Patent Schmatent

Patent Schmatent

  In 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen was conducting experiments with a Crookes tube – basically a glass gas bulb that gives off fluorescent light when a high-voltage current is passed through it.  Despite the tube being shielded by heavy black cardboard,...
My Name Is Mud

My Name Is Mud

      He’s been described as a thief, a swindler and a conman, though he prefers to think of himself as an entrepreneur.  He sold illegal booze, ratted out his criminal comrades, drugged women in order to sell these as wives to lonely settlers, tried to...

New Year, New Everyone

HOME       On Monday this December 30th past, I clocked in at my retail jobs, put on my headset, and played the morning messages.  There was one from my manager telling us what to expect in terms of sales volume that day and one from corporate welcoming...
The Jews Who Wrote Christmas

The Jews Who Wrote Christmas

      “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” “White Christmas,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Silver Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas...
hiStory 2

hiStory 2

  The reign of Queen Victoria is remembered for two things above all else — imperialism and prudishness.  Sexual repression was the watchword of the era. Fashion trends soon saw women in dresses that reach from their jaw to the ground.  A glimpse of ankle...
You Gonna Eat That?

You Gonna Eat That?

For this recipe, take some whitefish, heavily salt and air-dry it.  Ship it across an ocean, then soak it for a week days in a solution of cold water and sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda, also known as lye, the chemical used to make soap, yes, just like in...