Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change, windows of the world, and (as a poet has said) “lighthouses erected in the sea of time.” They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.
The Book, Barbara W. Tuchman (via excessivebookshelf)

Mash-up:

Roots of Breakdance (Run DMC - It’s Like That)

Auschwitz (by Tom)

thedailywhat:

Viral Ad of the Day: Adorable animated intro to Swiss history, courtesy of Swissinfo and their brand new Swiss-centric iPad app.

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Hidden in the jungle rediscovered in 1914

Hidden in the jungle rediscovered in 1914