Convos With my 2 Year Old
Actual conversations with my 2 year old daughter, as re-enacted by me and another full grown man - Episode 1.
Um so much for getting anything done today. Another Wikipedia treasure trove/black hole that should be read by everyone, ever. Did you know that…
There is no evidence that iron maidens were invented in the Middle Ages or even used for torture. Instead they were pieced together in the 18th century from several artifacts found in museums in order to create spectacular objects intended for (commercial) exhibition.
Despite being commonly believed today, people during the Old and Middle English speaking periods never pronounced or spelled “the” as “ye”. The confusion derives from the use of the character thorn (þ) in abbreviations of the word “the”, which in Middle English text () looked similar to a y with a superscript e.
Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children. Double-blind trials have shown no difference in behavior between children given sugar-full or sugar-free diets, even in studies specifically looking at children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or those considered sensitive to sugar.
Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute. She is often confused with a different, unnamed woman in the Gospel of Luke (immediately before Mary Magdalene’s introduction) who indeed was a prostitute. The misconception stems from a 6th-century homily from Pope Gregory I, who assumed that the seven demons that Jesus cast out of Mary Magdalene corresponded to the still-nascent concept of the seven deadly sins.
Historical Map: Moscow Metro, 1980
Here’s a beautiful map of the Moscow Metro from 1980 that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. I don’t think it’s an official map, as it looks quite different to other Moscow maps of the same vintage. The archive I found the map in also lists it as “Source Unknown”. It appears to have been printed on the flyleaf of a pocket-sized book, bound to the book’s front cover on the left half, with the fold just to the right of the vertical Orange Line of the map.
Have we been there? No.
What we like: One of the most unique-looking transit maps I’ve ever seen. It looks more like a map of the solar system, with Jupiter-sized interchange stations within the orbit of the Ring Line, smaller satellites (outlying stations) trailing along in their wake. Despite the unusual form, and the renowned complexity of the Moscow system, this still has a nice sense of clarity, simplicity and order to it - this map is still very usable.
What we don’t like: Some absolutely terrible registration on the printing (which appears to be all spot colours - nine different colours in total!). Some fairly crude-looking linework, which may be poor draftsmanship or the result of the printing.
Our rating: Totally unique, but still a very usable map. Four stars.
(Source: Lebedev Studio’s historical archives of Moscow Metro maps)
I Want It That Way - Charli XCX
Love this cover.
A judge has ruled that a North Texas lesbian couple can’t live together because of a morality clause in one of the women’s divorce papers. The clause is common in divorce cases in Texas and other states. It prevents a divorced parent from having a romantic partner spend the night while children are in the home. If the couple marries, they can get out from under the legal provision—but that is not an option for gay couples in Texas, where such marriages aren’t recognized.
Beyond the insanity that such “morality clauses” exist and would clearly have worse consequences for gay couples the real thing that stands out to me here is the fucking bitterness of the ex-husband. We live in a society that justifies revenge and excuses the irrational and immoral behavior of ex-partners as the normal reaction. The marriage didn’t fucking work out, MOVE THE FUCK ON FOOL! What benefit do you reap by ruining the life of your ex? If anything it will just make your kids realize what a dickwad you are.
Yeah that whole situation is basically a recipe for mass tramplings.
Totally fascinated by the weird sex tourism that happens in tourist destinations. In Sri Lanka there’s the phenomenon of ‘beach boys’:
These boys can range anywhere in age, but particularly 18-late 20’s (child sex tourism is another story I don’t even dare to get into) and the woman can range anywhere in age, even quite old ladies. Sometimes these men are even married and are “beach boys” to support their wives and children. When there are no jobs for the men, they become “beach boys” and fulfill the woman’s fantasy of paradise romance.
I mean I KIND of get it but still… something SO dark and haunting about this!!