Friday, July 16, 2021

Miss Cellania's Links

Ridiculous Reviews of Some of the Best National Parks.

Why Did My Mother Keep Me a Secret? (via Digg)

How American parents became obsessed with gender.

The Many Myths of the Term ‘Anglo-Saxon.’ In modern usage, it just means "white," but the history is more complicated.

The Testosterone Debate Won’t End with Caster Semenya. How many lives must we ruin to ensure fairness in women's sports?

Why Do All YouTubers Sound The Same? (via Digg)

Full-time minimum wage workers can’t afford rent anywhere in the US, according to a new report. Yeah, they pay it, but have to do without other things, like food. (via Fark)

Postal Service Issues Mystery Message Forever Stamps. (via Boing Boing)

The Hollywood HIV Doctor Who Was Secretly Peddling Eternal Youth. (via Damn Interesting

A blast from the past (2015): 12 Funny and Delicious Venn Diagrams.


gwdMaine said...

In the end, the tribe of cannibals caught the Hardy Boys.

That night, they had mystery meat.

Happy Friday Miss C!

Bicycle Bill said...

I remember when US postage stamps were miniature works of art – steel-engraved plates, almost like they were printing money, issued to commemorate something of significance like Project Mercury, or 100th anniversary of Civil Wars battles, or centennials of the various states, or even such light-hearted subjects as the American circus or the 100th anniversary of American baseball – and it wasn't all that long ago.

Now they run 'em off like confetti, celebrating literally anything that will hold still long enough to have an image of it created. Seriously, we've had stamps celebrating comic-book characters, superheroes, classic cars, early airplanes, fictional movie worlds (Star Wars, I'm looking at you!), and just about anything Disney ever set a finger to. And long-gone are the engravings and careful press runs; instead, they print them using pretty much the same technology as they do for the shiny-paper coupon supplement that come with the Sunday paper.

And the sheer quantity of stamps issued in a given year is enough to ensure that NONE of these are ever going to significantly appreciate in value. Just as an example, that famous 'Elvis' stamp from 1993?  The government printed over FIVE HUNDRED MILLION OF THEM! Now when you consider that at that time, the total US population was somewhere around 260 million, that means that they printed enough stamps so that each and every man, woman, boy, girl, or fetus could have two of them.

No wonder stamp collecting has gone so far downhill as a hobby.