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“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk…”*

Erin Thompson is fascinated by our junk– more specifically, by our junk drawers…

The contents of a junk drawer are a historic cache of information about a person.  They raise questions about what makes us happy, what objects hold sentimental value and what makes us who we are—much like a time capsule or a scrapbook.

This project seeks to explore the reasons behind keeping a junk drawer while unlocking the puzzling nature behind why we hold on to the used birthday candles, unpaid bills, the old pack of gum, the toy dinosaur and Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons all in the same place.

Find her collection of junk drawers, and interviews with their owners/creators, at The Junk Drawer Project.

* Thomas Edison

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As we wonder where we put that Swiss Army Knife, we might recall that it was on this date in 1825 that Russian army officers, frustrated at Nicholas’ recalcitrance to liberalize Russia, led about 3,000 soldiers in a protest against Nicholas I’s assumption of the throne after his elder brother Constantine removed himself from the line of succession. As it happened when it did, it has come to be known as the Decembrist Uprising.

The rebels were quickly put down.  Several of the leaders were executed; the bulk of the revolutionaries, exiled to Siberia.  And though serfdom was officially abolished in 1861, Russia’s autocracy continued for almost a century.  Still, the Decembrists were the first open breach between the government and reformist elements of the Russian nobility, a rift that ultimately widened and contributed to the Russian Revolution of 1917.

The Decembrists, by Karl Kolman

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Written by (Roughly) Daily

December 14, 2013 at 1:01 am

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