Entry 650: The Post Post

This is officially Entry 650 of this blog, so what better time to revisit some old posts that have had recent follow-up stories in the news…in other words, events that happened post post. (In some cases, the original stories were in the New York Post, which means…well, never mind.)

Guarantee: In all cases, the original stories and the follow-ups are true.

Original: Entry 102 (3/6/12): Mysterious Calendar Page Found in Stamford Home
This was back when this blog was about old-ish people moving into their first real house. The people were my wife and me, the house was ours, and the calendar page, from January, 1955 (4 years before the house was built) was affixed to our interior garage door.

Follow-up: 17th-century Shopping List Discovered in Attic
In my 2012 post, I lamented about not finding anything interesting left behind by previous owners. Like the 400-year-old parchment found in a UK attic.  It read as follows:

Mr Bilby, I pray p[ro]vide to be sent too morrow in ye Cart some Greenfish, The Lights from my Lady Cranfeild[es] Cham[ber] 2 dozen of Pewter spoon[es]: one greate fireshovell for ye nursery; and ye o[t]hers which were sent to be exchanged for some of a better fashion, a new frying pan together with a note of ye prises of such Commoditie for ye rest. Your loving friend Robert Draper

Granted, in the 1600s, Southern Connecticut was probably not home to people whose shopping lists sounded like they were written by Geoffrey Chaucer, but you have to wonder, don’t you, how the British Empire continued for a few centuries more while citizens were eating “greenfish.*”

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Original: Entry 206 (2/20/13): Weird Registries
This post reported on a honeymoon registry through which couples could crowd-fund various aspects of their trip; and a car registry, through which, if you didn’t want to buy your kid a whole car, you could just pledge to pay for, say, the steering wheel.

Follow-up #1: Dominos Offers Wedding Registry
That’s Dominos as in pizza. A spokesperson for the company said it’s “for couples who prefer delicious melty cheese to crystal gravy boats.” Okay, first, as I’ve asked before in this blog, what is it with fast food chains and the term “melty cheese?” When companies add a “y” to a word, it usually means something that looks or tastes like the real thing, but isn’t, as in “chocolatey.” So is melty cheese not really cheese, or not really melted? Second, I can understand why cheapskate Uncle Leo would buy a pizza as a wedding gift, but what young couple would register for one? Don’t want a gravy boat? Fine. At least register at Olive Garden.

Follow-up #2: Zoo Sets Up Registry for Pregnant Orangutan
A Texas zoo registered its expecting couple, Mel and KJ, at Target. Among the items on the list were: a Dolly Parton CD, a “Zootopia” DVD, various air fresheners, a “Princess Bride” DVD, various types of paint and chalk, a $15 iTunes gift card, “Finding Dory” blankets, a food processor, a bath towel, an iPod, bubble machines and wands, a framed mirror, a blender, and Juicy Couture body spray. I have three things to say about this: 1) These animals are consuming way too much media; 2) If they’re getting an iPod, why do they want Dolly Parton on CD?; and 3) Aren’t the air fresheners and body spray really for the zookeepers?
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Original: Entry 272 (9/25/13): Woman Refuses to Surgically Remove Diamond Earring from Chicken.
The British woman, Claire Lennon, was willing to wait 8-10 years for the chicken, which had ripped the earring from her ear and swallowed it, to die of natural causes.

Follow-up: Woman Finds a Diamond in Her Boiled Egg
From my point of view, this is almost too good to be true. A woman named Sally Thompson bit into an egg and almost broke her tooth on a small diamond. And, yes, Sally also lives in England. “I couldn’t understand where it came from,” Sally said. I guess Sally should read Entry 272 of this blog. And I also guess Claire should keep better track of her chickens.
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Original: Entry 464 (6/19/15): The Search for a $10 Woman
This was when the U.S. Treasury was soliciting the public’s help in selecting a woman to appear on the $10 bill. I conjectured that, although the Treasury wasn’t explicitly saying it, it wanted to go with a black woman so it could kill two birds with one stone. I hope they ultimately ignored the public, considering how the Presidential election turned out.  The public should obviously not be allowed to make important decisions.

Follow-up: Lady Liberty to Be Portrayed as a Woman of Color on U.S. Currency
They ended up with Harriet Tubman, and they’re going to put her on the 20 instead of the 10, and she’ll have to share it with Andrew Jackson, who owned about 150 slaves, so the Treasury obviously put a lot of thought into that juxtaposition. Meanwhile, the U.S. Mint has created a Gold Coin depicting Lady Liberty as a black woman. They say it’s U.S. currency, but it’s really more akin to a Franklin Mint collector’s coin, because it’s not like you’re going to go into McDonald’s for a Big Mac and ask for change from your gold coin. This coin was announced like it was big news–the first time ever Lady Liberty has been portrayed as a woman of color. I don’t see what the big deal is. I’ve flown past Lady Liberty many times, and she’s always been a woman of color. Green.

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Original: Entry 612 (12/9/16): Mall of America Welcomes its First Black Santa
He was discovered at a Santa convention, where he was the only Santa of color.

Follow-up: New Picture Book to Show Santa Claus in a Same-sex, Interracial Relationship
So I guess Santa had two beards all these years.  But he’s come out of the closet and now Mrs. Claus is out in the cold.  This book, which was co-written by Stephen Colbert, will be released in the fall, and will almost certainly be banned in many states, which is a shame, because, since it’s a picture book, the folks in those states would have been able to read it.

In my next post, I’ll be following up on a story from 2013 and 2015 that is finally scheduled to come to fruition this year.

See you soon.

*I looked it up, and, evidently, “greenfish” was a 17th century term for unsalted cod.  That’s opposed to red fish and blue fish, of which subsequent shopping lists included, respectively, one and two.

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