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Cream of the Cool

In barbershop parlance, a "line up" is a partial haircut typically performed on a black patron.

One feature of many African American haircuts is a very very hard line at the forehead, temples, around the ears and the back of the neck. Especially when the hair is in an extremely tight curl, tapering effects and so forth lead to a nice greyscale graduation in tones, and a clear demarcation of where hair begins and ends.

Regardless of whether the hair is tapered or all one length, many a…

Your mileage may vary.

Barbering is an intriguing occupation: in prehistory it was witch-doctoring, a cross between spiritual healing and surgery. The ancients believed that cutting hair and plaiting hair were akin to relieving humors and binding spirits in or out. As a result, and also because barbers accompanied the monks in the Crusades (who, as the only literate and educated folks, tended to be the doctors) because of their need for tonsure - barbering was eventually classified as…

A fossil word is a word that has fallen out of common usage except in specific idioms or sayings. This generally only refers to words that were once in popular usage, but no longer are -- for example, today we are likely to encounter 'fettle' in the phrase 'in fine fettle', but it was once a common word used in much the same way as we now use 'condition'.

Proper names are generally not considered fossil words -- Molotov cocktail is certainly the only use of the word Molotov that…

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

The Big Heart and Soul with Little feet Feat

Well, they say -- time loves a hero.
But only time will tell.
If he’s real, he’s a legend from heaven.
If he ain’t, he’s a mouthpiece from hell.
--Bill Payne, Paul Barrere, Little Feat