Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife, suffered through somewhere between 3 and 6 pregnancies, depending on which historian you ask. Only one child survived childbirth, the first. Is it possible that she was Rh negative, causing her body to reject all subsequent Rh positive children? Women with Rh negative, or rhesus negative, blood are known to have no difficulty with their first pregnancy. However, during this first pregnancy, the woman’s blood forms a substance known as agglutinogen. This substance seeks out and destroys ‘foreign’ Rh positive blood cells. Without proper medical care, all subsequent fetuses with Rh positive blood are spontaneously aborted as a result of these agglutinogen attacks. Living in the 16th Century, Anne did not have access to what we would consider proper medical care. This condition was not even identified until 1940.
I love modern answers to historical medical questions
If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”
Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.
“In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”
The project, “Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.
He acted as photographer and stylist during each shoot with the grandmothers, taking a portrait of both the women and the food they made for him.
From top to bottom:
Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).
Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.
Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.
Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.
The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce.
Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).
Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).
Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).
Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).
Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.
It is quite an achievement to make your job getting the world’s grandmas to feed you.
God this made me hungrier than a motherfucker
AND THAT ASADO FUCKKKKK I WANT ME SOME CHORIPAN
SO BAD NOWWWW
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