Tag Archives: history and culture

“everybody but mike”

Today’s guest co-blogger is Wolfie, who not only submitted the image but also suggested the title of the post.  (Hey, I am as lazy as the next person.)  But it really is a wonderful picture, and an absolutely mind bending … Continue reading

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is there any other kind?

Eagle eyed reader Meg sends this photograph of a classic toy for sale at a local emporium.  Funny, but I always thought the name of the thing was enough of a hint …New vehicle prices have sure gone up, but … Continue reading

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super flemish!

Now that I have your attention, have you ever wondered how famous characters from popular culture would look if they had “lived”  in the 16th Century and posed for their portraits in Flemish costume?  It’s sort of an odd question, … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: our neighbor to the north

Bonjour, Canada!/ Hi, Canada!   It would take a stronger blogger than I am to resist this oddly wonderful combination map and word search puzzle from Marvel Fun and Games #12 (1980).  Good luck to those who want to print … Continue reading

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more of those extraordinary haitian sculptures

I can’t get these guys out of my head.  Visits to the Field Museum are usually fairly rare life events., once every two or three years at best, if I’m lucky, but I’m already plotting to get back before the … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: frolicsome dragon

This little Chinese dragon from the Tang Dynasty is frolicking like nobody’s business.  But he still looks pretty fierce while he’s doing it.   Dragon frolics are serious business. (Frolic is an odd word.  Google and my blogging software’s spellcheck both … Continue reading

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the hand of buddha

If you watch a lot of cooking shows on the Food Network or elsewhere, you are familiar with the weird looking citrus fruit called the “Buddha’s Hand”.  It is a kind of citron, widely eaten in Asia and also displayed … Continue reading

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“voudou: sacred powers of haiti” at the field museum

Or “My really sort of messed up visit to an amazing exhibit of extraordinary artifacts”.  I could have used this visit to learn a lot about the truly fascinating nation of Haiti, where indigenous, African, and Western/Christian cultures combined to  … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday on time change day– fall back

What happened in Kekionga on the morning after Halloween? Tune in tomorrow.   Today, for our readers in the US at least*,  here’s a friendly reminder to turn your clocks and watches back an hour before you go to bed tonight.  … Continue reading

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the best character name ever

Election time is here, and even though it’s an off year, a few signs have cropped up here and there in the yards of the neighborhood.  And with those signs came the best character name ever– or so I thought. … Continue reading

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