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chandra75:

George Takei,

You rule. 



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Girls pose by a jail that recalls the witch trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. Photo taken in 1945.

I recently learned that the water in Salem was contaminated with the fungus from which LSD is derived and a legitimate theory for the whole thing is that everyone in the town was tripping balls 

This might be the greatest thing ive ever seen on the internet

We did a whole massive thing on this in history. I believe the fungus in question is called Ergot and it’s terrifying. It makes your muscles spasm so when they had seizures that was the reason, not because they were possessed. One woman had to be strapped to her bed, she was seizing so bad. And, like ‘theybuildbuildings’ said, it had the same effects as LSD; as soon as you touch it, let alone consume it, it messes with your entire system. The worst thing is, you practically always had a bad trip. Many complained about bugs crawling under their skin or monsters emerging from the shadows to scratch and bite at them until they were screaming. It was a horrendous thing and the worst part is, Ergot is still around. It grows on crops and, if your wheat isn’t properly treated, it can be eaten and you’ll most likely experience the same as the women of Salem. 

god i love history

Except that:

  • Ergotism was well known by the time of the trials, the symptoms probably would have been identified. It was considered a terrifying disease for over a thousand years, known as “holy fire” or “St. Andrew’s Fire”. The most telling sign of ergotism, gangrene, wasn’t even present. It is uncommon for ergotism to be marked solely by convulsions.
  • Ergotism didn’t poison the water supply. If it had been a threat to the town it would have been through consumption of rye.
  • You’re underestimating the importance of William Griggs, the town doctor who diagnosed the so-called witchcraft. It wasn’t until after he diagnosed Betty that the accusations and claims from the girls started.
  • The girls were described as “hale and hearthy” outside of court. Ergotism wasn’t called “the holy fire” because it was mild. It was awful, with rates of fatality between 10-40%. Little was mentioned of vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, skin color change, chills, headaches…. The basic symptoms.

To disregard the unbelievable affect of class and gender on the Puritans is shocking. A wild fungus may seem more interesting, but it disregards prejudice, religion bases psychosis, misogyny, and hate for outsiders that permeated Salem. 

Everyone accused was a social pariah. The only exceptions to this are the people who questioned the trials. This is not by accident. Sarah Good was a beggar, Giles Corey was generally distrusted and had previously been accused of murder, Tituba was a black woman who spoke of omens and evil, Martha Carrier had been accused of witchcraft only two years prior and had inherited wealth despite patriarchal norms, Sarah Osbourne was challenging property laws and social norms, Margaret Scott was a poor widow who had been disliked for as long as 20 years, and so on and so on. They struck out against people their families were suspicious of.

These little girls were under tremendous stress. They could celebrate no holidays, express no strong emotions, no dancing or music, no toys, suffered rampant abuse espoused as discipline, and lived under the constant overwhelming fear of Hell. The older generation at that time was bemoaning the youths’ lack of piety and dedication to Christ. In other words, the girls were miserable and well aware that according to their parents only Hell awaited their misbehavior. They were trying to survive in an adult world not meant, or willing to, support the needs of children. To display anger, fear, or sorrow was a personal weakness. But to do so when coerced by the devil was perfectly acceptable. So they acted out, became hysterical. And claimed the devil was behind it all.

That may not be as exciting as the, “but they ate this spore, right? and it was like a bad trip on LSD!” but it’s almost certainly correct. 

THIS COMMENTARY I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE THIS FOR YEARS.

Ages of accusers when the questioning of suspects began on March 1, 1692:

1) Betty Parris — 9 (daughter of Rev. Samuel Parris)

2) Abigail Williams — 11 going on 12 (Betty’s cousin) Yeah, Arthur Miller aged her up considerably in The Crucible.

3) Ann Putnam, Jr. — 12 going on 13 

4) Mary Wolcott (or Walcott) — 16 going on 17 (noteworthy for having an aunt who allegedly showed Tituba and John Indian how to bake a witch cake)

5) Elizabeth Hubbard —  around 17 or 18 (indentured servant of Dr. Griggs, who first claimed that Betty was bewitched)

6) Mercy Lewis — around 17 or 18 (orphaned at 14 or so by an Indian attack, servant of both the former minister of Salem, George Burroughs, whom she later accused of witchcraft, and Thomas Putnam, father of one of the other accusers)

7) Susannah Sheldon — 18 when she started making accusations in April 1692

8) Elizabeth Booth — 18 in June 1692 when she started claiming “affliction.”

9) Mary Warren — around late teens to age 20 (servant for John and Elizabeth Proctor, whom she later accused of witchcraft)

So two of them were children—Abigail and Betty. Ann Putnam was a tween, at least until October 1692. (The trials ran through May 1693.) The other six were older teens; Mary Warren may have been twenty.

Also, it may be significant that three of the original seven were servants and that two accused their employers of witchcraft. Hubbard’s owner, Dr. Griggs, was a close friend of Thomas Putnam and a strong supporter of Samuel Parris, both before and after the trial; it’s likely that’s why he wasn’t accused. Salem was split, at the time of the accusations, between supporters of Parris and those of Mercy Lewis’s former employer, Burroughs. And while Proctor wasn’t especially political, he disliked Parris as a minister.So the two men who opposed Parris died, while one who supported him lived. 

Moreover, while the first people accused were outliers, most of those who died were not. Strangely, a great deal of property of those who died  had been hotly contested for years between the owners and Thomas Putnam. Even more strangely, a lot of it ended up back in Putnam’s hands.

The trials had a number of taproots. They weren’t solely spawned from boredom, frustration or hysteria. Good old-fashioned greed had plenty to do with it.



When people give Elsa crap for being “too sexy” for Disney

sokkycakes:

rosiedoll:

nipahdubs:

winchester101:

fantasylandstation:

giantchicken:

itswhereimmeanttogo:

It’s like,

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Disney

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done

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before?

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For gods sake, Ariel had a nude scene.

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YOU ARE MISSING THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE …!

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picturesinboxescomic:

Check out this absolutely unreal guest comic from my friends over at 1111 comics. Get to their Facebook here, Twitter here and jump over onto their site because if you don’t then you are seriously missing out

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Cat ☆ Monogatari | kiko [pixiv] 



syd-k:

WHY ISN’T IT TAGGED, WHYYYYY. I shall feex eet.

This is from “A Gathering of Cats” by Makoto Shinkai. It’s a one-minute short, and you can watch the whole thing here.

Truest shit I’ve seen since Chi’s Sweet Home, y’all. Truest shit.





laurenkcannon:

Dhaeva of the Dhuriiehm.

I feel back on my game after finishing this.  I haven’t been able to work much of the year for health reasons; it feels like a come-back



cuddlepunch:

This just in: he’s figured out where the laser comes from.