Category:
Twenty-first Century

PLAY:  A Ballet by Alexander Ekman

Your opinions of these clips solicited.

The creator's Wikipedia page.







Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 13, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Avant Garde, Dance, Twenty-first Century

Miss Tall International

Instead of "Miss Tall International," I prefered the old name for this contest, per this 1952 entry.

"Miss California Tip Topper of '52": Sonia Smevik, 18, 6'1 3/4" crowned by Actor John Hubbard. L to R background: Peggy Mcconnell; Pat Hostetter; Marlize Schrad; Toby Guthrie; Joan Wark; Pat Hart; Phyllis Foresberg".








Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 04, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Human Marvels, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

The Broom Paintings of Emily Mae Smith

Your opinions solicited.

The artist's Wikipedia page.















Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 19, 2023 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Art, Twenty-first Century

The Rose Percy Doll

Read here the whole history of a very expensive doll that became the Junior Red Cross's icon.

Under Bertha [Peter’s] care, Rose Percy aided worthy causes for a sixty-year period. In 1919, near the end of her life, Bertha placed Rose on temporary loan to the American Red Cross Museum in Washington D.C. The very next year, Bertha gifted Rose to the organization, and with that gift, she became the official mascot of the Junior Red Cross. Rose served in that capacity for over eighty years, and during that time greeted visitors from all over the world.

The year 2010 found the American Red Cross facing deficits, so the decision was made to sell off valuable assets in order to reduce their debt. Countless historic artifacts were sent to the auction block, including Rose Percy, who is in fact, older than the Red Cross itself.






Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 04, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Charities and Philanthropy, Medicine, Dolls and Stuffed Animals, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

M&M Honey

I read this story upon its appearance, and for some reason it recently returned to the forefront of my mind. It seems that someone would have subsequently produced this intentionally.

When I was in Sicily, I got to sample the light-green pistachio honey produced there.



NBC video report here.

Whole article and more pics here.




Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 20, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Insects and Spiders, Europe, Twenty-first Century

Fish Condos


Joey Skaggs Fish Condos from Joey Skaggs on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 18, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Fish, Satire, Twenty-first Century

Rodeo Sweetheart

The earliest reference I find to a "Rodeo Sweetheart" is 1929. And the tradition is still flourishing today.

To get in the mood for appreciating this longtime contest, you can listen to the classic Byrds album.







Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 03, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Regionalism, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century, Circuses, Carnivals, and Other Traveling Shows

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