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Developed in the 1750s in response to costly hand-painted wares from China, the new transfer-printing process meant that pottery patterns could be reproduced exactly, repeatedly, and more cheaply than ever before.

Painting a Cow, 1939. “As they were recognised as potential traffic hazards during the Blackouts of World War Two, some farmers took to painting their cows with white stripes so they could be seen by motorists.”

Retronaut - 1939: Painting a Cow

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- A poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951 and now called HeLa cells—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

The Difference Between Silent Film & Talkie Make-Up - who knew they wore yellow lipstick and blue foundation to achieve contrast with early silent film stock?

The Difference Between Silent Film & Talkie Make-Up

Elizabeth Blackwell said she turned to medicine after a close friend who was dying suggested she would have been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman. She became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register

Women in History: Elizabeth Blackwell

Geraldine Hoff Doyle (July 31, 1924 – December 26, 2010) is believed to be the real-life model for the World War II era "We Can Do It!" poster, later thought to be an embodiment of the iconic World War II character Rosie the Riveter.

Michael Llewelyn Davies (16 June 1900 – 19 May 1921) was – along with his four brothers – the inspiration for J. M. Barrie's characters Peter Pan, the Darling brothers, and the Lost Boys. Late in life, his only surviving brother Nico described him as "the cleverest of us, the most original, the potential genius." He drowned in suspicious circumstances with a close friend – and possible lover – just short of his 21st birthday.

Michael Llewelyn Davies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Royal Imperial Jasper comes from north of the border between Jalisco and Zacatecas, Mexico about 50 miles north of the city of Guadalajara.

"Mammatus clouds are most often associated with the anvil cloud and severe thunderstorms. They often extend from the base of a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as volcanic ash clouds. When occurring in cumulonimbus, mammatus are often indicative of a particularly strong storm or perhaps even a tornadic storm."

Sky Punch: This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it’s the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover.

The Eridanus Void. This area shows almost no signs of cosmic matter, meaning no stars, planets, solar systems or clouds of cosmic dust. Researchers couldn't even find dark matter, which is invisible but measurable by its gravitational pull. There were also no signs of black holes that might have gobbled up the matter once present in the region.

Photograph of a white blood cell attacking a pathogen. Taken with a scanning electron microscope - Imgur

Opalized 80 million years old Ammonite measuring 2 ft. in diameter, discovered near Alberta, Canada

Matilda (Edith) of Scotland (1080 - 1118). First wife of Henry I of England. Queen from 1100 - 1118. Mother of Empress Matilda. When she was baptized she pulled the crown off of Matilda of Flanders head, which was seen as a sign that she would be queen. She was the mother of William of England and Empress Matilda.

Gnadenbild Maria The miraculous image of Mary venerated in the basilica of St Matthias in Trier, Germany.The official name of the image is Seat of Wisdom, a Marian title from the Litany of Loreto. The painting was inspired by the icon of the Madonna Salus Populi Romani in Rome, which is considered a true portrait of Mary.

Advocata Nostra, the oldest icon of Mary in Rome, at the Dominican Sisters Convent on Via Trionfale on Monte Mario. This icon can be traced back to its origin in Jerusalem, where tradition has it that it was painted by St Luke after the Resurrection, at the request of the apostles. But the tradition also states that after St Luke had sketched the outline, the image of Our Lady appeared on it. No human hand was involved. Such works are referred to as achiropita ~ 'Made without hands.'

American thimble factories came into existence in the 1830s. In 1832, Ketcham and McDougall was established in New York. Since thimble making was their main business, not a sideline, Zalkin refers to it as “The Thimble House.” Its thimbles, made until 1932, are noted for their superiority in workmanship and designs.

A rare and highly sought after scent and a natural perfume or as a relaxing bath oil. Enjoyed by both men and women for its sensuous nature. It also may be used as a reliever of stress or anxiety, or to calm the mind for meditation or clear thinking.

Amber comes from the fossilised sap of the giant conifer tree. It has a rich and sweet fragrance which is both soothing and stimulating, and is a known aphrodisiac.

Mineral crystals grow under a variety of conditions. Slow cooling of magma (melted rock) deep within the Earth generally leads to a rock such as granite with visible crystals of feldspar, quartz, mica, amphibole and other minerals. Water in the magma can even facilitate pegmatite formation. Pegmatite is an igneous rock composed of mineral crystals generally with a diameter of several centimeters which, on rare occasions, can be meters.

Crystal healing chart....Basically I just need to roll around on a bed of gemstones...

Cantor's Softshell Turtle is a freshwater turtle, native to Cambodia, which can grow up to 6 feet in length. It spends 95 percent of its life buried and motionless in the sand surfacing twice a day to take a breath. #Turtle #Softshell_Turtle