for November 21, 2011
Nowadays, when massive sea beasts wash ashore, humane policy is to bury the poor brutes in the sand after the marine biologists and cetologists check things out. Occasionally, of course, we’ll pack the beached Krakens with TNT and blow blubber to the moon.
But when something strange, something off-putting and cryptozoological, drifts up from the depths, we tend to hang onto the unsightly specimens, in whole or in part. Globsters, as these putrid, pretzled, oftentimes boneless hunks of organic goo are unscientifically known in the otherwise scientific literature, have been washing up throughout history to the occasional bafflement of experts. Here’s a criminally brief catalog of just some of these mysterious organic blobs
Anatomy of a Sailor – notrealthing
Depending on whether you live in the UK or US, Aardman’s salty new sea comedy The Pirates! Is either subtitled In An Adventure With Scientists (Blighty) or Band Of Misfits (America-land). But either way, all signs point to it being the comedy equivalent of a treasure chest loaded with shiny booty. We brought you an exclusive look at the UK promo last month, and now the new US trailer has arrived for your watching pleasure.
Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP – The Guardian
Imperialist Chic – Puck magazine, 6 April 1901. “Columbia’s Easter Bonnet” – feastingonroadkill
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— via fuckyeahcartography
Amazing Neptune’s Cup Sponge Rediscovered in Singapore
“More than 100 years after it was last seen, the giant Neptune’s cup sponge (Cliona patera) has been rediscovered off the coast of southern Singapore.
“First discovered in 1822, the sponges grew so large—a meter or more in both height and diameter—that their cup-like structures were sometimes used as tubs for babies. But their size made them valuable to collectors around the world and they were overharvested until they disappeared from Singapore in the 1870s. The last time living sponges were seen was 1908, when collectors found some in West Java, Indonesia. The species was then thought to be extinct. In the 1990s, a few dead Neptune’s cup sponges turned near Australia, giving researchers hope that they might find these massive Porifera again in the oceans around Singapore…
coolchicksfromhistory: Woman working in the shipyards in Mobile, Alabama during World War II.
Sink or Swim piece I did for an upcoming project. dereknobbs Not yet in the store, but if interested contact me
Ministry of Agriculture’s new “Dig for Victory” campaign launched: grow more food in UK to reduce German U-boat threat
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Giant clipper ships at hangars, Pan-American Airways terminal, Miami, Florida, U. S. Coast Guard Air Base in background – Special Collections Division. University of Miami Libraries.
Life magazine, June 19, 1944 – TheGuildedCentury
Baiae was an ancient Roman town overlooking the Bay of Naples, where rich Romans and emperors whiled away their time in their villas. It was also connected to the Roman Empire’s biggest naval base, Portus Julius. However, the town and port were built on a tract of volcanic land, the activity of which is said to have caused the structure to collapse into the ocean…
Hokusai, detail; artdetails
Jon Whitcomb (1906-1988) – American illustrator. He was well-known for his pictures of glamorous young women. During World War II, a series of illustrations for advertisements he created on the theme, “Back Home for Keeps,” became a pin-up fad for women deprived of their husbands or sweethearts.
Monkey Fist is a smack-talking, potty mouthed, Yankee hating, Red Sox fan in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to compiling Maritime Monday, she blogs about nautical art, history, and marine science on Adventures of the Blackgang. Submit story ideas, news links, photographs, or items of interest to her at MM@gcaptain.com. She can also out-belch any man.