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Monday, February 13, 2017

Beefcake alert from 1970's Spain

1970's American fashions were truly awful, but at least the models were better looking.


Fashion Ads From The 1970s

Fashion Advice from a 1980s East German Stasi disguise seminar


Valentine's Day links

Video: The Science of Chocolate (aka the real meaning of Valentine's Day).

7 Aphrodisiac Cocktails to Put You in the Mood.

A dose of cynicism for Valentine's Day.

Forget chocolate on Valentine’s Day, try semen, says Surgery News editor. Retraction, resignation follow.

Everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about My Funny Valentine.

An animated history of Valentine's Day, plus why the heart is associated with love.

Prepare to be offended (or don't click on this link) - the Holy Crap worst Valentine's Day card ever, plus runners-up.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include the 'untranslatable' emotions you never knew you had, a supercut of people running in slow motion in movies, the human race's 9,000 year old love affair with booze, and a DIY machine that sorts M&Ms and Skittles by color.

A dose of cynicism for Valentine's Day

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.*

~ H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) (Chrestomathy, Ch. 30)

Love. n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. This disease, like caries and many other ailments, is prevalent only among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from its ravages. It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient.

~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) (The Devil's Dictionary)

When love congeals
It soon reveals
The faint aroma of performing seals,
The double-crossing of a pair of heels -
I wish I were in love again!

The broken dates,
The endless waits,
The lovely loving and the hateful hates,
The conversation and the flying plates -
I wish I were in love again!

~ Lorenz Hart (1895-1943) ("I Wish I Were in Love Again," from Babes in Arms)

Love conquers all things - except poverty and toothache.

~ Mae West (1892-1980) (attributed)

Parrots, tortoises, and redwoods
Live a longer life than men do,
Men a longer life than dogs do,
Dogs a longer life than love does.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) ("Pretty Love I Must Outlive You")

February 14 is the feast day of St. Valentine, (wiki) Christian martyr of the 3rd century and the patron saint of lovers. By 100 years later, there were already two martyrs of that name commemorated on Rome's Via Flaminia, one a priest, another a bishop - perhaps the same man - for whom Pope Gelasius established "his" official observance in 496. 

Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin
More recently, it has been adduced that St. Valentine was executed for conducting weddings of Roman soldiers against the order of the emperor Claudius II (reigned 268-270), but in fact, this prohibition, decreed by Augustus, had already been repealed by Septimus Severus (reigned 193-211). In any event, the saint supposedly cured the blindness of the daughter of the judge that condemned him and sent her a letter signed "your Valentine," thus starting the tradition of Valentine greetings on this date.

It is also attested by Chaucer, among others, that 14 February is the date on which the birds start to sing and choose their mates, lending further significance to the occasion. Be that as it may, one of my favorite observations in this context comes from American poet John Ciardi (1916-1986), who said,
"Love is the word we use to describe the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle aged, and the mutual dependence of the old."
* N.B. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) said something similar in the third act of Major Barbara:
"Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another."
Lots more Valentine's Day links here.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday links

An animated history of Valentine's Day, plus an explanation of why the heart is associated with love.

Supercut of people running in slow motion in movies.

Humans And Booze - A 9,000-Year Love Affair.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include the etymologies of all 50 state’s names, 1649 suggestion for adding weasel brain to your cheese to keep rats and mice away, WW1 meatless (and wheatless) recipes, and a Bill of Mortality showing causes of death in London for the week of Aug 15 - 22, 1665. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday links

Add some weasel brain to your cheese to keep rats and mice away: advice from 1649.

Cops use pacemaker data to charge homeowner with arson, insurance fraud.

This Bill of Mortality shows the death tally of all city parishes in London for the week of Aug 15 - 22, 1665. The Plague is the number 1 cause of death, followed by various fevers, consumption, and Griping in the Guts.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include lots of Super Bowl-related stuff, what would happen if we flooded Death Valley, and a plethora of recipes for World Nutella Day.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday links

February 5th is World Nutella Day - just in time for your weekend baking, here's a canonical list of Nutella recipes.

Submarine tourism didn’t catch on.

What If: Since Death Valley is below sea level could we dig a hole to the ocean and fill it up with water?

Some Super Bowl reading:

Football during WWII, when almost all able-bodied men joined the military: The combined Steelers/Eagles team called the Steagles.

The Lost Tribe of Gypsy Harlots: The Mythical Invasion of the Super Bowl Hookers.

Were footballs ever actually made of pigskin?

'Super Bowl Babies' Come Together to Sing About Being Conceived After Super Bowl Victories. (From 2016 - if they've done an update I haven't found it.)

ICYMI, Thursday's links are here, and are all about Groundhog Day (the day and the movie) and/or February: why February is all about purification (februa = purify), what's up with February 2nd and weather predictions, how often the groundhog has been right (spoiler - 39% of the time since 1887), and doing the math on how long Bill Murray was stuck in Punxsutawney in the movie (8 years? 34 years?).

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February/Groundhog Day links

February links - pagan Roman purification (februa = purify) and Mary's purification 40 days after the birth of Christ.

Don't like what the groundhog has to say about how long winter will last? You're in luck: Punxsutawney Phil has been correct just 39% of the time since 1887.

Jonah Goldberg's classic Groundhog Day column.

How to Write Groundhog Day by... the writer of Groundhog Day.

As Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell take off down the street once Groundhog Day has ended, Nat "King" Cole is singing Almost Like Being In Love - here's Mark Steyn with a history of that song.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include the history of domesticating chickens, beer yoga, 1960's disposible dresses, 25 animals that scientists want to bring back from extinction, and why it's nearly impossible to castrate a hippo.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday links

The history of chickens and eggs: When and why did they get domesticated?

Beer Yoga goes international.

From Hospital Gowns to Paper Couture: The Unlikely Origins of '60s Disposable Dresses

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, and include images of Tokyo before it was a city, London's train for the dead, using laser weapons to turn the atmosphere into deflector shields, and the small, short-legged dog that was the best kitchen gadget of the 1600s.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday links

The Best Kitchen Gadget of the 1600s Was This Small, Short-Legged Dog.

That Old-Time Hucksterism: The Oddest Doohickeys of Industrial-Age Entrepreneurs.

Scots, wha hae - Happy Burns Day! Here's a bio, Burns Supper instructions, and lots of haggis.

Amazing images of Tokyo before it was a city.

London Necropolis Railway: The Train For The Dead.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include Buffy the Vampire Slayer's birthday, how a dead millionaire convinced dozens of women to have as many babies as possible, Picasso's self-portraits from age 15 to age 90, and the story of Stonewall Jackson's left arm's separate grave.