Moveable type was first used in Europe by Herr Johannes Gutenberg. This method of printing was a Major Achievement in the history of Western Thought, whatever that may be.

Rhinos are partial to Herr Gutenberg’s beard, which was very stylish indeed. We do not have beards, but enjoy imagining them just the same. Why not?

Rhinos are illiterate, which would be a great problem if We did not know all We need to Naturally.

Everything gets a Beginning

H. Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann, born today in 1805, invented the Harmonica, back in the 1820s. It was a 4-inch cube thing with 15 notes, however many that is. In the background you can see 1820s Berlin, where he was busy.

Congratulations and many thanks, H. Buschmann, is what Rhinos all say.

You may already know this, but Rhinos can make a sound very much like a Harmonica, all on our own. It can be mistaken for a Wheeze.

The Sour Grape

Today in 1215, John I  of England put the Royal Seal onto the Magna Carta, acknowledging that he was not the beginning and the end of every national discussion. He was helped to this realization by a group of angry, armed Barons. Very Big Deal in the history of government, though neither side kept to the agreement.

John was not trusted nor liked by his people. But! it allows YIR to quote from A.A. Milne’s, Now We Are Six:

King John was not a good man —
He had his little ways.
And sometimes no one spoke to him
For days and days and days.

Any opportunity to quote from A.A. Milne is an opportunity to be seized.

You’re a Grand Old Flag

Today is Flag Day, so YIR is recycling a picture from last July. Not that it is a Classic, but it did not seem We were going to improve upon it, so We are submitting it in a timely manner. Punctuality taking the place of Originality.

The original posting was July 4, 2016. There are notes on Ms. Ross there which may still be of interest.

Long may We wave.

Dear Eustachia,

Fanny Burney (b.1752) was one of the early women of letters in England. She wrote successful novels and plays, and kept an extensive journal of her comings and goings. She is remembered for her Epistolary Novels, meaning, the story was related through a series of letters, both to and from the heroine in question. Pretty neat.

She had a wicked sense of humor, with insights upon the Society in which she moved. Satire naturally appeals to Rhinos, worldwide. Right?

From the South Seas

M. Paul Gauguin (b.1848) is a painter of great influence. A Frenchman, he took to painting at age 25, making friends with both Van Gogh and Degas. The times were remarkably productive artistically.

He went to paint in Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. His genius was not acknowledged until after his death.

Rhinos find his work appealing. We see a lot of Rhino in his brushwork and use of color. Probably you do too.

The Boo Factor

Some Rhino youths don’t know when to can the comedy. Their side-splitting antics inspired Abominable Snowman tales.

We used to gussy up to amaze unwary travelers. To some, these charades seem hilarious, except to those who get surprised.

We have curtailed these activities for many years, but folk still see A. Snowmen occasionally. Poor creatures.