10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #76

Delicate and finely sculpted orbs by Mariko Kusumoto

In edition #76 we will check out a Pink Floyd concert in Venise, read adoring odes to beautiful trees, see a beetle’s face up close and meet a man saving apples from extinction. I hope you enjoy this trip…


Remarkable macro-photography of a Longhorn beetle Cerambyx Scopolii by Thorben Danke

Originally tweeted by Thorben Danke (@sagaOptics) on December 8, 2021.


People were given the opportunity report on the condition of trees in Melbourne. Instead Love Letters flowed in from all over the world to the trees themselves

Hello, dear Tree. I read about this wonderful project and suppose to write you from another side of Earth – Russia. I hope you have a good care and don’t sick. One day we will meet, may be.

From Russia, to a tree with love

“Dear Smooth-barked Apple Myrtle, I am your biggest admirer. I have always wanted to meet you, but tragically, I’m stuck in New York.”

People were given the opportunity report on the condition of trees in Melbourne. Instead Love Letters flowed in from all over the world to the trees themselves
People were given the opportunity report on the condition of trees in Melbourne. Instead Love Letters flowed in from all over the world to the trees themselves

Dear Magnificent River Red Gum,

I admire you every day as I walk past you on my way to and from work. You seem to have been around for some time. Is there any chance that you were here for longer than the time of white settlement?

You look to me to be substantially older than any of the other trees around Princes Park. Is this true? Does this entitle you to any special treatment? How old might you be? Hopefully you will outlast me in the land of the living. I am very interested to know more of your history.

Regards and hope you enjoyed the rain this weekend after such a long dry month.

Via ABC Australia

Via the always heart-warming website, The Happiness Broadcast


Delicate and finely sculpted orbs by Mariko Kusumoto

Japanese artist Mariko Kusumoto turns textiles into delicately sculpted orbs that can be worn as jewellery #WomensArt

Originally tweeted by #WOMENSART (@womensart1) on January 15, 2022.


Easy vegan bento box ideas to make your lunch ahead

By the talented vegan chef Pick Up Limes…


A Pink Floyd concert at dusk in Venice, 1989

Via Reddit


Landscapes by Norwegian painter Even Ulving (1863–1952)

He simply loved huts and cabins

Originally tweeted by Federico Italiano (@FedeItaliano76) on November 16, 2021.


When horoscopes ruled over medical surgery

Surgery had to be timed for when the stars were well-aligned, or, at least, not in opposition to the body part undergoing treatment. To alleviate headaches in seventeenth-century England, for instance, bloodletting was avoided “when the moon was in Aries, since this sign governed the head and face”, writes Katherine Foxhall. Below you will find a table of correspondences between body parts and astrological positions.

ARIES: head, eyes, adrenals, blood pressure

TAURUS: neck, throat, shoulders, ears

GEMINI: lungs, nerves, arms, heads, fingers

CANCER: chest wall, breasts, some body fluids

LEO: heart, spine, upper back, spleen

VIRGO: abdomen, intestines, gallbladder, pancreas, liver

LIBRA: lower back, hips, kidneys, endocrines

SCORPIO: reproductive organs, pelvis, urinary bladder, rectum

SAGITTARIUS: thighs, legs

CAPRICORN: knees, bones, skin

AQUARIUS: ankles, blood vessels

PISCES: feet, some bodily fluid

Illumination from an English folding almanac in Latin, ca. 1417 — Source

Unlike many ancient and early modern esoteric practices, it is difficult to delimit the zodiac man to a specific region, religion, or civilization. We find similar images in manuscripts from Persia, where the signs appear as if swimming through the zodiac man’s bloodstream, and collected in Antiquities of Mexico (1831) — the Viscount of Kingsborough Edward King’s facsimile of artefacts from the indigenous peoples of the Americas — whom he believed to be a lost tribe of Israel. In a plate from this volume, Nahuatl zodiac signs (cozcacuauhtli, the vulture, and tecpatl, flint or an obsidian knife, for instance) appear like kites strung to the zodiac man’s eye, toes, mouth, and chest. And coatl, the serpent, slithers menacingly toward his genitals.

Via Public Domain Review


Night Dotonbori and Ota road walk

Seeing as we can’t travel…here is an atmospheric and soothing night time walk through the peaceful outer suburb of Osaka – Ota/Dotonburi, there is great sound in this and it’s appreciated on good headphones.


Flowers of Fire: Illustrations from Japanese Fireworks Catalogues (ca. 1880s)

Anyone who has ever held their camera up to the blazing sky knows that a brilliant firework show can rarely be captured to any satisfying degree. Perhaps this is what makes a nineteenth-century series of catalogue advertisements for Japanese fireworks so mesmerizing: denied the expectations of photorealism, these images are free to evoke a unique sense of visual wonder.

Via the Public Domain Review
Flowers of Fire: Illustrations from Japanese Fireworks Catalogues (ca. 1880s)

100 obscure and ancient varieties of apples are resurrected by Tom Brown

Tom Brown has discovered more than 1,000 lost apple varieties across Appalachia since he began his quest to preserve them more than 20 years ago. About a decade into his journey, a Williamsburg-area apple variety piqued his interest.

The Taliaferro apple, pronounced “toliver” was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite. In an 1814 letter, he describes the apple as the juiciest he had ever known, producing the finest cider.

Virginia Gazette
100 obscure and ancient varieties of apples are resurrected by Tom Brown
100 obscure and ancient varieties of apples are resurrected by Tom Brown

A delightful planchette

A planchette is a spiritualist or occult instrument used in previous centuries to facilitate automated writing from spirits and other beings from beyond the veil. You can buy one of these at Datura Trading.

Originally tweeted by Chas Bogan (@ChasBogan) on January 21, 2022.


Mystical Forest Cavern: Embrace Love + Let Go of Overthinking and Worries

This meditation album and soothing visuals made me forget about my troubles and float away…


I hope this blew your hair back and you feel a big reinvigorated, and restored but if you feel a bit off-colour and confused after this…please let me know your thoughts and feedback 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.

5 thoughts on “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #76

  1. Mystical Forest Cavern: Embrace Love + Let Go of Overthinking and Worries is on my soothing playlist ❤ My YT feed is full of these kinds of things, xo

    And love the Norwegian artist. Might have to feature him soon, thanks!

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