Weekend Links: Vintage Vaudeville Ventriloquists

Huzzah and kudos to the Oxford comma, who lives to see another day (except for those of us who publish under AP Style guidelines). Does anyone else champion the Oxford comma and use it in personal writing?
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Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and behold: the luckiest squirrel in the world! I’ve seen squirrels do this with my car, too, and I’m only going slightly faster (just kidding).
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Human ingenuity at its very finest – check out this picture gallery in praise of crazy (or genius?) patents, including glasses for chickens and a mustache guard!
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I must quote from the site for this frightening link, as they summed up my thoughts on their post completely: “Ventriloquism creeps me out as it is, but these vaudeville era portraits of ventriloquists with their creepy dummies are, well, creepy. This first one is quite possibly the most unsettling thing I have ever seen. Enjoy the rest, including the random police booking photo of “The Great Lester”.
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For those of you making lists about what you can irresponsibly waste your money on when you when the lotto, be sure to add sapphire-blade razor to the list. For $100,000 I expect it to be guaranteed for more than 10 years!
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Behold the spectacular sight of monarch butterflies in migration. These beautiful creatures travel over 2,000 miles! But over several generations. It’s like the Oregon Trail – by the time you reached the West you were with an entirely different group of people than when you started!
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A Van Gogh replica … made from plants! Beautiful stuff – surely you would win Lawn of the Month with this in your yard, no?
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Finally, a video montage of “when graphic artists get bored.” I can confirm that my graphic artist friends come up with some pretty astounding gifs and macros in their downtime. I’m still on MS Paint levels, personally.
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Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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