McKinley Assassination

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On this day in 1901,  lone gunman Leon Czolgosz assassinated President William McKinley using a .32 pistol. The assassin is notably mentioned in the film Slacker, directed by Richard Linklater. Philosopher and scholar Louis Mackey portrays a character referred to as…

Only Watubi Can Save You Now

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Skipper Jonas Grumby finds this old tiki idol and believes he’s under the “curse of Kona.” Only the powerful witch-doctor Watubi can save him. Skipper is rendered nearly mad by his fear of the curse, his senses so distorted that…

On This Day in History

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On this day in 1846, Mexico declared war on the United States. Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed in 1934 by police in Black Lake, Louisiana. Eleven years later, Heinrich Himmler committed suicide. Four years after that, in 1949, the Federal…

Birth of Spam (not the tasty kind)

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On this day in 1978, the first unsolicited commercial mass email was sent by a Digital Electronics Corporation sales executive to 393 recipients on ARPANET. The subsequent pogrom to hunt and destroy the salesman and his assistant was fruitless, but DEC…

The News from Traumaville

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Lately I’ve been watching a lot of John Cassavetes movies and staying up late with gypsy minstrels composing musical space opera set on the Jovian moons of Io and Europa. Fire and ice are prominent themes. When the musicians get…