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The Myth of Medusa from Greek Mythology

Medusa from Greek Mythology Perhaps of of the most famous characters in Greek Mythology is the gorgon known as Medusa.  The snake haired creature that turns you into stone.  In the Greek mythology, Medusa is a creature, a monster.  She is the daughter of Keto and Phorkys. She also had other two siblings namely Sthenno and Euryale.  Among all of the three siblings, Medusa is the only one who is mortal. Whenever people would look straight into her eyes, they will instantly turn into stones.  This would be great for a sculpture garden, but it doesn't really work if you where the person being turned to stone. The Beautiful Medusa Medusa wasn't always like this. She once had golden hair, and was...

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Old Medicine Shows

In the nineteenth century, many people believed humanity had actually conquered the world through science. Technological advances were on a roll, and factories were popping up everywhere. It seemed like the golden age for inventions and new patents of every type. Some people got rich. As a result of the seeming invincibility of science, medicine shows were everywhere. In each small town, a well-dressed man with a wagon full of cure-alls would show up. He had the gift of tongue: he entertained, sometimes performed some magic trick, he spoke in a familial way, he could enthrall with stories, he could persuade. Sometimes the con could go even further - he'd have an assistant, someone whose job it was to show...

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The Allure of Cleopatra

Long, long before the famous 1960s movie starring Elizabeth based on Cleopatra's life came out, the Egyptian queen had been a powerhouse in people's imagination. She continues to attract attention today. She was powerful, alluring, and intelligent. She knew how to rule and fight. She spoke at least seven languages. Known for her affairs with the great Roman emperor Julius Caesar as well as the politician and general Mark Antony, she's portrayed in film and stories as beautiful, dangerous, and shrewd.  The truth, of course, is somewhere in between.  What we do know is that Cleopatra lived from 69 BC to 30 BC. She was from the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egyptian rulers and the last queen of Egypt. She was highly...

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The Creepy Clown Uprising

In late August last year in Greenville, South Carolina, a little boy in Alabama ran to his mom with a odd story. Two people dressed in clown garb - one with a red wig, the other with a black star on his face - had tried to lure him into the woods. And so it began.  Clowns began appearing like pumpkins at fall festivals. Calls came pouring in at the Greenville County police's office, as both children and adults reported clown sightings near apartment complexes and at the edge of the woods. In Spartanburg, also South Carolina, there were reports of clowns trying to lure kids into the woods with treats.  By September, North Carolina cities Greensboro, Marion and Winston-Salem were...

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Examples of Anthropomorphism in Victorian Art

Anthropomorphism - the attribution of human traits and emotions to non-human entities, including animals - has existed probably since the dawn of time. One ancient example is Aesop's Fables, in which stories such as The Hare and The Tortoise have been recounted to numerous generations. In the 19th century, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland was and continues to delight audiences to this day - it includes a talking caterpillar, mice, flowers, and late hares in full human dress. In the same era Alice came out, the Victorian Era (1837-1901), there was a trend of photographs or paintings of animals in various anthropomorphic poses, doing human things and wearing human clothing. An example of a Victorian Christmas card: Victorian ad on a trading card...

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