From The Archives: The Frankenstorm Of 1938

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Be sure to note the music. From The Week:

In 1938, for instance, a category 3 hurricane left 600 people dead in New England. During that ferocious hurricane, also known as the Yankee Clipper and the Long Island Express, the Empire State Building reportedly swayed with wind gusts, and 60 people in New York City alone were killed, says Oren Yaniv at the New York Daily News. Unlike Sandy, 1938′s powerful storm came "without warning," says History.com, and "was born out a tropical cyclone that developed in the eastern Atlantic."

In this strangely compelling historic video of the storm, winds whip New York City residents braving the streets, power lines throughout New England lean and dangle precariously, and flood waters crash into seaside homes, engulfing what looks like a trolley in one of the region's cities.

From The Archives: A 2007 Twitter News Report

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In the heyday of MySpace, a news team tries to figure out Twitter; hilarity ensues.

From The Archives: Charles Darwin's Bad Day

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From The Archives: Charles Darwin's Bad Day
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From a letter dated October 1, 1861:

But I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything.

Nice to know sh-tty days happen to the best of us.

From The Archives: Mister Rogers Defends PBS

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"In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon."

This fight sure could use him.

From The Archives: Gay Bob The Doll

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From The Archives: Gay Bob The Doll
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Note the maker: Out Of The Closet, Inc.

Circa 1970s.

From The Archives: Osama bin Laden, ca. 1993

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From The Archives: Osama bin Laden, ca. 1993
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Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which means that the all-too-familiar reflections and remembrances will dominate the media over the next 24 hours.

But here's one story about Osama bin Laden that you probably haven't seen.

An investigation by Middle East expert Robert Fisk, published December 6, 1993, in the U.K.'s Independent, bore this headline:

Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace: The Saudi businessman who recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan.

How times have changed.

[arbroath]

From The Archives: In Case The Moon Landing Failed

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From The Archives: In Case The Moon Landing Failed
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These were President Nixon's prepared remarks in case Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's mission ended in tragedy.

Yeesh.

[bitsandpieces]