Friday, November 21, 2008

Hell of a Shell

The shell of the Venus Comb Murex. According to Wikipedia, it's a species of large, predatory sea snail. Not sure how this thing predates, but it sure is cool-looking.

Even cooler is the x-ray of it.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Did you know that that famous image of Cosette from the Les Miserables poster is actually taken from a much larger work?

It's one of the plates from the original edition of Les Mis (1862) and was created by Emile Bayard.

It's a wonderful engraving, of course, but the poor girl only looks to be about 18 inches tall!

They still use those kind of brooms in Paris, only now they're made of green plastic.