A Wet Wedding.

The happy couple planned the Perfect Wedding, at a beautiful beach South of Adelaide.

The weather  forecaster said, ‘No worries, it’s going to be a belter.’

So with hope in their heart and wonderful relatives and friends in tow hey made their way down to the beach.

Everyone was  just so excited for the beautiful couple and then this showed up on the horizon….

Oh! My goodness, A storm was gathering, There was no alternative venue planned. Bugger that weather forecaster.

So what to do?

Were these good people going to let a bit of water spoil the wedding?

No way, and then with classic female fortitude and cleverness they made themselves some quite stylish and practical water hats using the council’s dog poo collection bags (minus the poo of course).

Three Cheers for All, they made it.


Micrograph of a Nit and Human Hair.

canvas Image via Wellcome Images.
by Kevin Mackenzie.
Scanning electron micrograph of a nit or head louse egg (coloured green) attached to a strand of human hair (coloured brown).
Head lice feed on human blood and live in close proximity to the scalp. Female lice lay eggs in sacs that attach firmly to individual strands of hair near the base of the hair shaft.
Most will hatch within seven to ten days, and the newly emerged immature louse (nymph) will then need to feed on blood to survive. The width of the image is 1.5 mm.
A head louse develops from an egg to an adult in 16 to 21 days. Head lice start out life as eggs, which are attached to the hair near the scalp to stay warm.
Eggs usually hatch within seven to ten days, and the newly emerged immature lice (nymphs) then need to feed on blood from the scalp to survive.
Nymphs go through three stages before maturing into adults, which can take around a week.
The adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed and has six legs with claws that help it cling on to the hair.
Adult lice can live for three to four weeks, but will only survive for one or two days away from a person’s head.
Wellcome Images.

Vintage Victorian Pics – ‘Silly Faces’.

Humorous Victorian's Pulling Faces (1)

Victorian portraits can appear to be humourless.
This was often due to attitudes and appearances of the time but can also be seen due to the demands of slow and delicate photographic processes.
Humorous Victorian's Pulling Faces (4)
These images from a family collection held at Northumberland Archives provide an insight in to the real fun and humour of the Victorian era, no different to that in families today.
Humorous Victorian's Pulling Faces (9)
See more Images via vintage everyday: Humorous Victorian’s Pulling Faces.

Strange Photos from the Kraft-Ebing Collection.

Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) was a German-Austrian psychiatrist and early sexologist, whose book Psychopathia Sexualis: eine Klinisch-Forensische Studie, first published in 1886 (and translated into English in 1892), became a great influence within the emerging study of sexology.
The book, which Krafft-Ebing continued to expand throughout twelve editions until his death, is a scientific study of sexual deviation consisting of over 200 case studies.
Intended for the use of physicians, psychiatrists and judges (and written partly in Latin in order to discourage the general public from reading it), the book explores fetishism, sadism, masochism and homosexuality, as well as nymphomania, necrophilia, and incest.
For Krafft-Ebing, any desire for sex unrelated to procreation was a deviation from the heterosexual norm, making, for example, gay sex a “perversion” of the sexual instinct.
The photographs featured here are part of Krafft-Ebing’s personal collection.
It is unknown where they came from or who the people featured in the photographs are, although, at least the first two photographs appear to be unusual specimens of the “French postcard” which was so popular in the late-19th century.
One assumes the photographs are linked to Krafft-Ebing’s studies, but as for how or where they were produced and procured is a mystery.
Read and see more via Photograph Collection of a 19th-Century Sexologist | The Public Domain Review.

The ”Norwegian Blue’ Dead Parrot visits London.

Early in 2014, a 50 foot fibreglass dead parrot was hung upside down by a crane at London’s Potters Fields.
The world famous dead parrot sketch, in which John Cleese attempts to return a deceased ‘Norwegian Blue’ parrot to a pet shop.
“We are all Monty Python fans so we were delighted to receive the brief from Gold to recreate the mythical Norwegian Blue on a giant scale,” explained lead sculptor Iain Prendergast, who helped build the enormous model bird, which took more than two months to make.
Steve North, general manager of Gold, explained that the massive parrot near London’s Tower Bridge is “a fitting tribute” to the Python’s famous sketch.
“The key challenge for us was capturing the comedy value of the dead parrot, keeping the realism of the bird whilst also adding touches like the bloodshot, stunned eyes,” he explained.
via Monty Python: Giant dead parrot unveiled in London to pay tribute to the comedy troupe.

‘Lady! No’…’Not in Ohio’.


In Ohio it’s illegal to disrobe in front of a man’s portrait. 
We trust our lawmakers to pass legislation that will keep us safe and serve the greater public good. In every state’s books, though, there are laws outlandish and weird enough to make you question those lawmakers’ sanity.
Try as you might, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would take the time to make it illegal to have an ice cream cone in your pocket.
“A few states still have that one in their books, which is strange,” says photographer Olivia Locher, who’s lampooning the silliest of these statutes in her ongoing photo series, I Fought the Law.
After hearing about the ice cream law she got curious and started looking into more examples, soon realizing it would make a good series. “After doing that I just found out there were so many,” she says.
It’s not hard to satirize statutes that ban people from picnicking in a graveyard or tickling a woman’s chin with a feather duster.
Many of the things that legislators have seen fit to legislate read like something straight out of Monty Python.
And some of them make a crime of things we all do daily, like tapping our feet to the beat of a great tune.
Locher portrays them in irreverent photos inspired heavily by the bold colors and aesthetics of pop art.
She also looks into the background of the laws, but doesn’t include that information as part of the series. Even the silliest examples are often tied to the history and culture of the regions where they were raised. Hawaii’s law against keeping coins in your ears stems in part from the region’s complex history surrounding currency.
According to Locher’s research, placing coins in your ears is also a sign of being a drug dealer in Hawaii.
If you know anything about Wisconsin, you could believe the state once required serving cheese with every slice of apple pie—something of an urban myth inspired by a short-lived law requiring cheese and butter be served with every meal.
Some of the laws are totally reasonable anyway; you really shouldn’t fish with dynamite, and Rhode Island’s statute against transparent clothing is pretty clearly for the common good.
See more via In Photos: The Most Ridiculous Laws in America | Raw File | WIRED.