Dr. Robert H. Goddard stands next to the worlds first liquid propelled rocket in 1935
The idea behind this radical new treatment came from Africa, specifically from a slave named Onesimus, who shared his knowledge with Cotton Mather, the town’s leading minister and his legal owner. Boston still suffered dreadfully, but thanks to Onesimus and Mather, the terror linked to smallpox began to recede after Africans rolled up their sleeves—literally—to show Boston how inoculation worked. The story of how Boston began to overcome smallpox illustrates the strife that epidemics can cause, but also the encouraging notion that humans can communicate remedies as quickly as they communicate germs—and that the solutions we most need often come from the places we least expect to find them.
Mather had come close to choosing a career in medicine, and devoured the scientific publications of the Royal Society in London. As the society began to turn its attention to inoculation practices around the world, Mather realized that he had an extraordinary expert living in his household. Onesimus was a “pretty Intelligent Fellow,” it had become clear to him. When asked if he’d ever had smallpox, Onesimus answered “Yes and No,” explaining that he had been inoculated with a small amount of smallpox, which had left him immune to the disease. Fascinated, Mather asked for details, which Onesimus provided, and showed him his scar. We can almost hear Onesimus speaking in Mather’s accounts, for Mather took the unusual step of writing out his words with the African accent included—the key phrase was, “People take Juice of Small-Pox; and Cutty-skin, and Putt in a Drop.”
Excited, he investigated among other Africans in Boston and realized that it was a widespread practice; indeed, a slave could be expected to fetch a higher price with a scar on his arm, indicating that he was immune. Mather sent the Royal Society his own reports from the wilds of America, eager to prove the relevance of Boston (and by extension, Cotton Mather) to the global crusade against infectious disease. His interviews with Onesimus were crucial. In 1716, writing to an English friend, he promised that he would be ready to promote inoculation if smallpox ever visited the city again.
American History, but something I think a lot of people would be interested to read.
And here’s a biographical essay about Onesimus from the W.E.B. DuBois Research Center.
some muggleborn like “i want to be an astronaut when i grow up!”
wizard kids like “wtf is an astronaut”
"oh you know…the people who go to the moon"
YOU CANT JUST GO TO THE MOON
YOU NEED A ROCKETSHIP
DO YOU HAVE A ROCKETSHIP, POTTER?
AND THAT IS HOW YOU USE AN EFFECTS PEDAL
I was gaping the entire song this is insane
music side of tumblr pls explain what the hell i just watched
I’m assuming he was playing to a backing track he’d previously recorded? Though it sounded like it’s at least *possible* that he had some sort of smart recording/playback thing going on and was layering with himself “live”, so to speak, do people ever actually do that?
it certainly sounded like he was “layering” himself… It sounded to me like he played a segment, then repeated it while playing something else and recording that whole thing, and repeated that a half-dozen times.
My favorite part of any episode of this show is to watch how Giles is 600% done with everybody.
What is this?
IT’S BUFFY, OF COURSE!
The space shuttle Discovery climbs toward Earth orbit following a successful liftoff from KSC’s Pad 39A at 8:41:50 a.m. (EDT), Aug. 30, 1984. Inside the spacecraft are six crewmembers looking forward to a busy week in space. The scene was photographed by astronaut John W. Young in the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA).
Photo credit: NASA
This is how you feminist ally.
I disagree with both the racialized criticism of the Maher/Harris types and the gloves-on “Not All Muslims” tactics of the Aslan/Affleck types. The former reinforce the kind of generalizations that make my life as a non-white person of Muslim background more difficult in the Western world, since racist bigots who target me hardly pause to ask me if I’m an apostate before they harm me. The latter overemphasize the “nicer” Muslims and parts of Islam in a misguided attempt to respect collective beliefs in a way that harms individuals. Racism that calls itself criticism of religion or racism that hobbles efforts to extend human rights to all people in all cultures? I pick neither.
WANTED GENRE: SOUTHERN GOTHIC
"Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic." - Flannery O’Connor
- crossroads demons
- old dusty town, barely surviving
- zealous/fanatical religious figures/movements
- messiah/prophet figure
- larger than life characters
- small town setting
- ghost towns
- good ole southern boys
- southern belles
- fire and brimstone preacher
- reluctant messiah figure
- the iron-bound Southern matriarch
- the unforgiving father-God figure
- gossiping and small-minded locals
- Beauty & the Beast
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Harry Potter World (Americanized)
- Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)
- Equilibrium (Minus Futuristic World)
For more information about the genre and where I derived a lot of my inspiration, visit this blog.