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The Four Hundred Aztec Rabbits of Drunkenness

The Totochtli were the children of Mayahuel, a goddess who discovered pulque, an alcoholic drink made from a part of the agave plant. The agave itself is depicted as having 400 breasts, feeding the 400 rabbits, and Mayahuel is also depicted in this way. As a divinity of fertility, Mayahuel has the Virgin Mary beat, hands down.

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Extraterrestrial Art History Opportunity

No, I’m not talking about aliens doing watercolors. There’s an opportunity to mark the historical significance of earth-bound humans, but to do so on the planet Mercury. There are five unnamed craters on Mercury, and the Mercury Surface Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging Team is

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Mysterious Assemblages For Monday

Monday is a day of regularity. It is a day of predictable assemblages of people and objects. To counter Monday’s clockwork, I present the following links to mysterious assemblages: The Guilty River, a free ebook by Wilkie Collins opens with a dreary time: “The mysterious

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The Culture Of Academic Book Covers

I have never understood why so many academic books have abstract, irrelevant pieces of artwork on their covers, when it would not be difficult to add a photograph or sketch related to the topic of the book. This book, for example – The Cultures Of

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How To Lead A Fascinating Life

The elements of culture found on the the Pinterest social media site fascinates me, because it’s graphically-based, and therefore often is suggestive of ideas, rather than explicit. Yet, some people use the graphic format of Pinterest merely to post graphics of text, without any non-verbal

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?