The Evolution Of The Necktie…   An Elaborate History 

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When and why did men start wearing ties? What is the point of them?

The Guardian›notesandqueries›query

They are uncomfortable and they dangle in your soup.

Justin Rigden, Adelaide Australia

  • Anthropologists would argue that the tie directs a viewer’s attention downwards to the wearer’s genitals (hence the arrow-like shape). A kind of displaced cod-piece.

    Elster, London

  • But they are men’s chance to have a little color with dark suits and white shirts.

    Freda Sedgwick, California USA

  • I’ve heard it argued (predictably enough, given that it’s a men-only item of clothing we’re talking about here) that it’s some kind of male virility thing. Apart from the somewhat phallic shape (if you stretch the imagination a little), a tie also forms a neat arrow – often in a bright colour that contrasts vividly with the typical dark suit / pale shirt combo – pointing directly at a man’s genital area. Quite apart…

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) — Tipping My Fedora

By the Mighty Mumford

Just released in the cinemas, this new adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie novel seems to be dividing critics and viewers. In fact, I have now been to see it twice – the first time with a friend who is a big fan of the book and really liked it, especially for its passionate depiction […]

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Woman stunned to find electric bill listed as $284 billion

From Associated Press via Channel 8 in New Haven

(At least the meter is not a General Electric)

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman says she went online to check her electric bill and was stunned at the amount — more than $284 billion.

The Erie Times-News reports that Mary Horomanski said her eyes “just about popped out” of her head when she saw the amount. She suspected that her family had put up their Christmas lights wrong.

The silver lining was that she didn’t have to pay the full amount until November 2018 — only a $28,156 minimum payment was due for December.

Horomanski’s son contacted Penelac, her electric provider, who confirmed the error. Parent company First Energy said a decimal point was accidentally moved. Her new amount was quickly corrected to $284.46.