A hot spot called Hell’s Café lured 19th-century Parisians to the city’s Montmartre neighborhood—like the Marais—on the Right Bank of the Seine. With plaster lost souls writhing on its walls and a bug-eyed devil’s head for a front door, le Café de l’Enfer may have been one of the world’s first theme restaurants.
According to one 1899 visitor, the café’s doorman—in a Satan suit—welcomed diners with the greeting, “Enter and be damned!” Hell’s waiters also dressed as devils. An order for three black coffees spiked with cognac was shrieked back to the kitchen as: “Three seething bumpers of molten sins, with a dash of brimstone intensifier!” VIA: -GOTHIC TEA PARTY-
When science fiction writers and futurists imagine humans of the far future, they never think our descendants are going to look exactly the same as we do now. After all, we’ll have access to powerful tools to turn us into cyborgs and hack our DNA, so there’s no limit to how we could reinvent ourselves. But just how weird could our progeny become? Here are 10 of the absolute strangest visions of our post-human future.
These amazing long exposure photographs were taken by astronaut Don Pettit from aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 31.
As the ISS circles Earth at roughly 17,000 miles per hour, Flight Engineer Don Pettit takes 30-second exposures with a stock digital camera, then stacks those exposures into single frames that produces 10-15 minutes of exposure. The rotation is fast enough for long exposures to blur the earth into bright strips of light, as well as capturing star trails, aurora, and flashes of lightning splattered all across the surface of the Earth.
Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a satellite expert and government adviser, said it is likely that there is extra-terrestrial life – it is just more alien than you’d imagine.
Rather than being the little green men so beloved of Hollywood directors, they may look like football-field sized jellyfish, complete with onion-shaped appendages and an orange underbelly or bottom.
Generated from silicon, rather than the carbon that is the basis of life as we know it, the creatures are able to live off light absorbed through their ‘skin’ and chemicals sucked in through their giant mouths.