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How Ironbottom Sound got its name: the Battle of Tassafaronga.

There is a stretch of water off the Pacific island of Guadalcanal that’s officially called Savo Sound, but it has another unofficial name: Ironbottom Sound. It is so named because … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

So, you lost NaNoWriMo. What now?

It’s the last day of November and right now there’s a lot of high-fiving and congratulations going on among those writers who, as of today, have “won” NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

“Fine Per Ounce”: The lost James Bond adventure.

Imagine this. The opening gun barrel graphic…the music…Daniel Craig shoots at the viewer…the screen goes red…a circle opens up onto an exotic locale, where suave super spy 007 is quickly … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is “Black Friday” fading? If it isn’t, it should be.

Today is the day after Thanksgiving. We all know what that means, or at least what it’s supposed to mean. This blog will go up shortly before mid-day where I … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Happy Byzantine Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day. It is the venerable holiday, decreed way back in 540 C.E., by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, for the giving of thanks, the celebration of the … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

20,000 lies under the sea: the final voyage of the “Mary Celeste.”

Two days ago I ran an article about the well-known nautical mystery of the Mary Celeste, the sailing ship whose passengers and crew vanished mysteriously in November 1872, 141 years ago … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Our airline system is fundamentally and fatally broken.

This morning, the day before Thanksgiving, I awoke to news reports of storms on the East Coast causing havoc on the heaviest air travel day of the year. The usual … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Voice of Vrillon: The mysterious Southern Television broadcast hijack of 1977.

Thirty-six years ago tonight, at 5:10 in the evening of Saturday, November 26, 1977, viewers of the UK station Southern Television saw and heard a very strange thing. In the … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

What’s a “gravity hill”? And does it really defy gravity? [video]

A “gravity hill” is a mysterious place where objects roll uphill. The most well-known example is a road where cars set in neutral will roll uphill, but the effect can … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

Lonely voyager: the mystery of the Mary Celeste.

The “ghost ship” Mary Celeste is undoubtedly the most indelible and famous maritime mystery of all time. A few tales of ghost ships from the 20th century, most notably the Joyita, have … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 1 Comment
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