Mad Meg

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Meg says:

Since the beginning of 2001, I draw in small notebooks 11 cm X 15 cm (approximately), always with a ballpoint pen, always on same paper, always in black. I contrained myself never to tear a page off, what is done…is done. I put the date at the beginning and the end of each notebook. Each day I spend one hour or two drawing in these notebooks. At this day,I made approximately 450 pages distributed in 12 notebooks.

(Some drawings are NSFW)

The Mummies of Guanajuato

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This is the first time I have heard of this.

The Guanajuato mummies were discovered in a cemetery of A Guanajuato Mummya city named Guanajuato northwest of Mexico City (near Léon). They are accidental modern mummies and were literally “dug up” between the years 1896 and 1958 when a local law required relatives to pay a kind of grave tax. You could pay the tax once (170 pesos) and be done with it; this option may have appealed to wealthier individuals. But you were also allowed to pay a yearly fee (20 pesos); this would have appealed to less wealthy families. However, if the relatives could not pay this yearly tax for three years, the body (which had, by the way, become accidentally mummified) was dug up from the cemetery and (if the fee still wasn’t paid) placed on display in El museo de las momias. [Of course, what if the person’s family had moved from town–or what if the person was the last person from their family? Well, it didn’t matter; the law was the law!]

Some freaky pictures of the mummies are here.
(Thanks Jabberwocky)

Gasoline Price History

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One man’s gas price history.

The following plot shows how much I paid for each gallon of gas I bought over the past 26 years or so. The data has a somewhat varied pedigree. Most of the purchases from 1979-1982 were in the Rio Vista/Fort Worth, Texas area. From late 1982-1983 was from College Station/Rio Vista about equally. From 1984-1987 was a Rio Vista/College Station/Houston mix and from 1987 on has been mostly Houston with a little Fort Worth thrown in. Just about everything pre-1984 was full service and everything since has been self-serve. Every tank shown was “super” unleaded (92-93 octane).

(via del.icio.us/iftfth)