Far-Out Friday: Ocular Explosions

In June of 1932 a column appeared in newspapers across the country, entitled “Questions and Answers from Washington”.  Apparently it was a chance for everyday citizens to ask a burning question which was answered by someone in Washington, D.C.  The questions ranged from “How is Italian salami made?” to “Can fleas be trained?” – and everything in between. One question posed was “Can a glass eye explode?”.  The answer: “A glass or porcelain eye might explode due to some chemical change in the material used, but the recorded occurrences are extremely rare.” NOTE: This article has been SNIPPED.  Why?  Digging History is now a monthly digital (PDF) magazine.  This article will be included in a future edition of Digging History Magazine. Check out the latest issue here:  www.digginghistorymag.com or try a subscription here.  Want to TRY OUT the magazine?  Click the magazine link in the previous sentence, then scroll to the bottom of any page and provide your email and Subscribe.  A free issue will be coming your way soon!...

Far-Out Friday: There Once Was a Chicken Without a Head

Seventy years ago this year, about a month after the atom bomb was dropped on Japan, one story grabbed headlines around the country.  That story is still reason for an annual celebration on the third weekend of May in Fruita, Colorado.  He probably didn’t even have a name before all the hoopla which began on September 10, 1945, but afterwards they called him “Mike the Headless Chicken”, although how the rooster came to be called Mike is unclear. NOTE: This article has been SNIPPED.  Why?  Digging History is now a monthly digital (PDF) magazine.  This article will be included in a future edition of Digging History Magazine. Check out the latest issue here:  www.digginghistorymag.com or try a subscription here.  Want to TRY OUT the magazine?  Click the magazine link in the previous sentence, then scroll to the bottom of any page and provide your email and Subscribe.  A free issue will be coming your way...

Far-Out Friday: This Might Have Been a Victorian Thing (Get Me Out of Here, I’m Not Dead!)

A friend forwarded a story to me recently from Retro Indy (Indianapolis) about a device invented in the late eighteenth century, which led me to explore a bizarre series of patents granted from the 1840’s through the early twentieth century.  The September 20, 1963 issue of Life magazine suggested that one peculiarity of the nineteenth century, the fear of being buried alive, may have been inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy stories. NOTE: This article has been SNIPPED.  Why?  Digging History is now a monthly digital (PDF) magazine.  This article will be included in a future edition of Digging History Magazine. Check out the latest issue here:  www.digginghistorymag.com or try a subscription here.  Want to TRY OUT the magazine?  Click the magazine link in the previous sentence, then scroll to the bottom of any page and provide your email and Subscribe.  A free issue will be coming your way...

Far-Out Friday: Friggatriskaidekaphobia and the Thirteen Club

Do you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia (and you say, I don’t even know how to pronounce it, so how could I be afflicted with it!?!).  Maybe not, but it may affect between seventeen and twenty million Americans.  According to the Mayo Clinic, in clinical terms a phobia “is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance.” This particular phobia, as it relates to a certain calendar date, may only be experienced one to three times per year.  This year it will haunt millions of people three times on a Friday – February 13, March 13 and November 13 – and no one seems to know definitively when and where the notion of “Friday the 13th” being an unlucky day, or for that matter the number “13″ being associated with misfortune and bad luck, originated. NOTE: This article has been SNIPPED.  Why?  Digging History is now a monthly digital (PDF) magazine.  This article will be included in a future edition of Digging History Magazine. Check out the latest issue here:  www.digginghistorymag.com or try a subscription here.  Want to TRY OUT the magazine?  Click the magazine link in the previous sentence, then scroll to the bottom of any page and provide your email and Subscribe.  A free issue will be coming your way...

Far-Out Friday: The Great Airship Hoax

Orville and Wilbur Wright had made headlines six years earlier at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with their “flying machine.”  However, from mid December of 1909 to late January 1910, newspapers across the country perpetrated, and later renounced, a farcical tale which came to be called The Great Airship Hoax. NOTE: This article has been SNIPPED.  Why?  Digging History is now a monthly digital (PDF) magazine.  This article will be included in a future edition of Digging History Magazine. Check out the latest issue here:  www.digginghistorymag.com or try a subscription here.  Want to TRY OUT the magazine?  Click the magazine link in the previous sentence, then scroll to the bottom of any page and provide your email and Subscribe.  A free issue will be coming your way...

Far-Out Friday: The Bennington Triangle

Like the so-called Bermuda Triangle, which stretches along lines from Florida to Bermuda to Puerto Rico and back to Florida, the Vermont phenomenon known as the “Bennington Triangle” is full of intrigue and mysterious disappearances — although precisely where the “triangle” is situated seems unclear.  The Appalachian Mountain Club calls it the “Triangle of Doom.”  Even though the last reported disappearance occurred well over sixty years ago, it’s still remains a mystery and was featured in a July 2012 episode of William Shatner’s Weird or What? cable television series. NOTE: This article has been SNIPPED.  Why?  Digging History is now a monthly digital (PDF) magazine.  This article will be included in a future edition of Digging History Magazine. Check out the latest issue here:  www.digginghistorymag.com or try a subscription here.  Want to TRY OUT the magazine?  Click the magazine link in the previous sentence, then scroll to the bottom of any page and provide your email and Subscribe.  A free issue will be coming your way...