The Musical Archaeologist

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The Miss Indian World pageant is the answer to Miss America we’ve been looking for

When Kira Kazantsev was crowned the new Miss America on Sunday night, a feeling of déjá vu set in.

Not only was she white — like all but nine of the 94 winners before her — she also fit snugly into a narrowly defined standard of Western female attractiveness: early 20s, long flowing hair and a thin, painstakingly tanned physique that would not seem out of place in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

In many ways, the Miss Indian World pageant’s definition of what American beauty truly entails is the ideological antithesis to Miss America. Indeed, since 1984, this five-day competition based in Albuquerque, N.M., has honored Native American woman for their contributions to their communities, not their bikini bodies. The top award is given to the contestant who “best represents her culture,” according to Al Jazeera.

Why this pageant is world’s better 

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berrykoolaid:

Our king has fallen

Dieting during Halloween. Never a good combination.

berrykoolaid:

Our king has fallen

Dieting during Halloween. Never a good combination.

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Rediscovered a book series that I haven’t read since high school. Kage Baker’s Company Series is pretty good, though some of the time travel details get on my nerves as an archaeologist. Still, an immortal race saving biological and human history before it’s destroyed by time is a pretty interesting concept. And Baker sets most of it in California!

urbangeographies:

Portuguese Chart of the Atlantic Ocean, 1549
Reproduced by David Woodward (ed), The History of Cartography, Vol. 3: Cartography in the European Renaissance, 2007.

urbangeographies:

Portuguese Chart of the Atlantic Ocean, 1549

Reproduced by David Woodward (ed), The History of Cartography, Vol. 3: Cartography in the European Renaissance, 2007.

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polepixie:

quantumaviator:

merlinus-caledonensis:

pappasaur:

nowyoukno:

Source for more facts follow NowYouKno

Don’t forget that the church was literally so impressed they gave him a medal instead of imprisoning him or executing him

Mozart only needed to hear a piece once to play it better than the original. And on top of that, they believed all his music to have been created by someone else, not this kid, so they locked him in a tower for a period of time (forget how long) with only music paper. When they came back all the paper was filled and he had written on the walls as well. AND ALL THE MUSIC WAS PHENOMENAL. how much more perfect can you get than Mozart? If you want to know more: watch the movie Amadeus. It’s historically accurate but also funny at times. Watch. it.

so he was the first to illegally download a song

And for those of you that would like to hear the first illegally downloaded song that the Vatican kept a secret for so long because it was “too beautiful for human knowledge” You can find it here.

polepixie:

quantumaviator:

merlinus-caledonensis:

pappasaur:

nowyoukno:

Source for more facts follow NowYouKno

Don’t forget that the church was literally so impressed they gave him a medal instead of imprisoning him or executing him

Mozart only needed to hear a piece once to play it better than the original. And on top of that, they believed all his music to have been created by someone else, not this kid, so they locked him in a tower for a period of time (forget how long) with only music paper. When they came back all the paper was filled and he had written on the walls as well. AND ALL THE MUSIC WAS PHENOMENAL. how much more perfect can you get than Mozart? If you want to know more: watch the movie Amadeus. It’s historically accurate but also funny at times. Watch. it.

so he was the first to illegally download a song

And for those of you that would like to hear the first illegally downloaded song that the Vatican kept a secret for so long because it was “too beautiful for human knowledge” You can find it here.

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My ex invited me to his birthday dinner. Had a great time, until his friend started plying me with more cider. I’m going to kick the friend’s ass later, but it made me start hitting on my ex again. And not too sutile either. Brought up some feelings I thought I buried. Well now I’m drunk and ready to party, but the guy I want has the decency to say no.

Actually kind of glad. I love him for not taking advantage of the situation and letting me get driven home so I can sleep off my haze. Maybe he’ll come to his senses eventually. He doesn’t need Internet dating to find a girl that loves him. Just ask me out again before I go after the next one.

mindblowingscience:

'Pristine' Mammoth Skeleton Unearthed In Texas

Marty McEwen was digging in the dirt on his dad’s North Texas property in May when the excavator suddenly hit something. That something turned out to be a six-foot tusk — of a mammoth that had walked the earth tens of thousands of years ago.

Then, as if finding a mammoth tusk on one’s property wasn’t spectacular enough, McEwen and his dad, Wayne, soon discovered that it wasn’t just the tusk that was buried on their family’s land but the animal’s nearly complete skeleton — in pristine condition, no less.

The skeleton is believed to belong to a female Colombian mammoth that stood approximately 8 to 9 feet tall at the shoulder. It’s estimated to be 20,000 to 60,000 years old.

Experts called the skeleton — which is reportedly 90 percent complete — an “outstanding find.”

"We get a lot of mammoth fossils in Texas but it’s usually a tooth here, a tusk there or a piece of jaw," Ron Tykoski, a paleontologist with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, told Reuters. "This is unusual. It looks like it just laid down and died."

Though the McEwens could have kept or sold the fossilized remains, they reportedly decided to donate it to the museum.

"It needed to stay in North Texas where the local communities can enjoy it for a long time to come,” Wayne McEwen said in a written statement released by the museum.

Tykoski praised the family’s decision, calling the donation a “huge contribution” to science.

"This fossil is now part of the public trust, meaning scientists can describe it, study it, publish papers on it and display it from this time on,” Tykoski said in the statement. “Without their gift, this magnificent creature might have gone onto the auction block, never to be seen again. It would have been a huge loss for science and for the people of North Central Texas.”

The museum says it expects to have the mammoth skeleton in-house by September.

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