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Delino DeShields Jr. took a 90+ MPH fastball to the face.

It left a mark.

Wow. The poor minor leaguer is out six to eight weeks.

On the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. The Library of Congress teaching account on Twitter shared this 1929 panorama. Enjoy.


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Photo found in a book.



The Internet is a many splendored thing for these rarely seen and now colorized photos of Zora Neale Hurston.


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Watch Mr. Wizard (NBC, 1951–1965) was a TV program for children that demonstrated the science behind ordinary things. The show’s creator and on-air host was Don Herbert.

Marcel LaFollette — author of Science on the Air — said of the program, “It enjoyed consistent praise, awards, and high ratings throughout its history. At its peak, Watch Mr. Wizard drew audiences in the millions, but its impact was far wider. By 1956, it had prompted the establishment of more than five thousand Mr. Wizard science clubs, with an estimated membership greater than one hundred thousand.” (Wikipedia)

Check out his official website: Mr. Wizard Studios.

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World War I Draft Registration Card for Harry Handcuff Houdini

Item from Office Files (Truman Administration). (04/1945 - 01/20/1953)

Harry Houdini’s legal middle name was Handcuff, as seen here in his signature on his World War I draft card.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DESB

How did I never know this? I now want a comics series called Handcuff Houdini.

Hoppy Easter


Hello Social Learning Summit!

Thanks so much for having me.

Here is the script of my speech, if you’d rather follow along by text. Here are the slides.

Here’s some code I wrote (which was made much more efficient byJeremy Bowers) to make a bookmarklet to add Google Analytics tracking…


Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Steve Allen on the set of the Tonight Show during Paar’s era as host (1957 to 1962).

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  • riker: perhaps the real monster is... humanity
  • picard: perhaps the real monster is blah bluh blah pppppppth [hurls a water bottle at riker's head]
  • star trek the next generation theme music: [blaring horns]


Shaft (1971)

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A limited number (10) of signed and numbered prints are now available for purchase by clicking the button below the images or emailing me here.



"Elektro the Moto-Man" is the name of a robot built by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in its Mansfield, Ohio facility between 1937 and 1939. Seven feet tall (2.1 m), weighing 265 pounds (120.2 kg), humanoid in appearance, he could walk by voice command, speak about 700 words (using a 78-rpm record player), smoke cigarettes, blow up balloons, and move his head and arms.

Elektro’s body consisted of a steel gear, cam and motor skeleton covered by an aluminum skin. His photoelectric “eyes” could distinguish red and green light. He was on exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and reappeared at that fair in 1940, with “Sparko,” a robot dog that could bark, sit, and beg.

Elektro toured North America in 1950 in promotional appearances for Westinghouse, and was displayed at Pacific Ocean Park in Venice, California in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also appeared as “Thinko” in the  movie Sex Kittens Go to College (1960).

In the 1960s, his head was given to a retiring Westinghouse engineer. Elektro survived the scrap pile and is currently the property of the Mansfield Memorial Museum.

Chick-fil-a promo cows being transported somewhere. Temporarily parked in front of a Burger King as the driver grabbed some burgers. No really.