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Rembrandt’s Elephant

I was excited to find an article yesterday about an elephant named Hansken that Rembrandt painted. I had previously read that there was an elephant at the Congress of Westphalia, possibly brought for or with Madame de Longueville when she came to Münster in 1646. She was beautiful, wealthy, and far more important socially than …

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More history garments

In addition to the nerd onesie (see below), we now have the arrogant history-major t-shirt.  You don’t get much else from a history major, so in that sense, this shirt is entirely understandable.  One of my professors told me that everyone else wants to be an historian, which is the consolation for going into a …

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Westphalia for Nerds

I was fascinated to discover the onesie on the left recently (yes, it really is available for sale — click on the image to go to the site). Apparently the Peace of Westphalia defines nerdiness these days. (Sadly, the image appears to be gone forever, but the page can still be viewed on the wayback …

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