"Mildred Reed is his first-great-grandmother on George Washington, and on Obama, Mildred Reed is his tenth-great-grandmother."
- BridgeAnne d’Avignon, 12-year-old genealogist
I know, six months late to the party, my mind is still blown. All US presidents except Martin van Buren are descended from John Lackland Plantagenet. Yes, that John Lackland Plantaganet. Yes, all US presidents as of 2013.
12-Year-Old Discovers All U.S. Presidents Are Direct Descendants of King John Of England (by CONTAGIONNEWSdotcom)
Previous researchers didn’t figure it out because buying tampons is really embarrassing for dudebros.
This is neat, but I should point out that she’s not the first to point this out. A number of genealogists have said this.
The wonderful hikari kaitou scanlated the comic from Himaruya’s blog!
Comic: “Early in the morning of 30 January 1658, the [Swedish] army was lined up to cross theLittle Belt to reach Funen. The army consisted of about 9,000 cavalrymen and 3,000 foot soldiers. The ice warped under the weight of the soldiers; on occasions water reached up to the men’s knees. Close to the shore of Funen a skirmish broke out with about 3,000 Danish defenders, but these were brushed aside quickly and the army was safe on Funen.” (wiki)
1st Picture: Prussia and Russia - Battle of the Ice
2nd Picture: Poland and Lithuania - “During the Second Northern War, King Charles X Gustav of Sweden was bogged down in his war with Poland, unable to reach a decisive conclusion to the hostilities despite taking Warsaw. King Frederick III of Denmark provided a way out of Poland when he declared war on Sweden.” (wiki)
Well, we’re kind of on an unofficial hiatus but feel free to reblog with corrections and we’ll reblog your commentary~!
I had to make one no matter what happens.
I promise I’ll make legit art soon. Soon.
Further exploration of the Nations and their citizens concept from here.
(this is fanart, not Himaruya’s work)
“The January Uprising (Polish: powstanie styczniowe, Lithuanian: 1863 m. sukilimas, Belarusian: Паўстанне 1863-1864 гадоў) was an uprising in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (present-day Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Latvia, parts of Ukraine, western Russia) against the Russian Empire. It began on 22 January 1863 and lasted until the last insurgents were captured in 1865.
The uprising began as a spontaneous protest by young Poles against conscription into the Imperial Russian Army, and was soon joined by high-ranking Polish-Lithuanian officers and various politicians. The insurrectionists, severely outnumbered and lacking serious outside support, were forced to resort to guerrilla warfare tactics. They failed to win any major military victories or capture any major cities or fortresses, but they did blunt the effect of the Tsar’s abolition of serfdom in the Russian partition, which had been designed to draw the support of peasants away from the nation. Severe reprisals against insurgents, such as public executions and deportations to Siberia, led many people to abandon armed struggle and turn instead to the idea of “organic work”: economic and cultural self-improvement.” (Wikipedia)
“Just how widespread the truce was is hard to say. It was certainly not general—there are plenty of accounts of fighting continuing through the Christmas season in some sectors, and others of men fraternizing to the sound of guns firing nearby. One common factor seems to have been that Saxon troops—universally regarded as easygoing—were the most likely to be involved, and to have made the first approaches to their British counterparts. “We are Saxons, you are Anglo-Saxons,” one shouted across no man’s land. “What is there for us to fight about?” The most detailed estimate, made by Malcolm Brown of Britain’s Imperial War Museums, is that the truce extended along at least two-thirds of British-held trench line that scarred southern Belgium.”
A friend drew this Christmas Truce picture for me. I saw this fantastic Hetalia GIF-set of Germany and England in 1914 and of course I read the article about it as well. It’s just a lovely story and it also makes me happy that Saxons were in big numbers involved. So I asked for a Hetalia drawing that also has Saxony in it and here we are. Thank you so much dear for drawing it!
The Human Touch: Hetalia Bridges the Gap
What I’ve found is that sometimes it’s hard for people to get excited about history. Many feel like history is an impersonal subject and that countries are just lines on a map. And that’s because many people can’t connect with history because history lacks a personal touch—a human touch.
For a government class, I have to do a reading on The History of the Peloponnesian War. I don’t want to read that. It’s not a long reading, but it’s more than two pages, so it gets a big “nope” from me.
And as I was looking through this textbook, I found myself wishing there were Hetalia characters that directly represented Sparta and Athens, so that maybe I would actually enjoy the reading a little bit.
See, Hetalia creates that “human touch” that history usually lacks. Hetalia gives a human face and human emotions and human ambitions to a country that before was simply a geographical location. Hetalia bridges the gap between historical events and what it means to be a person with feelings and desires.
Civil Wars are no longer just battles that tear a country part from inside, they are battles that tear a person apart from inside—battles that manifest in the inward struggle and conflict of a human being (the personification). And we, as other human beings, can relate to that.
It is one thing to read about the American Revolution in a history class. But it’s another thing to watch the Hetalia episode and physically see the pain on England’s face and have it hit you that this is hurting him. Your heart stops then aches when you think about how Russia—no, Ivan Braginsky—was left defeated and alone after the collapse of the Soviet Union. These images cause fans to suffer and feel in ways they probably would never have if they had merely read a historical summery out of a textbook.
Hetalia was never a way to gloss over war or sugar coat history. Hetalia was a way to make you want to rip out your heart for things you didn’t give much thought before, to make you laugh and cry and feel sincere, profound emotions about historical events that barely mattered to you before.
Hetalia has always been, and will always be, a way to make history move you.
The problem with this post is that you have put first a fictional character before real people’s suffering.
Russia’s suffering is the suffering of a soldier, of a mother, of a father, of a son. If that isn’t human enough, I don’t know what to tell you.
I get what you’re saying, that history can be just a series of dates and names and battles. Maybe that’s just how history is conventionally taught. But this isn’t a problem of history itself. Because if you want human suffering, if you want something personal, history is the subject. Apart from literature, history is the subject of humans and about humans. This is a problem with how history is usually taught, not with the subject itself. I agree, it requires a more human touch. But it need not create a fictional persona when there are millions of people, real people, who were there, who met kings, who had mud up to their knees in trenches, who died to relate to.
“Hetalia was never a way to gloss over war or sugar coat history.” But you are, when you elevate a singular person’s experience over the experiences of millions. You are when you choose one face, one skin to embody a people who come from infinitely unique backgrounds. I agree, Hetalia is not meant to be treated as a serious vehicle of history. It can be a wonderful tool to help learn it. But it should never take history’s place or be superior to history.
All I am saying is that, if you want something real, something profound, something that will cleave your heart two, I guarantee you someone sometime was there, saw that, and wrote it down. I guarantee you there were loyalist parents and revolutionary children who were apt metaphors for the American Revolution. I guarantee you there were people’s whose stories could move to your knees, who would glorify the will and character of humanity.
Better yet, they are real.
Please do not let a fictional character supercede the reality of living, breathing people. The concern should not be that a fictional character suffered, the concern should be that people died.
- Our podcast ‘History vs. Fandom’ is going to launch really soon, we promise! We’ll have more information about that when we get closer to finalizing the first recording.
- Where the Hell is Hetalia? will officially kick off in February. Be on the lookout for important information regarding this event!
- We’ll be throwing a synchtube party two weeks from tomorrow on Friday, February 1st. Come join us for a night of watching great Hetalia videos and, of course, goofing off.
- If you have any suggestions for an event we could go around/for Valentine’s Day, let us know. We’re always open to fun ideas.
Unfortunately, we’re not as familiar with the kamikaze as we would like to be. But if any of our followers are, please help them out?? Thank you
Of course the US space program thought of using pencils. The problem with pencils was that the graphite pencil “leads” are quite brittle. On Earth, that’s not a problem; you can dust the chipped bits of grey stuff off your desk and carry on with your day. But in a low gravity environment, graphite splinters and particles float through the air, damaging delicate equipment and (cringe with me) getting into people’s eyes. Health and safety was the motivation behind the pressurized pens. And the Russians adopted them, too!
Art by: minuiko
For this fanfic:
By: wizzard890 and pyrrhiccomedy.
Characters: England, America, Russia.
Summary: 1821 - arbitration of the Treaty of Ghent. England can’t decide if he wants to smack America more because he’s a demanding, upstart little ingrate, or to beat some sense into him for pursuing a friendship with Russia.
Hetarchive now has the translated version of Himaruya’s original timeline with links to the comics from respective time periods.
Simo Häyhä (December 17, 1905 – April 1, 2002), nicknamed “White Death” by the Red Army, was a Finnish sniper. Using a modified Mosin–Nagant in the Winter War, he has the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills–505–in any major war.
During the Winter War (1939–1940), between Finland and the Soviet Union, he began his duty as a sniper and fought for the Finnish Army against the Red Army in the 6th Company of JR 34 on the Kollaa River. In temperatures between −40 and −20 degrees Celsius, dressed completely in white camouflage, Häyhä was credited with 505 confirmed kills of Soviet soldiers. A daily account of the kills at Kollaa was conducted for the Finnish snipers. Remarkably, all of Häyhä’s kills were accomplished in fewer than 100 days – in other words, an average of 5 kills per day – at a time of year with very short hours of daylight.
Häyhä used a Finnish militia variant of the Russian-made Mosin-Nagant rifle, the White Guard M/28 “Pystykorva” (literally Spitz, due to the sight’s resemblance), because it suited his small frame (5 ft 3 in/1.60 m). He preferred to use iron sights rather than telescopic sights to present a smaller target (the sniper must raise his head higher when using a telescopic sight), for reliability (a telescopic sight’s glass can fog up easily in cold weather) and for aid in concealment (sunlight glare in telescopic sight lenses can reveal a sniper’s position).
The Soviets tried several ploys to get rid of him, including counter-snipers and artillery strikes. On March 6, 1940, Häyhä was shot in the lower left jaw by a Russian soldier during combat. The bullet tumbled upon impact and exited his head. He was picked up by fellow soldiers who said “half his head was missing”, but he was not dead: he regained consciousness on March 13, the day peace was declared. Shortly after the war, Häyhä was promoted from Alikersantti (Corporal) to Vänrikki (Second Lieutenant) by Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim. No one else has gained rank so quickly in Finland’s military history.
It took several years for Häyhä to recuperate from his wound. The bullet had crushed his jaw and blown off his left cheek. Nonetheless, he made a full recovery and became a successful moose hunter and dog breeder after World War II, and hunted with Finnish president Urho Kekkonen.