SUMMER FRIDAYS DEP'T: Sick transit gloria mundi

Indignity Vol. 4, No. 100

SUMMER FRIDAYS DEP'T: Sick transit gloria mundi

IT'S A FRIDAY! In summer*! Even in a week when we have almost no Indignity posts to summarize, thanks to the ravages of Covid-19, Indignity remains committed to telling you, the reader, that it is time to take it easy. The summer solstice† is in six days; there are 11 days this long or longer this year; there will be 354 shorter, darker days to get through after those. Get out there while you can, if you can! Take your ease in the open air, on the many sunlit patios, terraces, lawns, sidewalks, and curbside dining sheds, while hydrating and shading yourself against the incipient Heat Dome. If conditions out there get so brutal that you must go indoors with strangers, wear a mask!

*Memorial Day to Labor Day, not Astronomical Summer, no disrespect intended to the astronomical community, who keep accurate track of the comings and goings of our benevolent sun.

†This was going to be two asterisks, but the aggressive autoformatting on our Ghost platform insisted on turning a whole swath of text into italics when I typed a second asterisk into the paragraph above.††

The Moon
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

††And what the two asterisks were originally going to refer to was the news that the anti-scientific Moon Hype Industrial Complex is trying to make noise about how there's a full moon almost on the solstice but actually a day later, and also they're using one of their dumb woo-woo moon names for it. Respect our moon! Don't hang silly dreamcatcher names on it! It's the moon! Thank you.

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A visit to the paint store

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Tom Scocca reads you the newspaper.
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WE PRESENT INSTRUCTIONS in aid of the assembly of a sandwich selected from Mrs. Ericsson Hammond's Salad Appetizer Cook Book, by Maria Matilda Ericsson Hammond. Published in 1924, and now in the Public Domain and available at for the delectation of all.

Lobster Sandwiches a la Sweden

Homard a la Suedoise
For Six Persons

Six slices of bread, one-half cup of lobster, one teaspoon of anchovy paste, one cup of whipped cream, three tablespoons of dissolved Cox’s gelatine, pepper and salt, spinach coloring and some truffles for decoration, and one half cup of artificial aspic.

How to Make It. Put the small moulds in the shape of a leaf on cracked ice and glaze them with the aspic. Decorate them with truffles. Take one half of the cream, mix with one spoon of the gelatine, color it the shade of light green. Line the forms with the green cream and fill. Mix the rest of the cream with the lobster and anchovy paste, two spoons of gelatine, and the pepper and salt to taste. Fill the mould, and leave on ice until ready to serve. Turn out on thin slices of buttered bread, the same size as the lobster in form of a ring. Arrange on a platter on a paper doily and garnish with lemon and the small lobster claws all around, and the head shell with parsley in the center.

If you decide to prepare and attempt to enjoy a sandwich inspired by this offering, be sure to send a picture to 

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Supplies are really and truly running low of the second printing of 19 FOLK TALES, still available for gift-giving and personal perusal! Sit in the gathering heat with a breezy collection of stories, each of which is concise enough to read before the thunderstorms start.

HMM WEEKLY MINI-ZINE, Subject: GAME SHOW, Joe MacLeod’s account of his Total Experience of a Journey Into Television, expanded from the original published account found here at Hmm DailyThe special MINI ZINE features other viewpoints related to an appearance on, at, and inside the teevee game show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, available for purchase at SHOPULA.

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