Looking back from the vantage point of 2015, the way the editors of this 1946 college yearbook decided to describe all the women is surprising at best. It’s unimaginable that these types of captions would end up in a current yearbook, but if they did, it would be indefensible.
The 40′s were a different time, however, and today’s expectations don’t exactly fit. So, more than being offensive, these pics serve as a reminder of how far we’ve come…
Adding a tip to your restaurant bill so that your server gets paid a fair amount for their work is a dumb custom. There is an increasing but very slow trend away from it as restaurants here and there decide to pay their employees a fair wage and then decline tips from customers.
Unfortunately, this is still far from being the norm, but here’s why it should be…
She is a remarkably creative artist and photographer. In her most recent project, she painstakingly reproduced past photographs of the women in her family on her mother’s side, with one major difference — she was the subject of the photo.
She then placed the two images side-by-side to create a sort of “before-and-after” of the women in her family.
She started with her great-great-great grandmother Martha who was born in 1821…
It wasn’t that long ago when a person who was curious about something either had to forget about it and move on or actually do some research. And sometimes this research involved — horror of horrors — asking another human being about the topic at hand. There was no option to quietly and privately inquire of Google.
The closest approximation to the magic of the internet was to call the public library and ask your question to the local librarian. And while they wouldn’t ordinarily laugh at you outright, they were still sometimes secretly amused. And occasionally they’d write down your question for posterity’s sake. (That is, so that your posterity could laugh at you.)
That’s what librarians at the New York Public Library did, anyway. And now they are sharing many of the questions they received from the 1940′s and onward.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light Next year all our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas It may be your last Next year we may all be living in the past.
Then in 1957 when Frank Sinatra wanted to record it, he asked Martin to edit it again to make it still less depressing, explaining to the songwriter that his new album was titled “A Jolly Christmas,” so the songs needed to be…jolly.
Thus the line “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” had to go, to be replaced by the more benign, “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.”
And that’s how we came to the lyrics we know most commonly nowadays.
Despite the bastardizing “jollification,” the song still maintains its original heavy-heartedness, which is why this new version by Chase Holfelder, in which he transposes the music from a major to a minor key, makes so much sense…
With each era, our definition of what it means to be beautiful changes. (Consider the crimped hair and pastel eyeshadow of the 80s…and shudder to yourself.) But usually it changes slowly enough that we don’t think too much about it.
But not in this video. Here’s what being beautiful has meant for the past 100 years condensed into 1 minute…
In 1964, wanting to find more non-lethal ways to incapacitate enemies, the British military thought perhaps getting them high would work. So they decided to test this by secretly giving a number of their own marines LSD and then sending them out to perform a mock battle.
There’s no better way for a new student organization to make a splash on campus than to make a video that shows their own student body’s incompetence, and then watch it go viral for the whole world to see.
That’s what a new non-partisan political organization called PoliTech did on the campus of Texas Tech University, asking fellow students to answer simple questions about U.S. history, current affairs, and — of course — pop culture.
You can probably guess how well most students did in each category…
Of course, the video has created enormous controversy on campus at Texas Tech. People like political science professor Mark McKenzie say it represents a typical student. Others, especially students, are outraged at the potential impact the video could have on Texas Tech’s reputation.