ginnyt: Mt Batar, Bali--Waking up at 2am to hike this active volcano in Teva flipflops is key cocktail party fodder. But while my naivete in actually believing the guides that flipflops would be suitable hiking was classic tourist folly, cuddling under blankets new trek friends with cups of milk tea while watching the sun come up over the lush Bali landscape was truly unforgettable.
sonali_kpfk: "My Man", originally made popular in 1921 by Ziegfeld Follies singer Fanny Brice, is a wonderfully simple and lovely song. So sweet .. in fact Regina Spektor recently remade it to give the song some much needed air time once again. :)
junkchief: "The Dumber They Come The Better I Like 'em" by "Eddie Cantor" was featured on Boardwalk Empire and I had to look it up right away. With lyrics like " That's why the dumber they come, the better I like 'em, 'Cause the dumb ones know how to make love" and "A wisenheimer has you meet her folks when you call. The brainless baby always keeps you down under her shawl", how can you not love that! This might be better fit for a masaugenist R&B singer in the 90's then some dude from the 20's!
jayp: "Prove It on Me" by Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey. During the Harlem Renaissance she dared to sing lines like, 'It's true I wear a collar and a tie...Talk to the gals just like any old man.' She was one of a group of lesbian blues singers in Harlem in the 20's. This was one of the only places in the country where people dared talk about their lifestyle publicly at that time. An amazing story to learn more about.
nedinchina: It has to be "Puttin' on the Ritz" of course. Even today it still creates images of fun, the desire for wealth and hedonistic good times. I defy anyone not to sing along or even try a bit of the old Fred Astair. Not only the name of the Greatest hotel in Beijing but a song that defines what we all want to do - all the time. Who hasn't had that feeling of gettin' your gal, on with the fine clothes and party like the best of them, like there's no tomorrow.
mattaya: A cowboy hat like they wore in the wild wild west. Because it's bigger and it's better than any other average hat. It's the original badass hat and during those days a hat symbolized the wealth of the individual or the type of person they were. I have a black one myself. Ever since I saw that show Texas Avery I've always liked the cowboy hats.
aka_angel: From now on that is Heisenberg porkpie hat. Add sunglasses and goatee - cool image, recognizable, won't let stay away out of attention! Good idea to wear it for chemistry teaches for students' special motivation in the subject.
juno_: I wanna be loved by you. I don't know which one is more unforgettable - when it is performed by Marilyn Monroe, or when it is performed by the sweetest cartoon of all times Betty Boop, but once you hear it, that tender baby-badum-bee-doodily-dum-talk stays with you forever. Can't help but love it. Ba deedily deedily deedily dum! Boo boo bee doo!
australiannatural: Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", which premiered in 1924. A seminal modern-era masterpiece that ground-breakingly melded the classical tradition with the raucous and controversial new sound known as jazz. Beautifully melodic and emotionally powerful, such that it can be appreciated as much by musical novices as by Juilliard graduates. It was the first song I ever played on saxophone in an orchestra, and it remains as stunning to me as the first time I heard it. There is nothing else quite like it, not in the 1920’s nor in any decade since.
webdude: My choice: Ginger. Adds zing, good for your digestive system. Runners-up: cinnamon, pepper, paprika.
Some quotes: Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I'm taking with me when I go. -Erma Bombeck Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor. - William Cowper If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam. - Johnny Carson
mattaya: Pepper because they come in different colors so it's fun to choose one. Red peppers, green peppers etc., Also, one of my favorite toppings on the pizza the Pepperoni has the name pepper in it. The name Pepper has also given people a way to defend themselves if ever a problem or situation were to occur with the Pepper Spray. I even know some people that name their dog Pepper and it's funny when they say that name in an Italian Accent. "Hey Pepper!" "Come here Pepper!"or "Who's a good girl Pepper!"
Something used to fire people up: The, "Pep Rally" ,"Pep Talk" it fires me UP!
may_mary_macleod: Cinnamon. Because no other spice became a youtube sensation with the famous 'Cinnamon Challenge', nor can any other spice as effectively plump the lips if scrubbed on with a toothbrush (as a girl with a puny white-girl pout, I can vouch for this...)
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