File Under Research: Underwater Statuary
Just in time for summer vacation. "You'll never go in the water again!" Oops, wrong movie franchise. What has me angst-ridden at the mere thought of going into the water is not Jaws! Although, the scene with the 3 men getting drunk and showing off scars is great storytelling. In fact, it's one of my favorite movie scenes.
No, what's in the water this time is far scarier than a shark. At least to me, because while I absolutely love being on the edge of my seat while reading or watching a thriller, I do not read, write, or watch horror.
Several months ago, I ran across this article on Bloody Disgusting (talk about truth in advertising) that freaked me out, so I really shouldn't have clicked the link, but that seemed wimpy, so, I hit play. In 2013, a Friday the 13th fan by the name of Doug Klein found an interesting way to show his love of the man in the hockey mask.
Go on, you know you want to.
I won't be diving into Crystal Lake in Minnesota anytime soon.
And then earlier this month, I ran across a quite different underwater sculpture. I'm fascinated by the idea that people plant statues underwater for our discovery if we're brave enough to dive, but this next sculpture doesn't require a full-on dive. In fact, you can see it from snorkeling depth.
This article I found on Atlas Obscura, which is one of my favorite new sites for cool and interesting stories. Since I'd already been creeped out by the Jason statue, I was a bit hesitant, but turns out, it was safe to click this one. The article discusses the history of the statue, but I find the photos fascinating. The statue is called Christ of the Abyss (the 3rd statue taken from the same mold), and it is located off the Florida keys. The first Christ of the Abyss is in Italy, and the second was given to St. George's (Grenada).
And given those cool and interesting things under the water, I had to find more, which lead to this 10 Weirdest Things Ever Found in the Ocean. All in all, an interesting little rabbit trail through underwater art. And I didn't even have to go diving to experience. :)
Well, now my Youtube recommends is completely jacked. The next recommendation is the 10 Creepiest things ever found in the ocean. Maybe next time...
They had me at the Knights Templar. As a fan of Dan Brown's DaVinci Code and other thriller series discussing the Templar Knights, this Atlas Obscura article on what the Templar's ate is fascinating, especially considering the Templars lived considerably longer than their contemporaries.
The Templar diet was surprisingly modern. They ate meat no more than 3 days per week. The article mentions a Tuesday fast, so no food on that day (yikes!), which leaves Sunday, Thursday, and Friday as days for seared animal flesh. On Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, they ate mostly vegetables, eggs, cheese, and bread. Plus wine.
Let me see if I have this correct:
As they conclude in the Obscura article, "many of these rules resemble modern dietary advice: Lots of vegetables, meat on occasion, and wine in moderation."
Funny story. During the Mercury Retrograde Incident in September 2016, Cindy's original blog disappeared. Five years, gone in a random act of chaos. Now she gets to repopulate her blog world one post at a time. Join her if you dare. :)