“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What a Hot Mess: Books Bound In Human Skin

Courtesy of World of Wonder, I thought I was losing my mind when I came across a picture of a book bound in skin.  No, not cowhide, cardboard, or paper.  Human Skin!

I remember hearing about this way back when, but I never really looked into it; Until now.

Some say Harvard has four books, others say three - but honestly, Harvard has no earthly idea amongst it's 15-million book library how many are wrapped in human hide.  And Harvard isn't the only school with books bound in skin.  What a Hot Mess!

According to the Crimson.com,  'Accessible in the library’s Elihu Reading Room, the book, entitled “Practicarum quaestionum circa leges regias...,” looks old but otherwise ordinary.

Delicate, stiff, and with wrinkled edges, the skin’s coloring is a subdued yellow, with sporadic brown and black splotches like an old banana. The skin is not covered in hair or marked by tattoos—except for a “Harvard Law Library” branding on its spine. Nothing about it shouts “human flesh” to the untrained eye.' 


And the mess gets hotter... 'The book’s 794th and final page includes an inscription in purple cursive: “the bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace.”' 

Crazy, isn't it?  You can read more about it here.

4 comments:

VIL said...

I wonder if there is a Kindle version? "Would you read me? I'd read me. I'd read me hard."

Blade aka Peter said...

LOL, that was hilarious!

Jessie Mackey via Facebook said...

A little much for me to read. The human race never ceases to amaze me with the decadent things the mind can imagine and do. May God forgive us for the evil that permeates his beautiful creation.

Ryan said...

That's pretty gruesome and sick. Hope it's not a cook book.

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