A Near Mix

A few of us here at Paper Shop were pretty excited about being plunged into antiquity last night – 1922, to be exact. If you’re a fan of PBS’s Downton Abbey, you’re in good company; a number of us in this office tune in every Sunday night. One of the rather interesting themes going into…

Let’s talk dirty.

Okay, not that dirty. As exciting as they might be to some folks, washing machines just aren’t that titillating.¬†But they do account for around one-quarter of the average household’s water consumption. And – more ominously – washing machines are responsible for an estimated 97% of all sock thievery. So time-consuming and labor intensive was the…

Cool it!

That’s likely a rather unnecessary order, as you’ve probably been soaking up the air conditioning for at least the past week. We certainly have been! And although cool air on command in a wonderful thing, you might not realize how very revolutionary the invention of air conditioning actually was. Before Willis¬†Carrier invented the first air…

Sock it to you!

Notice, friends, that we didn’t say “socks it to you”; May 9th is Lost Sock Memorial Day. Today we take a moment to consider the tragedy of the thousands of socks lost every year (and the unfortunate mates that are left behind). Like the meaning of life and the quandary of chicken and the egg,…