November 22nd, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 20 November 2009

New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights (1789)


The temptation of dress, fine clothing, costly jewelry, and all the extravagances with which rich ladies array themselves, is in many cases too powerful for the weakened virtue of poor seamstresses, operatives, and servant girls, who have seen so much of vice as to have lost that instinctive loathing for it which they may have once experienced. Thinking to gain a life of ease, with means to gratify their love of show, they barter away their peace of mind for this world, all hope for the next, and only gain a little worthless tinsel, the scorn of their fellow creatures, and a host of loathsome diseases.

---J.H. Kellogg, M.D., Plain Facts for Old and Young, 1881

Fashion isn't made to be canned. Fashion in cans becomes quickly obsolete.
Coco Chanel (1883-1971)
  • Current Music
    "It's Breaking Me Up" by Jethro Tull

Schott's Miscellany 21 November 2009

Harry Truman became the first U.S. president to travel in a submarine (1946)


The LIBERTY BELL is inscribed with the biblical text "Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" [Leviticus 25.10]. The bell (c.1 ton in weight and 3.7 meters around the lip) was first rung on July 8, 1776, to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence; it was rung for the final time in 1846 on the anniversary of Washington's birthday, when it cracked irreparably. Today, the bell hangs in Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Pavilion and is, apparently, still gently tapped every July 4.

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
  • Current Music
    "The River" by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band