Folklore, Volcanic Eruptions, Prehistoric Animals, Discworld Art, and Creativity and Mental Illness

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Hope you enjoy these Weekly Finds like I did! And guess what? It’s weekend!


Podcasts of the Week:

Both highly recommended…

The Folklore Podcast

What makes The Folklore Podcast so special is that many of the episodes feature eminent folklorists from around the world: researchers, authors and professors in their fields. 

Creativity and Mental Illness by All In the Mind

Science is now showing an interesting connection between highly creative people and mental illness.

Videos of the Week:

10 Strange-Looking Prehistoric Animals by SciShow (yes, I watch it a lot)

Some Good News: 16 Ways 2016 Is Not a Total Dumpster Fire by Vlogbrothers (yes, I also watch all their videos)

Articles of the Week:

A Volcanic Eruption That Reverberates 200 Years Later

In April 1815, the most powerful volcanic blast in recorded history shook the planet in a catastrophe so vast that 200 years later, investigators are still struggling to grasp its repercussions. It played a role, they now understand, in icy weather, agricultural collapse and global pandemics — and even gave rise to celebrated monsters.

Under an 1815 Volcano Eruption, Remains of a ‘Lost Kingdom’

One of history’s most violent volcanic eruptions blasted the island of Sumbawa in the East Indies in 1815. The sulfurous gases and fiery ashes from Mount Tambora cast a pall over the entire world, causing the global cooling of 1816, known as the “year without a summer.”

Terry Pratchett’s ‘artist of choice’ on illustrating Discworld

The cover for Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel The Shepherd’s Crown shows his teenage witch Tiffany Aching facing forwards, arms outstretched, a hopeful expression on her face. But Paul Kidby, the illustrator who has worked on Pratchett’s Discworld novels for more than 20 years, says this wasn’t always the case.


By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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