GO THERE! An historic secret.

Scotland’s Secret Bunker, built 100 feet below a modest farmhouse, was in operation during the darkest days of the cold war. Now it’s an awesome museum!

History Schmistory: September 15. A child is born.

1254: The world is given a truly special gift. Marco Polo! Many sing and rejoice.
Happy 757th, Marco!

GO THERE!

Have you ever wanted to ride a camel on the beach?

Yeah, neither have we. But now that we know we can, we’re saving up for a trip to Broome, Australia!

History Schmistory: September 14. As tough as…

1984: Joseph Kittinger becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon. At 56 years old, it is only his latest of a lifetime of accomplishments, which include setting the record for the highest, longest and fastest skydive, and surviving a year in a North Vietnamese POW camp. Nails, folks. Nails.

 

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

GO THERE! Hang with puppets!

The World Puppetry Festival in the French Ardennes starts Friday, September 16th. Go there and bring us some souvenirs!

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History Schmistory: September 13. “Curses!”

1898: After a long bout with Eastman-Kodak, Hannibal Goodwin is awarded a patent for the celluloid photographic film roll, luckily before Edison found a way to swoop in and steal the idea for himself. Speaking of, here’s Tommy looking very smug.

By Louis Bachrach, Bachrach Studios, restored by Michel Vuijlsteke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Louis Bachrach, Bachrach Studios, restored by Michel Vuijlsteke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

GO THERE!

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The Eden Project is a can’t miss family attraction in Cornwall, UK, that boasts the largest greenhouse in the world. And the coolest looking one, we think.

History Schmistory: September 12. Classic 50s Alien Encounter.

1952: Flatwoods, West Virginia. The “Flatwoods Monster” emerges from her crashed UFO to witness 8 humans and a dog staring at her. Here’s more…

Artists interpretation of the 'monster'  By Camilo Sanchez (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Artists interpretation of the ‘monster’
By Camilo Sanchez (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A Name You Should Know: Aleda E. Lutz

1st Lieutenant Aleda E. Lutz was an American army flight nurse who flew an unprecedented 196 missions during World War II, totaling over 800 hours, evacuating over 3,500 injured men to safety from the battlefront. During her 196th mission she became the first military woman to die in a combat zone.  Hey HBO! There’s a mini-series for ya! You’re welcome.

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Are You For Real? Gateway to hell lies in Turkmenistan!

Hell’s Gate is the nickname for this giant hole in the middle of  the Kara-Kum Desert in Turkmenistan. It was discovered in 1971, when the ground gave way under an excavation team to reveal an opening to a massive underground cavern of natural gas. The hole was set ablaze, to keep the toxic fumes from spreading, and it has been burning non-stop for the last 40 years.

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