Posts Tagged ‘Library of Congress’


Whose drawing am I looking at?

November 18, 2013


“Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others? That’s who we are! We’re not who we say we are, we’re not who we want to be — we are the sum of the influence and impact that we have, in our lives, on others.”

This quote by Neil deGrasse Tyson in his comments about Carl Sagan on the occasion of Sagan’s papers being acquired by the Library of Congress.  I read the story here on Brainpickings.

The drawing above is part of the collection that will be in the Library of Congress.  It was created by an eight year old Carl Sagan in 1942.  As an unabashed geek and fan of Sagan, deGrasse Tyson, and most things astronomical, I found this tidbit fascinating.


What do we remember today on tattoo Tuesday?

July 23, 2013

It’s summertime in the northern hemisphere – warm temperatures go hand in hand with frosty treats.  Although history is somewhat fuzzy on this point, I choose to celebrate July 23 as the day ice cream cones were invented.  Here, from Wiki:

In St. Louis, Missouri during the 1904 Saint Louis Exposition, the Banner Creamery’s owner George Bang was selling ice cream. Allegedly, he ran out of bowls and was given rolled-up waffles to serve it in instead. Others credit Ernest A. Hamwi, a waffle maker at the World Fair, as the first inventor.

Given that today is tattoo Tuesday, here are some ice cream cone tattoos.

ice cream 2

ice cream 5

ice cream 1

To round out this post, I offer this handwritten recipe for ice cream.  This is from the collection of Thomas Jefferson and is in his hand writing.   The original is in the Library of Congress.  Isn’t that amazing?

jefferson ice cream

I am not going to mention Gucci Mane in this post.