middle fingers

middle fingers: before the battle of agincourt in 1415, the french, anticipating victory over the english, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured english soldiers. without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned english longbow and therefore [soldiers would] be incapable of fighting in the future. this famous weapon was made of the native english yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as “plucking the yew.” much to the bewilderment of the french, the english won a major upset and began mocking the french by waving their middle fingers at the defeated french, saying, “see, we can still pluck yew!”

ask: frank scali – dissector / artist / researcher / inventor / physician

my favorite _____ is:

villain: those who believe humans have the answers to anything. in reality, we have been wrong about everything thus far.

hero/ superhero:  overlooked underdogs who learn via unbiased observation, are not burdened by money, and are a deep source of imagination. you know … children.

book: the brain that changes itself, norman doidge

smell: summer rain and cocoa butter.

band/musician/composer: thomas newman, god is an astronaut, russian circles, this will destroy you, pretty lights, caspian.

-drink/ cocktail: sambuca

-advice: everyone should donate their bodies to science so that they can be a source of something interesting at least once.

-pick-up line: I know your girl parts better than you do.

-vice: networking websites.

-woman (of all time): mom – taught me patience.

-man (of all time): dad – taught me work ethic.

-hobby: discovering beauty beyond skin through different mediums.

-prized possession: even though intangible, my mind. it is the only thing I truly own… everything else I leave behind when I die so they aren’t true possessions now are they?

-way to go (die): reflecting on life and being able to raise the final thought, “that was awesome”.


champagne ii – breast shape?

about the breast mold

there’s a little story behind the champagne glass, dating back to greek mythology. the first “coupe” was said to be molded from the breast of helen of troy. the Greeks believed that wine drinking was a sensual experience, and it was only fitting that the most beautiful woman take part in shaping the chalice.
centuries later, marie antoinette, queen of france, decided it was time to create a new champagne glass. she had coupes molded to her own breasts, which changed the shape of the glass entirely, since marie antoinette was – shall we say- better endowed than helen of troy.

there’s lots of versions of this story floating around. a writer by the name of maurice des ombiaux bestows the honor on no less a personage than helen of troy. supposedly the gods were so enamored of helen’s chichibangas that they decided to have the shepherd paris make a wax cast, whence to make goblets. quoth maurice:
“helen appeared with her attendants, looking as radiant as phoebe among the stars…. the veil which covered her bosom was lifted and one of the two globes was revealed, pink as the dawn, white as the snows of mount rhodopus, smooth as the goat’s milk of arcadia…. with wax provided by the golden daughters of hymettus, the shepherd paris … took the cast of the breast, which looked like a luscious fruit on the point of falling into a gardener’s hand. when paris had removed the wax cast, the attendants hastened to replace the veil over helen’s gorgeous breast, but not before her admirers had glimpsed a teat whose freshness was as tempting as a strawberry.”
clearly, this was a woman who made a good first impression. e have also heard that four porcelain champagne glasses molded from the breast of marie antoinette were kept at the queen’s dairy temple at the chateau de rambouillet, and that one remains today with the antique company of new york, inc. looking at the question objectively, i think we’d have to agree that the female breast, however interesting in situ, would make for a singularly misshapen champagne glass. but you know how it is with these male fantasies.

Kinsky bored filming

as the story goes, he was scared shitless of the bugs in the amazon… standing all tough in his YSL safari get up. what a guy that klaus.


talior’s cocktail menu created by eben freeman (“ny’s most acclaimed mixologist” – wallpaper mag) features some of the tastiest drinks in the city. currently they are serving a yerba mate sour, bazooka martini, a mushroom mescal margarita- to name a few. you can snack on curry popcorn at the basement bar or order from chef and part-owner sam mason’s (former pastry chef at wd-50) delicious savory and sweet plates. currently featuring rootbeer shotribs with celery root puree and hake with chick peat tart, mint yogurt and apricot. tailor: 525 broome street, soho; (212) 334-5182.