Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

History lover.

Art lover.

Music lover.

Book lover.

Film lover.

Food lover.

Adequate lover.

A humble foot soldier in this long, bloody war against reality.

The last gentleman this side of the Social Wars.

I love you and the monster that you pretend to be.

From 2:39 onwards is the actual sound of me turning up at your house party and stealing your man, your woman, your friends, all your snacks and drinks and that fern you keep by the bathroom window but rarely ever water.


There’s always those neighbouring countries that always seem to dislike each other, like New Zealand and Australia, England and France or the US and the rest of the world.


Doomsday prep in 1930s Britain, courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Gas mask info printed out by a cigarette company … pardon me, I am literally drowning in irony!


"Yeah I study history…"

Random Person for the thousandth time: "So what are you going to *do* with that?"

Me: "Not be a boring narrow-minded fuckwit, that’s what!"


Wilhelm II (1859–1941) the third German emperor from 1888–1918 and the ninth King of Prussia. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images). Circa 1905.


"I don’t know what you think you’re doing, just standing there and taking photos. I’ve just killed this bugger and now it’s your job to stuff him and mount him on my mantlepiece!"



On the 21st of July, 1545, an armed contingent of French soldiers attempted to invade the Isle of Wight. At great cost, the local militia raised to defend the island was able to repel the French invasion. This would be the time that France would try to seize the Isle of Wight.



Empress Theodora, wife of Justinian. 6th century Byzantine mosaic.



The Charioteer Papyrus

A fragment from a manuscript containing a classical work of literature, perhaps the Iliad. The illustration on the fragment depicts six charioteers in red and green tunics standing in front of a yellow hippodrome. Probably an illustration of Patroclus’ funerary chariot race. Some Coptic text is visible at the top.

Ink and pigment on papyrus.

Made in the 5th century in Egypt, part of an illustrated codex. Excavated from a pile of 5th century garbage at Antinoe in 1914 by papyrologist John Johnson Monins. Currently held at the Egypt Exploration Society in London.



The Chi Rho, an early monogram of Jesus Christ’s name formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word “ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ” (“Christ”). 

A detail from a 4th century AD Roman sarcophagus.

We received the following message, tied to a stone, from the German trenches opposite: ‘We are going to send a 40-pounder. We have been ordered to do this, but we don’t want to. It will come this evening, and we will blow a whistle first to warn you so that you have time to take cover.’ All happened as they said it would.
—The Regimental War Diary of the 5th Leicester Regiment during the First World War. (via peashooter85)


The Navy has figured out a way to convert water into fuel

In news that is sure to rock the fuel industry, the U.S. Navy has announced that they believe they have solved one of the world’s greatest scientific challenges: how to turn seawater into fuel. Last week, naval scientists successfully flew a small 2-stroke model airplane running on seawater-derived fuel, proving that engines can run on the energy source they’ve developed. Essentially the process extracts carbon dioxide and hydrogen from the water and recombines it into hydrocarbon chains that liquify via a metallic catalyst into a purely synthetic fuel source.

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Nasa asks members of public to select spacesuit of the future

Nasa has collected more than 200,000 votes from members of the public who are on a mission to help the space agency select the spacesuit of the future.

Voting ends at midnight ET on Tuesday for the newest iteration of Nasa’s spacesuit. The competition pits three suits – “Biomimicry”, “Technology” and “Trends in Society” – against each other before the winner can be tested in Nasa’s facilities. Full story 



Ming Dynasty ‘Chicken Cup’ Sold For Record $36M To Shanghai Collector At Sotheby’s Auction In Hong Kong

"Every time a chicken cup comes up on the market, it totally redefines prices in the field of Chinese art." - Nicholas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia


Prague at Dusk, Jakub Schikaneder


La Caricature has Louis-Philippe and his friends trying to topple Marianne - while the caption warns that, if she falls, they will all be crushed.