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Today — July 21, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Tap dancing through the library?  This was us when we were eight years old, on the day of a class photo, when our only shiny dress shoes happened to be tap shoes.  (You've heard of kids growing up in showbiz, but we could tell you stories about the backside of the glitz.)  Prescient that we'd be announcing our steps in the only set of tap shoes at school, our mom reassured us with these words: "Nobody looks at your feet."
From [Brigham Young's] Daily Universe, Jan. 16, 1969.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

The only solution is to:

  • sprout a pair of wings
  • phase out the signal
  • make the bucket bigger
  • turn the machine off and leave it alone
  • sedate them
  • involve the community
  • be disconnected and re-dial
  • destroy the system and start all over again
  • lighten the load
  • make your home appear to be untenanted
  • replace the damaged piece
  • overthrow it and then poof...that's it
  • abandon the dogmatic idea
  • re-write the subroutine with higher precision
  • grin and bear it
  • prove them wrong
  • drop the notion of total divine inspiration
  • invent something different
  • make the best of the material at hand
  • limit the amount of information available
  • accept the defeat and wait quietly for the positive forces to lead you
  • reboot the system
  • stop talking altogether and uses sign language
  • do a backup for yourself
  • travel off somewhere away from everyone

[tidbits collected from our research]

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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Elvis as a celestial body in Blue Star Love.  From The Gopher Purge Fanzine #3, KMUW After Midnight 1987.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The phrase, "Administrators keep the worms away" is a Googlewhack.  (Yes, we checked!)  From Piedmont's 1929 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
While trying to find the source of this image, based upon the caption, "He may live in your house," we encountered this:
"Things that never happened can tangle with things that did, an imaginary being can hold hands with the flesh-and-blood real, he may live in your house, as a Henry of my own once did, he may read all that you have read and even make love to your wife.  The atheist may lie down with the believer, the encyclopedia with the poem.  Everything absorbed and wondered at in the faithless months – science, maths, history, law and all the rest – you can bring with you and put to use when you return yet again to the one true faith" —Ian McEwan, "When Faith in Fiction Falters, and How It Is Restored"
[Image via Mr. Sousa.]
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Tiny Red Squirrel by James Douglas Williams, 1919.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Poedinok, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Pour Rire, 1852.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1907.
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel or astral travel to a refuge from the darkness. From the High Point yearbook of 1956.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1887.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
The reason that the film Riding in Cars with Boys didn't debut until 2001 is that it was previously barred.  The headline reads, "Freshmen barred from auto rides with frat men."  From Daily Tar Heel, 1939.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch (1871).
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This shadow reflected in a puddle haunts Illinois State's 1972 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A typical uncompleted 'thought form' before the face of the medium.  Taken August 5, 1909, by Madame Bisson."  From Hearst's International, 1921.
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