Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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02/15/2005: A web host, an HTML editor, and waaaaaayyyyy too much time on one's hands...

and you, too, can make a contribution to the sum total of human knowledge like:

Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide

Though, as a trivia buff, I have to admit that it is interesting that one can go to a breakfast cereal character guide to learn facts like this:

Cracker Jack's were introduced in 1893. Sailor Jack and Bingo have appeared on boxes since 1918. Since 1912, more than 17 billion toys have been included as prizes in Cracker Jack packages. Every year, more than 100 million toy prizes, 3,500 tons of popcorn, 540 tons of molasses, and 750 tons of peanuts are used in producing boxes of Cracker Jack.
That's under one of the pages devoted to Ralston cereals (scroll down to Cracker Jack cereal). I'll disregard for now one of my pet peeves with the Cracker Jack folks, namely that Cracker Jack doesn't come in boxes anymore (that I've seen lately, at any rate), but in bags. That and the fact that the prizes in Cracker Jack are definitely declining in quality from the high quality kitsch that came in Cracker Jack in my youth, but I digress.

After taking in the wonders of Cracker Jack cereal, scroll down a couple of items further. Is it just me, or does the Ralston Scarecrow there bear a distinct resemblance to Ray Bolger in the role of the Scarecrow in the The Wizard of Oz?

Len on 02.15.05 @ 06:48 AM CST

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