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August 19, 2015

In Our World

Lake of the Ozarks just outside of Warsaw, MO, August 2015Another 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.

In 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

The Great Moon Hoax of 1835

There's 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"


Legends Shopping

Kathy's been obsessed with new "art work" for T-Shirts, Posters and more for our General Store. Check out new Old West, Route 66 and Halloween T-Shirt designs available in several colors in both men's and women's sizes. 

T-Shirts from our General Store!
Halloween Designs Route 66 Designs Old West & Treasure Designs

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! 

Route 66 Photo Prints

Meanwhile, back on Legends' General Store

See 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 faster.  

List price $9.95, but you pay only $8.46 with coupon code LOA15. 

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Did You Know?

ghost town is any historical town or site that leaves evidence of a town's previous glory. This could be in many forms -- all businesses closed, municipal services at a minimum, rubble and old nails strewn about, ruins of former buildings, etc. Some places that are categorized as ghost towns, however, still have people living in them and though sometimes they don't want to be called a ghost town, most historians will continue to reference them that way if the reason or purpose for it's original "boom" is gone. Other places which are considered truly "real" ghost towns, having very little left but foundations, sometimes still make use of an old cemetery.

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4 out of 3 people have trouble with fractions

When you are not looking at it, this sentence is in spanish.

Never moon a werewolf. 

Witches Parking - All Other Will Be Toad

Every trail has some puddles.


Native American Wisdom

Everything the power does, it does in a circle. - Lakota

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself. - Pima

Cherish youth, but trust old age. - Pueblo


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As I enjoy the history of the Old West I love this website. It's highly entertaining and educating as well. Keep on going! Happy Trails! - Thilo in Germany

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