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It’s been over a year since we last caught up with the work of Milan-based artist Guido Daniele (previously featured here), who comes airbrushed body painting and photography to transform his models’ hands and arms into beautiful and impressively lifelike animals of all sorts. Daniele calls them Handimals and they can be so convincing that it sometimes takes a moment to find the human hands inside the animal.

Visit Guido Daniele’s website to check out many more of his marvelous Handimals.

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As Arnold points out, there is an otherwise inexplicable shift in direction in the Piccadilly line passing east out of South Kensington. “In fact,” she writes, “the tunnel curves between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because it was impossible to drill through the mass of skeletal remains buried in Hyde Park.” I will admit that I think she means “between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner”—although there is apparently a “small plague pit dating from around 1664” beneath Knightsbridge Green—but I will defer to Arnold’s research.

But to put that another way, the ground was so solidly packed with the interlocked skeletons of 17th-century victims of the Great Plague that the Tube’s 19th-century excavation teams couldn’t even hack their way through them all. The Tube thus had to swerve to the side along a subterranean detour in order to avoid this huge congested knot of skulls, ribs, legs, and arms tangled in the soil—an artificial geology made of people, caught in the throat of greater London.

London and Its Dead

i read shit like this and think what could my imagination possibly have to add

like how do i write something about london that’s weirder than london already is?

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I am taking the Piccadilly line to the airport tomorrow and wow, do I have something to think about now.

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45 Things I Want to See Less of in Stories (Worldbuilding Edition)

elumish:

  1. Dramatic religious shifts in <50 years
  2. Arbitrary returns to Roman/Greek systems
  3. Worlds with one continent
  4. Arbitrary homophobia
  5. Heterogeneous technologically-limited rural areas
  6. Worlds with one religion/method of worship
  7. Skin color as the only means of differentiation
  8. Earth-based morality
  9. Arbitrary caste systems
  10. Cities founded in areas with no water
  11. Agriculture in areas with no water
  12. Everyone having the same weather all the time
  13. Technology not being consistent
  14. Swift changes in political ideology
  15. Every state having the same political structure
  16. Lack of trade
  17. Everyone having Western Abrahamic views on gender/sexuality
  18. American and European animals living in the same place
  19. Lack of biodiversity
  20. Death rites being the same everywhere
  21. Burying people in marshy swampland prone to flooding
  22. Access to the same food everywhere
  23. Agriculture that doesn’t match the climate
  24. Foods that exist because of genetic modification existing in nature (i.e. bananas)
  25. Everything being based in middle ages -> Victorian-era Western culture/technology level
  26. Magic having no effect on technological development
  27. Religions irrelevant to the land they are based in
  28. Indigenous skin-color unrelated to climate
  29. Climate unrelated to geographic location
  30. Homogenous port/trade cities
  31. Access to technology by lower class
  32. States with no human rights laws
  33. Immediate rebuilding after wars
  34. Long periods of time with absolute peace
  35. Lack of international organizations
  36. Western-based organizational structures
  37. Western-based human rights ideas
  38. Capitalism
  39. Clean streets with no sewage system
  40. Clean water with no sewage system
  41. Science that makes no sense
  42. Governments hated by everybody
  43. Governments with one political party/ideology
  44. Lack of communication between states
  45. Lack of immigration

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