Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Zero Mostel!

Happy Birthday William Washington!

A Patriot.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The three Jesi....

A nice synopsis of one of the more interesting psychological tests/tortures.

Coffins are too small - The Proof!

Happy Birthday Mary Jo Pehl!

Happy Birthday Joanne Woodward!

Happy National Strawberry Day!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash!

Happy Birthday Godfrey Cambridge!

Happy Birthday Fats Domino!

Happy Birthday Francis Marion!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Instructions for all you cellphone users out there!

The earliest colonial American fort?
Pretty neat!

The first earthquake detector

Pretty neat!

Happy Birthday to Give Ireland Back To The Irish!

Released on this date in 1972.

Happy Birthday to Yes, Minister!

Premiered on this date in 1980.  One of my faves.

Happy Birthday to Your Show of Shows!

Premiered on this date in 1950.

Happy Birthday Carroll Borland!

Happy Birthday Zeppo!

Happy Birthday George Harrison!

Happy Birthday Jim Backus!

Happy National Clam Chowder Day!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Udderly Insane

RIP Harold Ramis

Happy Birthday George Thorogood!

Happy Birthday Franz von Stuck!

Happy National Tortilla Chip Day!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

The cutting edge of pizza delivery

Happy Birthday Majel Barrett!

Happy Birthday W.E.B.Du Bois!

Happy National Chili Day!

Today is Iwo Jima Day

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Woody Guthrie Annual
A yearly journal devoted to the man and his works.

(Thanks for the link, Jeff!)

An Online Reading Group for Shea & Wilson's Illuminati Trilogy
This'll be fun.

Happy Open That Bottle Night!

Only 250 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Birthday Sheldon Leonard!

Happy Birthday Dwight Frye!

Happy Birthday Edward Gorey!

Happy Birthday George Washington!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cthulhu Crafts & GeeGaws

A little somethin' for the Ladies...

A Grave Interest

Just discovered this blog devoted to cemeteries, graves, funeral customs, et al.  Very well written and researched.

The communications of Admiral Nimitz online
This will make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the Pacific Campaign of WWII.

Happy Birthday Mary Chapin Carpenter!

DC's finest!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

RIP Mary Grace Canfield

Brawling With Bambi!

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

"Eye Of The Tiger" - the dot matrix printer version

This is pretty cute, actually!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Italian Disco Beatles!

Come for the music, stay for the elephant pants!

Bosch's music from the butts of Hell!

This is pretty near, actually!

Happy Birthday Richard Matheson!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy World Day of Social Justice!

Happy Birthday Joel Hodgson!

Happy Birthday Sidney Poitier!

Happy Birthday William Prescott!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Frederick Douglas!

Happy Hoodie Hoo Day!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Beginning of month of Ventose in French revolutionary calendar

Happy Birthday to the Bowman Body weekly show!

A famous local Ghost Host.  The Bowman Body began his weekly broadcasts on this date in 1971.

Happy Birthday to the Phonograph!

Patented on this date in 1878 by Thomas Edison.

Happy Birthday Bobby Hart!

Happy Birthday Smokey Robinson!

Happy Birthday Copernicus!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

RIP Bob Casale of Devo

I despair

Come Back Later, When We're Open....

Happy Birthday to Hello! My Name Is Blotto!

Their first EP, released on this date in 1980.

Happy Birthday Sonia Rustein!

Baltimore's finest!

Happy Birthday Jack Palance!

Happy Birthday Gahan Wilson!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Drink Wine Day!


Monday, February 17, 2014

"Boys will be boys"

It's always amazing to me how many men out-and-out despise women.  It feeds into the whole slasher film/game industry, the way so many rappers refer to them in their so-called songs,  the way that country grits like this expect them to be treated, etc.  The term "misogyny" seems inadequate at times to describe how deep, widespread, and downright casual it is in this society.  I used to wonder if these cretins would expect and accept such treatment dished out to their mothers, grandmothers, spouses, sisters, or daughters.  But I now shudder that the answer/result would probably be the same.  We've got a large population of monsters in our midst.

A Lego episode of The Simpsons is on the way!

Great moments in amureekin edjumication


The Science Experiment

The Tattoo...

Some problems take care of themselves

An interesting article about the Hunley
The first submarine to sink another ship.  This article reviews the attempts to learn what sank it, in return.

A genetic map of the world
This is pretty neat, if it's accurate, (I've no background to judge it).

Happy Birthday John Sullivan!

A Patriot.

Happy Presidents Day!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

CIA parenting method gains endorsement from alleged pediatrician

So much for Dr. Spock, in our brave new world....

Elvira Sodas!

Happy Birthday Hairspray (the film)!

Premiered on this date in 1988.

Happy Birthday Jerry Moore!

 A local (DC) ghost host of great renown.

Happy Birthday Sonny Bono!

Happy Birthday Christopher Gadsden!

A Patriot.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Photos of the Flying Wing


Evidence of Other Universes!

Pretty neat! 

Happy Birthday Harvey Korman!

Happy Birthday Matt Groening!

Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Headline of the day

The Apple Scruffs - a nice article about 'em
They're all mad, of course.  But there's also something charming in this.  And I now finally know what "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" is about. 
There are more stories about the Scruffs.  Once, they tried to alert Paul that his (then) girlfriend, Jane Asher, was arriving at his house while he was entertaining another woman inside...  Another time, he just hung out a window and serenaded them with a rendition of Blackbird. 

Valentine's bouquet for that bacon lover in your life!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Al Jaffee shows the fold-in that MAD Magazine wouldn't print

Happy Birthday Robert Shea!

Happy Birthday Jack Benny!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Ray Teller!

Happy Birthday Emperor Norton!

Happy Valnetine's Day!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How old were the original Revolutionaries?


Star Wars VS The Olympics

Neat-O!  Now, this I would watch!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Black Sabbath! (the album)

Released on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday Susan Oliver!

Happy Birthday Peter Gabriel!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


As I type this, a huge snowstorm is being predicted for the DC area.  As longtime readers know, I am extremely skeptical and cynical when it comes to our so-called meteorologists' predictions for us.  It is also a matter of vast public record that we are the all-time wussiest people when it comes to snow, here.  So, I guess we'll see what happens - whether it is the 7-12" that I just heard was predicted. or less, or nothing at all.  Regardless, we are prepared here at the Manor, with enough food, firewood and bourbon to take us into the Spring, if need be.  My one and only concern is the electricity.  For some reason, it seems more and more vulnerable around here.  In my childhood, loss of power was rare, and when it occurred was measured in hours.  Now, it is much more frequent and can last for days.  I'd be curious as to why that is.

RIP Sid Caesar

We've lost a Giant of American comedy.

Meanwhile, In Antarctica...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

My Hometown
At this point, I practically have to be dragged to go into DC.  As for the DMV there, it is like the rest of the city's government - incompetent, petty, corrupt, and/or lazy.  And I can't imagine why anyone would want to work for them who didn't share at least two of those attributes.

Charlie Brown Christmas min-documentary
This is wonderful.  I've written about Charlie Brown Christmas before.  It is one of the ironies in my life that I really love it, and have had the pleasure of watching it virtually every Christmas since that first broadcast. 

Red Shirts

This sounds pretty amusing for any Star Trek fans.

New video from Well Hung Heart!

One of my fave new bands. 

Happy Birthday Dracula (the film)!

Premiered on this date in 1931.

Happy Birthday Ray Manzarek!

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Happy VD!

(Thanks for the link and title, Barb!)

A break in the Lyon Sisters Case?

This tragedy haunted DC at the time, and I confess to still finding it so.  One of the great mysteries in our region.  I hope that the truth comes out, and hope they nail the bastard that did it...

The Ultimate Contract

A neat article exploring the history and origins of pacts with the Devil.

is Abe Vigoda still alive?

This'll tell you:

Look out, McDonald's...

RIP Shirley Temple

Happy Cheney Day!

Anniversary of the Beatles' DC concert!

Anniversary of the Massachusetts Circular Letter, 1768

An important precursor to the Revolution.

Happy Birthday Gene Vincent!

Happy Birthday Sheryl Crow!

Happy Birthday Bobby "Boris" Pickett!

Happy Birthday Leslie Nielsen!

Happy Birthday Benjamin Tallmadge!

A Patriot.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Great moments in the English language

I believe that is is referred to as an "Own Goal" in soccer...

Happy Birthday Jimmy Durante!

Happy Birthday Lon Chaney, Jr.!

Happy Birthday Bertolt Brecht!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

The Kinkster is running for Texas AG Commissioner

Happy Birthday to Wizards!

Premiered on this date in 1977.  One of my all-time faves.

Aniversary of the Beatles appearing on Ed Sullivan,the-ed-sullivan-show-first-appearance,qp8rul.html

Happy Birthday Frank Frazetta!

Happy Birthday Ronald Colman!

Happy Birthday Barbara Lewis!

One of the most under-rated singer songwriters of all time. 

Happy Birthday Carole King!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy National Bagels & Lox Day!


Saturday, February 08, 2014

The turning away from religious traditions - from The Onion,35211/

Fungoid Art

Very Lovecraftian...

Grave Matters...

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society is accepting new members!

Wonderful folks!

Happy Birthday Enlgand Dan Seals!

Happy Birthday Jules Verne!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Nuclear Scuba - The Ultiamte Dive?

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Trailers From Hell looks at The Dunwich Horror!

The intelligence of crows

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Finally! A proper use for the Washington Times is discovered!

Happy Birthday to the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!

Released on this date in 2004.

An newly discovered humanoid being in Peru?

It'll be interesting to see if this is true and how it plays out.  I'm sure the the ancient astronaut fanatics are going crazy.

Skinny Puppy - Government Contractor

The world just got a little stranger...

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy Birthday Robert La Follette Jr!

Happy Birthday Adam Weishaupt!

Happy Darwin Day!

Happy Birthday Patrick Macnee!

Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Vampire Over London

An entire blog devoted to Bela Lugosi.

A nazi guidebook to Britain?
Sometimes, articles like this aren't particularly accurate.  But I am struck by a single booklet details both landmarks for paratrooper drops, as well as where the high command will be living come the conclusion of the invasion - not to mention demolition sites, ,etc.  That makes no sense to me at all, combining disparate functions into a single document.  I'd have an expert check over the physical evidence (paper, ink used, etc.) before bidding on such an object.

An Internet For Robots

I believe that this is how The Matrix starts....

People will try anthing to use the HOV lanes around DC

West Virginia Werewolf?

Happy Birthday to The Urban Verbs! (album)

One of DC's Finest, released on this date in 1980.

Happy Birthday to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour!

Premiered on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday H.R. Giger!

Happy Birthday John Carradine!

Happy Birthday James Otis, Jr.!

A Patriot.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Ultimate Ambulance Chaser

Wow!  I've never heard of using your brother's death to sell a service before!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Key To Hell

Recently released photos of a grimoire that I'd not been aware of.

Happy birthday Alice Cooper!

Happy Birthday Constance Markievicz!

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks!

Happy Birthday Tadeusz Kosciuszko!

A Patriot.

Happy National Stuffed Mushroom Day!


Happy National Homemade Soup Day!


Monday, February 03, 2014


Everybody - Close Your Eyes

Portal to Hell is sold

Prices have gone up, my trips to hell were much cheaper.

When tumbleweek attacks!

There's a horror movie in this story...

Happy Birthday Charles Roberts!

Happy Birthday Melanie Safka!

Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell!

Anniversary fo the Day the Music Died

Sunday, February 02, 2014

A nice article on why D&D still matters

Big Ass Spider!

This sounds kinda fun, actually.

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

Happy Birthday Wilbur Whately!

Happy Birthday Tom Smothers!

Happy Birthday Graham Nash!

Happy Birthday Charles de Talleyrand!

Patron Saint of Diplomacy Players!

Happy GroundHog Day!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Happy Birthday Creature Feature with Count Gore De Vol!

Premiered on this date in 1973.

Happy Birthday Terry Jones!

Happy Birthday Bill Mumy!

Happy Birthday Don Everly!

Happy Birthday Clark Gable!

Anniversary of the Greensboro Sit In of 1960

Happy National Freedom Day!

Happy Imbolc!