On this day in history 30th November 1886

Folies Bergere stage first revue

Once a hall for operettas, pantomime, political meetings, and vaudeville, the Folies Bergère in Paris introduces an elaborate revue featuring women in sensational costumes. The highly popular “Place aux Jeunes” established the Folies as the premier nightspot in Paris. In the 1890s, the Folies followed the Parisian taste for striptease and quickly gained a reputation for its spectacular nude shows. The theater spared no expense, staging revues that featured as many as 40 sets, 1,000 costumes, and an off-stage crew of some 200 people.The Folies Bergère dates back to 1869, when it opened as one of the first major music halls in Paris. It produced light opera and pantomimes with unknown singers and proved a resounding failure. Greater success came in the 1870s, when the Folies Bergère staged vaudeville. Among other performers, the early vaudeville shows featured acrobats, a snake charmer, a boxing kangaroo, trained elephants, the world’s tallest man, and a Greek prince who was covered in tattoos allegedly as punishment for trying to seduce the Shah of Persia’s daughter. The public was allowed to drink and socialize in the theater’s indoor garden and promenade area, and the Folies Bergère became synonymous with the carnal temptations of the French capital. Famous paintings by Édouard Manet and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec were set in the Folies.

In 1886, the Folies Bergère went under new management, which, on November 30, staged the first revue-style music hall show. The “Place aux Jeunes,” featuring scantily clad chorus girls, was a tremendous success. The Folies women gradually wore less and less as the 20th century approached, and the show’s costumes and sets became more and more outrageous. Among the performers who got their start at the Folies Bergère were Yvette Guilbert, Maurice Chevalier, and Mistinguett. The African American dancer and singer Josephine Baker made her Folies debut in 1926, lowered from the ceiling in a flower-covered sphere that opened onstage to reveal her wearing a G-string ornamented with bananas.

The Folies Bergère remained a success throughout the 20th century and still can be seen in Paris today, although the theater now features many mainstream concerts and performances. Among other traditions that date back more than a century, the show’s title always contains 13 letters and includes the word “Folie.”

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Thought for the day

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Did you know?

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An awkward undeniable truth

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Sexy pic for the day

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Cartoons from lunarbaboon

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Amelle and her friend posing for Femjoy

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Jokes Around the World

The Lift

As a concierge at a posh resort, I was often asked about the ski facilities. One day a couple who had just checked in after a long flight came by and asked me where the lift was.

“Go down the hill,” I told them, “out the door, past the pool, 200 yards down the block, and you’ll see it on your right.”

Their tired faces suddenly looked even more exhausted, until the man behind them spoke up.

“They’re from England,” he said. “I think they’re looking for the elevator.”

French Mustard

The makers of French’s Mustard made the following recent statement:

“We at the French’s Company wish to put an end to statements that our product is manufactured in France. There is no relationship, nor has there ever been a relationship, between our mustard and the country of France. Indeed, our mustard is manufactured in Rochester, NY. The only thing we have in common is that we are both yellow”.

You know your from Newfoundland when….

– You only know three spices – salt, pepper and ketchup.
– You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
– The mosquitoes have landing lights.
– You have more miles on your snowblower than your car.
– You have 10 favourite recipes for bottled moose.
– Canadian Tire on any Saturday is busier than the toy stores at Christmas.
– You live in a house that has no front step, yet the door is one meter above the ground.
– You’ve taken your kids trick-or-treating in a blizzard.
– Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled in with snow.
– You think sexy lingerie is tube-socks and a flannel nightie with only 8 buttons.
– You owe more money on your snowmobile than your car.
– The local paper covers national and international headlines on 1/4 page, but requires 6 pages for local softball scores.
– At least twice a year, the kitchen doubles as a meat processing plant.
– The most effective mosquito repellent is a shotgun.
– Your snowblower gets stuck on the roof.
– You think the start of salmon fishing season is a national holiday.
– You frequently clean grease off your barbeque so the bears won’t prowl on your deck.
– You know which leaves make good toilet paper. v – You find -40C a little nippy.
– The trunk of your car doubles as a deep freeze.
– You can play road hockey on skates.
– You know 4 seasons – Winter, Still Winter, almost Winter and Construction.
– The municipality buys a Zamboni before a bus.
– You actually get these jokes and forward them to all your Newfie friends.

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Egyptian God Family Tree

Today’s Infographic is a crash course in Egyptian history. After reading about Nun, the source of all Egyptian gods, I immediately noticed how little I know about this ancient religion. I’ve never even heard of Nun.

Honestly, the only god’s I’ve even heard of before are Imhotep and Isis. (You can guess why the latter has been on my mind recently.) I’m also curious to find how accurate this infographic’s representations of each god compares to the actual text. Was Set an ancient anteater? Khepri a beatle? Taweret a hippo?

I wonder if the schools in Egypt teach this ancient religious ancestry in grade school? I feel like if I learned the history of Texas, surely the locals in Cairo know the extent of theirs.
The Egyptians were a fantastic civilization, well beyond the years of their time. I am glad to know humanity is working diligently to uncover the beliefs and traditions of our past species.

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Erotic pic dump

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Fun pic dump

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Salina Jade |Melissa Isabel Photography

Salina Jade |Melissa Isabel Photography| from Melissa Isabell Quiñones on Vimeo.

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