Archive for the Words Category

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 – 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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The Little Things DO Suck! – Still

Posted in amazon, books, comedy, Cool Stuff, ebook, end of the world, food, funny, Games, gross, habits, history, humor, ibooks, kindle, kobo, laughter, life, literature, people, pet peeves, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom, Words with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/31/2017 by Edward Brock

The world is crrrrraaazzy.

As a result, I’ve made my humor book–The Little Things DO Suck!–only 99c for awhile. Maybe it can help ease some of the anxiety many of us are feeling these days.

It is available on a bunch of ebook seller websites. Just click on the annoyed cat below.

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Historical Happening – Scrabble

Posted in collectibles, Cool Stuff, Games, history, toys, Uncategorized, Words with tags , , , on 01/19/2017 by Edward Brock

The hugely popular word game–first went on sale was first introduced to the buying public, on this day in 1955.

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