History Schmistory: September 26. I’m a Rocket Maaaaaan!

2008: Swiss Pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes the first person to fly across the English Channel in a winged jetpack of his own invention. Soon after, he flies over the Swiss Alps. Lucky he didn’t burn out his fuse up there alone…

His next mission? “To infinity and beyond!”

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History Schmistory: September 25. Always take the garbage out!

1930: Marco’s favorite 20th century poet/songwriter/cartoonist/performer Shel Silverstein is born, presumably where the sidewalk begins.

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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.

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! :)

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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!

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

History Schmistory: September 20. Spain’s Ba-a-a-ad Boys.

1920: Spain establishes the Spanish Foreign Legion, an elite unit of the Spanish Army. It’s mascot? A goat… Really?

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History Schmistory: September 19. We’re not safe here.

1957: The US begins testing underground nukes. Burrowing animals across the globe react in horror.

History Schmistory: September 18. In fifteen hundred zero two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue for the last dadgum time!

1502: Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his fourth and final voyage. And yes, he still thinks it’s Asia. Poor sap.

Sebastiano del Piombo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sebastiano del Piombo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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