Monday, March 31, 2014

The 2nd pig is safe from nuclear war

Ah, the marketing of kindling as protection against an atomic attack - I love it!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy Birthday to The Matrix!

Premiered on this date in 1999.

Happy World Backup Day!

Happy Tater Day!


Happy National Clams On The Half Shell Day!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bacon Alarm

Happy Birthday God!

Happy Brithday Lene Lovich!

Happy Birthday Graeme Edge!

Happy Birthday John Astin!

Happy Birthday Francisco Sabate!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

hitler's health!BLqEC

A pretty good article.  The debate will continue, with advocates of syphilis and parkinson's weighing in. 

Happy Birhtday Patty Donahue!

Happy Birthday Terence Hill!

Happy Brithday Eric Idle!

Happy Blossom Kite Festival Day!

Friday, March 28, 2014

How do you handle the decline of a Parent?

I think this is a very good article on how to handle any serious situation that involves hospitals, nursing homes, etc.  I've had some experience here, and this rings true.

Eating a meteor?
This sounds both stupid and unappetizing to me...

Nice article on cattle mutilations

The cutting edge of tooth removal

I am never ever going to Sweden...

P.O. Box 1142
A nice article on some of the once hidden history of WWII.  This was just down the road a few miles from where I grew up in Alexandria.

A film (maybe...) about the Blue Ridge Barnum, Mark Cline!

He's quite a character, and Foam Henge is heartily recommended by me!

Landlocked navies

Neat little article.

Happy Birthday Futurama!

Premiered on this date in 1999.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Fun stuff!  I'm looking forward to seeing more of this!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

The mining of the Potomac River
Here's a little bit of military history about the District that I'd never heard of before. 

Happy Birthday Nathan Fillion!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Headline of the day

Facts and folklore about the original Washington Monument

Haven't been there in decades, but remember it being a very pretty area.

Photos of American tank manufacturing in WWII

A nice article about Peter Lorre

Happy Birthday Strother Martin!

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

Happy Birthday Diana Ross!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A wine glass holder for the shower

lil' danny

In a town chock-full of assholes, he's the biggest...

My interest in professional football is near zero.  However, I do have a favorite team - whoever is playing against the Deadskins.

Structures on the Moon?

"A gruesome story", he said offhandedly...

The library code

The first long barrow in 5,000 years

Pretty neat!

Anniversary of the Lyon Sisters Disappearance
One of the great mysteries and tragedies in the DC area.  Despite the headline, there is no resolution in sight.

Happy Birthday Johnny Burnette!

Happy Birthday John Keel!

Happy Birthday Elton John!

Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin!

Happy Marryland Day!

Happy Birthday John Barry!

A Patriot.

Today is International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Monday, March 24, 2014

Nice listing of upcoming horror and sci fi films

Happy Birthday Alyson Hannigan!

Happy Birthday Nick Lowe!

Happy Birthday Houdini!

Happy Birthday Wilhelm Reich!

Today is International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

Sunday, March 23, 2014

My next t-shirt

The Disney Unified Field Theory

A nice article on the old Fortean tale of the Devil's Footprints

A very nice article about Route 11 Potato Chips
My faves...

The Return of MST3000!?!?!?!

I sure hope that this isn't National Geographic's idea of an April Fool's joke...

Happy Birthday Ric Ocasek!

Happy Birthday Chaka Khan!

Happy Birthday John Peck Rathbun!
A Patriot.

Happy National Chip & Dip Day!


Happy Liberty Day!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A cute little article about the I Ching, Binary math, and computers

Happy Birthday Chico!

Happy Birthday Werner Klemperer!

Happy World Water Day!

Happy Birthday Samuel Thompson!

A Patriot, now almost forgotten.

Happy Birthday Captain Kirk!

Happy International Talk Like Shatner Day!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Some very large weapons out of history...

Alert Colonel Sanders!

Happy National Puppy Day!

Today is the beginning of the month of Germinal in French revolutionary calendar

Happy International Day of Forests!

Happy International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination!

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Happy World Poetry Day!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

An early magic wand?

Ask Lovecraft - Fun With Kids

I love this guy!

The cutting edge of jail visitation

Theatre of the Absurd?

Happy Birthday Dick Dyszel!
My fave Ghost Host!

Happy Birthday John de Lancie!

Happy Birthday Carl Reiner!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Equinox!

Happy International Day of Happiness!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Corpse Furniture

The Teleseme

This device looks absolutely charming to me.  I want one in every hotel room that I stay at.

A nice little article about Greek Fire

Happy Birthday Bill Bowman - The Bowman Body!

Happy birthday Clarence "Frogman" Henry!

Happy Brithday Patrick McGoohan!

One of my all-time faves.

Happy National Poultry Day!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New editions of Lord Dunsany and Clark Ashton Smith!

Two of my fave authors in fancy new editions.

Coming on April 5th - The UFO Apocalypse Prank

This'll be interesting...

The Winchester Mansion is opening up for overnight stays and parties

If you're not familiar with it, this place often shows up on TV shows dealing with haunted houses and whatnot.

Happy Birthday Wilson Pickett!

Happy Sheelah's Day!

Happy National Oatmeal Cookie Day!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Monstrous reptiles in Australia?

Death by Autopsy

A little history about "OK"

Happy Birthday Pattie Boyd!

If there were ever to be an "official muse" of rock'n'roll, it would have to be Boyd.

Happy Birthday Karl Straub!

An old friend, and one of my fave songwriters.

Happy Birthday John Sebastian!

Happy Birthday Paul Kantner!

Happy Birthday Brigitte Helm!

Great actress.

Happy Evacuation Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

RIP Scott Asheton

Factors leading to the end of industrial society?

The Maryland Bacon festival is coming up!

Happy Birthday Jerry Jeff Walker!

Happy Birthday Elliott Murphy!

Happy Birthday Leo McKern!

Hapy Birthday Nancy Wilson!

Happy Freedom of Information Day!

Happy Bacchanalia Festivals!

This is pretty much an everyday event here at the Manor...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Henrix postage stamp
I can already hear the standup comedians' jokes about getting high from licking it.

Wireless Electricity On The Way?

Viper Wine

Had never heard of this little beauty aid before....

Witches in 19th Century Virginia

Happy Birthday Plan 9 From Outer Space!

One of my all-time faves.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Forbidden Planet!

Premiered on this date in 1956.

Happy Birthday Sly Stone!

Today is International Day Against Police Brutality

Happy Ides of March/Brutus Day!

Anniversary of Washington's Newburgh Address

I consider this an under-rated bit of American history.  It could well have thh beginning of the end for the Republic.

Happy Buzzards Day!

Friday, March 14, 2014

The cutest picture of penguins you're going to see today

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Anti-Pi Rant

Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Barb!)

Dutch commercial featuring a secret weapon of WWII

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

RIP Tony Benn

Happy Birthday Lee Hays!

Happy Birthday Michael Caine!

Happy Birthday Michael Martin Murphey!

Happy Birthday Einstein!

Happy National Potato Chip Day!


Happy Pi Day!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Beer Belly of America

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Great Moments In Chinese-English Translation

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Facts about 65 songs that may change your view of them

A few of the older ones I'm well familiar with, the newer stuff I will leave up to younger readers to evaluate.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Let the puns begin!

Uranus was discovered on this date in 1781 by William Herschel.

Happy Birthday Vanishing Point!

Premiered on this date in 1971, (some sources say 1/15)

Happy Birthday Mike Stoller!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pining for the fjords..

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

Keith Richards - Childrens' book author

The cutting edge of historical reenactors

Romulan Ale will do it to you every time...

The cutting edge of travelling to rehab

A nice review of the new box set from Mike Pinder (from the Moody Blues)

Isn't Trenton close to Grover's Mill?

Happy Birthday James Taylor!

Happy Birthday Agent 99!

Happy Birthday Liza Minnelli!

Happy Genealogy Day!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A nice article about the Anarchist scholar Paul Avrich and his upcoming book on Goldman and Berkman

Happy Birthday Nina Hagen!

Happy Birthday Douglas Adams!

Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!

Happy Penny Loaf Day!

Monday, March 10, 2014

A nice collection of gargoyles

A sunken u-boat in the Potomac

I had no idea!

Happy Birthday Buffy The Vampire Slayer!
Premiered on this date in 1997.

Happy Harriet Tubman Day!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The wrong test

Forget about testing the ash - test the people.  Clearly, they're vampires. C'mon, flesh burning at the touch of anything holy.  This was a no-brainer.  Where's my stake....

Rocket cats of the Renaissance

Happy Birthday Mark Lindsay!

Happy Birthday John Cale!

Happy Panic Day!

Happy National Crab Meat Day!


Saturday, March 08, 2014

RIP Leo Bretholz

I just found out about the death of a friend.  Leo was an authentic hero, and I am deeply honored to have been able to say that I'd known him.  He was the real deal.  I miss him already.

Happy Birthday Micky Dolenz!

Watch out, Putin...


(I've always wanted to write one of those self help books for executives, entitled something like "Management Secrets of Fearless Leader")

New album from Karl Straub

Karl's an old friend of mine, and a great songwriter.

(Thanks for the links, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Alan Hale, Jr.!

Happy International Women's Day!

Friday, March 07, 2014

My next set of silverware

How We Sound

Pretty neat!  I might point out that the late Sid Caesar was an expert at this. 

Pass The Beaver Anal Secretions, Please!

Wars - The Long & The Short Of It

I Love The Irish!

Happy Birthday King Kong!

Premiered on this date in 1933.

Happy Pully Lug Day!

An obscure English Holiday that I am resurrecting:   In Cumberland & Westmoreland.  Allowing one to pull another's ears with impunity.

Happy Birthday Willard Scott!

A DC legend.

Happy Birthday Peter Wolf!

Happy Frozen Dead Guy Days!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

A great article on Ed Walker

A wonderful article on a local legend, one of the Joy Boys. He's a real treasure to the region.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Nuclear Dice - For True Gamesmen

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy World Book Day!

Happy Birthday Mary Wilson!

Happy Birthday Lou Costello!

Happy Birthday Kazimierz Pulaski!

A Patriot.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I prefer to listen to The Twist in the original Hindi

Anniversary of the start of George Washington's first term as President

Happy Birthday to The Creature From The Black Lagoon!

Premiered on this date in 1954.

Happy Birthday Howard Pyle!

Happy Brithday Penn Jillette!

Happy St. Piran's Day!

Happy National Absinthe Day!


Today is Boston Massacre/Crispus Attucks Day

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Bacon Plays Bacon!

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

50 Albums for the Reality Impaired

A pretty good list!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

The Chef....

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Nosferatu! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1922.

Happy Brithday Glen Baxter!

Happy Birthday Ed "Big Daddy" Roth!

Happy Game Masters' Day!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Worf of Wall Street!

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

An MC5 documentary!

Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" - The Ultimate Version

On reading books...

I remain very pessimistic on this, and very cynical as to the future of reading and learning in general.

A new "Wow" signal from Space?

Happy Casimir Pulaski Day!

Happy Birthday James Doohan!

Happy Brithday Jean Harlow!

Happy National Mulled Wine Day!


Happy National Anthem Day!

Happy Nickanan Night!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Haunted Hamburger

A nice tale.  I've eaten here, and love the place!  And the town of Jerome is one of my favorite towns on earth!  Absolutely charming, and beautiful views. 

My next chandelier

The Female Stranger

A nice retelling of one of the legends of my hometown.

Happy Birthday Lou Reed!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Austin Roe!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Willis O'Brien!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Read Across America Day!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Bigfoot in Maryland?

I'd be curious as to where in Maryland this is...

Happy Birthday Bill Gaines!

Happy Birthday Roger Daltrey!

Happy Birthday David Niven!

Happy Birthday Otho Williams!

A Patriot.

Anniversary of the ratification of the Articles of Confederation in 1781

Happy National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!


Happy Whuppity Scoorie!

Happy St. David's Day!