Monthly Archives: July 2014

Steam in motion

7-25-14 Attention all you steam punk monkeys! Exactly 200 years ago, it was on this day, July the 25th 1814, in Northern England that a man named George Stephenson made the first successful demonstration of the steam locomotive. His engine pulled eight … Continue reading

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Funny man

7-26-14 July the 26th is a very important day. It is the birthday of humorist Jean Shepherd, born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1921. Without him, many of us would not be as mentally screwed up as we so happily are, … Continue reading

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NUTS!

7-23-14 My luck quotient is incredibly high today, so I am either virtually guaranteed to with the lottery, or more likely I will NEVER EVER win the lottery in my lifetime. Here is why. I leave work, notice the my … Continue reading

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Detroit

(Originally pronounced De Troit…French for “of three”) 7-23-14 Have you seen what is going on in Detroit? It is amazing, almost pornographic, the decline and decay. There are website devoted to it, allowing you to view over time the changes. … Continue reading

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BUGS!!!!!!!!!

7-20-14 I talk a lot about how things in the 19th century are important in the 21st century, but not everything in the 19th century was awesome. It is only in this modern age where all but the poorest of … Continue reading

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“Nelson”

7-18-14 By the way, according to Goggle Doodle, today is Nelson Mandela’s birthday. They are completely wrong, of course. Today is actually the birthday of Rolihlahla Mandela, “Nelson” was just a nick name that was far easier to pronounce, so it stuck. … Continue reading

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Get down with the sickness

7-18-14 It is 4 in the morning, and I have been writing all night after working all day. Two more hours and I will have been up for 24. You may ask, “Professor, why do you do this to yourself. … Continue reading

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the big-bang theory

7-17-14 I have two things today. Both of them are examples of how everything that is important in the 21st century has it roots in the 19th.  July the 17th is the birthday of the Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaître, born in Charleroi, … Continue reading

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Saints go BOOM!

7-16-14 In 1945 on this day, the first atomic bomb exploded at 5:30 a.m., 120 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. People saw a ball of fire that rose rapidly, releasing four times the heat of the interior of the sun, followed by … Continue reading

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The Neil Degrass Tyson of microbiology

7-15-14 July the 15th is the birthday of microbiologist Thomas Francis Jr., born in Gas City, Indiana in the year 1900. or as I like to think of it 18100. T.F., as he was known to his friends, grew up in western … Continue reading

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