The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
“The Papal Belvedere” by Lucas Cranach the Elder in the 1545 publication of Luther’s Depiction of the Papacy. It features a papal bull complete with fire and brimstone, fresh from the hand of Pope Paul III meeting German peasants with farts, fresh from their “belvedere”. [Belvedere refers to a building in the Vatican, but also means “beautiful view”.
The Caption reads:
“Nicht Bapst: nicht schreck uns mit deim ban, Und sey nicht so zorniger man. Wir thun sonst ein gegen wehre, Und zeigen dirs Bel vedere.”
“Don’t frighten us Pope, with your ban, and don’t be such a furious man. Otherwise we shall turn away and show you our rears.”
This graceful little locomotive, now being built by the Engineering students in our workshop, is a perfectly proportioned model of a Great Northern Railway express engine. Small though it appears, it will weigh, when finished, three tons. Its principal dimensions are : Length, including tender, 16 feet ; diameter of cylinders, 4½ inches ; diameter of driving wheels, 30 inches ; diameter of boiler, 18 inches ; fire-box, 18½ by 14 inches ; boiler pressure, 150 lbs. to the square inch. It will haul twenty-five tons on a fairly level track, and run a speed of thirty miles an hour. The rails weigh 10 lbs. to the yard.