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A Vintage Map of a Woman’s Heart

In the 19th century America, women were expected to hold up to an ideal that was “True Womanhood.” There were four corner stones of true womanhood — piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity. It was these virtues by which women would be judged, and those who possessed all of them would be assured happiness in life. This idealized version of women was advertised in newspapers, magazines, and somewhere between the years of 1833 and 1842, D. W. Kellogg created a lithograph of a map of a woman’s heart.

Entitled A Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart, the map had love at the centre of a woman’s heart, with a range of mountains that protected it from the dangers of selfishness, fickleness, vanity, and flirtatious behaviour. A sizeable part of the map wass taken up by the love of fashion, where it seems there was even a monument dedicated to it. It certainly painted women as shallow creatures and the subtitle seemed to be a warning to those thinking of travelling the lands. It read, “Exhibiting its internal communications, and the facilities and dangers to Travellers therein.”

Have a look at this vintage map after the jump.

Animal Kingdom Science & Technology

Oh Look! The Vasculature of a Porcine Heart

Back in 2007, Flickr user Rob Jones took a photo of the wonderfully intricate mess of veins and capillaries in a porcine heart. With its four chambers and four valves, a pig’s heart is similar to a human one and blood flows through it in a similar way to a human’s.

The image show a porcine heart where the blood was replaced with a plastic substance, and when the tissues surrounding the heart was dissolved, all that remained was the detailed vascular system. Have a look at the full image after the jump.


Psycho killer gouges out and devours his own eyeball!!

eyeball soup

So this is nice. Texan death row inmate Andre Thomas has ripped out his one working eye with his fingers and eaten it. Hopefully he had the good sense to perhaps sauté it in a little garlic and serve it on a bed of lemon-scented basmati rice (and not blue soup/toilet duck as in the above image). Andre is not inexperienced at this sort of thing – he ripped his other eyeball out some years ago. Anyway this whack-job has been moved to a nice cosy psychiatric facility where he probably won’t be able to disfigure his blind self any further.

Oh and FYI Andre was on death row for brutally murdering his wife, son and infant stepdaughter. Apparently he ripped their hearts out. Literally.

This lovely tale via The Daily Mail.