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I ❤️ fluorite. I just now realized that there are phantoms visible inside that window. I’ve had this piece for years.  #fluorite #minerals #mineralspecimen #rockhound #crystals #phantom #wunderkammer #collection #oddacious #oddities #mineral
Azurite sure is pretty. Even a mediocre specimen like this one still looks great.  I’m not sure what the white mineral mixed in on the front side is, but I assume the back is calcite or quartz. #azurite #copper #mineral #crystals #rockhound #blueasfuck #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #mineralspecimen #minerals
I wonder if @elonmusk has considered the merits of bubble based fuels?  If you’re gonna build a tunnel to Mars, it helps to have a combination fuel/lubricant/handsoap. Multipurpose efficiency is key. #bubblepower #bubblescience #bubblestospace #bubbles #rockets #rocketfuel #diyspace #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #vintage #bubblerocket
Human ear/temporal bone medical preparation. If you look real closely you can see the tiny hammer, anvil, and stirrup bones that make ear magic happen. #ear #temporal #human #bone #humanbones #humanbody #osteology #otolaryngology #hearing #sound #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #antique
Elmwood fluorite with spessartine garnet, and sphalerite. Fluorite might be my favorite mineral, it’s just so fucking pretty.  Mines like Elmwood and Rogerly produced some absolutely ridiculous mineral specimens. This one is beautiful but there are specimens out there that will leave you breathless, guaranteed.  There was a tradition in some mines that the miners could keep anything they find that fit in their lunch box. Commercial mining companies are in it for bulk, not specimens. Miners are smart though, so they started bringing in giant rolling coolers for lunch boxes.  This is how Elmwood specimens came to the market. It’s a shame that the mine operator doesn’t allow this anymore, it’s sad to think of all the beautiful specimens that would just be destroyed and ground to bits for fractions of a penny. #fluorite #minerals #rockhound #mineralspecimen #elmwood #crystal #spessartine #garnet #sphalerite #mineralporn #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #geology
Elmwood fluorite with spessartine garnet, and sphalerite. Fluorite might be my favorite mineral, it’s just so fucking pretty. Mines like Elmwood and Rogerly produced some absolutely ridiculous mineral specimens. This one is beautiful but there are specimens out there that will leave you breathless, guaranteed. There was a tradition in some mines that the miners could keep anything they find that fit in their lunch box. Commercial mining companies are in it for bulk, not specimens. Miners are smart though, so they started bringing in giant rolling coolers for lunch boxes. This is how Elmwood specimens came to the market. It’s a shame that the mine operator doesn’t allow this anymore, it’s sad to think of all the beautiful specimens that would just be destroyed and ground to bits for fractions of a penny. #fluorite  #minerals  #rockhound  #mineralspecimen  #elmwood  #crystal  #spessartine  #garnet  #sphalerite  #mineralporn  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious  #geology 
Fossil brittle star (furcaster palaeozoicus) of the Devonian period approximately 375 million years old, from the Bundenbach formation in Germany. The level of detail is amazing in Hunsruck slates, it’s almost microscopic.  I love the three dimensionality of this fossil. The way the arms are so delicately draped over each other is fucking rad. One of my favorite fossils for sure. #starfish #fossil #fossilized #seastar #marinelife #ocean #devonian #bundenbach #hunsruck #slate #germany #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #rockhound #mineralspecimen #brittlestar #seastar
Fossil brittle star (furcaster palaeozoicus) of the Devonian period approximately 375 million years old, from the Bundenbach formation in Germany. The level of detail is amazing in Hunsruck slates, it’s almost microscopic. I love the three dimensionality of this fossil. The way the arms are so delicately draped over each other is fucking rad. One of my favorite fossils for sure. #starfish  #fossil  #fossilized  #seastar  #marinelife  #ocean  #devonian  #bundenbach  #hunsruck  #slate  #germany  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious  #rockhound  #mineralspecimen  #brittlestar  #seastar 
Selenite “Hour Glass” from Jet, Oklahoma.  Selenite is a form of gypsum, the stuff drywall is made from. #selenite #mineralspecimen #minerals #rockhound #gypsum #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
WWII American propaganda exploiting common Japanese stereotypes of the era. It was commonly believed that the Japanese had poor eyesight. This stereotype was used to promote the idea of American military, and cultural superiority.  In reality, the Japanese had a highly trained, well equipped naval Air Force that was more than a match for American forces in the early stages of the war.  The turning point for the Japanese was the battle of Midway, where an American counter-trap was sprung, sinking 4 Japanese carriers and killing most of their best pilots. It was all downhill from there for Japan. #wwii #propaganda #worldwar #worldwarii #wartime #douglass #ephemera #oldmagazine #stereotypes #racism #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
WWII American propaganda exploiting common Japanese stereotypes of the era. It was commonly believed that the Japanese had poor eyesight. This stereotype was used to promote the idea of American military, and cultural superiority. In reality, the Japanese had a highly trained, well equipped naval Air Force that was more than a match for American forces in the early stages of the war. The turning point for the Japanese was the battle of Midway, where an American counter-trap was sprung, sinking 4 Japanese carriers and killing most of their best pilots. It was all downhill from there for Japan. #wwii  #propaganda  #worldwar  #worldwarii  #wartime  #douglass  #ephemera  #oldmagazine  #stereotypes  #racism  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
At least they meant well. That counts  for something, right?  Can you imagine the looks you’d get wearing this on the street today?  So much wrong in so few words. #knightsofcolumbus #koc #charity #retarded #developmentaldisabilities #disabled #specialneeds #vintage #fraternal #wunderkammer #oddities #oddacious #collectibles #wrong #insensitive #politicallyincorrect
Happy July 4th and stuff. I don’t have any fireworks so I might as well cynically exploit a national holiday for likes.  Who wants to start the U-S-A chant?  #july4th #4thofjuly #america #usa #greatseal #unitedstates #eagle #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
The fuck?  This is for people who don’t want to hold their own cigarette while playing cards.  The weird thing is that the angle in the pic is wrong. It actually holds the cig perpendicular to your fingers, sideways. All I see this doing is ensuring that every ash falls directly on the back of your hand. Fucking stupid. Neat though.  Acquired from @otherthumbs #cigaretteholder #cig #cigarette #smokingaccessories #smoking #bridge #nicotine #cigarettefetish #cigaretteburns  #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
The fuck? This is for people who don’t want to hold their own cigarette while playing cards. The weird thing is that the angle in the pic is wrong. It actually holds the cig perpendicular to your fingers, sideways. All I see this doing is ensuring that every ash falls directly on the back of your hand. Fucking stupid. Neat though. Acquired from @otherthumbs #cigaretteholder  #cig  #cigarette  #smokingaccessories  #smoking  #bridge  #nicotine  #cigarettefetish  #cigaretteburns  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
Monster 12.5” prison shank with a 7.5”, well sharpened blade, and shaped plastic handle. This thing is an absolute beast. It’s made like an actual knife, with a comfortable handle and pommel to make it easier to maintain a grip.  The handle is made from melted plastic, probably sourced from plastic bags. The blade has a cutting edge for fucks sake, it’s ridiculous. Normally these things are built to be easily hidden, I don’t imagine it was very practical to hide this on a person. Whoever made this was an artisan, one who wanted to make a lasting impression. Acquired from the collection of @ballyhooligan #prison #prisonlife #shank #weapon #improvisedweapons #knife #blade #wunderkammer #oddities #oddacious #collection
Monster 12.5” prison shank with a 7.5”, well sharpened blade, and shaped plastic handle. This thing is an absolute beast. It’s made like an actual knife, with a comfortable handle and pommel to make it easier to maintain a grip. The handle is made from melted plastic, probably sourced from plastic bags. The blade has a cutting edge for fucks sake, it’s ridiculous. Normally these things are built to be easily hidden, I don’t imagine it was very practical to hide this on a person. Whoever made this was an artisan, one who wanted to make a lasting impression. Acquired from the collection of @ballyhooligan #prison  #prisonlife  #shank  #weapon  #improvisedweapons  #knife  #blade  #wunderkammer  #oddities  #oddacious  #collection 
Bullet wound X-ray from 1912 on glass. It’s either a funny angle, or it’s a roundish projectile, which makes me wonder if it’s a shotgun pellet?  It’s right in the meaty part of the shoulder around the upper trapezius so maybe the rest of the pellets sailed over the shoulder, I dunno.  The patient’s name was JB Woollard, and it was taken at the St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, Kansas on August 18, 1912. I have no idea what all the numbers mean specifically, but I assume they’re for the radiologist to interpret.  #xray #bulletwound #gsw #gunshot #shotgun #shooting #antique #radiology #xrayoftheday #stfrancis #topeka #medical #medicine #hospital #emergencymedicine #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
Bullet wound X-ray from 1912 on glass. It’s either a funny angle, or it’s a roundish projectile, which makes me wonder if it’s a shotgun pellet? It’s right in the meaty part of the shoulder around the upper trapezius so maybe the rest of the pellets sailed over the shoulder, I dunno. The patient’s name was JB Woollard, and it was taken at the St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, Kansas on August 18, 1912. I have no idea what all the numbers mean specifically, but I assume they’re for the radiologist to interpret. #xray  #bulletwound  #gsw  #gunshot  #shotgun  #shooting  #antique  #radiology  #xrayoftheday  #stfrancis  #topeka  #medical  #medicine  #hospital  #emergencymedicine  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
Newspaper from August 14, 1945, the day before Japan agreed to surrender in WWII. The second atomic bomb had just been dropped on Nagasaki and everyone is wondering how that could possibly not be enough.  There’s an even more interesting article kind of buried under the  headline. The author of this article had interviewed Admiral Kimmel, the base commander at Pearl Harbor on December 6th, exactly *one day* before the surprise attack. He was asked his thoughts on the prospects of war with Japan. He was like “naah, ain’t gonna happen and let me tell you why.” 24 hours later, Pearl Harbor was attacked. The article was now subject to censor, so the author sat on it for almost 4 years before finally being allowed to publish it the day before the war ended. I don’t know why I never heard about this before, but that’s kinda nuts. Have you ever gotten anything *that* wrong?  #wwii #newspaper #oldnews #vintage #worldwar2 #japan #atomic #nagasaki #surrender #kimmel #pearlharbor #wartime #censored #news #headlines #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #wrong
Newspaper from August 14, 1945, the day before Japan agreed to surrender in WWII. The second atomic bomb had just been dropped on Nagasaki and everyone is wondering how that could possibly not be enough. There’s an even more interesting article kind of buried under the headline. The author of this article had interviewed Admiral Kimmel, the base commander at Pearl Harbor on December 6th, exactly *one day* before the surprise attack. He was asked his thoughts on the prospects of war with Japan. He was like “naah, ain’t gonna happen and let me tell you why.” 24 hours later, Pearl Harbor was attacked. The article was now subject to censor, so the author sat on it for almost 4 years before finally being allowed to publish it the day before the war ended. I don’t know why I never heard about this before, but that’s kinda nuts. Have you ever gotten anything *that* wrong? #wwii  #newspaper  #oldnews  #vintage  #worldwar2  #japan  #atomic  #nagasaki  #surrender  #kimmel  #pearlharbor  #wartime  #censored  #news  #headlines  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious  #wrong 
The five Platonic solids.  There are exactly 5 polyhedrons that can be constructed where every side, and every angle are equal. Basically that means a pyramid of triangles, a cube of squares, 2 back to back pyramids, twelve pentagons in a dodecahedron, and 20 triangles in an icosahedron, like a 20 sided die.  That’s all of them, it’s not possible to construct any more. These aren’t exactly oddities, but it’s kinda neat. #platonic #plato #solid #platonicsolids #math #geometry #science #proof #cube #tetrahedron #pyramid #octahedron #icosahedron #dodecahedron  #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
The five Platonic solids. There are exactly 5 polyhedrons that can be constructed where every side, and every angle are equal. Basically that means a pyramid of triangles, a cube of squares, 2 back to back pyramids, twelve pentagons in a dodecahedron, and 20 triangles in an icosahedron, like a 20 sided die. That’s all of them, it’s not possible to construct any more. These aren’t exactly oddities, but it’s kinda neat. #platonic  #plato  #solid  #platonicsolids  #math  #geometry  #science  #proof  #cube  #tetrahedron  #pyramid  #octahedron  #icosahedron  #dodecahedron  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious 
Hilger facial nerve stimulator. It electrocutes your face into funny contorted shapes!  It can also be used to measure the nerve and muscle response to help diagnose things like nerve damage. #hilger #facial #electrotherapy #electric #electrocute #face #nerve #nervestimulator #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious
Chinese propaganda poster from the 1950s.  It says something to the effect of “In the Second World War, the Soviet Union wiped out German and Japanese fascists” and “The Peoples Liberation Army has been wiped out from 1946-1950 by American imperialism.  American invaders will lose.” Based on the text, I’m guessing this was during Mao’s reign, but before the relationship between China and the USSR went sour. If so that would place this poster right around 1950-1955. My Chinese is limited to google translate, so the translation is probably fairly rough. # china #chinese #propaganda #propagandaposter #vintage #ephemera #poster #vintageposter #worldwar2 #wwii #coldwar #ussr #imperialism #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious #communist #communism #postwar
Chinese propaganda poster from the 1950s. It says something to the effect of “In the Second World War, the Soviet Union wiped out German and Japanese fascists” and “The Peoples Liberation Army has been wiped out from 1946-1950 by American imperialism. American invaders will lose.” Based on the text, I’m guessing this was during Mao’s reign, but before the relationship between China and the USSR went sour. If so that would place this poster right around 1950-1955. My Chinese is limited to google translate, so the translation is probably fairly rough. # china #chinese  #propaganda  #propagandaposter  #vintage  #ephemera  #poster  #vintageposter  #worldwar2  #wwii  #coldwar  #ussr  #imperialism  #wunderkammer  #collection  #oddities  #oddacious  #communist  #communism  #postwar 
Old firefighter’s jacket that came out of Rocketdyne, where all kinds of crazy shit happened back in the day, from nuclear accidents to testing space shuttle engines.  I dunno the guy who owned this jacket originally, but my dad worked with him I think.  We’re not all lucky enough to be born with our porn names. #firefighter #jacket #vintage #rocketdyne #hardman #pornname #wunderkammer #collection #oddities #oddacious