Grunert was born at Glenelg.

Some critical loudmouths have been questioning the birthplace of our Ian ‘Grunny’ Grunert.
This nonsense so enraged ‘Big Den’ Grover that he has spent weeks trawling the Australian Trove Reference Website for any indication that our Grunny was actually born at all.
At last I am pleased to announce to the World that our best mate Grunny was born at Glenelg (the Bay) on Monday, 4 October, 1954.
Here is my undeniable Proof to the backstabbers.
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The Bundy Brothers torn apart by their Time Clock.


It was a disaster for the families.
But it started well. The inventor of an early version of the time clock was a jeweler, Willard Legrand Bundy of Auburn, New York.
His brother, Harlow Bundy, an entrepreneur, formed Bundy Manufacturing Company in 1889 to produce Willard’s time clock.
Their “workman’s time-recorder” captured on paper tape the arrival and departure times of employees. Businesses and factories across the country began using the recorder.
In 1900, Bundy Manufacturing merged with other companies to form international time recording, which later became IBM.
But the brothers, who worked together, had disagreements, starting with the firing of one of Willard’s sons.
Willard eventually left the company , too. His sons formed a rival time recording company using a new patent. Harlow’s company hammered them with lawsuits for years.
Family disputes aside, the value of the time clock was immediately obvious. It’s ability to accurately track workers’ hours helped workers, who had proof of time worked.
And managers received data more accurately and efficiently than from human time recorders.
via Two Brothers Time Clock | Orbital Shift.

How did the Zebra get its Stripes?


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.

Vintage portraits & Creepy backdrops.

Vintage Studio Portraits with Creepy Sceneries and Backdrops (1)Long before the advent of Photoshop and democratization of cameras, you had to go to the photographer to take photographs with family and friends, and the use fake backdrops and sceneries was widespread!
Here’s a selection of fake sceneries used in old photographsVintage Studio Portraits with Creepy Sceneries and Backdrops (21)


See many more Images via vintage everyday: 40 Vintage Studio Portraits with Creepy Sceneries and Backdrops.

Were the Cherry Sisters the Worst Performers Ever?

Three of the Cherry Sisters: Addie, Jessie and Effie – Courtesy of the Des Moines Register
The Cherry Sisters: Three of the siblings strike a theatrical pose.
In the early 20th century, the Cherry Sisters — a family of performers from Marion, Iowa — were like a meme.
Simply invoking the name — the Cherry Sisters — was shorthand for anything awful.
As Anthony Slide wrote in the Encyclopedia of Vaudeville, the onstage siblings became “synonymous with any act devoid of talent.”
Apparently, they were a cross between early American performance art and age old scapegoatism.
Their variety act included original music, bass drum thumping, poetry, mouth harp playing, inspirational recitations, essay reading, fake hypnosis and other artistic expressions.
And the audience responded to the whole shebang by hurling vegetables, shouting interjections and behaving rudely.
“People enjoyed tossing tomatoes and whatever at them,” says David Soren, acting curator of the American Vaudeville Museum Collection at the University of Arizona.
“The Cherry Sisters were generally regarded as the worst ever.”
But the Cherry Sisters also signified something else in American comedy history. In the tradition of Tiny Tim, Andy Kaufman and certain other deadpan comics, the questions always hovered around them: Were they sincere? Were they in on the joke? Did they even care what people thought?
“Several good researchers,” the 2004 book Vaudeville Old and New observes, “have pondered the reasons the Cherry Sisters were willing to put up with the abuse that attended their vaudeville careers.
Most observers ranged between two poles of opinion: those who held that the Cherry Sisters knew what they were doing and to some degree were complicit and those who maintain that the sisters were talentless naifs ignorant of how bad they were.”
Read on via The Cherry Sisters: Worst Act Ever? : NPR History Dept. : NPR.

Selling a Wife by Auction, 1879.

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Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out. The spark goes, the flame flickers, the fire dies – whichever combustible cliche you favour, love has a regrettable habit of fizzling out.
But for everyone bar the wealthiest men in Victorian Britain, divorce was out of the question.
That may explain, if not excuse, why a navvy in Stacksteads, Lancashire who’d grown tired of married life, reverted to an old English custom.
He offered up his wife for auction to the highest bidder, staging the sale – as an additional insult – at the home they’d shared together.
“Despite Solomon’s testimony as to a woman being more precious than rubies, and notwithstanding that the spectators were numerous, the highest offer was only 4d,” said the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent in 1879.
“The seller wanted to ‘throw in’ three children, but the buyer objected, and the bairns were left on hand.
The wife, however, went joyfully to the home of her new owner, and seemed to be quite glad to get away from her late liege lord as he was to part with her.”
And the buyer? His next-door neighbour.
Source: 10 bizarre Victorian love stories – BBC News