Throwback Thursday: Fad Diets — “Fletcherism”

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Today’s Throwback Thursday: Fletcherism, a late 19th-Century Dietary Fad

Horace Fletcher (1849-1919) known as “The Great Masticator”

“food should be chewed about 100 times per minute before being swallowed: “Nature will castigate those who don’t masticate.” He made elaborate justifications for his claim.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Um 1900: Der amerikanische Unternehmer Horace Fletcher machte sich einen Namen als “der große Käuer”. Laut Fletcher konnte man essen, was und soviel man nur wollte, sofern man es nur lange genug um Mund wälzte. Jeder Bissen sollte mindestens 100 Mal, fettige Speisen bis zu 700 Mal gekaut und dann ausgespuckt werden.

Throwback Thursday Halloween Edition: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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Today’s Throwback Thursday: “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

Is there another poem that is more evocative of Halloween?

The Raven, illustrated by W.L. Taylor

The Raven, illustrated by W.L. Taylor

The Raven” is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven‘s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore”. (Source

Throwback Thursday: The Watercooler Moment

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Mad Men - Season 7, Episode 7 ' :Waterloo" -- an example of a good old fashioned watercooler moment.

Mad Men – Season 7, Episode 7 ‘ :Waterloo” — an example of a good old fashioned watercooler moment.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: The Watercooler Moment

According to Kevin Spacey, we can thank the likes of Netflix for the disappearance of the Watercooler Moment — that gathering session at the workplace where gossip and information are sometimes exchanged, including what was on the night before as far as old school broadcast television is concerned.

Today's Throwback Thursday: The Watercooler Moment

 

 In the 20th Century — Watercoolers as Business-Enhancers

Today's Throwback Thursday: The Watercooler Moment

Throwback Thursday: Ronald Reagan’s Hot Mic “Joke” Outlawing Russia (1984)

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Today’s Throwback Thursday: Ronald Reagan’s Hot Mic “Joke” Outlawing Russia (1984)

With the Cold War still in force, on August 11, 1984, President Ronald Reagan and crew were in the middle of a sound check for his regular weekly radio address. Never one to miss an opportunity to amuse an audience with a simultaneously beguiling yet menacing quip during said sound check, Regan smoothly announced into the live microphone:

My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.

Throwback Thursday: Marvel’s Patsy & Hedy, Career Girls

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Today’s Throwback Thursday: Patsy & Hedy, Career Girls

Patsy Walker and her rival/friend Hedy Wolfe are the protagonists of this teen girls humor comic series by Marvel‘s Stan Lee (Author, Illustrator) and Al Hartley (Illustrator).  The story ran throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Although Patsy and Hedy were often stereotypes, reduced to petty arguments with each other over stupid matters, the reader is supposed to believe they are really dear friends at the heart of it all.

Throwback Thursday: The First Selfie

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Today’s Throwback Thursday: The First Selfie

Could this 1839 image really be the first official selfie photograph in history? According to the American Library of Congress, this quarter-plate daguerrotype is regarded as the first photographic portrait.

“Robert Cornelius had to stare motionless for over five minutes when he took his own picture,” according to a piece that appears on The American Enterprise website of the Smithsonian.  We do take the ease of our selfies for granted — the ability to take hundreds at a time to find that perfect one — and that fuels their central place in our social media obsessed culture.

Throwback Thursday: If Peter Griffin Had a Grandfather it Would Be Fred Flintstone

Fred and Barney Hawking Cigarettes 1961

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Today’s Throwback Thursday: Peter Griffin (Family Guy) Has a Grandfather and His Name is Fred Flintstone

Today’s Throwback Thursday re-imagined takes a deep dive into the dark and sordid corners of animation, the tobacco industry and, yes, even the twisted mind of Seth MacFarlane. Not a bad place to be for this #TBT re-imagined, eh?

Throwback Thursday: Visions of a Robot Workforce

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Real Fact: “47 percent of total U.S. employees have a high risk of being displaced by technology, and 19 percent have a medium risk” according to a recent article in Wired. Perhaps this vision of the year 2000 from the early 20th century isn’t too far off.

Throwback Thursday Visions of a Robot Workforce

Visions of a Robot Workforce (France in 2000)

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Throwback Thursday: TV Glasses from 1963, The First Google Glass?

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