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Astronomical Museum in Eger

The northern Hungarian town of Eger is famous amongst Hungarians as the place where István Dobó defeated the invading Ottoman forces in 1552. For historians of science, Eger is interesting for its Esterhazy Károly College. Originally Bishop Eszterhazy had hoped to establish a university in Eger, but he was unable to secure approval from the […]

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Academia

Astrological Sugar Packets

Those wacky people over at Wiener Zucker have once again commemorated signs of the zodiac on their sugar packets (see earlier versions here). It is an interesting marketing technique that must work, or at least must not harm the company. I don’t really understand why it would work, but that’s why I’m not in marketing. […]

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Plague Columns in Central Europe

Plague columns, or Marian and Holy Trinity columns, dot Central Europe—partial lists can be found on the German wikipedia pages for Pestsäule and Mariensäule. These columns were often three sided to represent the Holy Trinity, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and decorated with various saints. Wealthy citizens, fraternities, and even emperors commissioned and erected plague […]