Friday, June 25, 2010

Get a haircut

Priests must not shave their heads Leviticus 21:5

Twenty eight years ago today, on June 25th 1982, the nation of Greece began allowing new recruits in its armed services to retain up to 4cm of hair. Prior to this date it shaved the recruit’s heads “en hro” (shaved to the bone).

About a year and a half later Apple launched the Macintosh computer using an advertisement that would become iconic. Featuring hordes of grey-clad workers with shaven heads the ad was broadcast on new-year’s eve 1983. The tagline went something like: “why 1984 won’t be like 1984”. This is a bald reference to the book titled “1984” written by Eric Arthur Blair.

One hundred and seven years ago today, June 25th 1903, Eric Arthur Blair (aka George Orwell) was born in Motihari India. Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948 and simply reversed the last two digits of the year to arrive at his title. 1948 was impossibly far into the future for a 45 year old writer from the hinterlands of the British Empire. Orwell would publish 1984 in 1949 and die shortly after; less than a month into 1950.

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