In 1946, a Black Pilot Returned to the Cockpit After a Double Amputation by Professional_Bite725 in history

[–]Professional_Bite725[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

This article is incredibly inspiring. It's an excerpt from the memoir of a man who survived a plane crash, lost both his legs, and kept moving forward despite his situation. His name was Neal V. Loving, I highly recommend giving it a read.

This small detail in the article fascinated me:

It was then I discovered one of the few advantages of being a double amputee. After a few preliminary questions, the fitter casually asked me how tall I wanted to be and what size shoe I wanted to wear. Not many people get to make that decision.

I haven't thought about that aspect of having both legs amputated before. It's a good reminder to remain positive and think about the bright side of whatever situation you may find yourself in. It would be completely understandable if Neal had completely given up hope and gave in to pessimism. Instead, he identified this small opportunity he got that few others get, even if he ended up deciding to retain his same height and shoe size in the end.

Discovery of embalming workshop reveals how ancient Egyptians mummified the dead by Magister_Xehanort in history

[–]Professional_Bite725 249 points250 points  (0 children)

Another fascinating detail from the article:

While many of the substances were from across the Mediterranean, they also found residues of dammar gum and elemi resin, which likely came from the forests of southeast Asia, or possibly tropical regions of Africa.

This, the researchers said, revealed the long-distance exchange of goods

I had no clue their trade networks reached so far.

Discovery of embalming workshop reveals how ancient Egyptians mummified the dead by Magister_Xehanort in history

[–]Professional_Bite725 266 points267 points  (0 children)

It's interesting to see how in-depth their research was:

They revealed ancient Egyptians used a wide variety of substances to anoint the body after death, to reduce unpleasant smells and protect it from fungi, bacteria and putrefaction. Materials identified include plant oils such as juniper, cypress and cedar as well as resins including from pistachio trees, animal fat and beeswax.

Archaeologists were also able to determine which particular substances were used to preserve different body parts. (Pistachio resin and castor oil, for example, were used only for the head.)