Christen Dalsgaard, A Young Peasant Girl from Jutland Writes Her Boyfriend’s Name on a Dewy Window, 1852
Inspired my tat (profile pic)…
Petroglyphs (rock carvings) of the archaeological landscape Tamgaly, Kazakhstan are one of the oldest and most striking monuments of Semirechye (Seven Rivers) rock art, since 2004 it has the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Via Sergei Rzhevsky
The scientists harvested body parts from wild koalas that had been humanely euthanized for other reasons. When scientists looked at the voice boxes of male koalas, they found their vocal cords weren’t large enough to create the animals’ extremely low-pitched mating bellows. But further examination revealed a second, much larger pair of vocal folds located outside of the larynx, where the oral and nasal cavities connect.
Charlton and his colleagues used a combination of physical, video, and acoustic analyses to demonstrate that the newly discovered vocal folds outside of the larynx are capable of producing extremely low-pitched sound as the koala inhales air through its nostrils. (Read more about koalas in National Geographic magazine.)
It’s the first evidence in a land-dwelling mammal of an organ other than the larynx that is devoted to producing sound.
The only other example of a specialized sound-producing organ in mammals that is independent of the larynx is the phonic lips that toothed whales use to generate echolocation—or the natural sonar that helps them find prey, said Charlton, whose study is published in the journal Current Biology.
But Charlton and colleagues plan to keep looking to find other animals with such low voices.
here you can learn more and listen to a recording of the koalas
Here’s an awesome little piece of history:
Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking:
[The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial eye is covered with a thin layer of gold, engraved with a central circle (representing the iris) and gold lines patterned like sun rays. The female remains found with the artificial eye was 1.82 m tall (6 feet), much taller than ordinary women of her time. On both sides of the eye are drilled tiny holes, through which a golden thread could hold the eyeball in place. Since microscopic research has shown that the eye socket showed clear imprints of the golden thread, the eyeball must have been worn during her lifetime. The woman’s skeleton has been dated to between 2900 and 2800 BCE.
So she was an extraordinarily tall woman walking around wearing an engraved golden eye patterned with rays like a tiny sun. What an awesome sight that must have been.
The Tuesday Haunting: Bell Witch Farm -
An unseen force terrorized the Bell family with everything from rat and insect infestation to physical torment. The entity claimed to be the spirit of Kate Batts, a neighbor who was cheated by John Bell. Her goals were simple: kill John Bell and stop his daughter Betsy from marrying a neighbor boy - both of which she achieved.