R.I.P. you genius you. 29 years ago today…
Wadi us-Salaam, which literally means the Valley of Peace, is an Islamic cemetery located in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq. The cemetery covers an area of 1485.5 acres and contains millions of bodies, making it one of the strongest contender for the title of the largest graveyard on earth. Najaf itself is one of Iraq’s biggest cities, with a population of nearly 600,000. But the adjoining city of the dead holds the remains of millions, stretching for up to 10km along the valley. Wadi Al-Salam cemetery is also the only cemetery in the world where the process of burial is still continuing to day since more than 1,400 years.
The illustrations from this 18th century text are both beautiful and intensely disturbing. They come from a time when science was separating superstition from medical practice with the development of teratology, the study of deformities — but retained the unfortunate word “monster” as a medical term.
OK, not really, but dayum!!!
DeviantART member sp00ntaneous carves these amusing forms by hand. Link
Because it never gets old…!
Familiar with tattoo artist Brittany Elliott? No? Well, she’s on the reality TV show BEST INK season II. And while she’s slightly annoying and probably won’t win the competition, she is pretty talented and hot, and wears really tight spandex pants all the time, so that’s not a bad thing….! No revealing pics of her online, but maybe she’ll read this here post on CONSPIRAPORN and rectify that situation, by golly…!
Some songs are better suited for this process, songs that are very full in the lower to mid range, but also very sparse overall are best,’ she says. ‘Idioteque was a great example of this, it has very strong low to mid tones with minimal backing synthetic drums.’ We can debate the merits of plywood versus maple (Ghassaei says they sound about the same, though plywood warps more), but either way, they’re visually stunning, a new take on tree rings. ‘What I really want to do next is get some 12″ wood rounds, the kind with a live, rough edge and cut some records right into the rings of the tree,’ Ghassaei says.
Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg‘s project, Stranger Visions, is a wonderful mix of science and art. Dewey-Hagborg turns a poetic attention to the seemingly innocuous artifacts of life: a hair, chewed gum, a cigarette butt. Beyond sight, though, the DNA remains of each unique person inhabits these “artifacts”. She picks up these remains up throughout Brooklyn and brings them to a nearby biology lab. Dewey-Hagborg extracts the DNA from the object, then information from the DNA. She runs the information through a program she has written herself that is able to determine physical features such as eye color, hair color, gender, nose width, and so on. That information is then exported to a 3D color printer to create a sculptural portrait of the unwitting donor.
This surreal-looking ice cave is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. The almost kilometer long tunnel was formed by a hot water spring flowing beneath the glacial ice fields on the flanks of the nearby Mutnovsky volcano. Because glaciers on Kamchatka volcanoes have been melting in recent years, the roof of this cave is now so thin that sunlight penetrates through it, eerily illuminating the icy structures within.
Regular viewers of CONSPIRAPORN! Please be patient, apparently WordPress is going through some updates, my home computer is acting a bit janky, and I’m working 50 hours a week at my new comic book / collectables store (yippee!!!). This site will be updated more often when the dust settles… Thanks for your continued viewership……
Parapsychology is a remarkably broad discipline, and it is difficult to study when the area itself deals with the unknown potential of the human mind. At this time, there is no definitive way to prove phenomena like telepathy or telekinesis, and observation by no means provides unambiguous proof.
Here are 10 of the most prominent branches of parapsychology. The very nature of so-called psi phenomena is such that they cover the unknown, and it is only by critical dissection that we can get to the truth. VIA: -THE PRESURFER-