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« Reply #1065 on: May 10, 2016, 03:10:05 AM »

Can you show me the way to Sesame Street or . . .

Villa Sesame in Brazil
1 Rue Sesame in France
Sesamstrasse in Germany
Rechev Sum Sum in Israel
Plaza Sesamo in Mexico
Batibut in the Philippines


Takalani Sesame in South Africa.  Smile
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« Reply #1066 on: May 15, 2016, 03:34:30 PM »

The non-royal wedding of the decade: the 1550's that is.

Four of the most powerful and well-to-do families in the country (the Dudleys,  the Greys, the Hastings, the Herberts) invite you to a marriage, in London (England,) between their sons and daughters, with no expense spared, for two days of wining, dining, and entertainment.

Couple 1
Groom: 17
Bride: 16

Couple 2
Groom: 15
Bride 12 and a half

Couple 3
Groom: 17 and a half
Bride: 10

Average groom: 16 and a half
Average bride: 13
Average total: 14 and a half

Not so strange the age difference between bride and groom for Couple 3. Often brides would marry a groom a decade older and grooms would marry a bride half or even a third his age. What was strange was why the marriages were unconsummated. And it is not because for political reasons, as one novelist has written, it is because of the bride's ages, which were considered too young to consummate the marriage for Couples 2 and 3, but . . .?! for Couple 1, both of whom were considered old enough (15 historically and maybe 14) to consummate . . .?! Even if the groom came down with a bad case of food poisoning that wedding night . . .?! The delay is a surprise. For a wedding is only a wedding till it is consummated, and then it becomes wedlock.

Wedding Gifts (Possibly)

the appropriate animals for those who liked hunting and hawking (i.e.) hounds and hawks

books for those so inclined

cash

clocks

for the boys . . .
gilded armor
for the girls . . .
dresses sewn with tiny diamonds and seed pearls

Flemish tapestries

gold plate

furniture

horses with tack and ponies for the little ones

jewelry

silver plate

tennis rackets and balls for those who play

Turkish carpets

Venetian glassware

works of art, including portraits of the brides and grooms

Wedding Entertainment

"There's dancin' to-nite!"
dancing, of course. Led by the bridal couples

jousting
Not including the grooms, and not because according to one novelist, they were too drunk to mount their horses, but . . .?! Historically, people have died while jousting, and the grooms were too valuable to risk.

masques
Not 1, but . . .?! 2. An all-men troupe and an all-women troupe. And these were not G-rated masques, which is probably why the all-children's masque troupe, and there was one, was not there.

Future Happiness

We don't know the living arrangements made for Couple 3, but . . .?!

Couple 1 and Couple 2 both went to live with the grooms' parents, as couples were not considered old enough to live on their own, till 1 and possibly both, were over 20. Thus, splitting up the brides who were sisters. As for later . . .

Couple 1
In an year, both the bride and the groom were dead. Both executed by beheading for treason. In a case in which 300 years later, Charles Dickens (yes, that Charles Dickens) called one of the worst cases of child abuse he had seen in the past 300 years.

Couple 2
In an year, both were divorced. Not that they wanted to divorce, but . . .?! Forced into divorce for political reasons by the groom's father. We can presume the groom later married, as did the bride, who found no greater happiness with her 2nd husband, for failing to get the queen's permission to marry, the couple was separated and both imprisoned in the Tower of London. The imprisonment seemed to have no effect on him, as he lived to the ripe old age of 82, but . . .?! the imprisonment broke her both physically and mentally. Dying a short time after release from the Tower of consumption or anorexia and/or both.

Next time: miscellaneous

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« Reply #1067 on: May 16, 2016, 04:17:44 PM »

According to his driver's license, as shown in an early season of The Simpsons, Homer Simpson would be turning sixty years old this week.
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« Reply #1068 on: May 17, 2016, 09:45:51 AM »

According to research conducted by Purdue University, it takes 364 licks to reach the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop. Shrug, I guess that's better use of tax dollars than building a new battleship.
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« Reply #1069 on: May 19, 2016, 07:53:03 PM »

Miscellaneous

In 1986, the 1st year that income taxes could be filed electronically in the U.S., 25,000 tax returns were filed that way.
30 years later, or in 2016, 128,000,000 tax returns are expected to be filed electronically.
Electronically filed tax returns are 20 times more accurate, than paper returns, and the filer receives his or hers refund in half the time.

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.

The 1st known female pharaoh was Hatshepsut, the widow of Thutmose II, who took over as pharaoh, when he died.

Next time: the ghosts who walk . . . and laugh . . . and scream . . . and weep . . .in the Tower of London.
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« Reply #1070 on: May 26, 2016, 08:37:26 AM »

1. Auschwitz has....a gift shop.  Buggedout

2. My friend Edie mildly disapproves of that. She just got back from a five-day trip over with her temple and she was like, "I cannot f**king believe this f**king s**t! My f**king people f**king died there in droves and they've got a f**king gift shop on the way out of f**king Auschwitz, selling f**king Anne Frank books, who was never even there, and they sell tattoo kits for your f**king arm, and f**king key chains, and f**king videos and f**king t-shirts that f**king say NEVER AGAIN. I am f**king enraged by this f**king f**ked-up bulls**t. Who the f**k thought it'd be a good idea to put a motherf**king gift shop in a f**king concentration camp museum where f**king thousands of my people f**king died, and my kids have to walk past some fat Polish goy shopkeeper whose grandfather probably helped run the place trying to hawk f**king snowglobes and prepackaged egg salad sandwiches to them when they just got done looking at ovens and gas showers and piles of shoes and mounds of hair the f**king Nazis stole off innocent people????!!!!!?"

I suggested maybe it's expensive for Poland to keep the place open and the gift shop helps, so she yelled a slur about my mother and hung up on me.

Thank you, Hitler, for a very disturbing morning. You are the gift to mankind that keeps on giving.

Anyway, it is shocking that Auschwitz apparently has a gift shop, but I think it's halfway put her into therapy.
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« Reply #1071 on: May 26, 2016, 11:28:35 AM »

So that's what she went off about!
  Yeah, I kind of have to agree with her, albeit less profanely.  I was disappointed to find that Masada has a food court.  Seriously . . . not just a gift shop but a FOOD COURT.  (At least it's mostly run by Jews, but still . . .)
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« Reply #1072 on: May 28, 2016, 10:01:53 AM »

1. Auschwitz has....a gift shop.  Buggedout

2. My friend Edie mildly disapproves of that. She just got back from a five-day trip over with her temple and she was like, "I cannot f**king believe this f**king s**t! My f**king people f**king died there in droves and they've got a f**king gift shop on the way out of f**king Auschwitz, selling f**king Anne Frank books, who was never even there, and they sell tattoo kits for your f**king arm, and f**king key chains, and f**king videos and f**king t-shirts that f**king say NEVER AGAIN.

Well, I guess it could be worse, they could be selling Easy Bake Ovens with little marshmallow shaped people for the kids to play with.

In all seriousness though, I remember thinking something similar when I went to the Titanic Museum in Branson.  They had a lot stuff for sale, and, among other things, was this rectangular snow globe type thing filled half with blue water (actually, I think it's colored baby oil) and regular water with a plastic Titanic ship and plastic iceberg.  And even though i bought it (I have this thing for the snow globes with "unsinkable" stuff floating it), I couldn't help but think what people who actually survived the Titanic would think about that.  I mean, would they make a snow globe of the World Trade Center with "snow" to represent debris, a couple of plastic airplanes and maybe even a few miniature people to represent the unfortunate jumpers?
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« Reply #1073 on: May 28, 2016, 10:31:41 AM »

the town I live in has 3 Dunkin Donuts' and one ATM
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