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space is weird
Did you know that if you put Saturn in water it would float?
Or that we are moving through space at the rate of 530km a second?
Or that the moon is drifting away from Earth?
What about that the light hitting the earth right now is 30 thousand years old?
Somewhere George RR Martin is snapping in Z formation.
Breathtaking Photos of Enchanted Landscapes
- Dead Horse Mill, Crystal, Colorado, United States (source)
- Mont Saint, Michel, France (source)
- Fairytale Tree Tunnel, Ireland (source)
- Lake Brienz, Switzerland (source)
- Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona, United States (source)
- Maroon Bells, Colorado, United States (source)
- Forest Bridge, Japan (source)
- Enchanted Forest, Bavaria, Germany (source)
- Bend in the Yangtze River, China (source)
- The Matterhorn towering over the village of Zermatt, Swiss Alps (source - © Brian Jannsen)
Medieval world 1000 feet below the surface
Every now and then you read a story about medieval times that you are sure is made up. Here is one, but it’s not. At 1000 ft below the surface, no more than ten miles from the Polish city of Krakow, lies the Wieliczka salt mine. It’s a labyrinth of chambers and lakes, but also a place with stables for horses, a chapel (with chandeliers made of rock salt), a salt-sculpted hall seating 400, and an amazing frieze with a scene of the Last Supper, carved in a wall of rock salt (top pic). A total of nine levels contain a combined 300 kilometres (186 miles) of tunnels and some 3,000 rooms. The most astonishing thing? The mine dates from medieval times: the structure was completed c. 1280 - although the sculptures appear to be much younger, including from the 19th century. A world buried below the world: am I the only one thinking Mines of Moria here?
Pics: the Frieze in the Wieliczka salt mine (I’m not sure about its date) is from Wikipedia (here), the rest from tourist websites. More about this fascinating site in a recent CNN article, here; and on the United Nations World Heritage website, here (but don’t touch the pics).
Art of 1937: Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Edward Wadsworth
I’m thankful for all the different ways I can eat potatoes
Have you ever bullshitted an assignment so hard you basically laugh after every sentence you write
Dicen que lo importante es avanzar… Diiiicen…
A glove to find your way in 19th-century London
This amazing artifact came by in my Twitter feed today and it is too special not to share. It is a glove that was purchased in 1851 as a tourist souvenir at London’s Great Exhibition, which was attended by a variety of famous individuals, from Charles Darwin to Charlotte Brontë. The leather glove is special because it contains a map that shows the routes to Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, which was the main staging area for the exhibition. It appears to be made for a child, perhaps in case he lost his parents in the crowds. The glove is one of a variety of maps that was produced for the many visitors to the city. Another is this wonderful folding specimen printed on silk, which shows a great amount of detail (check out the enlargements). London in the palm of your hand: a functional memento from the time that the tourist industry was beginning to boom.
Pic: Kew, The National Archives, EXT 11/159 (c. 1851). This the source of the image; here and here is more information on the glove (the latter webpage, from the archive that keeps the artifact, suggests it was a kid’s glove). The glove features on various blogs, such as this one; I saw it in this tweet today.