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Today — October 23, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Even given the esoteric nature of our research, we don't expect to encounter eight Janus-faced figures at once.  From Rockingham's 1971 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Animals invited to tea.  From The Peter Newell Mother Goose, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of "protecting the peace."  Here's an airtight depiction.  From Nebelspalter, 1914.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Our teeth prove creation."  From Awake magazine, 1958.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Centenary's College 1933 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1876.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From St. Joseph's 1921 yearbook.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the film The Cabin in the Woods.  From Pan's Garden by Algernon Blackwood, 1919.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Brains and How to Get Them by Christian D. Larson, 1914.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The sacred hand gesture of the horse-headed deity.  From Hayagriva: The Horse Headed Deity in Indian Culture by Narinder Sharma, 1990. 
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Columbia's College of Pharmacy yearbook of 1932.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The "goat pig," as apparently depicted here (Lustige Blätter, 1918), seems rather rare.  But we did find a mention in Probability and Statistics by Example, 2014.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1929.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The caption of this photograph reveals its occult purpose of facilitating astral travel.  From the North Adams State College yearbook, 1966.
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
23
October 2019

“Today is the day to sort out all of our paperwork.”

—Orly Katz, Women, 2008

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:
String Quartet #9 - movement #5 (Haydn)
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 — October 22, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Princess White Flame by Gertrude Crownfield, 1920.
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