Poe to Raven: “Will you shut up?”

Get schmart. Schmistory.

GO THERE! Hope you like stairs!

In central Burma, high atop Mount Popa, nestles the Popa Taungkalat Temple, a shrine to the 37 “Nats”, (spirits of the Burmese Buddhist faith.) It’s a popular place to check out during the full moon of Naylon, (May/June) when the Thingyan Festival is held.
Just be prepared; before ascending all 777 steps to the top, you will be asked to remove your socks and shoes. The Nats aren’t crazy about footwear. Also, don’t wear red. Or black. Or green. And definitely do NOT bring meat, especially pork. You don’t want to get the Nats all up in your face, do ya? Besides, the masses of local monkeys will harass you all the way up the mountain with that bacon in your pocket.

By Ed Brambley (originally posted to Flickr as Mt Popa) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ed Brambley (originally posted to Flickr as Mt Popa) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: January 25. She’s Baaaaaack!

Nellie Bly, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Nellie_Bly_journalist.jpg [public domain]

1890: Renowned journalist, Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in record time, beating Jules Verne’s prediction from his famous novel Around the World in 80 Days.
Before she set out, her goal was to complete the journey in 75 days. In their brief meeting, Jules Verne himself was quoted as saying “If you do it in 79 days, I shall applaud with both hands. But 75 days -mon Dieu- that would be a miracle.” Try 72, Jules! Phileas Fogg was a pansy! …That’s totally what she said when she got back ­čÖé

History Schmistory: January 25. Free McCartney!

January 25, 1980. Paul McCartney deported from Japan. Avoids prison.

History Schmistory: January 24. The Mac Daddy.

Dave Winer ‘Macworld 1,’ October 21 2006 via Flickr, creative commons attribution.

1984: The Apple Macintosh computer is unleashed into the world, and in less than 30 years, manages to drastically change it. We here at TMP stare at iMacs for hours daily, but tonight, to celebrate, we might just take them out to the Cheesecake Factory or something…

History Schmistory: January 24. An Emerging Sport!

January 24, 1900. World’s oldest Badminton club established in England.

Culture Buzz: “Lotus pray…”

To say the lotus flower is an important symbol in India would really be an understatement. The potent and resilient plant, which has no trouble thriving in the muddiest of swamps without breaking a sweat, or even getting dirty, has become the supreme icon of beauty, strength, longevity and fertility in Indian culture. In Hinduism, the lotus is also a symbol of divinity that seems to turn up everywhere, even growing from Vishnu’s belly-button! In fact, they believe the spirit of the Lotus itself exists within every human being. That’s a lot of lotuses… Loti?

Anyhoo, it is only fitting that there is a temple in New Delhi bearing semblance to a giant lotus flower preparing to bloom. Pretty sweet.

Also looks a bit like a citrus juicer.

History Schmistory: January 23. Last day in the China shop.

Engraving of the Battle of Zama by Cornelis Cort, 1567 [public domaine]

Engraving of the Battle of Zama by Cornelis Cort, 1567 [public domain]

971: In China, the war elephant corps of Southern Han are thoroughly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops. The remaining disheartened pachyderms relocate to Middle-earth where they enjoy a more favorable size advantage.

History Schmistory: January 23. Mohawk Fever!

January 23, 1983: The A-Team debuts. Fashion takes note.

Video Schmistory: January 22.

What do Darwin, Truman, Brahms, Queen Victoria and giant cheese all have in common? January 22, that’s what!

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