Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Count Gore De Vol!

The Count is DC's own Ghost Host institution.  Now online, every week he presents a new horror movie, along with a bunch of other features devoted to fans of the genre (including interviews, book reviews, etc.).  And with us entering the Halloween Season, I hope you'll check out his site.  Fun stuff!

Gothtober Begins Tomorrow!

A wonderful site that I've been visiting for years.  Every October a new selection goes up.  They solicit short films dealing with Halloween, and for each day of October, they post a different one.  Now, I'm not saying that I've enjoyed each and every one, but there's always something of interest going on.  It's well worth you checking out.  There's real talent here!

El Colacho - The Festival That Has It All!
Imperiled babies, devils flogging the crowd - What's not to like?

Happy Birthday Marc Bolan!

Happy Birthday Marilyn McCoo!

Happy Ask A Stupid Question Day!

Happy Blasphemy Day!

Happy National Hot Mulled Cider Day!


Happy Eve of the Black Month!

Tonight is celebrated by all fans and addicts of Halloween as the beginning of its festivities.

Monday, September 29, 2014


(Thanks for the link, Jim!)

One Pit To Rule Them All!!!

This is sooo cool!!!  I must have this, My Precious!

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Another take on a cloaking device

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

A new Black Eyed Child Sighting
One of the great new Fortean mysteries - and just in time for Halloween.  We'll see a lot more of this type of story in the coming four weeks.

Bob Dylan & Science!

(Thanks for the link, Hannah!)

Happy Birthday to The Prisoner!

My all-time favorite TV show.  Premiered on this date in 1967 in the UK.  Brilliant and Essential.

Happy Birthday Tommy Boyce!

Happy Birthday Jerry Lee Leiws!

Happy Birthday Joseph Rhine!

Happy Birthday Jasper Maskelyne!

A debate still goes on as to whether or not he was a fraud or hero.  I suspect that the truth lies somewhere in between.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

a nice interview with Joel Hodgson

Anniversary of the beginning of the seige of Yorktown

Happy Birthday Janeane Garofalo!

Happy Birthday David Walker!

One of the great Abolitionists.

Happy Crack Nut Day!

Happy National Drink Beer Day!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pure Peruvian Proto-Punk!


The REAL story behind The Exorcist

I think that I posted these links some years ago, but they beat repeating, as it seems that every year someone drags up the old Exorcist story and repeats the usual lies and exaggerations about it.

Brain-To-Brain Communication

Pretty impressive!

A house for the atomic age...

The thinking here seems to veer towards stupidity.  A huge glass window is all that's between you and death, with the supposed advantage being that it can be "easily replaced".  By whom?  With what?  Those shards are going to go ripping through your pathetic curtain like a threshing machine when the blast hits.  Your precious swimming pool will instantly turn to steam, boiling the strips of meat left of you after the glass has pulled a veg-o-matic on your sorry ass.  This place will look like the jerky factory from hell. 

Magia Posthuma

A very neat blog dedicated to exploring the history of vampirism in the Balkans.

The worm-slurping leech

I believe we're going to see a horror movie made....

Crypto Zoo News

A wonderful site devoted to cryptozaoology.

Garage Hangover

A wonderful blog devoted to the history of garage bands.

Executed Today
An interesting blog about those executed on any given date.

A blog devoted to 1966

Pretty neat!

DC is doomed....

The mere publishing of this prediction is going to create a massive run on our local grocery stores....

You Can't Handle The Truth!

Since it's the 50th anniversary of Gilligan's Island, I thought I'd report the REAL story behind it....

Happy Birthday Zacherley!

Happy Birthday Randy Bachman!

Happy Birthday Thomas Nast!

The greatest political cartoonist of all time.  Creator of the modern image of Santa Claus.

Happy Birthday Samuel Adams!

One of the Essential Men in the Revolution.

Happy Ancestor Appreciation Day!

Friday, September 26, 2014

WKRP to be issued on DVD - the right way
I believe that this was the last sitcom that I could consistently enjoy. 

Not Elton - NOOOOO!!!!!!


Yellowstone's wolves - a lesson in ecology


Last day for picking blackberries

A Scottish holiday - The last day for picking blackberries because the devil poisons them today by urinating and/or spitting on them at about this time of year (also is associated with Old Michaelmas Day, October 11, in parts of England).  One reason given for this behavior is because he fell into them and decided to get his revenge.

Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!

Happy Native American Day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nice replies to signs

My next yard tool

More info on the return of MST3000!

Get out the good china...

Wuss America

First of all, I think the original idea of Lovecraft would be pretty neat!  Secondly, since when do you read to grade school kids, (at least after second grade)?  Let 'em read it themselves!

The Albatwitch Festivla is this weekend in Columbia, PA

This one is new to me, looks like it'd be of interest to Forteans.

Happy Birthday Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Premiered on this date in 1975.

Happy National Comic Book Day!

Happy National One Hit Wonder Day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A nice article about Anthony Bourdain

The cutting edge of cookbooks

New remasters of Springsteen albums are on the way

The cutting edge of FOI responses

The cutting edge of food marketing

Hey, You Kids - Get Off Of My Lawn!

Have It Your Way!

Anniversary of Hey jude hitting #1.

In 1968.

Happy Birthday Mr. Loaf!

Happy Birthday Gerry Marsden!

Happy Birthday Jim Henson!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy National Punctuation Day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Anniversary of the Checkers Speech

Happy Birthday to Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid!

Premiered on this date in 1969.

Happy Birthday Bruce!!!

Happy Birthday Santo!

Happy Birthday John Lomax!

Happy Birthday Ray Charles!

A Fascinating Creature

Changes its genome every time it has sex. 

Joan Rivers - Still Posting

The Selfie

The Gimp Man of Essex

Headline of the day

Let the horror movie begin!

Literary inspiration

The mystery of the Deadly Double Dice

Fascinating! I'd never heard of this little mystery before seeing this posting.

iPhone VS Samsung,36969/

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday to The Music Scene!

Premiered on this date in 1969.

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Happy Birthday John Houseman!

Anniversary of the hanging of Nathan Hale

A Patriot.

Happy Family Day!

Beginning of Vendemiaire in French revolutionary calendar

Happy National Ice Cream Cone Day!

Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation!

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day!

Happy Hobbit Day!

Happy Autumn Equinox!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A nice little analysis of Internet trolls

Hall & Oates - and their strange little video

The Cramps live on video!

Happy Birthday Bill Murray!

Happy Birthday H.G. Wells!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Chuck Jones!

Genius.  Essential.

Anniversary of Yes, Virginia leeter to the editor,_Virginia,_there_is_a_Santa_Claus

The most famous letter to the editor and response. 

Happy Miniature Golf Day!

Happy World Gratitude Day!

Happy Wife Appreciation Day!

Happy International Day of Peace!

Happy Devil's Nutting Day!

Only 40 Days Until Halloween!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Another theory about the Jersey Devil

Happy Birthday Firefly!

Premiered on this date in 2002.  My favorite TV show from this century, (so far).  I could go on forever telling you why and how cool it is, but you'll just need to check it out yourself.

Happy Birthday Carolyne Mas!

One of my fave rock performers, almost totally ignored, but still great.

Happy Birthday Jay Ward!


Happy Birthday Upton Sinclair!

Happy Eat An Apple Day!


Happy National Rum Punch Day!


Friday, September 19, 2014

The Internet reacts to the Scottish vote

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A nice little review of downtown Vienna, Virginia

Pure Pasty and the Vienna Inn are essential!

Happy Birthday Brian Epstein!

Happy Birthday Bill Medley!

Happy Birthday Mama Cass!

Happy Birthday Brook Benton!
A very under-rated R&B star.

Happy Birthday Charles Carroll!

A Patriot.

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Achiever

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The cutting edge of militayr procurement

The International Association For The Preservation of Spiritual And Occult Periodicals

I just discovered this fascinating online resource.  

Second headline of the day...

Chernobyl Stalkers
Enjoy the cancer, kids....

Headline of the Day

More on the Lyon sisters case

For nearly 40 years this sad story has haunted the DC region...

Happy Birthday Alien Nation!

Premiered on this date in 1989.

Happy Birthday WKRP In Cincinnati!

Premiered on this date in 1978.

Happy Birthday P.F. Sloan!

Happy Birthday June Foray!

Happy Birthday Eddie "Rochester" Anderson!

Happy Birthday Leon Askin!

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!


Happy Respect Day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Anne Bancroft!

Happy Birthday Cassandra (Elvira) Peterson!

Happy Birthday Fee Waybill!

Happy Birthday James Smith!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Baron von Steuben!

Happy Constitution Day!

Anniversary of the beginning of the rule of Emperor Norton

He proclaimed himself Emperor on this date in 1854.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lyon Sisters Breakthrough?

I have posted about this every anniversary of their disappearance.  One of the greatest mysteries in the DC area, and one of the saddest.  The news reports here aren't hype.  It really did shake the town up, and is an open wound....

DC Is #2!

What the hell is going on in Idaho?!?

Happy Working Parents Day!

Happy Birthday to Talking Heads 77!

Released on this date in, (duh) 1977.

Happy Birthday to UFO!

Premiered on this date in 1970

Happy Birthday to The Outer Limits!

Premiered on this date in 1963.

Happy Birthday Lauren Bacall!

Happy Birthday to The Bob Newhart Show!

Premiered on this date in 1972.

Happy Birthday to A Fistful of Dollars!

Premiered on this date in 1964.

Happy National Play Doh Day!

Happy National Guacamole Day!


Happy Birthday to The Haunting!

Premiered on this date in 1963.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Women's Death Battalion of WWI
An interesting footnote to that conflict.

Chinese Space Babies!

Headline of the Day

The Photo ID

I need to clean out my fridge...

The Ratcopter


Janis - the last interview

The haunted microwave...

We're going to see a lot more stories like this over the next seven or eight weeks...

RIP Bob Crewe

RIP Peter Gutteridge

The Chills were a very cool band.

Happy Birthday Green Acres!

Premiered on this date in 1965.  One of the most under-rated and surreal TV shows, ever.

Happy Birthday John Reynolds/Torgo!

Happy Birthday Fay Wray!

Happy Felt Hat Day!

Anniversary of the Birmingham Bombings

Happy International Day of Democracy!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Mercy Otis Warren!

ABC's Thirteen Nights of Halloween

D&D Documentary Controversy & Discord

Inanimate objects that will give you nightmares...

(Thanks for the link, Carl!)

Some factoids about the Pentagon

A nice article about Bill Cosby
I still listen to his old comedy albums, and smile every time.

And yet more Stonehenge discoveries!


Back from Vacation

Back home!  Went on a little vacation to Southern California, mostly to visit with friends and cousins that I have scattered all across that region.  It was a great time, (Thanks, Folks!).  Besides socializing, there were a few things of interest that I visited:

1.        The Integratron is one of the great monuments to the UFO cults of the Fifties and Sixties, now transformed into a sort of New Age center.

2.       The L.A. Arboretum is a very interesting and relaxing place to wander around and admire its plants and gardens.  The section devoted to Australian plants was my favorite.

3.       The Fess Parker Winery and Inn. Great chardonnay, and a wonderful place to stay, in the pretty town of Los Olivos.  &

4.       Pismo Beach – a fun beach and resort town. Go for the walk and view on the pier, stay for their famous clam chowder. 

5.       Morro Rock – the plug left by an ancient volcano.  Really beautiful, and quite impressive

6.       The Stone Brewery Store in Pasadena -  I have yet to get to my favorite brewery’s headquarters, but this was a nice substitute. Finally got to try the chipotle smoked porter:  Yum!

7.       Walked around downtown Pasadena, and this instantly became my favorite shop in the neighborhood –

8.       A great place to shop for Halloween, (and other Holiday) decorations -

Happy Pig Face Day!

Happy Birthday Fred "Sonic" Smith!

Happy Birthday Walter Koenig!

Happy Birthday Clayton Moore!

Happy Birthday Salem!

Founded on this date in 1626.

Happy Eat A Hoagie Day!


Happ;y Nutting day!

Happy National Pet Memorial Day!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ghostly GIFs From the Library of Congress

These are great!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

(Thanks for the link, Doug!)

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Happy Harvest Moon Night!

Monday, September 08, 2014

See you in a week..

Will be taking a little hiatus from the blog, will be back in 6-7 days. 

Happy Birthday Star Trek!

Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Peter Sellers!

Happy Birthday Patsy Cline!

Happy Birthday Sid Caesar!

Happy International Literacy Day!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Happy Birthday John Polidori!

Happy Birthday Grandma Moses!

Happy Birthday Chrissie Hynde!

Happy Birthday Ronnie Gilbert!

Happy Birthday Buddy Holly!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy National Acorn Squash Day!


Happy National Grandparents Day!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Happy Birthday Phantom Of The Opera! (the original film)

Premiered on this date in 1925.

Happy Birthday Paul Roland!

Another fave.

Happy Birthday Lafayette!

Happy Birthday Max Schreck!

Happy National Read A Book Day!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Happy Birthday Second Hand Lions!

Premiered on this date in 2003.  Charming movie.

Happy Birthday Diana Quinn!

Happy Birthday Al Stewart!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Bob Newhart!

Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Eleusinian Mysteries of Greece were honored today

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Wuss America

I guess that it's illegal to write fiction anymore...

The Ministry of Silly walks at Buckingham Palace

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

A documentary about the group Rockpile is now online!

Very cool!

Papa Was A Rollin' Stone..

The events in this 1972 song tool place on this date.

Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783

The official end to the Revolutionary War.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

a nice article on J.B. Rhine

Demons correct your grammar

George Harrison Box Set Coming Out

Sigh...I really want to like this, but the fact of the matter is that George was a maddeningly inconsistent artist.  All Things Must Pass was his only truly great album.  The ones following that are full of filler material.  Wonderwall is boring as hell, and Electronic Music is dreck.  There was an interview with George a few years before his death.  I forget the publication, although I suspect it may have been Goldmine Magazine.  It came across clearly that he wasn't 'hungry' for success or recognition, musically speaking, even the interviewer commented on that as an afterward to the article.  And I think that started immediately after ATMP.  He'd made his point - a great album with numerous hits and some fine songs that weren't; and after that, it was just a matter of doing whatever he wanted, generating maybe one hit per LP, without regard for much other than personal reasons.  There's nothing wrong with that, but there's also little reason to go out and spend bucks on it, either.  My recommendation is to definitely buy ATMP, and then get a Greatest Hits compilation.  You'll listen to them.  I doubt anyone is going to give most of this set more than one or two sittings, except for what's covered in my recommendation. 

Every Country's Drinking Preferences

Some of the smaller nation's preferences are somewhat surprising, at least to me.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Victor Spinetti!
Appeared in all three of the films by the Beatles. 

Happy VJ Day! (the official one)

Monday, September 01, 2014

Frank Fay - nazi stand-up comedian

A fascinating story that I confess to having never heard before.  What a twisted little asshole.

Agent Garbo
This is an oft-told tale from the War.  But just in case you've not heard it before, this guy may be the greatest double agent of all time.

More Stonehenge News

Sumerian DNA to be analyzed


Steam-powere toy tank!

I absolutely love this!  I wanna be the coolest kid on the block!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!

Witches attempt to sweep aside convictions

Happy Labor Day!