Thursday, March 18, 2010

Albrecht Dürer's Rhinoceros

This woodcut was on a recent cover of JAMA. Durer is (as you know) THE most famous woodcut artist of all times. Interesting he never saw a rhino. So the armor plates are not real nor is the "Durer horn" on the back. A rhino did make it to Lisbon in 1515 not seen in Europe since Roman times. It is believable that people supposed that this was a unicorn(the possible sire of the methicorn).

Even though Durer's inaccuracies were obvious his woodcut remained in natural history texts for 200 years.

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posted by joe @ 3/18/2010 09:05:00 PM   5 comments

Friday, March 12, 2010

Drunk History: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

I'm not sure how I came across this video but I did and it is quite funny. There are several in the series and some big stars are featured. For example this video contains Michael Cera of Superbad fame starring as Hamilton. This is a subject we at the CC have discussed in great detail and it serves as an entertaining refresher.

As I mentioned there are several in the series, even one with Jack Black. My second favorite is probably volume 4, William Henry Harrison. Enjoy.

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posted by Clay @ 3/12/2010 09:21:00 PM   1 comments

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