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There was a time

There was a time

There was a time when television united us. It was a communal experience. Before that, it was radio.

It was said that back during the peak of radio, on a warm summer evening, a person could walk down the street of any community in America and listen to an entire, uninterrupted episode of “Amos ‘n’ Andy” as it wafted out of the open windows of all the homes.

That’s what I mean by a communal…

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Mayday! Mayday!

Since rolling out the “Mayday” button on new Kindle eReaders, there have been:
- 35 marriage proposals to the tech advisors.
- 475 customers asking for Amy, the tech advisor in the commercials.
- 648 customers who serenaded the tech advisors.
- 109 requests for help ordering a pizza.
- 44 times the tech advisor sang “Happy Birthday” to a customer.
- 3 requests for a bedtime story.

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Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Published by National Publications (later DC Comics).

75 years ago, this was the issue that introduced one of the greatest of all comic book characters, The Batman. Created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, the character was heavily influenced by pulp fiction at the time (both creators were influenced by The Shadow, Finger by the pulp magazine version, Kane by the radio version), showing little remorse over killing or maiming criminals.

The Batman was so popular, he was starring in his own comic book title, Batman, a year later, while still appearing in Detective Comics.

The Wearin’ of the Purple!

The Wearin’ of the Purple!

Everybody’s Finnish today! Put on your best purple and green, hoist a frosty glass of purple beer, and speak in a Finnish accent!

That’s right folks, once again, it’s St. Urho’s Day!  

Why wait until tomorrow and “that other ethnic holiday” when you can start today pretending you are Finnish?

St. Urho’s Day is the day before that other one and thus is superior to it.

I mean, really, if you’re…

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An awesome Peterson Type I Viking sword made by Jarkko Niskanen in Finland: the blade has a pattern-welded core, with plain carbon-steel edges added on; the guard and pommel have copper and silver wire inlay, the pommel itself is of historically-accurate construction, not one casting but two sections riveted together.

Now the Really Awesome part: “This viking age sword I made as my thesis work in North Karelia vocational college crafts and design." And not long ago, because according to his bio information he’s just 22 years old…!

What sort of work will he be producing when he’s 32?

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