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This is lichen’s growing on skulls. You can read the paper this image comes from here. Basically, it describes how in the 17th and 18th centuries, lichens growing on a human skull were believed to have healing properties. The lichen would have colonized the skull long after the person’s death. Lichens are extremely slow growing, so the skull would need to be exposed for a while and the whole process of colonization and growth would take decades, if not longer. 

What I find most interesting about it is that it must mean that at this time, you could reliably expect to find human skulls lying on the ground in forests or other natural areas in order to collect the lichens. Maybe they weren’t exactly common, but obviously they were there. Probably the result of warfare, famine and epidemics. (Source)

Star Trek Beyond
Jason Bourne
Bad Moms
Ghostbusters
Nerve
Lights Out
Gleason
Ice Age: Collision Course
Equity
The Secret Life of Pets
Indignation
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
The Land
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Tallulah
Miss Sharon Jones!
The Tenth Man
Into the Forest

Suicide Squad
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
The Legend of Tarzan
Finding Dory
Zootopia
The Purge: Election Year
Central Intelligence
The Infiltrator
The BFG
Independence Day: Resurgence
Warcraft
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Don’t Think Twice
Madaari
Train to Busan
The Conjuring 2
Now You See Me 2
The Bronze
X-Men: Apocalypse
Me Before You
Eye in the Sky
The Neon Demon
Cell
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10 Cloverfield Lane
The Shallows
Free State of Jones
Swiss Army Man
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Les Cowboys
Breaking a Monster
Misconception

alicatcookie  asked:

I recently downloaded Skyrim, and I was wondering what mods you use that are low impact. I'm running a boot camp on my Mac so I can play it, and the result tends to be a little slow. (Ps, keep up you amazing blog!)

Now, People of Skyrim …I’m trying out right now, and it started out great but has ended up a disappointment. It is the only thing on that list that I don’t advise you to try out.

In the 1000s BCE, rulers of the reigning kingdoms around the Mediterranean and in the Fertile Crescent did not usually meet each other. Travel times were much longer than they are today. So instead of ruler-to-ruler meetings, diplomacy was conducted through people referred to by the Akkadian term mar shipri. These civil servants acted both as messengers and as ambassadors. They often had royal or aristocratic blood, and spoke Akkadian which was the language of diplomacy. Mar shipri would bear expensive gifts for whatever ruler they were going to see, and would be received with pomp and ceremony.

“Well of course this happened in Japan…”

“The Japanese have always hated the disabled…”

“Nothing like that would ever happen in America…”

HOOOOO BOY YOU PICKED THE WRONG PERSON TO TALK TO.

SO GATHER ROUND, SIT ON DOWN, AND LET ME TELL YOU HOW AMERICA RUINED EVERYTHING. AGAIN.

I could write an entire book about this but to give you the cliffnotes:

About 100 years ago, a bunch of American scientists came together and decided that they were going to take the concept of “survival of the fittest” and interpret it to mean that only the physically/mentally strong should live and that everyone else should be weeded out.

They created the Eugenicist Records Office which began to track the genetic history of all families in America so that they could stop families from breeding if they had a chance of giving birth to a disabled kid.

How did they stop these families from breeding?

Forced sterilization of course.

It gets worse. So much worse. All of these doctors started coming up with ways to kill off the disabled and initially wanted to use gas chambers but instead settled for more discreet measures like infanticide and deliberately feeding patients at asylums disease-ridden milk so that the ‘weak’ ones would drop dead.

It gets worse.

So enough American scientists posted about their studies that they began to attract international attention. Good international attention. People were sending them fan letters. And one such fan letter came from a certain German with a mustache. He loved their ideas and wanted to use them himself. That’s right. Hitler was inspired by America.

HITLER WAS INSPIRED BY AMERICA.

He created the Aktion T4 Programme which killed hundreds of thousands of disabilities. And then he expanded this idea to include the Jewish population among other “undesirables”.

That’s right. The Holocaust stemmed from Aktion T4 which was directly inspired by America.

I could go on and on about asylums and institutions and lobotomies and electroshock therapy but it gets pretty depressing…

And though the concept of eugenics has died down a bit (heh…get it?) it’s still a very large movement that is practiced all around the world and results in thousands of people with disabilities being murdered each year.

But don’t forget - this all started in ‘MERICA.

Front and center view of something historic: Lin-Manuel Miranda uncovers his star on the Puerto Rico Walk of Fame (accompanied by Hercules Mulligan and singing fans) 7/27/16

#paseo de la fama Paseo de la fama playlist #puerto rico visit

quixoteamos  asked:

Roughly how accurate is Game of Thrones when compared to the Middle Ages in terms of fashion? Some of the fashion of the nobility and royalty reminds me more of almost the Baroque or Classical eras than anything else.

We recently had a panel at the Getty featuring Michele Clapton, costume designer for the first five seasons of Game of Thrones, Deborah Landis, director of the Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA, and Bryan C. Keene, assistant curator of manuscripts at the Getty, to discuss the series’ medieval aesthetic and the visual sources for her designs.

The full video of the talk is here:

—Bryan