The Strange History of Fingernail Clipping

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.

“Table Games”

I will definitely bring up this game by Sarah Kay at a future dinner with my friends.

The Queen of Shitty Robots

Robot queen Simone Giertz tours her mad laboratory. Adore her.

Valentine’s Day and the Romance of Cobwebs

These cobweb Valentine’s have me swoon.

(via)

Sound

The sound effects in this FREITAG x Sennheiser commercial made me look and smile. Cool to see how it’s been done.

Toast Sweater PJ

This toast pattern on this PJ made me chuckle. Also available as duvet covers.

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Baguette Tote

If I lived in France I would totally own one of these Baguette Totes.

Valentine’s Card for Single People

Mr.Bingo launched a fun new service for single people: Receive a bespoke piece of hand drawn art, in form of a Valentine’s Card, signed and created (with love) by Mr Bingo. Only drawback, it’s £40. But, thumbs up for the awesome idea.

Lunch Box Book

Your friends might think you love to read but nope, you just like to eat! This Lunch Box Book made me laugh.

Piano. Push. Play

Piano. Push. Play. rescues pianos and puts them on the street for everybody to enjoy. I love everything about this!

Wearable Furniture

Yang Zhao created SharkMan, a modular, wearable object that will give you a “private space”. Made me smile.

(via Apartment Therapy)

Best Kept Secret in Radio

The charming Lulu Miller gives us an animated look into the lives and practices of radio personalities and broadcasters, and speaks to the effects radio can have on us as individuals and a society.

Astronaut.io

Astronaut.io lets you watch random YouTube videos with almost no views.

(via Kottke)

Body Part Jewelry

Now that politics here in the U.S. has become entirely absurd, we might as well wear fingers and ears as jewelry.

Pocket Manfriend

This made me laugh out loud. Who doesn’t need a pocket manfriend? We all do!

Also available: Pocket Girlfriend.

(via artistic moods)

Chickens In Sweaters

What better way to start out this Monday morning than with pictures of chickens in sweaters.

My Favorite Protest Sign

There were so (!) many good signs at the Women’s March yesterday, but this one, takes the cake. Way to go, little girl!

Males and E-Males

Males and E-Males, by Jean Jullien. Made me smile.

Confetti Handknit Mittens

These confetti handknit mittens are the best. Unfortunately no longer for sale. Have to re-learn how to knit, I guess…

(via artistic moods)

Mr. Rogers Introduces Kids to Experimental Electronic Music

Mr. Rogers Introduces Kids to Experimental Electronic Music by Bruce Haack & Esther Nelson (1968). Made me smile.

Tiny Museum Housed in NYC Freight Elevator

Mmuseumm is a curated display of artifacts housed in a NYC freight elevator. The museum fits 3 people at a time. I love this so much. Find it at 4 Cortlandt Alley in lower Manhattan, New York City.

Jump

Photographer Philippe Halsman believed that when you ask a person to jump, his/her attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.

More photos of jumping celebrities over on Kottke.

Feelings

For three weeks, Nate Milton wrote down any thought, image or memory that gave him a tingly feeling. He animated the list, and what it accidentally became was a stream-of-consciousness trek through his life. Beautiful!