New Hogan’s Dam

In 1907, it was a very wet year for the City of Stockton, CA and its surrounding towns. 21 inches of rain had already fallen when they received a 3-day deluge. There was flooding, some of it severe. On Tuesday, March 19, 1907, the swollen Mokelumne River spilled over its already saturated banks. Muddy water surged over farmland, flooding Clements,…

Aucostic Kitty (and other weird CIA programs)

Extra Large Condoms Labeled Medium. After the ending of WWII , the Office of Policy Coordination came to be. Founded by Frank Wisner, the official duty of the Office was to assist refuges and helping the Red Cross. What the office really was for, was covert actions against the Soviet Union.  Frank Wisner was unfortunate to witness the harshness of…

Mirror Shines Sun On Norwegian Town

Rjukan is a small town in Norway. It has 3,386 year round residents. Sam Eyde, the founder of Hydro (Norsk Hydro) company, a fertilizer company, founded the town. The town site was chosen because of the 341 foot waterfall provided a source of electricity. The town is located in an area with great skiing, hiking and ice climbing. The waterfall…

Politicians and Kissing Babies

Let’s say you are the proud momma or poppa of a bouncing bundle of joy. You make sure you keep things germ free for the little tyke, you keep his clean as possible, him or her as clean as possible. Yes, possible because let’s face it, Jr can drool buckets and throw up an entire bottle of formula in a…

Walter Potter’s Whimisical Taxidermy

Walter Potter (1835 -1918), the son of the proprietors of the Bramber, Sussex pub, the White Lion, became a taxidermist at the tenderage. His first attempt at taxidermy was preserving the body of his own pet canary.  At the age of 19, after perusing an illustrated book of children’s rhymes his sister Jane showed him, he created the diorama “The…

Savart’s Wheel (Annoying Music)

There are so many instruments that folks feel are annoying. Some people feel that Bagpipes are annoying. Some folks feel that the accordion is annoying. Some folks think that other peoples voice is annoying. Some folks feel that the Theremin is annoying They are all wrong. The most annoying instrument in the world is the Savart’s wheel. The wheel was…

The Crackpot Inventor, Bryan Mumford

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?

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….