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Today (10/6) is Mad Hatter Day

Explained here: Mad Hatter Day is 10/6. The date was chosen from the illustrations by John Tenniel in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, wherein the Mad Hatter is always seen wearing a hat bearing a slip of paper with the notation "In this style 10/6".


Taking a break from blogging in order to attend to some garden chores.  When I return we may talk about hardwood mulch.

Mammoth find in Michigan

YouTube link. A truly impressive find.  And apparently it was disarticulated by early humans in the region: James Bristle of Lima Township was digging in a soybean field Monday when he and his friend pulled up what they first thought was a bent, muddy old fence post.

WTF, CNN ???

YouTube link. Forget the zero.  Remember the hero:  Chris Mintz, 30-year old student, took seven bullets while charging the gunman.  He is recovering.

There are all sorts of buried treasures...

From a story in the Guardian's "Experience" series: The first time I dug up some vintage denim, I had no idea what it was worth.

Are record-LOW temperatures in Greenland ominous?

Most areas of the globe are experiencing above-average temperatures.  So why are scientists especially concerned about an anomalous area of record-LOW temperatures near Greenland?

The "Pickwick" phenomenon

Excerpts from an interesting article in The Atlantic, discussing the publication of the illustrated Pickwick Papers - the graphic novel of its time: In the afternoon it was common to see men who, by the state of them, had walked dusty miles to lay their hands upon a Pickwick; while in the evening, in every public house and inn the conversation was of the latest number and little else … Mr Pickwick was there, in front of everyone, like a real person, not as a hazy mist of head-hidden words: every man, woman and child had exactly the same image of Mr Pickwick in his or her consciousness.

This is not the Mayo Clinic's basketball team

Well, not exactly.  I mean, it is, but not technically.  The photo shows members of the Minnesota Lynx' WNBA professional basketball team.  The jersey logo in 128-point font is explained in the Minneapolis/St.

Getting dad in the family photo

Via the Pics subReddit.

Reusable sanitary pads and Mooncups - updated

From an article in The Telegraph: I’m holding a soft piece of fleecy fabric, mottled dark purple with poppers at the bottom.


Several days ago I went for a "butterfly hike" in a rural part of south-central Wisconsin.  Nearby was a very old but well-tended graveyard, where my attention was drawn to several of the monuments.

Reusable sanitary pads and Mooncups

From an article in The Telegraph: I’m holding a soft piece of fleecy fabric, mottled dark purple with poppers at the bottom.

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Should America be "more like Switzerland" ??

"Switzerland’s high rate of gun ownership is tied to the fact that it does not have a standing army so virtually every male citizen is conscripted into the militia where they receive comprehensive weapons training.

"Warning: do not look into the eyes"

An art installation by Norwegian artist Erik Pirolt. YouTube link.

Remember when "America was great" ?

An article in The Atlantic reminds us of conditions in the 1950s... Everyone agrees that the midcentury boom times began after Allied soldiers returned in triumph from World War II...

The 3n+1 conjecture

Take any whole positive number. If it is an even number, divide it by 2. If it is an odd number, multiply it by 3 and add 1.

A sign of our times...

This circular was distributed in our neighborhood yesterday. When I was his age, a baseball could only go as far as you could hit it, and if you lost a Frisbee, you knew which neighbor's roof it was on.

Honoring The Presurfer and Everlasting Blört

All of the items I'm posting today are reposts, and all contain material I originally harvested from either The Presurfer or the Everlasting Blört.   Both Gerald Vlemmings and Madame Jujujive began their ventures on September 24, 2000, so tomorrow marks their 15th blogiversaries.  That's a remarkable accomplishment in a cyberworld where the average blog lasts just a few months and a majority of even the best ones only a few years.

The world's tallest cow

YouTube link. "Blosom," a Holstein in Illinois, was 6'4" from hoof to withers.  Posted in memory of my maternal grandfather, Knut Olaus Finseth, who was president of his local Holstein-Friesian association in Minnesota and who drew maps of his cows' spot patterns in case they wandered from the farm.  That wouldn't have been necessary with this remarkable cow.