TEN REASONS WHY JOSEPHINE BAKER IS ONE OF THE COOLEST PEOPLE WHO EVER LIVED.
- Baker worked her way from sleeping in cardboard boxes on the streets of St. Louis at the age of 12 to performing in Paris as a world-famous entertainer.
- She was the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture (Zouzou).
- She was the first African-American woman to integrate a US concert hall.
- She was the first American-born woman to receive the Croix de guerre, a French military honor, for her assistance to the French Resistance during WWII.
- She performed on stage with her pet cheetah, Chiquita, who wore a diamond collar.
- She was a muse of some of her most famous contemporaries, including, Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, and Christian Dior.
- She adopted twelve multi-ethnic children, who she called the “Rainbow Tribe.”
- Baker was openly bisexual. She even had an affair with Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
- She was offered unofficial leadership of the Civil Rights movement by Coretta Scott King after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.
- SHE IS THE HEIGHT OF FABULOUS.
Signs from outback Australia.
In the winter of 2011, photographer and furniture designer Ana Kraš flew from her home in Belgrade, Serbia, to Los Angeles, where she’d been sent by a European magazine to photograph artist-musician Devendra Banhart. Within five minutes, he asked her to marry him. Despite her initial impulse to flee, she stayed—and the two have been together ever since.
I would too. Stay or ask her to marry me. Fucking fairytales.
As Fowler and his colleagues examined the various types of bite mark on the skulls, they were intrigued by the extensive puncture and pull marks on the neck frills on some of the specimens. At first, this seemed to make no sense. “The frill would have been mostly bone and keratin,” says Fowler. “Not much to eat there.” The pulling action and the presence of deep parallel grooves led the team to realise that these marks were probably not indicative of actual eating, but repositioning of the prey. The scientists suggest that the frills were in the way of Tyrannosaurus as it was trying to get at the nutrient-rich neck muscles.
“It’s gruesome, but the easiest way to do this was to pull the head off,” explains Fowler with a grin. The researchers found further evidence to support this idea when they examined the Triceratops occipital condyles — the ball-socket head–neck joint — and found tooth marks there too. Such marks could only have been made if the animal had been decapitated.