Ephemera LXXXIII: World’s largest female mouth gape

How Democrats could win more elections “Do stuff. Make it timely. Tell people about it.” [Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing]

If Democrats want to win more elections, they should try:

Enacting popular policies, preferably ones that materially improve the lives of potential voters;
Making sure those policies take effect before the next election; and
Telling people about them.

As a bonus, they could also publicize when Republicans want to enact policies that:

Aren’t popular; and
Materially worsen the lives of potential voters.”

For example, 80% of all voters — both Democrat and Republican — want to expand Social Security. Republicans have publicly said they want to “sunset” SS. Democrats should be pounding this point hard — but instead the Biden administration has appointed a Social Security boss who hates the program. Because both the Democratic and Republican national leadership serve Wall Street before the American people, and Wall Street doesn’t like Social Security.

Similarly, the Democrats recently passed prescription drug price cuts—but they don’t take effect for years. WTF, Democrats? Don’t wait—do it now!


“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” turns 40 [Ryan Gajewski / The Hollywood Reporter]

Interviews with director Amy Heckerling, co-star Judge Reinhold, and more.

I love this movie—one of my favorites.

Reinhold played high school senior Brad Hamilton. He was 22 at the time, and looked older. Reinhold says, “I’m sitting in the room the last time I read, and [producer Art Linson] says, ‘Look at him. He’s as old as Ed Asner.”





Samantha Ramsdell is the Guinness World Record holder for the largest female mouth gape

Elizabeth Montgomery, 1963

“Excuse me, I need to take this.”

May 1942. “Childersburg, Alabama. Cousa Court housing project for defense workers in boom area around the Dupont Powder Plant. The Smiths share the drudgery of housework, for they both have important war jobs.” Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information.

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