Monday, November 20, 2017

Yellow Bellies

In the early 1900s knife grinders were also known as “yellow bellies” because of the yellow dust that flew on them from the grinding wheel. They worked lying on their stomach to  prevent back pain from stooping all day. They were encouraged to bring their dogs with them, both for company and for use as foot warmers.


What will happen when the Queen dies

Although we hope it doesn't happen in the near future, we know that the Queen of England will pass away at some point, triggering protocols most of us have never considered.


No Paris Hilton, you did not invent the selfie

"11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!" wrote Paris Hilton on Twitter on Sunday, posting two pictures of the pair from 2006.  Fake news! Neither Paris nor Britney were anywhere near the invention of the selfie.

The oldest existing photo selfie is thought to be by 30-year-old Robert Cornelius, who took it outside his lamp shop in Philadelphia.Technology of the day meant that he would have had to stand still for up to 15 minutes in order to get the shot.

Read more about the early days of selfies

What's new, Atlas?

I welcome our new robot overlords.

Thanks Bruce!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Timely Thanksgiving Tablescapes

We have so much to be thankful for this year! Try making one of these handcrafted Thanksgiving tablescapes to celebrate our bountiful American values:
- A sheaf of aromatic pine boughs that don’t believe in science 
- An empty cornucopia that’s just asking to be grabbed 
- A row of cute little swastikas made of rosemary sprigs 
- A silver bowl of eggs forced to carry to full term 
- A muslin table runner that’s wrongly accused of being a terrorist
More here