Mysteries of the sensation of emotion…

When writing, authors find that it can be tempting to describe the feelings of our characters with a cliche such as “her heart dropped.” Why is such an odd statement something that makes so much sense to us that it has become such a typical way to describe emotional plain?




Why Do We Feel Intense Emotions In Our Chest?
by Aamna Mohdin (IFLS)


“When you hear bad news, you might feel your ‘heart drop’ or have to deal with ‘heart ache.’ There’s more to these metaphors than simply describing intense emotions – they point to the fascinating way our bodies experience these feelings, both emotionally and physically. But surely that doesn’t make sense – we all know that the heart is simply a symbol for love and pain, and that all the “feeling” is done by our brains. So how exactly do intense emotions trigger specific sensations in our chest?


The simple answer is: scientists aren’t really sure…”


For the rest, click here to go to IFLS.


Photos of the Incorrupt Saints…

Oddly beautiful, beautifully odd, and just plain ODD.


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Photographing the Real Bodies of Incorrupt Saints

(from Atlas Obscura)


“The Italian nun grimaced at my camera, reviewing the photo that she had just snapped of me. We had to take another, she explained. The shriveled corpse to my left was beautiful. My face had room for improvement.


So it goes in the world of the incorrupt, a group of saints whose bodies supposedly won’t decompose. This particular corpse belonged to St. Paula Frassinetti, displayed at the Convent of St. Dorotea in Rome. In the popular imagination, they’re like sleeping beauties, but Paula, who’s been dead for 133 years, is shriveled and brown inside her crystal casket. This paradox is what makes the incorrupt fascinating…”


For much more, click here. Lots of photos.


The Terror of the South China Sea Was a Woman

Here’s the irresistible story of the most mysterious pirate to ever sail the seven seas, “The Terror of the South China Sea” — a female pirate named Chang Shih, plucked from a brothel…


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The Incredible Story of the Baddest Female Pirate to Ever Sail the Seas

by Ben Roffee for RYOT


“When people talk about the most successful pirate that ever lived, it better be about one particular badass that commanded a fleet of as many as 80,000 sailors aboard 1,500 ships during the early 1800s.


This pirate’s name was Chang Shih, who didn’t exactly look the part by our Disneyfied standards for one fairly obvious reason: she was a lady.


Plucked from a brothel in Canton by invading pirates, she was married off to a notorious pirate named Zheng Yi in 1801. But she didn’t resign to the idle life of a house ship wife, opting instead to help her husband be even better at piracy than he already was.


Together, they patched together a coalition of competing pirates groups into the the Red Flag Fleet, which became an incontestable naval force in the South China Sea at its height. When Zheng Yi died in 1807, there was no other choice but for Chang Shih to take the reins…”


Click here for the rest from RYOT.





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