Category Archives: ephemera

Labanotation

Labanotation is a notation system for recording and analyzing human movement.

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L.A. Beast

In February 2016, Strahle competed at Wing Bowl 24 where he ate a cactus live on stage. To qualify for the competition, Strahle ate 24 raw eggs in under four minutes.

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Whipping Tom

A publication of 1681 mentions “the Generation of that Whipping Tom, that about Nine years since proved such an Enemy to the Milk-wenches Bums”

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Great Stink

In a letter to a friend, Charles Dickens said: “I can certify that the offensive smells, even in that short whiff, have been of a most head-and-stomach-distending nature”

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Jamais vu

Often described as the opposite of déjà vu, jamais vu involves a sense of eeriness and the observer’s impression of seeing the situation for the first time, despite rationally knowing that he or she has been in the situation before.

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Kentucky Meat Shower

 

The Kentucky meat shower was an incident occurring on March 3, 1876, where what appeared to be flakes of red meat fell from the sky area near the settlement of Rankin in Bath County, Kentucky.

The meat appeared to be beef, but according to the first report in Scientific American, two gentlemen who tasted it judged it to be mutton or venison.

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Emu War

“If we had a military division with the bullet-carrying capacity of these birds it would face any army in the world… They can face machine guns with the invulnerability of tanks. They are like Zulus whom even dum-dum bullets could not stop.”

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Horatii

In the ancient Roman legend of the kingdom era, the Horatii were triplet warriors who lived during the reign of Tullus Hostilius.

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Groom Kidnapping

Groom kidnapping is a phenomenon in India wherein eligible bachelors are abducted by the bride’s family and later forcefully married to avoid heavy dowry costs.

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Harrowing of Hell

In Christian theology, the Harrowing of Hell is the triumphant descent of Christ into Hell between the time of his Crucifixion and his Resurrection when he brought salvation to all of the righteous who had died since the beginning of the world (excluding the damned).

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Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic

The “Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic” as it is called has become a textbook case of collective delusion. Although natural windshield pitting had been going on for some time, it was only when the media called public attention to it that people actually looked at their windshields and saw damage they had never noticed before.

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The Tale of Two Lovers

The Tale of Two Lovers was one of the bestselling books of the fifteenth century, even before its author, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, became Pope Pius II. It is one of the earliest examples of an epistolary novel, full of erotic imagery.

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Lady of the Mountain

The picture of the woman is to represent Iceland, because she has a crown of ice on her head, from which fires erupt. On her shoulder is the raven, Iceland’s most characteristic bird, Óðinn’s ancient friend and the favourite of poets, a great and knowledgeable news-carrying bird.

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The Monster with 21 Faces

Unable to capture the suspect believed to be the mastermind behind the Monster with 21 Faces, the police superintendent Yamamoto of Shiga Prefecture committed suicide by self-immolation in August 1985.

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Adriaen van Utrecht

Adriaen van Utrecht was a Flemish painter known mainly for his sumptuous banquet still lifes, game and fruit still lifes, fruit garlands, market and kitchen scenes and depictions of live poultry in farmyards.

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Antinatalism

Antinatalists argue that people should refrain from procreation because it is immoral.

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Love Dart

Prior to copulation, each of the two snails attempts to “shoot” one (or more) darts into the other snail.

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Uncombable Hair Syndrome

Uncombable hair syndrome, also known as Pili trianguli et canaliculi, Spun-glass hair, and Cheveux incoiffables is a rare structural anomaly of the hair with a variable degree of effect.

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Jabir ibn Hayyan

Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān was a prominent polymath: a chemist and alchemist, astronomer and astrologer, engineer, geographer, philosopher, physicist, and pharmacist and physician.

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Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors

Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors is a book written under the pseudonym Rex Feral and published by Paladin Press in 1983.

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