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Today — September 19, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"You had to face autumn, and beyond autumn, winter" (Maurice Wiggin, The Memoirs of a Maverick, 1968).  From Brevard's 1975 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1876.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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The Right Word (permalink)
It is an outright lie that there are very few one-letter words and that they're rarely misspelled.  For proof, see One-Letter Words: A Dictionary.  This false quotation is from Word Juggler User's Manual, 1984.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Elizabethtown's 1971 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Medium well done."  From The Leatherneck, 1932.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Cap and Gown yearbook of the University of Chicago, 1917. 
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1888.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Anything we say about this photo will constitute slander, and we don't need smiling m*niacs coming after us with axes, gas cans, and a hatred of culture.  From Washington & Lee's 1980 yearbook.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Wondering if this was an accidental skull-face effect, we analyzed the photo with our custom Uncanny Detector app.  Sure enough, she really did have a skull face.  From Queens College's 1973 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Trains often run late for funny reasons.  From Nebelspalter, 1910.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning, 1994.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Not just wax but light itself drips from candles, a phenomenon rarely captured on film.  From Yeshiva's 1962 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Chronos' wheel of the fortunes of war,  From Nebelspalter, 1917.
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
Q: "Do you remember?" -- a chapter in The Land Where the Sunsets Go (Orville Henry Leonard, 1917). 
A: "I Forgot" (Mrs. Frederick Field, 1888).
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The best epigram we've encountered that begins an old yearbook: "Honestly, we didn't think you'd care."  From Knox College's 1913 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Link, 1954.
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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September 2019

“Today is the day for the curtain to come down on [a] tragic drama.”

—Saradindu Bandyopadhyay, The Menagerie and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries, 2007

From the outrageous to the inspirational to the hilarious, here’s a daily reminder to break out of the old grind and do something unexpected, for the fun, the challenge, or the heck of it.

If today simply isn’t your day, click here to have a different day.


Music Box Moment (permalink)
Do you deserve a nostalgic breather?  Through the delicate workings of the music box, even the most dramatic compositions seem to play only for you.  You’ll hear even a very familiar piece in a whole new way.  Courtesy of home recording pioneer Ken Clinger, here’s today’s music box selection.  It will sound surprisingly good even through built-in computer speakers, and it will cut through the ambient noise of the office without being distracting.

Featured in Today’s Music Box:
6 Etudes #2 (Saent-Saens)
performed by Ken Clinger
If you could use another Music Box Moment, choose a piece:


There’s a Signpost Up Ahead (permalink)
One's life path is marked by crossroads and signposts.  If you are confronted with making a choice today, perhaps the signpost displayed here will help to characterize your situation and guide you to make a decision.  If you need more guidance, refresh this page for another symbol.  If both signs are the same, perhaps any choice will lead to the same outcome.

The signs are inspired by a system of symbols entitled "Spiritual Diagnosis," developed by Dr. Robert McNary of Montana.  Dr. McNary actually creates nine-faceted mandala charts for people and interprets the symbols with uncanny accuracy.  Dr. McNary's web site is RockyMountainAstrologer.com.
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Yesterday — September 18, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
There are but 2 Google results for "alcohol's footprint."  From UNC Chapel Hill's 1947 yearbook.
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