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Fingerprint Follies: Churros at Del Taco.

Contrary to popular belief, these cartoons are not thumbprints; I use my index, middle and ring fingers and sometimes my pinky for tiny characters like the cats.

 

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Steve and I tried out our new Del Taco for lunch. I won’t say ¬†what is true and what isn’t in this cartoon. ūüėÄ

 

Unicorns: Monoceros, the Constellation

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Monoceros is a faint constellation on the celestial equator. Its name is Greek for unicorn. The constellation has some interesting features to observe with the aid of a small telescope:
V838 Monocerotis, a variable red supergiant star, had an outburst starting on January 6, 2002; in February of that year, its brightness increased by a factor of 10,000 in one day. After the outburst was over, the Hubble Space Telescope was able to observe a light echo, which illuminated the dust surrounding the star.
Monoceros also contains Plaskett’s Star, which is a massive binary system whose combined mass is estimated to be that of almost 100 Suns put together.
It also contains two super-Earth exoplanets in one planetary system: COROT-7b and  COROT-7c.

Embraceable Kaiju: Lepidopteryl!

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Lepidopteryl is a moth-pterodactyl hybrid that swoops in on unsuspecting flower nurseries and flies away with  huge bundles of blossoms. Back at his lair he sucks all the nectar from the flowers and carpets the floor with the petals, enjoying the lovely colors for a few days until they wither.

Engravings: The Lamia.

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In 1607,an English clergyman named Edward Topsell published The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes, a tome¬†on zoology that topped¬†1,000 pages. Revealed in¬†its pages were vibrant woodcut images of both real and fantastical¬†creatures. In this book, Lamia seems to be¬†described as a species, although “Lamia” also refers to a similar character of Greek mythology; Lamia¬†was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating demon. Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet¬† (laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children. She was usually depicted as a beautiful woman above and a serpent below the waist.
In¬†The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes, a¬†Lamia is¬†described as¬†a scaly creature with the hind legs of a goat, fore legs of a bear and the chest and head of a woman. Topsell states that when a lamias see¬†men,¬†they “lay open their breastes, and by the beauty thereof, entice them to come neare to conference, and so having them within their compasse, they devoure and kill them”.

Engravings: Basilisk.

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This is a Basilisk, drawn from a woodcut by  Ulisse Aldrovandi, Serpentum, et draconum historiae libri duo, 1640. Early accounts of the beast In European bestiaries and legends describe it as the king of serpents, and it was said to have the power to cause death with a single glance. However, this work shows the Basilisk of Medieval Europe, in which description of the creature began taking on features from cockerels, and often has an actual crown.