ancient toys

This is interesting

I mentioned this on the post from @splatoonus​ but the new Bomb Launcher Special

seems to be based on an ancient Nintendo toy called the Ultra Machine

it was a pitching machine designed by Gunpei Yokai who you may or may not know as  the creator of the Game & Watch handheld system, inventor of the Control Pad  (whose plus-shaped design nearly all video game controllers attempt to mimic today), the original designer of the Game Boy, and producer of a few long-running and critically acclaimed video game franchises, such as Metroid 

and Kid Icarus.

the Ultra Machine itself has shown up in a few Nintendo games

It was in a Warioware microgame

it was a piece of furniture in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

and featured very prominantly in Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball

Nice little nod to a piece of Nintendo history, I would say

A terracotta statuette from 500–475 B.C. depicting a woman feeding a hen and chicks.

In the early 400s B.C. in Boiotia (a region to the north of Athens) artists working in terracotta were interested in scenes from everyday life—women kneading dough, watching the oven, musicians playing instruments, carpenters, barbers, etc. 

The precise function of these statuettes is unknown—where they meant to serve the deceased in the afterlife or are they only simple children’s toys?

Your name: submit What is this?

It was a simple cover story: happy, new couple who just moved into the community attending a neighborhood dinner party.

Sam had excused himself to the bathroom halfway through the dessert course. When he didn’t come back as expected, you offered a tight smile and snuck away from a table full of people who didn’t seem to be interested in you to begin with.

You find Sam upstairs in the dark, snooping through Laura’s and Dan oversized master bedroom.

“Sam,” you whisper, moving closer. “What the hell are you doing up here?”

“Trying to find out whatever their hiding. There is no way those two are clean.” Sam pulls open the drawer of a bedside table, rifling through papers. You sigh and pad across the carpet, checking the hallway. “Help me look, they’re all too busy talking about themselves to care if we fade away for a few minutes.”

“I can’t see anything in here.” You open what appears to be Laura’s underwear drawer and reach to the back. Hell, if you were her it’s where you’d hide the goods. Your hand closes around a stiff object wrapped in a piece of cloth. “I think I’ve got something.”

“What?” Sam moves to your side, bending down in the dim light. You unwrap a old, silk scarf to reveal a slim pink vibrator. Sam chuckles and you immediately scowl and re-wrap it. “I was thinking something more ancient artifact, less sex toy.”

“Shut up.” You hiss, placing it back where you found it. “I need a flashlight or something. We should come back when they’re not home.”

“Hello? Sam? Y/N?” You hear a faint voice coming down the hallway.

“Laura’s coming.” You murmur shoving the drawer closed.

“Shit, come here” Sam grabs you by the waist and before you have a chance to protest he lifts you up so you’re sitting on the edge of the dresser.

“What are you doing?” You gasp as he spreads your knees, nudging between your legs, yanking his neatly tucked shirt out of his pants.

“Cover story, I had a few too many glasses of wine and I wanted to fool around with my wife.” He shrugs as his mouth closes over yours. Any ounce of protest you had melts away and his tongue dips past your lips. He combs fingers into your hair, grabbing a fist full as his other hand slides up under your dress, bunching the material around your hips. He pulls you forward, his groin flush with your pelvis.

What come next is completely involuntary. You push your body into his, grinding into the crotch of his khakis, A wanton moan slips from your mouth and slides into his. His lips head south, traveling down your neck where he stops to suck at your collarbone as you gasp.

The overhead light flips on as you hear Laura’s shocked voice ripping you from the moment “Oh my God!”

2500 year old climbing monkey toy from the Indus Valley civilization. Toys like this were made from terra-cotta and built to slide or jump down a rope or stick. many small objects like these have been found in Indus Valley sites, but the civilization apparently did not produce the kind of massive monumental statues of leaders and gods that are found in other ancient societies, like Egypt.


Archaeological Museum of Heraklion:

The “Draughtboard” (Ζατρίκιο)

A board game inlaid with ivory, blue glass and rock crystal, plated with gold and silver. Four large, conical ivory, game-pieces correspond to the circular areas of the “Draughtboard”. This is a particularly complex and luxurious artefact, which bears witness to the high standard of living in the palace, and the artistic capabilities of knossian workshops. Similar, simpler objects have been found in Egypt and the East.

Palace of Knossos (1700-1450 B.C) 

Mockingjay Manor - Ch 4

Chapter One /// Chapter Two聽/// Chapter Three

Last week, you voted 21 to 13 for Katniss and Peeta to risk their friends鈥 ridicule and tell them about the creepy unexplained noises they heard while exploring. This week, our delightful friend @peetamymuse is continuing the adventure. What happens next in Mockingjay Manor? Let鈥檚 find out鈥

A word of warning to our sensitive readers, the creep factor is steadily climbing in this story. For now, we鈥檙e still firmly in the T category, but that could change. Caveat emptor鈥

As always, you have 48 hours to vote (in the comments or reblogs, NOT in the tags!), until Noon EDT on Thursday, September 21st.

鈥淲hat?鈥 Johanna asks. 鈥淒id you two hear a spooky noise? See someone floating around in a white sheet?鈥

She holds her arms up and makes ghostly moaning sounds. 鈥淚鈥檓 coming for you.鈥 Outside, the thunder and lightning punctuate her words. With her dark hair and sharp features, Johanna looks especially witchy in the flickering light.

鈥"We heard bird noises,鈥 Peeta says. "And something that sounded like knocking.鈥

鈥淎nd it couldn鈥檛 have been Finnick,鈥 I add. 鈥淗e was too far away.鈥

Finnick and Johanna share a look and something passes between them that I don鈥檛 catch. 聽There is a long pause and then, the two of them burst out laughing.

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