Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were “pressed” on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. “They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen. “You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.”
The hands of a 19th-century suicide victim at St Bart’s Pathology Museum, London. Via Lindsey Fitzharris, author and creator of The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice,
Siberian bear-hunting suit, circa 1800’s. It consists of leather pants and jacket (and an iron helmet) studded all over with 1-inch iron nails about 3/4” apart. The nails are held in place by a second layer of leather lining the whole thing and quilted into place between the nails.
Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.
how the hell do you bend and braid a tree
Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together.
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together.
You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.
As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.
On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.
But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:
Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt were two sweet old ladies living in California, both well into their seventies. They were also brutal killers who befriended homeless men and manipulated them into giving their personal info to the women before running them over with a car. Both of their victims, Paul Vados in 1999 and Kenneth McDavid in 2005, were thought to have died mysteriously in hit and run incidents. The ladies raked in money from the multiple life insurance policies they had taken out on the men. By the time authorities got suspicious and captured Golay and Rutterschmidt, they had already made over USD $2.8 million. At the time of their arrest, they were in the process of repeating their scheme with multiple victims that they had met, of all places, in church.
Beck Weathers survived 18 hours in sub-zero temperatures in the so-called “death zone” of the mighty Mount Everest, before miraculously regaining his senses and crawling back to camp. Upon his return, he was found to have corneal lacerations, hypothermia, and a severe case of frostbite that would later result in the amputation of both of his hands. His experiences are narrated in Jon Krakauer’s bestseller, Into Thin Air, which tells the story of the ill-fated expedition that resulted in the deaths of eight people during the worst climbing season in the history of Everest.
"Ice circles," a rare natural phenomenon that occurs in slow moving water in cold climates. They are thin and circular slabs of ice that rotate slowly in the water.
Two teenagers once broke into this abandoned Virginia home and found the walls covered in blood.
“Jurassic spider fossils used to be extremely rare finds. The first was discovered in Russia and described in 1984—another was found three years later. But that remained the totality of the fossil record.
Then, in the twenty-first century, farmers in the area of Daohugou, China—just inside Inner Mongolia—began turning up Jurassic-period arachnids on a hillside. Because of the proliferation of these Chinese discoveries, these days a few hundred specimens are known to science.”