teatimeatwinterpalace
teatimeatwinterpalace:

The German Emperor, Wilhelm II, and the Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, exchanged telegrams in the immediate run-up to the outbreak of war between 29 July 1914 and 1 August 1914.

Tsar to Kaiser29 July 1914, 1 a.m.Peter’s Court Palais, 29 July 1914Sa Majesté l’EmpereurNeues PalaisAm glad you are back. In this serious moment, I appeal to you to help me. An ignoble war has been declared to a weak country. The indignation in Russia shared fully by me is enormous. I foresee that very soon I shall be overwhelmed by the pressure forced upon me and be forced to take extreme measures which will lead to war. To try and avoid such a calamity as a European war I beg you in the name of our old friendship to do what you can to stop your allies from going too far.

Kaiser to Tsar29 July 1914, 1.45 a.m. (this and the previous telegraph crossed)28 July 1914It is with the gravest concern that I hear of the impression which the action of Austria against Serbia is creating in your country.The unscrupulous agitation that has been going on in Serbia for years has resulted in the outrageous crime, to which Archduke Francis Ferdinand fell a victim. The spirit that led Serbians to murder their own king and his wife still dominates the country.You will doubtless agree with me that we both, you and me, have a common interest as well as all Sovereigns to insist that all the persons morally responsible for the dastardly murder should receive their deserved punishment. In this case politics plays no part at all.On the other hand, I fully understand how difficult it is for you and your Government to face the drift of your public opinion. Therefore, with regard to the hearty and tender friendship which binds us both from long ago with firm ties, I am exerting my utmost influence to induce the Austrians to deal straightly to arrive to a satisfactory understanding with you. I confidently hope that you will help me in my efforts to smooth over difficulties that may still arise.Your very sincere and devoted friend and cousinWilly
Kaiser to Tsar29 July 1914, 6.30 p.m.Berlin, 29 July 1914I received your telegram and share your wish that peace should be maintained.But as I told you in my first telegram, I cannot consider Austria’s action against Servia an “ignoble” war. Austria knows by experience that Servian promises ono paper are wholly unreliable. I understand its action must be judged as trending to get full guarantee that the Servian promises shall become real facts. This my reasoning is borne out by the statement of the Austrian cabinet that Austria does not want to make any territorial conquests at the expense of Servia.I therefore suggest that it would be quite possible for Russia to remain a spectator of the austro-servian conflict without involving Europe in the most horrible war she ever witnessed. I think a direct understanding between your Government and Vienna possible and desirable, and as I already telegraphed to you, my Government is continuing its exercises to promote it.Of course military measures on the part of Russia would be looked upon by Austria as a calamity we both wish to avoid and jeopardize my position as mediator which I readily accepted on your appeal to my friendship and my help.Willy

Tsar to Kaiser29 July 1914, 8.20 p.m.Peter’s Court Palace, 29 July 1914Thanks for your telegram conciliatory and friendly. Whereas official message presented today by your ambassador to my minister was conveyed in a very different tone. Beg you to explain this divergency! It would be right to give over the Austro-servian problem to the Hague conference. Trust in your wisdom and friendship.Your loving Nicky

teatimeatwinterpalace:

The German Emperor, Wilhelm II, and the Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, exchanged telegrams in the immediate run-up to the outbreak of war between 29 July 1914 and 1 August 1914.

Tsar to Kaiser
29 July 1914, 1 a.m.

Peter’s Court Palais, 29 July 1914

Sa Majesté l’Empereur
Neues Palais

Am glad you are back. In this serious moment, I appeal to you to help me. An ignoble war has been declared to a weak country. The indignation in Russia shared fully by me is enormous. I foresee that very soon I shall be overwhelmed by the pressure forced upon me and be forced to take extreme measures which will lead to war. To try and avoid such a calamity as a European war I beg you in the name of our old friendship to do what you can to stop your allies from going too far.

Kaiser to Tsar
29 July 1914, 1.45 a.m. (this and the previous telegraph crossed)

28 July 1914

It is with the gravest concern that I hear of the impression which the action of Austria against Serbia is creating in your country.

The unscrupulous agitation that has been going on in Serbia for years has resulted in the outrageous crime, to which Archduke Francis Ferdinand fell a victim. The spirit that led Serbians to murder their own king and his wife still dominates the country.

You will doubtless agree with me that we both, you and me, have a common interest as well as all Sovereigns to insist that all the persons morally responsible for the dastardly murder should receive their deserved punishment. In this case politics plays no part at all.

On the other hand, I fully understand how difficult it is for you and your Government to face the drift of your public opinion. Therefore, with regard to the hearty and tender friendship which binds us both from long ago with firm ties, I am exerting my utmost influence to induce the Austrians to deal straightly to arrive to a satisfactory understanding with you. I confidently hope that you will help me in my efforts to smooth over difficulties that may still arise.

Your very sincere and devoted friend and cousin

Willy

Kaiser to Tsar
29 July 1914, 6.30 p.m.

Berlin, 29 July 1914

I received your telegram and share your wish that peace should be maintained.

But as I told you in my first telegram, I cannot consider Austria’s action against Servia an “ignoble” war. Austria knows by experience that Servian promises ono paper are wholly unreliable. I understand its action must be judged as trending to get full guarantee that the Servian promises shall become real facts. This my reasoning is borne out by the statement of the Austrian cabinet that Austria does not want to make any territorial conquests at the expense of Servia.

I therefore suggest that it would be quite possible for Russia to remain a spectator of the austro-servian conflict without involving Europe in the most horrible war she ever witnessed. I think a direct understanding between your Government and Vienna possible and desirable, and as I already telegraphed to you, my Government is continuing its exercises to promote it.

Of course military measures on the part of Russia would be looked upon by Austria as a calamity we both wish to avoid and jeopardize my position as mediator which I readily accepted on your appeal to my friendship and my help.

Willy

Tsar to Kaiser
29 July 1914, 8.20 p.m.

Peter’s Court Palace, 29 July 1914

Thanks for your telegram conciliatory and friendly. Whereas official message presented today by your ambassador to my minister was conveyed in a very different tone. Beg you to explain this divergency! It would be right to give over the Austro-servian problem to the Hague conference. Trust in your wisdom and friendship.

Your loving Nicky

indianajonesadventure

the-disney-elite:

Ah, what could’ve been…

Here’s some tangible evidence of Animal Kingdom’s never-built land, Beastly Kingdom.

From the top: The original Animal Kingdom logo featuring a dragon. The large dragon’s head that decorates one of the park’s ticket booths. The dragon rock/fountain, once seen on the Discovery River ride. The smoking (and occasionally fire-breathing) cave, ALSO once glimpsed on the Discovery River ride. The Animal Kingdom’s Unicorn Lot sign. A small, plastic dragon released as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy to promote the park’s opening in 1998. The Happy Meal box containing the aforementioned toy.

linguaphilioist
This kind of number-language has become an infinitely malleable shorthand among Chinese web users: 1 means “want,” 2 means “love,” 4 means “dead” or “world” or “is,” 5 means “I,” 7 means “wife” or “eat,” 8 means “get rich” or “not,” and 9 means “long time” or “alcohol.” The numbers 5201314, for example, mean 我爱你一生一世, or “I will love you forever”; 0748 means “go die”; and 687 means “I’m sorry.” (See here for more examples.) Chinese has plenty of other number-based slang, such as erbaiwu, or “250,” which means “idiot,” or “38,” pronounced sanba, which means “bitch.” And of course there’s the association of certain numbers with good or bad luck, and the subsequent demand for addresses and phone numbers with lots of 8s (“get rich”) and minimal 4s (“die”). Back in 2003, a Chinese airline paid $280,000 for the phone number 88888888.

The Secret Messages Inside Chinese URLs – New Republic

There are a few alternate pronunciations that I didn’t know about—they’re used in the military, railways, and aviation to make sure that numbers (e.g. qī vs. yī) don’t get misheard. 零 is also “dòng”, 一 is also “yāo”, 四 is also “dāo”, 七 is also “guǎi”, 九 is also “gōu”. People on the mainland “usually use ‘yao’ when reading numerical serial numbers, digit by digit” [via].

(via writingcapital)

What this excerpt doesn’t really explain (but the full article does) is that it’s not that numbers “mean” something, it’s that they sound like another word because Mandarin is a homophone explosion. So where we can do for example h8, or 4get; 5 in Mandarin is pronounced , which is a lot like “I” (我), wǒ. Here is another shorter article on number phrases.

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imagineer2017:

insanitylurksinside:

*InSanity lurks Inside* Disney Demands Norway Pay $9 Million.. Or Arendelle is Coming.Well, I can’t say I’m surprised.Disney has finally gone off the deep end. Demanding the country of Norway pay $9 Million to update their pavilion in Epcot Centers ‘World Showcase’ or they will turn it into Arendalle from the movie ‘Frozen.More details in the blog (Click Here) 

Disney is basically holding a pavilion hostage. That’s horrible.

This HAS to be a rumor! 

imagineer2017:

insanitylurksinside:

*InSanity lurks Inside* Disney Demands Norway Pay $9 Million.. Or Arendelle is Coming.

Well, I can’t say I’m surprised.
Disney has finally gone off the deep end. Demanding the country of Norway pay $9 Million to update their pavilion in Epcot Centers ‘World Showcase’ or they will turn it into Arendalle from the movie ‘Frozen.

More details in the blog (Click Here)

Disney is basically holding a pavilion hostage. That’s horrible.

This HAS to be a rumor! 

linguaphilioist
A language is more than just a complex of sounds and structures and word-meanings. It’s also the bearer of a culture, an incredible freight of human knowledge and experience and understanding—of epics, myths, nursery rhymes, proverbs, parables, ritual formulae, jokes, love-songs, dirges. When a language dies, all this dies with it. Think about that, then multiply it by the literally thousands of languages now at risk.
Derek Bickerton (via severedtongues)