The Piltdown Hoax

Piltdown Man
On December 18, 1912 antiquarian and lawyer Charles Dawson announced that he had discovered the skull of a “missing link” in the human fossil record. The thick skull and the large jaw satisfied many that Dawson’s discovery was indeed a specimen that demonstrated the connection between monkeys and…

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Happy Birthday, PKD!

philip
Readers of this blog know that I love Philip K. Dick. One of my favorite authors of all time, Dick was a poster-boy for tortured artists, an active participant in the counterculture of his day, an incredibly prolific author and a mystic visionary who’s life was full of strange happenings that blurred the line…

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The First Saturnalia

Saturnalia
According to the Wiki, December 17, 497 BC marked the start of the first-ever Saturnalia holiday in ancient Rome. You’ve gotta love that Roman record-keeping, and the revelry, gift-giving and sacrifices of that celebration made up “the best of days” according to the poet Catullus. The Saturnalia…

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Arthur C. Clarke and the Un...

ACC
Today we celebrate the birthday of Arthur C. Clarke. We lost Clarke in March of 2008. Before that, Clarke discovered an ancient temple while scuba diving in Sri Lanka, invented the geosynchronous communications satellite, penned the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey with Stanley Kubrick, and — along with…

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The Velvet Underground at 4...

Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground’s self-titled third record turns 45 this year and has just been rewarded with…

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The Yardbirds at 50

The Yardbirds
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Yardbird’s debut album Five Live Yardbirds. At first glance, the album appears to be just another British Invasion knock-off packed with blues covers — in fact, the band had just taken over the Rolling Stones’ old residency at the Crawdaddy Club…

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Cohen Intelligence Agency

Cohen K Ultra
I’ve blogged about Leonard Cohen’s use of LSD on this illuminated scroll before. Today as I was sorting stories for the Remnants Flipboard when I came across this bizarre report from Abel Danger about Leonard Cohen’s involvement with early CIA LSD experiments in the 1950′s. Here’s the…

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Santa VS Satan

SantaSatan
Released in 1959, Santa Claus was billed as bringing viewers “an echanting world of make-believe.” In reality it’s known in some circles as the worst movie of all time, and was even given the MST3K treatment for its ridiculous story about a grumpy, kinda scary Santa battling an inept demon.…

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Remembering Altamont

Altamont
This past Saturday marked the 45th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ concert at the Altamont Speedway. The chaotic scene ended in multiple injuries, four accidental deaths including hit-and-run accidents and a drowning as well as the stabbing murder of Meredith Hunter. Characterized as a kind-of…

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The Geodesic Dome at 65

BuckminsterFuller
Buckminster Fuller is one of my heroes and I wanted to add this post to celebrate the the 65th anniversary of his greatest project in 1949. Here’s some of the Wiki about the great architect/inventor/philosopher’s Geodesic Dome… Fuller taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina during the…

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