Baseball! The heroes, the villains, the extra inning games. Come to Fanfare for all your baseball playoff discussion needs: first the division series, then the NLCS and ALCS (Brewers/Dodgers and Astros/Red Sox).
Enjoy some newly-animated historical city photos, plus barnacles on the history of Australian public bathrooms "in case you're the sort of person that wants to see 115-year old survey sketches of toilets and urinal blocks".
Or listen to the meticulously recreated ambient sounds of 1700s Paris.
How about Marie Duval, 19th century woman cartoonist called 'one of the forgotten wonders of nineteenth-century art .. the bizarre dreamlike distortions of her comic world look like some steampunk 21st-century version of Victorian London."
Or the re-discovered ancient Chinese texts that rewrite the early history of Taoism and Confucianism.
Speaking of, what are some examples of historical events that are commonly misunderstood?
Did you catch teponaztli transcribing some diary pages from 1799-1804 New York City? "The most I've seen her write about anything was how much she hates games, which I love for its being an angry rant from 200+ years ago."
Or enjoy the brief video on the baseball fan Wild Bill Hagy, which is a time capsule of 1979 Baltimore.
Harking back to 1979, share some sense-memories in what was it like when everybody smoked?
Or looking further back - what was sugar like in 1631?
Finally, what are the best history nerds on Youtube?
O Canada! Come join the party in the Canadian election thread! It's been a dramatic campaign with a dramatic result (celebration starts here). For intensive Mefi coverage of the runup to the big day, see here.
And heck, while we're at it, let's throw in some misty watercolor memories of the late-90s happy hardcore scene in Toronto.
At the third perfect game thrown in Major League Baseball this season, MetaFilter member Slarty Bartfast brought his 3 year old son to see his first game and it sounds like not only the perfect day but you find out the coincidences don't stop there:
At the last called strike, the crowd goes wild and the team is jumping up and down, giving each other hugs not 10 yards in front of us. My boy is getting high fives from all the people around us including the Mariners Moose and the people sitting in the row behind us who tell me my kid is the cutest, luckiest kid ever. Perfect game, indeed.
When this video was posted to MetaFilter of school children in Kenya recreating the end of the 1986 World Series, what were the chances a member of MetaFilter is not only in Kenya currently, but also personally met and knew Bill Buckner, the subject of that famous 1986 game?
Surprisingly, the chances were pretty good.