Seventy-five years ago today—on January 28, 1939—William Butler Yeats died at a boarding house on the French Riviera. He was 73 years old, at the height of his fame and glory. “Mr. Yeats frequently let his mind roam far afield in the realm of fancy,” gushed the New York Times obituary, “and it is for the gentle beauty of such works that he was hailed by many as the greatest poet of his time in the English language.”
But there was no gentle beauty in the three poems by Yeats that appeared in The Atlantic in January 1939, the month the poet died. All of them are brutal pieces of deathbed reckoning.
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The Pope’s Holy Rifle:
The Remington Rolling Block Model 1867 Pontificio
A copy of the Remington Model 1867 breechloading rifle, The Remington Pontificio was the rifle of choice for the Papal guards, police, and army (back then the Pope had a small army). They were built under contract by both Wesley Richards in Birmingham, England and Leon Nagant (of Nagant pistol and rifle fame) in Liege, Belgium. The Remington Pontificio was chambered for a 12.7 x 45 cartridge, used only by the Vatican. They were stamped on the top of the receiver with the Papal Seal, featuring the keys to the gates of heaven and the triple crown mitre of the Pope.
Luxury automaker Porsche has revealed the first car designed by its founder was electric, in a show at its museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany. Ferdinand Porsche’s design was dubbed the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle C.2 Phaeton model, or the P1 for short. The car, made in 1898, was recently unearthed in an Austrian garage, where it had been stored since 1902. (click pic to continue)
What would an octopus do with a bowl? Use it as a planter in their garden?
It’s actually a half coconut shell. It will use it for disguise and protection.
The tiniest bear next to the most giant dog?
In the 1500s realistic animals sculptures were on trend in Europe. This unlikely pair was most likely designed as framing elements for a staircase of hunting lodge fireplace.
Dog and Bear, about 1600, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.