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WhaHuh? – The Great Balloon Hoax

Posted in books, Cool Stuff, fiction, folklore, funny, history, humor, laughter, life, literature, News, poe, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom, Words, writing with tags , , , , , , on 02/16/2017 by Edward Brock

On April 13, 1844, New York’s The Sun added an extra page to their paper. The page claimed that a popular balloonist, named Monck Mason, had flown across the Atlantic Ocean in just 74 hours–a historical first.

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Named Victoria, the balloon had departed from England and was headed for Paris, when one of the propellers malfunctioned. The balloon drifted off course–and ended up in South Carolina. Word quickly spread and readers were excited to get a copy of the paper for themselves. They even showed up to the newspaper’s office to get copies. 

But, unknown to the enthusiastic crowd, the story was actually a hoax–perpetrated by Edgar Allan Poe. The hoax was revealed two days later but, by then, The Sun had already made quite a bit of money.

Poe later wrote that, “I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper.” He seemed surprised that people were so easily manipulated by false news. He even stood on The Sun’s steps to inform the crowd that the story was a hoax. But, most of the readers ignored him while they were snatching up copies of the paper.

Historical Happening – Horror Birthdays

Posted in amazon, art, box office, classic horror, Cool Stuff, creature features, creepy, dark, fantasy, fiction, Film, halloween, history, horror, horror films, macabre, monster movies, monsters, movies, people, scary, sci-fi, syfy, TV, Uncategorized, weird with tags , , , , , , on 02/13/2017 by Edward Brock

Several actors–who had prominent roles in Horror films–were born on this day.

Oliver Reed (1937) – Curse of the Werewolf, Burnt Offerings, The Brood

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David Naughton (1951) – An American Werewolf in London

Mena Suvari (1979) – The Rage: Carrie 2, Day of the Dead, Don’t Blink

Historical Happening – James Joyce & Ulysses

Posted in art, books, Cool Stuff, ebook, fantasy, fiction, Film, history, kindle, legends, life, literature, News, people, Uncategorized, Words, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on 02/02/2017 by Edward Brock

James Joyce was born on this day, in 1882.

And his door-stopping novel, Ulysses, was published (in a single book form)–on this day, in 1922. It was originally serialized in the magazine, The Little Review.

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Historical Happening – Green Hornet Radio Show

Posted in adventure, art, Cool Stuff, fiction, history, legends, music, people, radio, sci-fi, soundtracks, superheroes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 01/31/2017 by Edward Brock

The Green Hornet Radio Show was first broadcast on this day–in 1936.

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Historical Happening – Robert Anton Wilson

Posted in books, Cool Stuff, cults, ebook, fantasy, fiction, folklore, history, kindle, legends, life, literature, mythology, non-fiction, religion, sci-fi, technology, TV, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/18/2017 by Edward Brock

Prolific writer–and self-described agnostic mythic–Robert Anton Wilson was born on this day, in 1932.

“Only the madman is absolutely sure.”

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Historical Happening – Batman TV Series

Posted in batman, books, comedy, Cool Stuff, dc comics, fantasy, fiction, Film, history, humor, justice league, legends, movies, mythology, sci-fi, superheroes, TV, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 01/12/2017 by Edward Brock

One of the craziest TV shows ever produced premiered on this day in 1966.

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The series starred Adam West as Batman & Burt Ward as Robin. It also starred a rotating collection of memorable villains–including Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, Cesar Romero as The Joker, and Julie Newmar/Eartha Kitt as Catwoman.

Excelsior!

Posted in art, books, Captain America, comic books, Cool Stuff, fantasy, fiction, Film, history, horror, humor, legends, literature, marvel, mythology, spider-man, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 12/28/2016 by Edward Brock

Marvel’s “Main Man “was born on this day–in 1922.

Excelsior!

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