It’s been a couple of weeks since I last shared a collection of what I’ve been reading online, and given that I’ve amassed a new handful of clips in Evernote and Instapaper, so it’s time to share once again.
First off, the most important infographic ever made: Cakes Throughout U.S. History.
And while I’m on the subject of American history, imagine my surprise at coming across this headline: John Tyler’s Grandsons Are Still Alive! Now, because I am a huge history nerd, I know that Tyler was president in the first half of the 19th century, which makes the headline seem highly improbable. But it’s apparently true, explained with this epic understatement: “The Tyler men have a habit of having kids very late in life.” Mmm hmm. A little math on a post-it (since discarded) had them in their 70s. No word on the age of the women who bore the children, but I suspect”significantly younger” would not be an understatement.
Staying with things historic(ish), I enjoyed this L.A. Times article on Highclere Castle, the British estate where “Downton Abbey” is set. I knew a real castle was used for the exteriors, but was surprised to discover that the interiors are not soundstages. It makes the luxury of the setting all the more amazing knowing it is real.
I don’t presume to speak for any woman but myself, but I suspect there are some generally relevant points of frustration in this story: A Size 2 Is a Size 2 Is a Size 8. Key is the subtitle – “Why clothing sizes make no sense.” As someone who has railed time and again about why women’s clothing can’t just use our actual body measurements, it was interesting to learn some of the background that landed us in our current irrelevant-but-judgement-laden random number system.
Last but not least, this video had us laughing in the office this week. “It’s like an M, made out of fries.”
Have you read anything you’d like to share?
Hat-tip to Julia for the sizing article and the video, and to Alison for the Downton story. And Twitter for the rest.