anonymous asked:

What's your head cannon when the Nordics are angry?

  • Sweden: It can be hard to tell when he’s angry at times, considering he has a hard time expressing things but when he’s really he’s truly enraged it’s easy to see. His jaw will be clenched and his expressions will be far more frightful than usual, glaring at anyone in his path. He will do his best not to snap at anyone when he’s like this, though, and often retreats to his work space to be alone. Carving and working with wood really helps him calm down. Though when nothing like that helps, he and Denmark will spar with each other, which helps them both let any anger out.
  • Denmark: He doesn’t get angry often, but when he does it’s extremely obvious. His normally happy face will be pulled into a scowl and he often greatly resembles Sweden in these moods, and he becomes far less talkative, only responding in annoyed grunts or just a few sharp words. It doesn’t take too much to calm him down, though, all that’s needed usually is just a comforting hug from a loved one and maybe a few beers. But, on the occasions that nothing like this helps, he and Sweden will spar with each other, which helps them both let any anger out, and, to  Denmark’s opinion, helps them bond.

  • Norway: Considering he has a very tight rein on his emotions, and a resting bitch face, it’s practically impossible to tell when he’s angry, and that’s just how he likes it. He’ll hardly speak at all when like this, and likes to just sit somewhere comfy with his eyes shut, allowing himself to feel his emotions but not let them out. If this doesn’t work, though, he’ll simply leave the house and go for a long walk through the nearest forest, maybe even spending the night out under the trees.

  • Iceland: It could be considered almost cute when he’s angry. His cheeks will heat up with an angry blush and his brows will constantly be furrowed, he might tear up slightly as well, depending on what it was that got him in that mood. He’ll raise his voice far more than usual, and he has a habit of slamming doors shut and will glare at anyone who tries to talk to him. Retreating back to his room and listening to music, or just sitting in silence helps him calm down the most, and after a few hours he’ll leave his room and act like nothing even happened.

  • Finland: And angered Finland is a terrifying sight, and luckily a very rare one. He becomes almost violent, spouting curses and shouting in aggravation at the slightest thing that annoys him. Others know very well to stay clear of the normally chipper Finn, especially since he has a habit of throwing things when angry. He lifted and threw a couch through a window on time when he went into a rage. You’d be risking getting hit with some household object by trying to reason with him, but the other Nordics have found that offering sweets and pastries and help him calm down.

Day Three of the WTNV Hiatus Challenge!

Let’s shake things up a bit. Last time, we asked what your favorite segment was. But! If you could create your own segment on NVCR, what would it be?

Neither I nor “Hey There, Cecil!” was part of Welcome to Night Vale last time. Just putting that out there. ;)

Some possible segments:

  • Pet adoptions! Cecil profiles some of the animals available for adoption at the Night Vale SPCA.
  • Community event photos! Cecil describes pictures (or wood carvings, or paintings, or what have you) sent in to the station from listeners who have attended various events around town.
  • Stump Cecil! Listeners call in and try to beat Cecil at Jaws trivia. If they manage to defeat him, they are immortalized in stone at the local art museum, immediately. What an honor!
  • Legal advice! Listeners can call in with their questions about what is and is not currently legal. (Amnesty for callers not guaranteed. Legal accuracy also not guaranteed.)
  • Community voices! Brief, censored editorials from members of the community. No, no one’s saying anything under duress!
  • Birthdays! Cecil reads a list of the names and ages of the people whose birthday it is today. (This could be intriguing)

World’s Longest Wooden Sculpture

Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled this exceptionally large and intricately carved wooden sculpture that measures some 40 feet (12.286 meters) long, 10 feet (3.075 meters) high and almost 8 feet (2.401 meters) wide. Four years in the making, the tree carving is based on a famous painting called Along the River During the Qingming Festival, which is a historical holiday reserved to celebrate past ancestors that falls on the 104th day after the winter solstice. The Guinness World Records group arrived in November in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, where the piece is currently on display, to declare it  “the world’s longest wooden sculpture”.

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Large (Wikimedia)

This is George-Jules-Victor Clairin’s Spanish Woman on a Balcony. (“Woman” is not a typo—maybe the others are English spies? Or men in drag?)

All joking aside, it should not be at all strange to hear from Christie’s that Clairin had an “association with the theatre.” While it is certainly obvious that he had indeed visited (and been impressed by) Spain, the touch of drama goes beyond that of a wide-eyed tourist.

The exaggerated intricacy of the carved wood (with its dragons and bull skulls and scrolls), and the sheer overabundance of flowers—added to the set-like isolation of the balcony from the surrounding architecture—make this the Spain of the stage.

Objectof the Month: Woman’s Busk

ByLaura L. Camerlengo and H. Kristina Haugland

Do you look at this object and wonder, “What is it?” Perhaps it’s a decorative panel, a cooking utensil, or a tongue depressor?

You may be surprised to learn that this carved maple wood slat is actually a busk. Beginning in the sixteenth century, busks were used to stiffen stays (an early name for corsets). Busks were made of rigid materials such as bone, whalebone or wood, and would be inserted down the front of a pair of stays to render it inflexible. This reinforced the ideal conical and erect torso, and ensured that any bending was donefrom the hips, not the waist, encouraging dignified posture and movement.

In the eighteenth century, busks were sometimes hand carved with emblems, as seen on this example. This busk’s design was created by chip carving, where knives or chisels are used to remove small bits of wood. While busks often served a practical purpose, not all were functional; some were to be made and given as love tokens. This was likely the case with this example, as it features a large heart at its centerfront, surrounded by the initials “R.S.”. These same initials appear on the back of the busk, along with another pair of initials (“P.L.”) and “1777,” likely the year the busk was made.

Woman’s Busk, American, 1777

Maple with chip carving

12 ½ x 2 5/8 inches (31.7 x 6.7 cm)

Gift of Mrs. William D. Frishmuth, 1912-34