Sunday, April 3, 2011

Revenge of the Jedi

I saw some of this movie. The "forest moon of Endor" was Kashyyyk, and all the Ewoks were Wookies. It freaked out my little brother.

(Don't ask.)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

American Cannibalism

900 years ago. The evidence is in.

"Fur is going to fly over this," said anthropologist Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley.

Anthropologist William Lipe of Washington State University said many archaeologists have been reluctant to accept the existence of cannibalism "because it carries a lot of negative implications."

Seems that Toltecs from central Mexico killed and ate about 25 people at an Anasazi settlement in Colorado. They left poop. The poop was the evidence. And now comes my favorite part:

Dr. Richard Marlar of the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Colorado School of Medicine offered his assistance. An amateur archaeologist, he told the researchers that he could devise a test to determine if human tissue was present in the coprolite.

Amateur archeologist? Amateur historian? Marlar and me, getting it done.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Where Might the Tucker Be Today?

This is a 1948 Tucker Torpedo.

Only 51 were built.

Here are some stats from the Official Tucker Club of America website:

1. Engine: H-6 (horizontally opposed), ohv, 335 ci (4.50 x 3.50 in. bore x stroke), 7.0:1 compression ratio, 166 bhp, 372 lbs/ft torque.
2. Size: 128" wheelbase, 219" overall length, 60" height, 79" width, 4200 pounds.
3. Performance: 0-60 in 10 seconds, est. top speed 120 mph
4. Original (projected) price: $2450
5. Current value: from about $200,000 on up (Tucker #1043 sold in a private transaction in 2005 for upwards of $750,000)
6. Yes, it could go in reverse

And you might remember this movie:

I enjoyed this comment below the video so much, I'm pasting it here:

"Excellent movie. It would be interesting to see in a parallel world where Tucker would have succeded and imagine what the cars would look like throughout history."
mitterling2 2 years ago 14

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Operation Pastorius

Here is the sign on the beach at Ponte Vedra, Florida, about 4 miles north of where the Nazi submariners landed in 1942.

Monday, February 21, 2011

History is all around us

Some local news out of Elkhart, Indiana.  Seems some local cops found a stash of weapons and had to call the bomb squad.  Serious stuff.

By the way, the weapons had been there since WWI.

According to Goshen College Historical Committee Director, Richard Preheim, they found two large caliber shells, one grenade, and one small bomb...

It ain't like this.

What would the point of divergence be?  Wayne insisted that I post this pic.  If he only knew.