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Today — December 12, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Baylor's 1917 yearbook.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"And don't forget our alien friends who are always around."  From UFO Review, 1992.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
She's looking into the reflecting sphere to see if she'll graduate, but the thing about reflecting spheres, as opposed to crystal balls, is that they don't factor in wildcard timelines.  From Rockford's 1914 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Always a joy to encounter a perfume bottle fencing with a pocket watch.  From Nebelspalter, 1893.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Wake Forest's 1926 yearbook.
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satira, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Walking the flamingo.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1917.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Muhlenberg's 1978 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He depends on his Ouija board to tell him what's going to happen next."  From The Oredigger, 1951.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1899.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1903.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Excruciating as this text may be, reblog if you can relate.  From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1968 yearbook.
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
"St. John at Patmos" by Sidney Sime, in Form: A Quarterly of the Arts, 1921-22.  (Via TheFugitiveSaint.)
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
12
December 2019

“Today is the day to prevent accidents. Not tomorrow.”

—Railway Signaling and Communications, 1953

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 2 (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 — December 11, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Today's teddy bear riding a rhino through a fighting mob is from Der Bärenspiegel, 1935.
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