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The song you may know as "The Snake Charmer Song" or "There's A Place In France Where The Naked Ladies Dance" (or many other names) is actually titled "The Streets of Cairo, or the Poor Little Country Maid" and made its debut at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.
The original melody was written by World's Fair entertainment director Sol Bloom for use in an attraction called A Street in Cairo. (Bloom did not copyright the music; later songwriter James Thornton would added lyrics to the tune.)
But as popular and ubiquitous as the song would become, it was the accompanying dancing (introduced as "The Algerian Dancers of Morocco") that gained the most notoriety.
Among the performers was a Syrian woman named "Little Egypt" (Fahreda Mazar Spyropoulos) whose uncorseted torso articulating moves shocked the Victorian sensibilities of the day. In short order, her pseudonym would become synonymous for "belly dancer."
In addition to "belly dancing," people also referred to her act as "the shimmy and shake" and "the hoochy-coochy." It is said that her performance for Mark Twain at the Fair caused the great American humorist to suffer a heart attack.
Fahreda Mazar Spyropoulos was arrested by New York City police three years after the Fair. Newspaper reports claimed Little Egypt was dancing the the hoochy-coochy while in the nude at a stag party thrown by the grandson of circus legend P.T. Barnum.
Sol Bloom would later serve 14 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Friday, August 14, 2015
The only time I've ever gotten an Emergency Alert on my iPhone was in Las Vegas this week. On Thursday, I got one for a Flash Flood Warning and on Friday I got one for a Dust Storm Warning. What time are the locusts arriving?
|Anyone who left the casino for a moment would have noticed the torrential rain. (So no one.)|
|At the Golden Nugget, the ceiling over the craps tables sprung a leak and had to be dried out with a wet-vac.|
|This is the Frank Gehry-designed Cleveland Clinic. It sort of looks like someone left Disney Hall out in the sun too long.|
|The bathroom at The Four Queens in downtown Vegas has amenities that the so-called luxury casinos just don't have.|
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
|Next stop on the Vietnam tour was the beach city of Hoi An. Whoever art directed this place is a genius.|
|At one point it occurred to me: "I'm usually on the other side of this ocean." Could you see me waving?|
|For reasons I am still unclear on, Vietnamese beach trash receptacles are shaped like penguins. Eat my garbage, Happy Feet!|
|On a scooter tour of the countryside, we got to see a woman who makes zillions of rice crackers in her home.|
|She dries them out on the porch like laundry.|
|For now: lovable pets. Later on: Bún Thịt Nướng.|
|I can't remember if this was tea or something stronger... like snake wine. Or gasoline.|
|The tour guide was delighted when I told him that I had a scooter in college, and encouraged me to take the wheel for awhile.|
|Considering the hyper aggressiveness of Vietnamese motorists, the caption of this photo easily could have been "Died trying to drive a Vespa in Vietnam."|
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|Welcome to the future... where vending machines now have software. And when that software crashes, you can't get a can of pop out of the machine. |
I tried pressing Control + Alt + Pibb on this one, but nothing happened.