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Today — January 21, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From an 1887 translation of the first children's picture book, The Orbis Pictus of John Amos Comenius (1657).
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.


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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

From Cork in Bottle, by Macdonald Hastings:

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[Pathetic Fallacy with Telephones dept.]

As he reflected, one of the telephones on the desk gave a fretful tinkle.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The Tempter of Physical Pleasure."  From Centenary's 1961 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Beacon Third Reader by James Hiram Fassett and illustrated by Charles Copeland, 1914.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1876.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1909.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We strongly discourage throwing grenades at books about winged horses.  From Iowa State's 1927 yearbook.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the State Teachers College (Farmville, Virginia) yearbook of 1935.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From der Guckkasten, 1912.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1914 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Caricature, 1832.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

"A man with a book goes to the light.  A library begins that way."

—Louis I. Kahn, in Perspecta, No. 4, 1957

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The buffalo king, from Fairy Tales of the Western Range by Eugene O. Mayfield, 1902.
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
21
January 2020

“Today is the day to make hot cross buns.”

—Billy Collins, Nine Horses, 2002

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:
Piano Sonata #5 - Movement 3 (Schubert)
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 — January 20, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Merryland turns out to be in Maryland.  From The Maryland Horse, 1971.
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