Mermaid illustration obtained by Blomhoff, late Edo period (artist unknown)
Reports of mermaid encounters were not uncommon in 19th-century Japan, and a number of illustrated documents from that period - including a few by notable natural historians - depict some fantastic specimens rarely seen in today’s world.
This mermaid illustration from the National Museum of Ethnology (Leiden, Netherlands) was obtained by Dutch trader Jan Cock Blomhoff, who served as director of the Dejima trading post in Nagasaki from 1817 to 1824. The drawing appears to show a different mermaid than Blomhoff’s famous mummified specimen, which is also owned by the museum.
My local rescue has a program called Book Buddies where kids read to sheltered cats to keep them from being lonely.
So many libraries offer Read To A Dog events, why not Read to A Cat. Also, Happy Monday. Kitties! Squee!
I am not good at having feelings but every time this photo pops up I tear up a little. I think it’s the way their heads are together.
Oh my god
HEY EVERYONE. I’m working with a gay men’s youth group this month, and to do my part I’m trying to raise a little money. I put together this little EP of music. It has 6 songs, all previously unreleased, 3 of which I wrote. The money goes to a good cause (GLBTQ organizations for the win!). Take a look, and if you like it, maybe share it with your friends?
A page from the Arabic version of Kalila wa dimna, dated 1210 CE, illustrating the King of the Crows conferring with his political advisors.
Some kids were listening to music in a car when a white man took issue with, well, their existence. And he was armed, and he was in Florida though let us not confuse Michael Dunn’s murder of Jordan Davis for a Florida anomaly.
I listen to music loudly in my car all the time. I used to worry…