Category Archives: history

Cities and towns named for a river bend


The following list identifies whose cities and towns with “bend” in their name. In nearly all cases, the term “bend” refers to a significant bend in a river, but a few pertain to lakes and or bays. Only two (2) … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2020 thru the midyear


TV Comedies Schitt’s Creek – adore this show! Sad to see it ending, but glad its going out on top. The Kominsky Method Superstore The Conners The Unicorn If you love Schitt’s Creek too, here’s a link for obtaining seasons … Continue reading

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Chris*craft flotilla


Just a few of the classic Chris*craft motorboats that were tooling around Lake Wawasee, Indiana on Sunday morning June 28, 2020. Each Sunday between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend anywhere between 14 and 30 of these lovely watercraft … Continue reading

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Roadside Americana: Atomic age stops, sights, and oddities


This blogpost is a little adventure through the sights and sounds of America’s roadside culture to depict how the Atomic Age has impacted it since 1945. A whole variety of businesses have adopted the term “atomic” or some variation thereof … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tunes: Favorite rock album titles


Here’s my list of favorite album titles. Some are fun, some are poignant or thought-provoking, and some are just plain weird. If you have others that you feel should be included, please feel free to pass them along. Enjoy! Logic … Continue reading

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Cities with three (3) or more matching letters in their name


The following list identifies those cities around the globe that have at least three (3) of the same letter from the English/Latin alphabet in their name. Those cities shown in bold¬†contain at least two (2) sets of three (3) matching … Continue reading

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Up to 690,000 American’s died from our own nuke tests!


Yes, you read the post title correctly. According to a 2017 study by researchers from the University of Arizona, between 340,000 and 690,000 Americans are estimated to have died from fallout and radiation-linked diseases generated by the 100 atmospheric atomic … Continue reading

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American “Atomgrads” of the Cold War era…and beyond


Back on May 6th and May 8th respectively, posts were published on the “Atomgrads” of the Soviet Union. One pertained to the nuclear weapon “Atomgrads,” while the other discussed nuclear energy ones. This post will list the four (4) known … Continue reading

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The rise of slender toothpick skyscrapers


A recent trend in skyscraper development, especially in New York City, has been pencil-thin, almost toothpick-like skyscrapers built on very small/narrow parcels. These slender towers look almost anorexic in appearance compared to many of their predecessors (see comparison graphic below).¬† … Continue reading

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Shipwreck sightings in and near Michigan’s Manitou Passage


Living on the Great Lakes, particularly in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan provides some unique opportunities to see shipwrecks. Literally hundreds of them rest upon the lake floor in this region, particularly in places like Manitou Passage which separates … Continue reading

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