What’s The Big Fascination?

From Victoria’s Secret to colorful art renditions, medieval metal, and cross-dressing on the neighborhood corner…


This does not seem to be about being angels, unchaste, or even “sexy-wexy “(as I think my mother-in-law calls it). 


So I really have to ask what is all the fascination about here?


Culturally, we seem to be a little OCD. 


If Martians visited us, I don’t think they would understand us at all.


Frankly, I’m not sure that I do either!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cracking Heads–In War and Work

Thought this was an amazing painting of the medieval battlefield.


The warrior in the center is using his war hammer to literally split heads open.


Not only for physical fighting (i.e. life and death), I’ve heard this term in the past used in the office setting:

“Cracking heads” to get things done. 

While war is war, I don’t think that getting to progress in the office ever merits cracking anyone’s head–let along with a battle hammer. 


Yes, people can be stubborn and occasionally pose obstacles to moving forward, but that is what communication skills and persuasion are for.


You have to seriously question the leadership and sanity of anyone who thinks and talks about hurting people at work. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Spiked Battle Hammer

Saw this at the Maryland Renaissance Festival and thought this was a notable weapon/art piece. 


It’s a War (Battle) Hammer with a spike on one side and an animal head for the hammer on the other. 


TV shows like Vikings and Z(i.e. zombie) Nation have made these sort of famous again.


It’s sort of crazy the things people used in the past to fight and kill with. 


Imagine getting clobbered with one of these…ugly!


But before guns, when the battle was up close and personal, what choice did people really have to defend themselves with.


It was life or death…and many in the most gruesome ways ended up the latter. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Iron Maiden Torture

Check this out. 

This is called an Iron Maiden.

It is from Nuremberg, Germany. 

This one is from Medieval times, but they were apparently still around even in the 19th century!

It has 14 spikes on the inside that were designed to pierce the eyes, throat, and heart. 

People placed for torture and death in the Iron Maiden sarcophagus would be completely mutilated. 

Is this one of the reasons that so many people suffer from claustrophobia?  

I remember seeing in a movie where someone was placed in a dungeon cell, but this one was carved into the rock wall horizontally. 

The prisoner would be forced to lie down in it with iron bars caged over the side vertically. 

S/he could not sit up, roll over, or move. 

Can you imagine the sheer terror and torture?

How people could be so evil and inflict such suffering on others and often for crimes like heresy is extremely hard to understand. 

Why in G-d’s name does anyone call it the “good ‘ol days?” 

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Last Man Standing Wins

Medieval Fighting

So it has always amazed me how until modern times, armies would line up and face-off on the battlefield to basically bash each others skulls in. 


Whether in medieval times or in the civil war…it goes something like this. 

– Red coats line up on this side. 

– Blue coats line up on that side. 

– Everyone pull out their weapons.

– Scream your bloody heads off.

– And run towards each other swinging. 

– The last man standing from either side is the winning army!

How brilliant is that? 


Basically, mass suicide for both sides (like trying to take the hill running straight into machine gun fire). 


These days, there is a notion at least of using stealth, smart bombs, and sending in drones or robots, so as not to risk real people’s lives unnecessarily. 


But I guess that takes the fun out of it–can’t slice and dice and smash the enemy with your bare hands.


Last weekend, I watched people who like to fight the old fashioned way, dress up in medieval gear, take their sides on the field in the park, and go at it. 


They had swords, and clubs, and javelins, and bow and arrows, and more.  


They even had roles, and one guy I talked to was actually the king for one side of the fight–and apparently you have to earn that role in battle and in council vote. 


On the battlefield then the people get together and go at it hitting each other with some pretty scary weapons that fortunately are (mostly) padded, but still they seemed to get some pretty good zets!


Honestly, it sort of looked like a lot of fun and good exercise, but probably (more than) a little dangerous too. 


I saw one combatant coming off the field, taking off his outfit as it was pretty hot out, and he literally had layers of shielding on, so aside from seeing them take hits again and again, I could see that they felt they needed the protection. 


What was also interesting watching this–and I understand sometimes they get about 150 people on the field at a time to go at it–is that people seem to really want to go back in time to the way things were…more natural, more real, and even more deadly–up close and personal!


We are so much in a virtual world or like Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX and Tesla) said living in a simulation, that there is just a wild yearning and craving to get back to nature, basics, and what’s tangible and real. 


Even if it means bashing heads on a hot Summer’s day…and reenacting the times of lore…put your smartphones down and pull out your swords and clubs–it’s a new day and age. 😉 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)