A phenakistoscope from Paris, France, c. 1833. Alphonse Giroux et Cie.
Gummi bear dropped into potassium chlorate.
This 155-year-old mousetrap, originally advertised as being a “perpetual mouse trap” that “will last a lifetime,” has debatably proven its promise when curators at the Museum of English Rural Life discovered that among thousands of objects, a mouse had decided to make its home within the mousetrap’s walls.
adj. wearing a cowled cloak
A classic German tongue-twister
The word cliché was originally the French name for a printing plate that was prepared for convenience to print a commonly used phrase. The plates clicked as they were being used, and cliché is the past participle of clicher, a variant of cliquer, “to click.”
Interestingly, another name for this plate is stereotype.
It might be set up, but it’s still pretty funny.