Tomoe Gozen, female samurai and badass.
- lived from around 1157 to 1247
- fought in the Genpei War (1180–1185)
- the only historical account of her is the The Tale of Heike, an epic retelling of the struggle for supremacy between the Taira and Minamoto clans in the war
- however, her grave and one of her handmaiden’s graves exist today, so she was probably real
- Tomoe was described as extremely beautiful (of course)
- a superb archer and swordswoman, both riding and on foot
- was “a warrior worth a thousand”
- she also rode unbroken horses down cliffs!
Four piece metal grinder giveaway!
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I’ll be announcing the winner at 4:20 central time on Wednesday
Good luck and stay high 😎
Gotta stay high :P *w*
Harvard discovers three of its library books are bound in human flesh
As it turns out, the practice of using human skin to bind books was actually pretty popular during the 17th century. It’s referred to as Anthropodermic bibliopegy and proved pretty common when it came to anatomical textbooks. Medical professionals would often use the flesh of cadavers they’d dissected during their research. Waste not, want not, I suppose.
(Posted at Roadtrippers by Greg Newkirk / 31 March, 2014)
Dr. Walker was the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army, serving during the Civil War.
She was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1865 by President Johnson, and remains the only woman to have ever won it, to this date. Interestingly, this high honor was awarded to her (and even had a bill passed in order to make her eligible) in order to recognize her service to the country…while making sure that she didn’t receive an army commission in retirement.
Indeed, she made less as a pensioner than the widows of most officers did, but she saw the greater honor of her Medal, wearing it every day until her death in 1917.
Walker also campaigned as an abolitionist (prior to the war), prohibitionist, and an advocate for dress reform, citing women’s clothing as “immodest and unwieldy”. She was arrested several times in the late 1800s for “impersonating a man”, because of her trousers and top hat.
"Impersonating a man", indeed. Pshaw! Our society better keep changing.
Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin. Hollywood, 1919
- Dated: 12th century
- Culture: European
- Measurements: overall length 102 cm (40 inches)
The sword has a straight, double-edged blade, the edges almost parallel for half of the length, then slightly converging, with a fuller on almost the entire length.
New infographic by illustrator/designer on Tumblr compoundchem:
Version 1 of ‘A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science’. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions earlier in the week, attempted to include as many of them as possible!
Download link here: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-ap [for PDF]
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“Floor Mosaic from Hisham’s Palace”
An extraordinarily detailed floor mosaic in the baths of an Umayyad palace with a circular design, ribbon pattern, and oculus. Most likely emulating a mosque ceiling.
Pieced together out of colored tesserae.
Made in the 700s by the caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik near Jericho in the West Bank. Currently located in situ.
On a floor! Beautiful, amazing craftsmanship, and trippy.