March 25th 1811: Shelley expelled from Oxford
On this day in 1811, Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing a pamphlet entitled ‘The Necessity of Atheism’. Shelley is best known as a famous English poet, who was part of a group of fellow prominent writers including his wife Mary Shelley and Lord Byron. As well as being as being an author, Shelley was a radical political activist who advocated non-violent protest. Having begun study at Oxford in 1810, it is often said that he only attended one lecture during his time there. He published several works whilst at university, but it was his atheistic pamphlet which led to his appearance before the College fellows and his eventual expulsion as he refused to deny authorship. ‘The Necessity of Atheism’ argued that people do not choose their beliefs and thus atheists shouldn’t be persecuted. However it is unclear whether Shelley was personally an atheist; he may have instead been an agnostic or a pantheist. Either way, this document is an interesting insight into Shelley’s views and shows how atheism was stigmatised in the early nineteenth century.
"Truth has always been found to promote the best interests of mankind. Every reflecting mind must allow that there is no proof of the existence of a Deity"
peter parker’s job is literally selling his selfies to the daily bugle
wow this is fucking historic as fuck i can’t believe im seeing this
"Okay, we’ve been serious for 10 seconds guys"
i’ve stopped trash talking comic sans after learning the font is actually one of the only dyslexia-friendly fonts that come standard with most computers and i advocate for others doing the same
"Augustus is soooo pretentious!!!"
Ohmygod, no way?? It’s almost as if that’s exactly what John Green intended.
"Augustus Waters talked so much that he’d interrupt you at his own funeral. And he was pretentious: Sweet Jesus Christ, that kid never took a piss without pondering the abundant metaphorical resonances of human waste production."
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Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.
So a boyband walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage and everyone thought they were going to sing One Direction or something typical…and then they sung Stars from Les Miserables.
This is the best thing ever. Just listen to those harmonies.
Artist Nathan Pyle's gif guide to NYC street etiquette is handy for any city. Take it to the streets!
I WANT TO IMPLANT THIS IN THE BRAINS OF EVERY FUCKING NYC TOURIST AND NEWCOMER.
PENELOPISE [aka PENELOPIZE]
1. to undo and redo to gain time; to stall.
2. to create work as an excuse to deter suitors.
Etymology: Greek, from Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, who remained faithful to him during his long absence at Troy (characters from one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer). From Penelopeia, probably related to pene, “thread on the bobbin, weaver”.
“Beware of Artists” - Actual poster issued by Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1950s, at height of the red scare.
seriously what the fuck happened with history
Also, Black Widow accomplished all of it without being a billionaire.
And without being a moody-ass shit.
If you can’t find a place on your blog for Patrick Stewart in a bathtub dressed like a lobster, then your blog probably doesn’t deserve such majesty anyway.
I just needed this today.
Well, this happened.
I think I just saw something glorious.
I think we all have.
TRULY, A THING OF WONDER AND JOY :D