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Lincoln’s head on Calhoun’s Body

Seems photo retouching is nothing new and goes back to the earliest days of photography. After Lincoln’s assassination, there was a dearth of “heroic-style” pictures of the president. So one portrait painter got creative. On a print of the late president, Thomas Hicks superimposed Lincoln’s head onto the body of …

Pepperoni is not from Italy

According to Planet Money, pepperoni was actually developed in America. Basically, pepperoni first starts to emerge in the early 20th century around the nineteen-teens, 1920s. And it was essentially Italian American immigrants who were trying to replicate the sausage that they had in Calabria and Apulia, which was known for …

The Nazi Saboteurs in America

Several years ago I came across this amazing story on the This American Life program about a bungled Nazi plot of sabotage only six months after Pearl Harbor. When this program first aired, it drew comparisons to present day efforts to try Islamic terrorists in military tribunals. The legal precedent …

Vintage Computer Stories

Just discovered a great Youtube channel about vintage computers, tech and video games. Lazy Gamer Reviews helps us remember what it was like back in the early days of personal computing. He brings back those fond memories of my childhood, when we thought 8k was a lot of RAM! Here’s …