Category:
North America

Odd Place Names of Missouri

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Original article here.

Tightwad, MO
Crybaby Holler, MO
Barely Do, MO
Old Dishrag, MO
Hell on the Line, MO
Not, MO
Rat, MO
Competition, MO
Koshkonong, MO
Peculiar, MO
Frankenstein, MO
Romance, MO
Braggadocio, MO


Yup, them's some odd names, allright.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 15, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Names, North America

Camp Siegfried



I always wonder, when watching vintage movies from the 1930s and 1940s, about the preoccupation with Nazi spies and sympathizers in the USA. How justified were such fears? Pretty well justified, I guess, based on the video above, and this article.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 20, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, 1930s, 1940s, North America

The Angel of Hadley

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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.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 29, 2014 - Comments (1)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Myths and Fairytales, Historical Figure, Europe, North America, Nineteenth Century, Seventeenth Century, Native Americans

If America Dies…

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Not exactly a question I had ever previously thought to ask.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 02, 2014 - Comments (8)
Category: Death, Nature, PSA's, Advertising, 1970s, North America

Theodor de Bry

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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. "

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 14, 2014 - Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Art, Europe, North America, Sixteenth Century

The Republic of Indian Stream

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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.

And here's what the bustling center of the Republic and its citizens look like today.


Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 26, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Politics, Regionalism, Curmudgeons and Contrarianism, North America, Nineteenth Century

Life in America:  1948







Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 22, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Customs, 1940s, North America

Life in America:  1915









Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 17, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Customs, 1910s, North America

Life in America:  1959









Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 20, 2014 - Comments (2)
Category: Customs, 1950s, North America

By Chevy From Cuba to USA

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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.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 29, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Engineering and Construction, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, North America, Twenty-first Century, Trucks

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