Nail-clipping history, it turns out, is surprisingly complicated. We might never find out who actually invented the ubiquitous modern nail clipper, but we do know that around 1875, patents for the modern nail clipper began to appear.
I am mostly fascinated by the fact that by the end of the 19th century, superstitions about how and when to trim fingernails were pretty common. People couldn’t cut their fingernails on weekends out of fear that it might lead to back luck.
Here’s a link to the full post The Long, Slightly Strange History Behind Fingernail Clipping by Ernie Smith.
“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
– Isaac Asimov.
Thank you Open Culture for making it easy: 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities
“Criticism is a privilege that you earn — it shouldn’t be your opening move in an interaction…”.
Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism, Tolerance, and Changing Your Mind.
3 sets of beautiful cards with questions designed to get a group of people into exceptionally entertaining and meaningful conversations. Love this.
With the help of a dice and some cards, the Confessions Game asks participants to answer a series of questions around career, sex, money, relationships, family, gently inviting everyone to share important bits of themselves. I want to play this.
Countable helps you understand the laws Congress is considering and streamline the process of contacting your lawmakers. You can use Countable to: Read clear and succinct summaries of upcoming and active legislation. Directly tell your lawmakers how to vote on those bills by clicking “Yea” or “Nay”. Follow up on how your elected officials voted on bills, so you can hold them accountable in the next election cycle.
Given the current political climate here in the U.S. I should wear this heart 24/7.
(photo by Jordan)
“I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.”
– Carl Sagan
(via Open Culture)
This is not a question of politics, of Left vs. Right. This is a question of human decency, human dignity and the soul of our nation.
— J.M. DeMatteis (@JMDeMatteis) January 28, 2017
“Marriage: a hopeful, generous, infinitely kind gamble taken by two people who don’t know yet who they are or who the other might be, binding themselves to a future they cannot conceive and have carefully omitted to investigate.”
The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton
I agree with Oliver Jeffers: “People of the USA, if you are concerned about the steps the new administration has already taken in the first few days of office (regarding climate change, women’s reproductive rights, LGBT rights, immigrant rights, civil rights, and the creation of ‘alternative facts’), then outline what matters to you in a postcard mailed to your senator. That is why they are there.”