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When do the Teens End?

I’m in the mood for revisiting an over-10-year old issue.

It is now 2014, and when does the decade of the Teens end? Of course it is December 31 of 2019, and the new decade of the Twenties starts with January 1, 2020. And that is clearly how all the decades work. Yet, back in 1999 we were told we had to wait for 2001, and that there was this huge decade/century/millennium mismatch, supposedly “because there is no year zero.” Thus we were told by the pedantic. Supposedly, Arthur C. Clarke’s “2001” has that name for the same pedantic reason.

Well, the pedants were wrong. Here’s the right answer.

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Happy 4th of July

A repeat from two years ago (and two years before that):

Happy Barefoot 4th of July

Happy Barefoot 4th of July

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A Taxing Issue

What with income taxes in the United States being due yesterday, my local newspaper (does anybody read those any more?), The Columbus Dispatch, had a tongue-in-cheek tax form that you could fill out.

For some reason it caught my eye.

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There’s a new health breakthrough related to barefooting that I thought I should report on. It not only can make you feel much better and lead a healthier life, it manages to verify, and then magnify qi.

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Merry Christmas

 

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And a song, Barefoot Santa Claus, from Sonny James.

 

[A repost from last year.]

 

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Tuó

Here’s a nice video from the German folk duo, “Tuó”.

[A repost.]

 

“Tuó” is Tasmin Gutwald and Oda Tiemann.

 

 

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Here’s a story from the summer of 1943.

It was apparantly quite popular as filler since it was picked up by quite a few newspapers at the time.

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A Pen Point

Older newspapers often had little sections in which small, pithy comments were made. These were good for filling out column inches.

I found an interesting one from 1944.

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Snowshoe

OK, I couldn’t resist.

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A Boy in Springtime

How about another old cartoon? This one is from 1903 and shows a theme we’ve seen again and again—back then kids just couldn’t wait to be able to start going barefoot all summer long.

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You’re a Sissy . . .

if you don’t go barefoot.

Or at least that’s the message from this 1899 cartoon.

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Merry Christmas

 

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And a song, Barefoot Santa Claus, from Sonny James.

 

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Try and Stop Me

Here’s a bit of a cute anecdote about Dizzy Dean before he became a pro pitcher.

It’s from Bennett Cerf’s column in 1959.

Dizzy Dean, one of the all-time baseball greats, tells this story
on himself. When he was pitching for an Arkansas hillbilly nine in
his salad days, a rival outfit, determined to undo him, sprinkled
broken blass around the mound. Diz, barefoot, hurled six shutout
innings without a squawk, but then he stalked over to the rival
manager and grumbled, “Joe, you just gotta get this broken
glass away from here. It’s cuttin’ up the ball!”

Try and Stop Me

Try and Stop Me

 

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A Dispatch Diversion

The Columbus Dispatch ran a story on Sunday about one of the local festivals, the “Independents’ Day” festival. One of the activities caught my eye.

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Some Comic Relief From Six Chix

Six Chix is a cartoon written by six different women, and tends to be pretty woman-oriented. And not surprisingly, that sometimes involves shoes.

Today’s strip was one of those.

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