The “ritual purposes” meme is fun and all, but it’s actually kind of infuriating when you’re trying to do research on the religious practices of pre-modern civilisations, and when you look at the alleged beliefs surrounding a particular practice and ask “okay, but what’s our actual source for this?”, it turns out the source is that we honestly have no idea why they did that, so some random social scientist literally just made up a religious belief on the basis of zero evidence in order to explain it, then everybody else cited that one guy.
Tesla was displaying the first alternating current motors that we still use today for power, and was also doing wizardry lighting wireless light bulbs like a fucking Jedi. The concept was so far ahead of its time that the people in the auditorium literally started panicking and running out the doors because they thought he was doing the devil’s work. His demonstrations would introduce the basic principles to the wireless transmission of energy we all use today in our everyday lives.
lowkey miss when you could be a married noblewoman who got married too young with a slightly older man who was still attractive but who you did not love and after a few years of comfortable marriage he pays for you to have your portrait to be done and when you see the painter for the first time you are Awakened™️ because wow this man has a different kind of slightly dark and feminine beauty and you two embark on an affair of self-discovery and lovemaking and you bear a beautiful daughter and your husband thinks she’s his so it’s all good and the next season he dies of influenza but leaves you his fortune so you and the painter buy a cottage in wales and raise the daughter there until she turns 18 and is time for her debut into society
This new hominin species were discovered in the Philippines. A small set of human remains, coming from three individuals, were found in a cave in Luzon, the country’s largest island. The bones’ combination of modern and ancient features suggested a new hominin species, and dating showed they were on Luzon before 50,000 years ago. That would put them contemporary with Homo sapiens, as well as Homo floresiensis, the diminutive homonin species found on Indonesia’s Flores island.
“If those good luck charms work, why didn’t they stop the volcano” listen, I suspect you are considerably underestimating just how much ill fortune was involved here. Having a flaming mountain fall on you is a lot of bad luck.
oh so yr just gonna like cut people out of yr life because they rejected the election of Pope Urban the VIth and instead support the True Apostolic succession of Clement the VIIth and his seat in Avignon? very mature