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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on November 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blackbeard, coffee breaks, , fifteen minutes of fame, , , , pirates, , Robert Louis Stevenson, , Treasure Island   


    There is nothing I like more than a challenge (well, there is probably something I like more, but I needed a lead-in). After my posts “FIVE DAYS HATH NOVEMBER” on Nov. 5 and “TEN” on Nov. 10, it occurred to me to keep the gambit going with a “FIFTEEN” post on Nov. 15. However, other than the famous “Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes,” it’s hard to figure what else 15 is iconic for that I could build a post around. So I challenged myself to compile a list of 15 famous fifteens, knowing that although most of what I come up with may not yet be famous, the mere mention of them here will make them so — thanks to you, my many adoring readers and viral instigators.

    Without further ado, then, here are 15 things that 15 has been (or soon will be) famous for:

    1.  15 minutes of fame
    2.  15 minute coffee breaks
    3.  15 humble politicians (coming soon to a universe near you)
    4.  15 days of darkness beginning, coincidentally, Nov. 15 (another of those social media apocalyptic rumors, apparently started by someone who had been out in the sun too long)
    5.  15 gun salute (for credentials rated six guns beneath the warranting of a 21 gun salute)
    6.  15 things that look like Donald Trump:
    7.  15 flavors of prunes
    8.  15 minutes of unforgiving flatulence
    9.  15 temptations (Satan’s answer to God’s 15 Commandments, of which Moses dropped five, while Satan’s temptations have multiplied like wildfire)
    10. Etcetera
    11. And so forth
    12. And so on
    13. And the like
    14. Whatever
    15. Last but lust, pure gold — this 15 from Robert Louis Stevenson’s TREASURE ISLAND:

    NOTE: The Dead Man’s Chest referenced in the song is DEAD CHEST ISLAND (aka DEAD MAN’S CHEST ISLAND), a small, uninhabited island in the British Virgin Islands. The pirate known as “Blackbeard” is said to have punished his mutinous crew by marooning them on the island, each with a cutlass and a bottle of rum, with the expectation that they would kill each other. But when he returned after 30 days, he found that 15 had survived; thus —

    Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest–
    Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
    Drink and the devil had done for the rest
    Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

    Robert Louis Stevenson, by the way, was born on November 13, 1850 — two days shy of coming to this post on his 165th birthday….a shortcoming for which I absolve posthaste the author of such admired works as the STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, KIDNAPPED, and TREASURE ISLAND.

    ADDENDUM: I was writing the first draft of this post when I heard of the terrorist attacks in Paris. To my friends/readers in France, may I express solidarité. In the aftermath, humor can seem out of place — but life marches on through (and past) the madness that does not know how to laugh. We cry at the mindlessness of it all, but we are human; we will laugh again….and we’ll always have Paris.














    • arekhill1 10:47 am on November 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Is that fifteen minutes of flatulence really unforgiving? Shouldn’t it be unforgivable? Or possibly unforgettable?


    • mistermuse 11:31 am on November 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Definitely unforgettable, but also unforgiving, in the sense that 15 minutes of hiccups is unforgiving if you can’t stop doing it. Unforgivable? Only if the 15 minutes of flatulence and hiccups are simultaneous.


    • Tosha Michelle 8:54 pm on November 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      15 minutes of my life i can never get back. I’m a slow reader. I’m kidding. I enjoyed this post immensely. Here’s looking at you, kid.

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    • Don Frankel 9:00 pm on November 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      15 minutes are the amount of time in one quarter of a football game. 15 is also the number worn by Yankees Thurman Munson and Tom Tresh. 15 in French is Quinz. In Rugby 15 is the number of players on the field at any given time. And, why I don’t know but a whole lot of Jewish holidays are on the 15th.


    • mistermuse 12:35 am on November 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I must admit I should’ve included the 15 minute quarters in a football game, but I have a good excuse — I didn’t think of it.


    • Mél@nie 2:31 am on November 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      1st of all: I thank you for “la Marseillaise”… ❤ Paris has always been THE symbol of FREEDOM – by definition and "Tossed but not sunk!”, it will prevail over all evils…

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      2nd of all: I also used Andy Warhol's famous statement @ https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/about/

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      my very best, oceans of inspiration & have a serene week! respectful regards, MNB

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      • mistermuse 7:57 am on November 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        To me, the “Marseillaise” as performed in CASABLANCA is one of the (if not THE) most emotionally stirring scene(s) in film history. All the best to you as well, and liberté, egalité, fraternité forever!

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        • Mél@nie 2:49 am on November 19, 2015 Permalink

          thanx! merci, Monsieur! Paris will always be THE symbol of FREEDOM – by definition and by excellence… I’ve been deeply impressed and emotional with this: La Marseillaise résonne au Metropolitan Opera de NYC… ❤

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          as a cultured gentleman, I'm sure you've read Hemingway's novels… 🙂

          "A Moveable Feast" – "Paris est une fête" by Ernest Hemingway

          “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast… When we came back to Paris it was clear and cold and lovely… There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it… You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me…

          Paris was never to be the same again although it was always Paris and you changed as it changed… You expected to be sad in the Fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason. In those days, though, the spring always came finally but it was frightening that it had nearly failed…”

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      • mistermuse 7:38 am on November 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Merci, Mél@nie, for the La Marseillaise/Metropolitan Opera video, which I couldn’t watch because “This video contains content from iTele. It is not available in your country.” However, the same clip is available on many American sites via Google, so no problem.

        The essence of the Hemingway quote, I think, is captured beautifully by Woody Allen in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – a truly magical film and reminder of why “We’ll always have Paris.” 🙂


    • Jane 6:03 am on November 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for making me laugh! Humour provides such release. 15 humble politicians? Now wouldn’t that be something! Fifteen was never a significant number for me but after your post, I think it will be my favourite for some time to come. I won’t be able to hear it or see it without remembering your clever post. You are to blame if someone says 15 in a serious conversation and I giggle because I am thinking about flatulence! 😉

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    • mistermuse 8:22 am on November 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Jane, mistermuse (though not a politician) humbly appreciates your comment so much that I will willingly accept blame for any giggling episodes caused by thinking about flatulence. To keep such giggling in check, however, I suggest you not think about simultaneous flatulence and hiccups (as expressed in my reply to arekhill 1’s opening comment).

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    • inesephoto 5:48 pm on November 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Your list is hilarious 🙂
      Thank you for the video. French people will smile again, evil will never prevail.

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    • mistermuse 10:36 am on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the comment. Though it may be argued that evil will never prevail (in the big picture), there is no denying that it does prevail in thousands of small pictures (over each individual who has been murdered by barbarians, not just in Paris, but in many places). When will we learn the lesson of Hitler, and take out the bad guys in the early stages of their power trips, before defeating them comes at the cost of thousands – even millions – of “small pictures?”


    • moorezart 4:27 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • mistermuse 5:02 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Merci beaucoup.
      I in turn recommend checking out the speaks-to-me pix and arresting artwork on your blog – well worth a visit in any language!


    • RMW 10:16 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      When I clicked on the comments box you had 15 comments so I hesitated to add a comment to break the “15”… too late now. Enjoyable post.

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    • mistermuse 12:11 am on November 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      No problem. They say fame is fleeting, so why should 15’s fame be any different? Thanks for the comment.

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  • mistermuse 12:09 am on April 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , April 30, , Honest Abe, , , , , National Honesty Day, Oliver Wendell Holmes, , , Robert Louis Stevenson,   


    April 30 is National Honesty Day, and in all honesty, few are better qualified to wax veracious on this subject than I, or my name isn’t mistermuse. I have even composed a little poem (which I dedicate to my fellow man) to celebrate the occasion:

    Always be honest with yourself
    To make the most of life —
    It will save you untold trouble
    Unless you tell your wife.

    Of course, no homage to honesty would be complete without a contribution from the most honest man (recusing myself from consideration) who ever lived, “Honest Abe,” whose real name was Abraham Lincoln. Fortunately, “Honest Abe” acquired that reputation well before becoming a politician, so we can be reasonably confident that he was indeed honest, and so accustomed to truth-telling that not even politics could break him of the habit. He therefore gets the honor of leading off this compilation of quotations on honesty:

    If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?  –Abraham Lincoln

    Honesty is the best policy.  —Benjamin Franklin

    I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.  –Thomas Jefferson

    Honesty is the best policy – for poor people.  —Evan Esar

    It is better to be quotable than to be honest.  –Tom Stoppard (who managed to be both for the price of one?)

    Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.  —Mark Twain

    Pretty much all the honest truth-telling in the world is done by children.  –Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

    Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.  –Robert Brault

    Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.  –Ludwig Wittgenstein

    We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find is an honest friend.  –Robert Louis Stevenson


    • Don Frankel 5:32 am on May 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Great advice here, especially your marital advice. If you leave out telling your wife it is very easy to be honest. Honesty is a relative thing as it does depend on what someone’s definition of is, is.


    • mistermuse 6:43 am on May 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, your mention of Bill Clinton’s theory of relativity causes me to question my marital advice. I wonder if he would’ve saved himself untold trouble if he had told Hillary about Monica?


    • Don Frankel 5:41 pm on May 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It seems she knew all about it. But I loved his answer. Besides no one ever proved he had sex with that woman. All that dress proved was he almost had sex with her.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 5:29 pm on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed the Honesty post and the I Forgot Day. The latter seems right for me since I had my concussion 3 weeks ago. I am getting my memory back. Reading mistermuse’s posts and the comments is helping. Three more weeks to go and I should be all well. Hope you all have a Happy Fourth!


    • mistermuse 7:30 pm on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Michaeline, I’m going to reply to your comment before I forget. Have a safe and happy Fourth, and remember to keep wearing your football helmet for another 3 weeks. Better safe than sorry! 🙂


  • mistermuse 7:36 pm on November 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , famous three-name people, fill in the blank, , George Washington Carver, , James Earle Jones, John Jacob Astor, John Philip Sousa, Martin Luther King, middle names, odd middle names, Robert Louis Stevenson, , William Carlos Williams   


    Have you ever stopped to think how many famous people might be much less famous if not for their middle names? This is particularly true of those with common first and last names, such as John (Paul) Jones and Daniel (Day) Lewis….as opposed to those with more distinctive last names, such as Louisa (May) Alcott, Joyce (Carol) Oates and Henry (David) Thoreau, whose middle names may be common, but which nonetheless add distinction to their identities. Then there are the triple-name famous whose middle names alone are distinctive, including James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Greenleaf Whittier. Even the infamous are not without their triune-monikered members: John Wilkes Booth and James Earl Ray, for example.

    To further demonstrate the point, here is a list of famous persons with middle names omitted. Odds are (let’s say 3 to 1) that you can’t correctly fill in all the blanks without “cheating”:

    Frank _____ Wright
    James _____ Jones
    Arthur _____ Doyle
    George _____ Carver
    William _____ Williams

    John _____ Astor
    Martin _____ King
    John _____ Sousa
    Robert _____ Warren
    Robert _____ Stevenson

    Note that this missive includes no mrs.  whose “middle” name is her maiden name, such as Hillary Rodham Clinton. To do so would only encourage men to marry certain celebrities in order to gain surnames which would give them instant cheap fame. Take the following SWI writers, for example: David Black marries composer Lionel Bart (of “Oliver” fame) and becomes David Black Bart; Tony Elliott marries Eliot Ness and becomes Tony Elliott Ness; and most egregiously, Don Frankel marries Ben Stein and finds new life as Don Frankel Stein.

    And on that monstrous note, I end this middling post before I begin to think of more bad pun names.

    • arekhill1Ricardo 10:05 pm on November 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t even know Don and Ben were dating.


    • mistermuse 11:02 pm on November 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think Don knows it either….and after all the trouble I went to to “set him up.”
      HEY, DON! I’M OVER HERE NOW, REMEMBER!!! (Tried smiley face here, but it didn’t take – guess it wasn’t in the mood.)


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