Posted 13 hours ago








During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.

It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.

You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.

The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.

The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.

Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.

So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.

Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.

These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

reblogging for the sweet history lesson

Reblogging because of the History lesson and because the masks, the masks are cool

Not to mention the aromatics and herbs in the masks helped too. A lot of herbs have antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties. Things like clove, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, citruses and even roses would have kept potentially harmful germs away from their faces (which is where the biggest concentration of mucous membranes aka contaminant entrances are). During some of the other plagues in Europe (not sure about the bubonic plague but probably) perfumers would often live longer or perhaps even survive altogether because they were constantly around aromatics and essential oils that would protect them from infection.

Hooray for history!

that was lovely. This is one of the sides of Tumblr I enjoy the most. :D 

Posted 14 hours ago


The dichotomy between commerce and art work force in one simple sequence. This stuff they won’t even teach you in school, kids. Know the game! Did I mention that i frikkin love this new TV series in Japan, called "Aoi Honoo?" (Blue Blazes :-)

Brilliance. Find it, it’s a hysterical and seriously honest coming-of-age story/ depiction of life as an animator/manga-ka in school.

this actually looks amusing to watch.

Posted 16 hours ago

What.. in the fuCK

the best part of this is that it’s well animated and balls do shrivel up when they touch water.


What.. in the fuCK

the best part of this is that it’s well animated and balls do shrivel up when they touch water.


Posted 17 hours ago




I’m grossed out by the kind of stuff tumblr does to its users over an extended period of time

Grammar and punctuation is completely lost on some people, to the point where their posts are unreadable and irritating

And tumblr fosters and feeds this incredible narcissism and need to impress people- people who don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.



Posted 18 hours ago



Tumblr, we need you! A rogue Arizona State representative, John Kavanagh, wants to pass a bill that would thow trans people in jail for using public restrooms. Anyone could be asked for I.D. to “prove” their gender, and if there’s a discrepancy they could face a fine or jailtime.

When asked why the bill targeted trans people, Kavanagh explained that it’s because he thinks “they’re weird.” Outrageous.

We can stop this bill by taking action at and spreading the word far and wide. Will you help?

You guys please reblog this and spread this like wildfire. This is where I live and I would hate to see the trans people of my state not be abLE TO FUCKING PISS BECAUSE OF THE GENDER THEY IDENTIFY WITH

How about we also have unisex bathrooms.

Posted 19 hours ago



From Aoi Honoo (Blue Blaze) japanese drama TV series based on manga by Kazuhiko Shimamoto and featuring Hideaki Anno as student (gif sources : 1 2 3).

Animation is magic!!

okay If I were in Japan I’d watch that.

Posted 21 hours ago


It never has.

This is a concept most of tumblr can’t wrap their head around.

Cussing out Bronze shitters won’t make them better. :’D 

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Posted 1 day ago



I’ve had this shirt idea in my head for a while, and with the Michigan Burlesque Festival coming up, I thought now would be a good time to finally make it. If you want one, preorder it now! Order it by Thursday the 28th and it’ll be cheaper, because you’ll be doing me a favor by helping me estimate how many I need of each size. They’ll ship in September.

My shirt printer was out of stock on some sizes in seafoam green/light aqua, so now all the women’s tees and tanks are in light blue, while unisex shirts are still in light aqua. And you’ve got a bit over a day to get the discounted price!

My hand totally slipped and bought a tank. 

Posted 1 day ago


A very rushed LADY KNIGHT! Lady knight is a challenge created by dogbomber. I GOT: Weapon: Mace/club Build: Bulky. Personality: Evil. Culture: Celtic. Animal: Bear.

hate to break it to you but that’s not a mace/club, that’s a flail (hello chain).

But otherwise really digging the style and the art she is a hot mama. 

Posted 1 day ago