Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Topsy Meets Quick and
Painless Death at Coney Island.
Topsy, the ill-tempered Coney Island elephant, was put to death in Luna Park, Coney Island, yesterday afternoon. The execution was witnessed by 1,500 or more curious persons, who went down to the island to see the end of the huge beast, to whom they had fed peanuts and cakes in summers that are gone. In order to make Topsy's execution quick and sure 460 grams of cyanide of potassium were fed to her in carrots. Then a hawser was put around her neck and one end attached to a donkey engine and the other to a post. Next wooden sandals lined with copper were attached to her feet. These electrodes were connected by copper wire with the Edison electric light plant and a current of 6,600 volts was sent through her body. The big beast died without a trumpet or a groan.Topsy was brought to this country twenty-eight years ago by the Forepaugh Circus, and has been exhibited throughout the United States. She was ten feet high and 19 feet 11 inches in length. Topsy developed a bad temper two years ago and killed two keepers in Texas. Last spring, when the Forepaugh show was in Brooklyn, J. F. Blount, a keeper, tried to feed a lighted cigarette to her. She picked him up with her trunk and dashed him to the ground, killing him instantly. The Commercial Advisor January 5, 1903
Topsy must have been a rough old girl, and was taken down, by three strikes and your out. But if someone fed me a lighted cigarette, I would have my first strike. It seems that the event was a big money maker for the circus and that a good time was had by all. Once again I ask, what the hell?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I would like to thank the academy..., no I would like to thank Chris Klingler at CK Designs for awarding me the You Make My Day Award. Thank-you, Chris, you make my day too! I am so flattered, I don't think I've won an award since Mrs. Petty's sixth grade class in Clovis, New Mexico. I love visiting your blog to learn something new, to be inspired and just have fun! Your art and your blog, your sense of design and humor are things I look forward to every day. There are so many talented fun people in blogland that I love to visit. Here are a few:
Karen at A'Musements
Holly at Sweetheartville
Kimberlee at Edgar and Edgar
Lady Lavona at Cabinet of Curiosities
Jackiesue at Yellowdog Granny
"You Make My Day Award" works like this: 1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think and/or make my day. 2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver. 3. Display the "You Make my Day Award" logo with a link to the post that I wrote. (Optional) 4. Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Can you believe that these are models made mostly of glass?
Thursday, February 14, 2008
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Sunday, February 10, 2008
Ambergris has a very typical scent, animally but of great sweetness that seduces particularly feminine noses, who instinctively recognize the odour that will attract males. In fact, Ambergris, like all aromatic substances of animal origin, is a pheromone and acts directly on the hormonal system through the sense of smell, without physical contact.
In the past Ambergris was eaten and burnt like incense. Ambergris burns making a pleasant smell. During the Black Death in Europe, the people believed that carrying a ball of ambergris could help prevent them from getting the plague. This was because the fragrance covered the smell of the air which was believed to be the cause of plague.
Fresh ambergris is foul smelling and floats on the ocean surface, but with years of exposure to the elements, it takes on a sweet, pleasant smell. Ambergris has become prized in perfume manufacturing because it has the unique ability to "fix" a fragrance, keeping it from fading too fast. It's also used as a food additive.This substance has also been used historically as a flavouring for food. The favourite dish of King Charles II of England is said to have been eggs and ambergris. Middle Easterners have also used it as a spice for food and drinks.
It is used in non-alcoholic beverages, ice cream and candy.
Ambergris has also been used as a form of medical supplement. Middle Easterners have used it to increase strength and virility and to treat heart and brain disease. In some cases, people consider ambergris as an aphrodisiac. Also, during the Middle Ages, Europeans used ambergris as a medication for headaches, colds, epilepsy, and other ailments.
Ambergris was also moulded, dried, decorated and worn as jewelery, particularly during the European Renaissance. It was often formed into beads.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Today is the first day of Chinese New Year, 2008 will be the year of the rat. I am not Chinese, but hate being left out of any celebration so we're celebrating! Besides what's not to like. I love Chinese lanterns, Chinese food, fireworks, parades, oranges, tangerines and all that goes with it.
Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.
The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-yearcycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors.
The sacrifice to the ancestors, the most vital of all the rituals, united the living members with those who had passed away. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family.
The presence of the ancestors is acknowledged on New Year's Eve with a dinner arranged for them at the family banquet table. The spirits of the ancestors, together with the living, celebrate the onset of the New Year as one great community. The communal feast called "surrounding the stove" or weilu. It symbolizes family unity and honors the past and present generations.
On the second day, the Chinese pray to their ancestors as well as to all the gods. They are extra kind to dogs and feed them well as it is believed that the second day is the birthday of all dogs. The third and fourth days are for the sons-in-laws to pay respect to their parents-in-law.
The fifth day is called Po Woo. On that day people stay home to welcome the God of Wealth. No one visits families and friends on the fifth day because it will bring both parties bad luck. On the sixth to the 10th day, the Chinese visit their relatives and friends freely. They also visit the temples to pray for good fortune and health. The seventh day of the New Year is the day for farmers to display their produce. These farmers make a drink from seven types of vegetables to celebrate the occasion. The seventh day is also considered the birthday of human beings. Noodles are eaten to promote longevity and raw fish for success.
On the eighth day the Fujian people have another family reunion dinner, and at midnight they pray to Tian Gong, the God of Heaven. The ninth day is to make offerings to the Jade Emperor.
The 10th through the 12th are days that friends and relatives should be invited for dinner. After so much rich food, on the 13th day you should have simple rice congee and mustard greens (choi sum) to cleanse the system. The 14th day should be for preparations to celebrate the Lantern Festival which is to be held on the 15th night.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
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Friday, February 1, 2008
Have you seen this movie? Our outing today was to go see Daniel Day Lewis' new movie, There Will Be Blood. It was long, but very thought provoking and I have no idea what process a person must undergo to produce characters like he does. The last movie I had seen was Sweeney Todd, with another of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp. Strange in the fact that years ago, I didn't really like Johnny Depp, Daniel Day Lewis or Leonardo Di Caprio. Now I think they are all exceptionally talented and can't wait to see what they will come up with next.
This movie they say is loosely based on Upton Sinclair's book 'Oil', which I haven't read, but guess now, that I must.