Dummy boards were life-sized wooden cut outs painted to resemble various figures found in upper-class homes between the 17th and 19th centuries. They would be stood in the corner of rooms and on darkened stairways to surprise unsuspecting guests.
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Ants are the architects of the underground world. They build extensive caverns, tunnels, nurseries, and storage spaces in incredibly intricate and symmetrical homes. Dr. Walter Tschinkel from Florida State University discovered the perfect way to capture the hidden wonders of the ant hill by pouring molten aluminum into the ant hills. It kills the ants, but provides a plethora of information about their lives that would otherwise be hidden.
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Hey guys! I apologize for the lack of posts recently. Here’s a super talented musician for you. From late 19th C.
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The Twisted Trees of Slope Point, New Zealand
Slope Point is at the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. The air streams loop the ocean, unobstructed for 2000 miles, until they reach Slope Point causing incredibly strong winds. In fact, the winds are so strong and persistent here that they perpetually warp and twist the trees into these crooked, wind-swept shapes.
Slope Point is generally uninhabited, except for the herds of sheep that graze the land. There are no roads leading here, however backpackers regularly make the short 20-minute walk to see the fascinating tree formations that only Mother Nature could create. However there is no public access during the lambing season from September to November.
(via Crooked Indifference)