i have exactly one blog follower
in the micro country of liectenstein
with so many interesting things about this amazing tiny place
here are just a couple of examples:
in 1886 liectenstein had an army of 80 men who fought during the austro-prussian war
they suffered no injuries or deaths
and returned with 81 men because they made a new italian friend from the opposition army.
the army was disbanded soon after and they haven’t had an army since.
and then there was the accidental invasion which didn’t cause much of a stir:
i really love their approach to life
and i’m guessing my one reader is a pretty laid-back person
and with such a tiny country
perhaps a descendent of that new italian friend they brought back from the war?
here’s to liectenstien!
“be so good they can’t ignore you.”
image credit: expat.com
on president’s day
remembering those placemats that taught us about our country
“justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity,
those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.”
one of these folks has been around for awhile and has always been ahead of his time.
“ideas shape the course of history.”
-john maynard keynes
image credit: british medieval history
One hundred years ago this month, the magician P.T. Selbit ushered his assistant into an upright wooden box, sealed it, laid it flat, and got down to business, sawing the box right down the middle. The show, according to magic experts, was the first time a performer ever sawed someone in half. Why has this trick survived, when so many others haven’t? If you ask magicians, NYT writer Alex Marshall spoke with six — they eventually land on one answer. “It’s just the simplicity of it,” said Mike Caveney, a magician who’s writing a history of this trick. “Magicians say a good trick is one that can be described in a few words, and ‘sawing a lady in half’ is very few words,” he added. As for being the assistant, “When you’re doing it you’re not a passive person,” one magician said. “It’s claustrophobic, and quite noisy, but such fun!”
” i believe your reality is what you make it, what you choose to see, and what you choose to allow yourself to do.
there are possibilities all around you – magic all around you – no matter what situation you’re in.”
Story credit: Alex Marshall, NYT- Image credit: Nolan Pellitier
mental floss has reached into their incredible research bag of treasures
to share some board games that may have had their time
but alas, have not remained classics.
below are a few gems and i’m not saying i wouldn’t want to play them,
i am a huge fan of board games of all kinds –
Aside from Parker Brothers, few board game manufacturers have come close to Milton Bradley’s track record: Millions of players across multiple generations have put in serious time playing Twister, Yahtzee, The Game of Life, and Battleship.
But while games like Simon and Connect Four have kept up brand appearances over the decades, it’s possible that founder Milton Bradley might have flinched at some of the other titles that bear his name.
BIG FOOT (1977)
The mythical woodland creature experienced a considerable amount of attention in the 1970s, including an encounter with Steve Austin on The Six Million-Dollar Man. (Andre the Giant was cast in the fur suit.) A famous and non-copyrightable beast made a perfect premise for a game in which players assumed the roles of Alaskan gold prospectors who roll dice while trying to avoid the “footprints” made by the monster. Although Bigfoot looks affable enough on the game box, his plastic game piece appears to be anything but.
TOWN DUMP (1977)
It’s never too early to get a child used to playing with garbage. In this game, two players take turns winding up a miniature bulldozer that propels itself through pieces of trash and pushes them out of the way. The object appears to be to clear waste out of your dump and into your rival’s property, which imparts a valuable lesson: Let your discarded trash become someone else’s problem.
LOBBY: A CAPITAL GAME (1949)
“Here’s your chance to be a congressman! You can pass all your favorite bills and lobby against those you oppose.” Milton Bradley felt confident a game of governmental regulations and lobbying would be a hit with anyone “old enough to read a newspaper.”
“Life is more fun if you play games.”
Credits: Jake Rossen-Mental Floss, Milton Bradley Company, Ebay photos
this tiny dog
has lived a full life
gifted to me by my dear friend
her husband’s mother/grandmother
i would love to know its story
it has seen the world and is beautifully imperfect.
“art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.”
~ Anni Albers
The NYT has traced the first nachos back to Piedras Negras, Mexico, in 1940, with just three ingredients. As the story goes, a group of women walked into the Victory Club in Piedras outside business hours. Aiming to please, Ignacio Anaya, the maître d’hôtel known as Nacho, ran to the kitchen and made a quick appetizer with ingredients he found. Today’s nachos know no end to their variations: They can have a number of seasoned layers or simply be topped with cheese sauce, like those sold at concession stands. But the simplicity of its original, with its barely salted chips, nutty melted cheese and briny pickled jalapenos, is sure to charm true nacho fans.
“we’ve all invested emotionally in nachos.”
credits: Christoper Simpson(NYT) and Simon Andrews- food stylist (NYT)
herbert smith lived in hawaii in the 1890s
120+ years ago he took pictures of this bay surrounded by palm trees and small shipping huts
here is the bay many years later
on this date in 1959, hawaii became a state
i have yet to visit
but plan to spend time
in a hut
under a palm tree
on a bay
“coming to Hawaii is like going from black and white to color.”
-john richard stephens
Image credits: Bonhams/BNPS, IPTCDaily Mail, Matt Hunter, Herbert Smith
kamala harris, in the beginning
“A patriot is not someone who condones the conduct of our country whatever it does.
It is someone who fights every day for the ideals of the country, whatever it takes.”
– Kamala Harris – The Truths We Hold: An American Journey/2019
photo credit: la times, courtesy of kamala harris
50th anniversary of the week of the Apollo 11 moon landing
I was 11
on the cusp of everything
we went over
to my parents’ friends’ house
everyone was transfixed
air was electric
all gathered around the tv
silent and awestruck
as the first man walked on the moon
spoke his first words on the moon
lots of emotion in the house
I ran to the window to look at the moon
hoping I would see him up there
right in the middle of all of this
left to go to the hospital
to have her baby
she named him neil
after that man on the moon.
“we ran as if to meet the moon.”
― robert frost
image credit: Ann Arbor district library archives