Feeds:
Inlägg
Kommentarer

Posts Tagged ‘Kuriosa’

1964 | Efter mordet på John F. Kennedy publicerade DC Comics ett avsnitt där hjälten sprider kunskap om presidentens ”physical fitness program”.

Superman och JFK

Avsnittet var tänkt för nummer 168 men drogs in på grund av mordet på Kennedy i november 1963.

Superman och JFK 2

Det var först 1964 på president Lyndon B. Johnsons uppmaning som avsnittet publicerades i Superman nummer 170.

Läs mer: På The Comics Round Table, modernmythmuseum.com, Silver Age Comics och ken-canedo.blogspot.se kan man läsa mer om Superman och hans polare JFK.

Read Full Post »

tumblr_na1jggtoS91rojphdo1_500

Bild: Har inte hittat vem som skapat denna teckning. Men hos Library of Congress finns klassiska skämtteckningar på temat Richard Nixon.

Read Full Post »

RECEPT | Om man inte kan leva som en Kennedy så kan man åtminstone äta som en Kennedy. Här är John F. Kennedys favoritrecept på våfflor.

John F. Kennedy's favorite waffles

När National Archives firade ”National Waffle Day” släppte man denna lilla godbit från Kennedy Library.

½ cup butter

1 tablespoon sugar

2 egg yolks

7/8 cup milk, or one cup buttermilk

1 cup and one tablespoon of sifted cake flour

1 pinch salt

2 stiff beaten egg whites

4 teaspoonfuls baking powder

Cream butter and sugar; add egg yolks. Beat. Add flour and milk alternately. This may be done at any time. When ready to bake, fold in egg whites and add baking powder.

Mixture should be thick and fluffy. Bake and serve with hot maple syrup and melted butter.

Read Full Post »

KURIOSA | Det är alltid tacksamt att använda populära statsmän i reklamen för olika typer av produkter. Och Winston Churchill är en av de mer populära.

gents.se nätreklam 2013 - Floris och Winston Churchill

Även Gents, nätbutik för mäns skönhetsprodukter, använder Churchill för att locka kunder.

I det här fallet är det Special No.127 Eau de Toilette från anrika Floris i London. Tydligen var parfymen en av Churchills egna favoriter. Ett av kvittona från 1934 finns bevarade.

Winston Churchills kvitto från Floris december 1934

Floris skriver så här under rubriken ”family anecdotes”:

Originally created in 1890 for Russia’s Grand Duke Orloff and named ‘Orloff Special’, Special No 127 was introduced into the Floris range some years after his death having been renamed after the page in the ‘Specials’ formula book in which the recipe was recorded. The fragrance has become a favourite with many over the years – both men and women. Devoted followers included Eva Peron & Winston Churchill.

Read Full Post »

VITA HUSET | Hur många år kan man vara president i USA. Åtta år? Fel. Rätt svar är 10 år.

Bild av Steve Brodner

Om en vicepresident tillträder presidentämbetet två år före mandatperiodens slut och sedan väljs två gånger kan det totalt bli tio år.

Bild: Steve Brodner.

Steve Brodners teckningar hittar man bl.a. i Mother Jones, The New Yorker och Harper’s. Se fler teckningar på SteveBrodner.com.

Read Full Post »

HISTORIA | När en premiärminister avgått erbjuds han eller hon av tradition alltid en fin titel.

Winston Churchill

Föga oväntat erbjöds Winston Churchill något alldeles speciellt när han lämnade ämbetet.

I tidskriften Allt om Vetenskap Tema Historia skriver man:

Churchill avgick som premiärminister 7 april 1955. Drottning Elizabeth ville utse honom till Hertig av London, men hans som Randolph övertalade honom att tacka nej eftersom han inte ville ärva titeln. Då utsågs han till riddare av Strumpebandsorden, den allra finaste hedersutmärkelsen i Storbritannien.

Någon Duke of London hade aldrig tidigare funnit så erbjudandet var en alldeles extra stor hedersbetygelse.

Anledningen till att Randolph Churchill inte ville att Winston skulle acceptera erbjudandet var tydligen att det skulle ha varit mycket dyrt att upprätthåla en sådan titel.

Dessutom skulle det hindrat Randolph från att göra politisk karriär. Han skulle automatiskt ha förlorat sin plats i House of Commons om han ärvt titeln.

Read Full Post »

AUKTION | Beundran kan ta sig de mest märkliga uttryck. Här är ett exempel på ett samlarobjekt för en riktig die hard Margaret Thatcher fan.

Margaret Thatchers Gun

Kate Green skriver i Country Life:

One particular lot in gun auctioneer Holt’s next sale, on June 20, is already eliciting much topical interest among collectors. Lot 1600, a 20-bore single-trigger over-and under sidelock ejector made by Purdey & Sons, is finely engraved with a portrait of Baroness Thatcher, inscribed ‘Margaret Thatcher Prime Minister 1990′.

It was engraved by Marcus Hunt and completed in 1990 for a keen shot and Thatcherite, whose businesses-a commercial cleaning firm in the City and an importer for Le Chameau footwear -flourished during her tenure as Prime Minister in the 1980s. ‘I was abroad when Baroness Thatcher died [on April 8] and the first I knew of it was when five collectors rang me up about the gun,’ explains auctioneer Nick Holt. ‘The man who had it made was a great fan of hers.’

Beräknat pris ligger på mellan 30000-50000 pund. Men efter Thatchers bortgång kommer antagligen slutbudet hamna betydligt högre.

Bild: Holt’s auktionsfirma.

Read Full Post »

HISTORIA | Första delen av Margaret Thatchers officiella biografi kom nyligen ut. Precis innan tryckningen fick författaren ett intressant tips.

Charles Moore - Margaret Thatcher vol 1 Not For Turning

Charles Moore skriver om händelsen i The Spectator:

There was a startling late entry for the first volume of my biography of Margaret Thatcher. On the day after she died, I received an email from Haden Blatch. Mr Blatch’s father, Bertie, was the chairman of the Finchley Conservative Association when it selected her in 1958. I had asked Haden for information before, but he had not got round to it.

Now he revealed that his father had come home from the Finchley selection meeting and explained that Mrs Thatcher had not really won the vote. Her rival, Thomas Langton, had just pipped her. Blatch senior, however, was very keen on Mrs Thatcher, and thought that Langton, who ‘was born with a silver spoon in his mouth’, would easily get in somewhere else, whereas she, being a woman with young children, would not. ‘I “lost” two of Langton’s votes,’ he told his son, and he announced her victory.

If this is correct, Mrs Thatcher (unknowing) was set on her political career by a fraud. To get this story into the book, I was not allowed any more lines: I had surgically to remove 150 words, and insert 150 new ones.

Read Full Post »

ORD | Redaktörerna för Oxford English Dictionary utsåg ”omnishambles” till årets ord när man sammanfattade händelserna under 2012.

The Thick of It - första säsongen

Ordet myntades av författarna till den politiska satiriska tv-serien The Thick of It som utspelas i en engelsk regering.

Omnishambles är en ”situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged.” 

Källa: Prospect (februari 2013) citerade The Times från den 13 november 2012.

Read Full Post »

BÖCKER | Det var bara en fråga om när. Nu finns Barack Obama även som litterär bifigur i en roman. Senatorn dyker upp i Michael Chabons Telegraph Avenue.

Förra året publicerades ett kort utdrag i tidskriften New York:

“Chabon couldn’t help but include a very on-topic cameo — the future President Obama, in 2004, comforting one of the novel’s central characters, Gwen, in the midst of the toughest of pregnancies (the kind where your husband’s just been caught cheating, you’ve been told you’re worthless as a midwife by an insufferable yuppie doctor, and a musical genius you love has just up and died).”

Just before his hostess for the evening, who held the patent on a gene that coded for a protein to prevent the rejection of a transplanted kidney, directed everyone to gather under the carved and stenciled firTelegraph Avenue av Michael Chabon beams of her living room, and sent the young woman from the campaign out to tell the band to knock it off for ten minutes so that the state senator, Obama of Illinois, could address his fellow guests, each of whom had contributed at least one thousand dollars to attend this event, an address in which he would attempt by measured words and a calm demeanor to reassure them (vainly and mistakenly, as it would turn out) that their candidate for the presidency of the United States would not go down to inglorious defeat in November, Obama stopped in the doorway that opened onto the flagstone patio to listen for a minute to the hired band. They were cooking their way with evident seriousness of intent through an instrumental cover of “Higher Ground.”

“Those guys are pretty funky,” he observed, directing his remark to a short, extraordinarily pregnant woman in a man’s bowling shirt who stood beyond the open patio doors, dark, pretty, her hair worn in a fetching artful anemone of baby dreadlocks. The fingers of her right hand flicked shadow-bass notes on her belly. At his remark, the pregnant woman nodded without turning to look at him—there was an elaborate candelabra of a potted cactus behind whose tapered thorns she appeared to be attempting, somewhat punitively, to conceal herself. Obama was running for the United States Senate that summer and had given a wonderful speech last month at the Democratic Convention in Boston. When she did turn to him, her eyes got very wide.

“Friends of yours?” he said.

Förlaget sammanfattar romanens handling så här:

As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there—longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, two semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart—half tavern, half temple—stands Brokeland.

When ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. Meanwhile, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence, one that tests the limits of their friendship. Adding another layer of complication to the couples’ already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of fifteen-year-old Julius Jaffe’s life.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »