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glorious day, another glorious September! We hope your summer was
fantastic and the start of autumn even better. Can you believe October
is already upon us?!
This time of year is always interesting
as I head to the office out back. It's usually dark when I start my day,
so I typically take a flashlight just in case. One morning recently I
forgot it and much to my dismay walked directly into a web. After doing
a little jig, slapping my face and head, and generally making a scene, I
went back for the flashlight and discovered spider webs strung from the
house, 15 feet over to our shed. How do those creepy crawlers do that?
The web thing happens every year, but this year seems to be worse, so I
now have a "spider stick" handy to clear a path.
While I wasn't getting squeamish over
bugs, Kathy and I spent time last month making some tweaks to our
website for a better reading experience. You will note that we have
removed the left border menu, and put a new menu at the top. We've also
resized our pages a little, and cleaned up a bit. We welcome your
feedback as we continue to make changes.
addition, Kathy has just completed her fourth published book "Frontier
Slang, Lingo, and Phrases". We've dealt with three different
publishers in the past, so this time we decided to give it a shot on our
own, like many other authors, through CreateSpace, a part of Amazon.
It's a great self publishing tool, but we still have a lot to learn
about what 'publishers' go through. You can expect to see an increase in
new titles soon, where we combine whole sections/topics of our website
into book form, and like this one, include expanded information beyond
what you see on our website.
Ok, back to battling arachnids and
gearing up for spooktober.
Thanks for being a reader!
Dave, the wannabe Spiderman
Great Moon Hoax of 1835
life on the Moon! At least that's what one New York Newspaper claimed in 1835.
To say that we, as a human race, can be a gullible bunch may be met with
rebuttal and dismissiveness. However when you take in to account some of the
hoaxes that have been thrown upon us, and the large number of people who
wholeheartedly believe without question, the argument stands. And there is no
finer example than the Great Moon Hoax of 1835.
According to the Museum of Hoaxes, It all started in
the early summer of 1835 when Benjamin Day, founder of The Sun, a New York
newspaper considered a serious source of news much like the New York Times and
the Herald Tribune, met Richard Adams Locke, who claimed to be a Cambridge
educated reporter. Locke was working for another penny paper covering a
sensational trial when Day approached him to cover the same for him. Locke
agreed to provide The Sun a series of articles, as long as his name wouldn't
appear as their author since he was employed elsewhere.
Locke's articles on the trial were so popular with
Sun readers that Benjamin Day published them in a pamphlet which sold thousands
of copies. Realizing he could make good money from long stories republished in
pamphlets, Day set about getting Locke to write more serial articles, and around
the same time, hired Locke as co-editor of The Sun. Locke wasted no time in
coming up with the idea of an astronomical satire detailing the discovery of
life on the moon.
Continue reading "The Great Moon Hoax of 1835"
Kathy's been obsessed with new "art work"
for T-Shirts, Posters and
more for our General
Store. Check out new Old
66 and Halloween T-Shirt
designs available in several colors in both men's and women's sizes.
T-Shirts from our General Store!
You can still save 15% on everything in Legends' General
Store and Photo Print Shop, just use coupon code LOA15
See our Route
66 Photo Galleries at Legends' Photo Print Shop
Prints in sizes from 4x6 and up, or choose one of several
other products with your favorite photo, including apparel, mugs, Phone
and Tablet accessories and much more!
Meanwhile, back on Legends'
our collection of CD's
and DVD's including our
best seller "Ghost
Towns: America's Lost World". We were proud to take part in this 5
part series that ventures into the roots of our nation's high hopes and
hard labors to discover the towns that boomed fast and went bust even
List price $9.95, but you pay only $8.46 with coupon code