Futurist Manifesto 14

Futurist Manifesto
The Futurist Manifesto, written in Milan by the poet Filippo Marinetti in 1909, vehemently rejected the past in favour of humanity’s technical triumph over nature. It celebrated industrialisation, machinery and speed, especially motor cars and aeroplanes. Some of the declarations in the Manifesto make for strange reading – promoting aggression and violent change, and worshipping ...

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas 20

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
  What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason. How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel. In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, man delights me not. No, ...

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 2 13

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 2
Hydrarchos Sillimanii   In 1845, for a meagre 25 cents, New Yorkers gaped in open mouthed wonder at the 120 foot long skeleton of a sea serpent. Scientifically named Hydrarchos Sillimanii (until the famous Yale Professor Benjamin Silliman objected), it was exhibited in the Apollo Saloon on Broadway. Apparently the creature’s huge bones were so ...

It’s all balls!

It's all balls!
    The words testament and testify share the same root as testicle. Not literally the same root – if you get my drift. In ancient times men cradled their testicles when taking an oath. Unlike the Holy Bible, your balls were always with you. As the root (that word again) of your masculinity, they ...

The Mighty Mole Monster Mystery 1

The Mighty Mole Monster Mystery
  In the frozen wastes of Siberia, local tribes claimed huge hairy mole monsters lived underground to avoid the hard frosts. They spent their lives tunnelling through the frozen soil and immediately died if they came into contact with the surface. During the brief summer thaw, their remains were often found on river banks where ...
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