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Links 1 through 10 of 1437 Holly Gramazio's Bookmarks

"With your own cards placed 'just so' in your own special way, it is not necessary to even look down when it comes time to find them, and you can thus concentrate on catching cards from your opponent. When all is in place, the chanting of the poems begins."

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Endearingly poorly-thought-through mnemonics from 1850. "Three times three are nine / Don't make the kitten whine. / "Three times four are twelve, I know. / In reading be distinct and slow."

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"The most playful of all the marsupials I observed were the wombats. They were also the most amusing to watch, probably because their shape seems incompatible with play."

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"Yard chickens lay fewer, but harder eggs in the early spring compared with some other times of the year, notably summer, when the eggs are abundant, but thin shelled."

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"Park Avenue was a daily teletext based soap opera on ITV's ORACLE Teletext service". What.

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And, gosh, a series of treasure hunts and ARGs in 1903-04, also as newspaper publicity. "He then had to go to the Newcastle suburb of Jesmond Dene, find post number 6594, work out where the tube was buried in relation to that post, return to the site after midnight and – finally – dig it up."

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Fantastically exhaustive summary of Lobby Ludd, the 1920s newspaper-promotion I-claim-my-five-pounds pervasive game.

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"If you write the word "opportunity" very clearly as far as "oppo" and the rest of the word is a mere scribble, it cannot be transmitted in that fashion. It must be "opportunity" or nothing. If you sign your name "John" followed by a series of hen tracks, neither can that be transmitted."

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"The cherry stones were collected by Swiss children, cleaned and sewn into a bag. When this was warmed in a moderate oven the result was just like today's microwaveable heat packs."

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"If you didn't want to stand in a cold bedroom moving the warming pan up and down, you might possibly have a bed wagon. This was a large frame designed to hold a pot of glowing fuel in the centre of the bed."

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