Donisha Prendergast (Bob Marley’s grand-daughter)
Solar System Sampler
In the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, girls in the UK and the US used needle and thread to embroider images and text onto pieces of fabric that were called “samplers.” Samplers, which could be quite intricate, were meant to promote basic literacy and to teach patience and carefulness.
Unlike many samplers, which featured botanical, Biblical, or domestic themes, this unusual pre-printed fabric from 1811 depicts a surprisingly scientific subject: the arrangement of the solar system. (via Slate)
The Great Comet of 1811, formally designated C/1811 F1, is a comet that was visible to the naked eye for around 260 days, a record it held until the appearance of Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. In October 1811, at its brightest, it displayed an apparent magnitude of 0, with an easily visible coma. (via Wikipedia,)
Durer, walruses are very fine creatures, and I love them muchly.
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Per the British Museum:
The head of a walrus, formerly in an album originally containing 167 drawings of quadrupeds; in profile to left. 1521
Pen and brown ink, with watercolour
Inscription Content: Inscribed by the artist in pen and brown ink in the upper left-hand corner: “1521 / Das dosig thÿr van dem jch do das hawbt / contrefett hab ist gefangen worden / jn die niderlendischen see vnd / was XII ellen lang / brawendisch mit für fussen“, followed by his monogram; and in a later hand in pen and ink in the upper left-hand corner, “167”; and also in a later hand in pencil in the lower left-hand corner, “Fricheohus I(?)”.
The first inscription, added subsequently by the artist, may be translated as “1521 That stupid animal of which I have portrayed the head was caught in the Netherlands sea and was twelve brabant ells long with four feet” (Unverfehrt claims that the reading of ‘dosig’ (dösendes) as stupid or dozy is incorrect, and that it should be inferred as ‘dasig’ or ‘hiesig’ meaning ‘represented here’).
Guys. Check out this amazing Doctor Who themed Mini Cooper!
The fictional town of Innsmouth, created by H.P. Lovecraft
Recently, Kirin (a Japanese beer company) has been running a “dream campaign” where people can write in to the company explaining what their dream is, and if selected, the company sets out to make it come true.
Of all the people selected to have their “dream come true”, the most expensive and elaborate one was a normal guy who worked for a normal company who always dreamed of being in a Jackie Chan movie. When asked what kind of movie he wanted to do, his description was extremely thorough.
He knew everything that he wanted to happen in the movie, all of the actors he wanted to use, and had every detail so perfectly worked out, that Kirin decided to go for it, and make a commercial out of it, despite how expensive it would be.
(As you watch the actual commercial, you can see numbers rambled off, and each of numbers represents something that he requested to be in the commercial. (Ex. # 13 Fighting with a stool or chair, # 31 - have some massive Chinese pot broken)
Thanks to a Japanese Beer Company, My Buddy Got to Fight with Jackie Chan @ The Way
Were something like this to happen to me, my entire body would instantly ignite at the cellular level in a white-hot firestorm of accomplishment.
This is the greatest dream anyone could ever hope to have.
This just made my entire day
BLESS THIS MAN
This is the best shit I’ve ever seen in my life.
Oh my god.
This man is so damn awesome.