Fashions for scary children, 1874 – printed in Harper’s Bazaar.
Trivia: The reason why children were given adult faces in art was because of a superstition regarding infant mortality. I forget the details, but something to the effect of giving kids adult faces would cause them to become adults.
Animatronics that don't look like they're busted or broken, but simply look like antiquated pieces of technology. The horror in their designs comes from the same horror in real-life animatronics ; they don't look or feel RIGHT. This is commonly known as "The uncanny valley." When things look and move ALMOST like how you would expect them to, but not exactly, it creates a natural sense of revulsion in the observer. And the movements and looks of the animatronics takes full advantage of the Uncanny Valley.
The animatronics are updated and look more sleek and shiny. By now, the player knows the Animatronics in this series are going to be antagonists, so the sleek, shiny, kid-friendly look to the animatronics is designed to directly counter this. You KNOW they're evil and menacing, but they look far safer than the original animatronics. Their friendly exterior, and their true nature the player is already aware of, causes the player to hold both of these opposing, conflicting view points at the same time. This is called "cognitive dissonance" and by forcing the player to have two opposing view-points on the animatronics, this cause extra mental stress, and as such makes the game scarier.
FUCK IT. GHOSTS AND A ZOMBIE LOOKIN' MOTHERFUCKER.
FUCK IT, HOW MANY PIECES OF SHARP METAL CAN WE ADD? QUICK, ADD IN MORE TEETH! MORE POINTY BITS! MORE TEETH! MORE POINTY BITS!
The real highlight of my New Years was finding an ozone machine… The bottom photo was taken about a minute after flipping the power switch, the gas inside the tubes slowly was going plasma (or whatever it is when a neon light lights up), and I could smell the ozone being produced. The price on the tag is $500 and I can definitely say this one worked. You can see in the first photo where the manufacturer label plate had been… and it was Underwriters’ Laboratory listed as a safe electrical device!
I don’t have a full explanation of what these were for – my grandfather had one that he’d put his feet on when he felt his circulation was poor – but a century ago (and into the 1940s) the theory was that exposure to ozone had some health benefits. There are still a few companies making similar products, just without the nice tubes, to clean the air or do whatever it was that folks in the early 1900s thought ozone generators could do for them. These machines are generally accepted as pseudo-science and quackery.
I find Oda-sensei’s use of antiquated real-world technology in One Piece charming. It gives the universe a feel that is all at once otherworldly, but familiar.
Much of the technology seems to revolve around items used during the time of the real-life golden age of piracy (circa 18th century,) such as flintlock weaponry, quills and sailing ships made of wood and iron.
So, while it doesn’t fall in the same era, I couldn’t help but notice that Sanji is using what appears to be an abacus, an effective but (very) ancient form of calculator. It’s wonderful!
And it looks like the glasses aren’t just a style choice – does Sanji have a little hyperopia (i.e. farsightedness) that requires corrective lenses? He doesn’t wear the glasses at all in this chapter but for when he’s consulting his calculations.
(I had planned on editing Zoro out as he had no relevance to the post, but how can you edit out that adorable face?)
Railman’s lantern, fueled by kerosene, from the days when someone would get out ahead of a train and wave one of these at an intersection before there were lighted crossings and gates. The seller, my friend Lisa who is holding it up for the photo, was offering this at her booth for $50 while her competition further up the highway had similar lights (but not this model) for $225.
A couple pages from my great-grandmother’s diary, cover date 1919 but content is likely later. I’m looking for insight into what life was like nearly a century ago and how it was for my grandmother as a little girl on a farm, and what I’m getting is recipes for saccharin pickles and tomato relish instead.
So if you ever wondered how to make butterscotch pie or mincemeat… here!