MAKING MEANING EXERCISE 4:

That Was Then . . .

The Toot'n'C'mon Motel

    In Motel of the Mysteries, David Macaulay recounts the interpretive adventures of a team of archeologists in the year 4022 who discover the ruins of a late 20th century North American building and try to understand how it was used and what it meant. The name on the site is The Toot'n'C'mon Motel, which to them indicates it was a 50-tomb burial complex. In Tomb 26 they find two skeletons, in an outer and an inner chamber. To show how the inhabitants of 1980 used the objects they find in the inner chamber, one of the team puts on "the Sacred Collar and matching Headband," along with "the magnificent plasticus ear ornaments and the exquisite silver chain and pendant." Dressed for the ritual ceremony, she looks LIKE THIS.




"The Good Old Song" (1893)


That good old song of Wah-hoo-wah
We'll sing it o'er and o'er
It cheers our hearts and warms our blood
To hear them shout and roar.
We come from Old Virginia, where all is bright and gay.
Let's all join hands and give a yell for the dear old U.Va.
Wah-hoo-wah, Wah-hoo-wah.
Uni-v, Virginia,
Hoo-rah-ray, Hoo-rah-ray,
Ray! Ray! U-V-a



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