Weirdness

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nice article on Japanese 'secret' weapons of WWII

http://io9.com/11-secret-weapons-developed-by-japan-during-world-war-2-1669775923

I'd add two footnotes to this.  The first is the rumor that the Japanese were toying with the idea of manned fu-go balloons. And that experiments with captured ones might explain the infamous Roswell flying saucer crash of 1947.
The second is that Unit 731, besides being some of the biggest bastards in a world crammed full of them, may also have been incompetent and completely worthless for their so-called expertise in the Cold War.  Word on the street is that their research and documentation hardly reached the junior high school level for accuracy, experiment protocols, isolating variables, etc. And that American scientists following up on it found it worthless.   If true, and I suspect it is, it would make their escape from the gallows all the more deplorable. 

RIP Mandy Rice-Davies

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/dec/20/mandy-rice-davies-secret-meetings-bridget-fonda-film-portrayal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L15e7KDxbBk

Happy Birthday to The Graduate!

Premiered on this date in 1967.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061722/


Happy Birthday Billy Bragg!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Bragg


Happy Games Day!

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/games-day/


Happy National Fried Shrimp Day!

Yum!

http://www.blueridgeseafood.com/


Happy International Human Solidarity Day!

http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/


Friday, December 19, 2014

A TV Christmas message from long ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUWMjUjit_U

Simple and Classic.  The media sure has changed.....

How NORAD got into the Santa Tracking business

http://storycorps.org/listen/terri-van-keuren-rick-shoup-and-pamela-farrell/

A charming story....

(Thanks for the link, Mark!)

Happy Birthday Phil Ochs!

One of my all-time faves.
http://www.sonnyochs.com/


Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Believe Mug

http://www.shotdeadinthehead.com/believe-mug.html

Tee Hee!



(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Cthulhu Wreath

http://www.blastr.com/2014-12-17/image-day-creepy-diy-cthulhu-christmas-wreath

Happy Birthday to For A Few Dollars More!

Premiered on thisd ate in 1965.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059578/?ref_=nv_sr_1


Happy Birthday to How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Premiered on this date in 1966

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060345/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Happy Birthday Christopher Fry!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Fry

The author of my favorite play, The Lady's Not For Burning, featuring a character named Thomas Mendip....

Happy Birthday Keith Richards!

http://www.keithrichards.com/


Happy Birthday Michael Moorcock!

http://www.multiverse.org/


Happy National Roast Suckling Pig Day!

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/December/sucklingpigday.htm


Happy Chewidden!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chewidden_Thursday

Happy National Bake Cookies Day!

Yum!

http://www.cute-calendar.com/event/bake-cookies-day/16950.html


Happy Picrous Day!

http://www.cornishculture.co.uk/picrous.htm


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A nice article about the people and procedures of burial at Arlington

http://hamptonroads.com/2014/11/arlington-cemetery-they-move-heaven-and-earth


Happy Birthday to The Simpsons!

Premiered on this date in 1989.

http://www.simpsonsworld.com/


Happy Birthday to Night of the Demon!

Premiered on this date in 1957.  Great horror film.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050766/


Happy Birthday Paul Rodgers!

http://paulrodgers.com/


Happy Birthday Eddie Kendricks!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Kendricks

Happy Wright Brothers Day!

http://wrightbrothers.info/


Happy National Maple Syrup Day!

Yum!

http://www.berkshiresweetgold.com/Farm_Page.html


Happy Saturnalia!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturnalia


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mutant Menorahs!

http://mashable.com/2014/12/14/awesome-menorahs/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Anniversary fo the start of the Battle of the Bulge

It was 70 years ago today that the whole thing started.  You can look up the details online easily enough.  I've always considered myself a rather serious student of WWII, and find this to be its most interesting battle, because of the units involved and the tactics used. 
I also view it as the argument against the constant drone of military historians' discussion of the U.S. Army at that time not being particularly good, and certainly not up to German or British standards.  I won't bore you with the details, Gentle Reader, but this battle proves the critics wrong, with the heroism, ingenuity, speed and fighting abilities of the Americans put to a severe test, and coming out on top in almost every tactical and grand tactical way and in almost all occasions.  These guys weren't second to anybody.

Tee Hee!

http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/12/cards-against-humanity-sells-30000-boxes-of-actual-poop-to-mock-holiday-consumerism.html?cmp=fbtl

Happy Birthday Billy Gibbons!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Gibbons


Happy Birthday Benny Andersson!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Andersson


Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party in 1773.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Tea_Party


Monday, December 15, 2014

Wreaths Across America at Arlington

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cUuGX_bCDE&feature=youtu.be

It really is impressive and moving.



Pre Velvet Underground Nico recording!

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/pre_velvet_underground_nico


Zombeavers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7onFrBK_hKE&feature=youtu.be

Clearly, we're talking Oscars, here....

NORAD's Santa Tracker is online and gearing up...

http://www.noradsanta.org/


Leadbelly Box Set On The Way!

http://www.folkways.si.edu/leadbelly


Happy Birthday Young Frankenstein!

Another big favorite of mine.  Premiered on this date in 1974.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072431/?ref_=nv_sr_2


Happy Birthday to One, Two, Three!

One of my favorite movies.  Premiered on this date in 1961.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055256/


Happy Birthday Alan Freed!

http://www.alanfreed.com/


Happy Birthday Dave Clark!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Clark_%28musician%29


Happy Birthday Tim Conway!

http://www.timconway.com/


Happy Birthday John Hammond Sr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hammond_%28producer%29


Happy Birthday Samuel Blatchley Webb!

A Patriot.

http://www.townofclaverack.com/good-living/claverack-history/webb1.html




Happy Bill of Rights Day!

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html


Sunday, December 14, 2014

A mystery in the Baltic

http://earthweareone.com/ufo-at-the-bottom-of-the-baltic-sea-cuts-off-electrical-equipment-when-divers-get-within-200m/

I am curious as to what the hell this is.

My next shirt...

http://teespring.com/superbeerdrinker?var=pb


Happy Birthday to I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!

One of my faves.  Premiered on this date in 1988.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095348/





Happy Birthday Morey Amsterdam!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0025440/


Happy Birthday Patty Duke!

http://www.officialpattyduke.com/home.htm


Happy Birthday Spike Jones!

Genius.  Essential.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spike_Jones


Happy Halcyon Days!

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/halcyon-days.html


Today is Worldwide Candle Lighting Day

http://www.compassionatefriends.org/News_Events/Special-Events/Worldwide_Candle_Lighting.aspx