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arby has posted 83 annotations/comments since 17 February 2013.

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About Friday 6 September 1667

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I happened to read this week that asparagus was also considered a "cure" for syphilis back then. Almost anything had the potential to be a "cure" due to the dormant phases of the disease, as Susan suggests. You eat the sparrowgrass, the syphilis went away, or so it seemed. I think mercury was somewhat effective, but it carries its own boatload of risks. Lewis and Clark carried a large supply, (and needed it) speaking of boatloads.

About Tuesday 30 July 1667

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I happened to read an article yesterday about the difficulty of determining the age of otters in Atlas Obscura. Their teeth seem to be the best method, but they have to remove the tooth to examine it. They also considered using "those nasty nose scars".

About Saturday 9 February 1666/67

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How time(s) change, and quickly too, watches are once again a "trendy" way to tell time. And get notifications, pay for your latte, record your heart attack, etc etc.

About Tuesday 9 October 1666

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Buskin, "a knee- or calf-length boot", but there's also "bushkin", a half-boot. Same?

About Monday 1 October 1666

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I wonder why "mighty wisely"? 'Sent them out again' would have sounded like a completely normal thing to do, but the wisely throws me. Speedily?

About Friday 7 September 1666

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the wiki tells me that it traditionally means not mechanically printed or reproduced, so hand written, typed, but the meaning has broadened now.

About Wednesday 11 July 1666

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I don't think we've got the varnish thing yet, after all, Sam thought it was an invention that would take in the world, which sounds pretty momentous. It must have had some naval use, he presented it to the Board and they were well pleased. Varnishing charts seems like the obvious use, but take in the world?

About Monday 25 June 1666

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And don't forget the "orange girls", including Sam's "pretty, witty Nell".

About Wednesday 31 January 1665/66

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Thanks, A.Hamilton 2009, I never thought to wonder where the word customer came from. Are the " "s around the word in the diary, or added by the editors later, and what do they indicate?

About Monday 25 December 1665

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Merry Christmas to Phil, the ghosts of annotators past, and alla y'all, thanks everyone. rb

About Tuesday 18 July 1665

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Some school districts in Maine still schedule breaks for the potato harvest, Sept 21 to Oct 10 in one district.

About Friday 14 July 1665

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A quote attributed to Dirksen when asked about the "A billion here, a billion there..." quote: "Oh, I never said that. A newspaper fella misquoted me once, and I thought it sounded so good that I never bothered to deny it." From Wikiquote.