Super glue is the answer to every household problem. In that respect, it’s a lot like duct tape.
Did you get up to anything fun this weekend? Tell me about it in the comments box below!
I wandered around the Oxford Natural History Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum this weekend. The latter is a collection of objects assembled primarily by an explorer around 1870 but which has been slowly added to over the intervening years. What I found most interesting was that is was an ethnographic survey that told you what Pitt Rivers assumed Victorian culture to be by its absence – there was a gaping hole in the collection where anything referring to Victorian England and mainstream British culture would normally go. It was like a jigsaw puzzle with a piece missing: you could see the shape of it but never be entirely sure what was there. What became even more interesting was the way in which things that were ‘not Victorian’ were increasingly accepted in everyday culture, such as body modification or alternative spiritual beliefs.
There was also a skull where the skin had been removed, the flesh stripped, then the skin rehung on the bone. Ick!
Have a great week, see you on Friday!