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I love the almost-human arms and legs on this enormous alligator, which is being attacked, ostensibly, by Native Americans, as depicted by 16th-century artist Theodor de Bry.
"The verisimilitude of many of de Bry's illustrations is questionable; not least because he never crossed the Atlantic. "
I love these charming bits of history that reveal a more eccentric America, where things were more fluid, creative and wild.
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And here's what the bustling center of the Republic and its citizens look like today.
With the recent migrant tragedies at sea around the globe, we must always recall one of the great refugee success stories: turning an old Detroit truck into an ocean-going vessel.
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Because the USA market for music is so huge, singers from other countries are always trying to break in, abandoning their native languages for English.
Maurice Chevalier. Charles Aznavour. Julio Iglesias. Shakira. The list goes on and on.
What's stranger is someone who abandons a career singing in native English to become a star abroad.
Such was the case of Jeanette.
Born in the UK and raised in America, she tried to be a folkie.
But failing that, she moved to Europe and became a great success, singing mostly in Spanish.
Of course, looking like a beautiful flower child didn't hurt!
Mystery in the Kitchen by Don Haldane, National Film Board of Canada
Invisible supercilious foppish food policeman invades a family's life and assigns all nutritional malfeasance to the "emotional" mother/wife.