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April 9, 1959: NASA selects its “Mercury Seven”.

Project Mercury was America’s first human spaceflight program, created with the aim to safely transport a pilot and spacecraft into Earth orbit; it was conceived at the very beginning of the Space Race, only two years after the Soviets launched Sputnik 1 and a year before they launched their own human spaceflight program, which would eventually beat out Mercury to put the first man in space.

The first astronauts selected by NASA, projected to become the first men in space, were Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. The selection process was based on multiple factors: first, candidates had to measure under 180 cm (or 5’11”), weigh less than 82 kg (180 lbs), be under the age of forty, and be male; second, they needed a bachelor’s degree, qualification to fly jets, and 1,500 hours or more of flying time; lastly, they had to endure rigorous training and tests that would eventually narrow the pool down to seven candidates. Out of 110 military pilots, seven were chosen, all of them possessing genius-level IQ and incredible physical fitness. 

These seven men (the “Mercury Seven”) detached themselves from the military image and were presented to the public as average “family men”. Hailed as heroes, they would eventually all venture into space, and one (Alan Shepard) would even go to the moon.

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My man Steve Zissou
philphys:

Klaus: He’s got hydrogen psychosis. Crazy-eye. Steve, we think you got crazy-eye.
Get him out of the fucking water.

My man Steve Zissou

philphys:

Klaus: He’s got hydrogen psychosis. Crazy-eye. Steve, we think you got crazy-eye.

Get him out of the fucking water.

(Source: fucklikekennedy, via philphys-deactivated20120616)

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Brief but super cool article on research in neutrino transportation as a means for communication. Still a very far way off but could be the future of human communication a few dozen years down the line.

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Put This On Season Two, Episode 1: The Melting Pot

Put This On, a web series about dressing like a grownup, visits New York City, a place where style is defined and redefined through interpretation and reinterpretation.

Meet the ‘Lo Heads. With roots in 1980s street gangs, these Polo Ralph Lauren enthusiasts have made “aspirational apparel” a lifestyle. They once had to boost their Polo from stores and fight to keep it on the streets. Today, their culture is worldwide, promulgated by hip-hop. Their hero is Ralph Lauren - a working class New Yorker who understood that the fantastical power of style can be transformative. Dallas Penn from The Internets Celebrities, a dedicated Lo Head with a collection of over 1000 pieces of Polo apparel (and former member of the Decepts crew) takes us on a tour of this remarkable fashion subculture.

Visit Worth & Worth hat shop, a New York institution with roots going back to 1922. In recent memory, Orlando Palacios has made the shop a home for rockers as well as traditionalists, turning hundred-year-old machines to the task of reinterpreting hundred-year-old styles.

Meet Jason Marshall, a jazz saxaphonist with a classic style. He plays with bands ranging from traditional bop to hip-hop fusion to Aretha Franklin, but he prefers to wear tailored clothes when he does it, and explains why.

And in our Q & Answer segment, find out how to pack your suit for travel. We’ll show you a fold to keep it neat inside a rolling carry-on or suitcase, and we’ll show you how to keep your trousers on the hanger inside a garment bag.

This is the first episode in our six-episode second season. We’ll visit the three greatest men’s style cities in the world, as chosen by our readers - New York, Milan and London. Stay tuned for our next New York episode, coming soon to putthison.com.



This episode was supported by our viewers and by Lifeway Kefir.

Executive Producers: Jesse Thorn & Adam Lisagor

Director: Benjamin Ahr Harrison

Host / Writer / Producer: Jesse Thorn

Producer: Andrew Yamato

Director of Photography: Ryan Samul

Sound: Andrew J. Reardon

Production Assistance: Zach Linder, Derek Miller

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BLOOM: In 2003, the Massachusetts Mental Health center was set to close, and the buildings were slated for demolition.  Artist Anna Schuleit created an installation to commemorate the site’s 9-decade history as a psychiatric hospital.  This is the extraordinary result.

Colassal has a wonderful interview with the artist and more images like the ones above.  (via Metafilter)

Really surreal and cool art “project”

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insta-grammar:

Those are the cutest little planets. Poor little Pluto didn’t get an invite apparently.

insta-grammar:

Those are the cutest little planets. Poor little Pluto didn’t get an invite apparently.

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Just discovered this tumblr… think I have a  new hobby. Old radio plays are fantastic

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New song from Beach House. Still very much so Beach House, just a little more chilling than anything on their previous album.

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This is awesome

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