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"A threatened woman wields her bumbershoot against a masher.  Here she is deftly "Stopping a blow aimed at the face,"  Swinging the umbrella up, she jabs the ruffian’s jaw.  Alternatively, she finishes him off with a well-aimed kick to the knee."— Around the turn of the 20th century, single young women were joining the workforce as “lady typewriters.”  But being around men outside the home caused need for self-defense manuals that depicted moves such as the one above.  (From This Fabulous Century: 1900-1910, scanned by weirdvintage)

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I work at a bar/restaurant in downtown Seattle, and I walked into work yesterday and one of my coworkers came up to me and said “Hey, do you want to take this table over here? They’ve been playing ping pong forever and have only ordered Arnold Palmers and are just too over the top hipster for me” so I said sure and walked over to them to see if they wanted to order anything else. It wasn’t long before i realized these “over the top hipster ping pong players” were actually the entire band of Foster the People and I was their waitress! They were just there to get in some ping pong before performing at Bumbershoot Music Festival haha. Definitely not too shabby of a shift if I do say so myself.

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