The why and how of The Unemployed Philosophers Guild The origins of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild are shrouded in mystery. Some accounts trace the Guild's birth to Athens in the latter half of the 4th century BCE. Allegedly, several lesser philosophers grew weary of the endless Socratic dialogue endemic in their trade and turned to crafting household implements and playthings. (Hence the assertions that Socrates quaffed his hemlock poison from a Guild-designed chalice, though vigorous debate surrounds the question of whether it was a "disappearing" chalice.) Others argue that the UPG dates from the High Middle Ages, when the Philosophers Guild entered the world of commerce by selling bawdy pamphlets to pilgrims facing long lines for the restroom. Business boomed until 1211 when Pope Innocent III condemned the publications. Not surprisingly, this led to increased sales, even as half our membership was burned at the stake. More recently, revisionist historians have pinpointed the birth of the Guild to the time it was still cool to live in New York City's Lower East Side. Two brothers turned their inner creativity and love of paying rent towards fulfilling the people's needs for finger puppets, warm slippers, coffee cups, and cracking up at stuff. Most of the proceeds go to unemployed philosophers (and their associates). A portion also goes to some groups working on profound causes.
If you care deeply – about rocks and minerals, magma and lava, plate tectonics, volcanoes, and mountain-building – you might be a geologist! Here’s the perfect notebook for everyone who’s down-to-Earth. It has charts and features for rock identification and plenty of room to note all your field observations and to-do lists. (GEOLOGY. It’s big.)
48 pages | 3-1/2" x 5"
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. – Emma
Now the other half of the world will understand your pleasures! The Jane Austen mug is just the thing for women of independent means and superior men. It features her image, as well as a pleasing collection of quotes and excerpts from her work.
Holds 12 oz / 350mL. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
From all reports, William Shakespeare was a decent guy. He was generous, funny, and could drink with the best of them. But one thing you didn't want to do is piss him off. Shakespeare was the Don Rickles of Elizabethan England – His brilliantly crafted insults and witty barbs could bring the fiercest soldier to tears. The Shakespeare Insults mug is covered with the Bard's funniest and most biting insults from his plays.
Holds 14 oz / 400mL. Dishwasher and microwave safe.