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Yep, That's Our Post-Civil War "Prez"

During a Web search-and-deploy, I somehow landed on this image.  I squinted and said, “Do mah lil’ ole nearsighted eyes decieve me?  Why, that  looks like Ulysses S. Grant.”

And by golly, it is.  

Billed as “Chas. Banks’ Original Spectacular Burlesque… General Grant’s Trip Around The World.”  Perhaps a promotional poster, long before Twitter and Facebook ever existed, circa 1879.  Can you imagine Grant living this down in the current political climate?

Mr. Mirriam-Webster just informed me that burlesque means: “a theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous, often earthy character consisting of short turns, comic skits and sometimes striptease acts.”

For the common slob writer, the Internet is a researcher’s cornucopia, overflowing with all kinds of nifty links, facts and fascinating info.  While researching for my latest project, I happened upon the Library of Congress site — chock full of historical images, some laugh-out-loud howlers. 

Copyrights-wise, it’s best to check… although my writer buds and I talked, and an image prior to 1920, 1900’s, should be safe to reprint.  But there could be a rabid lawyer out there, ready to smote my ruin with such a statement.

Click on the image if you’re curious about the Library of Congress website.  And remember, tell those librarians — Cheryl sent ya.

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A science-fiction writer, Argentine Jorge Luis Borges, is honored with a Google Doodle today.

Behind Today's Google Doodle

So I go to research a topic via Google and I’m struck by the H.G. Wells-ish illustration, something my husband would like.  Very Steam-Punk-y. Crazily, I contemplate all the Windex this guy with the cane would need… to keep those windows sparkling clean.

Clicking on the illustration, I learn that it is the birthday of a science-fiction writer from Argentina.  He was born 112 years ago.  “Unable to support himself as a writer… Borges worked as a literature professor.”  How many of we writers can relate to that sentence?

Well, I scan the Christian Science Monitor article on Borges, click back to Google… and completely forget why I went there in the first place. 

Simply click on the illustration and you’ll go to the CS Monitor explanation.