Yes, YOU are the stars! And I’m stumped.
Here are two myths heard at museums that came to me via this blog. I’m tapped out. Can anyone help?
1) This blog reader said a tour guide told them that the “shot glass” was “originally a small glass filled with lead buckshot to be used as a pen-holder. She explained that buckshot kept the ink on the pen nib wet, though I don’t see how it could be more moist than just leaving it in an inkwell. Every heard this one before?”
No. Sounds ridiculous to me but I cannot back that up.
2) The other myth the reader heard “seems like a very generalized assertion to answer a very specific question. I wanted to leave the site where I heard these myths anonymous, but in order to provide context, the link I am attaching here reveals its identity: http://www.rhdc.org/old-raleigh-post-office-early-office-building This building was identified as a Federal government building due to its architectural style–which is also wrong–and its color was explained by the guide as part of a color scheme assigned to different government buildings, in this case, a post office. The buildings were color coded in order to identify them to–you guessed it–illiterate citizens. So the big question with this myth is: have you ever heard of color-coded government buildings? I’d love to know how this notion might have gotten its start and how widespread it may be.
This seems like a variation of Myth #37, about shop signs being pictures because most people “in those days” were illiterate. I feel certain the color-coding statement isn’t true, but I can’t speak to its origins. Anyone?