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Dan Rather Analyzes Reagan 1980 Landslide Victory Here's one for the archives! As part of CBS' 1980 election night coverage, Dan Rather (whose political views are usually blatantly skewed to the left) has to admit the obvious: Ronald Reagan ran a better campaign than Jimmy Carter and America overwhelmingly voted to reverse "liberal orthodoxy". Wow! (Note that Republican states were colored blue in 1980.)
Tags: Dan  Rather  CBS  election  coverage  1980 
Added: 10th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Happy Birthday America Tags: Linda  Carter  America  Birthday  USA  United  States  of  America  Wonder  Woman  Television  TV  Show  Superhero  Super  Hero  Patriotic  Red  White  and  Blue  Caped  Crusader  action 
Added: 4th July 2015
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Mad Magazine Introduces 43-Man Squamish As an amusing parody of big-time NCAA athletics, the June 1965 edition of Mad magazine introduced a new collegiate sport devised by writer Tom Koch: 43-man squamish. The rules call for squamish to be played on a pentagonal-shaped field called a fluteney in which the two teams line up on opposite ends to start play. (Think about it.) A squamish game is comprised of seven ogres of 15 minutes each--or eight ogres if it rains. Players are outfitted in polo helmets and swim fins and carry long hooked sticks called frullips. The object of squamish is to advance the pritz (a ball made of untreated ibex hide and stuffed with blue jay feathers) beyond the opponents' goal line to score woomiks (worth 17 points each) or durmishes (worth 11 point each). Some of the positions include left overblats, outside grouches, offensive niblings, and a dummy. The game's officials include a probate judge and a baggage smasher. This illustration shows what a first-rate collegiate squamish team would look like.
Tags: 43-man  squamish  Mad  magazine 
Added: 3rd October 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
 Funeral for Confederate Submariners On February 17, 1864, the small navy of the Confederate States of America could claim a military first: A submarine sank an enemy ship. The crew of the H.L. Hunley, under the command of George Dixon, achieved the feat of sinking the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, only to mysteriously sink later that same day with the loss of its entire crew of eight sailors. The H.L. Hunley had a short, checkered history. Twice it sank during training operations, killing a total of 13 men--including its namesake inventor who was aboard for the second catastrophe. Both times the hull was raised, repaired and put back into service. The hull of the Hunley was first located in 1995 and was raised in 2000. The remains of the brave sailors were finally laid to rest on April 17, 2004. Thousands of curious but respectful onlookers, dressed in both blue and gray, turned out for the ceremony at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, SC. Scientists and military historians are still trying to discover exactly why the submarine sank.
Tags: Confederate  submariners  funeral 
Added: 9th November 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
K-Mart Camera and Equipment Sale Tags: K-Mart  Camera  Sale  8mm  projector  Super  8mm  film  maxi-c  strobe  reel  to  reel  Kodak  GAF  Bell  and  Howell    movie  camera  projector  dual-8  film  advertisement  blue  light  special 
Added: 21st December 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Lawn Jockeys Signified An Underground Railroad Home A lot of people don't know the real meaning behind these statues, so they vandalize them, bitch about them being racist, etc. When the image of a black 'footman' with a lantern signified the home was a stop on the Underground Railroad. These are largely a northern thing, and weren't commonly found in the South until after WWII when northerners moved there and brought this custom with them. The clothing of the statue was also coded. A striped jockey's shirt meant that this was a place to swap horses, while a footman in a tailed coat meant overnight lodgings/food, and a blue sailor's waistcoat meant the homeowner could take you to a port and get you on a ship to Canada. I always laugh when I hear black folks talk about how racist these are, because honestly, the cats who had them were likely the LEAST racist. Later, these came back into popularity after WWII, and they were again coded to show the white homeowners supported early civil rights efforts, weren't Klan, etc.
Tags: Lawn  Jockeys  Signified  An  Underground  Railroad  Home  black  African  American  slavery    Civil  Rights  KKK  Klan  civil  rights 
Added: 28th January 2016
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Posted By: Cathy
1939 NFL Game in Color Behold ten minutes of play from a 1939 NFL game in stunning color! The remarkable clarity makes the silent footage look like it was shot last week instead of nearly 80 years ago. It's from a September 24, 1939 game between the Brooklyn Dodgers (yes, there was an NFL team by that name) and the Detroit Lions. The game was played at University of Detroit Stadium and drew an excellent crowd. Despite the score being 0-0 at halftime, Detroit (in blue) won 27-7. A few things to notice: No faceguards on the players. (Brooklyn's kicker has no helmet.) There are a double set of goalposts because the NFL's posts were situated on the goal line in 1939; while the NCAA's were on the end line. The NFL used a thicker ball in that era. You have to love the referees' all-white outfits.
Tags: NFL  color  footage  1939  Detroit  Brooklyn 
Added: 27th March 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Shirley Temple 1939 Assassination Attempt On Christmas Eve 1939, child movie star Shirley Temple was appearing on a live radio show in Los Angeles which was both a charity benefit and a means of promoting her new feature movie The Blue Bird. While singing one of the songs from the film, a woman in the audience stood up and pulled a handgun from her purse. Shirley saw the gun and remarkably continued singing--albeit a little bit off key. The woman was subdued and luckily never fired her gun. Police learned that the deranged woman believed that Shirley had 'stolen the soul' of her daughter. Apparently the woman had given birth to a girl on April 23, 1929, but the baby died not long after being delivered. The woman--who was obviously mentally ill--discovered that Shirley Temple was allegedly born on that same day. Employing twisted logic, the woman convinced herself that killing Shirley would be an act of vengeance. Shirley correctly pointed out in her autobiography that the woman had gotten her birth date wrong. Shirley was actually born in 1928. Shirley's mother, Gertrude, had lopped a year off her age to make it appear she was younger than she actually was. Shirley herself was unaware of her correct birth date until she was nearing her birthday in 1941. Only then did her mother tell her she was actually going to be 13 years old instead of 12.
Tags: Shirley  Temple  assassination  attempt 
Added: 5th May 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Egad! Chess Computer Beats World Champ May 11, 1997 saw one of the most important milestones in human history occur. Strangely, it was attained at the expense of humans. On that date in New York City, Garry Kasparov, the reigning world chess champion and one of the greatest players of all time, lost the deciding game of a six-game series to an IBM computer nicknamed Deep Blue. Kasparov resigned after only 19 moves, giving Deep Blue the match with a record of two wins, one loss, and three draws. The previous year, Kasparov had beaten an inferior version of Deep Blue four games to two in a series played in Philadelphia. To those in the computer industry, the triumph of Deep Blue was a cause for celebration. To many chess followers and ordinary folks, however, the result was ominous: Artificial intelligence had surpassed one of the great minds in human history. Here is a six-minute video about the 1997 event.
Tags: chess  Deep  Blue  computer  Garry  Kasparov 
Added: 20th May 2017
Views: 876
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Posted By: Lava1964

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