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For the Win.

Dolphin Retriever.

The History of Neil Young.

Holy crap, Preying Mantis!

Jerry Lawson on Frank Zappa.

How to remove a stuck ring w/ dental floss [via here].

Papa Charlie Jackson‘s “Airy Man Blues” (1924) had some unusual chord changes.


Grog” is old Brit naval slang for “grogham,” a cloak worn by Vice Admiral Edward Vernon (known as “Old Grogham”) who realized that sailors were hoarding their daily rum rations for later binges. In 1740 he decreed:

“To Captains of the Squadron! Whereas the Pernicious Custom of the Seamen drinking their Allowance of Rum in Drams, and often at once, is attended by many fatal Effects to their Morals as well as their Health, the daily allowance of half a pint a man is to be mixed with a quart of water, to be mixed in one Scuttled Butt kept for that purpose, and to be done upon Deck, and in the presence of the Lieutenant of the Watch, who is to see that the men are not defrauded of their allowance of Rum.”

THAT likely pissed off a lot of swabs. [USNI has more here.]


“On August 29, 1916, the U.S.S. Memphis was wrecked on the beach at Santo Domingo City, Santo Domingo, by enormous seas which were unaccompanied by any wind whatsoever.” [Eyewitness story here.]


From the Well Look At That Department:

After accounting for all income, charity, and non-cash welfare benefits like subsidized housing and Food Stamps—the poorest 20% of Americans consume more goods and services than the national averages for all people in most affluent countries.


A Humble Request. Thanks to all contributors and those of you who continue to donate. We’re trying to hold onto her apartment for when she’s ready to return.)


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


[Top image: A coworker shot this photo of a hotel basement conference center grand stairway. I liked the composition and color transitions.]

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