Yamada-kun to seven nin no majo 243 (finale):

Yamada and Shiraishi got married and have 2 children. (they were married by Takuma).

Ushio has a family with Nene.

Miyabi is a teacher and is dating Tsubaki.

Nancy has a band.

Yuri and Himekawa have a family together.

Leona and Yamazaki are an item (or kinda). She’s an archaeologist and he’s working in advertising.

Miyamura is still Miyamura which is enough and awesome.

I was worried that they would switch bodies after the wedding kiss too.

It’s was a cool and happy finale. 

Did you notice that the bride and groom over the cake are made of yakisoba bread?

Common Historical Misconceptions

-The pyramids were not built by slaves. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus once described the pyramid builders as slaves, creating what Egyptologists say is a myth propagated by Hollywood films. Archaeologists now tell us that the workers who built the pyramids were recruited from poor communities in Egypt, and worked in three-month shifts. There were 10,000 of them and they ate relatively well. It took 30 years to build a single pyramid. Evidence from the workers’ bones suggests that they had hard lives and died fairly young, but they were not slaves. Rather, the nature of their tombs suggests that they were honored workers who labored in exchange for a better life in ancient Egypt, and perhaps for a better afterlife

-It is true that life expectancy in the Middle Ages and earlier was low; however, one should not infer that people usually died around the age of 30. In fact, earlier low life expectancies were very strongly influenced by high infant mortality, and the life expectancy of people who lived to adulthood was much higher. A 21-year-old man in medieval England, for example, could by one estimate expect to live to the age of 64.

-Marco Polo did not import pasta from China, a misconception which originated with the Macaroni Journal, published by an association of food industries with the goal of promoting the use of pasta in the United States. Marco Polo describes a food similar to “lagana” in his Travels, but he uses a term with which he was already familiar. Durum wheat, and thus pasta as it is known today, was introduced by Arabs from Libya, during their conquest of Sicily in the late 7th century, according to the newsletter of the National Macaroni Manufacturers Association, thus predating Marco Polo’s travels to China by about six centuries.

-Marie Antoinette did not say “let them eat cake” when she heard that the French peasantry were starving due to a shortage of bread. The phrase was first published in Rousseau's Confessions when Marie was only nine years old and most scholars believe that Rousseau coined it himself, or that it was said by Maria-Theresa, the wife of Louis XIV.

-Immigrants’ last names were not Americanized (voluntarily, mistakenly, or otherwise) upon arrival at Ellis Island. Officials there kept no records other than checking ship manifests created at the point of origin, and there was simply no paperwork which would have created such an effect, let alone any law. At the time in New York, anyone could change the spelling of their name simply by using that new spelling.

Feel free to add any personal favorites.


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Merlin filming


Two more characters from the City of Rush! 

Dr. Fresno is the Curator and lead archaeologist at the Rush museum! This short teifling was devastated when a relic from the old city of rush was stolen first by the Red Mages, a gang bent on taking down the God of Water, then by the Blood Oranges, the local gang that runs the blackmarket of Rush from its seedy (from all the blood oranges) underbelly

Golden Hugo is the owner of the biggest and golden-est casino in Rush! Decked out in gold and looking very intimidating, this dragon born rules his casino empire with a golden hook!
Facial reconstruction made of 'brutally-killed' Pictish man - BBC News
The face of a Pictish man who was "brutally killed" 1,400 years ago is reconstructed by Dundee University researchers.

Here it is! The big archaeology secret I’ve been not allowed to talk about for nearly 6 months…

I’m part of a voluntary organisation called the Rosemarkie Caves Project, and we’ve been doing small excavations on some of the caves that line the south coast of the Black Isle to investigate their potential for archaeology. Last September, on our last day of digging (typical!) we uncovered something truly incredible… The excellently preserved remains of a pretty violently killed Pictish man, tucked into a small nook of the cave. He was on his back with his ankles crossed and arms down by his sides, boulders on his hands and between his legs - a very odd position that screams “ritual”.

Prof Sue Black and her team - forensic anthropologists who usually don’t deal with archaeological remains but those of the more recent past such as identifying victims of war crimes - took on the task of examining the skeleton and detailing his violent demise (the article has the full account). They also created an incredible facial reconstruction of the man - handsome guy.

Archaeologically speaking, human remains in Scotland are generally poorly preserved due to the soil’s acidity. These remains were from a sandy context, protected from the elements by the cave itself, and are perhaps unique in their excellent preservation for their Pictish date.

There’s still a lot more work to be done - we’re waiting for isotope analysis to be carried out to determine a little more about the individual’s origins, and eventually he’ll be written into the broader context of Pictish archaeology, a section of history we still don’t know very much about. What he was doing there and why he was killed we may never know (Sacrifice? Murder? Did the people carrying out the metal working nearby know about the remains, were they the ones who killed him? So many questions!) - but we do know there are plenty more caves to be investigated… Who knows what else we’ll find in them!

If anyone has an questions, give me a shout. 


Scythian Tattoos Appreciation. I

Kurgan II of Pazyryk, Altai. Right upper arm of a Scythian men with tattoos showing animals and hybrid creatures. 5th century BCE.

Original skin (left) and outline (right).

Source: Under the Sign of the Golden Griffin. Royal Tombs of the Scythians (2007).