if you don’t think history is amusing then you’re wrong because one time 3 different guys declared themselves pope all at once and they all excommunicated each other and it was basically the funniest shit ever
what about that time the Lichtenstein army sent 80 men to Italy to fight and came back with 81
what about that one mexican president who lasted 45 minutes in office
Miller has been making wall paintings from piped frosting since 2001; more recently, she’s experimented with pieces that use hardened sugar tiles. For the piped graffiti, she employs a recipe for Royal Icing, otherwise known as the glue that cements gingerbread houses. The saccharine goo is made with “meringue powder, water, and powdered sugar,” Miller says. “It dries really hard, almost like plaster.”
The artist hasn’t been fooling around with frosting for more than a decade to prep for Ace of Cakes. The art contains a subtext that’s as bitter as gall: She wants us to remember the era when European powers enslaved a huge chunk of Africa to sustain their precious New World sugar plantations. During a 300-year span that began in the 16th century, “white gold” became so treasured that it accounted for a third of Europe’s whole economy; more than 10 million African slaves made the horrific “Middle Passage” to the Americas to help feed the beast.
Read more. [Images: Shelley Miller]
So fucking fascinating.
A quick audio lesson on Southern Linguistics.
Press play. Trust me on this one.
I love linguistics
THIS PERSON IS A GOT-DAMN GENIUS
I LOVE ACCENTS
- rapier, Italia late 16th century; 127cm & 2,82 lb
- rapier, Italia 1580-1590; 121cm & 1,54 lb (a present of Empereror Rudolf II. to Christian II. in 1610
- dagger, maybe England late 18th century; 94cm & 0,99 lb (decoratet with diamond like cutted iron pearls)
- rapier, Milano;Italia before 1605; 125cm & 3,42 lb ( a present of Duke Carl Emanuel von Savoyen to Christian II. in 1605)
- rapier, Dresden;Germany late 16th century; 98cm & 2,43 lb
- dagger, Italia late 16th century; 115,5cm & 2,07 lb
- hunting ensemble, Dresden;Germany 1607: cutlas (middle) 99,5cm & 2,31 lb; gutting knife (right) 52cm; blade (left) 83cm & 2,09 lb
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Passarge of Hamburg dresses Up as a cat and dances on wine bottles in June 1958. Her performance was based on a dream. She practiced for eight hours a day to do this.
Photo by Carlo Polito
Jeweled Medici Dagger
- Dated: circa 1840
- Measurements: overall length 11 3/8”, weight 176.5 grams
This one-of-a-kind ceremonial dagger is constructed entirely of fine silver with a pierced filigree hilt of exceptional quality and detail. The obverse is studded with 4 large emeralds (approx. 17.6 total carats), 133 smaller diamonds, ranging in size from approx. 1.5mm to 3.5mm (120 original rose-cut and 13 later full-cut), and mounted with a 7.5mm pearl on the pommel. The solid silver 6 3/8” blade features acanthus decoration at the forte and an inscribed name (illegible).
The central feature is a gold Medici Family crest, surmounted by a band of diamonds with gold border and crowned with a diamond-studded fleur de lis. The reverse is gilded and mounted with 5 cabochon-cut turquoise, 3.5mm to 5mm in diameter. One stone appears to be absent, but close examination of the setting shows it to be different than those holding the turquoise, indicating it was possibly a different gem.
Source & Copyright: Antique Weapon Store
13 Photos From Taiwan’s First Same-Sex Buddhist Marriage
Huang Mei-yu and Yu Ya-ting wed Saturday in a traditional Buddhist ceremony. Their union still isn’t recognized by the Taiwanese government, though support for gay marriage is mounting across Asia.
By Jessica Testa on Buzzfeed
Buddhist Master Shih Chao-hwei performed the ceremony, giving the women his full support: “I am certain you will lead a life of happiness together, especially after you have overcome so much difficulty and societal discrimination,” he said. “You have blessings not only from the Buddha, but also from those whom you may or may not know who are in attendance.”
Julie D’Aubigny was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer and fencing master who killed or wounded at least ten men in life-or-death duels, performed nightly shows on the biggest and most highly-respected opera stage in the world, and once took the Holy Orders just so that she could sneak into a convent and bang a nun. If nothing in that sentence at least marginally interests you, I have no idea why you’re visiting this website. (via Badass of the Week: Julie D’Aubigny, La Maupin) (thank you, Rachel!)
maybe the best thing i’ve read all week
badass of the week is the best site in the universe
but holy shit i have a new role model y’all
NEW HERO; BEST HERO.
what a fUCKING BADASS
Perfect subject for my morning warmup sketch. In the style of Kate Beaton, because I felt it kinda called for it.
Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain were all left-handed, all died at the age of 27, and autopsies reported each having a white bic lighter in their pockets. This is why it is said that white lighters are unlucky.
The first Disneyland admission ticket ever sold. It was purchased by Roy O. Disney, Walt Disney’s older brother, for $1 in 1955. Source