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  • I was born in Victoria, and no-one can take that away from me. Nor wash it off.

    Perhaps it's peas you smell like, c_b. Minty fresh :-)

    April 15, 2010

  • Well, they do say bears all smell like pee (even though they're wrong), so I can't really talk.

    re: pointy beard, I think you got the better deal... but I still got the Industrial Revolution.

    (I was going to make some argument about how my music is better than yours, but on second thought, that claim doesn't necessarily hold up.)

    April 15, 2010

  • You keep your personal hygiene and covered-up piano legs, cb, and I'll keep my codpiece and pointy beard.

    April 15, 2010

  • Yup. We are the Victorians, my friend.

    Yarb... I'm sorry to hear you're Elizabethan because ... those people didn't... umm... well... they wore the same clothes all the time and... umm... they didn't bathe much.
    *holds nose*

    April 15, 2010

  • That "specialized spoon" is still around, sort of. They're really useful, too :-)

    April 14, 2010

  • Speak for yourself, I'm an Elizabethan.

    April 14, 2010

  • You know, the more I read this book, the more I realize how much they are still around. We are the Victorians, my friend. It's truly bizarre.

    April 14, 2010

  • Everything I learn about the Victorian era strengthens my belief that the Victorians were deeply - unfathomably - weird. Where did they come from? Where did they go?

    April 14, 2010

  • "As early as 1864, Eliza Leslie had written, 'It is very ungraceful to eat an orange at table, unless having cut a bit off the top, you eat the inside with a teaspoon.' Within twenty years, this advice had been transformed into a specialized spoon with a small bowl and pointed tip for eating oranges.... Other orange-related tableware introduced in the 1890s included orange cups—footed dishes with corkscrew or spear devices for holding the halved orange in place—and orange knives, 'in table and pocket sizes.'"
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 109

    April 14, 2010