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1965: The Girl Who Took Care of the Turkeys

The Girl Who Took Care of the Turkeys Now we take it up. (audience)Ye——s indeed. There were villagers at the Middle Place and a girl had her home there at Wind Place where she kept a flock of turkeys. At … Continue reading

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1808: Portrait of a Horse’s Ass

Henry Raeburn: Portrait of George Harley Drummond (ca. 1808–9); “It is curious…that the animal’s hindquarters should be so prominently displayed” says the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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250 BC: Thunder, Perfect Mind

In 1945, near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi, a farmer named Muhammed al-Samman discovered a sealed jar containing thirteen leather-bound papyrus codices. Written in the Coptic language and collectively known as the Nag Hammadi Library, these writings are … Continue reading

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1750: First Sleep, Second Sleep

That dreaming is a less sound species of sleep, appears from the familiar fact, which has probably been observed by every individual; viz. that the first sleep is much freer from it than the second. We retire to rest, fatigued … Continue reading

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1959: Satchmo Talking

Collages by jazz great Louis Armstrong, mostly done on reel-to-reel tape boxes. Dates on the newspapers used range from 1959 to 1971, the year of his death.                           … Continue reading

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1932: New Art Saves Strange Beasts

A headline from this article in Popular Science Monthly, January 1932:

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1159 BC: The First Strike in History

In his first two decades on the throne, Ramesses III had repelled invasions, restored Egypt’s temples and re-established national pride. The court now looked forward to the king’s thirty-year jubilee, determined to stage a celebration worthy of so glorious a … Continue reading

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2020: Five-Dimensional Chess

In 5d Chess (released last month by Thunkspace), pieces can travel back in time. A rook in the eighth move of a game, for example, can be placed on the board as it was in move five. This then creates … Continue reading

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1969: Better Than Those Motherfuckers

Wadsworth Jarrell: Compared to What – I Am Better Than Those Motherfuckers and They Know It (1969) My painting Compared to What: I Am Better Than Those Motherfuckers and They Know It was critiqued. The form consists of graffiti-style words … Continue reading

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1950: Rumble at the Café des Poètes

Stolen poems incite a rumble in Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus (1950).

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