Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and even emails.
Here is the Lindberg random letter:
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The glass delusion was an external manifestation of a psychiatric disorder recorded in Europe in the late middle ages (15th to 17th centuries). People feared that they were made of glass “and therefore likely to shatter into pieces”. One famous early sufferer was King Charles VI of France who refused to allow people to touch him, and wore reinforced clothing to protect himself from accidental “shattering”.
(via Best of Wikipedia)
From Tampa Bay Online:
TALLAHASSEE – Anti-abortion conservatives are proposing a new constitutional amendment that critics claim would make it a crime to take birth control pills in Florida.
The “Personhood Amendment” that conservative activists are filing today in Tallahassee would add language to the state constitution that defines someone as a “person,” regardless of age or health status, “from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.”
Pat McEwen of Palm Bay is one of two leaders of the loose collection of activists, collectively known as Personhood Florida.
“In the original Florida Constitution in 1885, they gave Floridians the right to enjoy and defend life,” she said. “This amendment defends the unborn, and it also gives older people like me – a retired college professor – the right to make my own decisions and not have someone override it.”
A father-of-two posed for photographs unaware he was holding a live Second World War anti-tank grenade after digging it up in his back garden.
Paul Davies, 32, found the undetonated bomb and thought it was part of an old lawn mower or machine.
He took it into his house, where his friend used a camera phone to take a picture of him joking and holding the eight-inch device.
(via The Daily What)
Very well done mashup.
How many people use autopay for bills?
I don’t see any great benefit to the consumer when it comes to autopay and refuse to enroll in any. Oh, you mean I get to save a stamp and all I have to do is give a company permission to take money out of my checking account every month and hope that they don’t screw up and overcharge me which may cause other bills to bounce? Yeah, I’ll pass. I kind of like being in complete control of small matters like, you know, MY CHECKING ACCOUNT.
Today’s lunch is brought to you by Kristy Listy. It’s homemade chicken salad on @zingermans toast with wee heirloom tomatoes.
I love chicken salad.
(I had a Fawlty Towers marathon this weekend)