Saturday, May 31, 2014

The actors who supported the Marx Brothers

A wonderful appreciation of these folks.

A nice site devoted to Virginia's wineries


Interesting article about 'wild men' in America

Vikings on the Great Lakes?

This doesn't surprise me in the least.  By now, there are all sorts of contenders from the Old World visiting the New before the Spanish got here - Phoenicians, West Africans, Cathaginians, English, Welsh, Irish, and of course, the Norsemen.  Storms would account for some, and wanderlust or delusion for others.  And a few probably were able to set up at least a minor and temporary home here, perhaps even some (extremely) limited trade.  But that is the important part - only the Spanish had the political will, organization and technology to stay forever and expand.  The rest faded away.  So, unlike many of the more conservative historians, I've got no beef with claims for other contenders in the "who got here first" sweepstakes.  Because it almost doesn't matter.  For me, it's who made the Atlantic a permanent trade route, with the resulting colonization and conquest. 

Germany's Corpse Factory

An interesting article about propaganda in WWI.

Guitar Lessons in the DC area

Karl's an old friend of mine, and an excellent guitarist and songwriter.

The Re-Opening of the Poe House in Baltimore

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood!

Happy Birthday John Bonham!

Today is National Save Your Hearing Day

Friday, May 30, 2014

A plug - Save Our Skins

I just discovered this Intenet series - and really enjoyed it.  I'd say that it was more than a little influenced (stylistically)  by The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, with hints of Shaun of the Dead, Idiocracy and Red Dwarf. 

New book about Babylon 5

Dead Guru?

Of course, Monty Python dealt with this issue decades ago...

Headline of the Day

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

Happy Birthday to Copacabana! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1947.

Happy Birthday Mel Blanc!
A National Treasure.

Happy National Mint Julep Day!

Happy Water A Flower Day!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Awkward Classical Music Photos

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

I'm Doomed...

A nice little article about warplane insignia

Keep those turtleneck sweaters handy!

Happy National Paperclip Day!

Happy Birthday Melissa Etheridge!

Happy Birthday Patrick Henry!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

RIP Radu Florescu

Happy Birthday Dr. Joseph Guillotin!

Happy Birthday John Fogerty!

Happy Birthday Gladys Knight!

Happy Slugs Return From Capistrano Day!

Happy National Hamburger Day!


Happy Amnesty International Day!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tesla's Spirit Radio

The Best of Tony Wilson's 'So It Goes'

Some classic punk and new wave footage, here.

The World's Biggest Paper Airplane

Paper airplanes were a minor passion of mine in childhood.  A wonderful hobby.

Combined GIF's

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Scottish Independence and Panama
I had no idea!  A fascinating chapter in British history.

The legend of Rommel in the Shenandoah Valley


Happy Birthday to the God Save The Queen!

Released on this date in 1977.

Happy Birthday Bruce Cockburn!

Happy Birthday Ramsey Lewis!

Happy Birthday Dashiell Hammett!

Happy Birthday Christopher Lee!

Happy Birthday Vincent Price!

One of my faves!

Monday, May 26, 2014

For Sale - The World's Biggest Record Collection

(Thanks for the link, Moana!)

Alert Bilbo!

Entombed animals

This is one of those topics that pops up in many Fortean compendiums of weird phenomena.

Happy Birthday, Dracula! (the novel)

Published on this date in 1897.

A nice article on the code names used in military operations

Current images of the battle sites of WWI

A harrowing little reminder...

The whale that 'spoke'

Fascinating stuff. 

Sinclair's Dinoland at the World's Fair

I have fun memories of visiting their exhibit - and still have the toy dinosaur souvenir that my Father purchased for me, 50 years ago...

A nice collection of pictures of the Quarry Men

Happy Birthday Bobcat Goldthwait!

Happy Birthday Matt Stone!

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks!

Happy Birthday John Wayne!

Happy Birthday Peter Cushing!

Happy Sally Ride Day!

Happy National Hamburger Day!

Today is Memorial Day

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Paul Weller!

Happy Birthday Richard O'Brien!

Happy Birthday Hal David!

Happy Towel Day!

Happy National Wine Day!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

DVD Box Set of Halloween on the way
I confess that the first one is the only one that I particularly enjoyed,  Caught the next two and they didn't do much for me.  The rest, I've no idea about.

Germany's illegal army
Finally!  I've been looking for some confirmation of some rumors I had heard about years ago regarding this.  A fascinating footnote to both WWII and the Cold War.  However, one of the additional rumors I heard was that this group was not some sort of German proto-addition to NATO, and strictly anti-Russian;  But actually planning a sort of putcsh/revolt against the Allies, and "liberating" West Germany from occupation, etc., and that Adenauer knew about this and tacitly supported it.  I can only imagine the geopolitical nightmare that would have resulted if an attack on Anglo-American troops in Germany were to have occurred in the mid 1950's. 

Happy Birthday Little Nell Campbell!

Happy Birthday Tommy Chong!

Happy Birthday Mr. Zimmerman!

Happy Birthday Patti LaBelle!

Happy National Escargot Day!


Friday, May 23, 2014

The weirdest anti-public defecation video that you're going to see today

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


This is wonderul!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A lost tape of Tolkien's
I confess to not being a huge fan of his work.  I tend more towards dark fantasy and sword and sorcery. 

Geomagnetic Energy and Paranormal Experiences

Fascinating stuff!

A nice little article about ghosts

A little more on the Webdriver Torso mystery

I still guess this as being a code or cryptogram.  

Google's UFO

The cutting edge of dropping out

Yup, pretty impressive display of intelligence, there.


This is your sheep on drugs

The love that dare note speak its name

Happy Birthday to The Thin Man! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1934.  One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.!

Happy Lucky Penny Day!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Newly found photos of the Red Baron

Pretty neat!

The original codetalkers of WWI

A new live box set from CSN&Y!

Forgotten English

Actually, Night-Hag, Petty-Fogger, and Crapulence are words that I've seen and used within recent memory...

Happy Birthday Bernie Taupin!

Happy Birthday Arthur Conan Doyle!

Happy World Goth day!

Happy Harvey Milk Day!

Happy International Day for Biological Diversity!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dog Texts

Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Rocket Propaganda from WWII
This is a really interesting, and apparently quite rare, collection of V-1 delivered propaganda flyers.  I had no idea that it was used for such purposes.

(Thanks for the link, John!)

Happy National Strawberries & Cream Day!


Happy Anniversary to Bogey & Bacall!

Happy Birthday Ron Isley!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My next bottle opener...

I really want this...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


Happy Birthday Cher!

Happy Birthday Joe Cocker!

Happy Birthday Jane Wiedlin!

Beginning of month of Prairial in French revolutionary calendar

Happy Birthday Toussaint Louverture!

Happy Pick Strawberries Day!

Today is the anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration

A precursor to the Declaration of Independence.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The atom bomb dance

Happy Birthday Joey Ramone!

Happy Birthday Dusty Hill!

Happy Birthday Malcolm X!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Scares That Care Con coming to Williamsburg!

Happy Birthday Dwayne Hickman!

Headline of the Day
First of all, I wouldn't reach across a table for a Natural Ice, much less kill for it.  Secondly, I'm trying to wrap my head around the next to the last sentence in this article.  Only in Florida.

Ancient stone circles discovered in Virginia
Pretty neat.

A nice little article about remote viewing during the Cold War

Happy Birthday Mark Mothersbaugh!

Happy Visit Your Relatives Day!

Happy International Museum Day!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

There's now a game based on the Bunnyman legend of NoVa!

The Mike The Headless Chicken Festival is going on!

Happy Birthday John Penn!
A Patriot.

A nice map of DC....

A nice little article on the Rhine Research Center

Synchronicity (somewhat) between cattle mutilations and an old horror movie

An Edward Gorey Documentary is on the way!

Happy Birthday Craig Ferguson!

Happy Birthday Trent Reznor!

Happy Birthday Country Dick Montana!

Happy Pack Rat Day!

Happy Birthday Maureen O'Sullivan!

Happy Birthday Seth Warner!

A Patriot.

Happy Armed Forces Day!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Some fun Amazon Reviews

A long-lost Marx Brothers Broadway Show to be performed!
I hope that they film this, would love to see it!

The Ultimate Pez Dispenser

Happy Birthday to Pet Sounds!

Released on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday David Boreanaz!

Happy Birthday Jonathan Richman!

Happy Birthday Studs Terkel!

Happy Love A Tree Day!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Another Firefly film? Not yet....

A nice show on Chesapeake blue crabs

This is a delicacy/obsession/cult in the Chesapeake region.  Anyone visiting here - I always try to get them to eat some crabs. 

H.R. Giger in Hell


Happy Birthday Ralph Steadman

Marx Brothers Day of Laughter online tonight!

U. S. Military prepared for Zombies

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

A nice article bout the Jackalope

Wuss Virginia

Pathetic bureaucrats and busybodys..

Happy Birthday Utah Phillips!

One of the great folk singers.

Happy Birthday Brian Eno!

Happy Birthday L. Frank Baum!

Happy International Day of Families!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The cutting edge of government regulation

Some help for travellers regarding bedbugs

Happy Birthday David Byrne!

Happy Birthday Jack Bruce!

Happy Birthday Samuel Holden Parsons!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Robert Owen!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Hops Crisis On The Way?

Needless to say, I'm stocking up as fast as I can.  Stone Brewery is gonna make a killing...

Happy Birthday Arlington!

As I've mentioned before, Arlington National Cemetery is about as close to Sacred Ground that I am willing to concede to.  I always recommend it to visitors as one of the essential sites of my hometown.

RIP H.R. Giger

We've lost a giant in the field of weird and disturbing art.

Happy Birthday to Let It Be! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday to Getting Straight!

One of my faves.  Premiered on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday Ritchie Valens!

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder!

Happy Frog Jumpning Day!

Anniversary fo the Rebecca Riots

Anniversary of the Whiskey Rebellion

Happy Leprechaun Day!

Happy Jamestown Day! (the official date...)

Well, if you aren't Native American...

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Dinosaur Hunt

This beastie has been banging around Fortean circles for decades.  I used to be somewhat optimistic about a possible dinosaur existing in that region.  But previous failed expeditions and the general lack of evidence in an increasingly small world leave me much more pessimistic, now. 

New DVD releases of the Marx Brothers!

I'm REALLY looking forward to this!

Obscure words dealing with books and reading

A fun little article.

Happy Birthday Avalon Hill Games!

The company was started on this date in 1954.  The first major wargaming company.

Happy Birthday Steve Winwood!

Happy Birthday George Carlin!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Burt Bacharach!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy International Nurses Day!

Happy Limerick Day!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Coke VS Lava

The Ultimate Grill?

I confess, this looks pretty cool to me!

Happy Birthday to Bride of the Monster!

Premiered on this date in 1955.  One of Ed Wood's finest.

Happy Birthday Eric Burdon!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Salvador Dali!

Happy Birthday Phil Silvers!

Happy Twilight Zone Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Get Your Own UFO!

A very cool guide to gothic literature

This really is quite good, and kind of fun.

Spurious Correlations

A wonderful website devoted to false conclusions.

Blackboard Art

Pretty neat!

Happy Birthday Bono!

Happy Birthday Donovan!

Happy Birthday Bruce Pennington!

One of my fave illustrators.

Happy National Train Day!

Happy National Shrimp Day!


Friday, May 09, 2014

An analysis of the 1918 "spanish" Flu epidemic

An interesting analysis to one of the greatest killers of the last century.  This event seems almost ignored now, despite it's horrific effects in that time period.  I lost an Uncle to this. 

Amelia Earhart VS Crabs?

The Slang Of WWI

A neat little historical reference.

Founding, and then trying to stop, Mother's Day
An interesting and sad little history of the Holiday.

Long before Harold & Maude....

Neanderthals didn't go extinct?

I've certainly had to deal with a few in my lifetime....

A little something for the Ladies...

First Family Fighters during WWII

Another interesting footnote to the War.

Out of print Beatles releases that are still missing in action

A little rarity by Bruce is now available to listen to online!

Very cool!

My next feast

Monty Python box set is on the way!!!*/*/Monty-Python-s-Total-Rubbish-Deluxe-9-CD-Box-Set-Free-Exclusive-Poster/3BCB0000000

A nice listing of upcoming books about vampirism

The Patent Office

I have just submitted my patent proposal for taking photos of a person while the guy standing next to them  pokes two of their fingers out from behind the subject's head.

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

Icelandic Hymn in a train station

Really beautiful.

Soviet Women Fighters of WWII

A nice collection of photos of some very extraordinary folks.

Life in the DC area
Ah, I remember my youth, standing by a cheap aluminum sign atop a yard post.  With labor, it probably cost about $100 (in today's dollars) to put it up.  But we live in a brave new world, here - dominated by two words:  boondoggle and kickbacks.

Tiny Lobsters Divide Us

The Truth About Teddy Bears

Very cute!

Happy Birthday to The Muppets!

The Muppets fist appearance occured on this date in 1955.

Happy Birthday Dave Prater!

Happy Birthday John Brown!

Happy Military Spouse Day!

Happy Lost Sock Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Building a Time Machine....

Richard Simmons = Death Metal

A bad year for Blue Crabs, and a good year for Old Bay

If you're from around the Chesapeake watershed, then you know about these delicacies. At the risk of sounding like a corporate shill, I can't recommend Old Bay enough.  I love it on crabs, scallops, shrimp, cole slaw, eggs, potato salad, french fries, potato chips, and just about anything else you've got.

The Wedding Band Ad


The deepest hole

The Soviets may have won the contest for deepest hole.  But as long as DC has lil' Danny Snyder, we've got the biggest asshole.

Germany's electric u-boat

Another interesting footnote to the War.  I am not just impressed with the reporting here, but also the analysis that many of the so-called 'wonder weapons' cost more than they were worth, and perhaps even hastened the defeat of the nazis by taking up too much in the way of resources.  I wish that the various history and military TV channels would pay more attention to that, instead of their constant braying about how if only the war had gone on another 3 hours or so, the Allies would have been defeated by nuclear orbital jets and whatnot. 

Interesting article on European VS Japanese swordsmen

Happy Birthday Ricky Nelson!

Happy Birthday Bob Clampett!

Happy Truman Day!

Happy Birthday Robert Johnson!

Happy Furry Day!

Today is the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War

Happy VE Day!

Anniversary of the death of Mordecai Anielewicz & the end of the Warsaw ghetto uprising

I always am overwhelmed thinking of the raw courage and desperation of those people in that situation. 

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Real life is a Spelling Bee...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Local News Is The Best!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A fool and his money...

As I've said before, I love it when people can take advantage of the stupidly rich and soak up some of that extra cash in various scams, fads and tulip frenzies.  Well, except for the wine refrigerator.  That's a necessity here at the Manor...

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

The Transylvanian Society of Dracula

Happy Birthday Darren McGavin!

Happy Birthday Gabby Hayes!

Happy National Roast Log Of Lamb Day!


Tuesday, May 06, 2014

My next lair!

Your favorite rock band - in Legos

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The original D&D dice!

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

The Valley of the Dolls

Kind of creepy...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday to "Satisfaction"!

On this date in 1965, Keith Richards created the classic guitar riff that would become "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." He played it for Mick Jagger in a hotel room in Clearwater, Florida.

Happy National Teachers Day!

Happy Birthday Frank Nelson!

A great (and fun) character actor.

Happy Birthday Orson Welles!

Happy Birthday Robespierre!

Happy Birthday Sigmund Freud!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Headline of the day
It's pretty amusing to see an element of Las Vegas government arguing against sex - or even narcotics use.

Back to tape???

I guess that I'd have several questions that always plagued old-style tapes:  Will this get brittle with age?  Will repeated usage stretch it and possibly damage or corrupt what is on it?  Is the tape and/or box more vulnerable to heat than current formats?  What, if any, are the effects of exposure to anything magnetic, or x-ray machines?

The Black Dog Mystery of Cornwall

Fun stuff!

The 'secret' libraries of New York

Some neat looking ones.

Happy Birthday Michael Palin!

Happy Birthday Bob Seger!

Happy National Hoagie Day!


Happy Oyster Day!


Sunday, May 04, 2014

Old Bay Beer
I'll be curious about this. 

For fans of history (and libraries)

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

eBooks just became much more interesting to me...
(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

Happy Birthday Dick Dale!

Anniversary of the Kent State Massacre

Anniversary of the Freedom Rides of 1961

Happy National Homebrew Day!


Saturday, May 03, 2014

The return of Green Acres?

I wish they wouldn't.  I enjoyed the TV show, but it was a product of a particular time, and it won't work now, especially the way Hollywood writes things nowadays.

Happy World Naked Gardening Day!

The cutting edge of public shaming

Toys 'R' Us - white trash version

The possible aliens for the film 2001
Neat article.

Coca Cola during the war
Fascinating little history.

Geek Home Theaters

Fun stuff!

Britain's Bullion

An interesting video.

Hexapod Robot

Brilliant, and creepy...

My next toy

Of course, we'd quickly re-engage that torch for in-flight mode...

Jack Straws
I confess to having never heard of this game before.  Beautiful playing pieces!

Soviets In Space!

Pretty psychedelic!

When to use Old Bay Seasoning

I agree with the subtitle - it does well on everything.

RIP Deon Jackson

I just heard...

Eddie Munster's Haunted Mansion

A nice little article on Spectrophilia

Diapers for the paranoid

The cutting edge of religious monuments


Headline (and personal name) of the Day

Happy Birthday to The Mummy! (the 1999 film)

Premiered on this date.

America Attacks Denmark!

Will nothing stay this country's imperialistic ambitions?!?

(Thanks for the link, Kevin!)

Happy Birthday Frankie Valli!

Happy Birthday to The Black Cat! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1934.  Great horror movie.

Happy Birthday to The Cocoanuts!

Premiered on this date in 1929, introducing the Marx Brothers to film.

Happy Birthday Machiavelli!
Patron saint of students of politics, and secret enemy of royalty, feudalism and aristocracy.

Happy Birthday James Brown!

Happy Birthday Pete Seeger!

Happy Nettle Day!

An ultra-obscure English Holiday that I'm resurrecting.

Happy World Press Freedom Day!

Happy Paranormal Day!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Wuss America

We are the most delicate orchids that have ever existed in history.

Alert Ken-L Ration!

Neo-Pagan Partisans in the Ukraine in WWII

A fascinating tidbit about the War.

A (very short) collaboration between Jim henson & Raymond Scott

Classic Amazon Reviews of a wonderful product for modern America

A new Internet mystery...
I don't know if this is a code, but it certainly has all of the earmarks of one.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Space Day!

Happy Brothers & Sisters Day!

Unusual aircraft designs of WWII
A nice article on some very rare airplanes.

RIP Glenn McDuffie,,20797362,00.html

The Kiss Seen Round The World.

Happy Birthday to Miracle On 34th Street!

Premiered on this date in 1947.  Why they chose Spring instead of Christmastime remains a mystery to me.

Happy Birthday Link Wray!

Happy Birthday Lesley Gore!

Happy Ducking Day!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Great Moments In Intelligence

(Thanks for the links, Mike!)

Irish Fairys?

Relics of Technology

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Back In The Saddle Again

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Headline, and Story, of the Day!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

RIP Al Feldstein

Happy Birthday Desk Set!

Premiered on this date in 1957.

May is Zombie Awareness Month!

Happy Calan Mai!

Anniversary fo the end of the marymont community of Thomas Morton
One of the first great radicals in the American colonies. 

Happy Birthday Louis Nye!

Happy Birthday Judy Collins!

Happy Birthday Mother Jones!

Happy National Day of Reason!

Happy Birthday to the Illuminati!

Happy Herb Day!

Happy May Day!