Alchemical Illustrations

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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La Boite Verte's post Des illustrations de manuscrits d’alchimie has a good collection of Alchemist illustrations. These images, and those after the jump, are a sample of some of those images. Their esoteric nature makes them fascinating, with a hint of magic and the dark arts about them.

La Boite Verte is in French, but it is easy to find the links to their sources, which are in English. Also, there are many more -- and larger -- images at La Boite Verte.

Ain't No Sunshine

Sunday, August 20, 2017

To get you in the mood for the solar eclipse here's Hillary Wallace And The Death's cover of Ain't No Sunshine.

The World's Littlest Skyscraper

Saturday, August 19, 2017
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In the early years of the 20th century Witchita County, Texas was experiencing an oil boom. Many people were moving there for jobs and the local infrastructure was stressed, with office space in particular being in short supply.

To solve that problem J.D. McMahon, a Philadelphia developer, proposed building a skyscraper in the town of Witchita Falls and started selling stock in his venture. Investors poured some $200,000 into the venture.

However, when the towering skyscraper was built it was only 40ft tall, rather than the 480 feet the investors expected. Alas for them, the scale on the blueprints was in square inches, not square feet as they thought, and there was no remedy for the swindle.

In its day you could barely fit four desks into one of its floors and it fell into disuse. However, it somehow managed to avoid demolition over the decades, and in 2000 it was renovated and now serves as a tourist attraction and antique shop.

From Oddly Historical's post The World’s Littlest Skyscraper.

Folsom Prison Blues

Friday, August 18, 2017

Get ready for a weekend of doing time with this cover of the Johnny Cash song by Josh Turner and Carson McKee.

Western Saloons

Thursday, August 17, 2017
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In the old west, after a hard day of herding doggies, gunning down buffalos and dodging Apache arrows, a man needed a place to wet his whistle. The saloon was just such a place. Here, and after the jump, are some old photos of those iconic drinking holes.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This video is filmed forwards, but made to look like it is being ran backwards. I found it looking for an old Steve Allen Tonight Show clip of the same sort of thing. He used to do a bit where they would act out a scene backwards, and then run it backwards to see how it looked going forwards. I never did find a clip of that gag from his show, so this will have to do.

Crown Shyness

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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Crown shyness is an interesting effect among certain species of trees. When the trees grow in proximity their crowns will not touch, leaving a slight gap between them.

The causes of crown shyness are not known. It may be caused by abrasion between the outer twigs and leaves, a strategy to maximize sunlight, a barrier to the spread of parasitic insects, or some other reason altogether.

Found via Colossal Art