The library at Mafra National Palace in Portugal. Where, to keep books from being damaged by insects, they uses 500 bats! The bats are kept in boxes during the day but at night they are let out and eat up to double their own body weight in insects. (Info taken from this article at bookwire. Thanks to amygarvey for telling me about it!)
I think I need to go there. Do you think they’d notice if I moved in?
I…..I made a constantine Christmas cookie
I’m very ashamed
I shouldn’t have laughed.
But I did.
“You can’t sing to that, it’s instrumental.”
Fucking watch me.
[aggressively sings Hedwig’s Theme]
At least you have a theme song sincerely the supernatural fandom
Imma just leave this here.
In which two executive producers and one writer sing the words to the (always instrumental) Stargate SG-1 theme song.
- Dated: 17th century
- Culture: French or Italian
- Measurements: overall length 42”; blade 36”
An early rapier dating from mid to late 1600’s and most likely Italian or French in origin, wearing a double edged oval section blade with a central blood groove to each side. The maker’s marks are not visible anymore due to heavy patina. The iron hilt mounts have chiseled faces and floral motives, the grip is made of finely braided steel or silver wire.
Ah, the evolution of the rapier…
The Petticoat Duel of Almeria Braddock and Mrs. Elphinstone
In 1792 Mrs. Elphinstone made a social call to the home of Lady Almeria Braddock. During a conversation Mrs. Elphinstone made a pretty rude comment on her age and beauty,
" You have been a very beautiful woman. You have a good… face even now but you must acknowledge that the lilies and roses are somewhat faded. Forty years ago, I am told, a young fellow could hardly gaze upon you with impunity.”
Angered by Mrs. Elphinstone’s comment Lady Braddock insisted that she was under 30 years old. Mrs. Elphinstone retorted that she was more like over 60.
Enraged by such a rude insult, Lady Braddock demanded satisfaction in blood. She challenged Mrs. Elphinstone to a duel. While dueling was rare among women, something typically reserved for upper class men, dueling among women was not unheard of. Mrs. Elphinstone accepted the challenge.
The two women met at Hyde Park in London to do combat. By then the quarrel between the two women had become public knowledge and was dubbed “the petticoat duel”. Both women decided to fight with pistols at ten paces. When the signal was given both fired and missed. Despite pleads from their friends to stop, the women retired their pistols and continued the fight with swords. After a lengthy sword fight Mrs. Elphinstone received a cut to the arm. Often honor was considered satisfied when blood was shed, death did not necessarily need to occur. The ladies curtsied each other and considered the matter closed.