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1886: Methods

The following list of terms used to express diverse modes of divination, with explanations, will be found unusually complete and may interest students of occult science. The expressions have been gathered from various sources : Aeromancy, by appearances in the … Continue reading

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1675: Libertine with Monkey

Jacob Huysmans: Portrait of John Wilmont, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647-1680) Were I (who to my cost already am One of those strange, prodigious creatures, man) A spirit free to choose, for my own share What case of flesh and … Continue reading

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1915: Sugar Factory

Daniel Putnam Brinley: Hudson River View (Sugar Factory at Yonkers) (1915)

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1987: Cultural Differences

[In France], F, her husband, and her daughter, who are preparing to leave a party, are standing in the foyer saying goodbye. As she leaves, F has a “minor accident”: while putting on her coat, her hand brushes against a … Continue reading

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1753: The Wolf Peach

In 1753, Linnaeus gave the tomato its Latin species name lycopersicum, which means “wolf peach.” Image: Luis Meléndez: Still Life with Tomatoes, a Bowl of Aubergines and Onions (c. 1771-1774)

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19th Century: The Meat-Shaped Stone

This artifact from the Qing Dynasty is a naturally-layered and dyed piece of jasper carved to resemble a piece of stewed pork. It is housed in the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

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1783: Stones and Broccoli

Thomas Gainsborough: Pastoral Landscape (c. 1783) Gainsborough made his living painting commissioned portraits, and thus could not indulge his passion for landscapes during the day in the open air; instead, he painted them at night by candlelight, arranging stones, broccoli, … Continue reading

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