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More from Flowers of the Sky—depictions of comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars at the Public Domain Review.

Flowers of the Sky.

The Public Domain Review collected “depictions spanning almost a whole millennium – in chronological order – of comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars.”

We love Lucy Engelman.  She did a beautiful custom illustration for our latest episode (which you should listen to, BTW).

And oh look, she has a Tumblr!


Mermaid illustration obtained by Blomhoff, late Edo period (artist unknown)

Reports of mermaid encounters were not uncommon in 19th-century Japan, and a number of illustrated documents from that period - including a few by notable natural historians - depict some fantastic specimens rarely seen in today’s world.

This mermaid illustration from the National Museum of Ethnology (Leiden, Netherlands) was obtained by Dutch trader Jan Cock Blomhoff, who served as director of the Dejima trading post in Nagasaki from 1817 to 1824. The drawing appears to show a different mermaid than Blomhoff’s famous mummified specimen, which is also owned by the museum.

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Geographical and astronomical illustrations from the mid-1800s by John Philipps Emslie via The Wellcome Collection)

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A fear submitted by thisismyideaofhumor

Deep dark fears turned into wonderful comic strips,
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Some American flora from 1855 to help you through the cold winter nights of 2014.


These fun illustrations by Norbert Mayer celebrate animals that have traveled in space.

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Josh Lewandowski’s Pointless Diagrams

"The daily diagrams are submitted to us and the interns get to work combing through them for any meaning or point that accidentally slipped through. If they find one that Josh submitted actually has a point it is immediately incinerated and we request a new, truly pointless drawing from Josh"

In love with this.

(via the all-knowing all-seeing Metafilter)