People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Early maps had voids of knowledge marked with warnings that “Here be Dragons,”sasquatches are believed to be prowling the thick forests, and legends tell of strange creatures that might be concealed beneath the surface of our lakes. Here we present our map of American lake monsters (view it large here), showing the spread of cryptids that might be lurking in the depths of the waters of the United States.
You’ll see a good share of serpent-like animals of the Loch Ness Monsters variety, such as Isabella of Bear Lake in Idaho who was spotted by a Mormon pioneer in the 19th century and even had Brigham Young himself send a hunting party after the possible plesiosaur. There’s also the famed Champ of Lake Champlain, possibly the most famous of American lake monsters, and the Lake Dillon monster in Wyoming that some think is being suppressed by a secret society. However, that’s just where the fun of this fauna folklore begins, as there are also legends of monolithic turtles, webbed hominids, a goat man, a winged alligator snake, a horse-headed alligator, a giant killer octopus, and an eel with a pig head. Just for kicks, we’ve included some illustrations of the more curious entities on our Lake Monsters of America map.
Speaking of a freak coincidence, check this out. The bottom image you may recognize as something I tumbled just last week (in this post). The decorator Rufillus drew himself in a decorated letter R. It is special because a monk is supposed to be humble and not draw attention to himself. To make it worse, he placed his name above his portrait (faintly visible in white paint). Today I was browsing the wonderful Initiale website for images of scribes and I came across the top image. No way, there is Rufillus again! This time he depicted himself as a scribe, again writing his name above his self portrait. Both the handwriting of the name and that of the main text is from the same individual, meaning Rufillus copied the book himself. It looks like our Rufillus was not just proud of his painting abilities, but he was also quite fond of the way he wrote - everybody was to know it was done by him. Most striking, however, is the similarity of the two portraits: the bony features of the face, the pronounced chin, and the copious red hair. Both images are very likely showing what he really looked like - and are therefore true medieval selfies. How great is that?
Pics: The letter D is found in Amiens, BM, Lescalopier, MS 30 (more here), the letter R in Cologny, Collection Martin Bodmer, MS 127 (more here).
THIS INSTRUMENT IS CALLED THE KALIMBA. THIS IS FATE.
this is the best kalimba playing i’ve ever seen EVER
I HAD NO IDEA WHAT A KALIMBA LOOKED LIKE UNTIL JUST THIS SECOND IM BLOWN AWAY
I had one of these growing up and I was such shit at it I literally have never heard one used for anything other than plonky, labored renditions of ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ in my living room. This is gorgeous.
I had a Kalimba player make the music for this animation I made when I was a very youngling.
This is a resource post for all the Good White Person™s out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.
Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.
On White Privilege aka don’t blame me just because I’m white: