The Crackpot Inventor, Bryan Mumford

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The inventor, Bryan Mumford is known for some crazy inventions. That’s not how he started out though.  Originally, in the 1970’s Mumford made instruments, string instruments that is.  He made  Mountain Dulcimers, hammered Dulcimers, Hummels, Guitars, Salterios, Psalteries, Santirs, and and the non-string instruement.  The Amazing Puny Tune Miniature Flute.  The instruments were very popular with musicans such as Donovan, Joni…

Baseball’s Rice~Did He Or Didn’t He?

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Sam Rice (born Edgar Charles Rice) was born on February 20, 1890  in Morocco Indiana.  The oldest of 6 children, Rice was known as Eddie during high school. In 1908 he married, worked at several odd jobs, ran the family farm and tried out for various  baseball teams.  It wasn’t until 1912 that he got a spot on a minor league team….

Las Vegas: The Advantage Player

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“‘Cause yesterday I walked out of the joint after losing four years of my life and you’re cold-decking “Teen Beat” cover boys. [pause] ‘Cause the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes. The house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, then you take the house.”  Danny Ocean  (George Clooney) in…

News You May Have Missed 6/1 -6/5

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PORCINE HOME INVADER ARRESTED IN SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN In Shelby township in Michigan a woman was out gardening, doing yard work and just enjoying the day when a Pig came running at her. The porcine torpedo was knocked off course by the lure of a ball and therefore, the woman was unharmed. She did, however, call the police and reported the piggy…

Tagalooma Wrecks, Bucket List Item

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On the coast of south-east Queensland, Australia, sits the world’s third largest sand island, Moreton Island.  In case you wonder as, I do, the largest is Frasier Island also on  Queensland’s coast.  The second largest is North Stradbroke and it is located, yes you guessed it, Queensland. A sand island is an island that made entirely (or mostly) of Sand.  I diverge, the sand island…

News You May Have Missed 5/18- 5/22

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LOST WWI PURPLE HEART FOUND Daniel W. Quinlan  was one of 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals  ever issued. He enlisted when he was just 20 and served in the medical corps (actually the sanitary corp which was the precursor to the medical corps), injured in a poison gas attack and then braved heavy fire…