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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?

Snacks and junk food and soda, oh my!

Snacks and junk food and soda, oh my!

As a child, my parents had to make some tough choices when putting food on the table. We just weren’t very well off.

So we did not get snacks very often, if at all. A bag of Geiser (Be Wiser, Buy Geiser) or a tub of Mrs. Howe’s potato chips were a rarity.

Now popcorn, we had. It was probably one of the most inexpensive snacks, and my parents or I would pop some on a Saturday night. This wasn’t…

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If a state attempted to pass legislation to make it legal for businesses to deny service to people whose religious beliefs they didn’t agree with, Christians everywhere would be in an uproar.

Why then do Christians think it’s perfectly acceptable to try to pass legislation based on their religious beliefs to make it legal for them to refuse service to people they don’t like?

Because both of these scenarios are the same thing. It’s discrimination based on religious beliefs. In other words, it’s wrong to hate someone because of their religion just as much as it is wrong to hate someone because of your religion.

It’s not that hard of a concept to understand: Hate is wrong no matter what the reason.

Everyone deserves to be treated as equal regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 (April 1939) published by First Funnies, Inc.

Motion Picture Funnies Weekly was to be a promotional giveaway to children at movie theaters, starting in April 1939, but the plan was deemed unsuccessful and only a few copies were ever printed.

What makes Motion Picture Funnies Weekly interesting in comics history is that it is the very first appearance by Bill Everett’s anti-hero, Namor the Sub-Mariner. This story was reprinted in October of 1939 when pulp magazine publisher, Martin Goodwin entered the newly emerging comic books field with Marvel Comics #1, publishing under the name of Timely.

Trivia Fact: Namor the Sub-Mariner was the first superhero to fly. Superman did not fly in the comics until 1941. Until then, he jumped, like Marvel’s Hulk, which is the why there was the saying “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.”

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