Here is this week’s list of comic strips and other links from my favourite corners of the web.
Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children. Trigger warning: this article includes descriptions of what we would consider to be physical and emotional abuse. At the time, they were thought to be the only ways to convince the fairies to take the “changelings” they’d left with the humans and bring back the children they’d stolen. This is an ugly part of European history, but it’s also an interesting one. I struggle to imagine what it would be like to be so unaware of uncommon genetic diseases that one would assume a child who was born with one of these illnesses was actually a fairy.
A Human. To be fair, this is probably exactly how sentient but non-primate aliens would react to us if they ever discovered Earth.
Reflections on Cross-Cultural Living via Fushiee_. The world would be a better place if more people were able to experience moving to a different country and/or becoming immersed in a new culture. Canada and the United States are incredibly similar to each other in many ways, but I still had a minor period of adjustment when I moved up north. There are important differences between those countries. Learning to navigate a different set of rules changed me for the better.
I’m the Sun. As silly as this was, it still made me laugh.
The Pattern of Friendship via bardicacademic. One of the things I like the most about spending time on Twitter is learning about stuff I’d never heard of before. For example, earlier this week I read this post about a painter named Eric Ravilious who made some really beautiful stuff.