While cute garden gnomes are common in modern gardens, in the grand estate gardens of 18th-century England, one might have met their melancholy ancestor: the ornamental hermit, an actual human being hired to live a life of seclusion and contemplation, for the sake of being a picturesque addition to the landscape of the wealthy.
On the face of it, Camp Siegfried seemed like your typical 1930s summer camp, offering a range of activities, including swimming, sports, and a variety of arts and crafts. However, it had a much more sinister purpose: it was a Nazi training camp designed to indoctrinate German-Americans into Nazi ideology.
Surfers worldwide recognize the hang loose sign, or shaka, as a symbol of goodwill and friendship. But the story of its Hawaii origins aren’t as simple as one might think. Through a combination of language, tragedy, mystery, and advertisements, the hang loose sign found its way into the cultural zeitgeist.