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October 16, 2018

Serpent Labret with Articulated Tongue


Aztec. Gold. 1300–1521 CE. Mexico.

2.62"H x 1.75"W x 2.62"D.

In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which wrote:


Look out — this labret, or lip ornament, is in the shape of a serpent ready to strike!

The Aztecs created this labret around 500 to 700 years ago.

They believed serpents were powerful supernatural creatures that helped rulers and heroes.

One of the most important Aztec gods is even named the Feathered Serpent.


Aztec rulers wore labrets to symbolize their ability to speak with care and precision.

They were worn inserted through a pierced opening in the lower lip.

The labret was held in place by the flange — the flat, extended tabs on either side of the circular base.

The flange was laid against the inside of the mouth.


As you can see, this labret can move!

The serpent's tongue can swing from side to side and move in and out.

Royals and nobles wore labrets to show their power.

They wore gold labrets for very special occasions like battles and ceremonies.

October 16, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Map of Every Building in America

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Another wonderful interactive from the New York Times.

See my house, right in the middle of the map above, pulled out of the Times article?

Here's a better look:


Fair warning: there goes the day.

October 16, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Life-Size LEGO Bugatti


It's a Chiron, the LEGO version pictured below


next to the real thing.

It's drivable,


generating 5 hp from its LEGO motors.


Top speed is 12.5 mph.

Wheels and tires (below)

Wheels:tires among few non-Lego components

are among the few non-LEGO components.

Working rear lights and spoiler:

Working rear lights and spoiler

Removable steering wheel:

Removable steering wheel

It was made from more than a million LEGO Technics pieces.

[via autoblog, Ars Technica, LEGO, and my Crack©® Pittsburgh Correspondent]

October 16, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kettle Fiery Thai Potato Chips


Kettle giveth, and Kettle taketh away.

For many years my one of my favorite potato chips was Kettle's Spicy Thai. 

They disappeared from store shelves about a year ago.

Then, about a month ago, I espied Kettle's Korean BBQ potato chips, which proved a winner.

That was the good news.

The bad: I can't find them anywhere now.

But then, at Whole Foods the other day, carefully scanning the Kettle chip section, I saw these new Fiery Thai chips.


Two bags into the cart.

Verdict: excellent.

Gray Cat©® recommended. 

October 16, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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