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March 31 2017

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Ill never be bored again O_O
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A picture demonstrating how smoke is particulate matter suspended in air.

Coolest thing I’ve seen all day


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Shashiki Yuri aka Jashiki Yuri aka Yuri Shashiki aka 謝敷ゆうり (Japanese, b. 1985, Saitama, Japan) - 1: Blindfold Demon, 2015  2: Spellbound, 2015  Etching, Ganpi Printing

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cartoons can teach us so much :)

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Babylonian era problems. (photo via tbc34)

old school hate mail

Imagine how pissed you have to be to engrave a rock

Ok but there was this guy called Ea-nasir who was a total crook and would actually cheat people ought of good copper and sell them shit instead.
The amount of correspondences complaining to and about this guy are HILARIOUS.

Are you telling me we know about a specific guy who lived 5000 years ago, by name, because he was a huge asshole

More like 4000 years ago but yes. Ea-nasir and his dodgy business deals.

And we haven’t even touched on the true hilarity of the situation yet. Consider two additional facts:

  • He wasn’t just into copper trading. There are letters complaining about Ea-nasir’s business practices with respect to everything from kitchenwares to real estate speculation to second-hand clothing. The guy was everywhere.
  • The majority of the surviving correspondences regarding Ea-nasir were recovered from one particular room in a building that is believed to have been Ea-nasir’s own house.

Like, these are clay tablets. They’re bulky, fragile, and difficult to store. They typically weren’t kept long-term unless they contained financial records or other vital information (which is why we have huge reams of financial data about ancient Babylon in spite of how little we know about the actual culture: most of the surviving tablets are commercial inventories, bills of sale, etc.).

But this guy, this Ea-nasir, he kept all of his angry letters - hundreds of them - and meticulously filed and preserved them in a dedicated room in his house. What kind of guy does that?

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every time this post comes across my dash (which is often) it has even more cool info attached to it

This is an awesome story but I always get twitchy about the whole “carved into rock” bit. This wasn’t carved it was stamped into clay with a little stylus.

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Japan’s Kayashima Station is built around a 700-year-old tree. When town officials planned to cut down the tree, which is associated with a local deity, there was public outcry. Rumors began to spread about the tree being angry and cursing anyone who touched it. Station officials didn’t want to tempt fate, so they built the train platform around the tree and surrounded it with a small shrine. Source Source 2 Source 3

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Wisconsin snow storm versus flooding in Ireland

Ireland isn’t fucking around with the sealing capabilities of their doors

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