Archive for the ‘True Stories’ Category

Water Carrier ca. 1910

Tuesday, 20 March 2018


A water-carrier in Samarkand (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910.

[Found here.]


Chewing Rubber Paint

Monday, 5 March 2018

The Rubber Paint Company of Cleveland, Ohio created the Zeno Manufacturing Company in 1890. W.N. Brewer, an employee at the Rubber Paint Company, had the idea to start making chewing gum with rubber as one of the ingredients as a sideline of the company. He created the Zeno company.

[Image and caption found here. The history of chewing gum here.]

It was a bit breezy, and yes, there was a shark attack and a giant bottle opener.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

johan5030 · 5 Aug 2014
Its in the city of Kristinehamn in Sweden.
I live here and was here when it happend. Never experienced such wind.

Sounds like one of the Nordic Storms of 2013 when the region was pounded by hurricane-force winds. [Image and comment found here.]

The .Gif Friday Post No.523 – LAX ETA 5hrs 7min, Russian Airforce BS Taunts & Cat Opines

Friday, 16 February 2018

That’s a Russian intercept fighter that flew within 5 feet of a US surveillance plane, crossed in front, and forced the US aircraft to fly through turbulence on 29 January 2018. The Cold War is not over.

[Found here, here. and here.]

Saturday Matinee – Origins of the Moon Walk, Sugar Chile Robinson, Ola Belle & Zane Campbell

Saturday, 10 February 2018

The origins of the Moon Walk.

Sugar Chile Robinson was a 7 year old blues & boogie woogie piano prodigy. I wondered what happened to him and found this. Here he is in 2007 at the age of 69:

Robinson is still performing.

Let’s move on to something completely different.

I’d heard of neither Ola Belle nor Zane Campbell until today but both were and are awesome.

Have a great weekend, folks. There’s more in the hopper.

Fascinating, yet disturbing.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A sheep died in a bog. The top of the sheep’s back was not submerged and rotted away. The submerged parts remained perfectly preserved.

Bogs are weird.

[Image and caption found here.]

Nothing Much Happened Today.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Apparently that’s a Russian missile, fired into the Ukraine in 2014.

В Донецкой области снаряд «Урагана» пробил машину сил АТО, но не взорвался (ФОТО)
Украинские силовики, которые находятся в районе села Дмитровка Донецкой области, были обстреляны из российских “Ураганов”. К счастью, одна из ракет, попавшая в штабную машину, не разорвалась.
Как сообщает Андрей Захаров, «Дмитровка, база 12 БТрО. Очередная “петарда”, купленная сепарами в “магазине”.

Via Google Translate:

In Donetsk region, the projectile “Hurricane” struck the machine of the ATU forces, but did not explode (PHOTO)
The Ukrainian siloviki, who are in the area of the village of Dmitrovka in the Donetsk region, were fired from the Russian “Hurricanes”. Fortunately, one of the missiles that got into the staff car did not explode.
As reported by Andrei Zakharov, “Dmitrovka, the base 12 of the BTRO. Another “petard”, bought by the segregated in the ‘store.'”

[Original source appears to be here. Found here.]

North Korea celebrates 50th Anniversary of the capture of the USS Pueblo

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Captured crewmembers of the USS PUEBLO giving the “Hawaiian Good Luck Sign,” 1968.

[USNI News 24 January 2018.]

North Korea celebrated the 50th anniversary of the USS Pueblo (AGER-2) incident on Tuesday via broadcasts on state television and in an international press statement.

In 1968, the North Korean Navy captured the signals intelligence ship USS Pueblo (AGER-2) and its crew of 82 sailors. The sailors suffered starvation and torture and were used for propaganda purposes for almost a year before a release was negotiated in December of 1968.
Pueblo’s crew resisted when possible, most notably by frequently raising their middle fingers to ruin propaganda photo ops staged by the North Koreans, telling their captors the gesture was considered a “Hawaiian Good Luck Sign,” according to the Navy investigation. The crew was severely beaten near the end of their confinement when the North Koreans learned the gesture’s true meaning.

[More at the link above.]


Harp Closet

Thursday, 18 January 2018

As one of the first women members of The Cleveland Orchestra—and one of only a few women musicians in any orchestra—Alice Chalifoux (principal harpist 1931-74) faced unique challenges such as orchestra halls without women’s dressing rooms. Alice sometimes used her harp case as a backstage dressing room when the Orchestra was touring across the U.S.

[Found here.]

1968 was the year to get Dodge fever.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Crenshaw Dodge was open daily AND Sunday. If you squint, you can still see the ghost of the dealership.

Adjusted for inflation, $3,014 is about $21,500 in 2017 dollars for one of the classic muscle cars. Overpriced? 50 years later they’re selling for twice as much, and more.

[Ad found here. 2018 listings found here.]


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