“Raw Dentistry”.

American+home+dentistry+in+the+1920sAt home an older woman prepares to pull a nervous child’s tooth with pliers, ca. 1920s.
Framed-Art Print-08520-The Three Stooges Tooth Pull-People-Giclee Paper-AShot from the Three Stooges: Moe Howard performing “raw dentistry” on Curly while Larry assists with a head lock.

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How did the Zebra get its Stripes?

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Image: Richard Solis

How did it happen? How’d the zebra get its stripes?
Rudyard Kipling wrote,

“a gray, horsey-looking beast went into “a great forest ‘sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows,” stayed there awhile, and after a “long time”… got stripey”.

See more via So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR.

“The Baby who Loved Lemons.”

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One day when he was 9 months old Michael Thomas Roesle was squirming on his mother’s lap while she tried to serve tea to a neighbor.
Inevitably Michael Thomas got his hands on a slice of lemon and popped it into his mouth.
A gargantuan pucker swept across his face, wrinkling it like an old prune.
But Michael Thomas manfully continued to chew.
Then he reached eagerly for another slice. Now his parents, who live in Richmond, Caliornia, have to keep a bag of lemons handy all the time . . . and Michael Thomas eats them by the dozen.
In fact, he picks them over chocolate ice-cream cones 10 times out of 10.
So — here’s to Michael Thomas, and the countless other kids everywhere who manage, simply by being themselves, to confound all expectations and make life so perfectly, marvelously unpredictable.
via Sour Power: Here’s to the Little Boy Who Loved to Eat Lemons | LIFE.com.

The Pig Carrying and Singing Competition.

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Cheer/groan (delete according to mindset): The X Factor is back. Author Jeremy Clay tells the story of the show’s Victorian forebear, where the hopefuls had to sing while carrying a pig.
There was no sobbing. None of the hopefuls told a weepy backstory. Not a single one boohoo-ed about the journey they’d been on since the contest began.
At the Victorian version of the X Factor, the talent show format was stripped right back to its bare bones.
Just six contestants and a stage, each and every man singing his heart out to impress the judges.
While carrying a pig.
This singular scene played out in London in 1896, the harebrained brainwave of an auctioneer called CF Rowley.
He wanted to drum up a bumper crowd for his sales.
Putting on a bit of a show to jolly things along seemed a perfectly sensible way of going about it, even if the requirement to hold a hog didn’t.
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Still, it seemed to do the job. Up to 1,500 people crammed into the marquee in Willesden Green, and they weren’t just there for the hammy performances.
There was also a wheelbarrow race, a hot tea-drinking showdown and some non-specific whatnottery involving a chap dressed in a donkey’s skin that the press alluded to but never got round to properly explaining
via BBC News – Victorian Strangeness: The pig singing competition.

“Freaky Revellers”.

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In his new book Dusk, Axel Hoedt photographs carnival-goers away from the crowds in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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See more Images via A carnival of creepiness: Europe’s freakiest revellers – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

“Pulling Faces”.

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Victorian portraits can appear to be humourless.
This was often due to attitudes and appearances of the time but can also be seen due to the demands of slow and delicate photographic processes.
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These images from a family collection held at Northumberland Archives provide an insight in to the real fun and humour of the Victorian era, no different to that in families today.
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