My little sister is getting made fun of at school because she’s adopted.
This is what she responded with “Well, my parents chose me. Your parents are stuck with you.”
The 30,000-Year-Old Cave That Descends Into Hell
There’s a cave in France where no humans have been in 26,000 years. The walls are full of fantastic, perfectly-preserved paintings of animals, ending in a chamber full of monsters 1312-feet underground, where CO2 and radon gas concentrations provoke hallucinations.
It’s called the the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave, a really weird and mysterious place. The walls contain hundreds of animals—like the typical Paleolithic horses and bisons—but some of them are not supposed to be there, like lions, panthers, rhinos and hyenas.
A few are not even supposed to exist, like weird butterflyish animals or chimerical figures half bison half woman. These may be linked to the hallucinations. The trip is such that some archeologists think that it had a ritual nature, with people transcending into a new state as they descended into the final room.
In fact, the paintings themselves are of such sophistication—some even have three-dimensional relief—that is hard to believe they were made back then. However, radiocarbon dating shows that these paintings are indeed prehistoric: A group was made around 27,000-26,000 years ago and the other at 32,000-30,000 years ago.
I somewhat recently saw a documentary on this cave (the documentary sucked SO MUCH and was the most pretentious piece of garbage I’ve ever watched but it was worth it to sit through to see the scenes from the caves) and they didn’t mention how weird some of the animals were or the possible hallucinations, now I just want to learn more about this cave. Edit: googling around quickly, I honestly doubt these animals “weren’t supposed to be there” the rhinos are apparently wooly rhinos, which was a thing in that time and place. We have to remember that this was so impossibly long ago and the animals they were painting weren’t exactly the same types of animals that exist today.
The cave was seriously amazing, things hadn’t been moved in so long that there were still cave bear paw prints and scattered bones on the ground and in some places of the cave everything, including the bones, was covered with crystal growth.
One of the other amazing things about it was that some of the paintings were 10,000 (or so, don’t remember exact!) years older than the ones right next to them, so people had been just coming to the same painted cave for 10,000 years and sometimes adding to the paintings.
UGHHH SO AMAZING.
“I’ll never forget the day Marilyn and I were walking around New York City, just having a stroll on a nice day. She loved New York because no one bothered her there like they did in Hollywood, she could put on her plain-jane clothes and no one would notice her. She loved that. So as we we’re walking down Broadway, she turns to me and says ‘Do you want to see me become her?’ I didn’t know what she meant but I just said ‘Yes’- and then I saw it. I don’t know how to explain what she did because it was so very subtle, but she turned something on within herself that was almost like magic. And suddenly cars were slowing and people were turning their heads and stopping to stare. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her. I had never seen anything like it before.” - Amy Greene, wife of Marilyn’s personal photographer Milton Greene