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CHARLATAN TRUMP

THERE ARE those of us who would argue that “charlatan” is too kind a word to describe the likes of Donald J. Trump. However, the word has such interesting etymology, … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

TRAVELIN’ THE RAILS WITH CHARLEY F. MURPHY

WHAT FOLLOWS is a multi-part exposition of science (you’ll excuse the word) based on charge, force, and magnetic field, better known among students of physics as Charley F. Murphy. My … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

MALTA, ITS KNIGHTS, FALCON, AND PARTYING

MY PRIMARY knowledge about the Mediterranean island of Malta was pretty much limited to its falcon and detective Sam Spade. However, this knowledge expanded considerably upon reading “Malta, Where the … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · 5 Comments

CELEBRATING PROMETHEUS. OR BLAMING HIM?

IN GREEK mythology, it was Prometheus who defied Zeus by giving fire to humanity. Fire, that led to civilization’s hearths, metalworking, the Industrial Revolution, and our modern age. In fact, … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

JOSHUA A. NORTON, AMERICA’S ONLY EMPEROR PART 2

ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1859, after having bankrupted big time on a rice scam, Joshua Abraham Norton sent the following proclamation to several San Francisco newspapers: “At the peremptory request and … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

JOSHUA A. NORTON, AMERICA’S ONLY EMPEROR PART 1

THE STORY of Joshua A. Norton, aka Emperor Norton I of the United States, is offered as historical entertainment here in two parts, today and tomorrow. You are free to … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

PEPPER GRINDERS, CAGE CRINOLINES, AND VIS-À-VIS MOTORING

THE MOTOR car image below is exemplary of a wonderful path that led from pepper grinders to cage crinolines to one of the earliest of the world’s famous automakers, Peugeot. … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 2 Comments