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Entries Tagged ‘History’

Spongy, Yellow, Delicious Bastards

Today the Hostess corporation announced it would be shutting its doors and selling off its assets after 82 years in business.  Twinkies have been around since the beginning in 1930, have been used in a murder defense in 1979, and been mentioned in movies, sometimes quite prominently. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t have an […]

Hanging Around

“You said to get something to hang the prisoner with.” Hanging has been around as a method of execution for a long time; the term “hanging” has been used for at least 700 years.  There’s the Suspension Method, the Short Drop, the Standard Drop, and the Long Drop.  The first two methods result in the person […]

Butch And Sundance

One hundred and three years ago, on 7 November 1908, it is believed that Butch Cassidy (Robert LeRoy Parker) and the Sundance Kid (Harry Alonzo Longabaugh) were killed in a shootout in San Vicente, Bolivia.  Reports indicate that it was nothing like the ending of the George Roy Hill movie of 1969, but who cares.  […]

Cannon Fodder

When reading about things that happened on a certain date in history, much of it revolves around war: War of 1812, US Revolutionary War, World War II, “Civil” War.  Sad, really.  Although today is also the 54th anniversary of Ford introducing the Edsel, which was akin to shooting onself in the foot.

 
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