Mundane Charts have moved? Maybe, Maybe not


Driving to the new site Ric Ocasek of the Cars died and we have been playing his songs all day since we heard the news. Our header shot is of his beautiful wife, Paulina Porizkova who found he had fallen asleep after a recent surgery. Speaking of Drive, the Mundane charts , those dailies & natural hazard reports, are now on Google Blogger as WordPress … Continue reading Mundane Charts have moved? Maybe, Maybe not

#6 When was Evangeline Smith Adams born?


Having just finished Karen Christino’s biography on “Eva Adams” the controversy on her birthdate is barely settled. She gives that Evangeline, a popular name at the time, was born to the poor side of the Adams family on Pavonia Avenue, right next to Journal Square (where the PATH station is these days) Jersey City, New York on February 8, 1868 at 8:36 am. Marc Jones … Continue reading #6 When was Evangeline Smith Adams born?

Soon the Titanic will be no more, Extremeophiles are eating it away


Titanic, a steel made ship, is slowly being eaten away by the microbe called a rusticle because it is eats steel and not the wood. This microbe,  D. radiodurans , was thought to be from Mars and in the Guinness World Book of Records, is listed as “the world’s toughest bacterium.” It is classified as an extremophile, a living thing capable of surviving and thriving in conditions too … Continue reading Soon the Titanic will be no more, Extremeophiles are eating it away

#905 Maestro Arturo Toscanini


It all began in Rio On the night of June 30, 1886, Arturo Toscanini — recently turned 19 — arrived, barely on time, at the imperial opera house in Rio de Janeiro, was to perform “Aida.” Pandemonium. The unpopular lead conductor had resigned in a huff; the audience shouted his unpopular replacement off the podium. Toscanini, the principal cellist & assistant choral master, was thrust forward … Continue reading #905 Maestro Arturo Toscanini

#903 Was Thelma Todd Murdered?


Thelma Todd was the daughter of a pair of immigrants: John Todd of Ireland and Alice Edwards of Canada. They met in Boston where John was working in the rug trade. It was a whirlwind courtship and they married on June 20, 1900 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, about 30 miles away in a Congregationalist ceremony. On July 27, 1903 their first son, William was born, and … Continue reading #903 Was Thelma Todd Murdered?

Pres. Roosevelt ends Russo-Japanese War 9-5-1905


The Russian-Japanese war ended with a treaty brokered by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt on September 5, 1905. The war itself was rather short, lasting from 1904 to 1905. It started when Japan acquired the Laodong Peninsula from China in their fracas, but European powers forced Japan to return it. China then leased it to Russia who was interested because it is an ice-free port, which they … Continue reading Pres. Roosevelt ends Russo-Japanese War 9-5-1905