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dictionaryofobscuresorrows:

n. the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the world or the past or the complexities of culture, because although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one, and may end up being the control for a much wilder experiment happening in the next room.

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"As Arnold points out, there is an otherwise inexplicable shift in direction in the Piccadilly line passing east out of South Kensington. “In fact,” she writes, “the tunnel curves between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because it was impossible to drill through the mass of skeletal remains buried in Hyde Park.” I will admit that I think she means “between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner”—although there is apparently a “small plague pit dating from around 1664” beneath Knightsbridge Green—but I will defer to Arnold’s research.

But to put that another way, the ground was so solidly packed with the interlocked skeletons of 17th-century victims of the Great Plague that the Tube’s 19th-century excavation teams couldn’t even hack their way through them all. The Tube thus had to swerve to the side along a subterranean detour in order to avoid this huge congested knot of skulls, ribs, legs, and arms tangled in the soil—an artificial geology made of people, caught in the throat of greater London."
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posted on August 15, 2014 with 60 notes
poboh:


Enten, 1900, Hans Licht. Germany (1876 - 1935)

poboh:

Enten, 1900, Hans Licht. Germany (1876 - 1935)

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humansofnewyork:

“I was a young, lily-white liberal who majored in social work. I imagined myself as a Dorothea Dix type figure, who was going to save the world. Then I graduated and learned about bureaucracy. So I lowered my goals, and just tried to help a couple of people every day.”

humansofnewyork:

“I was a young, lily-white liberal who majored in social work. I imagined myself as a Dorothea Dix type figure, who was going to save the world. Then I graduated and learned about bureaucracy. So I lowered my goals, and just tried to help a couple of people every day.”

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posted on August 2, 2014 with 1 note
To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London. Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—that flow through grounds around the tower.

To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London. Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—that flow through grounds around the tower.

posted on July 31, 2014 with 0 notes
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posted on July 31, 2014 with 448 notes
blastedheath:


simena
Henry Alexander (American, 1860-1894), Snow Scene through a Winter Window, 1870. Oil on panel, 23.2 x 14 cm. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

blastedheath:

simena

Henry Alexander (American, 1860-1894), Snow Scene through a Winter Window, 1870. Oil on panel, 23.2 x 14 cm. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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posted on July 31, 2014 with 2 notes
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amyvdh:

nevver:

Edward Gorey
It was already Thursday

amyvdh:

nevver:

Edward Gorey

It was already Thursday

(Source: catalogue.swanngalleries.com)

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posted on July 31, 2014 with 17 notes
devilduck:

Copenhagen Zoo bus ad

devilduck:

Copenhagen Zoo bus ad

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