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???
Today is the first day of Winter! It also the first time a “word-cross” (known in modernity as a Crossword Puzzle) was first published. During the Edwardian era, Englishman Arthur Wynne moved to New Jersey, United States to work for the newspapers. He was in charge of the light-hearted fun section of the Sunday edition. On December 21st, 1913 his first word-cross puzzle debuted!
To honor Mr. Wynne, I have created my own short crossword from the top posts this year. Links to said posts are included to assist you in solving the puzzle. You may want to print the puzzle out before heading to all the links and filling out the game. The image is simply an image, not a form that can be filled out. . . My technology skills do not extend that far. This is my first attempt at something like this.–Be gentle.
This is a rare post. You might be aware of the adult coloring phenomenon that has swept the nation this past year (and still going strong). We offer pages and color pencils at both library branches. How does this concern you, Dear Readers? We just stumbled upon STEAMPUNK pages! See for yourself:
There are more, of course, this is just to get your excited. Is it working? I printed out the top one to color as an example for the library (and distress, because that’s what adult coloring is really about; distressing, motor skills, creative minds, and social connections.) Have fun with this, crazy kids.