Saturday, April 16, 2016

Actual Magic Spells Found Misfiled Under "Superstition" -- The Colonel Carries On #27

Epigraph: “Never lie -- a single lie may destroy a thousand truths.”

Quotations from women, then miscellaneous historical pictures:

"We turn not older with the years, but newer every day." --Emily Dickinson

"You are never stronger ... than when you land on the other side of despair." --Zadie Smith

"An artist cannot do anything slovenly." --Jane Austen

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." --Virginia Woolfe

"For everything you love you have to pay some price." --Agatha Christie

"The beginning is always today." --Mary Shelley

“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.” –George Eliot

"Some people obtain fame, others deserve it." --Doris Lessing

"You are extraordinary within your limits, but your limits are extraordinary!" --Gertrude Stein

"I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are." --Nora Ephron

"If there's a book that you want to read that no one has written yet, write it yourself." --Toni Morrison

"When nothing is sure, everything is possible." --Margaret Drabble

"Better to be without logic than without feeling." --Charlotte Bronte

"War is what happens when language fails." --Margaret Atwood

"The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one that makes you think." --Harper Lee

The Enlightened Way: One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer

Al-Jazeera America went dark on April 12.

Emerging bridge troll.

Fully emerged bridge troll. “Double denim” is the worst kind.

He takes your wallet, pulls out the bills, throws the wallet in the river, and eats you alive. You don’t even care -- you’re that irritated about needing to replace your driver’s license and credit cards.

Optical illusion: stare at this barbershop quartet, and you eventually seem to see a boasting boxer to the right.

Early morning at the Reichstag in Berlin. Deputies ponder whom to blame for the big fire.

Few today remember how Elvis led an an abortive attempt to become King, but many dimly remember him in jail.

The first “AbeCon” (1862): Lincoln impersonators arriving by train  for tryouts.

Another optical illusion: if you stare at the picture for a few seconds, a literate “pet deer” seems to be standing next to Miss Hepburn.

“When I heard the news that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor, I got so mad I had to kiss the nearest nurse. I have this thing about unprovoked naval attacks and nurses.”

Born in 1746, Hannah Stilley was probably the first human to be captured on camera when her photo was taken in 1840.

Brave fans peek inside Justin Bieber holding pen for a glimpse of their idol.

Rascal Buzz Aldrin photobombs a shot of the Big Blue Marble.

Artist imagines Paris after next terrorist attack.

Second-string cheerleader watches game from bench while first string performs.

Rare photo of establishment Republicans abandoning stricken Jeb Bush campaign.

Mohandas K. Gandhi and Winston Churchill backstage during a break in a  debate over the independence of India. Though fierce foes in public, the two leaders were privately fast friends.

Parting thought: "If the ends don't justify the means, what do?"

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