Confess to the crime skeleton!

After coming across a meme on the internet, I recently spend some time tracking down the patent for what I can only think of as the Crime Skeleton. It is a perfect example that the line between genius and insanity is blurry at best. I’m not quite sure which side of that line Helene Adalaide Shelby’s invention falls under, but I am inclined to go for “genius”. And a somewhat spooky and misguided genius at that.

So let’s take a short break from weird shaving patents and look at a plain weird patent.

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PSA: now live at

In the past I have referenced a fair bit, since it is a very handy reference and obviously a labour of love.

The site went dark1 for a while, but have now reappeared at Which is great, because I’ve missed being able to access it.

So point your browsers over to, and enjoy a more serious take on old razor patents than what I provide – more facts, less snark. And bookmark his new address while you’re there.

  1. Or more correctly, my filters are blocking it.

The Untamable Whiskers

Something a bit on the side of what I usually do, but I found it interesting. And tangentially related to beards and moustaces.

Georges Méliès1 was a French illusionist, actor, and one of the first film directors. He led many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. He is, perhaps, best known today for his epic science fiction movies Le Voyage dans la Lune and Le Voyage à travers l’impossible. Those were just two of many, many movies he made, some of which served little purpose other than to amaze and intrigue the audience.

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Book sale!

Starting on July 4th 2022 at 00:00GMT, there will be a countdown deal of the kindle versions of my first and second books!

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An experiment, take three

There is an idiom in Norwegian, stating that “alle gode ting er tre”. The closest I know of in English is the phrase “third time is the charm”, which has a similar enough meaning.

So keep that in mind. This is, at this stage, a step by step process.

This follows up from an experiment I did earlier, and the second experiment too. I have tried to take into account the feedback y’all have been kind enough to give. And it is because I wanted to try something several of you mentioned, that this is coming a couple of weeks after the last try.

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God Jul, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Frohe Weihnachten, and so on and so forth

Norwegians, being a sensible people, have the big Yuletime celebration on Christmas Eve. So before I eat myself into a food coma and opens presents with my family, allow me to wish you all the very best for the midwinter holiday – or midsummer, for those south of the equator – with this Australian 1959 Gillette Christmas commercial:

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