Can Someone Please Make A Program Of Anderson Cooper Saying "That's Just Sad" On Loop? I Want It At The Ready For Everyday Pettiness.
Sweethearts! Next week, I am curating/hosting Odd Salon’s first public outing of Shorts! The theme? MISTAKES WERE MADE. I am SO excited to get to help kick off this series as Odd Salon gets back in our monthly groove. Join us next Tuesday, August 25th for a live digital gathering of five speakers giving five minute talks on some of history’s greatest screw-ups. Tickets start at $5, so if you haven’t been to an Odd Salon before because you live in another city, come on by and check out what the fuss is all about! Stories below :)
Colin Alexander - The Devil’s in the Details: The Wicked Bible of 1631
Bad editing, or sabotage? A few errant letters in a print of the King James Bible change the meaning of the commandments and more, leading to prosecution, fire, and ignoble ends for those held responsible.
Kate O’Donnell - Lucky Shot: The Almost-Botched Assassination of Franz Ferdinand
Although the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was planned, its success was a mistake. Join us for an error-filled ride with amateur assassins as a series of blunders accidentally triggers the most devastating wars in history.
Terran Schackor - The Vasa Shipwreck: You’re Doing it Wrong
A king slaps a sail on a fortified armoire, and births an important lesson in engineering.
Jessica Hansen - Disneyland’s Disastrous Opening Day: A Lesson in “Failing Forward”
Opening day at the happiest place on Earth was anything but “happy”. An overly aggressive timeline, a treacherous heatwave, melting asphalt, broken rides, sinking ships, and a plumber’s strike were just a fraction of the (luckily metaphoric) trainwreck that would be forever remembered as Disneyland’s “Black Sunday".
Divya Anantharaman - Crooked Smile: The Bizarre History of the Lion of Gripsholm Castle
During the 18th century, a series of treaties were made where seafaring European states exchanged goods to secure free passage of their ships through foreign waters. How did one of these treaties result in what is arguably the most infamously memed (and misunderstood) piece of taxidermy?
AND TO THE INTERNET WE GO!
My new religion is Anderson Cooper calling the MyPillow CEO a snake oil salesman.
Friend of the Missive Alex says that if Oracle buys Tik Tok, he’ll eat his colleague Danny’s “annoying” Stanford sweatshirt. Let’s hold him to that, because LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.
I keep getting this WSJ article targeted to me, so instead of stressing on why I’m seemingly the perfect audience for this, I thought I’d share it with you: Why It Seems Like Bullies Are Everywhere—and How to Stop Them.
And finally, once again Michelle Obama CRUSHED her DNC speech. Oh my goodness, I miss her and her husband so much.
Y’all are great, and I hope you can join me next week for Odd Salon (grab those tix!) And be kind to each other, won’t you?