Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Happy Columbo Day!

Monday, 10 October 2016


The feat was both amazing and dangerous, especially given the limited technology of the time. The world was much larger than anyone had previously imagined, and relatively little had been recorded by seagoing cartographers. Much of what they compiled was inaccurate, but they were not completely in the dark.

They had the Martellus Map of 1489 [pictured above].

Cristoforo Colombo changed all that, and for that he should be remembered. He had big cojones, as did every sailor who joined him on his voyages into the unknown. I doubt that his financial supporters (including Queen Isabella of Spain) expected him to ever return from the first exploration, but he did, and he made several round-trip voyages after that, relying on seasonal trade winds.

Here’s to one of the greatest explorers in history.

Almost Squeeky Clean Hot Links

Sunday, 18 September 2016


Van’s Shoes made them for Squeeky The Clown and others. Here’s a Short history of Clown Shoes.

This would have scared the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks out of me at that age. I’m guessing Squeeky was a friend of the family.

Clown Shoes Beer. Barista Breakfast Brown Ale is now on my bucket list.

Dude, your car is total clown shoes.
Example of usage of the slang pejorative “Clown Shoes” via Urban Dictionary.

The Eight Commandments of Clowning.

Joseph “Joey” Grimaldi was possibly the most influential clown you never heard of.

Krinkles The Clown is just a tad bizarre [via].

Puddles Pity Party is awesome.

Then there’s Wavy Gravy. There’s a movie about him, too.

[Top image of McFootwear found here.]

REMEMBER ALWAYS – 11 September 2001

Sunday, 11 September 2016






1AM: 4 September 2016 Hot Links

Sunday, 4 September 2016


Hour, Day, Month, Year  = 12, 22, 32, 42.

Say, “Ahoy, matey, dis be der ninetain off Septembarrrrgh,” or “Bring oat jer booty an’ I’ll let yer play wit me byrd,” and get a free donut. Do it while wearing an eyepatch, black tricorn hat or head scarf, striped shirt with tattered pants, a cutlass or dragoon, and a parrot on your shoulder and you’ll get a dozen. TRUE.

Getting to Woodstock 1969.

Riding electric scooters around the desert with space babes.

It sits on top of a refrigerator – somewhere – and it’s disturbing.

Serious Papercuts.

Ray Charles won three consecutive games of chess against Willie Nelson according to Willie Nelson. Sure he did, Willie [via].

Girls in wood bathing suits 1929.

Auf den leiben einer Wanderzelle IV. According to Google, that translates to “On the legs of a walking cell IV,” the caption here says “the perspective is an anatomical landscape from the inside of the nostril looking out.” There’s even a cute little booger.

This is a Kinesin Motor Protein. More about them here.



Hot Links with Extra Sour Cream

Sunday, 28 August 2016

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The US Naval Institute released the results of their informal poll “Who Was The Greatest Woman In Military History?
The results are both surprising and unsurprising. I voted for Boadicea. She gave the military a spine to fight the Romans.

We posted a photo of Stanley The Great in April 2014 without really knowing who he was. Check out the update.

Bravo Land is now on my bucket list, if only to re-install erased history removed by evil people on The Slab o’ Time:

Inside the chain of stores, we immediately spotted the Bravo Land Slab o’ Time, an impressively massive tree cross-section propped against a wall. It’s from a Giant Sequoia blasted down in the 1950s, over 2,000 years old. It features a scattering of little metal labels nailed to it. A plaque explained: “The tags on the log denote growth rings that grew in the same year as various significant world events.”

“214 BC – Great Wall of China”…”197 BC – Roman Empire Begins.” There’s a 1,284 year gap, though, and the sign noted the “conspicuous absence of tagged growth rings from the 5th to the 15th centuries…. That period of time produced few significant events in world history.”

We’re not totally buying that. Closer inspection revealed missing tags radiating out from the slab center, two small holes indicating where each notable achievement used to be. We asked about it, and were told that “some political people” had come in and pointed out which milestone labels should be removed (you know, to fix world history).

We’ve seen timelines ravaged by tourism slab deniers before — but always on public land, at national and state parks. Complainers raise a stink, form a committee, and voila, adjusted! Bravo Land is a private enterprise. But once a slab is called out for being on the wrong side of history, there’s little choice but to get out the pliers and pry off the “Magna Carta,” and Columbus and Ponce de Leon “discovers” tags (we’re just guessing about the discards, since they’re gone).

Petey was a seal, but his real name was Shag. TRUE.

Stupid joke from a long time ago:

Okay, so a penguin is driving through the Mojave to Las Vegas when his A/C breaks down. He pulls into a repair garage in Pahrump and tells the mechanic that he needs air conditioning to survive the heat. Mechanic says, “There’s an ice cream shop a block away, cool down and be back in an hour.”

The penguin hits the ice cream shop, hangs out in the freezer eating ice cream, but since he only has flippers to hold the cones he makes a mess. An hour later he pays for the ice cream, cleans up the mess and returns to the mechanic and asks, “So what did you find?”

Mechanic says, “Looks like you blew a seal.”

Penguin wipes his beak and says, “Nah. It’s just ice cream.”

Trouble at Taminmin Humpty Doo.

Yeah, I said Humpty Doo.

[Top image is a tourist attraction at Humpty Doo and it cost $137,000 in 1983 bucks.]

Daniil Sihastrul’s Contribution To The World

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

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From Wiki:

Daniil Sihastrul (Romanian for “Daniel the Hesychast“) was a renowned Romanian Orthodox spiritual guide, advisor of Stephen the Great, and hegumen of Voroneț Monastery. Canonized by the Romanian Orthodox Church in 1992.
Daniil Sihastrul ignited a hermit movement in northern Moldova, having many novices in the woods surrounding Voroneț, as well as at the hermitages and monasteries in its surroundings. He encouraged Stephen the Great to fight for the defense of Christendom and to build holy places.

He has been considered a saint ever since his life time, being credited with healing the sick, exorcising demons, and removing suffering.

On first glance, it appears that St. Daniil was an eccentric loner who spent his life exorcising his mind from all thought in pursuit of purity of spirit for personal enlightenment, as that was apparently the aim of the Hesychasts. On the other hand, he was not a hermit full time, and used his stone temple as a place of refuge and contemplation. Given that he advised military strategist Stephen The Great, Daniil was well respected at the time (late 1400s AD).

Now what did Stephen The Great do? He stopped the Ottoman Empire warlords from overrunning Moldova, killing Christians and others indiscriminately, and from instituting islam and shari’ia law.

St. Stephen defeated Mehmet at a famous and decisive battle in a place called Vaslui (not far south of Iaṣi in the province of Moldova). Had he not done so, little would have stood between Mehmet and the Ukraine—and the obliteration of the rest of the Orthodox world. Mehmet met his match shortly after having sacked Constantinople. With the rest of the Balkan peninsula falling to Islam’s sword, Mehmet must have seemed unstoppable to Christians everywhere, yet none of the Western powers nor the Western Church would lift a finger against the Ottomans. Thus, Stephen stood more or less alone in defense of Christianity and his homeland [via].

Interesting times, indeed.

Oh, and here’s a photo of Deniis hawking his CDs. I’m not an historian, but it amazes me what one may find just by searching for the origin of an image.

[Images found here and via here.]

Flatulant Hot Links of The Hoity Toity

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Star Trek Farts

Yeah, right.

Do the Madison. Now do the Tighten Up. Now do The Frank Sinatra – eight ball in the side pocket. C’mon people now. It’s Hully Gully Callin’ Time.

I’m guilty of it, and my dad did it to me, too.
This is what Dads are for.

“From Fu Hao to Joan of Arc to Rear Adm. Grace Hopper and beyond, women have played decisive roles in military affairs since the dawn of history.” Who was the greatest woman in military history? USNI wants to know.

I met Myldred Jones. She had been the highest ranking woman in the Navy ( Lt. Commander) but I didn’t know it at the time. All I knew was that she ran a shelter for teens in trouble, was planning to build a 2-story residence for runaways on the adjacent property, and seemed like a nice little old lady. I was just a year or so out of the midwest, so was polite and respectful. I don’t recall exactly what I said, but her response was, “Cut the crap. This is business.”

Check out who’s under cyber attack and from where. Live map.

The Runaways. Yeah, I got it, but I liked this song better.

Please return your seat to its upright position.

Sam Kinison‘s version of Wild Thing was better than the original.

[Top image from here.]


Flying Bum Flies

Thursday, 11 August 2016

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Flying Bum 1

A vessel said to be the world’s largest aircraft has left its hangar for the first time, in preparation for a test flight.

British company Hybrid Air Vehicles towed the Airlander 10 – nicknamed the Flying Bum – out of its hangar at the UK’s Cardington Airfield in the early hours of Saturday morning [via].

And Iowahawk wins at Twitter again:

Flying Bum 3a

Nothing Much Happened Today.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Democrat National Convention 2016

Leaving the 2016 Democrat National Convention?

The Astonishing Annual Red Crab Migration
Each year millions of bright red land crabs leave their burrow homes on Australia’s Christmas Island and start a long, laborious trek toward the sea. They descend cliffs, climb banks and maneuver around obstacles to reach the shoreline and lay their eggs, eventually returning to the island’s central plateau with their offspring in tow. The synchronized migration resembles a crimson-colored river undulating across the island and can last up to 18 days. The event typically takes place in November or December (the crabs will only move when it’s raining) and coincides with the turning of high tide and the arrival of the waning moon.
[Image and caption found here.]

Opinionated Hot Links

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Brazil 2016

Epic Cat is still epic.

84 year old shows his stuff at Muscle Beach.

Weaponized Victimhood: “This is not a grand battle against institutionalised injustice. This is an addiction to indignation.”

The MiniMoog made music history. Here are Parts 1 & 2 of an interesting (but flat) documentary.

Remember Walter Carlos? He flipped the switch years ago, and nobody cared. Why does anyone care about that Bruce guy?

The Ramones 31 December1977 London. Very cool, but they didn’t play Sheena.

Canadian cities in the 1950s in watercolor.

Cussing in the carnival photobooth.

Incarcerated for his opinions in the United States of America, Dinesh D’Souza has a new film out.

FWIW, The Blogmocracy had trouble migrating their blog. Their new address is so update your bookmarks.

[Top image from here, with the caption:
Already struggling with an impeachment challenge, the worst recession in a century and the biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history, the Workers Party leader was given another reason to doubt she will complete her four-year term.”
Something sounds familiar.]

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