University was superior to that of all other Islamic centers in the world. The Sankoré Masjid was capable of housing 25,000 students and had one of the largest libraries in the world with between 400,000 to 700,000 manuscripts.

Today, the intellectual legacy of Timbuktu is neglected in historical discourse. These pages of WORLD history tend to get ripped out.   

Learn more about the surviving manuscripts of the library of Timbuktu and its fate here.

Several years ago when Timbuktu was overrun by Islamic jihadists, the people of Timbuktu went to extraordinary lengths to protect these manuscripts; even putting their lives on the line.  A very fascinating and courageous story.

(via bookporn)

unimpressedcats:

Undercover.

This is the funniest thing I have seen today!