Engraved Zippo lighters from the Vietnam War.

Cowan’s Auctions

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Close-up of a starfish mouth

Photo credit: Mike Dunn






Not to diss on European mythologies but can we seriously have some fuckin’ recognition that there are religions and mythologies that are not Greek or Norse. Why the fuck did I learn about the Greeks 6 times but we never fucking talked about Africa or even really the mythologies and beliefs of native peoples? 

(Pssst from what group are these deities from?)

The Yoruba of western Africa.

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Memories: Magnetic Rose (1995) //

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what to wear when…in an american midwestern fairy tale.

examples: paul bunyan and the frozen flames, tommy rawhead and the bloody bones, the three crows

[american prairie fairy tales often feature] tricksters, mackinac island, loggers and logging camps, and buried treasure, [as well as] characters such as paul bunyan and his ox, mike fink, johnny appleseed, wild bill hickok, oregon smith, the red dwarf of detroit, the werewolf’s bride, the dog-eating hodag, and the alligator horsenative american cultures, settlement patterns, historical circumstances, occupations, and the physical environment contributed to the blend of fairy tales unique to the midwest…as in other regions of the united states, the earliest known examples of midwestern folklore are native american traditions, [particularly tales of the arikara, the chippewa, and the winnebago], including tales of manabozho, [who] is not simply a prankster and clown [but] is also a culture hero…the physical environment has had an impact on midwestern narratives, [many of which center on] tales about tornados and their relation to regional consciousness and identity…the french established midwestern settlements [and] brought with them fairy tales of tit jean and the loup garou, lutin, chasse-galerie, and feu follet, setting some of these old world tales in the midwest…in the midwest, british and irish jack tales lose some of their magical motifs and jack relies more on his own abilities or on some rich benefactor rather than on supernatural helpers or magical objects, though sometimes he is simply lucky…midwestern versions of imported [narratives’] gory elements tend to disappear, [along with] the hopefulness of english versions and the despair of scottish versions…the tall tale, a humorous narrative of lying and exaggeration, was especially popular on the midwestern frontier, particularly among hunters, fisherman, farmers, and boatmen, as these whoppers frequently deal with hunting, fishing, rough weather, fertile soil, big crops, and fabulous animals.

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Koyashskoe lake in Kerch, (Crimea). Located in the Opukske Reserve, Lake Koyashske is considered to be the saltiest in Crimea – a liter of its water contains 350 grams of salt. The lake’s main highlight is its changing-colour properties that depend on the season(when it’s hot, the water is pink-coloured). The unusual color of the lake is due to the microscopic algae living in the water. Another reason for the lake’s red color is the high population of brine shrimps that live there.

Photo credit: Sergey Anashkevitch

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Andean Condor soaking up some rays by Rita Petita

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Download Arthurian texts (6th century/16th century)


I wanted to write down in a post all the links of the download tag but only the ones about arthurian ancient texts, the ones that are many people want when they ask about “original arthurian legends”. So you will find those arthurian texts pre-1600 that I managed to find online.

Please, if you see mistakes or if you want to add links send me a message.

*I added the symbol * to my favourite ones and the ones I consider fundamental (and this is my personal opinion).

WELSH TEXTS with arthurian references

from the Red Book of Hengest

from the Black Book of Carmarthen

from the Book of Taliesin





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Delphine LaLaurie was a sadistic socialite who lived in New Orleans. Her home was a chamber of horrors. On April 10, 1834, a fire broke out in the mansion’s kitchen, and firefighters found two slaves chained to the stove. They appeared to have started the fire themselves, in order to attract attention. The firefighters were lead by other slaves to the attic, where the real surprise was. Over a dozen disfigured and maimed slaves were manacled to the walls or floors. Several had been the subjects of gruesome medical experiments. One man appeared to be part of some bizarre sex change, a woman was trapped in a small cage with her limbs broken and reset to look like a crab, and another woman with arms and legs removed, and patches of her flesh sliced off in a circular motion to resemble a caterpillar. Some had had their mouths sewn shut, and had subsequently starved to death, whilst others had their hands sewn to different parts of their bodies. Most were found dead, but some were alive and begging to be killed, to release them from the pain. LaLaurie fled before she could be bought to justice – she was never caught.

Holy shit this is real.

If you don’t think female psychopathic sadists arent the most terrifying members of history….you’re very VERY wrong.

I thought this was just someone american horror story made up omfg

This is horrifying.

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