Monday, April 26, 2010

Titor, Schmitor...This Guy's Got Fashion Game

Before we get to all things Monday, we have some sweeping up from last week to do. The winning phrase in the Snarky Baby Contest came from Paula R., who submitted the "I'll have a venti mocha frappuccino with a double shot of breast milk." Sadly, upon further research, the term frappuccino is a registered trademark of the Starbucks Corporation; thus, cannot legally be put onto a shirt. Who knew? Have no fear, Paula. Whatever your favorite over-the-top coffee order, we'll make sure to incorporate it. Email me at to claim your prize. Another t-shirt phrase of your choice is headed Ella H.'s way, randomly selected from those who chose to send in ideas. Congrats to the winners!I was going to wait to put this most exciting find at the end of today's post, but I can hardly contain myself, so here you go. It's like getting dessert first. We all need a little of that sometimes, right?
This photograph entitled Reopening of the South Fork Bridge after flood in Nov. 1940. 1941(?)comes from an online exhibit from the Baralorne Museum, British Columbia, Canada (about halfway down the scroll bar). Take a closer look. Think Where's Waldo and H.G. Wells. Do you see him? The guy could pass for my laundry-phobe neighbor in college, complete with midterm exam hair and hangover glasses. Internet trollers noticed it when the photograph popped up as a feature on the museum's front page. Since then, theories about how a modern-looking man could be caught up in a 1940's (according to an Error Level Analysis) untampered photo abound, not the least of which is Swiss cheese proof of time travel. Forgetomori takes an in-depth look at the man's clothes, glasses, camera and the position of the crowd-goers around this mystery man to debunk the far-fetched, yet ends in a place somewhere between near-authenticity and WTF. Trollers have also discovered another photo of the mystery man at the same bridge ceremony. I ask: who doesn't love a good time travel hoax? It'll be hard to follow up that fattening indulgence, but I shall try. I love this definition of steampunk: the intersection of technology and romance. This blend of science fiction, Victorian and steam engineering has recently spawned a huge increase in steampunk-oriented body art. I counted five clocks! Squee!

And finally, a golden Wellsy award goes to Entertainment Weekly columnist Abby West, who not only owns her love of romance novels, but spreads that love about Gwyn Creedy's latest time travel romance, Flirting With Forever.

Have a super Monday, everyone!


Charles Gramlich said...

Ok, now that modern fellow pic is just plain weird. Cool, but weird. I rather like that cover of Flirting with Forever too. Sexy!

the walking man said...

I think that the girl in the upper third is also from a different time. She recognizes a fellow traveler. Everyone in the crowd is looking in the same direction but her...of course I may be wrong because she is kind of short and the guys didn't shower a lot back then, maybe she is just trying to get a breath of fresh air.

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Melanie said...

Intriguing, L.A....and the pic reminds me of the movie Kate and Leopold, which begins at the opening of another bridge (the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC). ; )

L.A. Mitchell said...

@Charles-We're all about the weird here. And, yes, the cover gods were good to her. We should all be so lucky :)

@walkingman-I noticed her looking at him too! Like did he seem out of place to her? Or was she scoping him out?

@Melanie-I forgot that involved a bridge, too. Kind of symbolic, really.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Interesting. I like Steampunk although I haven't read much. I think I will attack it this summer and maybe prep some writing.

As for the breast milk comment...I'll be drinking cola from here on out.

Historical Writer/Editor said...

I love the cat picture and the sentiment. :)

Caryn said...

LOL! LOVE the bridge story! Anything is possible, right?