Charley Chase appeared in close to one hundred two-reel, silent comedies, but never starred in a feature-length film. This one was made in 1924, and shows how the dress code for lawn and garden care has slipped over the last 90 years.


In the late 19th century, the English oak tree, quercus robur (Latin, quercus for “oak” and robur “strength, hard timber”) gave its name to the villain in a Jules Verne novel, Robur the Conqueror, and to a tea company in Melbourne, Australia.


Jules Verne’s Robur was the conqueror of the air, having invented a heavier-than-air flying machine shown above in an 1886 illustration by Léon Benett.

Tea Robur Elephant 2

Australia’s Robur, on the other hand, touted its strength with an elephant, shown here being seated for a big cuppa in a Robur tea room.

I’m fairly certain neither had anything to do with the other.