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Pets and/or Meat: A Virus Complicates the Human-Rabbit Relationship

While Susan Orlean’s article The Rabbit Outbreak is about a deadly virus affecting rabbits, it also provides a glimpse into the unusual relationship between humans and hares.*

“Pets or meat. That’s the town. Either you’re working or you’re meat. That’s GM’s attitudes toward its serfs. The clubbing and skinning of the rabbit stands for the violence. Why aren’t people upset by the violence of a black man getting shot two minutes later in the film? Why are there walk­ outs during the rabbit section, but not during the shooting?” Michael Moore, 1990. Photo source: Roger and Me, 1989.

In the U.S., rabbits were commonly raised for their meat, but “After the Second World War, the demand for rabbit meat began to decline. The number of cattle being raised domestically nearly doubled, and beef, which had previously been something of a luxury, became affordable. … Soon, it became the white meat of choice, and rabbit was marginalized as an occasional dish.”

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Go Get Yourself Some Cheap Sunglasses

Seriously, why spend money on expensive shades when you know you’re going to lose them or break them? An Ode to Gas-Station Sunglasses, Beloved by Dads Everywhere on Inside Hook.

No mention of the original ode to the thick black frames:

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Fort Couch couch fort? Vacation at home

Fort Pillow poster

Commemorate your involuntary staycation with these posters from Duke Cannon and maybe protect America from the confederates with a Fort Couch couch fort reenactment this weekend?

 Download high quality pdf posters at Duke Cannon site for free, or purchase the prints.

Marker commemorating the original Fort Couch, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Source: TCM

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Flatten the Curve: Duke Cannon PSA Posters

Encourage social distancing and sanitary practices with these posters from Duke Cannon. Free high quality downloads at their site, or purchase the prints.

Also, unsolicited recommendation for their Tactical Scrubber – It’s like a force multiplier for your soap.

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What’s the Funniest Number?

Mel Brooks keeps trying to ruin Carl Reiner’s story.

It’s hard to argue with that number.

Carl Reiner included an entire, albeit short, chapter (16 – not a very funny number) on the story, including some of the runner-up numbers, in his book I Remember Me. And here’s a fascinating portrait of Sid Caesar originally published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1953.

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I Should Have Known You Weren’t There For the Music

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Carhartt – Are You Keeping the Faith?

Source: Carhartt.

After writing about Lee’s Union-Alls the other day, my thoughts naturally turned to Carhartt’s coveralls, the archaeologist’s cold-weather friend.

The Carhartt company, coincidentally, was founded the same year as the H.D. Lee Company, 1889, when Hamilton Carhartt started selling bib overalls in Detroit, Michigan. Carhartt’s coveralls appeared by the World War II era, and likely earlier, but Lee’s claim to be first seems valid.

Source: Popular Mechanics January 1946.

Like the original H.D. Lee company, the Carhartt company proudly proclaimed their support of Union workers. The modern Carhartt company, unlike Lee, is still a family-owned business, and about half of their workers are Union members.

Source: Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1919.
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The Ancient Greek Inspiration for the Legendary Leg Lamp?

Does the Royal Ontario Museum have the real inspiration for the Leg Lamp from the classic movie A Christmas Story?

Source: A Christmas Story/www.achristmasstoryhouse.com

The lamp in the movie was allegedly inspired by a Nehi soda advertisement, but the original source must be this Archaic Greek leg vase, on view at the Toronto museum.

For the more recent history of the leg lamp, see A Christmas Story House.

Yes, I post this every December.

 

 

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It’s Still Not Christmas Time Until Darlene Love Sings

Her 1995 performance of Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) on Late Night with David Letterman.

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Halloween Cakes at the Woodmere Art Museum


Dreadful Delights: a limited run exhibition (ending November 1) at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania.