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This Cup Is a Portrait of a French Queen

Legend has it that this cup was modeled after Marie Antoinette. Or rather, a portion of her body. There was not, however, a live model present for the composition. The story is not true, but that did not prevent the porcelain makers at Sèvres, France from marketing these cups as such. Link -via The Oddment Emporium | Photo: Andrew [...]

The Time 18th-Century French Aristocrats Fled to Rural Pennsylvania

In 1793, the French Revolution was in full swing. Royal sympathizers—nobles, military officers, clergy, and other aristocrats—were guaranteed a sharp kiss from the guillotine. Frightened, thousands of aristocrats fled to neighboring countries like Austria and Prussia. A small handful of Nobles, however, escaped to a place so obscure that they were able to start their [...]

How Did King Edward VIII Meet Wallis Simpson?

© Bettmann/CORBIS In the 1930s, how would a middle-class Baltimore divorcee become romantically involved with the man who would be King of England? It always comes down to who you know. And Wallis Simpson knew how to climb the social ladder very effectively. She started at a young age. While at school, she befriended a member [...]

Marie Antoinette’s Automaton Dulcimer Player

(Video Link) Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, was presented with this mechanical marvel in 1785. It’s a machine in the form of a lady playing a dulcimer. The lady isn’t just decorative, but an essential part of the musical performance. Be sure to watch the whole video to see other amazing automatons from the same [...]

Dietribes: Potatoes

• A root vegetable, potatoes were at one time seen as sinister beings, hiding in the soil away from God’s light. The potatoes’ appearance (which in the Middle Ages came in many colors, such as “deathly white,”) was bulbous and twisted, evoking a leper’s hand. Thus, the potato was thought to have some connection to leprosy, [...]

Amazing Automatons: Ancient Robots & Victorian Androids

“QUANTUM SHOT” #667Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Industrious Little Creatures, Full of Gears and Wonder When we say that today’s rapidly changing technology is set to transform the way we live in unimaginable ways, we should remember that people thought much the same thing in earlier centuries – whether in the time of [...]

10 Amazing Costumes for Halloween

Every year, I am impressed not only by the dedication and technical skill some people put into their Halloween costumes, but also the ingenuity and cleverness to come up with some of these! 1. Happy Mutant Three-armed Baby Four-month-old Corvidae sprouted an extra arm for Halloween last year! Canida posted how this mutant baby costume was created [...]

In the Beginning: The Origins of 9 Cat Breeds

We’ve covered the origins of various dog breeds before, so it’s about time we gave cat lovers some info, too. Let’s take a look at how several of your favorite breeds grew to prominence. 1. Siamese Yes, they are Siamese even if you don’t please. The precise origins of the breed are somewhat murky, but it’s generally [...]

"Descent From Antiquity" – Genetic Trivia, or a Profound Truth?

A seventh-grader in California has collaborated with her grandfather to produce a genealogical chart demonstrating that Barack Obama is related to all previous United States presidents (except for Martin Van Buren). This happens because Obama and the other presidents have family trees that can be traced back to John “Lackland” Plantagenet, King of England at [...]

Marie Antoinette Costume

Still haven’t got your Halloween costume yet? If you’re willing to put a lot of work into the effort, consider this gory, historical and somehow, still beautiful headless Marie Antoinette costume. Link Via Craftzine Image Via Make Magazine