8 Minutes of the Earth’s Rotation
How I wish our planet’s movement was this apparent while staring at the night sky. It could probably make a lot more people realize just how tiny we are compared to this vast unexplored galaxy above our heads.
This is a stack of 70 pictures with a 5 second exposure each at ISO 3200 and f/2.2.
Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil
Shelby and Shauna Kitt are back. And this time, saving the universe is going to be a lot harder.
The sequel to Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes is coming soon to a dimension near you.
Halloween in the Middle Ages
Although the holiday’s roots can be traced back to pagan practices, the name ‘Halloween’ is purely a Christian tradition that began in the early Middle Ages.
In fact, permitting pagan traditions to survive was a stroke of genius by the early christian Church.
Halloween is a descendent of the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sah-een) or ‘summer’s end’ in the original Scots Gaelic.
The celebration held on November 1 marked the Celtic New Year when dead souls were believed to walk the earth. ‘Soul cakes’ were left out for good spirits and lanterns were customarily lit - the modern version of the Halloween pumpkin - to ward off stray evil spirits that also happened to pierce the thin veil of the underworld during this time of year. So deeply imbedded was the Samhain tradition in the human psyche that it survived for centuries.
In the eighth century, the church finally named November 1 All Hallows Day (or the day of the holy ones) in honor of the saints. However, two centuries later, the Church followed the Samhain festival more closely by naming November 2 All Souls Day in honor of the dead.
Owing to the medieval custom of beginning observances the night before, the collective holiday began on All Hallows Evening, or Halloween.
This is an example of the repeating of urban legends on the internet to the point where everyone accepts as true what no one has bothered to research. Author A. AE. Hunts-Anschütz dispels these errors with a research of the sources:
“Many years ago, at a Halloween party, a man in a vampire cape asked me if I knew why people wear costumes on Halloween. I didn’t. He went on to explain that pagan Celts disguised themselves to scare off evil spirits on October thirty-first. I asked how he knew that. He’d seen it on some TV show. (Apparently, he was one of those people who believes everything they see on TV.) For me, this explanation seemed to stretch the limits of credulity. If these evil spirits could be tricked so easily, they couldn’t have posed much of a threat to begin with! More importantly, where’s the evidence for this fact? Are there ancient Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Manx and/or Cornish writings that describe this pagan rite? Having done some research, I now know the answer. There is no historical evidence whatsoever that ancient Celts wore fancy-dress at Halloween time, much less that they wore it to scare off evil spirits. And yet you can still read this ‘fact’ (or variations on it) in hundreds of places on the Web.”
Read the full article and be enlightened with facts at:
Ok… I’ll just leave this here for you. You do the math.
wnyc:We briefly interrupt Halloween posting for an important Hurricane Sandy related request.
Animal Haven shelter in SoHo is looking for donations of linens, paper towels, cleaning supplies and rubber gloves. They have been caring for 60 dogs and cats with no power.
Happy Bat (and other “spooky” animals) Appreciation Day! Fun bat facts:
About 1/4 of all mammal species are bats.
The world’s lightest mammal, the bumblebee bat, weighs as much as 2 M&M’s.
Bats can consume 3,000 insects in one night.
The world’s largest bat, the Rodrigues fruit bat, has a wingspan of up to 6 ft. Come see for yourself.
This BBC clip is worth watching!