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October 29 2017

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google really gets me

im reading the article on them now and the original artist called them tall boys. officially their name is tall boys. fuck

October 27 2017

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October 12 2017








speaking as a Jew, i’m extra-super dubious of all that stuff that talks about cartoon witches being an antisemitic stereotype. I can get where the thing with the nose is coming from, but the claims about the hats are based on flimsy claims that require a lot of mental reaching. The hats that Jews were forced to wear were not a universal thing, and I’ve yet to see any evidence that they were part of the cultural consciousness by the time the image of the pointy-hatted witch became common.

The biggest points against the hat hypothesis:

  • Wrong time period: witch hats as we know them seem to have only started appearing in art around the 17th-18th century; in the period when the Judenhut was well-established, witches in art just wore whatever was common for women of the region.
  • Wrong region: the pointed witch hat originated in English art, as far as i’ve seen. Antisemitic laws in England mandated badges, not headwear.
  • Wrong gender: Jewish hats were mandated for men, not women—illustrations of witches with pointed hats very rarely included male witches, until fairly recently.
  • Wrong shape: there are many styles of mandated Jewish hat throughout history, but few of them are even a near match for the very specific look of the Witch hat.

You know what kind of hat does closely fit?

The hat in this painting (“Portrait of Mrs Salesbury with her Grandchildren Edward and Elizabeth Bagot” by J.M. Wright; circa 1675) was “a type worn by affluent women throughout Britain at this date”. Look at that hat. Any modern viewer looking at this painting might think it was supposed to be a character created by J.K. Rowling.

It’s a match in design, gender, region, and most importantly, time period: by the time that pointed witch hats started to appear in artwork in England and English colonies, this style of hat would have been associated in the cultural consciousness with elderly women, especially those who were clinging to decades-old fashions.

The easy, simple answer to where the witch hat came from: it’s exactly what a woman with all the stereotypical qualities of a witch would have worn in the first place, in the time and place the trope originated

Old-fashioned but not by several centuries, severe and somber, and popular with a class of women that people would have spread nasty rumors about in the first place (so many accusations of witchcraft were directed specifically at women who were independently well-off, whether out of simple envy or else scheming).

Seemed like about time to bring this back up.

Another very obvious and often explicitly stated basis for the CLOTHING of the cartoon witch is Puritan costume from the 18th century… seeing as Puritans were famous for their witch trials. The green skin, curly hair, big nose, warts etc are all definitely at least racialized things. Though big nose and warts are associated with age the combined picture is pretty much just a racial caricature.

The green skin is a product of old makeup practices. To make something look extra-pale on black & white film, you didn’t use white, because the monochrome film was blue-sensitive:

This is why so many classic movie monsters were rendered as green—because public appearances and the rare color image of he actors in full makeup would be a blueish-green. Filming for black & white even affected the props and scenery. This is what the Addams Family’s house really looked like:

Important input on the witchy costume debate, from a Jewish person who’s clearly done a bit of homework on the origins of pointy hats and green makeup. (And who also seems to be a pretty cool person into the bargain.)

@ayellowbirds - Thank you for this! :)

I’ve reblogged this before, but it’s got new info, which is great

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October 09 2017

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October 02 2017


there is not a single logical argument against having stricter gun laws and I swear to god if yall bitch one more time about “it’s my second amendment right” ill scream bc that amendment was written before machine guns were even dreamed of so frankly if you wanna walk around with a fucking musket and gun powder then feel free but for fuck’s sake don’t pretend like the founding fathers were saying “yes jim I think you should walk around with a gun capable of killings hundreds of people in a few minutes that sounds fantastic”

September 25 2017

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“Oh wow I wonder which of Ash’s many cool pokemon living with Professor Oak they’ll do a cool cameo for.”



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We have Them!

Sam Taylor Buck as Adam
Amma Ris as Pepper
Ilan Galkoff as Brian
Alfie Taylor as Wensleydale

Just a note to say that I don’t actually think that that’s Alfie Taylor (or it may be an Alfie Taylor, but it’s not the one playing our Wensleydale) in the black and white photo.

Oh hey wanted to reblog this again with the correction. This picture is in the announcement on discworld.com:


There we go. That’s the Them in photographic form. Although Alfie isn’t wearing his glasses.

September 24 2017

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June 25 2017

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But they take bitcoin?

June 24 2017


Harold, they are [may contain sensitive media]

June 22 2017

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Japanese Sumo robots

this is the funniest gif i’ve seen all week what the fuck is going on








I sincerely cant remember the last time that staff rolled out a feature that improved this website in any way

When they moved the reblog button to the bottom of posts

Where was it before?

at the top
we had to scroll all the way back up in order to reblog


What the fuck

people were so used to it that there were extensions to put it back

June 20 2017

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Moral compass. Which one are you?

Art by me, please do not repost!

My wife is lawful evil T_T

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If you’re around 18 and you dont find this nostalgic I feel bad for your childhood


donald trumps twitter picture changes to woody from toy story and america slips into the ocean

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