Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #50

Patrick James Woodroffe

Hoooooey! the 50th edition of 10 Things! In this fat and bulging edition, we take a foraging foray into some rude relics, some ethereal ambient music, a few risque clips from the olden days, some inspirational animals of past and present and we journey into trippy realms with scientists. Hope you enjoy it.

The rare, rude and unusual by Bon Repos Gites

Bon Repos Gites is an amazing and quirky blog about Breton history and culture. This week is an exploration of rude historical monuments and artefacts in Brittany.

The church in Lanrivain contains a rather charming carved wooden statue depicting a reclining Virgin breast-feeding

Images of reclining Virgins are quite rare in Western Europe but there are ten others, dating from between the 15th and 17th centuries, to discover across Brittany. Unsurprisingly, the sites of these “Virgins of the Milk” were once popularly visited by expectant mothers or those women experiencing difficulties expressing milk.

The church in Lanrivain contains a rather charming carved wooden statue depicting a reclining Virgin breast-feeding
The church in Lanrivain contains a rather charming carved wooden statue depicting a reclining Virgin breast-feeding

What these images lack in artistic refinement, they surely make up for in imaginative power

Bon Repos Gites

More cheeky, quirky discoveries here

Lost Forever: Thylacine by The Nature Nook

Nature Nook’s blog is an interesting mix of British wildlife, beautiful creatures on the brink of extinction and those that are now lost forever, like Australia’s now extinct Thylacine, an amazing marsupial that resembled a striped tiger. You may remember they also did a post about hte Dodo and the Quagga. Read more about this species, now lost forever.

The bone-crunching jaws of the thylacine, operated by powerful muscles, could open extremely wide, up to 120 degrees. In fact, it could achieve the ‘largest angle of gape’ of any known mammal, beating even the clouded leopard. The fact that we so desperately want the thylacine to still be out there is unsurprising. We feel guilt over its extinction.

Nature Nook
Thylacine. Source: Wikipedia

A cheeky woman pinches men’s bums in London to promote sexual equality in London – 1971

I found this strangely amusing. I can’t help but wonder…when did this kind of thing become out of bounds and not ok and why is everything so boring and PC nowadays?! Perhaps if a man was doing this to a woman it would be harassment, but a woman to a man… it seems more fun and not harmful. Why is this? perhaps we have all been conditioned in some way, write below what you think.

Originally tweeted by BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) on June 24, 2021.

A vulture hitchhiker cruises along with a paraglider

Imagine the unexpectedly joy and bliss of gliding alongside a chilled out vulture who comes and hangs out on your selfie stick for the most perfect shot in all the world!

Originally tweeted by Wholesome Page ❤️ (@wholesomepage) on July 29, 2021.

A seahorse mum gently cajoles her babies out of her

Swim away little ones…weeeeeee be freeeeee

Via Reddit

A 1 hour mix of Alberto Balsalm by Aphex Twin

My favourite ambient producer, the reclusive, mysterious and enigmatic Aphex Twin.

Creepy 50’s beauty competitions

Beauty categories included:

  • Least concave rib-cage
  • Bloodiest steak
  • Nicest shaped paper bag head

Via Monsieur Pompier’s Travelling Freak Show on Twitter

The macabre monster mash-ups of fantasy artist Patrick James Woodroffe

Don’t ask me to explain what is going on here, I’m just an astral tourist…

The late Patrick James Woodroffe (1940 – 2014) was an English artist, illustrator who specialised in fantasy science-fiction artwork, with slightly menacing and always compelling art that plunged into surreal realms. He collaborated with well-known musicians throughout his life, has a number of bronze sculptures on permanent display throughout the world and wrote several books. Something about his art captivates and draws me in.

Via Deep Thot on Twitter and Patrick Woodroffe’s website

The Lollipops – Naked When You Come (1966)

Mysterious and melodic music from the 60’s

We might be living in higher dimensions, but our senses can’t tell yet

“A particle can be here and then it can be there faster than the speed of light…all of it is very mysterious”

~ Neil DeGrasse Tyson master of inter-dimensional trippyness.

Reassuring tofu based ASMR video

If you are unsure about tofu or find it menacing or flavourless, this video is here to reassure you that it’s very cosy and homely to eat.

Some words from Basho: Spanish Woods

One of my favourite bloggers that I’ve been following for many years is Spanish Woods.

Amidst the splendor of the scene,
and the silence
I was filled with a wonderful peace.


from Morning Mist
Thoreau and Basho Through the Seasons
by Mary Kullberg, 1993
Via Spanish Woods

Ryoan-Ji zen garden in Arashiyama, Kyoto. Content Catnip 2018
Ryoan-Ji zen garden in Arashiyama, Kyoto. Content Catnip 2018

Where to monsters come from?

A strange journey through a history of a spooky word – Monster with YouTube’s most criminally underrated linguist: Alliterative

When twin souls meet: Robin Williams met Koko the Gorilla

In 2001, the unforgettable and soulful Robin Williams met with the unforgettable and soulful Koko the Gorilla at The Gorilla Foundation. Following the death of her gorilla companion, Williams made Koko smile for the first time in six months. They laughed, embraced, tickled and played together.

In 2014, when Koko was told of Robin’s death, she signed the word “cry” in sign-language. Koko died in 2018 peacefully in her sleep, of old age. Rest in Power Robin and Koko, I like to think that you both are together now beyond the veil in a gorilla-human embrace.

I hope you enjoyed this bumper edition of 10 Things. 50 editions long and many more to go. Let me know what you think below…

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

10 thoughts on “Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #50

  1. Robin Williams with the gorilla is too precious!! He was such a magnificent actor and seems like he was such a special soul – this was lovely! Also I need to check out my friend Bon Repos Gites’ post you’ve shared above asap haha! I so enjoy that blog and all the quirky explorations of the history of Brittany. 😀

    Thanks for all of these – also loved the Neil deGrasse Tyson shout-out – I was just watching a video of him the other day talking about wormholes. Also I like that in the video you shared he is rocking one of his signature outer space inspired ties haha. I feel like he’s got a whole closet of these! 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, Robin Williams he is such a special soul I agree, he had a light and was an incredible human being, I sort of miss him as though he is a friend. He is great Bon Repos Gites, and his posts about Brittany have made me want to go there so much! Yes that blog is amazing. I love Neil’s ties too, yes no doubt he has a many draws full of them hehe mostly though it’s his way of talking about space that’s most intruiguing, he can draw you into his world, I love it. I hope you’re having a great weekend xx

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      1. I also miss Robin Williams as though he were a friend – I know what you mean!! It’s strange to feel that way about celebrities considering that we don’t actually know them personally but I think especially if you grew up watching them in films etc they seem ‘part of your life’ and you feel their absence when they’re gone. At least that’s what it feels like for me!

        And yes Neil is such an amazing science communicator and I really rely on people like that, who are not only great at science but at explaining it to lay people like me, to know even the little bit about the universe that I do! I’m very grateful to people like him.

        Hope you’re having a great weekend as well! 😀

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      2. Yes! I think that’s it. He was a very loveable and funny character but there was a lot of darkness and sadness to him too, I think this spoke to the soul, he was such a special person it’s difficult to put into words why exactly he feels like a friend to so many people, perhaps it’s as you say, because we grew up with watching his movies. I cried so much when he died. 😦 Rest in Power Robin. Me too, about Neil, he is another special human being, very charming and charismatic and has a genuine passion for space that is incredible! I went to see him live talking about space in Auckland it was a magical experience!

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