Alice In Wonderland - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

There are few books more beloved by children of all ages than those written by a man named Charles Lutiwdge Dodgson under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll.  Alice In Wonderland was first published in 1865, inspired by a fantastical story Dodgson told to a group of young girls during a summer boat ride near Oxford, England.  We won't try here to tell you the story - it's somewhat nonsensical anyway, and the plot is not what drives it.  Rather, it's the fantastical characters dealing with outrageous situations to which a young girl named Alice is subjected.  Since its original 1865 publication, the book has been reinterpreted, translated, and adapted.  It has never gone out of print, and has been published in at least 174 different languages.  Impressive for any book, but exceptional for a strange little book like this one.

Bob Omrod, the creator of the Giant World of Miniatures on display here at the American Treasure Tour, has created his own odd little diorama dedicated to the characters seen in Alice In Wonderland.  We can try to analyze what Mr. Omrod is trying to say with this about the multiple Alices' meandering through the gardens, or we can just enjoy it.  The blog staff choose to follow the latter course.
QUESTION:  Tim Burton released a film interpretation of Alice In Wonderland in 2010 that is set after the time of the books.  Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter.  Who plays Alice?
A)  Angelina Jolie
B)  Chloe Sevigny
C)  Mia Wasikowska
D)  Anna Kendricks

FINALLY!!!!  Under the presidency of James K. Polk, the United States obtained massive amounts of land from Mexico after defeating our southern neighbors in the highly controversial Mexican War in 1848.  That doesn't mean all of that land would immediately gain status as states - although California did (just in time for gold to be discovered in it).  New Mexico, for example, had to wait until this day in - get this - 1912 to be admitted as the 47th state (Arizona, another claim from Mexico) would be next.  That's a very long sixty-eight year period as a territory.

ANOTHER BIRTHDAY - Mickey Hargitay was born today in 1926.  Born in Budapest, Hungary, he moved to the states in 1947 and became a naturalized citizen.  He also became an actor and the husband of the scandalous blonde bombshell, Jayne Mansfield.  The two starred in four movies together and gave us Mariska Hargitay, who followed in her parents' footsteps by becoming an actor.  She has done very well for herself in film, but mostly television, as a regular on  Law & Order, Special Victims Unit.

QUOTE:  Every day is deeper and richer and more soulful. - Mariska Hargitay

ANSWER:  C)  Mia Wasikowska, who will be reprising her roll for a sequel set to be released this May!