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Huh...that's...well done him and his staff, but why the hell did they had to do it that way?
From Wikipedia: "In 1903, the average cost for the care of one infant at Couney's facility was $15 ($405 today). The care costs of premature babies was expensive, however, Couney did not charge the parents of his patients for their care. Couney made up the costs of caring for the infants through the entrance fees during the exhibitions. The entrance fees covered not only the care of the infants, but also allowed Couney to pay his nurses a good wage and facilitated the frequent travel of the exhibit."

I too started out reading the article with a "are you serious?" and a "how could this possibly be humane?", but sounds like it was less about being a wacko making a sideshow out of babies and more of a dude doing anything he could to save lives.
 

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From Wikipedia: "In 1903, the average cost for the care of one infant at Couney's facility was $15 ($405 today). The care costs of premature babies was expensive, however, Couney did not charge the parents of his patients for their care. Couney made up the costs of caring for the infants through the entrance fees during the exhibitions. The entrance fees covered not only the care of the infants, but also allowed Couney to pay his nurses a good wage and facilitated the frequent travel of the exhibit."

I too started out reading the article with a "are you serious?" and a "how could this possibly be humane?", but sounds like it was less about being a wacko making a sideshow out of babies and more of a dude doing anything he could to save lives.
Yeah, I get that, but that hospitals didn't care enough to do it themselves, and he couldn't even give incubators away for free, because nobody wanted them. The hell?
 

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Yeah, I get that, but that hospitals didn't care enough to do it themselves, and he couldn't even give incubators away for free, because nobody wanted them. The hell?
Social Darwinism and eugenics were rather en vogue at the time, and in the US premature babies were widely seen as weaklings unfit to survive into adulthood. A lot of people, including doctors, saw Couney's efforts as a massive waste of time and money.
 
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Social Darwinism and eugenics were rather en vogue at the time, and in the US premature babies were widely seen as weaklings unfit to survive into adulthood. A lot of people, including doctors, saw Couney's efforts as a massive waste of time and money.
Ah, yes, of course, I was overlooking that.
 

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Ah yes, crazy rockstar escapades. My favorite is Keith Moon from The Who, who was thrown a 21st birthday party with lots of booze and drugs, which led a to food fight, a trashed hotel, a toilet blown up with dynamite, among other things, then eventually Moon stripping naked to escape the cops, hopping into a car and driving it into the pool. He got out then slipped on a piece of marzipan and knocked out his front teeth.

Billy Idol's good too tho. He once locked himself in a Bangkok hotel room with a ton of drugs and refused to come out. They had to call in the Thai army to shoot him with tranq darts to get him out.

That said, some of them got up to crazy dangerous shit, so probably best that kind of stuff doesn't really fly anymore
 

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Ah yes, crazy rockstar escapades. My favorite is Keith Moon from The Who, who was thrown a 21st birthday party with lots of booze and drugs, which led a to food fight, a trashed hotel, a toilet blown up with dynamite, among other things, then eventually Moon stripping naked to escape the cops, hopping into a car and driving it into the pool. He got out then slipped on a piece of marzipan and knocked out his front teeth.
Did you know that Keith Moon was asked to join the London 2012 Olympic celebration?

Keith Moon died in 1978.


(Somehow, I think Keith would've laughed at such utter political idiocy.)
 
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Did you know that Keith Moon was asked to join the London 2012 Olympic celebration?

Keith Moon died in 1978.


(Somehow, I think Keith would've laughed at such utter political idiocy.)
Watchutalkinbout, Keith Moon ain't dead. He's on the moon and became Moon Keith Moon
 
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Scary stuff -

One of the comments is kinda sad -


sandra johnson4 days ago (edited)
My own son is a sociopath and I'm pretty sure he's always been. He never seemed to have any empathy toward me or anyone and he is extremely manipulative. His dad was the same way.

My son has always been good looking and was able to manipulate girls to buy him things. He was interesting and charming to them. As a matter of fact, he was able to manipulate a much older woman into marrying him. She had an expensive home in Miami and other properties. When they got married, my son sold the house and properties and netted one million dollars all the while keeping a mistress.

I have no idea what my son is doing now but it makes me sick knowing how he is. We haven't had a relationship in years and I intend to keep it that way.
 
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I also learned that if you're on desktop and not mobile, you want to use the "embed" share option for Tumblr instead of "Copy link"
 
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It takes four years and costs $84,000 to train to become a nanny at the Norland College, more expensive than Oxford or Cambridge, but they can command a salary of over $170,000 a year once they successfully complete the course. And they're taught specialised self-defence, anti-kidnapping, defensive driving, and high quality cooking. Among many other things.
 

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Something I learned over the course of the past week... Making my own drawers from scratch (and an entire TV stand/console shelf surrounding it) is a bigger pain in the ass than I remembered it being from the last time I made one. It was more complex this time around, but even then, yeesh... Glad the project is finally done
 
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The school way of learning, dedicating focus and research to a specific subject for a relatively narrow period of time only to drop most of the knowledge after test time did in fact, and boy do I hate saying this, prepare me for my adult life. Now that I'm trying to write in earnest, I have to use this method over and over again in my stories.
Tons of research on relatively small aspects of the story just to have a few paragraphs be at least moderately accurate about a subject only for it to never be used in the story after that.

Damnit!
 

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The school way of learning, dedicating focus and research to a specific subject for a relatively narrow period of time only to drop most of the knowledge after test time did in fact, and boy do I hate saying this, prepare me for my adult life. Now that I'm trying to write in earnest, I have to use this method over and over again in my stories.
Tons of research on relatively small aspects of the story just to have a few paragraphs be at least moderately accurate about a subject only for it to never be used in the story after that.

Damnit!
As someone who once wanted to be a novelist: I feel this in a place I try not to go to anymore.
 
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I also learned that if you're on desktop and not mobile, you want to use the "embed" share option for Tumblr instead of "Copy link"
As someone who is ex-military, I feel this. I was constantly at or above the upper weight limit for my height despite exercising nearly every day and being able to outperform almost everyone on the fitness tests, but I was a couple pounds over so that doesn't fucking matter. Even better, the only other thing to fall back to is the BMI, except it's "Measure your neck, measure your waist" and put it into a formula. So a fat neck could make all the difference here.

I was once told to fast, work out constantly, sit in a sauna and drink the bare minimum of water to make the weight goal(by my boss). If I had any illusion the military gave a shit about my health, I didn't anymore after that. I was already determined to leave by that point though and I put up with that shit until I got my discharge paperwork.