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December 31, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The context here is that the matronly year 1866 is on her way out, with Father Time pulling her offstage like a kite as he pirouettes a segue; the new year 1867 enters downstage as a comely danseuse, ready to pas de deux with Punchinello.  But what caught our eye is the middle-ground action — two clowns maintain a tension/equilibrium (a precursor to Bosonic — er, Bozo-nic — string theory?).  One is bald and stout, the other bearded and gaunt, but they joke around (literally in circles) as a concerted comedic constant.  These clowns may be our favorite Yin/Yang symbol to date!
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"New Year's Eve and Ghosts": an illustration from School Days in Paris by Margaret S. Jeune (1881).  This should be of interest: Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Father Time conjures the new year as the old year slinks into the shadows.  An illustration from an 1889 issue of Punch magazine.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 30, 2013

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Orwellian NSA's rampant violations of civil liberties, from The Letters of Charles Dickens, 1893.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson (1888).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Chicken Road "It's only funny if he's not your cousin."
Julia Quinn, Eloisa James & Connie Brockway, The Lady Most Likely (2010)
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December 29, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
First image: "Tom Rides on a Flamingo" accompanied by enchanted fireplace hardware, from The Silent Readers (1920).

Second image: more enchanted fireplace hardware, establishing that this is "a thing," from Tales of a Traveller by Geoffry Crayon (1850).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from The Master Key by L. Frank Baum (1901).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 28, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Andiron Tales by John Kendrick Bangs and illustrated by Clare Victor Dwiggins, 1906.  The caption reads: "Tom rides astride the Andiron."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Hypnotized Lobster—Cataleptic State": an illustration from Hypnotism: Its Facts, Theories and Related Phenomena by Carl Sextus (1893).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 27, 2013

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to tablets and smart phones destroying human communication, from Humorous Poems by Alfred Ainger, 1893.  The caption says, "Reading,—and wept."
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"You may find it impossible to believe that this all depends on you, but I am willing to risk that you can accept the truth."
Deepak Chopra, Buddha (2008)
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December 26, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The serpents are emblazoned with death, destruction, murder, mischief, madness, brutality, robbery, and blasphemy. From The Working Man's Friend and Family Instructor (1833).  The caption reads: "Will you take a glass?"
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Chicken Road "It was only funny if you weren't the one who had to do it for ten hours a day."
Pete Hautman, The Big Crunch (2011)
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December 25, 2013

Strange Dreams (permalink)
"A Little Christmas Dream": an illustration from an 1868 issue of Punch magazine.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Christmas up his own tree!"  An illustration from an 1874 issue of Punch magazine.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
King Christmas and his Almoner: an illustration from a 1903 issue of Punch magazine.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
Who dances the frozen yule away?  Why, it's the hearthstone goblins, of course!  They teach the wind to sing and usher back the spring.  They teach the gulls to scream and dance the ages into dream.  From Cosmopolitan Magazine, 1893.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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December 24, 2013

Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
It's a nearly-forgotten fact that too much mistletoe can actually prevent kisses.  Our proof appears in The Quiver, 1892.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from a 1912 issue of Puck magazine.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Wet Santas are rare finds.  This one is from Punch, 1872. 
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 23, 2013

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the classic The Lion in Winter, in which Eleanor of Aquitaine says, on Christmas day, "Of course he has a knife; he always has a knife; we all have knives!  It's 1183 and we're barbarians!"  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.

"One Christmas," from Pleasant Hours, 1888.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Bringing In the Gas Log": an illustration from a 1906 issue of Puck magazine.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Christmas is Coming!"  An illustration from an 1892 issue of Punch magazine.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 22, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from The Burgess Nonsense Book (1901).   See How to Believe in Your Elf.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Semicolon's Dream Journal (permalink)
I dreamed of snowflakes and kisses under the mistletoe.

 
(A visual poem from Puck, 1883.)
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December 21, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A hypnotic tea party": an illustration from Hypnotism: Its Facts, Theories and Related Phenomena by Carl Sextus (1893).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from The Mystery of June 13th by Melvin Linwood Severy (1905).  The caption reads: "Down on thy knees and speak the truth before I blast thee!"
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 20, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from John Dough and the Cherub by L. Frank Baum (1906).  The caption reads: "The cracker suddenly exploded."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"You may find it difficult to believe, but most people live their lives, to a large extent, out of their pseudo selves. It's very likely that you do this, too!"
Margaret Newman, Stepfamily Realities (1994)
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December 19, 2013

Apropos of Nothing (permalink)

photo by Cobalt 123
"I announced to everyone apropos of nothing: I especially loved the phrase 'deep and crisp and even.'" —Terry Castle, The Professor: And Other Writings (2011)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A witch hare from Walter de la Mare's Down Adown Derry, A Book of Fairy Poems (1922).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Chicken Road "It's best to be funny only if it comes naturally to you."
The Porn Star Guide to Great Sex (2010)
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December 18, 2013

Precursors (permalink)
This precursor to the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment of Fantasia appears in an 1885 edition of Goethe's Italian Journey.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle (1887).  The caption reads: "The Princess looks into that which she should not have done."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Romantically, you may be quite surprised when you finally remove your rose-colored glasses."
Total Horoscopes 2003
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December 17, 2013

Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
An illustration from Edward Lear (1862).
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Ice fairies from Punch, 1902.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 16, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
So many reasons for the season: old-school holiday yard decorations from The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation (1885), via the British Library.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)
"Don't for a moment believe that no one will find out.  That's the oldest trick in the book."
Angus Buchan, Come of Age (2011)
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December 15, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Hypnotism: Its Facts, Theories and Related Phenomena by Carl Sextus (1893).  The caption reads: "In ecstacy—believing themselves flying through the air on broomsticks and having communications with Satan."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Ellis Parker Butler, Pigs is Pigs (1905).  The caption reads: "Flannery is right, pigs is pigs."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 14, 2013

Nonsense Dept. (permalink)
An illustration from The Burgess Nonsense Book (1901).  The caption reads: "Nonsense is the fourth dimension of literature."
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
An illustration from The Day of Wonders by M. Sullivan (1879).  The caption reads: "The letters ... tired of lying still."
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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December 13, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Hypnotism: Its Facts, Theories and Related Phenomena by Carl Sextus (1893).  The caption reads: "The subject dances 'Ta-ra-ra-bom-de-ay' with his sweetheart."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"You may find it difficult to believe that you are capable of managing without someone to keep your life together."
Angela Phillips, Take Charge! (1996)
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December 12, 2013

Apropos of Nothing (permalink)

photo by Cobalt 123
"I declared, apropos of nothing and with all the wisdom of my five or six years, 'The clouds are angels.'"
Jo McDougall, Daddy's Money (2011)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Gordon Browne from Monitor at Megson's by Robert Leighton (1906).  The caption reads: "Pointing at them accusingly, he broke out into a delirious torrent of strange unintelligible language."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from William Makepeace Thackeray in Thackerayana (1898).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 11, 2013

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

The genius behind Nein Quarterly noted that "In the future, we'll all have 15 minutes of future," and it's a worthy addition to our ongoing contention that:

Perhaps Andy Warhol Was Wrong, For a Fascinating Variety of Reasons

(Click the title above for our surprising research.)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Boy or Girl?"  An illustration from John Dough and the Cherub by L Frank Baum (1906).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We won't deny it: we were disappointed to learn that this introduction to zoology was not — literally — illustrated by an artful crayfish.

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December 10, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from John Dough and the Cherub by L. Frank Baum (1906).  The caption reads: "Come inside while I get a knife."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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This lively portmanteau appears in Elm Grange; or, A Summer in the Country, by E. A. M. (1861).

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 9, 2013

This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
"The onslaught of the sea must be stopped."
Foreign Press Digest: Soviet Union (1967)
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Hypnotism: Its Facts, Theories and Related Phenomena by Carl Sextus (1893).  The caption reads: "Supposed witches in auto-hypnotized somnambulistic state."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Chicken Road "Things are only funny if one understands the expected norms of a situation.  This explains why young children often do not understand jokes; they do not know the accepted societal patterns of behavior well enough to realize when and how these patterns have been disrupted."
—Melanie Wilson, "One May Smile, and Smile, and Be a Villain: Grim Humor and the Warrior Ethos," Riddle Me This, Batman!: Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight (2011)
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December 8, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Illustration by H. J. Ford from The Animal Story Book by Andrew Lang (1914).  The caption reads: "And what do you think she saw?"
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Etidorhpa, or The Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of the Initiate's Remarkable Journey by John Uri Lloyd (1895).  The caption reads: "My heart throb is stilled. Sprung from the edge of the cliff into the abyss below, carrying me with him into its depths."

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 7, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from The Man Who Was Dead by Arthur Williams Marchmont (1907).  The caption reads: "It was as though I were gazing on myself, dead!"
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Samantha at Saratoga by Marietta Holley (1887).  The caption reads: "With my mind's eye I see 'em, and I follered 'em down the narrow, steep stair-case."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 6, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is the Scottish medium Daniel Dunglas Home's levitation at Ward Cheney's house, from Louis Figuier's Les Mystères de la science, 1887.  This should be of interest: Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Other Stories by E. H. Knatchbull Hugessen (1880).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"You may find it difficult to believe that even a glittering new postwar refrigerator is capable of suggesting that its owner serve the one finest whiskey ever bottled."
Life (Dec. 31, 1945)
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December 5, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Etidorhpa, or The Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of the Initiate's Remarkable Journey by John Uri Lloyd (1895).  The caption reads: "Each finger pointed towards the open way in front."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Etidorhpa, or The Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of the Initiate's Remarkable Journey by John Uri Lloyd (1895).  The caption reads: "A mirror was thrust beneath my gaze."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 4, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Etidorhpa, or The Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of the Initiate's Remarkable Journey by John Uri Lloyd (1895).  The caption reads: "We leaped over great inequalities."

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Chicken Road "It will only be funny if Woody makes it funny."
Lee Guthrie, Woody Allen, A Biography (1978)
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December 3, 2013

This May Surprise You (permalink)
"The embryo is the universe writing itself on its own body." —Richard Grossinger, Dark Pool of Light: The Neuroscience, Evolution, and Ontology of Consciousness
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Etidorhpa, or The Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of the Initiate's Remarkable Journey by John Uri Lloyd (1895).  The caption reads: "This struggling ray of sunlight is to be your last for years."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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An illustration from The Purgatory of Peter the Cruel by James Greenwood.  The caption reads: "Peter's last purgatorial reminiscence."  This should also be of interest: How to Be Your Own Cat.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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December 2, 2013

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Rumpelstiltskin is an anagram of "Purls silken mitt."
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An illustration from Etidorhpa, or The Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of the Initiate's Remarkable Journey by John Uri Lloyd (1895).  The caption reads: "I stood alone in my room holding the mysterious manuscript."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Chicken Road "It is only funny if it is funny to an observer. But if something is only funny if it is funny to human beings, then it does not follow that therefore human beings are funny in themselves."
Oliver Sensen, Kant on Human Dignity (2011)
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December 1, 2013

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Etidorhpa, or The Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of the Initiate's Remarkable Journey by John Uri Lloyd (1895).  The caption reads: "With fear and trembling I crept on my knees to his side."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Some change takes time. Give it the time it needs, and you may be quite surprised—and pleased—with the results."
Stedman Graham, Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success (2000)
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