Sunday, June 10, 2012

Reader comments: It's a Small World, translations and spambots

Before we dive into the latest batch of reader comments, I must say that it's getting a little harder to differentiate between Real People and Computers in the comments that I receive. Here are a few recent comments from spambots:

On Klein Chocolate Co. of Elizabethtown analyzes Fannie's butter fat:
  • 1. "I've tasted their desserts so many times and I can't forget how delicious their chocolate chips are. I want to come and visit again and eat as much as desserts as I want. But I think since I just had my dental implants at Atlanta sedation dentistry clinic, I should eat sweets moderately so as not to damage my teeth."
  • 2. "My grandpa used to tell stories about this chocolate company. Some dentists knoxville would even love to get this for their kids even it is bad for their teeth."
On A Greeting by Western Union: "Wow very beautiful postcards and cards paper quality is very well and have a nice shave. The card printing and its flowers style is very beautiful and its background is very amazing."

Have a nice shave?!?

Meanwhile, here's a piece of commenting spam that reminded me of middle school: "It has a good beginning and end and conveys the subject matter very comprehensively."

And, finally, here's one automated comment I really hoped was from a real person: "Very rapidly this web site will be famous amid all blogging visitors, due to it's good content My page > antivirus mac"

Yes! I am definitely ready to be famous amid all blogging visitors!

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And now the real comments from some real wonderful readers...

AMF Monorail flyer from the 1964 New York World's Fair: Buffy Andrews of Buffy's Write Zone writes: "Neat post. I remember my mom, who was pregnant with my little sister, and I dropping my dad and three older sisters off at the York train station to go to the world's fair. I was a toddler and much too young to tag along. But I remember sitting on the train bench with Mom. Wow! Now that's something I hadn't thought about in forever. That's one thing I love about your blog, Chris. It always brings back such sweet memories. ... Oh, here's a bit of trivia. What attraction at Disney World debuted at the World's Fair?"

An anonymous commenter checked in with the correct answer to Buffy's question: "It's a Small World. Still going strong. Tune is famous!
Also, I believe the GE pavilion exhibit was moved to Disneyland in California after the NY World's Fair, too."

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Saturday's postcard: Japanese girls imitate the three wise monkeys: We had a mystery on the back of this postcard, as there was some writing in another language (pictured above).

Dosankodebbie came to the rescue with this response: "The text on the back of the postcard is read from right to left and appear to be a Chinese phrase, rather than Japanese, but the characters are similar enough to those in current use in Japan that I can tell you they translate to 'Manchuria Postal Service Postcard.' I hope that helps."

Terrific! Thanks, Dosankodebbie.

Meanwhile, Wendyvee of Wendyvee's (who recently wrote about the Wienermobile) writes: "I can't tell you how much I love this postcard! I don't have a large ephemera collection; but I do have a gorgeous Geisha postcard from the 30s that I found in the bottom of a box lot a few years ago."

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An old bookseller's label from Miller & Rhoads department store: Jo Ott writes: "Garfinckel's main store was in downtown Washington, with branches at Spring Valley (very wealthy section of the city) and in the Seven Corners Shopping Center -- classy in its day -- in Falls Church. One day while shopping in the Seven Corners store I heard a voice talking that was indisputable, and could be coming from only one lady. Soon I saw her with her entourage. Kate Smith was in the store purchasing linens."

Thanks for sharing that story, Jo. Now I'm in the mood for a Flyers game today!

P.S. -- Have a nice shave.

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