Wow:

An historian has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to help save a town bridge.

Now: did you think of Cumberbatch or Rathbone? As much as I love the new Sherlocks, Rathbone’s imperious mercurial temperament will always make him Sherlock for me.

ORANGEY HEAD Either this sets up a story that intrigues you, or it makes you want to run away from the internet as fast as possible. Esquire:

When Thompson surfaces from his dressing room, his personal assistant—a deeply loyal and connected forty-eight-year-old man named Jeff Molitz—is at his shoulder, as he almost always is. Molitz, nicknamed Porno Jeff because of some work he does on the side, is short and bearded, with a long ponytail and a closet filled with Carrot Top–branded clothing.

Yes, Carrot Top–branded clothing.It’s story about the comic “in exile,” which is one way of describing “making millions working Vegas for adoring audiences.


GEEK Captain Kirk blames the Smithsonian for shoddy treatment of the Enterprise. It’s all in good fun. The model has been hanging at the Smithsonian since an exhibition on Trek props in the 90s. I mentioned that the other day. I didn’t mention that I stood under the Enterprise with Scotty himself, discussing the beauty of the ship. It’s odd that I didn’t mention that because I never miss a chance to bring out that anecdote.Twenty years later and I still haven’t embroidered it.

As long as I linked to Blastr, here’s a piece on how “Fast Forward” might have redeemed itself, if A) it hadn’t been canceled, and B) hadn’t turned into a boring, depressing muddle almost instantly, shedding millions of viewers. Hint: biggest body count in TV history.

ART Via Coudal, a nifty collection of old Canadian beer labels. I have nothing beer-related to add, but I do have this: a piece of candy my Daughter got from a friend. It's supposed to be creamy, but it must be ancient because it is the hardest candy I have ever tried to eat. It has to be kiln-fired.

Great old design - those peculiar letters, the odd choice of a Rabbit sitting by an artist’s palette for some reason. Then there’s the Unnerving Margin Rabbits:

Wikipedia says it’s really supposed to be creamy, and notes:

White Rabbit sweets have been advertised with the slogan, "Seven White Rabbit candies is equivalent to one cup of milk", and positioned as a nutritional product in addition to being a sweet. The candies hence accompanied the growth of a generation. Former students of the early Deng Xiaoping era in China (1978 to the early 1990s), have been reported to have taken this slogan literally and made 'hot milk' in their dormitory cooking rings by dissolving the candies in a pan of hot water.

The candy was born in 1943, and the Wikipedia page goes into some interesting detail:

The first ABC milk candies were packaged using a red Mickey Mouse drawing on the label, and were named ABC Mickey Mouse Sweets.

In the 1950s, ABC became state-owned. Mickey Mouse was seen as a symbol for worshiping foreign countries, so the packaging was redesigned to feature a naturalistically-drawn White Rabbit and an artist's paint palette with Chinese and English hand-lettering in a color scheme of red, blue and black against a white background. The result was a distinctive candy label design that became instantly recognizable around the world.

The way it’s phrased leads me to believe that someone from China wrote the piece, and might just be connected with the White Rabbit brand. But not all of the page: the tone switches when discussing the product contamination scandals that tarnished the brand. To paraphrase Krusty: We all knew it contained formadehyde, but Melamine? That came out of left field. It’s all better now and made with milk from New Zealand.