The history of the Stapler.

Originally posted on Old Guv Legends:

McGill_Staplerby Colin Bisset

A stapler is a very satisfying object, securely attaching paper with a pleasing crunch. Small wonder that it is so often a child’s favourite stationery item. The emergence of the stapler reflects a rise in the use of paper within offices during the 19th century. Previously, sheets of paper had been held together by pins or string or, in the case of legal documents, red tape. It is often reported that in the 18th century France’s King Louis XVI used the very first, suitably ornate stapler, but there is no evidence to support this.

Not everyone liked the idea of a metal fixing. In the early 1900s, several devices were invented which punched through and then wove the papers together in one action, but the idea never really took off.

The notion of creating a more secure fastening, however, was given a boost when Philadelphian Henry Heyl…

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October Day 18 Photo Challenge | R is for…Ridiculous

Originally posted on Girl and Moroccan Tea:

ridicIf you’re from Manchester, you would definitely have come across this person. I still don’t understand how he does it! I mean, there is obviously some trickery involved but I still haven’t worked it out. Aaah, maybe I should just appreciate it for now and worry less about solving this mystery.

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Originally posted on The Odd Year Out:

Of course, when travelling to a new country, culture shock is inevitable, especially when it’s worlds apart from your own in so many aspects. So, here I bring you 6 differences between Canada and Brazil that I personally experienced during my 7-week stay.

1. Toilet paper trauma – This was definitely the biggest shocker for me. Apparently, Brazilian pipes are not made to support the flushing of toilet paper down the toilet…. So, instead of tossing your soiled toilet paper in the toilet and flushing it down like we do in Canada, you are to dispose of it in the wastebasket that sits next to toilet. This rule applies everywhere; whether you’re at home, a mall or a 5 star restaurant. Flushing toilet paper down the toilet is something I never thought twice about before and the concept of everyone’s “stained” toilet paper collecting in a basket right next to you…

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Mexican urban artist Saner poses with some of his work

Originally posted on WORDVIRUS:

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Burning of Las Fallas

Originally posted on nachachacucaracha:

Last night was the night of the burning of Las Fallas. There is one in each little neighbourhood in the town, and the best ones are decided by a panel of judges, with the not-so-good ones being burned at about 11pm and the best ones being burned at around 2am.

I couldn’t stay out until 2am because I had to go to work today (look how responsible I am), so Nathan, Aashna, Caitlin and I decided to go to the earlier ones.

We found one that was going at just after 11pm. It was a giant grim reaper with its arm outstretched, and dangling down from its hand was a puppet of a little boy. I took a photograph, although the picture quality is pretty appalling because of the streetlights:

Las Fallas, Elda

Las Fallas, Elda

When we turned up, there was quite a crowd gathered around the statues  (one large, one small)…

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Tramtastic: Manchunian Media and Study

Originally posted on Cynicareless:

Have you ever been run over by a vehicle from the early 1900’s? It’s really quite a surreal experience. However, whilst negotiating a tram crossing whilst trying to find a station for the blasted things this is exactly what happened. Thus I survived the first of Manchester’s attempts to kill me, and it wasn’t even at the hands of a Manchunian.

Trudging through Manchester on a Saturday morning I was strangely thankful for the wake up call of being nearly flattened by a large part-train, part-bus, part-relentless bulldozing killing machine. Having spent the night in a peculiar hotel staffed entirely by people not from Manchester I was now rudely awakened to the fact that I was “not in Kansas any more”. The hotel itself had been heated to the level of a small blast furnace, and I spent the evening sweating what was left of the cider I’d drunk on…

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Documentary: An Introduction to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Originally posted on edwardianpiano:

Documentary: An Introduction to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

A short documentary, which looks at the origins of The Ode To Joy theme.

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“The Man Who Sold The Sun”: A Cinematic Animated Short Film By Kieran Mithani (2014)

Originally posted on Cinematic Poems:

“The Man Who Sold The Sun” is a Cinematic Animated Short Film based on Poem Written and Directed By Kieran Mithani.

Filmed, Animated and Directed by:  Kieran Mithani

Main Title design and Concept by:  Ash Thorp

The Man Who Sold The Sun  Cinematic Animated Short Film By Kieran Mithani

Based on Poem “The Man Who Sold The Sun” by Kieran Mithani

Music Composed by:  Philip Glass (“Glassworks”)

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Derek Rieth: friend, teacher, brilliant musician

Originally posted on Infinite Culture:


This recording is of Derek’s Go Gringo Go ensemble from September 17, 2004. I was honored to perform with him that night, am grateful for the time we had together, and feel privileged to have learned so much about music in his presence.

Musicians: Derek Rieth, Jesse Brooke, Angela Barco, Martin Zarzar, Ashley Ward, Andy Sterling, Galen Clark, Michael Shoehorn, Lesley Kernochan, Rafael Otto

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