Tales of Interest

theniftyfifties:

Dior house model Victoire wearing a dress called ‘Porto Rico’ from the autumn/winter collection, Paris, 1954. Photo by Mark Shaw.

theniftyfifties:

Dior house model Victoire wearing a dress called ‘Porto Rico’ from the autumn/winter collection, Paris, 1954. Photo by Mark Shaw.

(Source: pinterest.com)

101!

101!

Finally replaced the strings. #harp

Finally replaced the strings. #harp

My wheels are disgusting! This was just from last night’s floor. Scrubbing now. Ugh.

My wheels are disgusting! This was just from last night’s floor. Scrubbing now. Ugh.

clambistro:

albertinho:

archiemcphee:

In 1972 an Italian pop star named Adriano Celentano composed a song that was an immediate hit in Italy despite the fact that the lyrics weren’t Italian. It’s an upbeat and catchy tune that has an irresistible beat and an awesome not-so-secret-secret: its lyrics aren’t written in any language at all. With the exception of the words “all right,” they’re complete and utter gibberish.

The song is called “Prisencolinensinainciusol" and Celentano wrote it to mimic the way American English sounds to non-English speakers. Actually, he didn’t even write down the lyrics. They were improvised over a looped beat. Once you know this, the catchy tune becomes absolutely fascinating. This song was Celentano’s effort to explore language barriers and encourage people to communicate more.

"Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did," he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, through interpreter Sim Smiley.

"So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate," he says. "And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything."

"Prisencolinensinainciusol" was recored by Adriano Celentano and his wife, performer-turned-producer Claudia Mori, but the wonderful performance seen in this video shows Celentano singing with showgirl Raffaella Carrà, who danced and lip-synched to Mori’s vocals.

Now if you really want to mess with your brain, click here to watch a version of the song that’s been subtitled to make it seem as though the gibberish is actually English.

[via Mark’s Scrapbook and NPR]

This is my favourite thing for today

Former linchpin of my DJ sets/radio show

Target Australia: where plus sizes go to die. (Click to embiggen) This is not to say that Target should have 600 plus size dresses, more that it is in fact possible to have colour and style if you actually listen to your customers and make an effort. Something Target only gives lip service to.[Image: collated screenshots of Target Australia’s website and Modcloth.com - Target Australia has ONE plus size dress (a daggy blue shirtdress), but 120 non-plus size dresses in various styles and colours. Modcloth has over 600 plus size dresses in pretty colours and styles.]

Target Australia: where plus sizes go to die. (Click to embiggen) This is not to say that Target should have 600 plus size dresses, more that it is in fact possible to have colour and style if you actually listen to your customers and make an effort. Something Target only gives lip service to.

[Image: collated screenshots of Target Australia’s website and Modcloth.com - Target Australia has ONE plus size dress (a daggy blue shirtdress), but 120 non-plus size dresses in various styles and colours. Modcloth has over 600 plus size dresses in pretty colours and styles.]

coveredinsnow-:

please consider: rihanna as crowley and lupita as aziraphale 

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Yes!

And Rico Rodriguez would be a great Adam. 

(via madgastronomer)

It’s this time

It’s this time