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1541: The Pig on Top of the World

Cornelis Anthonisz: Pig on Top of the World (1541-1545)

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1884: Two More Rats

Vincent van Gogh: Two Rats (1884)

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1836: These Abhorred Vermin Seemed to Become my Friends

We report [the following] on the authority of a letter of Joseph Purdew, an observer, equally exact and judicious. “This morning,” he says, “while reading in bed, I was suddenly interrupted by a noise similar to that made by rats, … Continue reading

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1918: Mysterious Island

N. C. Wyeth: Endpapers for a 1918 edition of Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island (1874). The book, a sequel to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, recounts the adventures of five Union soldiers who escape their Confederate captors in a hot … Continue reading

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2.2 mya: Matsya and the Asura Hayagriva

In Hindu mythology, there are four historical eras, yugas,  that repeat in a cycle; the first of these is the Satya Yuga, followed by the Treta Yuga, the Dvapara Yuga, and, finally, the Kali Yuga. We are presently in a … Continue reading

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1864: Bird and Weeds

Léon Bonvin: Landscape with Bird and Weeds (1864)

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1850: The Last Hoopoe Starling

FREGILUPUS VARIA As long ago as 1674 a note about the “Huppe” exists, by “Le Sieur D.B.,” i.e., Dubois. He says, when describing the birds of Réunion (translated): “Hoopoes or ‘Callendres,’ having a white tuft on the head, the rest … Continue reading

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