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erikkwakkel:

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.

erikkwakkel:

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.

(Source: oamul)

A COOL STORY ABOUT GROOT

flatbear:

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Look at that sweet pickle. Look at that honey. So obviously, at work, I’ve been talking about Guardians of the Galaxy a lot. And playing the soundtrack a lot. And getting fired a lot. 

And there’s a very cool story that I’ve been telling everyone. Did you know that Groot is one of the oldest Marvel characters still in print? His first appearance was in Tales to Astonish #13, which came out in November, 1960! He’s been in print longer than Marvel comics have been Marvel comics! (Timley comics officially changed their branding to Marvel in 1961).

He’s older than the Fantastic Four, the X-men, AND The Avengers!

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Insert tree puns here! (Make like a tree and leaf? Idk.)

What’s really crazy, is Groot disappeared from comics for the next sixteen years! He next showed up in 1976, in The Incredible Hulk Annual  #5, with a crew of other monsters intent on giving Hulk a really bad day.

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WATCH OUT HULK IT’S BLIP!

So sixteen years? That’s a hell of a gap. But Groot’s third appearance didn’t come for another TWENTY-ONE YEARS! In Sensational Spider-man #21, a young Peter Parker reads Tales to Astonish #13 and then encounters Groot in a nightmare that is portrayed as reality.

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It? Oh my god, Peter, that giant tree clearly has a name.

After that, Groot bounced around from book to book until finding a more permanent home in Abnett and Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy (which just came back into print and you should ALL READ IT BECAUSE SPACE LESBIANS DRAGONS TREES RACOONS TALKING DOGS AND ADAM WAAAAARLOOOOOOCK). That run of Guardians was cancelled in 2010 (WHICH WAS A BONEHEAD MOVE), and then Groot returned to a permanent place in our hearts with the announcement of the GotG movie, and the new ongoing comic series of the same name.

So when you go and see Guardians of the Galaxy thisweekend (or tonight, like me) remember not only is it the first marvel movie written by a woman, but you’re also looking at a great piece of comics history!

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(Technically Jim Hammond, Captain America, and Namor are the oldest Marvel characters still in print, but we don’t count Namor because he’s a bitchy gay fishlord.)

(also huge thanks to dragonklaw82 who probably told me this story at some point)

wandaventham:

"all have been given punning names" this is a collective effort that has been going on for many decades and the world needs to know

wandaventham:

"all have been given punning names" this is a collective effort that has been going on for many decades and the world needs to know

akamine-chan:

seananmcguire:

aiglet12:

unexplained-events:

The Mata Mata Turtle

Found mostly in South America. Its shell resembles bark, and its head resembles fallen leaves, making it an expert at camouflage. It is also an expert at looking like my nightmares.

It’s like… the smiling, happy, sloth-face of evil!

I want it I want it I WANT TO LOVE IT FOR ALWAYS.

I thought it was a Kaiju, maybe a Category III or IV.

darthfar:

xtremefangirling:

butlerbookbinding:

katodown:

seesil:

thisperspective:

theersatzvegetarian:

Pacific Rim has a Build-Your-Own-Jaeger feature on their website. Some folks haven’t taken it as seriously as I suspect the PR folks thought they would.

CANADA WE ARE ALWAYS SO SORRY

HOLY SHIT I FOUND EVEN MORE. 

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They just keep getting better..

when I feel down, I look for this post

Just A Flesh Wound!!! 

coolscar:

when ur hair is long enough that it brushes your arm sometimes or even your leg when ur sitting down and ur like “OH GOD A SPIDER” but its just your hair

pilferingapples:

darthfar:

I’m not to blame for this picture; this post is.
Alas, poor Joly, bearing the brunt of yet another bad joke. I’d have used Combeferre, only he wouldn’t have as hard a time. Maybe.

OH DEAR XDJoly hon I don’t think you were both supposed to be fully dressed to the coats at this point though suddenly I’m understanding how Bossuet got mixed up in the whole affair (and struggling not to make all SORTS of awful jokes) if these two are both THAT confused XD
I suppose Joly might take some comfort from watching Bahorel crack a rib laughing when he learns that THIS is how it went?

pilferingapples:

darthfar:

I’m not to blame for this picture; this post is.

Alas, poor Joly, bearing the brunt of yet another bad joke. I’d have used Combeferre, only he wouldn’t have as hard a time. Maybe.

OH DEAR XD
Joly hon I don’t think you were both supposed to be fully dressed to the coats at this point
though suddenly I’m understanding how Bossuet got mixed up in the whole affair (and struggling not to make all SORTS of awful jokes) if these two are both THAT confused XD

I suppose Joly might take some comfort from watching Bahorel crack a rib laughing when he learns that THIS is how it went?

birdandmoon:

A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).

birdandmoon:

A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).

Steve and Bucky share an apartment. They are poor, so poor. The temperature is mentioned at least once (either too hot or too cold). The fact that they live in Queer Brooklyn and know queerness exists is mentioned. Some extra with an Irish or Italian name or veeeery occasionally a Jewish name is mentioned in passing. No other groups lived in New York in this time. It is a fact. If the person has an accent and just came over and only Steve in all of New York is ever kind to them, even better. If Steve gets beat up trying to defend them from Racists, even better than that. Steve gets beat up in an alley defending at least one marginalized person. Steve is also listed as defending women in bars. Bucky does not work in underpaid alley and bar defense. Bucky works by the docks. Underpaid. But always by the docks. Forever the docks. Brooklyn is 99% docks. Bucky works for Steve. Steve was and/or is sick. Steve is so incredibly good despite his sickness. Bucky cannot take his goodness. They say at least one movie catchphrase: ‘pal’, or ‘to the end of the line,’ but probably ‘punk.’ Punk. Punk. Punk. This is a queer phrase, did you know? Bucky maybe dates a girl or seven; who she is and whether they in fact know anyone else in the world is irrelevant. She is maybe a lesbian anyway which we all saw coming because this is Queer Brooklyn. Steve perhaps pines for Bucky but mostly Steve is Good. Bucky thinks about how he is going to afford the rent with all this Depression and also Steve’s sickness.

Porn.

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FFA writes a fanfic, part 2.

http://fail-fandomanon.dreamwidth.org/97267.html?thread=475907571#cmt475907571

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