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sadistsherlock:

Hannah playing Fatal Frame 2 is the best.

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daypotato:

tiger hunting in the east indies

daypotato:

tiger hunting in the east indies

archiemcphee:

This awesome and macabre object is an 18th century automaton from Mysore, India known as ‘Tipu’s Tiger.’ The pictures will lead you to assume it’s a small toy, but both man and beast are life-size and made of carved and painted wood. As you can see, the mechanical tiger is in the middle of devouring the man, who is wearing European dress appropriate to the 1790s.

"Concealed in the bodywork is a mechanical pipe-organ with several parts, all operated simultaneously by a crank-handle emerging from the tiger’s shoulder. Inside the tiger and the man are weighted bellows with pipes attached. Turning the handle pumps the bellows and controls the air-flow to simulate the growls of the tiger and cries of the victim. The cries are varied by the approach of the hand towards the mouth and away, as the left arm - the only moving part - is raised and lowered."

So how did this amazing toy come to exist?

"The Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1782-1799, adopted the tiger as his royal symbol. He fought many battles against the British throughout his reign. So after a particularly painful defeat against the British:

He ordered the walls of houses in Seringapatam to be painted with scenes of tigers mauling Europeans. Live tigers were kept in the city and there were stories of prisoners thrown into the tiger-pits.

Tipu must have been intrigued by a news item widely reported in India and Britain in 1793, only months after he had been compelled to sign the hated Treaty of Seringapatam. A young Englishman out shooting near Calcutta had been carried off by ‘an immense riyal tiger…four and a half feet high and nine long’, sustaining fatal injuries. The victim was the only son of General Sir Hector Munro, who had been concerned in a crushing defeat inflicted on Haidar and Tipu in the second Mysore War.

The death of young Munro delighted the Tipu Sultan, so he commissioned the creation of this macabre automaton.”

Head over to the Victoria and Albert Museum website to learn more about Tipu’s Tiger and its history. If you’re in London you can head over to the museum itself to see Tipu’s Tiger in person!

[via Neatorama]

moriartystailor:

This is pretty much what he imagines it would be like.

toukos:

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illgodownwithmyship:

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illgodownwithmyship:

On tumblr our ships are just a big a part of identity as our names so wear these stickers proudly. Click here for others. Message me if you can’t find your ship :)

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theconsultingvillain:

petition for a spin-off series “moriarty” where injured soldier sebastian moran becomes flatmates with consulting criminal jim moriarty and they commit crimes together until moriarty fakes his death and comes back two years later

moriartylaughingalonewithcrown:

Because nothing says Valentine’s like these two murderous psychopaths.