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Archive for September, 2009

30 September
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Whatever Happened to U-2 Spy Gary Powers?

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Found via mental_floss.

From 1963 on, he test-piloted planes for Lockheed, wrote a memoir of the incident, and became a traffic-copter pilot for a Los Angeles radio station. Powers died in 1977 when his helicopter crashed while on a routine trip. His son was 12 at the time. Gary Jr. would go on to found the Cold War Museum. Sue Powers died in 2004 at the age of 68.

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Slightly related:  What is it like to fly in a U2 Spy Plane?

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29 September
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Billy the Kid letters

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Found via The History Blog:

Billy the Kid wrote to New Mexico’s territorial governor Lew Wallace twice asking for a pardon.

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28 September
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What Nine Members of the Manson Family Are Doing Today

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Big news yesterday[Aug 5, 2009]: Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Manson Family member and would-be assassin of Gerald Ford, has been paroled from prison after nearly 35 years of incarceration. Despite her fanatic membership in the infamous Manson Family, prosecutors were unable to pin anything on Squeaky until her attempt on the President’s life, which is what eventually landed her in prison with a life sentence. Considering that during that time, she attacked a fellow inmate with the claw end of a hammer and escaped once in 1987 to try to meet up with Manson. I don’t know what she’s been up to in the 20 years since then, but I do know that if she moved in next door to me, I’d probably start house-hunting pretty quickly. In case you’ve been wondering if any of the other Family members are looking for real estate in your area, here are where 10 of them are today.

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27 September
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Historic Bridges of the U.S.

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Historic Bridges of the U.S. This is the most complete database of historic bridges I’ve seen. The front page is blog style that seems to have an emphasis on preservation, and which links to a database that is actively being updated & expanded. You can search by state or by county, and look at each bridge’s individual page, including a wealth of stats, and a high-res photo, when available.

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26 September
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Flak Towers

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Found via Neatorama:

In 1940, Hitler, incensed by the successful bombing of Berlin by the RAF. ordered the construction of three enormous flak towers to protect the city. Soon afterwards, this idea quickly spread around Germany.

The L Tower in Vienna is now, well, you take a guess. If your German is any good then its current name – Haus des Meeres is a complete giveaway. If not, then you may be surprised to discover that it is an aquarium. Instead of weapons of war and people huddling from falling bombs it now houses over three and a half thousand animals, with huge fish tanks containing sharks, turtles and piranhas (in different tanks one assumes). There is even a new tropical house with free flying birds and free-running monkeys.

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25 September
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Hiroshima: The Lost Photographs

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Found via Design Observer: Main Posts:

Close to a decade ago, in Watertown, Massachusetts, a man was walking his dog. Amidst the garbage he caught sight of a battered suitcase: inside he found photographs of a bombed out Hiroshima. A unique slideshow of 100 photographs.

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24 September
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7 Famous People Who Became Famous Ghosts

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Marilyn Monroe: The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood is known for two types of sightings: big Hollywood stars and free roaming spirits. The most famous of these uninvited guests is the former blonde bombshell herself, who got her first job by posing on the pool’s diving board for a suntan commercial and frequently stayed in a room of the hotel that her ghost allegedly haunts. Guests can even peer into the full-length mirror that former guests and staff members claim to have seen an image of a beautiful young blonde woman who spoke to them and then suddenly disappeared.

Read the rest at mental_floss.

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23 September
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10 Pirate Myths and Surprises

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Found via mental_floss:

Pirate flags weren’t always just white skull and crossbones on a field of black. There were many different versions and the symbols on them represented different things. A plain black flag represented the death of a crew member, an hourglass represented the swift passage of time, and a wounded heart indicated danger. The flag to the left is attributed to Blackbeard.

Read the other 9 Myths at mental_floss.

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22 September
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Happy 200 Eric!

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I missed this Eric’s post over the weekend, but he hit 200 episodes this weekend!  Congratulations Eric!  Great job on a great podcast!

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21 September
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Video of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan

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Helen Keller — inspiration to generations and inspiration for an entire genre of schoolyard humor — and her teacher and friend Anne Sullivan in a clip from 1930 in which they describe the way in which Helen learned how to speak … It’s a fascinating little clip which pays homage to a woman who, even beyond her amazing circumstances, was a radical socialist, suffragist, and supporter of birth control, who was friends with the likes of Mark Twain and who worked tirelessly to champion the rights of both the downtrodden and the physically disabled. [Coilhouse]

Found via Boing Boing.

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