The Carrion Flower

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Not all carrion flowers are so small, however. The Amorphophallus titanum

Carrion flowers or stinking flowers are flowers that emit an odor that smells like rotting flesh. Carrion flowers attract mostly scavenging flies and beetles as pollinators.

Due to its odor, which is reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal, the titan arum is characterized as a carrion flower, and is also known as the “corpse flower”, or “corpse plant” (Indonesian: bunga bangkai – bunga means flower, while bangkai means corpse or cadaver).

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Top image via Cactus Blog.
Via Wikipedia.

Matterhorn from Zermatt, Switzerland

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The Matterhorn was one of the last great Alpine peaks to be climbed and its first ascent marked the end of the golden age of alpinism.

It was made in 1865 by a party led by Edward Whymper and ended disastrously when four of its members fell to their deaths on the descent. The Matterhorn is one of the deadliest peaks in the Alps: from 1865 – when it was first climbed – to 1995, 500 alpinists died on it.

Zermatt on Wikipedia.
The Matterhorn on Wikipedia.

Image via Billionpics.com.

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The Electric Dog

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The oldest “electric dog” that I’ve been able to find in my archive comes from the September 1923 issue of Practical Electrics magazine, a hobbyist magazine of the 1920s. The cover shows a man leading an “electric dog” by a cane while a woman and boy look on.

The accompanying article explained how to make your own electric dog. The magnetic cane directs movement, but the electric dog is actually self-propelled, as you can see from the illustration below.

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Sparko was built after the massive success of another Westinghouse robot named Elektro, which took the 1939 New York World’s Fair by storm. At 65 pounds and about two feet tall, Sparko was built as Elektro’s best friend.

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Via Smithsonian Magazine.

Bern, Switzerland

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No archaeological evidence that indicates a settlement on the site of today′s city centre prior to the 12th century has been found so far. In antiquity, a Celtic oppidum stood on the “Engehalbinsel” north of Bern, fortified since the 2nd century BC, thought to be one of the twelve oppida of the Helvetii mentioned by Caesar.

During the Roman era, there was a Gallo-roman vicus on the same site. In the Early Middle Ages, there was a settlement in Bümpliz, now a city district of Bern, some 4 km (2 mi) from the medieval city.

The medieval city is a foundation of the Zähringer ruling family, which rose to power in Upper Burgundy in the 12th century. According to 14th century historiography, Bern was founded in 1191 by Berthold V, Duke of Zähringen.

Via 1000 Lonely Places and Wikipedia.