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During the insurgency of 1764 in Shandong, Wang Lun's forces used an array of magical techniques, including strange incantations and women soldiers waving white fans...An old soldier came to t he rescue with this advice: "Let a prostitute go up on the wall and take off her underclothing . . . we will use yin power to counter their spells." Thegovernment side adopted additional measures of a like sort, including, as later recounted by Wang Lun himself, "women wearing red clothing but naked from the waste down, bleeding and urinating in order to destroy our power."


The story was also circulated and widely believed by the populace that a naked woman straddled each of the many cannon mounted in the foreign buildings in Zizhulin, making it impossible for the gunfire-repelling magic (bipao zhi fa) of the Boxers to work properly.

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In his account of his expedition, Galton referred to a Nama woman, the wife of one of his host’s servants, as a ‘Venus among Hottentots’. Being ‘perfectly aghast at her development’ and being a ‘scientific man’, Galton was ‘exceedingly anxious to obtain accurate measurements of her shape’. However, the circumstances were difficult and Galton reported that he ‘felt in a dilemma as I gazed at her form’. The solution, of which Galton was particularly proud, involved his taking a series of observations "upon her figure" with his sextant, making an outline drawing while she stood at a distance under a tree. Then he ‘boldly pulled out’ his measuring tape to calculate the distance and worked out the results using trigonometry and logarithms.

Noooo comment.

ETA: Although I guess this finally clarifies the meaning of "Hottentot" for me?

ETA 2: It occurs to me that the federal government pays me to read descriptions of (basically) 19th century porn. o.O
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In a nutshell, it's not the best book for right-wing orthodox Catholic monarchists. But if you're a hippy-freak new ager with a taste for poorly drafted gothic novels, this might be right up your alley.

wtf yogurt

Feb. 25th, 2010 04:44 am
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I wrote a letter to an organic yogurt company in Iowa. It is as follows:


I am writing to inquire about the name of your yogurt called "Cultural Revolution." It is unclear to me what widescale destruction, brutality, and chaos that affected tens of millions of lives and the internal Party struggles over the question of Mao's successor have to do with peach yogurt. Please clarify.



Aug. 16th, 2009 04:42 pm
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The idea that there's a "relationship" between a government and its subjects--what's next, "We don't need to outlaw marital rape because it's unthinkable a man could rape his wife"?! The power imbalance alone--of course, if you don't do anything wrong, he won't hurt you! Just trust him, okay? (And when you still won't listen, Nancy Pelosi will tell you that you should be obeying him anyway.)

Even in a democracy (and we don't even have that), the people are the ruled and the government is distinct from them. The government isn't "society" or "the people" represented; it is a bunch of bureaucrats with too much power headed by a bunch of casually corrupt classists with too many guns at their disposal.

Think "abusive" and not "a deep and abiding connection based on mutual love trust and understanding" for your relationship model.


Jun. 7th, 2008 02:58 am
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Said Mom, "Do you have any idea what on earth this is?"

She showed me a piece of notebook paper with green, girlish writing on it.

I googled and found that it's a sort-of analysis of an Ibsen play. My mom announced that she "will be seriously disturbed if Joe cannot explain where this came from, because I would hate to think that Ibsen is crawling around my house."


Sep. 29th, 2007 02:28 am
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There is a restaurant near here that has a sign with "GLBT Sandwiches for Sale!" written on the window. Do I even want to know?


Apr. 26th, 2006 11:15 pm
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My physics teacher asked me, and I quote verbatim, "So, are you Republican because your parents are Republican or have you actually thought it through?" WTF?


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