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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 – Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid”

Posted in art, box office, Cool Stuff, Film, history, humor, legends, movies, people, Smithsonian, Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on 02/06/2017 by Edward Brock

Though it had a premiere on January 21, Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid hit theaters on this day, in 1921.

It starred Chaplin–who wrote, produced, and edited the film, as well. It was also Chaplin’s first feature-length film as director.

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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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Shotgun Horror Clips – New Story

Posted in horror, literature, monsters, reading, scary, Uncategorized, weird, writing with tags , , , , , on 01/25/2017 by Edward Brock

A nice little Christmas gift for me. My story, Christmas Tree Is Free, was published in the newest issue of Deadlight Magazine’s Shotgun Horror Clips.

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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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New Year. New Goals. New Attitude. Wisdom.

Posted in facebook, history, life, News, politics, social media, twitter, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on 01/06/2017 by Edward Brock

2016 seems to have been a shitty year for most people. I was among those who were happy and eager for the year to end. 2017 looks like it’s on track to be even crazier, weirder, annoying and interesting.

I’m not looking forward to interacting on social media. I’ve learned, particularly in recent years, that offering your opinion on social media–especially concerning politics and culture–can be a dangerous and disheartening thing.

Regardless of where you come down on the political/cultural spectrum, there will always be people (and not just trolls) who feel it necessary to judge and condemn you. Even those with whom you share the majority of your beliefs will often turn on you for disagreeing on a single point.

Various condemnations–usually ending in some kind of “ist”–will follow if you dare to offer an opinion that doesn’t fit in a particular narrative. Your individual beliefs, ideas, thoughts, interests, and enjoyments become irrelevant in light of a, often, single disagreement. Social media has, too often, become a playground–and its cast of characters seem to be unmoving, inflexible and quick to judgement.

Anyway, what this long diatribe is leading to is my decision to–in 2017–avoid political (and, sometimes, cultural) discussions. It’s no longer worth the stress. As a result, I will only be networking about writing, books, movies, TV, music and other such entertainment (and even that can be very discouraging, as we can even be condemn for the things we like/dislike).

So, in 2017, I’m going to sit back and watch (unless my involvement becomes necessary) as entropy speeds up.

As George Carlin said –

“When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.”

Think I’ll just watch for a while.

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