The lip plate, also known as a lip plug or lip disc, is a form of body modification.
Archaeological evidence indicates that labrets have been independently invented no less than six times, however, today, the custom is maintained by a few groups in Africa and Amazonia. Some scholars have argued that in Africa, labret fashion boomed because slave traders refused to purchase slaves whose appearance was not considered “pristine” for the prospective buyers.
In Africa, a lower lip plate is usually combined with the excision of the two lower front teeth, sometimes all four. Among the Sara people and Lobi a plate is also inserted into the upper lip. Other tribes, such as the Makonde, used to wear a plate in the upper lip only. In many older sources it is reported that the plate’s size is a sign of social or economical importance in some tribes. However, because of natural mechanical attributes of human skin, it seems that the plate’s size often just depends on the stage of stretching of the lip and the wishes of the wearer.
Foot binding was the custom of binding the feet of young girls painfully tight to prevent further growth. The practice likely originated among court dancers in the early Song dynasty, but spread to upper class families and eventually became common among all classes. In the poorer families of Canton in the late 19th century, for example, it was usual to bind the feet of the eldest daughter, who was intended to be brought up as a lady. Her large-footed sisters would grow up to be bond-servants or domestic slaves, and, when old enough, the concubines of rich men or the wives of laboring men. The tiny narrow feet were considered beautiful and to make a woman’s movements more feminine and dainty. Although reformers challenged the practice, it was not until the early 20th century that footbinding began dying out, partly from changing social conditions and partly as a result of anti-footbinding campaigns. Foot-binding resulted in lifelong disabilities for most of its subjects, and some elderly Chinese women still survive today with disabilities related to their bound feet.
War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement.
War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families.
Tolstoy himself, somewhat enigmatically, said of War and Peace that it was “not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle.” Large sections of the work, especially in the later chapters, are philosophical discussion rather than narrative. He went on to elaborate that the best Russian literature does not conform to standard norms.
June 17, 1928: Amelia Earhart Begins First Trans-Atlantic Flight by a Woman
On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart began her trans-Atlantic flight, the first by a woman.
“Lady Lindy” was one of America’s first celebrities. After only a few years as a pilot, she became the best-known female flier in America, not only for her daring and determination but also for her striking looks and outspoken personality.
Three weeks before her 40th birthday, Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean and her story became legend.
Watch the American Experience film, “Amelia Earhart” and flip through a photo gallery of significant women in Flight in the 20th Century.
omfg why are these so scary
I have this theory about Homestuck. What if uu is actually destined to be Lord English??
He’s always talking about killing everyone, he is a hero of time (maybe a King of Time or something??) and we all know that Lord English can time travel freely..
Besides, now that we have seen Calliope, we all know that uu looks probably the same (maybe even following the theory that Calliope and uu are the same body, switching personalities when the other is asleep).
He seems to have a special disliking for Lil Cal, something that reminds me or Doc Scratch (if you know what Im talking about).
I don’t know, I have a lot to say on the matter, but I wont do it now. Anyway, is there anyone who thinks the same?