"She smiled at him very graciously when he was introduced to her."
From the chapter, "Princess Orchid's Party"
From the book "Fairies I Have Met" by Mrs. Rodolph Stawell, so beautifully illustrated by Edmund Dulac (French-born, British naturalised magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer, 1882-1953)
And here's the link to the entire book!
Mermaid Folktales: A 19th Century History
An idle inquiry:
Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs Banned in the United States, from "Today I found out"
...which led me to an interesting but very grim bit of history of medicine I'd not heard of before:
Taste of Raspberries, Taste of Death
The 1937 Elixir Sulfanilamide Incident, FDA Consumer magazine, June 1981
Why combination nootropics (aka "genius pills") are not a good idea
(thanks to supergee for the link!)
Upcoming solar eclipse:
Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses, from NASA
Cats and Humans:
Saved, by a Whisker--a very nice cat story and more from Gene Weingarten, in this weekend's Washington Post Magazine
...and, of course, Sherlock Holmes:
A Guide to Writing Sherlockian Biscuit Habits, from the enigmaticpenguinofdeath's Tumblr