So y’all know how at the end of Gigantic it says to visit the ancestral home of James K. Polk in Knoxville? Well, in 2004 I did! I’m a nerd about historical stuff so I would’ve liked it anyway, but of course the TMBG connection was what most made it exciting.
"Se aprovechan" is written on the front of the suitcase. This Spanish phrase translates roughly as "they take advantage [of]". It refers to an engraving of the same name by Francisco Goya, depicting victorious soldiers availing themselves of the possessions of the dead after a battle. (Note too the similarity in the way it is written on the suitcase and the bottom of the sketch).
There’s an article with a bit of interesting info about Lincoln up on The Boston Globe’s site right now.
Some really neat pictures from the ‘64 World’s Fair from The Atlantic.
(Source: The Atlantic)
So to celebrate John’s birthday today I went to my friendly neighborhood accordion store, which is called Petosa. I saw lots of PRETTY PRETTY accordions, but sadly did not see any accordion-playing Sexy Old Men to flirt with. Then I went to Sock Monster and got RAINBOW PIANO KEY KNEE-HIGH SOCKS which are um PRETTY MUCH PERFECT FOR TODAY, RIGHT? So happy.
The 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, as it was commonly known, was the general exhibition, Category One World’s Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It is considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century, with the most attendees to that date and 62 nations participating. It also set the single-day attendance record for a world’s fair, with 569,500 visitors on its third day.
Ok I have actually never done any Expo ‘67 research but these pictures are pretty awesome and now I want to look into it more
I was having a very Weird Al day yesterday so I’d just like to remind everyone that he has a style parody of TMBG and it’s pretty fucking awesome.
(Also let’s all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that he actually knows how to play accordion correctly, unlike SOME people.)
Latest acquisition! Matt was so kind as to give it to me. I’m going to be writing a review for his site! TMBG connection aside, it seems like he legitimately was a pretty interesting guy. Also it has pictures! Pictures besides the one we all know and love! So I’ll be scanning those too. I’m kind of unreasonably excited about this.