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Collections from my ‘weird travels’ displayed in fun ways

I've been thinking it would be fun to show you some of the weird things I've collected in my travels across the country (mostly, the South, yes, but other areas, as well). Sweetums and I began collecting magnets when we met nine years ago but we also have some fun objects we've picked up along… Continue reading Collections from my ‘weird travels’ displayed in fun ways

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Gremlins attack plane in new film: Here’s how Roald Dahl popularized the crafty critters

The following story is a guest blog by my hubby, Sweetums. We looked up the history after watching a new war/horror/action film about "gremlins." By Wil Elrick “There’s a man out there on the wing,” utters William Shatner in one of the most iconic episodes of “The Twilight Zone” – Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. Most… Continue reading Gremlins attack plane in new film: Here’s how Roald Dahl popularized the crafty critters

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Where did we get the idea that groundhogs forecast the weather? A brief history

Following is a guest blog by Sweetums, who shares his knowledge of legends and lore with us from time to time. By Wil Elrick When people ask what your favorite holiday is, they are typically expecting the answer to be either Christmas or Halloween, so I always get tickled at their expressions when I answer… Continue reading Where did we get the idea that groundhogs forecast the weather? A brief history

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Turns out, the birthplace of Superman is right here on earth

It was at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, that two self-described geeks met and changed the comic book industry forever. The boys, Canada-native Joseph Shuster and Ukraine-born Jerry Siegel, teamed up to create Superman, the very first superhero, in 1932. Superman, who debuted in Action Comics No. 1, was the creation of Siegel, who… Continue reading Turns out, the birthplace of Superman is right here on earth

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The forgotten Alabamians who helped save Texas: Dr. Jack Shackelford’s Red Rovers

Below is a guest blog from Sweetums and some photos we took on a trip to historic Courtland several years ago. By Wil Elrick Downtown Courtland, Ala., plays host to an often-overlooked historical marker about a nearly forgotten event. The marker is dedicated to a group of soldiers known as the Red Rovers, and I… Continue reading The forgotten Alabamians who helped save Texas: Dr. Jack Shackelford’s Red Rovers