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by Ekaterina Grigorieva

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Meet the Night Witches of World War II

The [588th Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Forces] was the most highly decorated female unit in that force, flying 30,000 missions over the course of four years — and dropping, in total, 23,000 tons of bombs on invading German armies. Its members, who ranged in age from 17 to 26, flew primarily at night, making do with planes that were — per their plywood-and-canvas construction — generally reserved for training and crop-dusting. They often operated in stealth mode, idling their engines as they neared their targets and gliding to the bomb release point. As a result, their planes made little more than soft “whooshing” noises as they flew by.

Those noises reminded the Germans, apparently, of the sound of a witch’s broomstick. So the Nazis began calling the female fighter pilots Nachthexen: “night witches.” They were loathed. And they were feared. Any German pilot who downed a “witch” was automatically awarded an Iron Cross.

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Lauren Bacall, Harper’s Bazaar, May 1943 (Louise Dahl-Wolfe)

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Valentino Fall 2013

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Tashiro-jima (or Tashirojima), 田代島, is a small island in Japan. It has become known as “Cat Island” due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the local belief that feeding cats will bring wealth and good fortune. The cat population is now larger than the human population on the island.

There is a small cat shrine Neko-jinja (猫神社?) in the middle of the island, roughly situated between the two villages. In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, and cats were kept in order to keep the mouse population down (because mice are a natural predator of silkworms). Fixed-net fishing was popular on the island after the Edo Period and fishermen from other areas would come and stay on the island overnight. The cats would go to the inns where the fishermen were staying and beg for scraps. Over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and would observe the cats closely, interpreting their actions as predictions of the weather and fish patterns. One day, when the fishermen were collecting rocks to use with the fixed-nets, a stray rock fell and killed one of the cats. The fishermen, feeling sorry for the loss of the cat, buried it and enshrined it at this location on the island.

There are at least ten cat shrines in Miyagi Prefecture. There are also 51 stone monuments in the shape of cats.


This must be heaven

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Die Garçonne— tribute to Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Elle Magazine (August 2011.)

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Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2015 - Hair Details {inspired by: X}

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A.F. Vandevorst FW12

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yi peng (second full moon) lantern festival in chiang mai, thailand. wish lanterns, also known as khoom loy or khoom fay, are symbolic in thailand of problems and worries floating away. photos (click pic): ng chai hock, pansiri pikunkaew, felix hug, athit perewongmetha, taradol chitmanchaitham

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Cats Mark Laita

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Two women in Winter Fashions, Venice, California c.1927 

photo by Dick Whittington 

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The towers of Mahabat Maqbara Mausoleum in Junagadh, India (by Foreign Devil Correspondent).

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