workman:

allthingsstrange:
Ornate and complex astronomy charts from Tibet.

workman:

allthingsstrange:

Ornate and complex astronomy charts from Tibet.

wnycradiolab:

Have you guys tried the scales at AMNH that tell you what you’d weigh on various planets? Never (in my experience) gets old.

wnycradiolab:

Have you guys tried the scales at AMNH that tell you what you’d weigh on various planets? Never (in my experience) gets old.

atlasobscura:

Hand of Glory: The Macabre Magic of Severed Hands

A traditional form of punishment, under Sharia, Islamic law, and in Medieval Europe, involved publicly amputating a criminal’s body part, often the one used to commit a crime.

The pain of the amputation and the shame of the permanent mark served as punishment for the criminal, while the display of the severed limb functioned as a sinister warning to all onlookers: follow in this guy’s footsteps and you will suffer a similar fate. This macabre tradition likely has its roots in the Code of Hammurabi.

In Europe, the severed hands of criminals were displayed like relics to prevent future grievances (a thief’s arm still dangles in a Prague church). In most cases the owner of the hand was not known, but the provenance was usually irrelevant because the setting of the hand’s exhibition determined the story that was told about its origin.

The Haunch of Venison in Wiltshire, England, is a 684-year-old pub that was famous for its display of a cursed gambler’s hand. The hand was reportedly amputated from a gambler who was caught cheating during a game of whist a few hundred years ago. According to workers at the pub, a butcher chopped the gambler’s hand off and threw it into the fireplace. The grisly relic was discovered during renovation work at the pub in 1911 and was stored in a locked glass case with a pack of 18th century playing cards. In 2010, thieves unscrewed the glass cabinet and stole the criminal’s relic.

For the full, sordid history of severed hands, keep reading on Atlas Obscura!

natgeofound:

A wrecked Zeppelin sits ashore in Mison, France, 1918.Photograph by Paul Thompson, National Geographic

natgeofound:

A wrecked Zeppelin sits ashore in Mison, France, 1918.Photograph by Paul Thompson, National Geographic

mothernaturenetwork:

'Multiverse' concept dreamed up by a philosopher in 1225Like physicists today, Robert Grosseteste tweaked long-standing theories of his time to explain the the workings of the universe.

mothernaturenetwork:

'Multiverse' concept dreamed up by a philosopher in 1225
Like physicists today, Robert Grosseteste tweaked long-standing theories of his time to explain the the workings of the universe.

andy7seven:

The Minotaur from “Fellini Satyricon”

andy7seven:

The Minotaur from “Fellini Satyricon”

biomorphosis:

The Gladiator Spider can make an expandable sticky web like a net. When an insect passes below it, it stretches out the net, lunges downwards and flings the net over the prey. 

biomorphosis:

The Gladiator Spider can make an expandable sticky web like a net. When an insect passes below it, it stretches out the net, lunges downwards and flings the net over the prey. 

self portrait with canoe on Flickr.
thenearsightedmonkey:

Self-Portrait by Borges, drawn after he’d gone blind
astralkush:

The history of magic, from Shamanism to Chaos

astralkush:

The history of magic, from Shamanism to Chaos

inland-delta:

Alexander Humboldt,  Comparison of plants found on Chimborazo, Mont Blanc, and Sulitjelma in Norway, 1817

inland-delta:

Alexander Humboldt,  Comparison of plants found on Chimborazo, Mont Blanc, and Sulitjelma in Norway, 1817