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This blog has over 900 articles on it (as of September 2014). This page is sort of a “Greatest Hits” gallery to highlight some of the articles that have either proven to be the most popular, or which I’m particularly proud of. This list may change without warning!
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Face/Off: The Squirrely Legend of Mark Hamill’s Car Crash (July 18, 2013)
This is far and away the most popular article ever run on my site, and I have no idea why. At some fateful moment in the history of mankind Mark Hamill, the actor famous for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, lost control of his car (often said to be a Corvette), crashed, and majorly effed up his face. Aside from the fact the car crash happened, almost everything else that people think they know about this event has been subject to dispute or misinformation. In this article I try to get to the truth, if you wampa–er, I mean if you want to go there.
The Tragedy of TrueTwit. (January 30, 2013)
Ever get those annoying direct messages on Twitter that go, “So-and-so uses TrueTwit validation service. Click here to validate”? I wrote this article in a fit of pique back in January after getting one too many of those fulsome messages, and from the response it’s clear that many, many many people hate TrueTwit as much as I do. Learn what TrueTwit is, why it’s horrible, and why authors–of all people–should never ever use it. See also this article, True Twit: From Tragedy to Farce which explains why, in addition to being annoying, TrueTwit is in fact a deceptive and cynical attempt to hoodwink its own unfortunate users.
Bobby Ewing in the Shower: An Epic Storytelling Gaffe. (September 14, 2012)
In 1986, the writers of the prime-time TV soap opera Dallas found themselves in a hell of a bind. They had killed off Bobby Ewing, one of the show’s main characters (played by Patrick Duffy), at the end of the previous season. Only now Mr. Duffy wanted to come back to the show. How to deal with this minor problem? The result was not exactly optimal. This is one of the most searched-for topics that bring people to my site.
Disappeared: Leah Roberts, Missing 13 Years. (August 22, 2013)
In March of 2000, a young woman named Leah Roberts left her North Carolina hometown, possibly on some sort of soul-seeking journey. Nine days later her car was found wrecked on a logging road in Washington State, with her stuff left behind but no trace of Leah herself. A trail of cryptic notes and unconfirmed witness reports lead in various inconsistent directions, though evidence discovered in 2006 indicates the car was sabotaged intentionally. What happened? No one is sure, but Ms. Roberts’s mysterious case now counts as the most popular article in the Missing Persons category (which itself is the most popular category).
The Sound of World War II: “Lili Marlene,” Sung by Marlene Dietrich. (June 10, 2013)
Here’s another in the “why is this so popular?” category. A torchy ballad written in the first world war by a virtually forgotten songwriter somehow became a smash-hit during the second world war, especially when sung, in German, by a German emigre. I always loved “Lili Marlene,” but given the hits this article gets, it seems nearly everyone else does too–no small feat for a song written 99 years ago and recorded 75 years ago. I originally posted this as a means to promote my World War II spy serial, “The Armored Satchel.”
Disappeared: Malcolm “Mac” Graham, Missing 39 Years, and the “Palmyra Curse.” (August 30, 2013)
In 1974, high-class globetrotters Mac and Muff Graham sailed their gorgeous yacht to a supposedly deserted island called Palmyra to get away from it all. Seven years later Muff’s dismembered, hammer-smashed, torched skeleton spilled out of an aluminum box. Her husband has never been found. The murder(s) were committed by a creepy ex-con who later wrote a fraudulent novel about the incident. Is Palmyra cursed? It seems a lot of people are hitting this article to try to find out.
Immortal Beloveds: The “Ice Mummies” of Beechey Island, Canada. (July 16, 2013)
Among the various other celebrities on my site are three British guys who died of complications from lead poisoning back in the 1840s. Due to the unfortunate fact that they were on a naval expedition to the Arctic at the time, their graves were dug in permafrost, which means they’re still perfectly preserved–as researchers found when they chipped them out of cold storage in 1984. This article was a sleeper for many months, but for some reason recently (summer 2014) has exploded in page hits.
Disappeared: Bradyn Fuksa, Missing 4 Years. (June 17, 2013)
In July 2009, 22-year-old Kansas college student Michael “Bradyn” Fuksa stole a 9mm weapon from his parents’ house and drove 10 hours in the middle of the night to rural Wyoming, where he vanished into thin air. The possible reasons for Bradyn’s mysterious flight remain unclear today, and no one has any clue what happened to him. He has still not been found. A lot of people out there are looking for Bradyn Fuksa.
Stravinsky in Space: The Classic “Fight Music” from Star Trek. (October 23, 2013)
What do an avant-garde Russian composer and a lovesick Vulcan enduring pon farr have in common? Musically speaking, a tremendous amount. This fun article explores the influence that Stravinsky’s 1913 symphony “Rite of Spring” had on the most famous audio cue in science fiction, and the article includes YouTube versions of both pieces for your amusement. Kroyykah!
Earth: John Walker Spy House, Norfolk, Virginia. (June 26, 2013)
It doesn’t look like much, but this unassuming suburban house in Norfolk, Virginia was once the locus of a major Cold War spy network. John Walker, a U.S. Navy officer who began selling classified secrets to the Soviets in 1967, eventually recruited his brother and his son to help him steal military documents, and unsuccessfully approached his daughter and several others. He went to prison in 1985. I have no idea why but of all my “Earth” posts, this is one of the most popular, gaining a few quiet hits almost every day.