Why Couldn’t We Be Afraid of Saturday The Thirteenth?

historical-nonfiction:

The 13th of the month is more likely to fall on Friday than on any other day of the week. The 13th falls on Friday 688 times every 400 years, while it falls on Saturday and Thursday 684 times, Tuesday and Monday 685 times, and Wednesday and Sunday 687 times.

You make me nostalgic for a love that hasn’t even happened yet.

Iain Thomas, I Wrote This For You (via bookmania)

I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
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The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have, and therefore should be secured, because they seldom return again.

— John Locke, letter to Samuel Bold, May 16, 1699 (via historical-nonfiction)

I’ve had lots of happy moments. I’ve been lucky. But I always think the happiest moment hasn’t happened yet. I’m talking about the queen of happy moments. The biggie. The unfathomable. The epitome of happiness. The only thing is, I worry that when it comes along I won’t recognize it. It’ll be flashing away there at the edge of my vision and I’ll be looking so hard that I’ll just let it float right by.

Carol Shields, The Republic of Love (via bookmania)

historical-nonfiction:

The first recorded instance of syphilis in Europe was made in 1494 when it ravaged the French troops that were besieging the city-state of Naples. It is thought that they … ah, shared the favors of some local ladies … with their Spanish allies who joined them for the seige. The Spanish got it from…

pbsamericanmasters:

In 1962, after her divorce from Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball became president of their company, Desilu Productions, making her the first woman to head a major Hollywood studio. 

pbsamericanmasters:

In 1962, after her divorce from Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball became president of their company, Desilu Productions, making her the first woman to head a major Hollywood studio.