funnyordie:

Animal Fact of the Day

funnyordie:

Animal Fact of the Day

odditiesoflife:

Extreme Body Modification Rituals Around the World

Teeth sharpening, ear elongation, lip plates, nose studs, body scarring and giraffe necks – tribes and ethnic enclaves throughout the world have and continue to engage in incredible practices and rituals of body modification and body art for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Body modification or alteration is the deliberate altering of the human anatomy and it’s done for a variety of reasons: aesthetics, sexual enhancement, rites of passage, religious beliefs, to display group membership or affiliation, to create body art, and as self-expression. 

Ritual modification is used in many tribes and ethnic groups in Africa, India, New Zealand, Australia, and South East Asia. It can be done by burning, cutting, or elongating parts of the body. It’s used to identify members of certain tribal families. It is also done for social and culture acceptance. And it’s not only done to the men of the tribes, but also to women and children as a coming of age rite of passage. In women, it’s seen as something beautiful, marks showing they are suitable mothers and wives.

Unfortunately body-mod tourism isn’t that rare. Although an influx of tourists has brought attention to cultural practices and money to impoverished tribes, some argue that it is deteriorating their way of life and cheapening their traditions and values.

source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Self expression and body arts are nothing new. It spans back further than we can comprehend. I wouldn’t personally go to these extremes but I don’t judge those who do.

(via odditiesoflife)

neil-gaiman:

kateordie:

Ad Shows The World’s Popular Opinions Of Women Using Search Engine

Fantastic.

yes.

Its sad how these are the top google searches.

(Source: alexithymiadaily, via amandapalmer)

ancientpeoples:

Memento Mori
60 BC - 40 BC
Found in Naples
Emblem mosaic depicting allegorical the transience of life, cd. Memento mori 

The mosaic in the second style , formed the ‘ emblem in the floor of the triclinium , and in it we find an allegorical and symbolic, philosophical theme of the Hellenistic origin of the transience of life and death dell’incombere ( "memento mori" ) which, eliminating disparities in social class and wealth, the fate of equilibria. The summit of the composition is a level with his plumb line, a tool that was used by masons to control the leveling in construction. The axis of the lead is death (the skull), under a butterfly (the soul) balanced on a wheel (Fortune). Under the arms of the level, and opposed in perfect balance, are the symbols of poverty on the right (the bag, stick a beggar and cape), and wealth to the left (the scepter, purple and crown). It should be observed in using the wisdom of the artist weave of different colour to provide greater accuracy and characterization of some representations, such as the skull, or the level, where the shades allow you to notice the wooden part of the instrument and the elements of fitting in bronze.
(Source: National Archaeological Museum of Naples)

ancientpeoples:

Memento Mori

60 BC - 40 BC

Found in Naples

Emblem mosaic depicting allegorical the transience of life, cd. Memento mori 

The mosaic in the second style , formed the ‘ emblem in the floor of the triclinium , and in it we find an allegorical and symbolic, philosophical theme of the Hellenistic origin of the transience of life and death dell’incombere ( "memento mori" ) which, eliminating disparities in social class and wealth, the fate of equilibria. The summit of the composition is a level with his plumb line, a tool that was used by masons to control the leveling in construction. The axis of the lead is death (the skull), under a butterfly (the soul) balanced on a wheel (Fortune). Under the arms of the level, and opposed in perfect balance, are the symbols of poverty on the right (the bag, stick a beggar and cape), and wealth to the left (the scepter, purple and crown). It should be observed in using the wisdom of the artist weave of different colour to provide greater accuracy and characterization of some representations, such as the skull, or the level, where the shades allow you to notice the wooden part of the instrument and the elements of fitting in bronze.

(Source: National Archaeological Museum of Naples)

ancientpeoples:

Sarcaphagus lid 
The lid of a coffin is decorated with husband and wife in embrace, lying on a bed. The material used for this piece is vulcanic tuff. 
Etruscan 
4th - 3rd century BC
Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

How sweet

ancientpeoples:

Sarcaphagus lid 

The lid of a coffin is decorated with husband and wife in embrace, lying on a bed. The material used for this piece is vulcanic tuff. 

Etruscan 

4th - 3rd century BC

Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

How sweet

amandapalmer:

wearethemedia:

amsterdam, 2008. 
(credit)

not sure what song is making me cry here, but it’s probably the bed song. happens about 1 out of 4 times.

The Bed Song makes me cry too.

amandapalmer:

wearethemedia:

amsterdam, 2008. 

(credit)

not sure what song is making me cry here, but it’s probably the bed song. happens about 1 out of 4 times.

The Bed Song makes me cry too.

thenewenlightenmentage:

The Women Who Mapped the Universe And Still Couldn’t Get Any Respect
In 1881, Edward Charles Pickering, director of the Harvard Observatory, had a problem: the volume of data coming into his observatory was exceeding his staff’s ability to analyze it. He also had doubts about his staff’s competence–especially that of his assistant, who Pickering dubbed inefficient at cataloging. So he did what any scientist of the latter 19th century would have done: he fired his male assistant and replaced him with his maid, Williamina Fleming. Fleming proved so adept at computing and copying that she would work at Harvard for 34 years–eventually managing a large staff of assistants.
So began an era in Harvard Observatory history where women—more than 80 during Pickering’s tenure, from 1877 to his death in 1919— worked for the director, computing and cataloging data. Some of these women would produce significant work on their own; some would even earn a certain level of fame among followers of female scientists. But the majority are remembered not individually but collectively, by the moniker Pickering’s Harem.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

The Women Who Mapped the Universe And Still Couldn’t Get Any Respect

In 1881, Edward Charles Pickering, director of the Harvard Observatory, had a problem: the volume of data coming into his observatory was exceeding his staff’s ability to analyze it. He also had doubts about his staff’s competence–especially that of his assistant, who Pickering dubbed inefficient at cataloging. So he did what any scientist of the latter 19th century would have done: he fired his male assistant and replaced him with his maid, Williamina Fleming. Fleming proved so adept at computing and copying that she would work at Harvard for 34 years–eventually managing a large staff of assistants.

So began an era in Harvard Observatory history where women—more than 80 during Pickering’s tenure, from 1877 to his death in 1919— worked for the director, computing and cataloging data. Some of these women would produce significant work on their own; some would even earn a certain level of fame among followers of female scientists. But the majority are remembered not individually but collectively, by the moniker Pickering’s Harem.

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atomstargazer:

Timeline of the Universe

Timeline of the universe from big bang to heat death. Data from Wikipedia. A1 print size. Winner of a 2012 Information is Beautiful award. High Resolution file

atomstargazer:

Timeline of the Universe

Timeline of the universe from big bang to heat death. Data from Wikipedia. A1 print size. Winner of a 2012 Information is Beautiful award. High Resolution file

(via thinkcosmos)

nova44416:

tattoo on We Heart Ithttp://weheartit.com/entry/79010606/via/thescarlettrose

I think about this all the time. It is very strange to be anything at all… to exist at all.

nova44416:

tattoo on We Heart It
http://weheartit.com/entry/79010606/via/thescarlettrose

I think about this all the time. It is very strange to be anything at all… to exist at all.

(Source: novasun4)

The Cartoon Art Museum Celebrates 25 Years Of Sandman With Their New Exhibit

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With Neil Gaiman’s Sandman approaching its 25th anniversary, and the new prequel miniseries Sandman: Overture due next month, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum is celebrating with a retrospective exhibit of pieces of original art from the landmark fantasy series. 

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(via neil-gaiman)