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Usually politics, silly jokes or curiosities from old newspapers. Summary: Dr. Cronk, Headline of the Year, @DowntownCoreCA. Researcher, instructor, @UCalgary.
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Sep 24 12 tweets 3 min read
The 🧵Library: Nobody Wants to Work Anymore
Sep 21 19 tweets 4 min read
A Brief History of Men Today Are Too Feminine and Women Too Masculine

🧵 2020 "The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminizat
Sep 15 16 tweets 4 min read
A List of Things People Blamed for the Divorce Rate

🧵 Cans DIVORCE INCREASE BLAMED ON CANS  Rector of Rectors Bewails S
Sep 9 14 tweets 3 min read
A List of Things People Blamed on Radio

🧵 Americans talking too loudly RADIO BLAMED FOR LOUD TALK  New York, May 4 (AP) -- American
Aug 30 16 tweets 4 min read
A Brief History of School Today Is Too Easy

🧵 2007 Report says high school too easy  --Centre Daily Times, 29 M
Aug 28 9 tweets 3 min read
This clipping about jazz making us have elephantine ears one day quotes Dr. P.O. Pfuffer, Viennese aurist.

I had to know: what was the deal with Dr. P.O. Pfuffer, Viennese aurist?

Mostly, it seems as if he liked talking about how big ours ears would eventually become.

🧵 The earliest I can find him quoted is August 1925, the same date as the above article.

Here he is in the Stockton Record claiming that one day our ears would become so big that they would receive radio signals directly. Dr. Pfuffer said it was not...
Aug 25 14 tweets 3 min read
A List of Things People Blamed on Jazz

🧵 A shortage of farm labour JAZZ IS BLAMED FOR LACK OF ...
Aug 22 10 tweets 3 min read
A List of Things People Blamed on Bicycles

🧵 A decline in marriages And now the bicycles are be...
Aug 20 15 tweets 3 min read
A Brief History of Music These Days Isn't Any Good

🧵 1906 Puccini on Modern Music  The "British Bandsman" ha
Aug 13 10 tweets 2 min read
A Brief History of Kids Today Are Too Soft

🧵 1921 There is no question that the youngsters of 1921 are setting
Aug 10 10 tweets 3 min read
Public Events Where The Entertainment Was Debating If Women Should Do Basic Things or Have Basic Rights

🧵: Should Women Bob Their Hair? (1925) After all business was fini...
Aug 6 13 tweets 3 min read
A Brief History of People Read Too Much

A 🧵 1880 The modern novel may become...
Jul 25 4 tweets 2 min read
Whenever I'm tempted to think that a new thing seems too complicated, I read newspaper articles about pizza from the early 1950s. "Thirdly, we had eaten too well of pizza, a curious mix"The Hot Roll mix dough needs only one rising. And therServe a Pizza During Fresh Tomato Time  Pie-Like Bread TreatThe pizza craze has swept over Iowa. Pronounced peetza--the In an alternative universe, this would have caught on instead.
Jul 19 18 tweets 4 min read
A Brief History of Nobody Wants to Work Anymore

🧵 2022 According to a new survey r...
Feb 10 4 tweets 1 min read
Why does "learning to live with COVID" never seem to involve any learning? "Let's reduce some measures that we find burdensome and introduce other programs that we think we can handle for longer" could be learning to live with COVID. Otherwise it just seems like it means "not doing much about COVID".
Feb 9 4 tweets 1 min read
Jason Kenney, on having to learn to live with COVID: A History September 2020:

Dec 19, 2021 25 tweets 7 min read
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Dec 20, 2020 25 tweets 7 min read
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Jun 21, 2020 31 tweets 9 min read
In 1883, a drink called "Cronk" started advertising in the Calgary Herald. See if you can spot their ads. Reading these ads from 1884 really make me want to find some Cronk.
Sep 29, 2019 12 tweets 2 min read
Let me introduce you to the most confusing referendum result. It occurred in Saskatoon in 1988, held at the same time as the municipal election. It was about store openings, and there were five questions posed to voters.

The first was straightforward enough:

"Are you in favor of all stores being allowed to be open on Sunday? "

YES 22,497
NO 35,319

Simple enough -- no to Sunday shopping.
May 31, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
Let's say you have a city that raises money from property tax, and the city properties have the following values (say there's a super tall building right in the middle). Now, let's say you budget for your city, and you need to raise $50 to cover all of your spending. The total valuation is $5000, so you need $0.01 for each $1 of the valuation of each property, like follows: