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George Carlin 1937 to 2008 He will always leave us laughing. R.I.P. george.
Tags: George  Carlin 
Added: 23rd June 2008
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Posted By: roseanns1
Cardiff Giant Hoax 1869 The first great hoax in American history was the Cardiff Giant. In 1868, a wealthy American tobacconist and atheist named George Hull got into an argument with a minister about a passage in the book of Genesis that claimed that giant men once walked the earth. Inspired, Hull decided to create a fake petrified giant and foist it on the gullible public. He hired men in Fort Dodge, Iowa to carve him a 10-foot long block of gypsum. (Hull told them it was for a monument to Abraham Lincoln.) Hull sent the gypsum block to a stonecutter in Chicago to have it secretly carved into the likeness of a man. Once the work was completed, Hull had the carving sent to his cousin's farm in Cardiff, New York. There Hull artificially aged his giant with acid and buried it in the ground for 11 months. On October 16, 1869, two men hired to dig a well 'found' the giant. (This photo shows it being 'exhumed' from Hull's hiding place.) The story of the giant's discovery spread like wildfire. Hull initially charged the curious public 25 cents apiece to view the giant. He later upped the price to 50 cents. Despite scientists universally claiming the Cardiff Giant to be a hoax, Hull sold it for $37,500 to a five-man syndicate headed by David Hannon and laughed all the way to the bank. (The hoax had cost Hull about $2,600, so the sale netted him more than 14 times what he had spent!) P.T. Barnum tried to buy or rent the giant from Hannon for $60,000, but his offer was refused. Not to be outdone, Barnum had his own giant made, displayed it at his museum, and declared Hannon's giant was a fake! On December 10, Hull publicly confessed to his hoax. Meanwhile Hannon and Barnum were busily suing and countersuing each other over who possessed the real Cardiff Giant. Only in America...
Tags: Cardiff  Giant  hoax 
Added: 10th July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Conan OBrien Conquers Finland Back in 2006, late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien learned he closely resembled Finland's president Tarja Halonen. After using this for laughs for a few weeks, it was only natural that O'Brien would be invited to tour the Scandanavian country. It was a huge success!
Tags: Conan  OBrien  Finland 
Added: 15th September 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bloody Wednesday "Overshadowing September 11, 2001, another September day 139 years earlier remains the bloodiest single day in American history. On September 17, 1862, there were more than twice the number of fatalities that were suffered in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon . The number of casualties at Antietam was four times greater than American casualties at Normandy. more American soldiers died at Sharspburg (The Confederate name for the battle) than died in combat in all the other wars fought by this country in the nineteenth century combined:" James McPherson, historian This day has come to be remembered as Bloody Wednesday Bloody Wednesday Sharpsburg - September 17, 1862 Photos .. Library of Congress The Alexander Gardner Collection John L. Smith http://flickr.com/photos/johnsmith/ Bethany L King http://flickr.com/photos/bethanyking/ and Carol Miller http://flickr.com/photos/cawarfel/ Film Clips "Glory" Tri-Star Pictures Directed by Edward Zwick Clip Editor: Drew McLaughlin http://youtube.com/profile?user=weben... Music Fife and Gun Old Friends Randy Edelman Going Home John Frizzell and Randy Edelman Preformed by Mary Fahl For more on The Battle of Antietam visit: http://www.nps.gov/archive/anti/home.htm http://www.civilwarhome.com/antietam.htm and http://aotw.org/ For information on Civil War Reenactments: http://www.cwreenactors.com/index.php http://www.sutler.net/eventlist.asp and http://www.ncwa.org/ Conceived and produced by Dale Caruso I want to add an additional site that I happened upon after completion and uploading of the project. I highly recommend this ... The Civil War Home Page http://www.civil-war.net/
Tags:     Antietam    Sharpsburg    Civil    War    reenactors    Glory     
Added: 27th September 2008
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Posted By: dalecaruso
America Comes of Age The Korean War America Comes of Age - The Korean War Like Lambs to the Slaughter US defense spending had reached a modern day low. The military was ill-prepared and ill-equipped, those in authority embraced questionable doctrines. From a post World War II soft life in Japan, with servants to wash their clothes and shine their boots, these American youth were suddenly uprooted and flung into harm's way. There was no "Remember Pearl Harbor." The North Korean People's Army was on a roll. The North Korean People's Army had invaded the Republic of Korea in South Korea only 11 days earlier and overwhelmed the ill-equipped Republic of Korea armed forces. The North Korean People's Army steamrolled into Seoul, driving refugees and regrouping Republic of Korea Army units before it, clogging roads and throwing the countryside into a panic. The invasion caught General Douglas MacArthur and his Far East Command and Eighth Army by surprise, despite recent intelligence reports that North Korea was planning for an attack on the Republic of Korea. General MacArthur had disregarded the reports, saying he did not believe war with North Korea was imminent. The events that unfolded on the Korean peninsula some 45 years ago offer a telling reminder of what happens when a force goes to war unprepared. Disaster lurks around every bend. Facing a force of 130,000 NKP soldiers, 3,000 Soviet advisors, a full array of heavy weapons, aircraft and the formidable T-34/85, arguably the best tank to come out of World War II. American GIs fought bravely at times. At other times when confronted with overwhelming, numerically superior forces, they "bugged-out" to the rear, cursing their government for sending them to this stinking, God-forsaken place where human feces were used to fertilize the land. Photos The Library of Congress The Korean War National Museum U.S. Army Center of Military History Democratic People's Republic of Korea Audio Clips The Library of Congress - Veterans History Project Wessel's Living History Farm Music Perry Como Far Away Places Aaron Copeland Fanfare for the Common Man John Williams Saving Private Ryan Omaha beach Hymn to the Fallen conceived and produced by: Dale Caruso For more information about the Korean War http://www.army.mil/cmh/ http://www.korea50.mil/ http://americanradioworks.publicradio... http://www.paulnoll.com/Korea/index.html http://www.loc.gov/vets/ http://www.koreanwar.org/html/units/2...
Tags: Korean    War    1950 
Added: 25th September 2008
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Posted By: dalecaruso
Teach Your Children Well Before we called them - "Buddy" or "Pal" ... They were our children. In hard times or good times - they were at our side. We talked with them, listened to radio together, we read to them, laughed with them, played and worked with them. Today, we teach our "Buddies" and "Pals" to work hard, to get a good job ... so you can buy good things on credit - I wonder what our father's father was taught by his parents???? Photos Documenting America The Library of Congress Music Leader of the Band Dan Fogelberg Winter Tori Amos The High Road Mark Isham Conceived and Produced by Dale Caruso
Tags:     Families    Children    Fathers    Mothers    !930s    1940s    Depression    Rural    America    Americana     
Added: 27th September 2008
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Posted By: dalecaruso
Back When Radio Shack Was Richer Than Bill Gates Compared to the processing power of todays computers, a 16 MB capacity is a joke. It makes me laugh that this thing cost about half of what it would be to buy a brand new car. Does anybody know of anyone who actually spent this much money for a computer back in the day?
Tags: 1980s  computer  technology  advertisment 
Added: 29th October 2008
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Posted By: nbmike
Charles Laughton on Whats My Line Renowned actor Charles Laughton was the mystery challenger on What's My Line on November 25, 1956.
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Charles  Laughton 
Added: 8th November 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Mills Brothers Tiger Rag I heard someone mention the Mills Brothers on a talk radio station the other day and that got me to thinking about them. Not that I knew that much about them. Did some searching and found this. Tiger Rag. If nothing else, this song and video will either put a great big ol smile on your face or you'll go running for the hills! I couldn't help but laugh! Awesome!!
Tags: Mills  Brothers  Tiger  Rag 
Added: 9th November 2008
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Posted By: ChowDog
The Jackie Gleason Show This clip made me laugh. Watch for when Crazy Guggenheim and Joe discuss the movie The Hustler. I love it when Crazy says he remembers the guy who played Minnesota Fats used to be on the Art Carney show. lol Funny stuff.
Tags: jackie  gleason  1960s 
Added: 23rd November 2008
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Posted By: nbmike

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