Wolfpigeons, Sharkfalcons, Crocodeagles, Oh My!

Hi all. I’ll be filling in for Miriam a bit this coming quarter while she goes on field trips for class, but today I’m going to ease myself back into The Oyster’s Garter (pun intended, I assure you) with a video from the research labs at Qualcomm. I think we can all agree it teaches important lessons about biodiversity.

I liked that one, but it can’t compete with the invention of Hand Solo, from last April 1.

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2 Responses to Wolfpigeons, Sharkfalcons, Crocodeagles, Oh My!

  1. Sam says:

    We believe him ’cause he’s British.

  2. Jane says:

    In the early days, most weddings were odtuise on the steps on the church. After vows were exchanged the couple went inside for mass. As the middle ages wore on, more couples were married inside the church. One’s place in society determined how far inside the church one could have the ceremony.Similar to funerals. Only the very rich/influential were buried inside the Church, and the nearer to the altar the better. Most people were buried odtuise, in the graveyard. But as the Middle Ages wore on, more and more people, from more diverse social backgrounds, began to be buried inside churches.Re number 10, at least in theory this sort of thing would be enforced because people had to make a full confession of their sins to a priest. However, people didn’t tend to go to confession very often – it could be just once a year, around Lent/Easter. And although there were extremely detailed penitentials (manuals for confessors) it’s not clear how they were used (i.e. how many priests actually read them and used them to guide the direction of a confession). And there were frequent complaints that some priests, particularly in rural areas, didn’t know enough Latin to understand everything they were saying during the mass (my sources were Castilian, but I suspect that there similar problems in other parts of Europe), and if that’s the case, one has to wonder how much their parisioners knew about the finer details of canon law.Re 4, the nobility sometimes took advantage of the laws of consanguinity in order to get marriages annulled. So it was rather useful for them. As with number 10, I’m not sure how strictly enforced/observed this was by all members of medieval society. At some points in history there were that it must have made it very, very difficult for people living in small communities (or for the nobility) to find someone to marry who wasn’t too closely related. So I expect quite a lot of people broke the rules. It’s not an area I’ve studied, though, so I don’t know that much about it.Oh, and you didn’t need a priest to be present to be married:By late medieval church law, a contract of marriage was the speaking, by the prospective husband and wife, of the words of consent to the union (“I William take you Agnes as my wife”; “I Agnes take you William as my husband”), words that in themselves made the sacrament of marriage, regardless of where they were spoken or whether or not a priest was present. ().

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