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Sunday, 15 July 2018

In 1893, the average beer consumption [in Cincinnati] was 40 gallons for every man, woman and child – 2-1/2 times the national average. [From Cincinnati’s Rise and Fall as a Brewery Town.]

Little Kings Cream Ale” is sold in 8-packs of little green 7-ounce bottles across the nation. It was the result of a request by Ted Gregory (aka “The Ribs King“) to the Schoenling Brewery Co. when the beer taps went down and his customers didn’t want to pay for 12-ounce beers to go with their shots of whiskey. TRUE

Fun Facts to Know And Tell Department:

[Via the US Postal Service Website]: The following live, day–old animals are acceptable for mailing  when properly packaged: chickens, ducks, emus, geese, guinea birds, partridges, pheasants (only during April through August), quail, and turkeys. Day–old poultry can be delivered to the addressee within 72 hours of the time of hatching, except for Sundays and Holidays. Also included in the list are Baby Alligators, Baby Caimans, Chameleons, Frogs, Lizards, Newts, Reptiles and Amphibians, Salamanders, Tadpoles and Toads, and Giant Bone-Crushing Weasels. (Okay, I added the last one.)
[h/t Mrs. N. Mr. N. opined that the chicken chicks are being used as drug mules.]

Mail Order Dog.

Giant Bone-Crushing Weasels are estimated to have been about the size of a Jaguar.

Life at the Boeing Field Apartments reminds me of these classics:

Gary: Landlord of the Flies.

Shut Up, Little Man!

Steve Goodman sings backward.

Goodman was also the author of The Best Train Song Ever and it saved Arlo Guthrie’s career.

[About the Title: My high-school geometry teacher could speak backwards, phonetically, and that’s how he pronounced “Golden Hudepohl Beer.”]

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Independence Day

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

That’s the first known recording of John Philip Sousas “The Stars And Stripes Forever March.” It was recorded by Kendle’s First Regiment Band on 29 December 1901 and published by Victor Records [source]. Sousa wrote in his autobiography that he composed the march on Christmas Day, 1896, while crossing the Atlantic, after he learned of the death of his band’s manager.

In 1987, an Act of Congress declared the song to be the Official National March of the United States of America.


Every person who supported cessation and fought for Independence from England was a British subject. Every person who fought against them were also subjects of The Crown. The American Revolution was fought by the British against the British.

The abuse of power by the King had become intolerable, and 13 individual colonies eventually banded together as one to fight the tyranny. The odds were not in their favor, and those colonists in the fray knew that they would be hung (or tortured to death) if they failed.

The Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia in the summer of 1775, shortly after the war with the British had begun. It was preceded by the First Continental Congress in the fall of 1774.

The Congress appointed George Washington as commander of the Continental Army, and authorized the raising of the army through conscription.

On July 4, 1776, the Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, which for the first time asserted the colonies’ intention to be fully independent of the mother country.

The Congress established itself as the central governing authority under the Articles of Confederation, which remained in force until 1788.


While sitting in pre-holiday traffic, I listened to The Mark Levin Show, and he played the audio of those two videos with commentary. I re-learned some history.

Have a Great Independence Day
and Remember What It Means.

[More Independence Day posts in our archives.]

Huang Shiguo’s Contribution To The World: Making Paper The Hard Way

Monday, 2 July 2018

“A 65-year-old resident of a Chinese village named Huang Shiguo has been making paper according to old traditional technology for the last 36 years. According to him, for a month he produces about 3,000 sheets of such paper, earning about 9,000 yuan or 1,400 dollars.
[Huang] argues that paper made in a traditional way is much more durable, quality and soft compared to the manufactured methods. The master sells its products in the local markets of China.”

At time of posting, 9,000 yuan is equivalent to US $1,355, so each sheet of handmade paper earns him about 45 cents. Not bad, given the cost of living in rural China, but he’s not living in rural China. He’s demonstrating and preserving ancient technology, and selling his expensive product while living in a tourist mecca. Pure undiluted capitalism. Kudos.

“Huang Shiguo, 65, makes paper using ancient methods in his home in Baishui Village, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Southwest China’s Guizhou Province. Huang said he began learning the traditional paper-making craft at 29 and has been dedicated to the ancient craft ever since. Locals in the area have a more than 1,000-year history of paper making as the region is rich in Yangshan Bamboo, a main material needed for the craft. Huang said the typical process involves 72 steps and 55 days to produce paper.”

[Photos and 1st caption (translated from Russian via Google Translate) found here. 2nd caption from here.]

Still Life With Dove

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Saw a young dove outside our garage late this afternoon. I think it knows how to fly, it just doesn’t seem to see the importance of it yet.

He/she didn’t seem too bothered by my presence, so I went back inside for my camera. Somehow it managed to make an arrangement of river rocks, a plastic colander and a rubber football in an inverted Rubbermaid trash can lid. I decided to take a pic from another angle, and when I downloaded it I found this:

I pity the cats that mess with this bird.

 

Beethovenfries

Friday, 15 June 2018

Gustav Klimt, Beethovenfries (detail), 1901/02

The theme of the frieze is based on Richard Wagner’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

[Found here.]

[Update– Somehow I lost a day. The .Gif Friday Post will appear next week.]

6 June 1944 D-Day

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

In 1944, and against the odds, General Dwight D. Eisenhower accepted the risk and subsequent bloodshed in order to prevent more of it. His leadership freed France from Nazi Germany occupation and was the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.

General Eisenhower was mocked by the left as a dullard, stupid and ignorant. He wasn’t. Not by a long shot.

[Found in here.]

Hot Links con Huevos y Salchichas

Sunday, 27 May 2018

WIN.

Cat boxes [via].

Eggs and Sausage.

Beer Pong – Level 11.

This is a Maori War Face.

These are Maori War Faces (minus one).

Her knees are real and they’re fabulous.

I hear, “Brain Needle.” It’s The McGurk Effect. Oh, and I hear “Yanny.”

If you ever need to fold a 5 dollar bill into something completely awesome, this is how.

Retiree uses a common Microsoft program to create artwork, and it’s NOT MSPaint. He uses MSExcel.

Guess which three countries contribute the most to plastic pollution of the oceans, then click here.

My respect for the late Muhammad Ali just went down a notch or two. Ohio Democrat Congressman Wayne Hays, Sly Stone, an unidentified British Jew and Ali discussed racism on The Mike Douglas Show.

[Top image: That’s Bambi Nicklen’s heel. Story here.]

1930s Socialist Propaganda for a 4 Hour Work Day

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Work less, get paid the same wages. Sounds like part time to me. That’s a way for a government administration to doctor the numbers to show unemployment decreasing while reducing the gross income of the work force. I’ll pass.

[Found here.]

4 May1970 – Remember Kent State

Friday, 4 May 2018

Remember who organized it.

Remember the purpose of the organizers.

Remember who got killed because of it.

Remember that it was exactly what the organizers wanted.

REMEMBER.

 

 

 

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Fareed Flintstone

Thursday, 26 April 2018

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are arguably the most westernized of the muslim nations, however… https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/middle-east/united-arab-emirates/what-you-can-or-cant-do-in-the-united-arab-emirates

Betty and Wilma were allowed to drive, but why did the Flintstonemobile have a steering wheel? BTW, Fred Flintstone ordered the BrontoRibs at a drive-in restaurant, apparently ate them there. He never brought them home, therefore the photo above is historically inaccurate. 😀

[Found here.]


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