Shark with Napoleon hat
Meet a medieval shark with a hat on. However, there is much more to this funny 13th-century decoration. Medieval decorators often got it wrong when they drew exotic animals like this. Elephants, for example, looked like pigs with big ears. We can’t blame the artists, as they had never seen these animals, which lived far away - and they had no internet or means to travel that far. This is why the image of the shark is so special: it is realistic. It shows its gills, the row of pointy teeth that stick out, and the typical round opening near the tip of the nose. In sum, this decorator had likely seen a shark in real life. For the book historian this is interesting as it may help localize where the book was made. Given that it was produced in France, we may potentially place its production near the ocean, or perhaps even in the south of the country, near the Mediterranean. All that from a bunch of pointy teeth - and some healthy guess work.
Pic: Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS 98.
Where does your tongue stay when you’re not speaking? If you’re an English-speaker, it’s behind the top front teeth. If you’re a Russian-speaker, it’s on the bottom of your mouth, lying flat.
I JUST FREAKING CONSCIOUSLY CHECKED AND TRIED TO MAKE IT LAY FLAT BUT NO, IT’S SERIOUSLY AT THE TOP OF MY MOUTH. I DON’T LIKE THIS
science/language side of tumblr please explain
Learned behavior, copying the postures, actions, and sounds of others around a person.
English is a very “forward” language, which means the tongue needs to be in the forward and upper parts of the mouth to make the correct sounds.
Most eastern European languages (including Russian and certain sounds in the German language and dialects) are based around more glottal sounds - those made in the back of the mouth and the throat. It requires the tongue and jaw to be held in a different position to be able to produce those sounds.
That’s part of the reason the accents are difficult to get rid of. It’s literally a lifetime’s worth of doing something one way instead of another.
Deportation of ethnic groups in the Soviet Union under StalinThis was absolutely genius. It caused absolutely no problems. Everyone was very happy about it.
This is missing the forced death marches from Ukraine to Siberia under Operation Vistula and Decossackization. Other than that, this just proves how kind Stalin and the Soviet Union was.
We need this because reasons. This one’s for the coffee drinkers amongst you - British designer Joshua Renouf has come up with a coffee making alarm clock which can wake you up with a fresh cup of joe.
I NEED THIS MORE THAN LIFE
-burble, flail, grabby hands-
sleeve caps - because sometimes it just works perfectly
THE largest haul of treasure ever found in the UK, which was discovered in Worcestershire three years ago, will be on display for years to come thanks to a generous grant from a museum charity.
The stash of almost 4,000 Roman coins was found in Bredon Hill by metal…
Halloween has arrived at my local Michaels store. Time to stock up on home décor!
CAN SOMEONE BUY THESE FOR ME
this is yet another year than i loathe living in a country that does not celebrate halloween
I need all of it ALL OF IT
I NEED ALL THE THINGS
God I wish I didn’t hate Michaels so much >.>