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The Most Amazing Lie in History!

IN HONOR OF THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY I’m reprinting this story which originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Mental_Floss Magazine.     by Lucas Reilly How a chicken farmer turned self-made spy helped rescue the D-Day Invasion from … Continue reading

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This Day in Rock History

On this day in rock history: 1961 – Bob Dylan made his concert debut at Carnegie Hall. 58 people attended (mostly Bob’s personal friends). Bob’s take of the box office was $20 1965 – Paul McCartney’s “Scrambled Eggs” (also known … Continue reading

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170 Years Ago Today

170 years ago today, the Mormon pioneers arrived in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley. “This is the place,” Brigham Young declared. The door-to-door visits came later. ⇔ Some additional thoughts: Another Thief on the Cross

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Much Ado About Something

Featured Blogger I repent! In my subtle (or not so subtle) narcissism, I have rarely featured the writings of other worthy bloggers (note how the phrase “other worthy…” cleverly places me in their ranks). What better time to correct this heinous … Continue reading

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Did you know that Halloween has served as the occasion for many historical events? 1517. On October 31 a soon-to-be-ex-priest named Martin Luther launched the (cue pious music) Protestant Reformation. In 1636, just in time for All Hallows Eve, a little seminary for … Continue reading

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D’oh! How television has evolved!  In 1989, human culture took a giant slouch forward with the arrival of the most wonderfully dysfunctional family ever. 28 years later The Simpsons is the longest running scripted program–and one of the most influential–in U.S. television history. … Continue reading

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Put the X Back in Xmas!

People often assume that the term “Xmas” is an attempt to take “Christ” out of Christmas. But did you know that: The term Xmas dates all the way back to the Middle Ages. X is an abbreviation for Christ (it’s … Continue reading

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