This is an ancient Roman amulet for luck. Yes those are flying penises.
Also of note, the Roman god of marriage, Mutunus Tutunus, whose name is derived from two Latin slang words for penis. His name is essentially Dick Wiener. If you have ever wondered just how much like us the Romans were, read the etymology section.
It’s a flying fuck.
It used to be given, and now look, it’s no more.
LITERALLY. A FLYING FUCK.
tangosvu asked: I’m writing a story about a set of twins who start with the dominant/submissive generalization (one twin talks, the other doesn’t) and eventually plan to switch the dominance. I’m looking for information on how to write twin speak and other kinds of twin idiosyncrasies. Thanks for the help!
Normally I would advise you to do your own research, but this topic struck my fancy, so I’ve compiled some interesting resources for you. I would, however, like to stress that these links are a starting point for you, not the endpoint of your hunt for information. If you want to know about twins, I think it’s probably best to talk to twins. Hopefully, we will be able to provide you with some volunteers.
At the bottom of the post, I will compile any further resources, including fellow writers who volunteer to answer questions for you about twins.
So, without any further ado…
Twinspeak, also known as cryptophasia, is a type of idioglossia, or a language spoken only by one or a few people. Here’s a bit more about twinspeak.
- Wikipedia: Idioglossia
- Wikipedia: Cryptophasia
- Slate.com: Dugon, Haus You Dinikin, Du-Ah: The secrets of twin speak by Jon Lackman
- Psychologytoday.com: Twin Speak
- Google Scholar search for “psychology articles twins”
Here are a few general but interesting article on twins.
- The Washington Post Magazine: Nature & Nurture When It Comes to Twins, Sometimes It’s Hard To Tell the Two Apart by Arthur Allen
- Vice.com: Meet the Nieratkos - The Twins of Atlanta by Chris Nieratko (EXPLICIT)
- Articles on twins from The New York Times
- Scientificamerican.com: Identical Twins’ Genes Are Not Identical by Anne Casselman
- Pinterest: Interesting Articles about Twins
- Independent.co.uk: Similar but not identical: study reveals more about twins than about education by Steve Connor
- Theweek.com: 9 incredible stories about identical twins by Lauren Hansen
- Theguardian.com: Black and white twins by Joanna Moorhead
- Nationalgeographic.com: Twins by Peter Miller
- Discovery.com: Do Twins Have a Mysterious Connection? by Benjamin Radford
- Psychologytoday.com: Straight Talk about Twin Studies, Genes, and Parenting: What Makes Us Who We Are by Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.
- NPR.org: Life As Identical Twins: ‘One And The Same’ (audio)
And here are a few IAMA Reddits for twins.
- IamA We are identical male twins who are in the same college program, one semester apart! We’ve seen and done some awesome twin things! We also have had some unusual requests! AMA!
- I am an identical twin, AmA
- I am an extremely identical twin. AMA!
- IAMA Identical mirror twin
- IAm The submissive from a set of identical twins girls. AMA
- I am an identical twin, the evil one
- IAmA heterosexual identical twin with a homosexual brother. AMA
- We are 19 year old identical twin sisters! Ask us anything
If you are a twin and you would like to be a resource for tangosvu, please respond to this post and I will add you to the list.
Stalactite supervisor John Sato examines new formations with disappointment.
"A proper stalactite grows downward," said Sato, "But these younger stalactites are rebellious and have little respect for tradition. We’ve caught them growing sideways, diagonally, I saw one just yesterday that grew down at first but then went straight back up again into the rock ceiling."
Numerous theories abound as to why the stalactites are growing more bold. Some blame global warming for chemical shifts in the dripping minerals. Others feel television is to blame. But Sato has another theory:
"Many stalactites today come from modern rock. Classic rock held superior morals and produced straight stalactites. But modern rock, such as hard rock or acidic rock aren’t so solid. To keep stalactites on course, we must examine both the rocks and the role played by the minerals, the substance they communicate downward. Only with a comprehensive study of rock and role will we come to an understanding of the problem, and begin to move toward a solution. Such as an opaline silica solution, or a 50% fluorite solution."
Others feel that blaming rock is a cop-out, and that the problem lies with society’s standard of binary geological roles. Said Peter Saenz of GLAAD (Geological Land Appraisal And Diagnostics), “Who are we to say a stalactite has to be straight and hook up with a stalagmite? Maybe some stalactites are meant to meet other stalactites, maybe some stalactites want to find their own way through the caves. It’s not for us to dictate.”
This viewpoint has proven controversial, with high ranking clergy at the Vatican stating, “The Bible clearly states that speleothems are between one stalactite and one stalagmite, and that it is the stalactite’s role to descend upon the other.”
Peter Saenz retorts that the Vatican needs to mind its own business about what others go down on.