Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Day Eleven of the 31 Days of October

We are a third of the way through the month - that is a huge milestone! Congratulations to all of the Wicked Bloggers and Horrifying Hoppers. I have my fingers crossed that I can make it all the way. Oh darn, that makes it even more difficult to typw!
So uncrossing fingers, I have a totally digital project for today. As I was being obsessive about my people with batwings, I started noticing the succubi digital stamps out there. All I remember about succubi is that there was one in Ghostbusters, the movie. So I went to Wikipedia and discovered, tucked in with other interesting information, that Pope Sylvester II confessed on his deathbed to having a relationship with one. I'll post the project now and tell you more. Excited?


This succubus is the Night Flyer from Rick St.Dennis, a little bit of magic I happened across. The building is a stamp from Stamp Camp - it's an Italian monastery or something like that - close enough. Well, I'll just give you the high points of the story (roflmao). He was the first French pope, a darling of some higher ups, and he was an academic who either borrowed a design for an abacus using Arabic numerals or invented one. Not his only scientific achievement, it did enable him to perform complicated arithmetic that was not easy for Romans using Roman numerals, a beautiful but rather mixed system with no real base number. I love this stuff but feel free to skip to the bottom. Because of his studies in Seville and Cordova, Islamic cities, it was rumored that he practiced sorcery. He was considered to be the pope until his death but in fact the emperor, Otto II was deposed and Sylvester fled with him and was killed in his third attempt to reclaim the papacy. In legend, his "good" succubus, Meridiana, helped him to become pope. I'm not really a history buff, but the combination of math, science and succubi was irresistible to me. Wikipedia has lots more good stuff on succubi mostly about sex but wouldn't you rather read about math!!!

Wake up now...I'm done with the "?fun facts?" so get on back to the hop. Lisa is next and the rules are available at Terra's blog.at the top of the blogroll!

16 comments:

ike said...

COZMIC !!! This is awesome - great piece of history and superb stamp. Fabulous colouring on there too... amazing :-) xx

Rick St. Dennis said...

WOW the night flyer looks great but what a great POST as well-fascinating...love the juxtaposition of styles in this project-well done!!!

Kristina said...

I wonder who he confessed to? Fascinating story, I am going to look up some more about it! Great digi project! I so wish I could do digi work oh well, in my next life! You have done a terrific job!
Peace,
Kristy

Gloria Blenkhorn said...

very nice...different for sure..smiles, Jean

ScrappinCSI said...

Gorgeous project and thank you for the history lesson. She looks like she could be a succubus and suck the life out of anyone. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Ally White Cat said...

wonderful post wow. awesome history and spectacular card. Thanks.
hugs,
susan s.

Jane said...

Awesome post loved your bit of history and your card is fantastic
Hugs xxx

silvia said...

Loved you history "lesson"

Great digi!!!

Julia said...

Wonderful project. Love the image.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Julia

DonnaMundinger said...

Bet he wasn't so popular after boinking the succubus. LOL Probably why he croaked. Fabulous project and post. love it! xxD

~Lady B~ said...

Math, science, and succubi...What more could a person want? Awesome fun facts and fabulous project! It's always a joy to visit your page :)

ScrappingBeauty said...

cool digi card. I liked how you combined old with new...

Candace Jedrowicz said...

Ooh! Thank you for the history! I love her!

Steph said...

Fabulous card and thanks for the fun facts, you never know it might be a jeopardy question some day :)

monique said...

gorgeous, love this

Dieverdog said...

what a cool story! Guess it's a good example of fact being stranger than fiction! WOW, if his succubi looked anything like that, it's not a wonder he had a fling with her! I love the subtle color in the background and how they make her pop! My, this may be a new favorite for me now! Love the story behind it as well. I can get SO lost researching stuff like that on Wikipedia so I know what that's like!