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The Spitfire Helps Britain Win WWII

In January 1933, Adolph Hitler assumed power in Germany. After some political shenanigans, he was named Chancellor (a position analogous to Prime Minister) by the aging president and WWI hero Paul von Hindenburg. When Hindenburg died, at the age of … Continue reading

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“OK” Enters The Language

Like all words which began life as slang, etymologists aren’t sure exactly how “OK” came to be added to the language. One leading contender dates back to Martin Van Buren (1782-1862,) our eighth president. Van Buren was born into a … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Mirrors

According to mythology, the first person to actually see an image of himself was the Greek hunter, Narcissus. Narcissus was widely known for being one of the handsomest lads in the kingdom, and caught the attention of many an amorous … Continue reading

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“Uncle Wiggly Wings” Drops Candy to Berlin’s Children

WWII was over. Germany was divided into four spheres of influence each controlled by one of the four victors: The US, France, the UK, and Russia, with Russia controlling the eastern sector. Further, the city of Berlin, which was located … Continue reading

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Halloween 2017: The Monkey’s Paw

In this year’s Halloween visit to old radio, we present a story from a Canadian horror series series called, Nightfall. This story, from July 1980, is called The Monkey’s Paw, the classic tale of an enchanted paw which grants the … Continue reading

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A Short History of Halloween

Happy Halloween What we know as Halloween began more than 3,000 years ago as the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Gaelic for November and pronounced “sah-win.”) It was a festival to celebrate the end of the harvest season, and … Continue reading

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George Washington Forms a Spy Network

In the eighteenth century, spying was considered an unsuitable job for a gentleman. Nonetheless, 21-year-old Nathan Hale volunteered to gather information behind British lines, perhaps because he hadn’t seen military action yet. He was fully aware of the danger; a … Continue reading

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Air Conditioning Makes Southern Mega-Cities Possible

Air conditioning has been around since Roman times, when the wealthy piped aqueduct water through pipes in their walls. In 1902, a Cornell-trained mechanical engineer named Willis Carrier (1876-1950,) building on Michael Faraday’s discovery in 1820 that compressing and liquefying … Continue reading

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Monster Earthquake Causes the Mississippi River to Flow Backwards

The steamboat New Orleans, first of its type to travel the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, set out from Pittsburgh on October 20, 1811, bound for New Orleans. Captain Nicholas Roosevelt had brought along his young wife, Lydia, their two year … Continue reading

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London Hit by Killer Smog

Clear skies dawned over London on December 5, 1952. A wintry cold snap had gripped the British capital for weeks, and as Londoners awoke, coal fireplaces were stoked in homes and businesses across the city to take the chill from … Continue reading

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