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erikkwakkel:

Sealed with a kiss
This discovery about a secret Viking message is special - and will put a big smile on your face. For years researchers have tried to crack a Viking rune alphabet known as Jötunvillur. It is found in some 80 inscriptions, including the one above, which dates from the 11th or 12th century. Recently the news broke that a runologist in Norway was successful. It turns out that you had to replace the rune character with the last letter of the sound it produced. So the rune for “f”, which was pronounced like “fe”, represented an “e”. And so researchers were able to decode the 900-year-old message on the piece of wood above, which turned out to be - wait for it… - “Kiss me”! It gets better, however. It turns out that coding and decoding such messages was a playful game, a leisure activity. This is clear from the fact that some of the inscriptions invite the reader to solve the code, stating for example “Interpret these runes.” This, of course, makes the discovery of the “Kiss me” message even more sensational. The kiss was no doubt the reward for the successful individual who cracked this particular message. Two Viking lovers entertaining themselves with a playful coding game - that came with a delightful climax. Awesome.
More information: this Norwegian article originally reported the story, which is also the source of the image (made by Jonas Nordby, the researcher who cracked the code). I picked up the story from the invaluable Medievalists blog (here).

hidden rune smooch secrets

    t-d-x:

    erikkwakkel:

    Sealed with a kiss

    This discovery about a secret Viking message is special - and will put a big smile on your face. For years researchers have tried to crack a Viking rune alphabet known as Jötunvillur. It is found in some 80 inscriptions, including the one above, which dates from the 11th or 12th century. Recently the news broke that a runologist in Norway was successful. It turns out that you had to replace the rune character with the last letter of the sound it produced. So the rune for “f”, which was pronounced like “fe”, represented an “e”. And so researchers were able to decode the 900-year-old message on the piece of wood above, which turned out to be - wait for it… - “Kiss me”! It gets better, however. It turns out that coding and decoding such messages was a playful game, a leisure activity. This is clear from the fact that some of the inscriptions invite the reader to solve the code, stating for example “Interpret these runes.” This, of course, makes the discovery of the “Kiss me” message even more sensational. The kiss was no doubt the reward for the successful individual who cracked this particular message. Two Viking lovers entertaining themselves with a playful coding game - that came with a delightful climax. Awesome.

    More information: this Norwegian article originally reported the story, which is also the source of the image (made by Jonas Nordby, the researcher who cracked the code). I picked up the story from the invaluable Medievalists blog (here).

    hidden rune smooch secrets

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  3. 14 April 2014

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  4. A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
     
    “Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
     
    To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.

    — 

    US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Common Dreams

    If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?

    (via wilwheaton)

  5. icarly-official:

    why do teenage girls hang out in odd numbers?

    because they can’t even

    I wish I could say I wasn’t laughing at this, but…

  6. sonomabento:

    Nails inspired by The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Read more on my blog.

  7. 12 April 2014

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    Artisanal Toast →

    quartey:

    He had the solemn intensity of a Ping-Pong player who keeps his game very close to the table: knees slightly bent, wrist flicking the butter knife back and forth, eyes suggesting a kind of flow state.

    It’s easy to snicker, but there’s a lot more to this story.

    A confession:…

    Toast is one of my favorite foods, no joke.

  8. jtotheizzoe:

    the-science-llama:

    Which house do you belong to? (via LISACommunity on Facebook)

    Science is coming.

  9. She hated the namelessness of women in stories, as if they lived and died so that men could have metaphysical insights.

    — Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding  (via rubenrobinsons)

    I was just venting about this yesterday! Even in real life it seems like women exist so men can have personalities.

    (Source: fissionaccomplished)

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  11. adamninelives:

Neck x Face

    adamninelives:

    Neck x Face

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  12. melloncolliesinfinitemixtape:

    Slowdive / Alison

    your cigarette still burns, your messed up world will thrill me, alison i’m lost

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  15. brightstagelights:

Love this movie :o

It’s so perfect :3

    brightstagelights:

    Love this movie :o

    It’s so perfect :3