May 19th, 2010

stupid history

Stupid History 17-18 May 2010

Whalebone, used in the nineteenth century for buggy whips, parasol ribs, and corset stays, is not bone at all. It is baleen, a stiff but somewhat elastic substance made of keratin (the same stuff that's in our fingernails, teeth, and hair) found in the upper jaws of baleen whales.

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In 1634, traders in Holland began speculating on tulip bulbs, and soon the price of certain prized tulips skyrocketed--the age of tulipmania had struck. The rare Semper augustus sold for the equivalent of eight pounds of gold. But eventually, the tulip bubble burst, and in February 1637, the price of bulbs hit the dirt. Thousands of people went bankrupt, and investors refused to honor the futures contracts they had signed.
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Squeezed out 1000 words. Now off to earn my government salary..............
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30-day TV/movie meme, Day 3

This is a nifty meme where each day you cite something about movies and about TV for a month.

Movie Day 03 - A movie that makes you really happy

A Few Good Men. I never get tired of watching this movie. It was what introduced me to the magnificence that is Aaron Sorkin, and it still holds up as a great film. What I love about Sorkin's writing is that his words sparkle so that every actor in the piece can't help but look good -- actors of such variable talent levels as Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, and Kevin Pollak, as well as old reliables like J.T. Walsh, J.A. Preston, Kevin Bacon, and Kiefer Sutherland, all come across beautifully. (Wolfgang Bodison was also a true find. And note the cameos by Noah Wyle, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Joshua Malina....)

TV Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v season)

Justified. I explained why in my review for the "Couch Potato Salad" segment of The Chronic Rift podcast.

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