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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Ancient Minoan Culture Illustrated with Scantily-Clad Barbies, bonus 1961 video: When Barbie Met Ken

There's quite a bit of partial- and full-frontal Barbie (wiki) nudity going on here; although while I can't imagine that being unsafe for work, consider yourself warned.

The Minoan civilization (wiki) was an Aegean Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately the 27th century BC to the 15th century BC. 
There is a land called Crete, in the midst of the wine-dark sea, a fair, rich land, begirt with water, and therein are many men, past counting, and ninety cities. They have not all the same speech, but their tongues are mixed. There dwell Achaeans, there great-hearted native Cretans, there Cydonians, and Dorians of waving plumes, and goodly Pelasgians. Among their cities is the great city Cnosus, where Minos reigned when nine years old.
~Homer, Odyssey Book 19, line 173
The web site with these images appears to be an art history project of some sort and has explanatory text, as well. 

A Minoan priestess dressed as the
Snake goddess leads a dance ceremony
A bound victim is carried by boat to the site of her sacrifice
A sacred tree around which Minoan women are dancing as a part of their worship
A sacrificial victim is stabbed in the throat to obtain
the blood needed to fertilize the crops in the spring
 and her life drains away with the blood
Go see the whole set: Ancient Minoan Culture Illustrated with Barbies (scroll down).

And here's when Barbie met Ken - it happened at a dance:

Related: Artist Creates “Normal Barbie” Using Official CDC Measurements.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday links

June 30, 1934 was the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler's purge of those standing in his way.

Star Trek alert: This cutaway diagram shows the new USS Enterprise in mind-blowing detail.

Bathing Machines Of The 19th Century.

Video compilation: 100 years of Holmes and Watson (1916 - 2016).

Some Of History's Most Beautiful Combs Were Made For Lice Removal.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include the great vampire epidemic of the 1720s, Helen Keller's birthday, pulling a loose tooth with a live squirrel, and a history of dirty jokes.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Video compilation: 100 years of Holmes and Watson (1916 - 2016)

This video compiles 54 different iterations of Sherlock Holmes (wiki) and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson on film, including movies, TV shows, animation, and even video games, from the 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes to the web series S(her)lock, which launched this year. 

Something Good (Will Come From That) from Sanguinity on Vimeo.

via Miss Cellania.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday links

Video: Pulling a loose tooth with a live squirrel, and lots of bonus squirrel links.

The Great Vampire Epidemic of the 1720s.

Today is Helen Keller's birthday. Here are quotes, links, some history, and a selection of (non-PC) jokes.

A Sumerian Walks Into a Bar… a history of dirty jokes (NSFW).

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include wine for cats, making 18th century fried chicken, accidents that changed the course of history, and what happens when a presidential candidate dies.

Sunday, June 26, 2016