October 14th, 2009

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Schott's Miscellany 8 October 2009

A cow caused the great fire of Chicago by kicking over a kerosene lamp while she was being milked (1871)


CAT SUPERSTITIONS

Never move cats from one house to another.

If you wish to move a cat from one house to another take it out through the window. You will have very bad luck if you take it out any other way.

You will have bad luck if you move a cat. The bad luck may be averted, however, if you first measure the cat's tail with a stick and cut the stick off so that it is exactly the length of the cat's tail. The stick must then be buried.

You will have bad luck if you move a cat unless you first cut off a piece of the cat's fur and bury it.

To make a cat stay at a new home cut off a piece of its fur and bury it there.

---Hilda Roberts, "Louisiana Superstitions," The Journal of American Folklore, 1927


A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.
J.B. Priestley (1894-1984)
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    "Last to Leave" by Arlo Guthrie
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Schott's Miscellany 9 October 2009

Feast day of St. Denis, patron saint of France & possessed people


NATIONAL MOTTO

The national motto, "In God We Trust," was established by the 84th Congress and approved by President Eisenhower in 1956. It seems the motto dates from a popular movement during the Civil War to recognize God on U.S. coinage. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase declared in 1861, "No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in mGod should be declared on our national coins." "In God We Trust," which first appeared on U.S. notes in 1957, may be based on "In God is our trust" from the fourth verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner."


Her voice was ever soft, Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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    "Take Your Partner by the Hand" by Robbie Robertson
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Schott's Miscellany 10 October 2009

The tuxedo dinner jacket was born when G. Lorillard wore it to the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo, New York (1886)


IDLE ROYAL AMUSEMENTS

For the birthday of the Duchess of Würtemberg in 1798, the British royal family assembled in Maiden Castle, in Dorchester, to watch these sports:

To be played for at cricket: a round of beef.
A pound of tobacco to be grinned for.
A barrel of beer to be rolled down the hill: a prize to whoever stops it.
A goose to be dived for.
A good hat to be cudgelled for.
Half a guinea to the rider of the ass who wins the best of three heats by coming in last.
A pig: prize to whoever catches him by the tail.


There is nothing I love so much as a good fight.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
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    "The Minstrel in the Gallery" by Jethro Tull
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Schott's Miscellany 11 October 2009

The first in-flight meals were served on a flight from London to Paris, at the cost of 15 pence (1919)


POUSSIN ON PAINTING

No visible object can be presented without light.
No visible object can be presented without a transparent medium.
No visible object can be presented without a boundary.
No visible object can be presented without color.
No visible object can be presented without distance.
No visible object can be presented without an instrument.
What follows cannot be learnt, it is born with the painter.

---Nicholas Poussin (1594-1665)


Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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    still "The Minstrel in the Gallery"
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Schott's Miscellany 12 October 2009

Columbus Day
Thanksgiving (Canada)


BROOM SUPERSTITIONS #1

Never move a broom from one house to another.

Never step over a broom.

Do not touch anyone with the broom while you are sweeping. You will have bad luck if you do.

If your feet are touched by a broom you will never be rich.

If you let a broom fall from your hand you are going to have bad luck.

Never buy a broom in August. You will have bad luck if you do.

You will have bad luck if you throw a broom out of a window.

If you step over a broom you will never get married.

Never hit a child with a broom; it will make him lazy.

Never hit a child with a broom; it will make him stupid.

Never stand a broom on its handle.

If a person comes to your house and you want him to leave, put a broom behind the door.

If you have company and you want them to leave sweep behind them.

---Hilda Roberts, "Louisiana Superstitions," The Journal of American Folklore, 1927


COMETOGRAPHER--one who describes or charts comets
"Edmund Halley was a cometographer extraordinaire."
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    "Get Up Jake" by The Band
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Schott's Miscellany 13 October 2009

The cornerstone of the White House was laid (1792)


BROOM SUPERSTITIONS #2

If someone sweeps over your feet you will go to jail.

If someone sweeps over your feet you will be lazy.

If someone sweeps over your feet you will never be married.

If you sweep under anyone's feet you sweep his luck away.

Do not sweep under a sick person's bed.

Never sweep under a chair; you will have bad luck if you do.

You will sweep out your luck if you sweep after sunset.

Trash must not be swept out of the house after dark; sweep it aside or pick it up.

Don't sweep out the front door; you sweep your fortune away if you do.

You will have bad luck if you sweep the gallery or steps after dark.

You will have bad luck if you sweep the gallery in the afternoon.

Two people should not sweep in the same house at the same time.

The entire house should be swept well on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day.

---Hilda Roberts, "Louisiana Superstitions," The Journal of American Folklore, 1927


Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.
Louis Pasteur (1822-95)
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    "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" by Paul Simon
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Spent 3.5 hours at the dojo last night. First was the regular class. Then the fighting class -- in which I was pushed hard, but which I did well in, I think. Then me and the other two adult black-belt candidates -- Senpai Gustavo, who is going for his third-degree belt, and Senpai Natasha, a junior black belt going for her adult black belt -- did a kata review with Shihan.

Starting tonight, I am a white belt until the promotion is done a week from Monday. This is part of the process, remembering your beginnings and being humbled. I will be the junior-most student in the dojo for the next two weeks.

This is really only the second step of the journey -- the first was committing to karate in the first place -- but I'm really looking forward to it.
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    "Rudiger" by Mark Knopfler
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The Chronic Rift Spotlight: Paul Cornell

At FenCon in Dallas last month, I sat down and interviewed author/screenwriter/comics scripter Paul Cornell, who talked about turning Doctor Who: Human Nature into the Doctor Who episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood," his upcoming comics projects, and other cool stuff on the latest Chronic Rift Spotlight podcast.

You can download the episode from iTunes* or from the Rift web site, or from Mevio's Rift page.

* With the Rift's move to Mevio from podOmatic, you now have to resubscribe to the show in order to get the newest episodes off of iTunes. So go to the iTunes store and subscribe to the new feed on iTunes.

Also please comment on the forums or leave a comment on the Rift voicemail at 888-866-9010.
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    "The Vanishing Breed" by Robbie Robertson