The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it - I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.
Old book smell: Did you know? “Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.” - Perfumes: The Guide
Christopher Milne, A. A. Milne’s son and the real-life Christopher Robin, wrote an autobiography called The Enchanted Places. A lot of its traffic is the disparity between the Winnie the Pooh children’s books and his real life. This is a beautiful scene:
On my fifth birthday I had been given a shining suit of armour, and lived in it, almost went to bed in it, was in tears at the prospect of being unstrapped from it. “One day,” said my father to his tiny St. George, “you will be thinking of nothing but cricket.” I stared at him aghast. My breast plate, my back plate, the wonderful things that protected my arms (even though slightly too long and rather scratchy round the wrist), my helmet with its red plume and the visor that I could pull down when danger threatened: how could I ever abandon these? “Nothing but cricket,” I said in amazement. “Not armour?”
A Space Age agricultural festival, via BoingBoing:
Participants in a rocket competition cheer after their rocket was successfully launched during the rocket festival known as “Bun Bangfai” in Yasothon, northeast of Bangkok, May 13, 2012. The festival marks the start of the rainy season when farmers are about to plant rice.
Rye, wolfsbane, mistletoe and the shade of a mountain ash are all safeguards against werewolf attack.
Pliny the Elder’s werewolf story
A man hung his clothes on an ash tree and swam across an Arcadian lake and the lake transformed him into a wolf. If he could refrain from attacking a human being for nine years, then he would be free to swim back across the lake and become a man once again.
In 1997 Plymouth, the capital of Caribbean island Monserrat, was overwhelmed by volcanic eruptions and abandoned. Two-thirds of the population went abroad and never returned. The eruption continues today, and although visitors are not allowed into the ‘exclusion zone’, the destruction of Plymouth can be seen from the top of Garibaldi Hill in Isles Bay.
Types of dinghy
Whaleboats are among the classic “pulling” (rowing) boats, with a sharp bow, fine stern lines and a canoe stern. Despite being somewhat more tippy, with less cargo capacity than prams, they row, motor and sail well because of their fine lines. Prior to the introduction of fibreglass as a construction material, dories were more popular because their ease of assembly and, thereby, lower cost.
Whitehall Rowboats were the water taxis of the late 1800s until the invention of the small gasoline outboard. Considered one of the most refined rowboats for harbour and lake use, Whitehall Rowboats are a descendant of the Captain’s Gig which was used for a similar purpose on a naval vessel.
Dories are sharp-ended boats traditionally made of wood but now also produced in fibreglass or aluminium. They cut the water well, but their initial stability is low, making them feel tippy in flat water; a loaded dory becomes more stable as it is loaded. Dories are not generally used as service boats to yachts; they were used in large numbers in the cod fishing business, launched in numbers from the deck of a schooner hove to on the Grand Banks or other fishing ground. A dory can be landed or launched through surf where a Whitehall may founder.
Prams are similar to dories but are wider with transoms at both bow and stern. They are difficult to tip and carry a lot of cargo but are slow because of their lack of directional stability, although a keel and/or bilge runners can make a big difference, and even without they will row better than an inflatable.
Full Moon Names
In American folklore, each month’s full moon has a name. There are many variations, these are some of the more widely known ones:
January – Wolf moon, Hunger moon, Old moon
February – Snow moon, Ice moon
March – Worm moon, Sap moon, Sugaring moon, Crow moon, Storm moon
April – Pink moon, Egg moon, Grass moon, Rain moon, Growing moon, Wind Moon
May – Flower moon, Planting moon, Milk moon, Hare moon
June – Strawberry moon, Rose moon, Honey moon, Mead moon
July – Buck moon, Thunder moon, Deer moon, Hay moon
August – Sturgeon moon, Corn moon, Fruit moon, Barley moon
September – Harvest moon Gypsy Moon
October – Hunter’s moon
November – Beaver moon, Frosty moon, Snow moon
December – Cold moon, Long Night moon, Winter moon
From Wikipedia, article here.
In the folklore of Chiloé Island, Chile, the Caleuche is a large phantom ship that sails the seas around Chiloé at night. Its crew are the drowned, brought aboard the ship and allowed to resume their existence as if they were alive.