Wednesday, December 24, 2008

holiday cheer

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where is santa?

NORAD began tracking Santa’s journey in 1955 ... a Sears-Roebuck ad in a newspaper gave out Santa’s telephone number. Unfortunately, the number was misprinted and it rang CONRAD’s operations center. Instead of being a Scrooge, Col. Harry Shoup, who headed up the operation, told a child he’d check the radar.


Monday, December 15, 2008


Dig That Crazy Cactus!

New York City, 1941 - Time Archives

true los angeles royalty

welcome to the working week

Book of the Month Club, Kansas City MO 1940

gratuitous gore

The origin of the barber pole is associated with the service of bloodletting. During medieval times, barbers performed surgery on customers as well as tooth extractions. The pole itself represents the staff that the patient gripped during the procedure to encourage blood flow.

The red and white stripes symbolize the bandages used during the procedure: red for the blood-stained and white for the clean bandages. Originally, these bandages were hung on the pole to dry after washing. As the bandages blew in the wind, they would twist together to form the spiral pattern similar to the stripes in the modern day barber pole.

Spinning barberpoles are supposed to be oriented so that the red (blood) will appear as if it was flowing down.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

tell 'em, liz

"The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues."

-Elizabeth Taylor