For the past eleven years, twice a year my dog tries to protect me from the sound of fireworks. She thinks they’re sudden giant inexplicable farts in the sky therefore there must be intruders. Last night she barked so hard at the latest display she thunderfarted and fucking lost it. I wish I had caught that on camera.
So began our late night Tommy Wiseau bender
circumhorizontal arcs photographed by (click pic) david england, andy cripe, del zane, todd sackmann and brandon rios. this atmospheric phenomenon, otherwise known as a fire rainbow, is created when light from a sun that is at least 58 degrees above the horizon passes through the hexagonal ice crystals that form cirrus clouds which, because of quick cloud formation, have become horizontally aligned. (see also: previous cloud posts)
Mameluke Presentation Sabre
- Dated: circa 1820
- Culture: British
- Measurements: overall length 36”
Forged of Damascus steel, this Mameluke presentation sabre was proudly carried by officers of the British Army during the early 19th century. The curved blade is richly decorated with intricate Turkish and oriental motifs, including a fire-gilded lion’s head on the hilt, while its gilt and embossed shagreen scabbard features two rings in order to hang from a belt.
Mameluke swords take their name from Mamluk warriors of Ottoman Egypt. Today, modern Mameluke swords are worn by U.S. Marine officers, commemorating the Marines’ service during the First Barbary War, 1801-1805. To find such an extraordinary weapon in such excellent condition is truly rare.