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November 23, 2013

Once upon a time in the West: California Express — "Gold Dust 4-1/2%, on sums over $1,000"


Long before there was Federal Express, companies like Office Berford & Co.'s California Express were happy to deliver your packages across the country.

    Messengers leave New-York and San Francisco by every steamer, with letters, parcels, and packages.

    Freight, 40 cents per lb. Gold Dust, 4-1/2 per cent, on sums over $1000; 5 per cent, on sums under $1000.       

[via Cary Sternick]

November 23, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Fried Chicken Scented Candle — "Your home can now smell like fried chicken all the time, without having to actually fry chicken"


Who wouldn't want that?

Below, excerpts from Jayne Clark's USA Today story:


What's the next best thing to the aroma of fried chicken wafting from a hot iron skillet?

Why, that'd be the smell of fried chicken wafting from a scented candle.

"Your home can now smell like fried chicken all the time, without having to actually fry chicken," says Whit Hiler, co-founder of Kentucky for Kentucky, a business that promotes small-batch products from the Bluegrass State. "Thank you sweet baby Jesus. Thank you Kentucky for being the first state to fry chicken."

KFC/Col. Sanders legacy notwithstanding, we don't know if Kentucky was the first to fry up some chicken, but it's probably the first to put the scent in a candle.

They're made by Kathy Werking, who fried chicken in soy wax and added some "family secrets" to the mix to attain the realistic signature scent.

Kentucky for Kentucky collaborates with artists on ideas for limited-edition products. Creative director Joshua Kingsland says he met with Werking to discuss scents and said, "I'd love a fried chicken candle. She said, 'That's insane and I'm gonna make one.'"


"Hurry! Supplies are limited — just 25 candles are available."


November 23, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"Gravity 3D" — Best movie I've seen in a long time

I went yesterday, finally, after putting it off for weeks until I finally realized that if I kept procrastinating it wouldn't be in the 3D theater by the time I went to see it so the whole point would be moot.


What a thrill ride!

Fantastic, the 3D was the best — by far — I've ever seen and just perfect for this film, set in the magnificent emptiness of Earth orbit.

Sandra Bullock was better than in anything I've ever seen her in.

An inspiring, uplifting film.

Highest possible recommendation.

November 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: non-metallic.

A third: made in the U.S.

November 23, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Gray Cat supervises road work outside my house — through Google Glass

YouTube caption: "There hasn't been this much excitement around here since late summer when a lizard transited the patio. Gray Cat is fired up!"

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3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters


From Wired:




"Elementary schoolers will dig this edible paleontology construction project."


"Each set of cookie cutters includes multiple pieces


to ensure their prehistoric reptile doesn't topple over."


"Your second-grader will forgive the occasional liberties


taken with dino anatomy if it's covered with frosting."



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Brachiosaurus, T-Rex, Triceratops, or Stegosaurus:



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