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An Ad for Honey Bees?

Not just honey bees, but honey bees and whiskey!

Very entertaining!

And I agree with everything that is written there about honey bee! Like this

The honeybee, weaving a veritable pot of gold, transforms the attentive drinker into a conceptualist who communicates with good taste.

Hmmm … a conceptualist who communicates with good taste? That would be before the third whiskey, I presume!


Where did Baudelaire Buy Shirts? And More!

Paris is loaded with fascinating public spaces that have historical interest. Few cities have more, and fewer still embrace their traditions the way Parisians do.

One of those historic establishments is the shirt maker Charvet.

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Wikipedia has this to say

The world’s first ever shirt shop, Charvet was founded in 1838. Since the 19th century, it has supplied bespoke shirts and haberdashery to kings, princes and heads of state. It has acquired an international reputation for the high quality of its products, the level of its service and the wide range of its designs and colors. Thanks to the renown of its ties, charvet has become a generic name for a certain type of silk fabric used for ties.

BTW, the founder’s father had been curator of the wardrobe of Napoleon. That gave Christofle Charvet a great head start. But there was something else going on

Christofle Charvet created the first shirtmaker store in Paris, for which the new term chemisier (shirtmaker) was coined. Previously, shirts were generally made by linen keepers with fabric provided by the customer,but in this store of a new kind, clients were measured, fabric selected and shirts made on site.[The development of this specialty trade was favored by a change in men’s fashion, with more importance given to the waistcoat and the shirt collar, which called for more propositions for the shirt front and a technical change. Previously, shirts were cut by linen keepers entirely of rectangles and squares. There were no shaping seams and no need for shirt patterns. The new interest for a closer fitting shirt led to curving the armhole and neckline or adding a shoulder yoke, by application to the shirt of tailoring techniques. The new kind of shirt was called chemise à pièce (yoked shirt).  Alan Flusser credits Christofle Charvet with the original design of a collar that could be turned down or folded, much in the manner of contemporary collars, and the concept of the detachable collar.

In those days, the most elegant men belonged to the “Jockey Club”. Charvet advertised himself as shirt maker to the club. Who could resist that?

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And if stories like the above interest you, check out this list of other Parisian destination locations! Most important, enjoy!

Cuppy: The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody

Some Sunday fun!

Will Cuppy is best known as a humorist. That is true, though it tells us little about Cuppy’s unique style of humor. What was that? He had a simple way of reducing human vanity to the absurd. For example

We all make mistakes, but intelligence enables us to do it on purpose.

Cuppy’s usual work was writing a column  where he reviewed mystery books. Behind the scenes, however, he worked for 16 years on his book, “The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody”.

I love this book. It combines history and humor in a way that no one else has matched. Here is a snippet about Louis XIV

Louis XIV was decidedly the Louis. e is hard to write about because he lived so long and was always up to something. Among his hobbies were women, invading thee Low Countries, annexing Alsace and Lorraine, surrendering  Alsace and Lorraine, and revoking the edict of Nantes. Everybody wanted Alsace and Lorraine because they were full of Strassbourg geese.

Hmmm … full of Strassbourg geese? It goes on

Throughout his reign, Louis XIV worked eight hours a day. Other kings let their ministers make their mistakes for them, but Louis insisted on making the important mistakes personally. He was the original quick-decision man.  He did it almost automatically, but there were so many details to ball up that he had to get experts to help him. Jean-Batiste Colbert, an authority on industry, agriculture, and finance, worked sixteen hours a day and therefore did twice as much for the country. He abolished the highly unpopular tax on salt and put taxes on everything else; afterwards the salt tax came back somehow. He then established strict codes for every business, so that the manufacturers went bankrupt and the peasants lived on grass, nettles, and bread made of mud. Some of the peasants went so far as to dress up in rags.

Ouch! And this is just the beginning!


Looking for a Good Insult? Look No Longer!

These are beauts!   Enjoy!

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”

“That depends, Sir, “ said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”

“He had delusions of adequacy.”

-Walter Kerr

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

– Winston Churchill

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”

-Clarence Darrow

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

 “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”

-Moses Hadas

 “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

-Mark Twain

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

-Oscar Wilde

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.”

-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.”

-Winston Churchill, in response

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”

-Stephen Bishop

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”

-John Bright

“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.”

-Irvin S. Cobb

 “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.”

-Samuel Johnson

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”

– Paul Keating

“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.”

-Charles, Count Talleyrand

“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.”

-Forrest Tucker

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”

-Mark Twain

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

-Mae West

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”

-Oscar Wilde

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.”

-Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”

-Billy Wilder

 “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I’m afraid this wasn’t it.”

-Groucho Marx

When Ghosts are Expected´

To be honest, I don’t actually believe in ghosts. But I do like a good ghost story! This one, involving Nathaniel Stephens fits the bill.

Stephens hesitated in signing onto the parliamentary faction prosecuting King Charles I. He eventually signed on, which enraged his daughter, Abigail. She put a curse on him for doing it and Stephens fell terminally ill just a few months after Charles was beheaded. Here is where the fun beings

As Stephens’ funeral took place, servants saw a black carriage, driven by a headless man, draw up before the house. The figure of Stephens then appeared to drift down the stairs and step into the waiting coach. The headless man then assumed the countenance of Charles I. In a final dramatic flourish, as Charles drove Stephens away, the coach burst into flames. This was said to be Charles’s judgment upon the man who had betrayed his king. Ever since, whenever the head of the household dies, Charles appears to spirit them away – a light-hearted family myth perhaps, but one rooted in Royalist propaganda.

The bursting into flames bit is a nice touch, dont you think?

The Eagles are Hapless No more!

The word “hapless” means unfortunate. You use it when your object is has no “hap” or good fortune. We no longer use the word “hap” for goof fortune, but we do use the word hapless, and it is useful in describing most of the history of the Philadelphia Eagles. If you are from the Philadelphia area, it is pronounced the “Iggles”.

And btw, we also use the word “happy”, which is not a word most Eagle fans understand.

The Eagles did win the NFL Championship in 1960 by defeating the Green Bay Packers 17 – 13. That year, Chuck Bednarik went both ways and was the most fearsome player in the game. Here is good old Chuck celebrating

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The great Norm Van Brocklin was the quarterback and led the comeback in the 4th quarter to win the game.

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That was the only time that the Packers legendary coach, Vince Lombardy, was defeated in playoff action! What a great year!

But before that, the Eagles had not even been in the playoffs since 1949 – the year that Bednarik was drafted. They went 11 years without a post-season appearance!

A few years after their win in 1960, I started to get interested in the team. A major mistake! They were dreadful! Not just bad, but one of the worst teams in the league! Norm Snead was the quarterback for most of those years. Norm had a good arm, but his knees were so bad, one wondered if he would make it to the huddle. The coach in the late 60’s, Joe Kuharich was so unpopular, fans were throwing snowballs at him from the stands. Here is one of Kuharich’s wise statements

“Trading for a good quarterback is quite rare but not unusual,”

The Eagles finally made it back to the playoffs in 1978 — 18 years after their 1960 triumph —  but lost to the Falcons. In 1979, they made it to the division finals and lost to the Buccaneers. In 1980, the made it to the Super Bowl and lost to the Raiders. You begin to understand the psychological profile of the typical Eagles fan — preparing to lose.

The 1980’s were also frustrating. The Eagles made it to the playoffs in 1981, 1988 and 1989, and lost to the Giants, Bears and Rams. The 1990’s were similar. They made it to the playoffs in 1990, 1992, 1995, and 1996, and lost to the Redskins, Cowboys and then again to the Cowboys, and to the 49’ers.  BTW, for an Eagles fan, there is one thing worse than losing a game. That is losing to the Cowboys. That team is hated in Philly!

The first decade of this century did not treat the team much better. The Eagles made it to the playoffs in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008. 2009, and 2010, and lost to the Buccaneers, Panthers, Patriots, Saints, Cardinals, Cowboys and Packers. Again, the defeat to the Cowboys was the most painful!

In 2013, the Eagles made it to the playoffs again, and lost to the Saints again.

By now, you get the idea.

So this year is special. Not only did the Eagles have a great season — despite losing their starting quarterback to injury — they actually WON the super bowl. And they won it against a team that many consider to be the best in the league. And they played a great game! If you know any Eagles fans who look somewhat perplexed today, pat them on the back. They are still likely in shock that their team won the big one … the first time since 1960! A time well before the Super Bowl was invented!