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« Reply #1080 on: June 28, 2016, 11:52:47 AM »

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The French "Beauty and the Beast" is more than 2500 years old. The original tale dating back to 500 B.C.
The German "Rumpelstiltskin" is even older. The original tale dating back to 4000 B.C.

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I somehow doubt that, at least the second one. That was the time before (or right at) the establishment of Cuneiform script and hyrophlyphs...


According to this article both stories could be 4,000 years old, which would date them back to 2000 B.C. The article suggests a folk tale called "The Smith And The Devil" could date back 6,000 years, though there's some skepticism about that.



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"Candace is the only survivor out of a car that gets run off a bridge during a game of 'chicken,' but once she gets out of the water she loses her desire for men, for beer, and for her own family. Normally these are character traits women are born with, but it takes a good dunk in the river for Candace to get them."-Joe Bob on CARNIVAL OF SOULS
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« Reply #1081 on: June 28, 2016, 12:02:33 PM »

I don't doubt a lot of our classic tales are truly ancient, Cinderella's glass slippers once being woven-grass sandals, etc., and I once read a good article in an anthropology journal that theorized many of the gestures we use in daily life, from waving and nodding and shrugging and motioning onward, to more complex non-verbal expressions like the so-so movement of the hand, probably date back unchanged over tens or hundreds of thousands of years to our species' earliest times. Though interestingly enough, in parts of eastern Europe a person says yes by shaking the head and no by nodding, so there would have been regional variations, I'm sure.
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« Reply #1082 on: June 30, 2016, 05:46:00 PM »

The Duties of a Page, or, What Your Job Entails, When You Are a Boy Between 7 and 18.

Morning
Pick up your palette upon which you have been sleeping and put it away.
Awake my lord and/or lady, if they are not already awake, but . . .?! Do not look past the bed curtains, as you don't know who might also be in bed with him or her.
If my lord shaves, bring him the hot water he needs to shave, or your job may entail shaving him yourself.
Help my lord and/or lady dress.
Make the bed.

Day in the Country
Accompany my lord and/or lady if they go for a ride.
First, if she needs it, help my lady mount. Either by kneeling and offering one's cupped hands or kneeling on all fours and using the back as a mounting block.
When they want to dismount, dismounting from your own horse first, and holding their horse.

Day in the City
Accompany my lord and/or lady as they walk about the city, and making oneself useful.

Evening
Carving the meat.
Serving the dinner.
Pouring the wine.
If there is entertainment after dinner, then help to entertain my lord and/or lady.

Night in the City
A lady would not go out at night in the city, but . . .?! a lord might. Then walk in front, instead of behind, as in the day, and carry a torch or link to light the way.

Night
Warm the bed.
Help my lord and/or lady undress.
If it's bath night, lug up the hot and cold water to fill the tub as needed, and then help bathe my lord and/or lady.
Clean and put away the clothes and footwear worn that day.
Get out the clothes and footwear to be worn tomorrow.
Put out your palette upon which you will be sleeping in front of the bedroom door, so that you will be available, if my lord and/or lady need anything in the middle of the night.

Also
Wear my lord and/or lady's livery, so all know who and you are.
Carry my lord and/or lady's messages to and forth.
Run my lord and/or lady's errands.
And etc.

Next time: it looks to be one-sided, but . . .?! It was not, and we'll get to that next time. Till then enjoy!
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« Reply #1083 on: July 01, 2016, 03:47:17 PM »

Before it became illegal, Cary Grant took LSD about 100 times, on the advice and under the supervision of his psychotherapist.
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"Candace is the only survivor out of a car that gets run off a bridge during a game of 'chicken,' but once she gets out of the water she loses her desire for men, for beer, and for her own family. Normally these are character traits women are born with, but it takes a good dunk in the river for Candace to get them."-Joe Bob on CARNIVAL OF SOULS
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« Reply #1084 on: July 02, 2016, 12:26:28 AM »

Food facts from Germany, part 2

Corned beef never got fully established in Germany. It is only available canned or pre-packed in the cold cuts section, both oozing with gelatin.
Cheddar cheese is still struggling to find an audience in Germany. Only two kind of flavors can be found at stores: "mild" and "spicy" with the "spicy" not referring to "hot". Both taste bland regardless. Delis sometimes have the good cheddar, but they cost a fortune.
Sliced bacon is available but no thick cut. They are so thinly sliced you can see through them when holding up. Plus you got to add grease when frying because they hardly contain fat.
Becoming popular: baked beans, queso dip.
"Ranch" flavored chips are called "American" because Germans do not understand the meaning of Ranch.
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« Reply #1085 on: July 07, 2016, 12:12:51 AM »

Albatrosses can fly while asleep.

Also, if you see an albatross while sailing, don't shoot it, otherwise you may be damned to sail the oceans for all eternity.
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« Reply #1086 on: July 20, 2016, 10:35:57 AM »

By the time she entered high school, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay had more than one-hundred published works, two books, and had been nominated for sixteen major awards. Can you imagine how eroded the self-confidence of her poor English composition instructors must have been in taking on the task of trying to pretend they had anything to teach this girl?
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« Reply #1087 on: July 23, 2016, 05:16:11 AM »

German Food facts, part 3

There are about 600 different types of breads in Germany, making it the second largest market in Europe in bread products after the UK.

Except for hot dog buns, Germany does not have soft bread of any kind like it is common in the US.

Even toast in Germany is chewy. My guess is German bakeries just simply refuse to use bleached flour and too much sugar that is needed for softer bread.
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« Reply #1088 on: July 23, 2016, 01:40:22 PM »

The Duties of a Page, or, What Your Job Entails When You Are a Boy Between 7 and 18.

As I said previously, the benefits are not all one-sided, as there are benefits for YOU and YOUR Family.

YOU. You'll probably get along better with your lord or lady, then you do with your own parents. At least, you'll be spending more time with them. That is not entirely the fault of your parents, as they were discouraged from spending time with you, as you might become spoiled. It is only recently that they have discovered spending time with each other is--for the most part--beneficial for both you and your parents.

YOUR FAMILY. There will be one less mouth to feed and clothe and shelter.

YOU. You will be taught, and there will be a lot to learn.

YOUR FAMILY. This is a lot of pressure on you, but . . .?! If you make a favorable impression, if you do a credible job, then you will be able to advance your family's position in the scheme of things.

YOU. You will be trained how to take your place in the adult world, when you become an adult..

YOUR FAMILY. Look around at the girls there, and there will be girls there, employed in various positions. Does one of them catch your eye? If she is acceptable to your family, and you are acceptable to her family, then you may be able to choose your 1st wife. At least, you might have more choice than the girl, who mostly has to and when marry who her parents tell her to marry.

YOU. You will be able to perform life long friendships with the other boys there.

And there is always the bragging rights.

I am so soft spoken and gentile. No crudity wanted in speech and/or manner.

I am so smart. You had to be smart to learn everything that there was to learn.

I am so important, or your family was so important, or you would not be there in that position.

And I am so good looking, even pretty.

Mary Mary
Quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells
And cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

That was written for Mary, Queen of the Scots, who obviously had no problem being outshone by her maids. On the other hand, Queen Elizabeth I did, so she had them dressed in unfashionable fashions, so they were not prettier than her. On the other hand, one wanted the best looking boys one could find in one's entourage. One's so good looking, even beautiful, that when they passed, people turned around to look at them and you.

Next time: what Shakespeare hath wrought?
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