News from SixteenSeveredHands

  1. The Petelia tablet measures just 4.5cm (a little more than 1.5 inches) in length. It was written on a sheet of gold foil and, at some point, it was stuffed into the pendant case shown here.

  2. This child is described as a boy in every source that I can find. While the basis behind that conclusion is a little bit unclear, I suspect that it might be based (at least partially) on the attire shown in the portrait. AFAIK, Fayum portraits generally depicted men and boys wearing white funerary tunics, usually with the pink or purple clavi over their right shoulder, whereas women and girls were usually depicted with colorful funerary tunics and ornate jewelry. The lemella necklace (or pendant case) featured in this painting is also more commonly associated with young boys in Roman society. This is a pretty consistent trend in Fayum portraiture at large, so the attire that you see in this portrait seems to align more with depictions of men/boys (which also reflects the actual customs of the Romans during this period) and that may have been a consideration when this portrait was examined.

  3. the UN General Assembly, where the representatives for each member state are seated alongside their national flags, it apparently means that each country is declaring victory/supremacy over all of the other nations? Even though most of those countries have never even been at war with one another? Like...Haiti is announcing that it has conquered China? And Canada is declaring victory over Denmark, despite the fact that they're actually allies?

  4. This is so hilarious, they don’t even realize the double meaning I bet. Because I like you as a girl… aka I don’t care what YOU wanna be, just my preferences.

  5. It's like they just got so lazy that they forgot to put up their usual false pretenses, where they insist that gender identities are objective/inherent concepts, and then try to defend their rejection of trans identities by claiming that "facts don't care about your feelings."

  6. 100% agree with all of your explanation, except this:

  7. Where do they live? I'm guessing maybe Alaska sine there is a lot of birch there

  8. Nah, they live in the British Isles, mainland Europe, and parts of Asia, with their habitat extending across Eastern Siberia. AFAIK, there aren't any of these moths in the Americas, but you're probably right that they would fit right in!

  9. There are actually some pretty weird/wild elements within the Biblical narrative, but they've largely been swept aside by modern forms of Pauline Christianity.

  10. Take a closer look at that snout

  11. The modern Jews have nuclear weapons. They cannot be subject to pogroms again without severe consequences

  12. It also definitely tends to look like there's a weird little smiley face in the setae surrounding the moth's head, which is arguably even more striking but for some reason none of the sources I dug up on this species seem to mention that weirdness.

  13. Forgive me but when I saw the word poplar, I thought it was people. Fuck me.

  14. The large tolype moth (Tolype velleda) belongs to a family of moths collectively referred to as Lasiocampidae. Moths in this family are also known as "lappet moths," due to the presence of bilateral skin flaps that hang over their prolegs during the larval stage -- in other words, tolype caterpillars have floppy little pieces of skin hanging around some of their legs, which makes it look as though they're wearing tiny lappets (like the pope!).

  15. My one question is how do animals like this end up looking like something else? Like, I’m sure it never took the decision to dress up as a leaf, so how did it happen?

  16. You mean the lady that freaks out during intelligence briefings because they don't fit her he Qanon view of the world is a lunatic?

  17. The same lady who seriously claimed that wildfires in California were being caused by Jewish space lasers, and supported the theory that Hillary Clinton had ripped off a child's face and then worn it during a Satanic blood sacrifice (as part of the QAnon/Pizzagate conspiracy theory about an international cabal of cannibalistic Satanic pedophiles).

  18. Well shit. Is it ok if I cross-post this to one of the witchy subreddits? I think this issue and these suffering people could use our prayers.

  19. Sure! I definitely want to make more people aware of this issue, so that would be great.

  20. what did they do with doctor sleep? and are we talking about Stephen kings doctor sleep or something else?

  21. The QAnon conspiracies involve some elements that loosely overlap with the plot of Doctor Sleep, and some people have suggested that QAnon is basically just plagiarizing the book.

  22. The QAnon conspiracies involve some elements that loosely overlap with the plot of Doctor Sleep, and some people have suggested that QAnon is basically just plagiarizing the book.

  23. Taking a giant hunk of pelvic bone and carving it into an elaborate saddle-shaped collage of sex symbols, lovers, dead dragons, and monstrosities is definitely one of the weirdest ways that you can ask a lady to bone, though...which probably counts for something, I guess.

  24. This piece was crafted from staghorn, bone, birch, rawhide, metal, and limewood, and it was originally decorated with brightly-colored paints.

  25. Can someone explain to me what could've been the issue with her kidney? Lack of water for 248 hours or something else?

  26. Yeah, presumably they're referring to the kidney failure that would be caused by prolonged dehydration. Without sufficient water intake, your kidneys inevitably begin to shut down, which often transitions into a domino effect and then the rest of your organs begin failing, too, as the extracellular waste in your body just builds up.

  27. This piece was crafted from staghorn, bone, birch, rawhide, metal, and limewood, and it was originally decorated with brightly-colored paints.

  28. Portuguese sailors first arrived in the Kingdom of Benin in 1485, and trade relations between the two kingdoms quickly developed. Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, the Portuguese traded firearms and copper to the people of Benin in exchange for pepper, cloth, ivory, leopard skins, and slaves.

  29. The church/monastery complex that sits atop Katskhi Pillar was originally constructed during the 9th-10th century CE. It was used as a hermitage for Stylites -- Christian ascetics who specifically worship, pray, preach, and fast atop pillars. This particular form of asceticism first developed in Syria during the 5th century CE, and from there, it spread into other parts of the Near East, the Mediterranean, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe, with different variations evolving over time. In some cases, Stylites would briefly leave their pillars just to gather supplies, and would then ascend back to the top of the pillar; some Stylites would simply have the supplies sent up to them.

  30. Several of the native cultures in Sierra Leone produced intricate ivory and soapstone carvings such as this, and Portuguese traders began commissioning these carvings (often on behalf of patrons from elsewhere in Europe) from African artisans in the 15th-16th centuries. The resulting blend of stylistic elements from both African and European cultures produced a unique style which is often referred to as Sapi-Portuguese.

  31. What's the difference between a Buffalo and a bison? You can't wash your hands in a Buffalo.

  32. It's a window into Uçmag, the heavenly realm of the Turko-Mongolian religions. Uçmag is supposed to be a bright, pure place filled with animals, nature spirits, and the souls of righteous people, and you can sometimes gain access to it by riding on the back of a magical bird that appears through an opening in the clouds.

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