Wednesday, September 30, 2015

200+ mph on a bike


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

A new distillery in DC

I'm not sure that "distillery" is the proper word, since the bourbon comes from Kentucky.  Marketeer sounds closer.

Happy Birthday Marc Bolan!

Happy Birthday Marilyn McCoo!

Happy Eve of the Black Month!

This is the date when all Halloween fans celebrate the start of October!

Happy National Hot Mulled Cider Day!


Happy Ask A Stupid Question Day!

Happy Blasphemy Day!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The kettle and the pot...

Lovecraft Reanimator Helles Lager

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond

A fun place to visit if you're in the area.

An infographic about Discordianism

A blog devoted to "tombstone tourists"

Happy Birthday Madeline Kahn!

The Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition has ended

Archives are still online:

A nice blog devoted to Halloween art and artists

How to make your house scary for trick or treaters

Some UFO's over Loudon County, Virginia

Mothman in Southern Pennsylvania?

Tune In, Turn On, & Tora! Tora! Tora!

Eno's Record Box

Brian Eno explores John peel's record collection, and writes about some of his favorite albums found there.  Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Mark Farner!

The Truth Is Still Out There

Happy Birthday to The Prisoner!

My favorite TV show of all time.  Premiered (in the UK) on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday Jerry Lee Lewis!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Janeane Garofalo!

Happy Birthday David Walker!

A Great Abolitionist.

Happy Birthday Tommy Boyce!

Happy Crack Nut Day!


Happy Birthday Joseph Rhine!

Happy Drink Beer Day!

Happy Birthday Jasper Maskelyne!

I've read arguments on both sides, regarding his importance in the War effort.

Anniversary of the beginning of the Siege of Yorktown

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Count Gore De Vol

As I try to do every Fall, this is a plug for DC's own Ghost Host.  Gore has been around for decades, first on local TV, and later as the first online horror movie Ghost Host.  Besides showing public domain horror movies, he also showcases new indy productions, and has a coterie of folks reviewing all things horror - books, films, games, etc.  I consider this essential to anyone in the region who is interested in horror, and a real resource for anyone else who is a student of the genre.

The story behind Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"

Hobo Nickels

Interesting.  I've never heard of this little bit of folk art until today.

Autumn War - Apples VS Pumpkins

Mega Moon Eclipse Tonight

Happy Birthday Zacherley!

Happy Birthday Randy Bachman!

Happy Birthday Meat Loaf!

Happy Birthday Thomas Nast!

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

Happy Birthday Sam Adams!

A Great Patriot.  One of the Essential men of the Revolution.

Happy Harvest Moon!

Happy Ancestor Appreciation Day!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Carnival of Souls!

Premiered on this date in 1962.

Cthulhu Beer Stein!

Only a few more days until Gothtober starts!

Every day, they feature a new, short video celebrating Halloween time.  Starts October 1st.

An article about the Dwayyo (Dogman) of Frederick County, MD

The cutting edge of Mary Tyler Moore Fandom

Happy Birthday Abbey Road!

Released on this date in 1969.

Happy Birthday Gilligan's Island!

Premiered on this date in 1964.

Happy Birthday Bryan Ferry!

Happy Birthday Abraham Whipple!

A patriot.

Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tom Paxton retires from touring

The battle for control of Manos: The Hands of Fate

Happy Birthday Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Premiered on this date in 1975.  

Happy Comic Book Day!

Happy National One Hit Wonder Day!

Happy Native American Day!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

'Witchcraft Island'

Bus ticket as soap

This is a pretty neat idea, actually!

(Thanks for the link, John!)

RIP Daniel Thompson - inventor of the bagel making machine

(Thanks for the link, Edmund!)

Witches Pond in Aquia, Virginia

Interesting little mystery.

New release of outtakes from Bob Dylan!

18 CD's!

Hey Jude hits #1!

On this date in 1968.

Happy Birthday Gerry Marsden!

Happy Birthday Jim Henson!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy National Punctuation Day!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Still Dead...

Early stop-motion animation featuring bugs

Fun stuff!  This is impressive!

It needs an Exorcism....

Air Traffic Control Needed

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

I've actually witnessed something similar happen in Montrose, Colorado, around the Summer of 1969.

Happy Equinox!

Rick Astley VS the iPhone!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid!

Premiered on this date in 1969.

Anniversary of Nixon's "Checkers" Speech

Happy Birthday Rosalind Chao!

Happy Birthday Santo!

Happy Birthday John Lomax!

Happy Birthday Bruce!

Happy Birthday Ray Charles!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to The Music Scene!

Premiered on this date in 1969.

Happy Birthday Joan Jett!

Happy Birthday John Houseman!

Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Happy Hobbit Day!

Happy National Ice Cream Cone Day!

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day!

Beginning of Vendemiaire in French revolutionary calendar

Monday, September 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Bill Murray!

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies - the film

RIP Jack Larson "Jimmy Olsen"

Some great bookstore signs

Anniversary of Virginia's Letter About Santa Claus,_Virginia,_there_is_a_Santa_Claus

The most famous letter to the editor, ever.

Happy Birthday Chuck Jones!

Happy Birthday H.G. Wells!

Only 40 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Miniature Golf Day!

Happy Devil's Nutting Day!

Happy World Gratitude Day!

Happy International Day of Peace!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Manos Returns!

I confess to being a huge fan of the original - Manos - The Hands of Fate.  Like so many others, I discoverd it through viewing MST3000

Euclidean - a game of geometric horror

Looks/sounds very Lovecraftian.

Happy Birthday Firefly!

Premiered on this date in 2002.  One of my all-time faves.

Happy Birthday Carolyne Mas!

Happy Birthday Jay Ward!

Happy Wife Appreciation Day!

Happy Birthday Upton Sinclair!

Happy National Rum Punch Day!


Happy Eat An Apple Day!


Saturday, September 19, 2015

For Super Fans of Carl Sagan

Happy Birthday David McCallum!

Happy Birthday Bill Medley!

Happy Birthday Cass Elliott!

Happy Birthday Charles Carroll!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Brian Epstein!

Happy Birthday Brook Benton!

Happy Love British Food Fortnight!

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Friday, September 18, 2015

A nice article about the early days of Jim Henson & The Muppets

A local boy who did good.

Happy Birthday to Alien Nation! (the TV show)

Premiered on this date in 1989.

Happy Birthday to The Haunting!

Premiered on this date in 1963.

Happy Birthday WKRP In Cincinnati!

Premiered on this date in 1978.

Happy Birthday Jonny Quest!

Premiered on this date in 1964.

Happy Birthday George Read!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Leon Askin!

Happy Birthday Dee Dee Ramone!

Happy Birthday P.F. Sloan!

Happy Birthday Greta Garbo!

Happy Birthday June Foray!

Happy Birthday Eddie "Rochester" Anderson!

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!

Happy Respect Day!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I Will Live Forever

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A Dating App For Bacon Lovers

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)


That state always manages to frighten me....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Citizenship Day!

Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Birthday Anne Bancroft!

Happy Birthday Fee Waybill!

Happy Birthday Elvira!

Anniversary of the self-coronation of Norton I, Emperor of the United States!

Happy Birthday von Steuben!

Happy Birthday James Smith!

A Patriot.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Deep sea jellyfish


The Mothman Festival is coming up!

Jingle Hells!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Rain In L.A.

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Mind The Knockers!

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Bigfoot sound recording in Virginia?

A guy walks into a bar...

Happy Birthday Roddy McDowall!

Unlawful Carry

Make up your own pun, my head is exploding with 'em right now....

Janis's car up on the auction block

The campaign against sexbots

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Anniversary of Nixon appearing on Laugh In, in 1968

Happy Birthday Outer Limits!

Premiered on this date in 1963.

Happy Birthday to The Bob Newhart Show!

Premiered on this date in 1972.

Happy Birthday UFO!

Premiered on this date in 1970.

Happy Birthday Fistful of Dollars!

Premiered on this date in 1964.

Happy Birthday Talking Heads 77!

Released on this date in 1977.  Great album.

Happy National Guacamole Day!


Happy Birthday Lauren Bacall!

Happy National Play Doh Day!

Happy Working Parents Day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Green Acres!

Premiered on this date in 1965.

Happy Birthday Fay Wray!

Happy Birthday John "Torgo" Reynolds!

Happy Felt Hat Day!

Anniversary of the Birmingham Bombing of 1963

Happy International Day of Democracy!

Monday, September 14, 2015

A great article about the unknown recordings of David Ruffin

A short article on heroines of the Revolution

Happy Birthday Walter Koenig!

Happy Birthday Fred Sonic Smith!

Happy Birthday Clayton Moore!

Happy Birthday Mercy Otis Warren!

A Patriot.

Happy Birthday Salem!

Founded on this date in 1628.

Happy Eat A Hoagie Day!


Happy Nutting Day!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A nice interview with Alice Cooper talking about the new Hollywood Vampires album

My next study aid


What's most interesting to me is the article suggesting that alabama has any cities at all, much less this Dadesville place.  My little neighborhood has more people than that hamlet.

Happy Pig Face Day!

Scrambled Eggs

"Yesterday" was released on this date in 1965.

Happy Birthday Grace Of My Heart!

Premiered on this date in 1996.

Happy Birthday to The Muppet Show!

Premiered on this date in 1976.

Happy Birthday Andrew Pickens!

A Patriot.

Happy Fortune Cookie Day!


Happy National Peanut Day!


Happy Star Spangled Banner Day!

Written on this date in 1814.

Today is National Pet Memorial Day

Happy Birthday Uncle Sam!

The image was first used on this date in 1813.

Happy National Grandparents Day!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Chess came from outer space

Yea, right....


The illustrations of John Mortensen

Fred LaBour - The man who tried to "kill" Paul McCartney

I also happen to be a big fan of his group, Riders In The Sky.

The front line against invasion from outer space

I think it should be pointed out, that what this guy is doing, works.  He has successfully protected his home and neighborhood from alien invasion.

Happy Birthday to The Monkees! (the TV show)

Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Gerry Beckley!

Happy Birthday H.L. Mencken!

Happy Birthday Caleb Brewster!

A Patriot.

Happy National Chocolate Milkshake Day!


Happy Defenders Day!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Anniversary of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

In 1857.  Yet another example of religious fanatics committing atrocities...

Happy Birthday to The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle!

Released on this date in 1973.  One of my all-time faves.,_the_Innocent_%26_the_E_Street_Shuffle

Happy Birthday Carol Burnett Show!

Premiered on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday Danger Man!

Premiered on this date in 1960 (In Britain)

Anniversary of Ringo replacing Pete Best

In 1962...

Happy Birthday Roxann Dawson!

Happy Birthday Herbert Lom!

Today is Patriot Day

Never forget...

50 Days Until Halloween!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A new pop cultural subgenre - Dreadpunk

I'm in!

Anniversary of the Beheading of Mike The Headless Chicken

In 1945.

Happy Birthday X-Files!

Premiered on this date in 1993.

Happy Birthday to the Lincoln Highway!

Opened on this date in 1913.

Happy Birthday Raymond Scott!

Happy Birthday Marie Laveau!

Happy Birthday Nicholas Biddle!

A Patriot.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Space creature discovered?

Happy Birthday George of the Jungle!

Premiered on this date in 1967.

Happy Birthday Amazing Johnathan!

Happy Birthday Doug Ingle!

Happy Birthday Otis Redding!

Happy Teddy Bear Day!

Anniversary of the Suffolk Resolves of 1774

Another step towards the Revolution.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Here There Be Dragons!

An interesting article on Zeppelin raids against the British in WWI

Happy Birthday Star Trek!

Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Patsy Cline!

Happy Birthday Sid Caesar!

Happy Birthday Peter Sellers!

Happy International Literacy Day!

Monday, September 07, 2015

"Superhenge" Discovered

Happy Birthday Mira Furlan!

RIP Emi Ito

RIP Martin Milner

Excellent article about lost Marx Brothers film footage

RIP Judy Carne

Anniversary of the first submarine attack

Happy Birthday John Polidori!

Happy Birthday Grandma Moses!

Happy Birthday Ronnie Gilbert!

Happy Birthday Buddy Holly!

Happy National Acorn Squash Day!


Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, September 06, 2015

MystiCon is coming to Roanoke!

Monster Bash is coming to Pennsylvania!

MonsterFest is coming to Virginia Beach!

Monster-Mania Con is coming to Maryland in about three weeks!

Happy Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight!

Happy Read A Book Day!

Happy Birthday to The Phantom of the Opera (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1925.

Happy Birthday Max Schreck!

Happy Birthday Paul Roland!

Happy Birthday Marquis de Lafayette!,_Marquis_de_Lafayette

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Beware of the fairies' revenge

A documentary about DC guitar legend Danny Gatton

Story of the day

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Second Hand Lions!

Premiered on this date in 2003.

Happy Birthday Al Stewart!

Happy Birthday Diana Quinn!

Happy Birthday Bob Newhart!

Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!

Happy Bacon Day!


Happy International Bacon Day!


Friday, September 04, 2015

Tips for designing a Rube Goldberg machine

Fun stuff!  I love these thing.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

You know you're Middle-Aged when....

The Eleusinian Mysteries of Greece were honored on this day

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Time Machines!

The Beatles - The Second Generation?

I guess that's one way to market what are otherwise unremarkable careers...

New info on the Lyon Sisters investigation

Papa Was A Rolling Stone

The events in the song took place on this date...

Happy National Welsh Rarebit Day!


Anniversary of the Treaty of Paris

Signed on this date in 1783,

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

RIP Dean Jones

nazi spies in China

This is a fascinating story, and one I've never heard of before now.  This would make a great movie!

A Plug...

My niece currently resides in Okinawa, and has started up a blog related to her exploration of the beer on the island, and the nations nearby.  If you're going to that area, (and enjoy beer), it's Essential reading; and for seekers of the exotic being imported here, it is an important resource.  Please check it out.

A new game: Exploding Kittens

Happy Birthday Victor Spinetti!

He would have ruled the World, if only he could've gotten a government grant.

Happy National Beheading Day!

Happy VJ Day! (the official one)

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Milton Bradley In Space!

Standards have fallen

It was on this date in 1861 that the Grog ration was eliminated from the U.S. Navy.