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Tituba, the Early American Witch

Barring fictional characters, a slave named Tituba is America’s most famous “witch.” She was there at Ground Zero in the case of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. But because she was a slave, her documented biography is sparse compared to other accused witches of Salem. Photograph by Flickr user ISD 191 Performing Arts Programs. Samuel Parris [...]

Hyperrealistic Ball Point Pen Drawings

This stunning portrait of a fiery redheaded girl is by Samuel Silva, an illustrator who really knows his way around a ball point pen! Samuel’s use of color elevates his works above the standard realistic portraits rendered in black ink, and adds to the realism and warmth of each piece. Link  –via JazJaz

Professional Snuggler Will Cuddle for Money

Jacqueline Samuel’s business, dubbed The Snuggery, is the best place to go for a good cuddle: Jackie started thinking about a business centered around cuddling at the start of grad school, and says she and her sisters even tried selling hugs on the street for $1 each, making up to $80 per day. And although she [...]

10 of the World’s Most Expensive Beers

If you like sampling new beers or hate having money, you might want to try one of these. 1. Sapporo’s Space Barley Price: $110/six-pack ABV: 5.5% In 2006, Japanese and Russian scientists tested how well barley could grow in space. They rocketed barley seeds to the International Space Station and planted them aboard the Zvezda Service Module. After spending [...]

(Some) Dead Sea Scrolls Available Online

It was bound to happen: you can now access the Dead Sea Scrolls online. Well, some of them. The scrolls as a collection include over 900 texts, many of them fragmentary, so what we’ve got here is a starting point. In a collaboration between the Israel Museum and Google, five of [...]

Inter // States

inter // states from Samuel Cockedey on Vimeo. Hi folks! Well, Samuel Cockedey has told me he’s gotten a brand new time-lapse video for you Neatoramanauts, lucky you! This time he’s changed his from filming his fantastic soothing landscape vistas of Tokyo and has gotten down to the nitty-gritty of the city life full of it’s [...]