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More than a thousand furious rail passengers stormed a station office after they noticed the train they were on had gone 980km in the WRONG direction.

As the packed service pulled into the Indian city of Warangal people on board went berserk as they realised they were five hours away from where they should have been and no staff on board had noticed….

It was when it arrived at an interchange at Vijayawada it went wrong, as it was due to swing north to its eventual destination of Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities.

India’s signalling system is run on codes but instead of entering the three-letters for its next intended stop Bhubaneswar (BBS) staff put in the code for Bilaspur (BSP) sending the train in completely the wrong direction.

Via: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2039667/Indian-train-travels-980km-wrong-direction-rail-staff-noticing.html#ixzz1YzFZi0gH

From today’s Wall Street Journal:

Thor’s Well: The Pacific Gateway to the Underworld:

BBC Human Planet has a great, short video on “The Douche”.  Chalk up one more reason to be glad to be out of the dating phase.

Via: http://www.boingboing.net/2011/04/15/the-douche-in-its-na.html

Illustrating my theory that there is, or soon will be, a blog about every topic imaginable, is “1957 Time Capsule,” which describes a key event that occurred on each day in 1957.

Yesterday, in 1957, was Dwight Eisenhower’s second inauguration.

I’m very eager to see their post for January 27.

Via http://1957timecapsule.wordpress.com/

Mechelen, Netherlands

The late 17th century Stedenboek (book of cities) by Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit is one of the rarest map books in the world. Only four copies are know to exist and the finest version has been digitised and uploaded by the National Library of The Netherlands. [Flash and html formats are available]

De Wit was among the last of the renowned cartographers in what is referred to as theGolden Age of Dutch cartography. Common to all his work was superb engraving and exceptional colouring qualities that resulted in maps of unique beauty and historical interest.

Imagine trying to draw those curving streets without the benefit of an aerial view.

Via: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/

Mer de Glace glacier with Aiguilles de Chamonix - the peaks of the Mont Blanc chain - in the background, 8 August 1909

Eduard Spelterini (1852-1931) received his license as a balloonist from the Academie d’Aerostation in Paris, 1877, where he lived a restless and glamourous life for a number of years. He began to photograph from his balloon in 1893 as a self-taught photographer and in the following thirty years put together a remarkable body of work.

Mer de Glace glacier with Aiguilles de Chamonix – the peaks of the Mont Blanc chain – in the background, 8 August 1909

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