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July 1, 2011

The wisdom of the ancients: Japanese steles warned of tsunami danger — "Do not build here"


The centuries-old stone tablet above reads, "High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point!"

From an April 6, 2011 post on Good: "This marker, and several more like it, some more than 600 years old, 'dot the coastline' of Japan, according to a report in the The Canadian Press."

And: "One, in the coastal town of Kesennuma, gave instructions: 'Always be prepared for unexpected tsunamis. Choose life over your possessions and valuables.' Another, in the city of Natori, simply advised, 'If an earthquake comes, beware of tsunamis.' This was a warning that not everybody heeded [in the March 2011 earthquake]: in Natori, where 820 bodies have been found and 1,000 people are still missing, people still left work 'early after the earthquake, some picking up their children at school en route, to check the condition of their homes near the coast."

More: "But in the tight-knit community of Aneyoshi, where the marker pictured above still stands, the wisdom of their ancestors saved the homes and lives of the tiny village's inhabitants. The waves stopped just 300 feet below the stone. All of Aneyoshi's houses are built on higher ground, and 12-year-old resident Yuto Kimura explained to The Canadian Press":

Everybody here knows about the markers. We studied them in school. When the tsunami came, my mom got me from school and then the whole village climbed to higher ground.

Martin Fackler's April 20, 2011 New York Times story offers a more in-depth look at the marker stones of coastal Japan.

This Times video accompanied Fackler's article.

[via @stevesilberman]

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Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks


I thought these were nothing special until I happened to scroll down on Amazon and saw the reviews (below):


Said T. Eddington of Payson, Utah: "I pulled two six-pound pork butts in under five minutes. These things are great!"



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Popping a 6-foot water balloon

"The Slow Mo Guys are well aware that water balloons are always good in slow motion. In this video, Gav and crew try (and fail many times) to pop a six-foot giant red balloon."

[via Milena and BuzzFeed]

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William Burroughs: Cut-ups

The master shows and tells.

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Klimt Barbie


You could look it up.

Or just look at the photo up top.

Long story short: The new doll from Mattel is inspired by Adele Bloch-Bauer, Klimt's famous Austrian model (and possibly his lover).

Klimt's golden portrait of her (below)

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was "finished in 1907 and modeled on Byzantine mosaics of Empress Theodora in Ravenna," wrote Robin Cembalest in a June 28, 2011 Tablet post.

The painting was sold to Ronald Lauder in 2006 for a reported $135 million, said to be the highest price ever paid for an artwork at the time.

It currently resides at the Manhattan museum founded by Lauder, the Neue Galerie, across Fifth Avenue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The doll's a snip at $34.95.

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MorphWorld: Breckin Meyer into Bill Maher


Meyer (above) plays Jared Franklin in TNT's new show "Franklin & Bash."

Maher (below)

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needs no introduction.

Bonus: same initials.


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Szechuan Buzz Buttons


From the website:


Szechuan Buttons (aka Sechuan Buttons, Sichuan Buttons, Buzz Buttons, Toothache plant, Acmella Oleracea) are an unusual food in that their primary use is not nutrition or flavor but rather to impart a sensation to food and drink. They possess a slightly bitter, herby flavor that isn’t unusual, but a few seconds after consuming them something very interesting begins to happen in the mouth:

Eating a few tiny petals from a Szechuan button (pinched off between thumb and forefinger or cut using a knife or shears) will lead to a tingling sensation…almost like mild voltage or bubbles from an effervescent beverage popping on the tongue. It is similar to (but much more intense than) the tingling imparted by Szechuan peppercorns, which is how this flower gets its Chinese name, despite originally being from Africa.

Part of the secret of this effect may be that these flowers contain a natural painkiller sometimes used to numb toothache (hence their other nickname: toothache plant). It is not unpleasant, but surprising, and sharing just a small pinch with friends will cause a look of confused wonder.



30 for $44.


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