History Schmistory: September 24. @cs.com, y’all!!

1979: Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which includes the first electronic mail service. They’re apparently still waiting for the interstate parties to catch on…

You checked your CS mail lately? Yeah neither have we. It’s been years. It’s probably all dusty and moldy and filled with venomous spiders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CompuServe ad in Byte magazine, January 1983.

Deadword of the Day: Soul-case

Soul-case: Body

As in: My soul-case doesn’t bend that way. 

GO THERE!


Teddy Roosevelt declared Devil’s Tower in Wyoming the first National Monument of the United States, today in 1906. There you go. Something good happened in 1906.

GO THERE!

Underneath the surface in Southeast London lies the Chislehurst Caves, over 22 miles of man-made caves with over 4000 years of history.

Did you know you can get a FREE Team Marco Polo, London ebook just by clicking that “Like” button down there?

Deadword of the Day: Nurk

Nurk: A name for the runt of a litter.

As in: Poor little nurk…

History Schmistory: September 23. Mario Kard?

1889: Nintendo is founded as a playing card company by Fusajiro Yamauchi, and soon introduces Hanafuda, a flowery card deck with a number of applicable games, including Tyson’s Punch-Out! :)

I, Aldaron [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

I, Aldaron [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Cryptozoology Break! Kongamato

In the Jiundu swamps of western Zambia, a legendary pterodactyl-like creature known as Kongamato (“overwhelmer of boats”) had been terrifying the natives for generations. This elusive creature was known to capsize boats and deliberately pursue and destroy any poor soul who laid eyes on it. A few early 20th century explorers reported seeing and often being attacked by these crazy ugly flying monsters. Similar sightings were reported from as far away as Mount Kilimanjaro. Today, the real truth about the Kongamato remains a mystery…

You say Kongamayto, I say Kongamahto, let’s get the heck outta here!

GO THERE! Great art in Florence: FREE

Our two favorite things: Florence and FREE! Great tips on free art you can see in Florence. Now’s a great time to go. Heck with the kids. How many soccer games can a parent see? Leave ‘em with Grandma and head East to the Old Country while the tourists are few and the gustatory pleasures are many!

photo: BBC

 

History Schmistory: September 22. Act now!

1598: Playwright Ben Jonson, a contemporary of Billy Shakespeare, is arrested for killing an actor in a duel. Naturally, the actor only had his prop gun.

By Joost J. Bakker from IJmuiden (Space Pilot X Ray Gun  Uploaded by Oxyman) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Joost J. Bakker from IJmuiden (Space Pilot X Ray Gun Uploaded by Oxyman) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 21. The original prequel?

1937: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is published. No Hobbits were harmed during the making.

By Jeff Hitchcock (Flickr: Butterfly Catcher) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Jeff Hitchcock (Flickr: Butterfly Catcher) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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