23 December 2013

Ten Unexplained Mysteries From Arkansas

Old Mike
A link to the top ten unexplained mysteries from Arkansas.  The list includes our own Sasquatch, mysterious alien/ghost lights (Gurden), and murder--lots and lots of murder.

22 December 2013

The 25 Most Popular Street Art Pieces of 2013


14 December 2013

"The Young in Rebellion," a Life Magazine article about Japanese teen rebels in 1964

The article starts on page 86.

An excerpt:

The girl smoking and brooding in a Tokyo coffee shop represents a problem brought on by the abruptly changing society of Japan since the war.  She is part of a phenomenon long familiar in countries of the Western world: a rebellious younger generation, a bitter and poignant minority breaking from her country's past.  All through that past, a sense of connection with the old traditions and authority has kept Japanese children obedient and very close to the family.  This sense still controls most of Japan's youth who besiege offices and factories for jobs and the universities for education and gives the whole country an electric vitality and urgency.  But as members run away from the family and authority, this generation in rebellion grows.

Also check out the pictures from the piece that did not make the article.  Frankly they are better than the ones in the article itself.

Tree Surgeon Buried in a Tree

More from Atlas Obscura:

At the entrance to the Hampton Springs Cemetery in Carthage, Arkansas, there is a tree. Now, there are lots of trees, in this cemetery and in many others - almost every other, probably. But this tree is special. This tree has a gap in the base of its trunk that has been bricked up. The bricks, according to local legend, are hiding a corpse inside of the trunk.

20 June 2013

Segregated graves holding hands

In 1842, a colonel in the Dutch cavalry, JWC van Gorkum, married a woman known as JCPH van Aefferden. The union was controversial — van Gorkum was Protestant and van Aefferden was Catholic. Despite the prevailing culture at the time, the two remained married for decades, only separating when van Gorkum died in 1880. He was buried in a cemetery near the Dutch town of Roermond called Begraafplaats Nabij de Kapel in ‘t Zand (“the cemetery near the chapel in ‘t Zand”). Pillarisation was taken very seriously — each community had its own schools, media, and graveyards — and Begraafplaats was no different. It took this segregation literally, with each religion having its own section. Van Gorkum was buried in the Protestant section, as would any other Protestant during that era.

But when van Aefferden passed away eight years later, she couldn’t be buried with her late husband; even in death, Catholics needed to stay with their own. While alive, she made her wishes clear — she did not want to be buried in her family tomb, and, instead, wished to be as close to her husband as possible. The solution, seen above, is her grave site. (Here’s a bigger version of her tombstone, and here’s his.) The two tombstones, separated by a wall and by religions, feature a pair of hands connecting over the brick divider.


15 June 2013

Early 1900s photos of New Orleans

Here's a link to a set of old photos of New Orleans. Many of the buildings in the pictures are still there; most are not. It's so weird to see these pictures and imagine that the city ever looked like this (like Canal Street, pictured above)!

28 May 2013

Ze Carrion's Horror Gallery

Saw this picture of Richard Ramirez (the Nightstalker) earlier and urinated on myself with laughter.  The one of Charles Manson is equally good.  Here's the gallery.

13 April 2013


This speech comes from Brother Justin (played perfectly by Clancy Brown) on the show, Carnivale.  I strongly recommend that you check it out.  This is one piece of the incredible dialogue that the show contains:

"Good morning, brothers and sisters.  I was just making some notes a few moments ago, and you’ll never believe what I was thinking about.  I was thinking about salt.  In many ways, salt may be appear to be a curse from above:  the salt from the sweat of our backbreaking labors; the salt from tears of a child gone hungry; the salt rubbed unmercifully into the lash marks left by the whip; the oceans themselves, great bodies of water that might irrigate this withered land, but cannot, and why?  Because they are poisoned with salt.  
And yet, we know that it is not a curse; it is a blessing.  A mere pinch kills the writhing slug that ravishes our gardens and the leech that sucks our lifeblood.  And let us not forget, brothers and sisters, it is salt upon our tables, pure and white, that increases our enjoyment of God’s simple bounty."

27 March 2013

33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the World

Here is a list of the 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the World, as rated by Buzzfeed. I would be interested in going to at least 32 of them. Who's taking me?

08 February 2013

George W. Bush's Art

This guy who hacked the Bush family's e-mails has uploaded two of George Bush's self-portraits, one in the shower and another in the bath. Fascinating.