King Peter Falls in Love

The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Washington – 09 Sep 1905, Sat) Page 2

It has been rumored that King Peter of Serbia has fallen in love with Princess Lwoff, a painter. Ever since his first wife, Princess Zorka of Montenegro, died, the King has shown very little interest in the fair sex, but some time ago he unexpectedly fell in love. Now it is more than likely that a new queen will soon rule in the Konak, where Queen Draga was assassinated.

Princess Lwoff is better known under her artist name of Parlaghy. In the last fifteen years, the Princess has painted almost every crowned head of Europe. The first husband of the artist was a Prussian official, from whom she was divorced after two years. Then, once more free, she married Prince Lwoff, but this second marriage did not last long.

Soon after King Peter was placed upon the throne, he had her paint his portrait, and it was while sitting for her that he lost his heart. [New York Times]

This story is crafted from a PR photo of The Princess Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy painting Peter I in December 1903.

9 months after this event, was born…

born on July 11, 1844

Peter I of Serbia

Last king of Serbia (1903–1918) and as the first king of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1918–1921)

born on June 22, 1906

Billy Wilder

Austrian-American filmmaker

King Peter I of Serbia (1844-1921) posing for the painter Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy in the Konak in Belgrade, November 8, 1903, Serbia, photograph by Parkson, from L’Illustrazione Italiana, Year XXX, No 51, December 20, 1903. De Agostini / Biblioteca Ambrosiana

This item was published on the front pages of half a dozen papers between September 8-13, 1905.

Meanwhile, this interesting gossip gets buried on page 6 of the Jackson Daily News!

This placement is profoundly symbolic. It tells the world that knows how the world truly works that everything is fine and that Peter I is under the soul care of exactly the right person, The Princess Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy, who is related to his late wife, Princess Zorka of Montenegro.

Peter I did not marry The Princess Vilma, but for a while this 17 operation upset just the right people, about just the right thing, which is the paramount work of the Princess Vilma.

Peter I and Princess Vilma would enjoy a decade long love affair in their enchanted next life together!

To be continued…

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Princess Zorka of Montenegro

eldest child of the Montenegrin monarch Nicholas I and his wife Milena

Princess Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy

Her serene Highness - Prolific portraitist of notable Europeans and Americans

Peter I of Serbia

Last king of Serbia (1903–1918) and as the first king of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1918–1921)

HER HIGHNESS ARRIVES Princess Lwoff – Parlaghy Brings Many Men And Beasts

It Happened on
June 29, 1908

The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, 29 Jun 1908, Mon • Page 12

Princess Lwoff-Parlaghy Brings Many Men And Beasts.
Royal Hungarian Artist Wishes To Paint Prelate’s Portrait
Has Whole Floor Of Hotel.

Princess Lwoff-Parlaghy, accompanied by her retinue, arrived in town yesterday from Washington in a big automobile and took possession of the entire second floor of the Hotel Stafford. The 13 rooms on the floor had been reserved for her. The Princess has come to Baltimore with two purposes in mind – to explore the town and to paint the portrait of Cardinal Gibbons. Painting portraits of crowned heads and famous people is her favorite pastime, and today she plans to call on the Cardinal to request the honor of painting his likeness on canvas. She will be staying at the Stafford until next Thursday, after which she will depart for Philadelphia, and later visit her cottage in Newport. She will then return to Europe and come back again at a later date to begin work on her portrait painting.

She was accompanied by a guinea pig in a box

Upon her arrival at 10:30 PM, the Princess was greeted by her entourage and hotel staff. She was accompanied by her secretary, first attache, marshal, maid, a white Java dog, and a guinea pig in a box. The butler and chef, dressed in their elaborate uniforms, stood ready to receive her. Several reporters, photographers, and curious onlookers had gathered at the hotel entrance to catch a glimpse of the real-life princess. However, there was a delay in her arrival, causing some concern among the waiting crowd. After an hour and a half, the Princess finally arrived, and her entourage sprang into action, attending to her and her belongings.

The Princess herself was dressed in a long white coat with loose sleeves, a hat adorned with red and black ribbons, and a light blue skirt. She proceeded to her second-floor suite, accompanied by her retinue. Moments later, the fluffy white dog made a playful escape, followed by the chef trying to catch him. After a comical chase, the chef managed to retrieve the mischievous pup and return him to the Princess’ quarters.

Her estate in Hungary already houses a menagerie of various beasts

The Princess has a fondness for animals and plans to add to her private zoo during her stay in Baltimore. Before her arrival, she stopped outside Washington to visit a little black Canadian bear, which she intends to take back to Hungary with her. The bear will be brought to the Stafford and joined with the other exotic animals already residing in one of the hotel’s rooms. Her estate in Hungary already houses a menagerie of various beasts.

Despite occupying the entire second floor and being attended by her own servants, the Princess has chosen to dine in the hotel dining room. Two tables have been set aside for her, one for her exclusive use, where she will dine in grandeur, and another for her first and second attaches. The butler will set the Princess’ table at 11 o’clock each morning, and she will come down for breakfast at 1 o’clock. She will also have dinner in the dining room.

The Princess uses approximately 50 pounds of ice daily

The Princess has a preference for ice water baths and uses approximately 50 pounds of ice daily for that purpose. In Philadelphia, she plans to host a reception for the ladies of the town. Her first attache, M. Frederick M. Delius, announced that she intends to paint Secretary Taft’s portrait and present it to the American people, as she regards Mr. Taft’s election as certain.

9 months after this moment, are born…

born on April 05, 1909

Albert R. Broccoli

born on April 09, 1909 (d. 2003)

Fay Helm

Film actress who appeared in about 65 films between 1936 and 1946

Princess Lwoff-Parlaghy has had an eventful career as a painter of royal and princely persons. She has painted more portraits of crowned heads and prominent figures than any other living woman. Her talent was recognized at an early age, and she studied under renowned masters in Munich and Italy. Her powerful style of portraiture draws inspiration from artists like Franz Hals and Rembrandt. Her villa in Nice serves as her residence and studio.

She has painted more portraits of crowned heads and prominent figures than any other living woman

In other news, a grand welcome reception was organized in honor of Princess Lwoff-Parlaghy at the prestigious Baltimore Museum of Art. The event, attended by local dignitaries, art enthusiasts, and members of high society, showcased a selection of the Princess’s renowned portrait paintings. The museum’s halls were adorned with her striking works, capturing the essence and charisma of the subjects she has immortalized on canvas.

Her Serene Highness, The Princess Vilma Lwoff-ParlaghyPrincess Lwoff-Parlaghy graciously mingled with the guests, sharing anecdotes about her artistic journey and discussing her passion for capturing the unique personalities of those she portrays. The attendees were captivated by her charm and eloquence, and many eagerly expressed their desire to commission their own portraits.

She wants to capture the spirit of Baltimore

During the reception, the Princess took the opportunity to announce her plans for future artistic endeavors. In addition to painting Cardinal Gibbons, she revealed her intention to approach prominent figures in Baltimore and create a series of portraits representing the city’s cultural diversity and historical significance. Her vision for these portraits was to capture the spirit of Baltimore, showcasing its rich heritage and vibrant community.

The Princess’s visit to Baltimore has not only generated excitement within artistic circles but has also sparked interest and curiosity among the local population. Her presence in the city has been a topic of discussion among residents, and her arrival has brought a touch of royalty and glamour to Baltimore’s social scene.

As the Princess continues her stay at the Hotel Stafford, residents and tourists alike hope for a chance encounter with the renowned artist. Many have expressed their admiration for her talent and eagerness to witness her artistic process firsthand. It is anticipated that her time in Baltimore will leave a lasting impression on the city’s cultural landscape and inspire a new wave of artistic appreciation.

Princess will visit the renowned Baltimore Sculpture Garden

Tomorrow, the Princess is scheduled to visit the renowned Baltimore Sculpture Garden, where she will explore the impressive collection of sculptures and seek inspiration for her future projects. The garden’s tranquil atmosphere and stunning artworks are expected to provide a serene backdrop for her creative contemplation.

Princess Lwoff-Parlaghy’s visit to Baltimore represents a unique convergence of art, culture, and royalty. The city eagerly embraces her presence and eagerly awaits the unveiling of the masterpieces she will create during her stay. With her unparalleled talent and distinctive artistic style, the Princess’s artwork promises to leave an indelible mark on the artistic legacy of Baltimore and continue to captivate audiences around the world.


The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, 29 Jun 1908, Mon • Page 12

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Princess Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy

Her serene Highness - Prolific portraitist of notable Europeans and Americans

Who invented the words that litter our acrimony language?

In this edition of “The Meat Beyond The Meme” we look at a classic meme which gets 75% of its info somewhat right. The effect of the meme is often realized because of the misinformation contained within. So most people will share memes becuase of their attraction to the misinformation in a meme, and not the correct information.

Labels are a tool of disinformation, because they are used in a different way by different people. Most incoming players in the acrimony game mimick the use of terms by other people, without actual knowledge of the meaning of the words. Labels at just easy things to throw at people in order to remind the mediocracy that you are a good person (if not a smart one).

The Meme

The Meat

Conrad Heiden, a German-American journalist and author, popularized the term “Nazi” in English-speaking countries through his book “Adolf Hitler: The Dictator.” Although he did not invent the word, Heiden extensively used it to refer to the National Socialist movement, contributing to its wider recognition.

Moritz Steinschneider, a 19th-century German-Jewish scholar, indirectly contributed to the development of the term “anti-Semitic” through his scholarly work on Jewish history and culture. While he did not invent the term, his research shed light on the prejudices faced by Jews, providing a historical context for the emergence of the term.

Leon Trotsky, a prominent figure in the Russian Revolution, did not popularize the term “racist.” The term existed before his time, and its widespread recognition and usage can be attributed to various scholars, activists, and intellectuals involved in racial justice movements.

There is no recognized figure named Margaret Feldman associated with the popularization of the term “sexism” in feminism. The term gained prominence through the efforts of feminist activists, writers, and scholars such as Betty Friedan and Simone de Beauvoir.

This post will be updated with the sourcing information of all the people mentioned, once it has been formatted.

Caution should be exercised when evaluating information from internet sources.

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Leon Trotsky

Russian Marxist revolutionary, political theorist and politician

Why is the decipherment of Linear B important?

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Alice Elizabeth Kober was an American classicist best known for her work on the decipherment of Linear B. Educated at Hunter College and Columbia University, Kober taught classics at Brooklyn College from 1930 until her death

Our intrepid science educator Bark Twain is here to answer this question!

Bark Twain, a dog who uses the internet to educate you about science!

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a mysterious script called Linear B. It belonged to a forgotten civilization known as the Mycenaeans who lived long ago in ancient Greece. Imagine, nobody knew what these strange symbols meant! Archaeologists discovered clay tablets with these symbols on them, but their secrets remained hidden until a great discovery was made.

The decipherment of Linear B was like finding the key to a secret treasure chest. It helped us unlock the secrets of the Mycenaean civilization and understand how they lived. Before this, all we knew about them was from digging up old stuff buried in the ground. But with the decipherment, we could read their writings and learn about their daily lives, their rulers, and their religion.

But it wasn’t just about solving a puzzle. The decipherment of Linear B taught us a lot about the history of language. You see, the Mycenaean language was an early form of Greek, even older than what we read in Homer’s tales. By figuring out what the symbols meant, we learned more about how the Greek language evolved over time.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the stories! The Linear B tablets were like ancient shopping lists and receipts. They told us about the things people bought, how they traded with other cities, and even what they believed in. It was like peeking into their world and understanding their culture and society. We learned about their religious rituals, how they farmed the land, and the names of important people. It’s like reading an adventure book about a long-lost civilization!

The decipherment of Linear B also connected the dots of history. You know how we love to piece together puzzles? Well, by decoding these ancient writings, we realized that the Mycenaeans were the ancestors of the Greeks we know from history books. It showed us that their culture and language continued through the ages, passing down their knowledge and stories to future generations.

« The only way to know when you have done something truly great is when your spine tingles. » – Alice Kober, Brooklyn College, decoder of Linear B, the language of Odysseus, circa 1,450 B.C.

So, my young friend, the decipherment of Linear B was like discovering a hidden treasure map. It let us explore the ancient world of the Mycenaeans, unravel the secrets of their language, and understand how they lived. It’s a remarkable journey that connects us to our past and helps us appreciate the wonders of history. Isn’t that exciting?

Mother’s Day Proclamation

It Happened on
May 17, 1870

The "Appeal to womanhood throughout the world" (later known as "Mothers' Day Proclamation") by Julia Ward Howe was an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world. Written in 1870, Howe's "Appeal to womanhood" was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War.

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Julia Ward Howe

American author and poet, known for writing the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and the original 1870 pacifist Mother's Day Proclamation

War of the Oranges ends: Portugal and Spain sign the Treaty of Badajoz; Portugal loses the city of Olivenza.

It Happened on
June 07, 1801

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: The War of the Oranges by Marie-Lynn via #midjourney


The two negotiators of this treaty were born 1 day apart.

born on May 12, 1767

Manuel Godoy

First Secretary of State of Spain from 1792 to 1797 and from 1801 to 1808

born on May 13, 1767

John VI of Portugal

Nicknamed "the Clement", was King of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves from 1816 to 1825

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John VI of Portugal

Nicknamed "the Clement", was King of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves from 1816 to 1825

Manuel Godoy

First Secretary of State of Spain from 1792 to 1797 and from 1801 to 1808

Minor Planet 11 Parthenope discovered by Annibale de Gasparis

It Happened on
May 11, 1850

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Parthenope imagined by #Midjourney for Marie-Lynn

Parthenope (minor planet designation: 11 Parthenope) is a large, bright main-belt asteroid discovered by Annibale de Gasparis on 11 May 1850, the second of his nine asteroid discoveries. It was named after Parthenopē, one of the Sirens in Greek mythology, said to have founded the city of Naples. Parthenope means "maiden-voiced".

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Annibale de Gasparis

Italian astronomer, known for discovering asteroids and his contributions to theoretical astronomy

Princess Vilma’s Magic Carpet



This rug is a true masterpiece of Persian artistry. It features three borders, with the main one showcasing extremely well-designed undulated vines and flowers on a deep indigo-blue background. In the center, there is a pictorial composition showing a Persian prince seated on the lion throne, with a water basin and fountain in the foreground. The rug boasts very fine knotting and silver overcast on the sides.

Accompanying the rug is a certificate copied after a statement of Professor Abraham Yohannan, Professor of Oriental Languages, Indo-Iranian Department, Columbia University. The certificate reads:

“The gift and the glorious Shah match perfectly,
As the Sun fits the vault of Heaven, as the rose the goblet, and
the diadem the throne,
Throughout the Eastern land it is well known,
That this is the product of forty years of study of the art.
The date is equivalent to ‘Bagdad’
Consequently, its value cannot be overestimated.”

According to the certificate, the word “Bagdad” is a chronogram, and the numerical values of the letters are: B equal to 2, A to 1, G to 1000, D to 4, and I to 1, totaling 1012 A.HI., which corresponds to 1608 A.D. This would date the rug very early 17th century at the time of Shah Abbas the Great, according to Professor Yohannan’s certificate. The rug was most likely woven for Shah Abbas and was plainly a state rug intended for use in the throne room hanging back of the throne. It passed as a most cherished heirloom from the royal family to the late Prime Minister Ali Asker Khan, who presented it as a mark of distinguished courtesy to Princess Lwoff-Parlaghy.

The rug measures 6 feet 6¾ inches x 4 feet 2½ inches. The certificate will be handed over to the purchaser.

Friday by Robert A. Heinlein

It Happened on
April 17, 1962

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Marie-Lynn with Midjourney (v51)

Friday is a 1982 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. It is the story of a female “artificial person”, the eponymous Friday, genetically engineered to be stronger, faster, smarter, and generally better than normal humans

In “Friday,” the titular character is a highly advanced artificial person, or “artificial human,” designed for various tasks and missions. As part of her creation, Friday is implanted with a unique genetic code that serves as a tracking mechanism. This genetic code allows her employers to monitor her movements and location at all times.

The novel explores themes of genetic engineering, surveillance, and the implications of such tracking technology on personal freedom and privacy. It combines elements of science fiction, action, and social commentary, characteristic of Heinlein’s writing style.

9 months after Friday was published…

born on January 18, 1963

Maxime Bernier

Canadian politician who is the founder and leader of the People's Party of Canada

born on January 16, 1963

James May

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Robert A. Heinlein

American science fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and naval officer