The Animal Alphabets Fairy Tale Edition continues on. This week was N for Nutcracker. Interesting to learn that the original story is a bit darker than the
ballet that everyone knows. In the original story, a princess is cursed
by the Rat Queen to turn into a nutcracker doll. To break the curse,
the most handsomest man in the kingdom must find the hardest nut and
crack it open with his teeth and must feed it to the princess before her
transformation is complete. However the curse is transferred to the
handsome man and he takes her place as a nutcracker doll. No one tells
him he would inherit the curse and is banished from the kingdom. Its so
The Scarecrow and Tin Man from the first stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, 1902, Chicago.
L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz while living in Chicago. As the story goes, while working at the Evening Post across from the Art Institute, Baum was inspired by the statues he saw on Michigan Ave to create the Cowardly Lion.
Me, a fire sign, terrified of fire. Like, only in recent years have I been able to have lit candles in my room. I can only use barbeque lighters because the little ones you press with your thumb scare the shit out of me (I used one for the first time just now and burnt myself).