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“Jefferson started issuing a flurry of letters home, pleading for someone in America, anyone, to kill and stuff the largest moose he could find and ship it to him in France.”
Some American flora from 1855 to help you through the cold winter nights of 2014.
“The number of days in a year has declined from over 400 to what we have now, which is 365.”
Life on the Moon
In 1836, Richard E. Locke, writing for the New York Sun, claimed that the noted British astronomer Sir John Herschel had discovered life on the moon. Flora and fauna included bat-men, moon maidens (with luna-moth wings), moon bison, and other extravagant life forms.
These lithographs by Leopoldo Galluzzo’s Altre scoverte fatte nella luna dal Sigr. Herschel depict Herschel’s “discoveries”.
It just so happens there is a fan-freaking-tastic podcast about this. The Memory Palace Episode 24: The Moon in the Sun.
The Science of Animal Locomotion by Eadweard Muybridge, in GIF form.