Seven Seas at the US Botanic Garden

As we near our closing date of Jan. 11, I’m looking back on some inadvertantly mermaid-themed things I did over the holidays.  The holiday exhibit at the US Botanic Garden closes in two days, but it took me around and under the seven seas last week.  Along with the plants, there are a variety of ships and lighthouses, plus some delightful windows into the undersea world.  Keep your eyes peeled—you might spot a mermaid!

Little Mermaid Bookwriter’s Newest Play

The Atlantic Theatre announced casting for its upcoming 2015 premiere of a new play by Little Mermaid book writer (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Doug Wright.

In Posterity, ‘Norway’s most celebrated sculptor ([Hamish] Linklater) is commissioned to create the last official portrait of the country’s most famous writer, but Henrik Ibsen ([John] Noble) proves to be an irascible, contentious sitter, as the two men wage war over both his legacy and his likeness. Doug Wright explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten.'”

Uses for Human Artifacts

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According to Emily, 6, from Columbia, these clonkers are used for clapping.

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Hannah, 12, from Brownsburg, IN shares her knowledge of the triparoo, which is used to trip people. An anonymous tip also suggests that it might be used to hurt people. Those humans can be so violent!

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Emily also shared that this stick is used to roll things flat. But Hannah argues that it’s actually a meltyfiradoo, for decorating hair.

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Without Hannah’s help, who would guess that this human device (brusheesnooze) serves to make you sneeze? But there’s anonymous dissent; maybe it’s actually for puffing cheeks!

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Another great insight from Hannah: this snipahoner is great for plugging those human noses! The use is undisputed so far, but it’s also been suggested that the name may be nick-nack.

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This stooper is used for poking. Now the only mystery on this one is who told us.