This is a really good find by Smithsonian.com. Check it out:
It looks like a castle from the outside, but federal authorities say life inside was not a happy fairy tale for an illegal immigrant held in a “forced labor situation” to do housework and child care by the lady of the palace known as Llenroc.
Annie George, 39, of Rexford, is accused of inducing a woman from India to reside in the country and confining her at the mansion for nearly three years, a federal criminal complaint alleges.
The woman — identified only as “V.M.” — worked from dawn to late in the evening seven days a week, cooking and cleaning and caring for George’s six children, the complaint said. She is entitled to more than $200,000, but was paid far less and was forced to live in a closet, authorities said.
‘Sainsbury’s is renaming its tiger bread after a letter a three-year-old girl wrote to the company, saying the bread looked more like a giraffe, went viral.
In May 2011, Lily Robinson wrote to the supermarket, suggesting that the bread should be called giraffe bread.
She received a letter back saying that renaming it was “a brilliant idea”.’
In January 2012, the supermarket chain made the change official:
‘”In response to overwhelming customer feedback that our tiger bread has more resemblance to a giraffe, from today we will be changing our tiger bread to giraffe bread and seeing how that goes,” the supermarket said.’
We were going to post something about the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – but we got all soft and squishy. (Could have been the marshmallow and rum toddies we had for lunch.)
From our very recently released Uncle John’s 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader (page 190):
It was 1921. In a one-room schoolhouse in rural Wisconsin, two third-graders became “sweethearts.” But after the school year ended, Mac McKitrick and Lorraine Beatty lost contact with each other…for 85 years. Then, in 2009, they were reunited through family members (their brothers had become friends). The two lovebirds instantly remembered each other and picked up right where they left off: McKitrick proposed, Beatty said yes, and the newlyweds moved in with each other at an Illinois retirement home. “I still picture Lorraine as my third-grade sweetheart,” said McKitrick. “I’ve carried that in the back of my mind for all those years.”
Happy Hanukkah! The eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the “Festival of Lights,” which honors the redidication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century CE, begins today. (If you’re unfamiliar with the details of the origin of this holiday—that’s what jewfaq.org is for.)
To commemorate the holiday this year, the Jewish Museum in New York City has a display entitled “An Artist Remembers: Hanukkah Lamps Selected by Maurice Sendak.”