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(io9)   Strange, funny, and disturbing medieval illustrations. Come for the people being decapitated by giant rabbits, stay for the penis tree. Somewhat Not safe for work illustrations, obviously   (io9.com) divider line 43
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2013-11-03 08:52:11 AM  
Obviously, this proves that dinosaurs coexisted with man.
 
2013-11-03 09:18:39 AM  
Methinks there's a lot of pent up sexual frustration with these monks.
 
2013-11-03 09:36:41 AM  
Many of these are faptastic.
 
2013-11-03 09:52:46 AM  
Can I just drop in the  "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch and be on my way?
 
2013-11-03 10:01:38 AM  
Love the strangeness of images like these. Hollywood has nothing on these old-school nightmares!
 
2013-11-03 10:13:56 AM  
No "Couple of hard-pipe-hittin' nubians to go to work on the homes here with a pair o' pliers and a blow torch"?
Leaving disappointed.
 
2013-11-03 10:42:06 AM  
bearded clamorer:
No "Couple of hard-pipe-hittin' nubians to go to work on the homes here with a pair o' pliers and a blow torch"?
Leaving disappointed.


We're given ass-devils, giant flying dicks, and knights fighting giant snails, and you ask for Tarantino?  Philistine.
 
2013-11-03 11:02:10 AM  
I can explain at least half of these.
 
2013-11-03 11:03:07 AM  
The flying green penis monster looks like a rather jolly soul.

Cat with the mandolin looks so bloody depressed.
 
2013-11-03 11:23:28 AM  
I think we all know that these really are...

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2013-11-03 11:56:12 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: huh.... I never thought monks were into shrooms... I guess you learn something new every day.


The word you're looking for is ergotism
 
2013-11-03 11:56:22 AM  
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HA HA! MISSED MY KNEE!
 
2013-11-03 12:00:16 PM  

Great_Milenko: I think we all know that these really are...

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Centauri?
 
2013-11-03 12:04:58 PM  
There appears to have been a lot of foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodents in medieval times.
 
2013-11-03 12:07:27 PM  
How Teabaggers viewed America after Obama won last year:
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Virginia in 1590 or Virginia in 2019?
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"At General Mills, we pick our dicks at the peak of flavor so that your Bowl of Dicks is the freshest"
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Welcome to Fark
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And just to be REAL assholes about it, they're going to use suck-ass Tennessee vinegar based BBQ sauce instead of brown sugar based like REAL BBQ is suposed to be.
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Go home, Skeleton. You're drunk!
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2013-11-03 12:28:51 PM  
The snail thing is funny, because I was just reading about that in an issue of  Fortean Times from a few months ago.

I don't quite understand how knights fighting a losing battle to snails represents the Resurrection of Lazarus.
 
2013-11-03 02:29:56 PM  
Did their use to be a European monkey? There seem to be a lot of drawings of them and I'm surprised Europeans would even know what they are.
 
2013-11-03 02:43:46 PM  
"Walking fish?"

How about proof they believed in EVOLUTION!
 
2013-11-03 02:56:36 PM  
Margret! You slut!

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2013-11-03 03:12:31 PM  

impaler: Margret! You slut!

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They don't call them dragons for nothing
 
2013-11-03 03:15:33 PM  

LesserEvil: The snail thing is funny, because I was just reading about that in an issue of  Fortean Times from a few months ago.

I don't quite understand how knights fighting a losing battle to snails represents the Resurrection of Lazarus.


It doesn't. At least not necessarily. The theories behind the symbolism of the snail thing are far and wide, and nonne of them are definitive. Some are heavily symbolic - rich(snail) vs poor(knight), scribe(knight) vs tedious writing/boredom(snail). Others are..well, quite literal. Knight(gardener) vs snail(snail).
 
2013-11-03 03:42:31 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: I can explain at least half of these.


Do it, then.
 
2013-11-03 03:45:34 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-03 03:50:07 PM  
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Man, furries didn't fark around in the Middle Ages.
 
2013-11-03 03:55:32 PM  

LoneWolf343: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x630]

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Man, furries didn't fark around in the Middle Ages.


Link
 
2013-11-03 04:07:33 PM  
So now they show Monty Python and the Holy Grail on the History Channel?
 
2013-11-03 05:06:55 PM  

LoneWolf343: Man, furries didn't fark around in the Middle Ages.


They found the dudes who've been putting pancakes on their heads.
 
2013-11-03 05:07:44 PM  
This one is Seusstastic
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2013-11-03 05:22:29 PM  

TV's Vinnie: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x360]

HA HA! MISSED MY KNEE!


got him right in the sweet roll
 
2013-11-03 05:23:39 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Virginia in 1590 or Virginia in 2019?


Depends on the county.
 
2013-11-03 06:40:18 PM  

Anne.Uumellmahaye: Dwight_Yeast: I can explain at least half of these.

Do it, then.


Well, the easy way is to handwave and say "World turned upside-down", which is one of those concepts which is much more complex than it looks and really popular in the art of the Middle Ages.

A more detailed explanation would take some time.
 
2013-11-03 07:08:42 PM  

Anne.Uumellmahaye: Dwight_Yeast: I can explain at least half of these.

Do it, then.


Monkey poop is funny.
 
2013-11-03 08:40:18 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Anne.Uumellmahaye: Dwight_Yeast: I can explain at least half of these.

Do it, then.

Well, the easy way is to handwave and say "World turned upside-down", which is one of those concepts which is much more complex than it looks and really popular in the art of the Middle Ages.

A more detailed explanation would take some time.


DO IT, THEN!
 
2013-11-03 10:08:05 PM  
A lot of these would be marginalia added by later students bored, sexually repressed and hounded by the strict disciplinarian monks and would represent the only form of rebellion they had available, others... well strap anyone to a copyists table with torch or candlelight for extended periods subsisting on small beer and lentil soup and see what horrors crawl out of their minds
 
2013-11-03 10:08:31 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: I can explain at least half of these.


Then you should have written the article, because the knuckle dragger at i09 who had that task sucked.
 
2013-11-03 10:46:27 PM  
TV's Vinnie:
"At General Mills, we pick our dicks at the peak of flavor so that your Bowl of Dicks is the freshest"
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I think it's the Medieval version of The Lorax, but with penis trees.
 
2013-11-03 11:08:28 PM  
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Who knew this was based on an actual historical rabbit.
 
2013-11-03 11:49:05 PM  

Anne.Uumellmahaye: Dwight_Yeast: I can explain at least half of these.

Do it, then.


Monks/scribes were bored while transcribing manuscripts.
 
2013-11-03 11:59:27 PM  

red5ish: Dwight_Yeast: I can explain at least half of these.

Then you should have written the article, because the knuckle dragger at i09 who had that task sucked.


Many are allegorical.  We just don't keep track of their meanings today (or, at least, the general population doesn't).  Think of them as memes.  If you know the backstory, it makes perfect sense - sans that particular bit of knowledge, and it is just some picture of a cartoonish redheaded guy squinting.

For instance, medieval Europeans thought pelicans (which are almost never shown with the beak pouch) stabbed themselves in the heart to feed their young.  It was seen as metaphor for the crucifixion of Christ.  So, when you or I see the image, we go 'WTF is up with the suicide-cannibal birds!", but to the medieval reader it is just a way to remind them of Jesus.  What is bad is when the explanation has been lost.  No one knows why the hell there are an abundance of snail v knight images.  Obviously, for a couple hundred years, this was deeply meaningful to illuminators, because it keeps cropping up - but no one today knows why.
 
2013-11-04 12:06:06 AM  

Torqueknot: "Walking fish?"

How about proof they believed in EVOLUTION!


As it was understood at the time, yes.

/Great chain of being and all that.
//Biblical literalists seem to forget that Lamarckian evolution is in freaking Genesis.
 
2013-11-04 01:12:10 AM  
What the hell did they put in the drinking water in those days?
 
2013-11-04 02:00:36 AM  

jaytkay: This one is Seusstastic


I thought "someone had a glimpse of 'Bush vs Pretzel' and scribbled it in the margin as part of their slow descent into madness..."

/the world is a twisted place
 
2013-11-04 02:23:10 AM  
Vincent? Vincent? Is that you? Starry starry night?

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