If you’ve been keeping up with our multi-part series about how some old-timey medicine was just as advanced as medicine is today, you’ll understand why scientists love trying out recipes that they find in historic textbooks. At worst, they’ve ruined several hundred dollars of lab equipment – at best, they might discover the elixir of life.

Case in point: the millennia-old recipe that turned out to be capable of killing the modern-day superbug MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, for the medical nerds out there).

It all began after the wacky future-sitcom pairing of Freya Harrison, a microbiologist, and Christina Lee, a historian, who tried their hand at experimenting with a recipe from the Anglo-Saxon medical textbookBald’s Leechbook, which as of this writing isn’t available in an eBook format. After gathering the necessary ingredients (and trying to find those that most closely matched their historic counterparts), they created their brew and let it stand for the nine days dictated by the recipe (which we can’t help but read with a witchy tone of voice).

Testing their concoction on several scraps of MRSA-infected skin, they found that it killed 90 percent of the bacteria, making it equally as strong as the modern-day antibiotic currently used to treat the disease. 

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Elder Futhark: Perthro
Anglo-Saxon Futhorc: Peorth
Younger Futhark: **
Armanen Futhork: **

Letter: P

Number: 14

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem:

Peorth is a source of recreation and amusement to the great, where warriors sit blithely together in the banqueting-hall.

Old Icelandic Rune Poem:

**Perthro does not show up in the Younger Futhark.**

Norwegian Rune Poem:

**Perthro does not show up in the Younger…

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The impulse had become irresistible. There was only one answer to the fury that tortured him. And so he committed his first act of murder. He had broken the most deep-rooted taboo, and found not guilt, not anxiety or fear, but freedom. Any humiliation which stood in his way could be swept aside by the simple act of annihilation: Murder.

Tenebre (1982) dir. Dario Argento

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So I get a lot of people asking me ‘bout Lahore pigeons, if Rex is a Lahore, what the pigeons shown above are, info on Lahores, and honestly I never heard of them before I started getting questions about them! Apparently they are very popular breed! I wanted to show you guys a few more lovely doves that I personally find very attractive, starting with my two favorite breeds:

The Lucerne gold collar and the Modena. Lucernes are the definition of adorable, that little cap and those feathered feet called “slippers.” They are a color breed so they only qualify if they have those colors, there are more Lucernes than just the gold collar if you fancy a different color! The Modena is a rotund teapot with striking collars, they come in many different varieties but always have that round shape and look like grump fluffs.

Next we have the Saxon fairy swallow! This breed is just quite striking, they come in quite a few different colors, all are very pleasing to the eye. They were designed to look like swallows, as their name suggests.

Here we have Archangels. They are stunning, I don’t know what else to tell you.

Show king (left) and oriental frill (right) pigeons! Show kings come in a huge variety and are the show version of king pigeon which are traditionally bred for meat. Kings are known for their big size and incredibly sweet demeanor, if you’re wanting a companion pigeon then kings are one of the best, they’re chubby love bugs. The oriental frill is a lovely breed that originated from Turkey, I think I read somewhere that they were bred for royalty! They come in several very attractive colors.

Lastly is the fantail. There are many different types, see American fantails if you want to question the morals of domestication! They’re a pretty old breed and obviously most known for that lovely tail, sadly it doesn’t come without a price, they cannot preen it properly and also cannot fly well. They come in varieties without feathers on their legs as well. 

There are hundreds of beautiful pigeon breeds, while many of these do have health concerns such as the fantail or the saxon fairy swallow’s muffs (the feathers on the feets) or some of the short beaked breeds, if kept properly most of the weird mutations can live long and happy lives that aren’t cut short due to them! Next I’ll do a weird pigeon breeds post!