Posted 17 hours ago

Possibilities

medievalpoc:

Today on medievalpoc we brainstormed historically accurate Asian women as Robin Hood in Medieval England, with possible Trotula the Medieval gynecologist as a Merry Woman, touched on 30 ways to become An Immortal from a non-Western perspective (including eating mermaid meat!), revisited the

Posted 21 hours ago
I live in Missouri, which is heavily reliant on corn production. I know a lot of the issues related to the large companies overtaking small independant farms, the fact its terrible for the soil and every native living thing except birds, and the fact that a lot of the economy here runs on corn production, but what are some of the other issues with it? I'm honestly curious because people here really dont like to talk about the downsides to corn and the fact its used in everything.
soupengine asked

bogleech:

All of those things, plus it’s terrible on human health. It’s not just some sort of healthy eating propaganda; High Fructose Corn Syrup really does cause diabetes to soar more than any other sweetener or sugar and because it’s difficult to digest, corn is closely associated with digestive diseases and colon cancer.

But it’s in everything. It’s a filler in foods that don’t even list it. It’s what we feed to the animals we eat anyway. Things are fried in corn oil. Everything is corn. We live in a horrible nightmare of corn supremacy.

Interesting things ‘bout corn is that we almost intentionally farm and eat it in the least useful way possible.

Corn is one of humankind’s greatest inventions. Its closest wild relative is completely inedible. We have no idea how, because none of the intermediaries remain, but the Aztecs were able to genetically engineer a useless grass into an edible crop. The biological knowledge of the Americas was phenomenal compared to their peers (and even to ours today in some ways, we don’t have any idea how to turn grass into corn, much less as quickly as they did). AND the Aztecs knew how to farm and eat it without fucking up the environment and their bodies.

Corn grown by itself destroys the soil super quick. Traditional milpa farming grows tomatoes, beans, avocado and squash with corn, the smaller plants wrapping around the corn stalks. Here’s what is cool about that: it means you can continue farming on the same plot of land for thousands of years. That combination of plants keeps the soil healthy and keeps the nitrate cycle flowing. You can feed a whole village on a fraction of the amount of land.

Another benefit of that combination of plants? When you eat them together you get every single vitamin you need in one meal. Even the poorest Central American was getting almost three times the calories their European contemporaries across the ocean were getting. Not only that, but eating corn with beans and all those other vegetables is the only way to make corn digestible. Eating corn with the plants that help it grow the best also helps your body make the most use of it.

So corn wouldn’t even be the problem it is today except for the fact that we’re kind of idiots and also the economic system is designed to promote the kind of “corn in everything!” bs instead of “corn in some things and specifically with these other things that make it ok”

Posted 3 days ago

beldaran:

gingerblivet:

do-you-have-a-flag:

I watch this disturbing video every easter

The entirely pastel backgrounds are what make this a masterpiece. 

That last one shouldn’t have opened the Ark of the Covenant.

Posted 3 days ago

roachpatrol:

cuckou:

Probs shits gold tinsel

this is definitely a fairy

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adorablespiders:

wild-guy:

Peacock Spider (x)

"hey baby, hey"

adorablespiders:

wild-guy:

Peacock Spider (x)

"hey baby, hey"

Posted 1 week ago
Some people think the Goodra line is inspired by glaucus, though I'm not so sure. It seems more like just a pale subterranean snail/slug.
bogleech asked

yeah, that seems like a stretch. I can’t imagine that the lovely biology nerds who design pokemon would do anything less than an overt, glorious glaucus ‘mon. Personally, I can kind of buy the Goodra = globster idea.

Posted 1 week ago

medievalpoc:

Contemporary Art Week!

girljanitor:

Lost silent film with all-Native American cast found

The Daughter of Dawn, an 80-minute feature film, was shot in July of 1920 in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, southwest Oklahoma. It was unique in the annals of silent film (or talkies, for that matter) for having a cast of 300 Comanches and Kiowas who brought their own clothes, horses, tipis, everyday props and who told their story without a single reference to the United States Cavalry. It was a love story, a four-person star-crossed romance that ends with the two main characters together happily ever after. There are two buffalo hunt sequences with actual herds of buffalo being chased down by hunters on bareback just as they had done on the Plains 50 years earlier.

The male lead was played by White Parker; another featured female role was played by Wanada Parker. They were the son and daughter of the powerful Comanche chief Quanah Parker, the last of the free Plains Quahadi Comanche warriors. He never lost a battle to United States forces, but, his people sick and starving, he surrendered at Fort Sill in 1875. Quanah was the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, the daughter of Euro-American settlers who had grown up in the tribe after she was kidnapped as a child by the Comanches who killed her parents. She was the model for Stands With a Fist in Dances with Wolves.

You can watch the first ten minutes of the film here. It is over 90 years old, and was produced by, directed by, and stars Native American people.

Posted 1 week ago

vanehwasreal:

ok so I was reading about the tv series Hannibal when I found this. this is the hannibal that deserves a tv series let’s be real

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girljanitor:

overnight-shipping:

camerapits:

noobtheloser:

quotes-n-hoes:

This is an ancient Roman amulet for luck. Yes those are flying penises.

Also of note, the Roman god of marriage, Mutunus Tutunus, whose name is derived from two Latin slang words for penis. His name is essentially Dick Wiener. If you have ever wondered just how much like us the Romans were, read the etymology section

Oh look.

It’s a flying fuck.

It used to be given, and now look, it’s no more.

LITERALLY. A FLYING FUCK.

my favorite thing about art history is that it’s essentially nothing like people think it is.