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42 Historical People, No. 2: Ötzi, the “Iceman” of the Alps.

This partially mummified man goes by a number of nicknames–for we have no idea what his real name was–but the most common is “Ötzi.” He’s the “Iceman” of the Alps, … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): Bob’s Big Boy Broiler, Downey, California.

This is the first of my Mad Men geography articles to go outside of New York City! Although the show takes place mostly in New York, there’s a strong Southern California … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Starfish: the next victims of climate change.

When I was on vacation not long ago, I visited the Oregon Coast with members of my family. For many years we’ve made a retreat at Yachats, near Newport on … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Meet the Grey Sisters of Montreal

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
In 1737, Saint Marguerite d’ Youville and three of her companions made a secret consecration to the task of helping anyone in need. Thus the…

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

A salute to Michael Collins: the guy who didn’t walk on the Moon 45 years ago today.

As I’m sure you’re aware with all the commemorations, today is the 45th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon, arguably one of the finest achievements in … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

REVIEW: Van Halen – 1984 (1984)

Originally posted on mikeladano.com:
VAN HALEN (Not Van Hagar!) Part 7: House of Pain My latest series of reviews at mikeladano.com is an in-depth look at all the classic VAN HALEN albums, with David…

July 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Great Fire of Rome and Nero’s fiddle: an egregious historical distortion.

Nineteen hundred and fifty years ago today, on July 19, 64 C.E. (A.D.), a great fire broke out in the city of Rome. The conflagration seems to have begun in a … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical People, No. 1: Lucy, one of the earliest humans.

In this, the first post in my “42 Historical People” series, I’m showcasing one of the earliest people ever to walk the Earth. She may not have had an indigenous … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 5 Comments

Metal for Friday: Rhapsody “Emerald Sword” [video].

I’m starting to think about Wacken, where I will be 2 weeks from today. It’s extremely rare for me to start thinking about Wacken so late. In most of the 11 … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

A shore not quite reached: the mysterious crash of Lituanica.

Unless you’re an extreme aviation buff or possibly Lithuanian-American, it’s doubtful you’ve ever heard of Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas or know what they did that was of historical significance. But … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment
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