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Retrofuturist Flashback: Weather Control, 1975

Here’s another vision of the future via the past, this time from a 1925 German publication. It looks 50 years into the future to the high-tech world of 1975 — well past the coming destruction and horror of World War

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Cosmic Canvas: Kircher’s ‘Mundus Subterraneous’

Above we see a sectional view of the Earth, revealing its “central fire” and active volcanoes from 1665′s “Mundus Subterraneous” by Athanasius Kircher. The Jesuit polymath researched and wrote on a variety of scholarly topics, but this beautifully-illustrated tome served

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Space Music: Cheeba’s ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’

I’m catching up on my Space Music and first stop is a new project from DJ Cheeba based around the cult-classic b-movie “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” The 1959 film is of course Ed Wood’s masterpiece, which continues to resonate

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Monster of the Week: The Devil’s Backside

We’ve covered demons here before on Monster of the Week, but never the Devil himself. In keeping with this week’s episode on Satanic Panic, I thought we should change that. The physical manifestations of the horned one are too many

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That Time Geraldo Exposed Satan’s Underground…

In our podcast episode “Satanic Panic,” guest-host Christian Sager and I explore the Satanism-fueled moral panic of the 1980s and 90s. We deal a good bit with the cultural kindling underlying the panic, as well as how popular media fanned

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Satanic Panic Mini-Gallery

Take a visual tour through the culture of Satanic Panic… Read more ›

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Artatomical: ‘The Physician Curing Fantasy’

Here we see a satirical illustration entitled ‘The Physician Curing Fantasy’ by Mathaus Greuter (1564–1638) satirizing the modern medical treatments of the late 1590s or early 1600s. At left, we see a doctor pouring liquid through a funnel into a

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Mini-Gallery: Zoo Atlanta’s Slimy Scaly Spectacular

A handful of photos from Zoo Atlanta’s brand new Slimy Scaly Spectacular reptile and amphibian house…Read more ›

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Artatomical: The Demons of Tooth Decay

We’ve already looked at 19th century Persian vision of the dragon of tooth aches, so I simply had to share this woodcut of demons causing tooth decay. The date is unknown, but Corbis Images alleges that the photo itself —

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Art Spotlight: Ryckaert’s Demons

If you’ve noticed reduced blog content around her lately, that’s because I’ve decided to refocus some of that time and energy towards writing articles for HowStuffWorks.com. For instance, I just finished up “What’s the largest snake that has ever existed?”

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