I had long been aware of the WWI legend of
The Angel of Mons
, in which a piece of deliberate fiction was accepted as literal truth.
But I was unaware until recently that right in my own backyard, in nearby Hadley, Massachusetts, a similar bit of fiction-as-history existed,
the Angel of Hadley
, the account of how a mysterious elderly warrior saved settlers from the Indians.
Another good piece on the subject here.
Not exactly a question I had ever previously thought to ask.
Original ad here.
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I love the almost-human arms and legs on this enormous alligator, which is being attacked, ostensibly, by Native Americans, as depicted by 16th-century artist
Theodor de Bry.
"The verisimilitude of many of de Bry's illustrations is questionable; not least because he never crossed the Atlantic. "
I love these charming bits of history that reveal a more eccentric America, where things were more fluid, creative and wild.
More info here
And here's what the bustling center of the Republic and its citizens look like today.
With the recent migrant tragedies at sea around the globe, we must always recall one of the great refugee success stories: turning an old Detroit truck into an ocean-going vessel.
More photos here.
Full story here.
Because the USA market for music is so huge, singers from other countries are always trying to break in, abandoning their native languages for English.
Maurice Chevalier. Charles Aznavour. Julio Iglesias. Shakira. The list goes on and on.
What's stranger is someone who abandons a career singing in native English to become a star abroad.
Such was the case of
Born in the UK and raised in America, she tried to be a folkie.
But failing that, she moved to Europe and became a great success, singing mostly in Spanish.
Of course, looking like a beautiful flower child didn't hurt!