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transparentoctopus:

Australian late 19th century practice of nestling inside a whale carcass in order to cure rheumatism.  Apparently a 30 hour stay could relieve pains for up to 12 months.

transparentoctopus:

Australian late 19th century practice of nestling inside a whale carcass in order to cure rheumatism.  Apparently a 30 hour stay could relieve pains for up to 12 months.

(Source: bbc.com, via oosik)

My professor from undergrad posted this

gradlifethrugifs:

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I tried to explain this to my brother the other day (who has seen the entirety of Yes Minster and Yes Prime Minister, by the way, save the new season that we’re going to pretend never happened, starting now), and had a lot of trouble getting through to him. Especially the 71% = A thing. 

(via sapiens-sapiens)

omgthatdress:

Dress
Hubert de Givenchy, 1967-1968
The FIDM Museum

omgthatdress:

Dress

Hubert de Givenchy, 1967-1968

The FIDM Museum

comeupkid415:

lolfactory:

The anthropologists decided that this tribe was to remain “uncontacted”.

This is one of the best things iv seen today

Literally a work of art. 

comeupkid415:

lolfactory:

The anthropologists decided that this tribe was to remain “uncontacted”.

This is one of the best things iv seen today

Literally a work of art

(via collaterlysisters)

Letters to Véra by Vladimir Nabokov, review: 'beauty out of the banal' - Telegraph →

nabokolia:

Early in 1937 Nabokov had begun an affair with Irina Guadanini, an aspiring poet. Someone clearly tipped off Véra as Nabokov’s letters become defensive and deceptive.

“I forbid you to be miserable,” he wrote. “I love you and… there’s no power in the world that could take away or spoil even an inch of this endless love. And if I miss a letter for a day it’s only because I absolutely can’t cope with the crookedness and twists of time I’m living in now. I love you.”

As some Nabokovians will know, poor Irina (sigh) was also the subject of a memorable prank on the Nabokv-L Listserv (remember that this is some time before Google was even a twinkle in anyone’s eye) waaaay back in the day:

Neither Field nor Boyd gives a specific motive for Irina Guadanini’s trip to see Nabokov in Cannes. Nabokov had requested in August that she return his letters, and it was obvious that his choice had been made—he would remain with his son and with the woman who would be his soul mate for the next forty years.

Hold on to your hats: Irina Guadanini had gone to Cannes to tell Nabokov she was pregnant with his child.

Very much worth reading, for the sheer art of its obscure construction, if nothing else.

(Source: panzerbjoern, via wilwheaton)

Homer

literarystarbucks:

Homer goes up to the counter and asks if they have any wine dark teas. The barista goes in back to check. He doesn’t return for 20 years.

Marlowe

literarystarbucks:

Marlowe goes up to the counter and begins ordering a coffee, but before he can finish he is stabbed to death. No one will ever know what he was going to order, but some say it would have been better than what Shakespeare ordered.

medieval:

Diagrams of embryos in various positions.
14th c. (via)


so what you’re saying is that i was a better dancer in utero

medieval:

Diagrams of embryos in various positions.

14th c. (via)

so what you’re saying is that i was a better dancer in utero

loutigergirl99:

I always willing to learn

yum yum

loutigergirl99:

I always willing to learn

yum yum

(Source: vanpocalypse, via ofpaperandponies)

notordinaryfashion:

Alexander McQueen S/S 2015  RTW

notordinaryfashion:

Alexander McQueen S/S 2015  RTW

kayleemb:

zodiacchic:

more astrology here (:

What the actual fuck does that even mean?

Don’t pretend you don’t know what that means

kayleemb:

zodiacchic:

more astrology here (:

What the actual fuck does that even mean?

Don’t pretend you don’t know what that means

gottabeastringplayer:

asmartkid:

where do the lies end

WHY AM I LAUGHING SO HARD

gottabeastringplayer:

asmartkid:

where do the lies end

WHY AM I LAUGHING SO HARD

oosik:

Ainu Salmon Skin Shoes

The Ainu are a people traditionally of the island of Hokkaido in Japan with a territory that extended into Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. These are hunter-gatherers whose culture is known to date continuously as far back as AD 1264 when their activities were first recorded by the Yuan Dynasty of China. The first contact with Western culture came in the 17th century with the Russians.

These are salmon skin shoes traditionally worn by the Ainu. The salmon skins were used as an ingenious means to create a slip-resistant surface upon which to walk. Coming out of the top of the shoes is a birch root weave which ties around the ankle. During colder temperatures, rice plant fodder could be stuffed into the shoes for insulation. 

Clever as hell, but this does not seem very comfortable to me. 

(via oosik)