Diabolical Dr. Cyclops Shrunk the Kids

Or, if you’d rather: A Cat Named Satanus and a Toga Party We Weren’t Invited To Our Hermit Desert Fathers   Engineer John Roebling was born June 12, 1809. He designed the Brooklyn Bridge, but he never saw his vision realized, as he died a year before the bridge started construction. The first horror movie […]

The Swamp Thing and the Candy Man

Inventor Edwin Armstrong gave the first public demonstration of FM radio on June 11, 1935, in Alpine, New Jersey. Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron was born on June 11, 1815. French physicist Charles Fabry was born June 11, 1867. He and Henri Buisson discovered the ozone later in 1913. You know that weakened protective shield made […]

Ghosts in the Machine

Ectoplasm and Enumeration   The Art of Statistics On June 8, 1887, Herman Hollerith, founder of the company that was to become IBM, applied for patent #395, 781 for his punched card calculator for what he called the Art of Compiling Statistics.  His innovation would cut the processing time of the 1890 census considerably and set […]

Man vs Mercury

The astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto here shown with his homemade 9-inch telescope. In 2005, we learned that Pluto has two more moons, named Nix and Hydra, when the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed this with a second photo, making a total of five moons. Pluto is, of course, god of the underworld. Nyx is […]

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