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[Tidbits] Mantis

There are only two species on our planet that are on the increase.
All the rest are on a decline. They are humans and insects. I read
somewhere that the insects will outlast us because they adapt
themselves to their environment while we adapt our environment to our

Once upon a time in Middle Kingdom Egypt there was an organization
called the Order of the Golden Fly. I imagine it was not too
different from the fraternity of The Order of Knights of Pythias of

Back in those olden times… so admired were these insects because of
their swiftness… their agility… and their persistence… that the
Pharaohs–in grudging admiration for these invasive pests–gave them
in the form of golden pendants as gifts to the most valiant soldiers
and diligent servants. In keeping with that most intense form of
sequential logic to which I adhere rigorously… I have absolutely no
golden flies to show you. My methodology is arcane. My paths are long
and tortuous.

And then… some time during the process of creation… He who Is
created the Praying Mantis: A delightful little creature who enjoyed
nothing more --when not gobbling up other insects–than ingesting her
mate either after or even during copulation. To say this might–at
times–hinder the process of procreation would be… in my humble
opinion… a masterpiece of English understatement. But there it is.
Life is stranger than crap.

And so we segue–with great skill I might add–into the world of
costume jewelry. As I am sure you all know–if you are assiduous
readers of Tidbits–Costume Jewelry came into the forefront of our
culture during World War II when money was a wee bit scarce and with
but a few pennies one could still carry the look of great wealth and
taste. One could wear on one’s blouse a doo-dad not dissimilar to
what Hedy Lamar or Marlene Dietrich wore… and no one would know
whose was real and whose was fake. For those of you who would
proclaim that you could tell the difference in a snap because Hedy
lived in Hollywood and Felicia lived on Delancy street… to you I
say… begone you despoiler of dreams and self-aggrandizing

And so… in a heady moment of creation… a jeweler in 1940
created–right here in the good old U. S. of A… a paste on chrome
3 x 4 1/5" brooch of a Praying Mantis. It’s an absolute knockout. No
value given.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Current Tidbits… and then click on it in order to view the lovely
cannibal of the insect world.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark