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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

Metal dip pens have been around since ancient Egypt but weren't used much, as they were not as reliable as the feather quill.  It wasn't until about 1822 in England that the manufacture of the dip pen nibs was consistent enough to mass produce, and their popularity took off from that point!
We still use them for drawing; should we still use them for writing?

that dip pens...
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

Coffee was criminal !!  pt 4
Coffee was illegal in Istanbul in the 1630s when Murad IV banned it along with alcohol and tobacco. He purportedly policed the enforcement of this himself at times by dressing up in civilian clothes at night and lurking about in various low-end taverns and coffee shops, beheading the transgressors on the spot!

they drank it anyway.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

I am informed that you can't smell when asleep.
I find this highly suspect having had two boys who in their infancy both smelled to high heaven at times while sound asleep.

You'll be happy to know they smell just fine nowadays...
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

The heaviest internal organ is not the brain -even if you're smarter than everyone else.
The heaviest internal organ is the liver which runs around three and half pounds... it's also the largest internal organ.
Folks who abuse alcohol and have enlarged livers can top the list.

-however, record-breaking is no reason to make your liver wurst.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

Coffee was criminal !!  pt 3
In 1622 Osman II, sultan of the Ottoman empire in Turkey, closed down all the coffee shops in an effort to eliminate the rebellious elite guard's gathering places for their conspiracies against the throne. 
Within months Osman II was imprisoned and strangled to death. Now known for eliminating coffee from the citizenry...

they drank it anyway.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

Start off with Heinrich Kley and Rico LeBrun and finish with Ralph Steadman and Al Hirshfeld.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

Come in looking like an average everyman/woman and I'll find someone else to draw.
Come in already looking like a caricature and I'll find someone else to draw.
Come in looking like a high-end fashion model and I'll find someone else to draw.
...I much prefer to draw between the lines.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

Coffee was criminal !!  pt 2
In the 1500s Italy's clerics attempted to ban what they termed 'satanic' ~coffee; when bringing their petition to the Vatican for the pontiff's blessing they were stunned to find Pope Clement VIII considering coffee delicious and suggesting it be baptized.  Stalwart clergy still attempted to disparage the drink to their congregations.

they drank it anyway.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

No two tongue prints are alike!
so.
don't be surprised if criminals must lick their arrest 'tongueprint' card
and you have to lick your door to get in your house.

it could happen.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

Rumor has it that at the end of 'A Day in the Life' Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle for his Sheepdog, a sound that humans can't hear.
.Rrup stac sekam ti sdrawkcab deyalp nehw
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

Coffee was criminal !!  pt 1
Due to concerns that java drinking prompted clear thinking, engendered radical concepts and unified like-minded revolutionaries coffee was verboten in Saudi Arabia (Mecca in particular) around 1511.

they drank it anyway.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

When approaching any situation involving caricature remember: "Primum Nocere"
--helpful words to stand by.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Coffee Mugs™

One of the tactics the Union army employed during the Civil War was to blockade all coffee from getting to the southern states in order to keep them quite decaffeinated.

~and of course this led to their eventual loss in 1865.
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