Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer (Father of the atomic bomb)
Truly the face of a haunted man.
Happy Birthday, J. Robert Oppenheimer. You completely, totally changed the world… for better or worse.
How ironic that his birthday falls on Earth Day… And I vote for “Worse”.
Illuminated tires by Goodyear, 1961.
Goodyear came up with the idea of illuminated tires in 1961 and they had plans to develop them in a variety of colours. The effect is due to a series of bright light bulbs installed inside the wheel rim.
This book looks amazing:
'Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps'
by Chet Van Duzer
[L]: “A single-horned aquatic bull from the twelfth century painted ceiling in the Church of St Martin in Zillis, Switzerland.”
[R]: “An aquatic elephant, probably intended for a walrus, from the twelfth century painted ceiling in the Church of St Martin in Zillis, Switzerland.”
"A Dream Within A Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
By Valarie Chapman We have only studied a small portion of the world’s oceans – leaving us plenty of room for surprises. In one great recent surprise, researchers at Hokkaido University have prove…
Can’t believe the gameboy is now 25-years-old. It’s grown so much over the last two and half decades.
Morbid Monday: Resurrection Through Decomposition
For some cultures, death is the beginning of a purification process that starts with decomposition and ends with skeletonization. These people believe that when a loved one takes his or her final breath, it is the beginning of a journey to the land of the ancestors, and the corpse must completely decay before a soul is considered purified and can ascend to the afterlife.
There are typically two burial phases in some of these societies: initial and secondary burial. During the first, or initial, burial, the body may be buried or exposed while it decays, and the funeral ceremony during this phase marks the beginning of the soul’s journey. Once the remains are completely skeletonized, the bones are collected, cleaned, and placed in a secondary burial, like an ossuary. At this point the deceased is considered truly dead and the soul is resurrected to join the rest of their ancestors in the Land of the Dead.
Secondary burials have been practiced by many cultures throughout history into the modern era. Below is a discussion of burials customs of Jews of the early Roman Empire; burial customs of Southern Italy that were practiced until the early 20th century; and the Malagasy famadihana, or turning of the bones, which is practiced today.
The Jews of the early Roman Empire practiced a burial custom called ossilegium between 30 BCE and 70 CE. Ossilegium, a Latin word that means the collection of the bones, was a two-part process.