History Schmistory: November 12. You hear the one about the exploding whale?

1970: The Oregon Highway Division learns exactly what not to do with a dead whale.

History Schmistory: November 11. Coooold-snap!

1911: Apocalyptic expectations went wild the last time we saw an 11/11/11, as The Great Blue Norther, a cold snap that produced record highs and lows on the same day, barreled through the central US, leaving much of the bewildered population with contrasting habiliments.

By Adriano Agulló [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Adriano Agulló [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Team Marco Polo Poster

Paris poster

History Schmistory: November 10. Street Smarts.

1969: National Educational Television, soon to be PBS, introduces the world to Sesame Street. If you go all the way to the end and hang a left, you’ll be in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.




Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Ieri (Yesterday)

Today’s MarcoWord (Italian): Ieri. (eeYERee) YesterdayIeri, all my troubles seemed so far away.”

History Schmistory: November 9. Missing Magnifico.

1494: Only two years after our man Lorenzo Magnifico dies, his eldest son Piero (the Unfortunate) manages to get the entire Family de’ Medici kicked out of Florence. This led to the sarcastic expression; “way to go, Piero!” Actually it’s not an expression at all, but you should start using it anyway. It’ll make you feel intellectually superior to others 🙂 Hit it, Marco!

History Schmistory: November 8. Rays of Hope.

1895: Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-Ray almost completely by accident. And that’s when the fun began!



History Schmistory: November 7. A Dynamic Duo.

1908: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in Bolivia. They remain dead until magically resurfacing in a 1930s caper.





History Schmistory: November 6. …hanging on a telephone wire!

1941: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin addresses the Soviet Union for only the second time in his 30 year reign to boldly claim that, even though they had lost more than 350,000 troops, the Germans had in fact lost over 4 million, so this war should be wrapped up in no time.

History Schmistory: November 5. Back in time.

1955: Doctor Emmett Brown conceives the design for the time-travel enabling flux capacitor after taking a nasty fall and bumping his head on a bathroom sink. Someone should tell Marco that movies are not real, because he has been searching for Doc Brown for a while now…

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