Dollhouses

Dollhouse’s used to be called baby houses and were built for adults.

“It was a diminutive 3-D enshrinement of all the owner’s worldly belongings, of his literal and figurative station in life.”

Charles Siebert in the article The Thorne Miniature Rooms printed in the 9/20/2015  The New York Times Magazine.

 

Delightingful Article About the History of Dollhouses

Bradford Dollhouse at the Smithsonian

The Miniature World of Faith Bradford

10 Of The Most Expensive Dollhouses in History

Digging A Hole To China

4/10/16 If it was possible to dig a hole straight through the center of the earth, and you started in the 48 contiguous states (U.S.A.), you would not end up in China but, instead, would be in the Indian Ocean.

There is a spot in Canada, just above the Montana border, south of Medicine Hat (in Alberta), where you end up on an island in the Indian Ocean that shows up on maps as the French Southern and Antarctic Islands but appears to be officially called the Kerguelen Archipelago or, alternatively, Desolation Islands. It consists of 300 islands, islets, and reefs covering 2,786 square miles (roughly the size of Delaware)

These islands have no indigenous peoples and are consider one of the most isolated places on earth.

This entire post is what happens when a child digging a hole in their backyard meets the internet.

Sources:

Virtual Tunneling Tool

Kerguelen Islands

Is the CIA going to wonder why you’re looking at the Kerguelen Islands?

Gender

3/16/16 If someone says that one in 1,000 babies are born with something other than standard gender characteristics, they might be right (or the number might be higher because of under-reporting and definition agreement).

I knew it happened, but thought it was extremely rare.

Sources:
http://www.isna.org/faq/frequency

http://www.who.int/genomics/gender/en/index1.html

Road Runner

2/13/16 The horn on the Plymouth Road Runner sounds (or sounded) like Warner Bros.’ Road Runner character.

It was an officially licensed sound, and you probably had to push the horn twice in quick succession to get the beep-beep.

http://www.stockmopar.com/plymouth-road-runner.html

There is dispute about whether Road Runner was saying beep-beep,  meep-meep, or mheep-mheep so I looked until I found an official Warner Bros. listing:

Road Runner is a happy bird who can’t fly but travels desert highways like a bullet train. He’s innocent and carefree. With long legs, graceful tail feathers, and a cheery “Meep-meep!” he’s always way ahead of Wile E. Coyote. When you can run at the speed of sound and make an instant U-turn, no one can catch you. That’s genius.

http://www.looneytunes.com/characters/road-runner

If you have no idea who the Road Runner is:

http://looneytunes.wikia.com/wiki/Wile_E._Coyote_and_The_Road_Runner

If you’ve ever wondered whether it is Warner Brothers or Warner Bros. (as I did when I had to decide between Warner Brothers’ or Warner Bros.’):

Warner Brothers, in full (1923–69) Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc., or (from 1969) Warner Bros. Inc.,  American motion-picture studio that introduced the first genuine talking picture (1927).

http://www.britannica.com/topic/Warner-Brothers