Time for a little fun! All over the internet you can find photographic portraits from the 1800s. Many people are “convinced” some modern day celebrities are “time travelers and vampires” from various times in history, as their likeness springs up in these old pictures and paintings. What the Twin Stranger phenomenon has discovered in its quest to prove the theory “everybody has seven doppelgangers in this world,” is that ‘identical looks’ do not equate to same genetics. In fact, look-a-likes are often from different haplogroups, which makes it impossible for the individuals to be related by blood as far back as 60,000 years ago. Before casually passing it off as reincarnation, those who seriously believe in a soul reincarnating throughout time are in agreement that the physical features never replicate. Meaning the picture floating around of the dapper gentleman from the 1930s who is a spitting image of Jay Z, is not, Jay Z nor any genetic ancestor, but just a different soul with a remarkable likeness. . . of course, maybe the person IS related to the Carter’s, but it is not sure fire proof.
All seriousness aside, it is just fun to speculate on the similarities and to try to match images to modern celebrities! Not going to lie. Below are eight 19th century photographs of various people. I cropped out the side by side comparisons because I do not want you, Dear Readers, to be predisposed to the “can’t be unseen” syndrome. Who do YOU think these people look like?? Perhaps you see someone else that others haven’t. I think the likeness is rather obvious, especially since many of the examples have been on the internet for quite some time. Who knows???
As a Librarian I am constantly coming across interesting books via donations, read a ridiculous amount of book reviews and quickly make decisions based on collection criteria in hopes it will be a highly checked out title of great use or interest to our City’s population. Thus said, every librarian, will occasionally buy books of personal interest to them. Any one that says otherwise is lying. To my credit, I seldom do this since my interest are not “popular” in my area, but I still try to purchase titles that I know will be checked out by other people, besides myself. Not too long ago I purchased a book on the history of how some of everyday household item were first invented. Below is a partial excerpt from the book.
*Citation listed at the end
“[King Camp Gillette] came from a family of creative dynamos . . . “My impulse to think and invent was a natural one,” Gillette wrote in his memoirs. . . .While [his father] never hit it big commercially with his tools, he urged King to keep at it: “Just invent something that the people need, and you’ll make yourself wealthy for life. Keep looking. You’ll hit upon something that a lot of people want.”
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Or as the popular meme goes, “Still a better love story than Twilight,” because today we are talking all about stories. It is time for our monthly Pre-Reads post! If you are new to the blog, here is a little explanation. Each month on the last Wednesday, I tap into my Librarian powers (erm–resources) and comb through copious amount of reviews of titles that are set to debut this month. By nature of the date, I have not read these books nor will I be able to recommend one title over another in good faith. However, I can vouche all these 19th century inspired tomes are highly reviewed. My sources include Amazon, Baker and Taylor Firsts, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Below are eight fiction titles and eight non-fiction titles that will be of interest to any Victorian minded fanatic. I like to make sure the suggestions are well rounded to accommodate for a variety of tastes. Naturally, they are put in alphanumeric order, because I am a Librarian. I have made an asterisk to note which titles I have actually purchased for the library which I work at. What books from this month haul is going on your To Read List?