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What a Difference 100 Years Can Make!


This week and next, many will be doing retrospective looks at 2015. I thought it would be interesting and/or fun to take a look at 1915 instead.

Here are some events that took place in 1915:

While working as a cook at New York's Sloan Hospital under an assumed name, Typhoid Mary infected 25 people, and was placed in quarantine for life.

The Rocky Mountain National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress.

The United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.

An act of the U.S. Congress designated the United States Coast Guard, begun in 1790, as a military branch.

The controversial film, The Birth of a Nation, directed by D. W. Griffith, premiered in Los Angeles.

In Washington, D.C. the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was put into place.

NACA, the predecessor of NASA, was founded.

The U.S. submarine F-4 sank off Hawaii; 21 were killed.

Babe Ruth hit his first career home run off of Jack Warhop.

The RMS Lusitania was sunk on passage from New York to Britain by a German U-boat, killing 1,198.

Lusitania
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Elfishness


This is the time of year that we hear lots about elves. I thought I'd do a quick post with some "elfish" things that have accumulated in my folder.

In recent years I have received several pictures of signs that either have a very strategically placed blown-out bulb or a letter that has fallen off the sign.

Elf Storage Sign

Elf Storage Depot
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Over My Dead Body?


I saw something on a friend's Facebook that I thought I'd look into in more detail. It was a picture of a gravestone that made me wonder if it were real or just photoshopped. Here's what it looks like:

Gravestone Cookie Recipe

With an easy web search, I found an article telling about the tombstone and the story behind it.

I thought maybe the story would read that, when asked for the recipe for her Christmas cookies, the woman would always reply, "Over my dead body!" But apparently when this wife and mother from Iowa died, her family tried to think of a way to honor her. And that's how they did it. The article states,

Her daughter, Jane Menster of rural Bernard, says she and her father were searching for a way to remember their mother's generosity. She says the sugar cookie recipe serves as a reminder of her mother's love, and an enduring holiday tradition for their family.

Here's the front of the gravestone.

Maxine Menster GravestoneFront

Here's the picture I saw on my friend's Facebook.
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More Pun-ishment?


I recently received a list of short puns that I don't recall seeing before, and I just knew I needed to share them on my blog. The list has been supplemented with some puns a friend texts me out of the blue once in a while.

WARNING: You might not want to read this unless you are in a place where you are free to laugh out loud occasionally.

When deep cuts were made in the guillotine industry, heads rolled.

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

The batteries were given out free of charge.

I heard the new auto body shop that opened comes highly wreck-a-mended.

The president of the Ennui Club was also chairman of the bored.

The tarantula found his partner online. He spider on the web.

I decided not to go to Pisa, though I was leaning towards it.

Broken puppets for sale. No strings attached.

The historian loves reading about bobcats. They are lynx to the past.
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Pumpkin Spice What?!


I almost always have a funny picture on the screen when my students enter the classroom. Here's the picture I had on my computer on Monday this week.

Pumpkin Pi

Most got that it was pi, but missed that it was pumpkin pi. One of my students informed me that October 26 is National Pumpkin Day. I hadn't been planning to do a pumpkin theme for my daily pictures this week, but that bit of info flipped a switch for me. And so the rest of the week I'll have pumpkin-related pictures for my students and a pumpkin spice blog post for my readers. Here's the funny picture I put on the screen this Tuesday.

Human Spice Latte

With my current fatigue level after turning in my midterm grades this week, it's hard to imagine that this time last year I was still working part time at Starbucks, on top of teaching full time. In retrospect, I'm actually not quite sure how I did it. But I also know that next week marks one year since I turned in my two weeks' notice, knowing that I simply could not keep up the pace of teaching during the day and cranking out the pumpkin spice lattes (PSL's) evenings and weekends (along with grading and course prep). Anyway, on to the PSL humor.
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