The Devil’s In The Details

Devil found in detail of Giotto fresco in Italy’s Assisi

ReutersBy Philip Pullella | Reuters

 ROME (Reuters) – Art restorers have discovered the figure of a devil hidden in the clouds of one of the most famous frescos by Giotto
in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, church officials said on Saturday.

Handout of a detail of a fresco by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in AssisiPhoto By REUTERS/Basilica of St Francis in Assisi/Handout/REUTERS
A detail of a fresco by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi is seen
in this picture released on November 5, 2011.

The devil was hidden in the details of clouds at the top of fresco number 20 in the cycle of the scenes in the life and death of St Francis painted by Giotto in the 13th century.

The discovery was made by Italian art historian Chiara Frugone. It shows a profile of a figure with a hooked nose, a sly smile, and dark horns hidden among the clouds in the panel of the scene depicting the death of St Francis.

Handout of a detail of a fresco by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi

  1. Photo By REUTERS/Basilica of St Francis. A detail of a fresco by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi is seen in this picture

    The figure is difficult to see from the floor of the basilica but emerges clearly in close-up photography.

Sergio Fusetti, the chief restorer of the basilica, said Giotto probably
never wanted the image of the devil to be a main part of the fresco and may have painted it in among the clouds “to have a bit of fun.”

Illustration of the devil, page 577. Legend ha...

The master may have painted it to spite someone he knew by portraying him as a devil in the painting, Fusetti said on the convent’s website.

The artwork in the basilica in the convent where St Francis is buried was last restored after it was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1997.

Illustration of the devil, page 577. Legend has it the codex was created by a monk who sold his soul.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Sophie Hares)


The Horse Chestnut Tree In All Seasons


One tree, four seasons

Patrick Pleul / EPA

A picture combo made available on October 5 shows a horse-chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) in a field in Jacobsdorf, Germany pictured over the course of four seasons in 2011 – winter (top left), spring (top right), summer (lower left) and autumn (lower right).

The fruit of the Horse chestnut tree. They are...

 The fruit of the Horse chestnut tree.
They are not true nuts, but rather capsules.

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Keep The Cell Phone- It’s Not Edible

Meatball sandwich stolen at gunpoint

Police: Thieves didn’t take teen’s cell phone

YEADON, Pa. (AP) — Two men are behind bars after they took a Pennsylvania teen’s meatball sandwich at gunpoint but didn’t make off with his cell phone.

Meatball sub

The Delaware County Daily Times reports four Philadelphia men are being held on $150,000 bail after a 13-year-old boy was robbed over the weekend in nearby Yeadon.

Police say two men approached the boy on Saturday evening and pulled a gun before rifling through his pockets. The men allegedly took his sandwich before fleeing in a car.

The teen called police, who soon located a car matching the description.

The Delaware County Daily Times report says the two men were charged with robbery. Two others who were also in the car face lesser charges.

Police say they recovered a gun and the sandwich.

Information from: Delaware County Daily Times,

The Sistine Chapel- A 360 Degree Virtual View

This is a follow-up article to: On This Date: November 1st by Bloggo Schloggo. This was submitted by a Bloggo reader/contributor- Thank you Leslie.

Virtual Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo's The Last Judgment

Here is an amazing bit of technology that gives you a view that you would never see in person. First of all, you would NEVER be alone in the room, it is always very crowded and of course you can’t see Michelangelo’s artwork close up as you can here. This is especially spectacular if you have a large high-definition screen!

In the lower left, click on the plus (+) to zoom in, or the minus (-) to zoom out. Or use the wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out. Choir is thrown in free. This virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel is incredible. Amazing what can be done with technology.

Fresco in the Sistine Chapel. The Creation of ...



Condiments and Such As Art

Hand-Painted Food Packaging by Eric Barclay

Artist Eric Barclay takes ordinary food packaging, and breathes life into them with some hand painting. Whether a Coffee-Mate container, or Diet Coke can, Barclay creates three-dimensional versions of his unmistakable characters. He even finds a use for French’s Mustard — impressive.


It Ain’t Easy Being A 1%er Worth 2 Billion Bucks

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker: ‘You are really attacking
me for being the 1%? I was broke and couch surfing a few years ago’

  By Dylan Stableford Senior Media Reporter The Cutline


“You guys are really attacking me for being the 1%? I was broke and
couch surfing just a few years ago … I have a whole new set of problems to deal with now: security, extortion attempts, kidnapping threats, death threats,etc. Life better [before]?”

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...
Image via CrunchBase

—A message from Sean Parker–the 31-year-old Napster co-founder,
former Facebook president and Silicon Valley mogul–to Occupy Wall Street protesters, a.k.a the 99%, via Twitter. Parker, who is worth an estimated $2.1 billion, later tweeted that he is “working on a plan to give it all away over time.”

In A Heap Of Crap From Angry Birds

Angry Birds. Not As Fun In Real Life

via: themetapicture

Angry Birds - Big Brother

Image by Ricardo Saramago


If That Ain’t The Bees Knees

Truck Tips, Freeing 25 Million Bees

Bees went berserk and swarmed trucker and  his wife
By Greg Wilson

A truck carrying 25 million bees tipped over in Utah, freeing the stinging insects and sending the driver to the hospital.

Louis Holst and his wife, Tammie, were transporting 460 hives from South Dakota to Bakersfield, Calif., when he hit a sharp curve in a construction zone on I-15 and the truck tipped, according to The Associated Press. The bees went berserk.

Truck Tips, Freeing 25 Million A truck tipped over in Utah, freeing 25 million bees

“First responders came and drug me and my wife through the front window,” Holst said. “Then we panicked.”

Holst said he ripped off his shirt and began swatting the air as the bees swarmed him and his wife, who took off running. “We just started swinging our clothes,” he said. “They stung her all up and down her neck.”

The road was closed for several hours while beekeepers came to try to catch as many of the bees as possible. Holst, 48, was stung at least a dozen times, and his wife was also stung several times.The bees were among 4 billion sent in 160 truckloads from Adee Honey Farms in Bruce, S.D., to Bakersfield, where they stay for the winter before being used for spring pollination, company co-owner Richard Adee said.

Microscope magnified image of a yellowjacket w...

“It’s pretty much a complete loss,” Adee told the AP of the $116,000 load.

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An old tradition called “souling” or Halloween

Fun Facts About Halloween

Facts About Halloween and Halloween History

  • The tradition of trick or treating is believed to have its roots in Europe,  with an old tradition called “souling”.  Beggars would go around from village to  village begging for cakes or “soul cakes”.  The more cakes they received, the  more prayers they would say for the donors dead loved ones.
  • The term “trick or treat” dates back to the 1930’s.  One of the earliest  references to the phrase was printed in The Oregon Journal on November 1, 1934.   The headline was “Halloween Pranks Keep Police on Hop” and it read “Other young  goblins and ghosts, employing modern shakedown methods, successfully worked the  ‘trick or treat’ system in all parts of the city.”  Treats were being passed out  to young pranksters to keep them from vandalizing.
Friendly pumpkin
  • Halloween is believed to have originated in Ireland, with the Celtic  religion.  They had a huge feast called Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween) every  November 1st.  The Celtics would dress up in masks and costumes so the ghosts  believed to be roaming the countryside on this day wouldn’t recognize them. The  name Halloween also stems from “All Hallows Eve”, the night before “All Souls  Day”.
  • With the immigration of many Irish, the custom of Halloween was brought to  American in the late 1800’s..
  • Orange and black are popular Halloween colors because orange is associated  with fall harvest and black is associated with death.
  • Over 28 million Halloween cards are sent each year
  • The first Jack-o-Lantern was carved out of a turnip, not a pumpkin.  The  pumpkin started to be used because it was more plentiful in the U.S.
  • Halloween has become a $6 billion commercial holiday in the United  States.
  • One quarter of all candy purchased in the US is sold for Halloween.
  • According to the National Confectioner’s Association, more than 35 million  pounds of candy corn is produced each year.

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A Trick and A Treat On Trick Or Treat

Creative Minds At Work

An early 20th century Hallowe'en greeting card
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“I grew up in a college town, and one Halloween our doorbell rang and we opened the door expecting to see trickortreater—but what was in front of our open door—was another door! Like, a full-on wooden door, that had a sign that said “Please knock.” So we did, and the door swung open to reveal a bunch of college dudes dressed as really old grandmothers, curlers in their hair, etc, who proceeded to coo over our “costumes” and tell us we were “such cute trick or treaters!” One even pinched my cheek. Then THEY gave US candy, closed their door, picked it up and walked to the next house.” — np312 on MetaFilter