OK, I know it's not really painting. but couldn't think of a good title..
Did you know that the fireworks were invented in China about 2,000 years ago? Did you know that a monk named Li Tian invented the fire crackers 1,000 years ago?
History of the Fireworks
How are fireworks are colored? Well, it's all bout chemistry ;-) From the "How Stuff Works?" website.
By the way, I found this site helpful in the past. It's an excellent site. I am surprised they changed the layout though, they had a really nice layout previously.
How Fireworks Work
July 4, 2008
Did you know that despite the popular belief that Betsy Ross, the seamstress from Philadelphia, was the first person to sew the flag, that there is no actual proof? It's all just a mystery.
History of the American Flag
An interesting data from PBS about the history of the Fourth of July
PBS History of The Forth
One last link shows historical flags, including flags from other countries.
July 3, 2008
The official site of Mr Peanut Pal. An American icon, that has its own Convention. I had no idea that this little feller has its own special event. Wow! For $20 you can become a member of this club.
Mr Peanut Pal Official Site
Here is Mr. Peanut's origin story from the Food channel. It's a 2 minutes long.Unfortunately there are no captions.
You can also view the timeline history at the Planters official website
Planters Through The Years
July 2, 2008
This is pretty cool. There are 20 vintage out-of-print and rare children cookbooks here. Some of these books are even first edition.
Vintage Kid Cookbooks
If you go to the MAIN PAGE, you'll see other excellent vintage non-children cook books, such as the Restaurants and the Advertising Ephemera Cookbooks (I really liked those).
Vintage Cookbooks Home Page
July 1, 2008
June 30, 2008
Luminous Lint carry many photographs of almost everything at the online photography exhibitions. There are several ways to browse. You can explore by using the following methods: Date, Geography, Photographer, Technique and Theme. I have not gotten to check every single set (there are many), but I can tell you that one set, the "Jean-Philippe Charbonnier: Psychiatric hospitals" , is a disturbing one.
June 29, 2008
Here are three links for novelty cakes. They are all awesome links. So many amazing designs to look at. I've never seen so many novelty cakes in my life. How do they come up with all these ideas? I know they work with the clients, but still, it's amazing what they can accomplish. That must be a lot of work too! I wonder how long it takes. The cakes above are from the Pink Cake Box site. There are also cupcakes and cookies.
Pink Cake Box
Festival Foods Children's Novelty Cakes