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The Wildflower State

Texas license plates currently display the slogan "The Lone Star State." But before that became the license plate motto, state residents had to fight off a number of attempts to display slogans that weren't quite as manly.

Mystery Illustration 48

What's the product being advertised? The answer is here.

The Takeaway Rembrandt

In 1632 Rembrandt painted a portrait of Jacob de Gheyn III, an engraver living in Utrecht. The portrait is quite small, measuring approximately 12 by 10 inches.

The Life and Death of 9413

President swallows wasp

A few days ago, a wasp flew into the mouth of Luis Guillermo Solis, the president of Costa Rica, while he was outside speaking to reporters.

The Eager Beaver Truck

Article here.

Zzyzx Road

If you ever drive from LA to Las Vegas, you'll encounter Zzyzx Road just outside of Baker, CA. Many people wonder about the origin of this name.

Follies of the Madmen #318

I don't get it. Is "nimble as an ox" good or bad, the before or after status of fueling up with their gas?


March 1985: Sgt. Joseph Mitlof of the NYPD realized that the 30 cups of coffee a day he was drinking might have been contributing to his anxiety problems.

Art Pays Off!

Original story here.

News of the Weird (June 18, 2017)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M532, June 18, 2017 Copyright 2017 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

First Movie on American TV

What was the first full-length movie shown on American TV? A number of sources, such as Paleofuture, claim it was a 1932 detective movie, The Crooked Circle, which Los Angeles station W6XAO-TV broadcast in its entirety in 1933, even though the movie was still playing in local theaters.

Joan Lowell and CRADLE OF THE DEEP

In 1929, Joan Lowell published an autobiography, Cradle of the Deep, published by Simon & Schuster, in which she claimed that her sea captain father took her aboard his ship, the Minnie A.

Swarming: Its Control & Prevention

From the Barnsley Beekeepers Association: The Snelgrove method was first described by Leonard E Snelgrove in his 1934 book, “Swarming - It’s Control and Prevention”.

Pass That Peace Pipe

"Why can't we all just get along?" "Pass that peace pipe, bury that tomahawk/Like those Chichamecks, Cherokees,/Chapultepec's do..."

Eating Infinite Jest

Comedian Jamie Loftus recently posted a video commemorating the first year of her plan to eat an entire copy of the novel Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, one page at a time.

The Funeral of Mike Merlo

Original picture here. A wax and flower effigy of the deceased featured at his funeral, attended by ten thousand people.

Recipes for Cooking Muskrat

How the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service came to publish a muskrat meat cookbook: The Escanaba Daily Press - Mar 22, 1949 The recipes include Wine-fried Muskrat, Muskrat a la Terrapin, Maryland Shredded Muskrat, Muskrat Salad, Muskrat Pie, Pickled Muskrat, and Stewed Muskrat Liver.

Cosmetic Frame for Bent Legs

The vanished horrors of the past. Original ad here.

Name That List, #40

What is this a list of?