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Today — May 25, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"It's doubtful even to know where to start.  The end."  From Woroni, 1963.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"When the devil drives."  From The Film Daily, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Is your future in a crystal ball?"  From Awake magazine, 1950.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Anderson College's 1969 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The haunted teakettle."  From The Link, 1953.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Weaver's 1927 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1900.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Duke's 1975 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
We, too, have wished yesterday a good morning, but in all honesty it was because we were disoriented.  From Clarke's 1978 yearbook.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Rend Lake's 1979 yearbook.
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
I wonder if she liked her yearbook portrait.  From Mary Washington's 1974 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1869.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An Ex Libris from Central Washington's 1938 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1878.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The pleasant books, that silently among our household treasures take familiar places, and are to us as if a living tongue spake from the printed leaves or pictured faces."
From East Carolina's 1930 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
25
May 2020

“Today is the day to crack open that shell and let the loving start.”

—Sue Stinson, The Angels Have a Message for You, 2005

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 #3 - Movement 1 (Mozart)
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 — May 24, 2020

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Yes, Mystic Magazine officially claimed to have gnomes as subscribers.  From 1954.
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