Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rare menu from Titanic's second class restaurant to be auctioned off

Saloon steward Jacob Gibbon mailed the breakfast menu to his girlfriend back in England to tell her that it had been a 'Good voyage up to now' three days before the infamous liner met its fate.

A rare postcard menu from a second class restaurant on the Titanic is expected to fetch a staggering $135,000 at auction.
The carte details the breakfast on offer on Thurs. Apr. 11, 1912 - just three days before the ill-fated liner struck an iceberg and sank.
On the flip-side, saloon steward Jacob Gibbon had written "Good voyage up to now" to his girlfriend - Miss L Payne - who was living in Studland Bay, Dorset, England.
He posted the card after the ship stopped at Queenstown, Cork, Ireland, which has since been renamed Cobh
A second class breakfast menu from the Titanic that also doubled as a postcard. Most of the male second class passengers died in the tragedy and there are only two second class menus left in existence.
A second class breakfast menu from the Titanic that also doubled as a postcard. Most of the male second class passengers died in the tragedy and there are only two second class menus left in existence.

While there are believed to be 20 menus from the ill-fated liner still in existence, most are from the first class eatery for Apr. 14.
This is because, with a higher percentage of first class passengers surviving the sinking, more menus were retained in their pockets as they scrambled for lifeboats.
With 93 per cent of second class male passengers perishing, however, mementos from those decks were largely lost.

On the reverse of the menu card there is a standard postcard layout and second class saloon steward Jacob Gibbons sent a brief note to his girlfriend and posted it after the ship stopped in Ireland on April 11
On the reverse of the menu card, there is a standard postcard layout. Second class saloon steward Jacob Gibbons sent a brief note to his girlfriend and posted it after the ship made its final stop in Ireland on April 11, 1912. 

Gibbon was, miraculously, among those who survived.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Don't give up your dreams

Because these people never did ...

The first book by Dr. Seuss, And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers. It then went on to sell six million copies, and the creator finished up on a postage stamp.

The report of Fred Astaire's first screen test read: "Can't act! Slightly bald! Can dance a little!" 
Astaire kept that memo framed over his fireplace in his Beverly Hills mansion. 

Albert Einsten's teacher's report read: "mentally slow, unsociable and adrift for ever in his dreams." He was expelled. He was refused entrance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. And the University of Bern said after they turned down his PhD dissertion: 'Albert Einstein was irrelevant and fanciful.' 

The manager of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance. "You ain't goin' nowhere," he said. "You ought to go back to driving a truck."

 Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone with the Wind was turned down by more than 25 publishers. 

JK Rowling - Rejected by dozens, including HarperCollins, when a small publisher in London took a chance on Harry Potter.

Oprah Winfrey got f
ired as an evening news reporter of Baltimore's WJZ-TV because she couldn't separate her emotions from her stories.

George Orwell - A publisher turned down his legendary novel, Animal Farm, with the words "It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA".

Jerry Seinfeld - Didn't find out he was cut from a minor role on a sitcom until he read the script and discovered his part missing.

Elvis Presley - After a performance in Nashville early in his career, he was told by a manager that he was better off driving trucks in Memphis (his previous job).

Steve Jobs - Fired from the company he started, Apple, but was desperately brought back in 1997 to save it. Apple is now the most valuable company in the world.

Stephen King - His first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. He nearly threw the book out when his wife saved it from the trash and encouraged him to keep trying.

Marilyn Monroe - At the start of her storied modeling and acting career, she was told she should consider becoming a secretary.

Abraham Lincoln - Demoted from Captain to Private during war, failed as a businessman, and lost several times as a political candidate before becoming President.

Yep, definitely don't give up. Ever!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Men are rarely depressed because ... (Don't be offended. Tis just a little fun!)

Like I said, men are rarely depressed because ...

Their last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can  never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt when you swim in the sea. You can wear NO shirt to swim in the sea. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress £3000. Morning suit rental £100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day holiday requires only one small suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, He or She can still be your friend. Your underwear is £5.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original colour. The same hairstyle lasts for years, even decades. You only have to shave your face and neck. You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one colour for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives On December 24 in 25 minutes.
Men Are Just Happier People
NICKNAMES - If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Crazy and Wildman.

EATING OUT - When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in £20, even though it's only for £32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators. A man will pay £2 for a £1 item he needs. A woman will pay £1 for a £2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.

BATHROOMS - A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS - A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

FUTURE - A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

MARRIAGE - A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't. A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.

DRESSING UP - A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
NATURAL Men - wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

OFFSPRING - Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing forever! 

After all, what do you expect from such simple creatures? :)