Tuesday Open Thread: Desperate Googling Edition


Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Open Thread, in which we post the stuff that doesn’t quite make the cut for a full post but that we thought our readers might find interesting nonetheless. Well, actually, this week’s posts aren’t very interesting except for the whiff of desperation and flop sweat about them.

Writer’s block: ’tis an evil thing that makes writers do strange deeds in the dead of night, like Google obsessively about their current project and add whatever they find to their piece, no matter how odd a juxtaposition it creates. In some cases, it’s harmless, as in an article in the Telegraph about blushing that references Northanger Abbey:

Does it show innocence or guilt? Anger or intelligence? Chastity or sexual knowing? Deceit or honesty? A red-faced thief or a blushing bride? And it’s also been viewed ambiguously through time. Women who blushed were hotties in the 18th and 19th centuries and depicted as such in paintings, novels and poetry but now their charm has faded. Catherine Morland seemed rather sweet and cherubic blushing to herself in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey but a coloured window to the soul is, in most environments, not the ideal asset to modern life.

A little surprising to see Miss Morland tossed into the mix there, but that’s not so bad. But this author clearly just became desperate while writing about laundry detergent throughout history. (No, that’s not a typo.)

The list of ingredients on most washing powder packets say the washing soda or sodium carbonate content of the box is included as a water softener, but this belies its real purpose. When Mr Darcy, of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice fame, rose out to the murky waters of his pond to send ladies around the country a bit dizzy, his shirt would have been washed in washing soda.

WHAT? Where the heck did THAT come from? We know She’s Everywhere, but really!

A reference from an article titled “This Day in Dallas Sports History,” is odd, but at least made us giggle a bit.

1813: Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice is released. While this may seem off-topic for a piece about Dallas sports, the dramatic action in the great work bears a far stronger resemblance to the current Dallas Cowboys team than the aforementioned championship squad.

At least he admitted it was off-topic!

This is an open thread, so let us know what’s new in your patch of Janeiteville! And as always, feel free to post your Jane links or pimp your Austen-related projects.