Here‘s 5 billion years in just two minutes. (Thanks, Alan S.)
And here — just The Fifties. Eleven minutes, titled, “Best of Times.” Not shown: polio, the draft, or the need to rise from your couch to change from one channel to the other two. Or the little wads of Kleenex hanging from your chin where you nicked yourself shaving.
☞ Ah, the leather strop! It really is the Fifties. For knives, too. Here‘s one on Amazon for less.
And did you know that pinball machines (covered in that same post) were in some places illegal in the Fifties? Did you know that Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia took a sledge hammer to them in 1942? Read it here, in The Atlantic.
We bought this a couple of years ago at $1.65, and possibly a bit more at $1.35 a year ago, and took our profit last month at $2.86. Gilead Sciences is acquiring it at $2.95 a share. We need more like this.
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Quote of the Day
The IRS audits about 1 tax return in 100 these days. When 357,598 taxpayers filed the first modern income-tax returns in 1914, they had to sign them under oath before officials. And the Bureau of Internal Revenue audited every one.~The Wall Street Journal
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