Do you Allies have as much fun as this in trenches??
(na I think not :)
“So glad you joined us, Bulgaria, you really know how to party!”
(I am looking for the original source.)
A dirty thunderstorm (also, Volcanic lightning) is a weather phenomenon that occurs when lightning is produced in a volcanic plume. A study in the journal Science indicated that electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, just as ice particles collide in regular thunderstorms.
None of us are the men we were ten years ago…
For better and for worse, amen.
|—||Melissa Harris-Perry, in her “Open Letter” to E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor in Virginia. (via msnbc)|
|—||Robert Svoboda, ‘AGHORA - At the Left Hand of God’ (via girlgoesgrrr)|
In NBC’s series “Hannibal” one of the episodes mentions a Viking torturing technique known as blood eagle. So in case you were wondering…
The blood eagle - ritual associated with Odin where the back is cut open, the rib cage spread apart and the lungs pulled out all while the victim remains alive. It is supposed to be the classic example of Viking and therefore pagan barbarity. There is just one problem — other than in the fertile imagination of 12th century and beyond writers, there is actually very little concrete evidence that it happened.
Carving a blood eagle is now considered to be a 12th century misinterpretation of skaldic verse. In short a 12 century Christian invention to show how dreadful and terrible the pagan Vikings were.
image (click for larger view): A section from the Stora Hammars I stone from Gotland,Sweden. The illustration shows a man lying on his belly with another man using a weapon on his back. There is a Valknut above him, and two eagles, one of which is held by a man to the right.