Robert Heinlein’s Predictions for the 21st Century

Science-fiction author Robert Heinlein wrote several predictions for the year 2000 and beyond in his article “Where To?” which was first published in the February 1952 edition of Galaxy Science Fiction: AXIOM: A “common sense” prediction is sure to err on the side of timidity […] AXIOM: The more extravagant a prediction sounds the more likely […]

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Gleanings From The Past #65

Yankee Doodle A writer in Harper’s Magazine for the current month, seems to find his Dutch blood dancing to a new tune in the delight he experiences at a discovery, in recent researches into American literature, concerning the much-disputed origin of Yankee Doodle. Of course we cannot find it in our hearts to criticise the […]

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A Very Grateful Passenger

The following is a quaint and rather amusing letter received by a general manager of a motor omnibus company located in the “north of the Trent”. It was penned by an anonymous passenger who wrote “The Royal Infirmary” as the return address:

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A Complaint Letter From Ancient Babylonia

A tablet unearthed in 1953 contained what could be one of the oldest complaints letters. It is estimated that the letter was written in 1750 BC. So, it can be said that people have been writing complaint letters at least 3750 years ago. The tablet is now displayed in the British Museum.

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Wearing Two Watches

During the latter half of the eighteenth century, wearing two was in vogue in Europe. It was only popular among the males at first, but soon, the females also adapted this fashion. However, watches were costly back then so many people would use faux watches. Usually, one would wear a genuine watch on one side, […]

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Gleanings From The Past #45

Wilde on Fashion Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. — Lord Goring, in Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, Act III, 1893 And, after all, what is a fashion? From the artistic point of view, it is usually a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to […]

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A Vision Of Today’s Advertisements A Hundred Years Ago

The following extract is from A Hundred Years Hence (1906) by T. Baron Russell. It describes the author’s idealistic prediction about the future of advertising: Advertising will in the future world become gradually more and more intelligent in tone. It will seek to influence demand by argument instead of clamour, a tendency already more apparent every year. Cheap […]

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Gleanings From The Past #44

Ad A young gentleman on the point of being married, is desirous of meeting a man of experience who will dissuade him from such a step. — Advertisement publised in the London Times, 1890, cited in The Golden Book Magazine, Vol. 21, 1935

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Strange Business Signs (19th-Century London)

Here is an amusing article from Ballou’s Dollar Monthly Magazine (June 1861) about some peculiar business signs found in Victorian London: A stranger is surprised in London by some of the signs, which have been handed down for generations, which are used to distinguish particular places of business. Many of them are perfectly unmeaning, but are […]

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Learn Fun Facts’ Monthly Miscellany, January 2018

As if there’s not series on Learn Fun Facts, I decided to start another one. To tell you the truth, I’m still not sure what in the world should I should write here. So any suggestions are welcome. I suppose that I’ll just see how this series will develop. Random Ramblings What’s up with That? […]

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