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a 17th century time traveler who is confused and enraged and frightened of our modern world and he keeps yelling stuff about it but nobody can tell he’s from the past because everybody just thinks he’s an observational comic

jacob proctor, time-displaced tinsmith: AND ANOTHER THING, DISHWASHERS. DISHWASHERS ARE MADNESS

audience: (nodding, laughing, thunderous applause)

Vocabulaire français

rétorquer (v) - to retort

us (nmpl) - habits, customs

feindre (v) - to fake, pretend, feign

acabit (nm) - style, type, kind

gober (v) - to swallow, gulp down

analphabète (adj) - illiterate

agacer (v) - to annoy, irritate

manifestement (adv) - clearly, obviously, manifestly

ferblantier (nm) - tinsmith

potier (nm) - potter

jadis (adv) - formerly, long ago

propice (adj) - favourable, suitable, acceptable

pétri de qch (exp) - full of [sth]

ployer (v) - to bow, bend, sag, cede, yield

tuerie (nf) - slaughter, massacre, killing

onduler (v) - to wave, flutter, ripple, flap

banderole (nf) - banner, streamer

déchiré (adj) - ripped, torn

Words taken from: Un été d'amour et de cendres - Chapitre 4

4

MAY 8 - MELITTA BENTZ

In 1908, German housewife Melitta Bentz invented the coffee filter, after expressing frustration over other brewing methods that led to lingering coffee grounds or bitterness caused by over-brewing. She utilized blotting paper from her son Willi’s school notebook placed over a brass pot punctured with nails.

Upon noticing the positive response her coffee received, she decided to set up her own business. She patented the device in June 1908 under the name “filter top device lined with filter paper”, and after contracting a tinsmith to manufacture her vision, she wound up selling 1,200 coffee filters at the 1909 Leipzig fair. Though business was disrupted during World War I, the company produced approximately 100,000 filters by 1929.

Melitta’s son Horst Bentz took over the business in 1930, but she remained active in ensuring the happiness of employees - pushing for Christmas bonuses, increasing vacation days from six to fifteen days a year and reducing the work week to five days.

Once again, production was disrupted during World War II, yet by the time of Melitta’s death in 1950, the company had made nearly 5 million in German currency. Melitta’s grandchildren Thomas and Stephen continue to control the company to this day.