May. 7th, 2017

"An Elegy"

May. 7th, 2017 10:22 am
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Помнишь ты или не помнишь
Этот день и этот час,
Как сиял нам луч заката,
Как он медлил и погас?
Ничего не предвещало,
Что готовится гроза.
Я подсчитывал расходы,
Ты же - красила глаза.
А потом ты говорила,
Милым голосом звеня,
Что напрасно нету дяди
У тебя иль у меня.
Если б дядя этот самый
Жил в Америке, то он
Уж давно бы там скончался
И оставил миллион...
Я не стал с тобою спорить
И доказывать опять,
Что могла бы быть и тетя,
Тысяч так на двадцать пять.
Я ведь знаю, ты сказала б,
Что, когда живешь в мечтах,
То бессмысленно, конечно,
Говорить о мелочах.



May. 7th, 2017 01:19 pm
med_cat: (woman reading)
Originally posted by [ profile] oloriel at LOL
--many thanks for permission to repost!

Check out the original post for further discussion in the comments ;)

I just read the MOST STUPID THING on a friend's Tumblr (not written by the friend, just the start of a discussion that the friend reblogged). Granted, I read a LOT OF STUPID THINGS on Tumblr and I produce a lot of stupid things on LJ meself, but this was... special, so here it comes:

It sure is convenient that all these songs that ostensibly weren’t written in English all rhyme when translated into English, isn’t it, Mr. Tolkien?


Gosh. Yes. That sure breaks the suspension of disbelief! It sure is convenient that all these Shakespeare poems that ostensibly weren't written in German all rhyme when translated into German, isn't it? (Or French. Or Spanish. Or probably any language that does full rhymes, I expect?)
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It’s Fun fact Friday!

A chocolate bar most of us are not old enough to know about with a taste few cared for and was even called “Hitler’s Secret Weapon” by many infantrymen.

“The D ration bar”.

Developed by Hershey in 1937 at the request of the Army Quartermasters office had four requirements: a bar weighing about 4 ounces, able to withstand high temperatures, be high in food energy value, and with a taste that was just a little better than a boiled potato.

The reasoning for the latter was to prevent them from being eaten as snack so they would be kept and used as an emergency food source. The blend of chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, skim milk powder and oat flour was so thick that it did not flow like conventional chocolate and had to be hand packed into each mold.

Most who ate it said they would have rather eaten the boiled potato. Because the bar was designed to withstand high temperatures, it was nearly impossible to bite into, requiring the men to shave off slices before they could chew it, and the sugar did little to mask the bitter taste of the dark chocolate.

Despite this, Hershey produced about 3 billion (yes with a B) of these bars between 1940 and 1945 receiving numerous awards for their outstanding war effort. Until next Friday – Have a sweet week.

(from the Old Town Candy shop on FB, May 5th)


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