Drawing by K. Zotov, 1968 (by katya.)
Nothing like a mouse party around a wheat
stacysix said: I apologize if I misread the Tumblr attributions, but re: Brave/Rapunzel, I think you wrote "And of course, the former Romans living and working in Scotland at the time would have no written record of their activities or appearance because no one cared." Please google: Roman soldier letters. The first result I got was from a POC, and was quite cool. Then add "Scotland" to your search. Look for the Vindolanda Letters. Again, I'm sorry if I misattributed that statement to you. Thanks.
I’m going to use this in something I’m writing, and also it’s absolutely hilarious and amazing, and if you haven’t read it and laughed and then looked into it, you should do.
If there is anything that ever existed that needs at least 800 of everything written about it, it’s freezing African Romans in Scotland writing home for socks and underwear.
This is the letter about the socks (from the sender):
OH MY GOD
Incoming mail (tablet 346) is also revealing: ‘I have sent you … pairs of socks from Sattua, two pairs of sandals and two pairs of underpants.’ It was obviously a bit cold for soldiers on the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire.
THE SOCKS ARE STILL THERE:
I JUST CANNOT…I HAD NO CLUE ABOUT ANY OF THIS.
THEY JUST KEEP FINDING THEM:
40,000+ ROMAN SOLDIERS IN SCOTLAND: WE’RE FREEZING PLEASE SEND MORE SOCKS.
THIS IS THE BEST WRONG I’VE EVER BEEN.
"… I have sent (?) you … pairs of socks from Sattua, and two pairs of underpants, two pairs of sandals … Greet …ndes, Elpis, Iu…, …enus, Tetricus and all your messmates with whom I pray that you live in the greatest good fortune."
^ Say hi to Tetricus and them for me
Openwork metal woman’s hairpin, very intricate with a fish motif. Likely early 20th century. Japan
Hints to Young Yacht Skippers is the name of the book and “don’t go in the water” is hint #1.
The shark pictured (obviously showing off) is a Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, which you can find in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Shark Week Collection, or their Flickr set, Sharks!
I’m 70% sure that Luther doesn’t know what one of those two words means but I don’t know which one he’s confused about.
According to Google, Luther isn’t the only person who’s titled a review “Cheap but inexpensive” in the past, and I think this actually does make sense, albeit not at a glance: “inexpensive” refers exclusively to cost, but “cheap” is an adjective describing both cost and quality. Some things are cheap in quality, but expensive in price; others are cheap in quality, but also inexpensive. I imagine this review elaborates that the product in question isn’t high quality, but is inexpensive enough that it may not matter. You get what you pay for!