- Maya wizards charting celestial movements Europe could only dream of. -The Secotans and Croatoan wizards wondering how dumb and desperate you have to be to attempt to apparate an entire colony at once. (Judging by the amount of splinching left behind in Roanoke, plenty). -Indigenous Arctic and Athabaskan wizards practicing their charms so they exactly mimic the Aurora Borealis any time of day (a particularly skilled one can conjure up new, unusual colors to include). -Sure, JK, indigenous wizards didn’t have wands…. but they did have flutes, rattles, and, in the case of some Mohawk wizards- lacrosse sticks. The Iroquois Confederacy used their own magical version of the game to hone their reflexes and accuracy. -Rip van Winkle and the Headless Horsemen were both true incidents involving wizards trying to give muggles a fright- in both cases, the hapless people had wandered too close to a gathering. (Although Van Winkle was only obliviated for a few days, not 20 years. Washington Irving got a bit carried away.) -A few wizards served as spies during the American Revolution- using coding and disappearing charms to conceal information. -Johnny Appleseed was a Colonial American wizard particularly gifted in herbology. He kept retreating further and further into the frontier to keep his more magical cultivation (APPLES WITH TEETH) away from muggle eyes. -The Star-Spangled Banner remained untouched during the bombardment on Fort McHenry because of a strong self-repairing charm cast by freed black witch Iocaste Fullbright. -Legends of the Bermuda Triangle originated from the protective spells concealing a Carribbean School of magic (which I will not attempt to name) founded by Taino and Maroon wizards. They teach a comprehensive mix of African, Indigenous American, and European magic. -Much lauded was the Oglala Lakota witch She-Tends-the-Fire who enchanted her own self-erecting tipi (but not before a few incidents refining the spells where it would fly around the prairie in several pieces). -Midwestern wizards can opt to attend school on a pastel orange and purple, enchanted steamboat dubbed the MSS Skittles perpetually trawling the waters of the Mississippi River. Somehow mysteriously able to pick up and drop off students on rivers that don’t even connect to the waterway… -Theophilius Mudd was a wizard who worked behind the scenes assisting PT Barnum with his elaborate shows. The American Wizard Governing body did not approve… -Speaking of circuses, during their hayday during the late 19th, early 20th century, many served as traveling schools for young magic-users. Some would even take on promising talent as “acts”- hence the old phrase “running away to join the circus”. -Enterprising magical entrepreneurs offered mail order catalogs containing the newest spells and enchanted housewares to the spread-out populations of the West. Smaller scale businesswixen would go on the road as traveling salesmen, hawking everything from 5 minute magic lessons to snake oil (actual snake oil, though, pressed from the finest snakes, very handy in health tonics). -Rumors circulate that a few wizard woodcarvers of the Northwest Coast tribes enchanted their totem poles to animate stories of the ancestors or spirits they represented. House-mounted poles could even be imbued with alarm spells that would scream the inhabitants awake. -Wizards in the Old West trained coyotes to carry their messages, originating in 17th century Santa Fe. -In modern day Guatamala, a stone city sits covered in unplottable charms in the middle of the jungle. After the Spanish conquest, many remaining indigenous wizards from groups such as the Mixtec, Mexica, Maya, and Purepecha gathered as much old knowledge together as possible and started a library. Numerous magical codices, items, stelae, and inscriptions reside there, being dutifully restored or copied. New research, particularly on arithmacy, astronomy, and divination is still conducted. Only indigenous, mixed-race, or wizards specially invited by the archivists can find the right path through the jungle, however. -Paul Bunyan was a real half-giant magizoologist traveling the frontiers of America and Canada composing a book on magical wildlife for wizards back East. Babe was his familiar, rescued from a warlock displaying her as an oddity after pelting her with coloring and enlargening spells. Throughout his travels he documented furry trout, sasquatch, teakettlers, cactus cats, hoop snakes, and the almost impossible to spot Hunting Snipes. -During Prohibition, the best rum-runners and bootleggers were wizards.
POTATOES Most people, gardeners or not, know there is a big difference in taste between a supermarket tomato and one grown in a home garden. What many people do not know is that there is a similar difference between garden-grown potatoes and those bought in a store. Home-grown potatoes, no matter how they are cooked have a silky smooth texture and a mild but delicious flavor-qualities rarely found in store-bought potatoes. And they are relatively easy to grow.
How to Plant - Potatoes require between 90 and 120 frost -free days to mature. UNlike most other cool season vegetables, their foliage is sensitive to frost. Start with certified, disease-free seed potatoes. These are small potatoes or sections of potatoes that are usually slightly shriveled and coated with fungicide to help prevent deterioration. They are available at most nurseries, seed stores and mail-order catalogs. The variety ‘Liberty’ can be grown from seeds but it’s much easier to start from seed potatoes. Don’t plant potatoes purchased in the produce section of a supermarket. They are often sprayed with chemicals to prevent sprouting.
Cut the seed potatoes into chunks about 1-1½ inches in diameter. Each chunk should have at least two eyes (small buds). Plant in soil that is loose and rich in organic matter. Work in a general-purpose fertilizer at a rate of about a ½ pound of actual nitrogen per 100 feet of row. Set the chunks, cut side down, 4 inches deep and 12 inches apart, in rows spaced 24 to 36 inches. Do this a week or two before the last frost date.
The potatoes will sprout in about 2 to 3 weeks. When the sprouts reach 4 to 5 inches high, mound soil up against the stems, Continue to mound soil against the growing stems. Continue to mound soil against the growing stems as long as possible. The tubers will form along the stems in the mounded soil.
How to grow - It is important to keep the developing potatoes covered because they will turn green if exposed to sunlight. The best way to do this is to apply at least a 6-inch layer of organic mulch such as straw. This will also help keep the soil cool and make harvesting easier because tubers will form closer to soil level and sometimes in the mulch itself. Potatoes must also be kept constantly moist.
Varieties - Varieties are divided into early, midseason and late, and also differ by storage capabilities and by skin color - red, white and brown (russeted). There is even a blue variety that is available in some areas. Most nurseries will carry several locally adapted varieties. They may or may not be labeled. Mail-order catalogs have a larger selection.
Harvesting - You can begin harvesting new potatoes - small immature tubers - when plants begin to flower. Gently feel around in the upper soil or mulch to find them. If you plan to store your potatoes over winter, they should be allowed to mature fully in the soil. Once the tops die down completely, gently dig up the tubers with a pitchfork or with your hands. Place them in a dark place at about 70F (21C) for about a week to heal any bruised. Then store those that are haled or bruise-free in a humid place at a temperature between 35F to 40F (2C to 4C).
Imagine your OTP in a gift shop or something of the like, possibly before they become a couple. Person A spots a mood ring, and just for giggles, they slip it on their finger. It changes to the color indicating “in love”. Person B begins to question or tease them about it, but A brushes it off, replying that it’s just a toy and doesn’t mean anything. What happens next is up to you. [x]
Why Lockon had decided to approach this novelty shop was a mystery to Tieria. They had very limited time on the surface. He figured they should be doing something more productive while they were here. Instead, somehow, Lockon had managed to talk him into a day off.
Jill Goodacre reading for Victoria’s Secret, early 1990s.
Goodacre was a primary lingerie and hosiery model for the relatively new Victoria’s Secret company in its mail-order catalogs and retail stores in the 1980s, and she appeared extensively in the catalogs. She, Stephanie Seymour, and Dutch model Frederique helped Victoria’s Secret grow from a new company to one of the world’s giants in women’s lingerie, hosiery, swimwear, and clothing.
Watercolor concept art for soft-sculpture holiday ornaments featuring characters from Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan”. Jody’s own whimsical art style transitioned well into the simplistic hand-sewn figures of felt. The ornament sets were briefly available through Disney’s mail order catalog in 2005.
In 1993, MicroProse’s MPS Labs released almost released Secret of the Seventh Labyrinth, a first-person role-playing game.
23 years on, there is almost no information about this game or evidence that it ever existed. The closest I can find is a French abandonware site that, in lieu of a copy of the game, includes screenshots that appear to be scanned from a magazine. It looks like it had a vaguely Egyptian theme…
Almost no other information about the game is readily available. If it wasn’t released, it came very close to reaching store shelves: a few mail-order catalogs list the game, and it had at least one brief review in volume 10, issue 7 of QuestBusters (scan courtesy of The Museum of Computer Adventure Game History):
It’s possible that Secret of the Seventh Labyrinth was canceled at the last minute. If it was released, that’s even more troubling: a game by a major developer would have completely vanished over the course of twenty years.
(Please get in touch if you know anything about this game!)
UPDATE: As @eliott-rust points out, it was canceled, but possibly late into production.
See reblogs for more.
Captain Hook and Mr. Smee Felt Ornaments Concepts, 2005
More concept art for soft-sculpture holiday ornaments featuring characters from Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan”. Jody’s own whimsical art style transitioned well into the simplistic hand-sewn figures of felt. The ornament sets were briefly available through Disney’s mail order catalog in 2005.