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Kings Dethroned

Did you know our Sun was only 13,000 miles distant?

Read it here.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 25, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Books

Cannery Row in a can

Created by artists Peter and Donna Thomas in 2003.

Info from UW Milwaukee library:

To see the book, the can must be opened with a can opener, presenting the owner with a dilemma: do they want their artwork to be ‘original’ and leave the can sealed, or do they open the can to see the book inside. We had hoped to use a sardine tin, with the little key to open it, but could not find a source. During the search we found a local business, Dave’s Albacore, which had an old canning machine salvaged from Cannery Row. They were willing to can the book for us, saying ‘drop it off on a Friday and we will can the books first thing Monday morning, and hopefully that way they won’t smell too much like fish.’

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 17, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Books

How to get a teenage boy

"step-by-step stalking strategy"

More info: flashbak.com



Posted By: Alex - Sat May 14, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Teenagers, Books, 1960s, Love & Romance

The New Century Standard Letter-Writer

You might have fun browsing through this book on correspondence.



The section on Love Letters is lots of fun.



Also, for some reason there are four pages on Etiquette, reproduced below. I would hope every lady and gentleman among us would follow these enlightened precepts.











Posted By: Paul - Sun May 01, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Etiquette and Formal Behavior, Correspondence, Telegrams, Letters, and Other Written Communications, Books, 1900s

Death’s Doings

Next time you need cheering up, have a gander at this jolly volume, available at the Internet Archive.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 26, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Death, Books, Nineteenth Century

Ugly Belgian Houses

A chap named Hannes Coudenys has made his hobby of photographing deplorable architecture in his native Belgium into two books.




Click on the book names below to find them at Amazon.

You can read an explanatory essay by him here.

This is his Tumblr page.

His Instagram page.

Ugly Belgian Houses Book One



Ugly Belgian Houses Book Two













Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 25, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Architecture, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Books, Europe

Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal

Paula Begoun calls herself "The Cosmetics Cop". And as such she firmly believes that blue eyeshadow is violating some kind of law.

You can read the full book (published 1985) at archive.org.





In 1991, she came out with a follow-up: Blue Eyeshadow Should Absolutely Be Illegal. Evidently her feelings on this matter had only grown stronger over time.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 14, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Cosmetics, Books, 1980s

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