Stocking Trivia – Mania Menagerie by Muse

1900a

How much do you know about socks? Stockings?

Here are some facts: (which will come in handy, sometime/somewhere and could possibly save your life)

  1. In ancient times the stockings and socks were made of leather, or animal hair/matted fur.
  2. it was not until the 16th century that fabric stockings were manufactured.
  3. socks and stockings were handmade primarily up to the 1800s
  4. The modern English word sock is derived from the Old English word socc, meaning “light slipper”.
  5. The Children’s Society produced the largest Christmas stocking made in December 2007, and measured 32.56 meters (106 feet and 10 inches) in height and 14.97 feet (49 feet 1 inch) in width, and contained 1000 presents.
  6. Original Christmas stockings were use-able and never intended to be solely for display.
  7. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries stockings often featured elaborate designs, patterns and embroidery on the feet and calves was common. Red stockings were oh so very popular. (tres chic)
  8. Sock production was sent reeling on its heels with the invention of nylon in 1938.
  9. During the time of 1940’s, the war effort had a direct impact on nylon stocking manufacturing, giving rise to The Nylon Riots.
  10. Four million pairs of stockings bought in one day (1939).
  11. DUPONT engineered the first pair of women’s nylons as we know them today.

So there you are, a list of brain sweets
And to make the day complete, here are the words to an old song, celebrating NYLONS :)

Gone are the days when I’d answer the bell
Find a salesmen with stockings to sell
Gleam in his eye and measuring tape in his hand
I get the urge to go splurging on hose
Nylons a dozen of those
Now poor or rich we’re enduring instead
Woolens which itch
Rayons that spread

I’ll be happy when the nylons bloom again
Cotton is monotonous to men
Only way to keep affection fresh
Get some mesh for your flesh
I’ll be happy when the nylons bloom again
Ain’t no need to blow no sirens then

When the frozen hosen can appear
Man that means all clear

Working women of the USA and Britain
Humble dowager or lowly debutant
We’ll be happy as puppy or a kitten
Stepping back into their nylons of DuPont

Keep on smiling to the nylons bloom again
And the WACS come back to join their men
In a world that Mr. Wallace planned
Strolling hand in hand

— George Marion, Jr. and Fats Waller, When the Nylons Bloom Again

 

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~ Exploitation of Your Password ~

 

Pssst… hey, what’s your password? It surely is not on this list, I hope.

admin
 123456
 password
 12345678
 666666
 111111
 1234567
 qwerty
 siteadmin
 administrator
 root
 123123
 123321
 1234567890
 letmein123
 test123
 demo123
 pass123
 123qwe
 qwe123
 654321
 loveyou
 adminadmin123

Can be it true? According to Sucuri, (an internet security company) it is indeed a list of the top internet passwords. Oh how we loathe to create these digital font monsters. Once we get used to a certain one …BAM! We have to change it up. “Security,  buscurity (<that is a made up word people) … I’m just not going to change it, by gosh I have had enough.” hmmm does that sound familiar?

If so ~ read on … If not, please read on….

Sucuri also notes that when most sites and blogs are compromised it is done by a “brute force” user. This is when an individual or “bot” gains access by running random guesses of password combinations to your blog. They seek out weak points and look for entry; like a thief checking open windows and unlocked doors. It is not unheard of to have 1000’s of combinations tried on the most simple of sites. Stunning, simply stunning.

 

You may be saying to yourself at this point, “oh that would never happen to me – my blog is only important me”.  Regrettably that is just enough reason for some. They are not in it for the money but for sheer joy of wreaking havoc. To better understand a hacker’s mindset, they see any and all personal information as cyber coinage. Exploration of identity, finances and much more is easily in the realm of possibility if they gain enough knowledge.

Hackers have even been know to hold sites hostage. What would you today if you were locked out, if all your images of family and friends were gone. If your art or long suffering writing had been stripped from your access. You would try to get them back I’m sure. Would you succeed? That entirely depends upon two things. 1. your blog security/backup and 2. the level of malicious hacking involved. Often, sites are picked down to bare bones leaving bloggers, site owners, writers with nothing left but the domain.

So today, pause a moment and lock your doors, won’t you? I know I will.

(this is not an endorsement for Sucuri – they are linked as they printed the password list).

Pansylee VanMeteren Illustrator, Author, Poet, Songwriter Lyricst, Artist of WV - The Muse - Poetic Pastries

 

 

~ Love – Gluttony ~ Word Exploration

 

“I ache not from need –
but from my heart’s gluttony of you.” (muse slice)

Logophile Pastry:

Gluttony is our modernized English version taken from an old Latin word ‘gluttire’. Precisely  it describes the act of gulping down or swallowing with greed or excessive indulgence. The emotional attachment to the word gluttony immediately gives our brain visions of vulgarity, waste, indiscretion, extravagance, bloat, vile and in some cases, sinfulness.

One of the first recorded uses of the term comes to us from the Biblical book of Leviticus (and Deuteronomy) 538–332 BCE. The reference point deals directly with food/wine etc. excess above and beyond what is required to exist. So, in effect we have been imprinted with images of massive bodies, slothfully gorging at a never ending banquet. This mental picture rightfully gives us pause. We innately know that this behavior is detrimental to our well being.

Let us then ask the question, can there be true gluttony of something which is entirely good? Can we be gluttonous with the air we breathe, if we breathe deeply? Are we treading into ravenous oceans if we consume more than the daily recommended allowance of water? And what of love? Can we love in a manner, so all consuming it becomes a loathsome cardiac entanglement? Sadly the answer is yes to all of the above. When these basics become addictions, such once beautiful things as love become an affliction.

In all good things show temperance.

In this slice of Muse poetry, I have offered up the term in a more ‘palatable’ fashion (hopefully).

 

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