Sealed with a kiss
This discovery about a secret Viking message is special - and will put a big smile on your face. For years researchers have tried to crack a Viking rune alphabet known as Jötunvillur. It is found in some 80 inscriptions, including the one above, which dates from the 11th or 12th century. Recently the news broke that a runologist in Norway was successful. It turns out that you had to replace the rune character with the last letter of the sound it produced. So the rune for “f”, which was pronounced like “fe”, represented an “e”. And so researchers were able to decode the 900-year-old message on the piece of wood above, which turned out to be - wait for it… - “Kiss me”! It gets better, however. It turns out that coding and decoding such messages was a playful game, a leisure activity. This is clear from the fact that some of the inscriptions invite the reader to solve the code, stating for example “Interpret these runes.” This, of course, makes the discovery of the “Kiss me” message even more sensational. The kiss was no doubt the reward for the successful individual who cracked this particular message. Two Viking lovers entertaining themselves with a playful coding game - that came with a delightful climax. Awesome.
More information: this Norwegian article originally reported the story, which is also the source of the image (made by Jonas Nordby, the researcher who cracked the code). I picked up the story from the invaluable Medievalists blog (here).
hidden rune smooch secrets
look at Hanji
she’s so happy
IT’S A G I A N T T I T A N…..
MAYBE IT’S FRIENDLY!!!
FRIENDLY TITAN FRIENDLY TITAN
In order to become the supreme adult, you must perform the seven wonders:
- Public speaking
- Not being afraid of teenagers
- Calling the doctor yourself
- Arguing without crying
- Having a normal sleep pattern
- Having an answer to the question ‘what do you want to do with your life?’
Keep it up, female scientists! Don’t let our misogynistic patriarchial society stop you from pursuing your dreams!
Underground-street-crossing book store
There are numerous “shanty” book stores in such underground street crossings in Yerevan. They contain thousands and thousands of used and new books. Some of them even act as a library: you buy a book for very cheap (30¢ or so), then if you want to return it, bring it back and get another one. Most of the sellers know all the books on the market in town, and have read most of the books they are selling. When you pass by you can hear “You need a book, honey? What book do you want?” They have TV sets and spend nights watching news and debating politics.
Such a great vibe here.
this will never stop being funny.
the girl dressed as the boss is the best
I crave intimacy but I get confused and uncomfortable when I’m shown even the slightest bit of attention or affection.
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