Das Holstentor from 1464, emblem of the city of Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. Fun fact: Lübeck is famous for its marzipan. According to local legend, marzipan was first made here, possibly in response either to a military siege of the city or a famine. The story is that the town ran out of all food except stored almonds and sugar, which were then used to make loaves of marzipan “bread”. Others think that marzipan was invented in Persia hundreds of years before. The best known producer is Niederegger, a popular tourist destination, especially at Christmas time, when Germans buy and eat the most marzipan. Marzipan tag.


What the fuck just happened!? We just hit a jackpot of $1400! #viejas @tiggahtigz (at Viejas Casino & Resort)

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anonymous asked:

I've had a very interesting summer and I wanna list it out for you 😂 I went to my first concert. Met a band for the first time (not the same day) done dabs for the first time. Got my first bong. A stripped taught me how to roll a blunt. Oh and a drug dealer smacked me in the face with $1400. What's your craziest summer story?

I had a life altering DMT trip that showed me so many irreconcilable things that I kinda went crazy for about a week. Got really detached from reality and depressed. I’ve since recovered and I’m even better than I was before! It was way more intense than anything I have ever experienced or ever will :0

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm 5'7 and 180 lb. I feel so bad about my weight, my goal is 132 lb. This week I beginned to eat around 700 cal/day, and light exercise twice a week. Do you think is possible to be next to my GW until christmas? Thank you, yr blog is amazing!

It might be difficult, but it’s not impossible. If you stay determined and consistent you should be able to reach it.

But petal, I really don’t recommend eating any lower than 1400 cals, 1000 at the very least. It can be very dangerous in the long run and there’s a chance you could end up in the hospital. 

Good luck nonetheless xx

The Voynich Manuscript is the world’s most secretive book. It’s dated to the 15th century and contains an unknown writing system that even renowned cryptographers have never deciphered. Illustrations in the book suggest it may cover topics like herbal remedies, biology, astronomy, and the zodiac, but no one knows for sure what it really is. Source

“Nature forging a baby”

Forget conception or little homunculi, just make your babies in a forge.

But when Nature, sweet and compassionate, sees that envious Death and Corruption come together to put to destruction whatever they find within her forge, she continues always to hammer and forge and always to renew the individuals by means of new generation.

[Guillame de Lorris and Jean de Meun, Roman de la Rose. From Bruges c.1490-1500.]


Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 2012

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Book to accompany the 2012 exhibition Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe. It was the first exhibition to bring together a wide variety of works of art in diverse mediums that bear witness to the multiple aspects of the African presence in Europe in the Age of Exploration. The book includes European paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, books, and decorative objects, dating from around 1480 to around 1605, includes memorable images and riveting portraits of Africans, some of whose identities are known and others who remain anonymous.

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Hidden secrets of Yale’s 1491 world map revealed via multispectral imaging

The map, which dates to about 1491 and depicts the Earth’s surface from the Atlantic in the west to Japan in the east, is dotted with descriptions in Latin of various regions and peoples.


Perhaps the most interesting revelations, say the researchers, concern southern Africa. By studying visible river systems and legible place names, Van Duzer had previously determined that Martellus based his depiction of the region on the Egyptus N[MC1] ovelo [BL2] map, which survives in three manuscripts of Ptolemy’s “Geography.” The Egyptus Novelo used geographical data from native Africans, not European explorations. It is thought that the map was based on information shared by three Ethiopian delegates to the Council of Florence in 1441.

The new images show that the Martellus map’s depiction of southern Africa extends further east than the known versions of the Egyptus Novelo do, suggesting that the German cartographer was working from a more complete version of the map that showed the eastern reaches of the continent.

“It’s a seminal and tremendously important document of African mapping by the people of Africa, in this case preserved by a western source,” says Van Duzer.

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This is a part of why it’s so important that we constantly interact with and reexamine historical documents, artworks, maps, and objects.

Aurora Consurgens (att: St. Thomas Aquinas or “Pseudo-Aquinas”)

f. 34v: Black Female Angel

Germany (c. 1420s)

Parchment Codex with Watercolor Miniatures, 20.4 x 13.9 cm.

Zürich, Zentralbibliothek.

This is one of those manuscript miniatures that is so beautiful and strange, it’s hard to believe it’s really as old as it is. Aurora Consurgens is an alchemical treatise; a commentary on the Latin translation of Silvery Waters by Muhammed ibn Umail at-Tamîmî (Senior Zadith), attributed first to Saint Thomas Aquinas and later attributed to “Pseudo-Aquinas”.

The miniatures are unusual not only for their quality, but also for the fact that they’re tiny watercolor paintings on the parchment codex. The whole text has been digitized here, and you can read like you were holding it:


The link has a photo with flash in which you can see the gilded portions a bit better, as well as the ability to zoom in to see the details. For those who were curious, inside the Angel’s body is a sheathed dagger and a coiled serpent: