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Today — 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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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You might have instantly seen the weirdness here -- the earth in the mirror isn't reversed, meaning that she's looking at a parallel world in which everything is flipped.  From Rockford's 1914 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1843.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Tomorrow when the air is different you'll forget and go away."  From American University's 1970 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1893.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Need a babysitter while you do your Christmas shopping?"  From the Venango Bulletin, 1988.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What lights the stars at night?"  From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Volshebnyi Fonar', 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Deviatya Val, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Pour Tous, 1914.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Comique, 1909.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1898.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1960 yearbook.
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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December 2019

“Today is the day for the leakage of rumors and the activities of propagandists.”

—Lettie Hamlett Rogers, The Storm Cloud, 1951

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:
Flute Sonata #4 (Handel)
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 10, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
To this day, "the sun dial shadows its" is a Googlewhack.  We're not sure if the phrase is meant to be poetic or whether a word got left out.  But it's nice to see a sun dial's shadow, which most often gets overlooked in favor of the sun's shadow on the dial itself.  From Montreat-Anderson's 1962 yearbook.
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