2020 Lists

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2020 Lists

1margd
des. 26, 2020, 9:21am

6 times that 2020 showed us women from antiquity were totally badass
Mindy Weisberger | Dec 26 2020

Women of the ancient world were not to be trifled with.

https://www.livescience.com/women-antiquity-badass-2020.html

2margd
des. 28, 2020, 9:18am

The coolest ancient weapons discovered in 2020
Stephanie Pappas Dec 28, 2020

Archaeologists unearthed amazing swords, daggers and other weaponry this year.
An ice age throwing stick
A very old sword
A beautiful hilt
A grave discovery
Weapons of bone
A richly decorated Roman dagger
A sword for the "mirror afterlife"
A sword in a lake
Early artillery
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-weapons-swords-found-in-2020.html

3margd
des. 28, 2020, 9:28am

10 geological discoveries that absolutely rocked 2020
Nicoletta Lanese | Dec 27, 2020

Historic supereruption at Yellowstone
Monstrous blobs near Earth's core are bigger than we thought
Lost islands in the North Sea withstood massive tsunami
Earth's core is a billion years old
Piece of a lost continent found under Canada
Underwater rivers found near Australia
Ancient rainforest found under Antarctic ice
Ancient seabed buried 400 miles beneath China
Lost tectonic plate gets resurrected?
Towering coral structure dwarfs Empire State Building

https://www.livescience.com/geological-discoveries-2020.html

4John5918
des. 28, 2020, 9:31am

>2 margd:

I would hesitate to describe any weapons as "cool" or "coolest". Reminds me of a time I heard a US civilian describe a certain type of sub-machine gun as a "fun" weapon. Weapons are generally designed to cause death or injury, which is neither "cool" nor "fun".

5margd
des. 28, 2020, 9:43am

Not even 25 inch long throwing stick found in Germany? It dates back a whopping 300,000 years when Homo heidelbergensis would have used it to wound or kill small prey, like rabbits, swans and ducks.

6John5918
des. 28, 2020, 9:47am

>4 John5918:

Yes, something that is only used to hunt animals might be excused!

7margd
des. 28, 2020, 10:02am

There were some evil, violent places and times in our collective past. War, but also domestic violence. There's an ancient cemetery in the Middle East where most of the women buried there had smashed skulls...

And yet,

Steven Pinker: This Is History's Most Peaceful Time--New Study: "Not So Fast"
Bret Stetka | November 9, 2017

War deaths have increased dramatically in the modern era, new research contends, despite other statistics that suggest the risks of becoming a victim of violence have lessened...

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/steven-pinker-this-is-historys-most-p...

8aspirit
des. 28, 2020, 10:24am

These are good lists for other groups, such as History at 30,000 feet.

https://www.librarything.com/groups/historyat30000feetth

I'm a tad confused why the topic is here instead. Would you like a pro/con debate or comparisons to current politics?

9margd
des. 28, 2020, 10:36am

Initially I was prompted by someone looking for fight over "women's studies". Then I thought there might be some great lists on all topics, maybe even some good stuff that came out of this sorry year.

I hadn't noticed "history at 30,000 feet". LT recommends books based on one's interests...how about lists?

10aspirit
des. 28, 2020, 11:08am

This year has been a mess.

Okay, so for finding order within the site....

Group suggestions are in the corner of the Group page. It links to a longer list:

https://www.librarything.com/profile/MEMBERNAME/stats/suggestedgroups

Lists You Might Like is on the Lists page. I'm not sure if it's a default module or if I has added it to my page a while back.
https://www.librarything.com/home#lists

Maybe useful for later?

11margd
des. 28, 2020, 12:35pm

Yeah--thanks!

12John5918
des. 29, 2020, 11:25pm

Here's a sad but interesting list:

Notable African deaths of 2020: From jazz legends to football heroes (BBC)

As 2020 draws to a close, it is time to remember some of the iconic figures on the African continent who died this year...


Some of the names that stand out for me include Sadiq al Mahdi, Daniel arap Moi, Joseph Shabalala, Hawa Abdi, Adil El Tayar, Jerry Rawlings, Hosni Mubarak, Benjamin Mkapa, Zindzi Mandela, George Bizos, Denis Goldberg, and (not in the BBC list) Edward Lino and 'Mad Mike' Hoare.