10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #73

Delicate and ethereal paper art by Ayumi Shibata

Hello pretty parrots and wide-eyed, long-lashed possums, take a trip down a dimly-lit neon alley where there’s mysterious armour, trip-hop, coral babies, wind phones, a guide to misbehaving foster dogs and much more.



Spells and curses from medieval Brittany

One recipe used to protect against curses required a sou coin, nine grains of salt and nine stems from nine plants, namely: ground-ivy, common fumitory, spotted medick, common daisy, chickweed, greater celandine, dovesfoot geranium, pilewort and verbena. It was first necessary to pronounce the invocation ‘Doue Araog Oll’ (Breton for God Above All) into a linen pouch and recite the Pater Noster and Ave Maria prayers three times without taking a breath.

Via Bonjour from Brittany
A Preaching Card used to illustrate the Seven Deadly Sins
A Preaching Card used to illustrate the Seven Deadly Sins. Via Bonjour from Brittany

A groovy, funky trip-hop journey that blends Morcheeba, Portishead, Massive Attack and more


Billions of coral babies are born on the Great Barrier Reef

In an explosion of colour, billions of coral babies were born on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns, Australia, marking another milestone in the ongoing story of life on the Reef.

Read more: https://t.co/EXVaWDSLgJ#greatbarrierreef #australia #climatechange pic.twitter.com/8yNvEdttaV— The Happy Broadcast (@happybcast) November 29, 2021

Billions of coral babies are born on the Great Barrier Reef via The Happy Broadcast
Billions of coral babies are born on the Great Barrier Reef via The Happy Broadcast

A wind phone 風の電話, kaze no denwa for contacting people who have crossed the veil

In Otsuchi Town, Iwate Prefecture Japan, a ‘wind phone’ is perched on a hill overlooking the ocean. This allows people who lost their loved ones in in the Japanese Tsunami of 2011 to call them and have one-way conversations with loved ones. This was created by garden designer Itaru Sasaki in 2010 to help him cope with his cousin’s death. The wind phone waswas opened to the public in the following year after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami killed over 15,000 people in the Tōhoku region. The wind phone has since received over 30,000 visitors. A number of replicas have been constructed around the world, including one in Ireland. Via Wikipedia and Reddit


The mysterious Finfolk of the Orkney Islands by Zteve T Evans

The Finfolk, in the folklore of the Orkney Isles were a mysterious race of amphibious beings often presented as having a dour and sinister character with a reputation for the abduction of unwary islanders. The males of the race are known as Finmen and the females as Finwives who can resemble mermaids.  Both were believed to be responsible for abducting islanders they take a shine to having a liking for a human spouse.   They had a magical city under the sea in an unknown location where they tended to spend winter.  In the summer they spent time on hidden islands such as Hether Blether, Hildaland or Eynhallow before it was taken from them by humans.  


These very metal Persian warrior gloves from the Safavid Dynasty, circa 1500’s

Going to the toilet, drinking a flagon of beer or scratching an itch on your body would have been problematic.

Via Reddit

These very metal Persian warrior gloves from the Safavid Dynasty, circa 1500's
These very metal Persian warrior gloves from the Safavid Dynasty, circa 1500’s

Delicious vegan curry recipes from Pick Up Limes

These curries look delightful, healthy and easy to make.


A charming thread of witches and their feline familiars in vintage art

A glorious thread by Manglewood on Twitter

Originally tweeted by Molly Hodgdon (@Manglewood) on October 15, 2021.


Don’t give up on an adopted dog! Give them a chance to settle in!

This handy guide for new dog owners – adopted dogs take a while to settle in and settle down, especially when they may have come from a less than kind household. Via Reddit

Don't give up on an adopted dog! Give them a chance to settle in!
Don’t give up on an adopted dog! Give them a chance to settle in!

Tilly turns around

 Tilly was only released from rehabilitation off Cairns in November.(Supplied: Christian Miller)

A beautiful, mythical and highly sensitive green sea turtle Tilly was released into the ocean [beeee freee little one], after being rehabilitated after being captured by a fishing trawler in the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Once released, Tilly made a daring 1,867 km/47 day journey deep into the Pacific ocean. Then she did a sharp U-turn and returned back to Queensland.

Tilly the turtle did a giant U-turn days before a volcanic eruption in Tonga that triggered a tsunami.(Supplied: Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef)
Tilly the turtle did a giant U-turn days before a volcanic eruption in Tonga that triggered a tsunami.(Supplied: Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef)

This happened a few days before the catastrophic eruption on a volcanic island north of the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa on January 15. In total the little beauty made an incredible 2,700km journey. Nemo would be proud. Did she sense the volcanic eruption coming? Is Tilly psychic? Did she just not enjoy being out in the ocean? It’s a nice story anyway.

Via ABC News Australia


Delicate and ethereal paper art by Ayumi Shibata

Almost too sublime for words…

Via Oksana Ivanik Art on Twitter


A mini cruise ship from Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg sails on the flooded Elbe River

Contrary to popular belief these men are normal size they aren’t giants towering over and P&O FairStar.

The Pleistocene to Holocene fauna of Madagascar

There was some wonderfully bizarre creatures to offer. A surprising number of these animals look like moas or emus! There’s also a lot of slothbears and even hippos…sad they are no longer around! If you want to stop the tide of extinction, make sure you join the #Boycott4Wildlife.

Originally tweeted by Joschua Knüppe (@JoschuaKnuppe) on September 28, 2021.


Eyesdown by Bonobo

A classic chill-out song from a classic album of so many relaxing evenings at home for me


Thank you for enjoying this slow dawdle through the mysterious memory lane of the internet, let me know what you think of it 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.

9 thoughts on “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #73

  1. Haha got down as far as the Portishead cover video and went down a huge youtube portishead rabbit hole for an hour or so. Just what I needed, what a groovy start to the week! I’ll read the rest of this cool post now…

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