Monday, May 19, 2014

18th Century meets 21st. Guess who wins?

During Saturday's Battle of Brandywine reenactment, a car wandered down the road alongside the ongoing battle.

A British commander approached the car and demanded, "What do you think you're doing here?" The driver replied, "We're just watching the battle."

The British commander ordered them to leave, but they would not.

It was only when the commander ordered three of his soldiers to fix bayonets and move towards the car did the driver decide to back off and leave the field.

photo by EJ Lennox


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Best. Order confirmation email. Ever


from a friend of mine

"Thanks for shopping with us. We've received your order, which has very much excited our in-house Trolls, as the creatures love nothing more than being unshackled in order to carry your order information over to our warehouse. We're joking, of course - they hate the exercise."

Friday, May 16, 2014

How to Interview People Abroad, 1789

Leopold Berchtold, An Essay to Direct and Extend the Inquiries of Patriotic Travellers (1789)

Example questions to ask:
"Which are the favourite herbs of the sheep of this country?"
"What is the general value of whales of different sizes?"
"What celebrated ladies are still living, and worth to be taken notice of for their extraordinary qualifications?"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

FDA approves fully functioning prosthetic arm | Daily Digest News

Light sabers create this need in just about every film.

Let’s Sneak into California’s most Beautiful Art Deco Cinemas

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Quirky food host Alton Brown demonstrates the art of sabrage

Alton Brown Demonstrates The Art of Opening A Bottle of Champagne With A Saber

Friday, May 09, 2014

This day in Beer History

On May 9th, 1785, the British inventor Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle, also known as a beer engine. using hydraulics, it allowed beer to be dispensed by simply pumping the handle, which connected to the keg via a flexible hose.

Prior to his invention, beer had to be dispensed from a wooden tap in the end of the keg. With the invention of the beer pump, the kegs were able to be stored beneath the bar, in the cool earthen basement.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Simpsons Did It.


A 'Dear Abby' advice column was pulled because it included a letter taken from an episode of The Simpsons.


In a column titled "Wife meets perfect match after husband strikes out," Abby proffered advice to a woman who signed her letter "Stuck in a Love Triangle." Mrs. "Stuck" described herself as a 34-year-old woman with three children who had been married for 10 years to Gene, her "greedy, selfish, inconsiderate and rude" husband. So inconsiderate was Gene that his birthday present to his wife was a bowling ball — one drilled to fit his own fingers, with his name embossed on it (and presented, of course, to a woman who didn't even know how to bowl).

But "Stuck" decided to spite her selfish husband by keeping the ball and learning how to bowl, leading to her meeting Franco — a man who was "kind, considerate and loving" — at the local lanes. One thing led to another, they fell in love, and Franco proposed, putting "Stuck" in a quandary: "I no longer love Gene. I want to divorce him and marry Franco. At the same time, I'm worried that Gene won't be able to move on with his life. I also think our kids would be devastated. What should I do?"

Abby's solution was for "Stuck" to admit her infidelity to her husband: "To save the marriage, he might be willing to change back to the man who bowled you over in the first place."

"Stuck"'s dilemma may sound so familiar to some readers — it was taken directly from the plot of a first-season episode of the animated TV series The Simpsons ("Life on the Fast Lane," also known as "Jacques to Be Wild," first aired 18 March 1990), synopsized by TV Guide thusly: "Homer's birthday present 'for Marge' is a bowling ball, prompting Marge to teach him a lesson by taking up the sport — and maybe also a handsome instructor."


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Irresistible headline

 Government drone mistakenly delivered to US college student


The good news is it wasn't delivered the way most government drones are delivered.

Five Card Nancy

Five Card Nancy is a Dada card game using cut-up panels from Ernie Bushmiller's long-running 20th Century comic strip Nancy.

Ernie Bushmiller's comic strip Nancy is a landmark achievement: A comic so simply drawn it can be reduced to the size of a postage stamp and still be legible; an approach so formulaic as to become the very definition of the "gag-strip"; a sense of humor so obscure, so mute, so without malice as to allow faithful readers to march through whole decades of art and story without ever once cracking a smile.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

May 6, 1937

May 6, 1937:
The German airship Hindenburg blew up and burst into flames at Lakehurst, N.J.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Mind = Blown


Friday, May 02, 2014

May 2nd; International Scurvy Awareness Day

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
When life gives you limes, grab the salt and tequila.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Matrix Meme for Reenactors

as seen on the "Revolutionary Humor" Facebook photo album.