Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cartoonists Day May 5, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Cartoonists Day

Cartoonists Day celebrates the anniversary of the publishing of the first ever colour cartoon, The Yellow Kid in 1895. Now cartoons are a core component of many newspapers, publications and printed media, and have had (and continue to have) a huge impact on our culture.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) An odd, whimsical, or stubborn notion.
Usage:He is perhaps the sanest man and has the fewest crotchets of any I chance to know.

Idiom of the Day

stand on the shoulders of giants

 — To make discoveries, insights, or progress due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before.


Grand Opening of New York City's Carnegie Hall (1891)

Carnegie Hall has long been the most famous concert hall in the US. Admired for its beauty and superb acoustics, it was designed in a Neo-Italian Renaissance style by architect William Burnet Tuthill and was endowed by industrialist Andrew Carnegie at the insistence of conductor Walter Damrosch. Pyotr Tchaikovsky was the guest of honor at its opening. The venue was slated for demolition in the 1950s but was saved by a public outcry. 


Kodomo-no-Hi is a national holiday in Japan that was known as Boys' Day from the 9th century, but became a day for both boys and girls in 1948. Today, the day is observed largely with family picnics. Households with sons erect tall bamboo poles outside the home and attach streamers in the shape of carp for each son. The carp supposedly represents the strength, courage, and determination shown in its upstream journeys. The festivities are part of Golden Week, which also includesGreenery Day and Japan Constitution Memorial Day. 

This Newly-Found "Manx Comet" Is Missing Its Tail. Why?

Is that an asteroid-like comet? A comet-like asteroid? A space rock with a bit of a split personality, born near Earth, has found its way back home, according to a new study published on Friday in the journal Science Advances.

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1809 - Mary Kies was awarded the first patent to go to a woman. It was for technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.

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1904 - The third perfect game of the major leagues was thrown by Cy Young (Boston Red Sox) against the Philadelphia Athletics. It was the first perfect game under modern rules. 

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1917 - Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service. 

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1926 - Sinclair Lewis refused a 1925 Pulitzer for "Arrowsmith." 

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1936 - Edward Ravenscroft received a patent for the screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip. 

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1955 - "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway. It ran for 1,019 performances. 

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1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight. 


If You Were Born Today, May 5

Determined and often stubborn, you have ambition and can work hard for what you want. You are multi-talented and somewhat restless. While you value stability, you crave stimulation and create new challenges for yourself to reach, which keeps your life in a state of flux. You are a good conversationalist, quite amorous, and especially attractive and magnetic. Famous people born today: Karl Marx, Tammy Wynette, Tyrone Power, Chris Brown, James Beard.

Picture of the day
White-rumped shama
The white-rumped shama (Copsychus malabaricus) is a small passerine bird of the family Muscicapidae. Native to densely vegetated habitats in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, its popularity as a cage-bird and songster has led to it being introduced elsewhere. They feed on insects in the wild, but in captivity may be fed a diet of boiled, dried legumes with egg yolk and raw meat.

Picture of the beach in Big Sur, California

Wild Beauty in Big Sur

Photograph by Israel De Alba, National Geographic 
The exoticism of Big Sur, California, is on vivid display in this colorful photo submitted by Israel De Alba. It’s little wonder that many American artists—writers Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac, and photographer Ansel Adams included—were inspired here.






crochet, MOTHER'S DAY





don martin, mad magazine

thanks, shelley


Raspberry Lemon Cake


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... Cinco de Mayo


If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. - Booker T. Washington

The US Army designed WWII hand grenades to be the same size and weight of a baseball. -------------------- Royal Flusher! A custom-built $40,000 luxury toilet for Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s visit to Cambodia was left unused. -------------------- That sure is a long one, mister! Zheng Shusen, 81 of Mongolia, China, has the longest eyebrow hair in the world—measuring 7.5 inches!

thanks, patty


Spinning Yarn In the Grave


Women buried with handspinning spindles 3000 years ago

Plenty of historical textbooks, documentaries, and academics state, without much equivocation at all, that in nearly every culture throughout history spinning and weaving was a female occupation. Ever wonder how they know that? Ever wonder why they are so assured in making a statement like that with such confidence?
Its because women were buried with their spindles. All over the world, from neolithic times right through the middle ages, females were buried with their thread-making tools. Sometimes women were buried with weaving tools as well. Archaeologists have found weaving cards and loom weights and shed sticks, aka weaving swords, in the graves of women.
Males were buried with actual swords of course. They got to take their weapons into the afterlife. They got to take cups and tool belts and (in some cultures) jewelry too. Ladies got cups sometimes. They got jewelry of course. But what makes a male grave instantly identifiable is a weapon cache of some sort. Well, the grave good that instantly identifies a skeleton as female is a spindle whorl.
Its usually only the whorl that survives the centuries/millennia in the grave. The wooden shaft is almost always, but not quite always, long gone by the time the grave is uncovered. So what we today have as evidence of ancient spinning usually looks like this:
neolithic spindle whorl A Neolithic Spindle whorl found in Worcestershire County, England

No it doesn’t look very exciting. If you were a Victorian Era treasure hunter archaeologist, this is not what you are hoping to find in an ancient grave. Most of these got discarded, overlooked, and just left behind in early excavations. What a shame. But archaeological digs were not (and still are not) cheap. Pottery, weapons, ancient coins, statutes, etc… those paid the bills. No one was going to buy a stone disc with a hole in the middle. So unless they were mistaken for beads, and the smaller ones often were, spindle whorls were mostly ignored.
Roman age lead spindle whorl Roman Era spindle whorl made from lead

Fortunately for us there have been lots of these spindle whorls recovered in graves all over the world so not all were lost through ignorance and avarice. And by the mid 20th century, archaeologists finally started taking an interest in ancient textiles, and women, and domestic crafts, and all sorts of other stuff from our past that didn’t involve swords and gold.
A Bronze Age Spindle Whorl from Tipperary, Ireland A Bronze Age Spindle Whorl from Tipperary, Ireland 

In Neolithic times, the spindle whorls are made stone. At least those that have survived are. By the bronze age we begin to see a mix of stone and baked clay whorls. In Prehistoric textiles, Elizabeth Barber explains that in the excavation of the City of Troy “the sequence begins in the 7th millennium with a few flat, round perforated stones” and in the Early Bronze Age there is “an explosion of baked clay whorls”. One excavator records that 8000 to 10,000 whorls were found in Troy II, which is believed to be the Troy that Homer spoke of in his epic tale.
 (image from Colchester Treasure Hunting club)

Yep, thousands upon thousands of spindle whorls in Troy, and more, thousands more, have been found across Europe, Asia and Africa. And nearly all of them were found in the graves of females. Young girls who died before child-bearing age went to the afterlife with spindles. Mothers, grandmothers, and ancient old crones that probably enjoyed terrorizing all the youngsters in their final days, they all went as spinners into the grave.
Textile making tools found in teh graves of female Vikings A collection of female Viking grave goods: spindle whorls on the right, loom weights on the left, weaving sword in the center 

Now why would that be? If we assume that men buried with axes and bows and such were important warriors and valued by their community, shouldn’t we assume the same for women buried with their cloth-making tools? Let’s just imagine for a moment that we are Stone Age people leaving in some miserably cold place in northern Europe. Let’s remember that we are freezing our fannies off with no electricity and not only does every bit of cloth have to be handmade but the tools you need to make cloth have to handmade as well. Before you can even start spinning the flax/hemp/wool to make the cloth that will keep you from freezing to death, you have to sit down and carve a hole through a flat rock to make a spindle whorl.
So… would you put a perfectly good stone spindle whorl in a woman’s grave? Only if you loved her. Only if she was important. And only if you thought she was going to need that spindle in her afterlife. 
Which makes me wonder if I’m going to need my spinning wheel when I’m dead. I wonder if there is a mortuary anywhere in America that would bury it with me. I’m also wondering what fiber from my fiber stash I should take into my grave when I go. Maybe I should take it all. Life is short but the afterlife is really, really long isn’t it? Yeah, I think I’d better take all of it just to be safe.

You're Welcome-futureartist-julea

1 comment:

  1. Duck? That sounds like a good Mother's Day delight. Fingers crossed!