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October 15, 2021

National Mustard Museum


FunFact: The National Mustard Museum (above), located near U.S. 14 in the heart of Middleton, Wisconsin, was conceived and founded by Barry Levenson, later assistant attorney general of Wisconsin. It centers on a mustard collection he began in 1986 while despondent over the failure of his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, to win the 1986 World Series.

From NPR:

Barry Levenson, curator and CMO — "chief mustard officer" — of the National Mustard Museum, says a fit of despair led him to create the museum.

"My beloved Boston Red Sox lost the World Series," he says. "Decided I need a hobby to get over my depression. That's the morning I began collecting jars of mustard."

And Levenson, a lawyer by trade, quickly saw his hobby turn into an obsession.

"I argued a case at the U.S. Supreme Court," he says. "On my way to the court, I saw this little jar of mustard on a discarded room-service tray. I didn't have time to go back to my room. So I brought it with me and argued — and I had a jar of mustard in my pocket."


Delve into the Wikipedia entry for the museum.

October 15, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Create your own burner email addresses


From CNBC and CNET:

The newest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 15, has new privacy features.

One of the handiest new features is the ability to create a "burner" email address — a random, temporary, anonymous address not linked to your identity that still forwards messages to your inbox.

It's called "Hide My Email."

These burner addresses are good for signing up in forms on the web when you don't want to share your primary email address.

Hide My Email also takes aim at spam by thinning out your inbox so as to keep junk mail from showing up.

Users can spin up as many burner email addresses as they need and delete them when it's convenient.

However, there's a catch: Users have to pay for iCloud storage.

Hide My Email is part of iCloud+, a new set of privacy features for people who pay Apple for iCloud storage.

Apple's guide to Hide My Email is here.

October 15, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Beech Forest I — Gustav Klimt


1903; private collection.

Klimt's early predilection for forests as a subject is noted here.

An in-depth analysis of his forest paintings, which he made between 1901 and 1904, is enlightening.

"Birch Forest," (below)

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painted in 1903, was sold by the artist to Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer.

It brought $40,336,000 at a Christie's auction in November 2006.

October 15, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: Honoré de Balzac on how to make coffee


From the New Yorker: "Honoré de Balzac is said to have consumed the equivalent of fifty cups of coffee a day at his peak. He did not drink coffee, though — he pulverized coffee beans into a fine dust and ingested the dry powder on an empty stomach. He described the approach as 'horrible, rather brutal,' to be tried only by men of 'excessive vigor.'"


"He documented the effects of the process in his 1839 essay 'Traité des Excitants Modernes' ('Treatise on Modern Stimulants')."


Excerpts from his treatise appear above.

October 15, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kanye West's Favorite Binder Clip*

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It's a binder clip.

No, it's a pen holder.


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From the website:

This binder clip and pen holder will bind all your good ideas together in one place.

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2.35" x 1.6" x 0.6".

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Wait a sec — what's that Certs commercial I'm remembering?

Yeah, that's the one.

*It would be if he knew of its existence. Any FOK reading this, buy a few and send them on to him

October 15, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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