Thanks to Mr. Waits, we know a few things about the Devil:
- He dances in empty pockets
- When you open it up, he can ride
- He made the world while God was sleeping
- You gotta keep him down in the hole
- Bullets lead straight to his work
- You can chase him through the corn
- You can step on his tail
- You can keep him on a leash
- The angels get to sleep while he leaves his porch light on
- Don’t listen to him, he will fool you
- He got ways to move you
- He can call you by name
- He does his polka with a hatchet in his hand
- He shovels coal
- His hands are so cold
- There ain’t no Devil, there’s just God when he’s drunk
Arabic Star Lists, c. 1065 CE. The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. The earliest compilation of Ptolemy’s constellations became codified only in the 9th century CE, after it was published in Arabic. + (via oupacademic)
Execution by elephant was a common method of capital punishment in South and Southeast Asia. It was particularly popular in India. Asian elephants were specially raised and trained to trampel prisoners to death. And if you really pissed off the local ruler, they could be ordered to trampel you slowly.
Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate, Helmut Newton
And for all these reasons, I’ve decided to scalp you, and burn your village to the ground.
"your people will wear cardigans and drink highballs."
"step right this way, sir."
43º41’30.71”N 7º17’26.60”E, 2010 from Grid Reference
skeletons come in a variety of shapes.
1966 Copan Building I & II | Architect: Oscar Niemeyer | São Paulo, Brazil
She will not always tell you how she feels out loud.
And even if she does, trust to the fact that she’s rolled it around in her brain (and possibly her journal) for quite some time before she comes out with it. Her words are her tools, her armor. She’s best with them when she can shift and spin them on the page. In her throat, sometimes they get caught and fall out all at once—or worse—slide back down and vanish until they flow through her fingers into her next story.
She will send you a song, a sonnet or start a philosophical argument with you. It’s her way of flirting with you. It’s like the writer girl combination of a hair toss and licking her lips. Play along.
Brush up on your Shakespeare and, please, have your own opinions. Though she’s tickled when they match her own, she’ll love the parry and thrust of a good debate. And if you want to win her heart for good, know your way around a semi-colon.
I’ll let you in on a secret: she likes her alone time.
As much as she loves you, she won’t mind when you head out adventuring on your own, so long as you return and tell her stories before she falls asleep. She loves having time to get lost in her world of words, and sometimes forgets to stop to eat, or shower or spend time with people. The world on the page is as real and important to her as the “real” world. So if she bursts into tears over her cup of Genmaicha, don’t take it personally.
nothing like getting called out.
The deep history of tattoos - and attempts to remove them. This striking image is from a 1656 book attacking bodily modification among both American Indians and European women.
recently got a job working the counter at a tattoo shop. definitely going to take full advantage of the perks. first up: a smiling face across my butt.