Audacious Idiosyncrasies.

A Collection and Gallery, A Cornucopia, A Cabinet of Curiosities
belonging to a trinket-hoarder, seamstress/vanguard
fanciful of the ephemeral and the ambiguous.
(with just a random thought, or two)
inquiries & remarks

from Beauty by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro


Ravenclaws with huge communal bookshelfs that tower to the ceiling. It’s become tradition that when you leave Hogwarts, you leave behind a copy of your favorite book, so they have books dating back centuries.






Long ago, when President George Washington saw this painting, he tipped his hat to the boys, thinking they were real. ”Staircase Group,” by Charles Willson Peale, is our second Art Splash masterpiece of the summer. Visit the Museum and find out whether it fools you, too!

Staircase Group,” 1795, by Charles Willson Peale


One of the most astounding mysteries of the world is this ancient tile pattern in Greece, dated to about 1,500 B.C.

It was little more than a curiosity until 2008 when its resemblance to a QR Code was recognized.  First photographed in 1871 by the British Antiquities Society, they were known as the “Chinese Box Tiles” owing to the closest thing anyone had seen to the strange pattern.  Little was known about the titles except that they were installed along with other beachfront roads on the isle of Igrigoria in ancient times.

In was in 2008 that QR codes became popular enough that a traveler recognized the tiles as bearing an unmistakable resemblance to the computer code which had only been developed 3,500 years after the tiles were first laid.  It was another two years before anyone with a QR capable phone traveled to the island to attempt a capture.

The mystery only deepened when the phone was able to recognize the code, which lead to the original Nyan Cat video on youtube.



"Sunset over New York City…", c. 1932 via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain


MARION DAVIES — Davies managed to appear in one radio show — Lux Radio Theater 37-11-29 Peg O’ My Heart —Original painting by Hamilton King 1920


Dollhouse - c. 1930s - (Via)

(Source: valosalo)

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