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Did You Know that Mother Lode Was Spelled This Way?

testingDid You Know that Mother Lode Was Spelled This Way?

Yeah, me neither. I assumed it was “load”–you, too? I always knew it was a big haul, but didn’t know that it was specific to mining gold and silver. There’s an actual place in the U.S. called the Mother Lode: it’s the California gold veins of the Sierra Nevada, discovered in the Gold Rush. I […]

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Do Pumpkins Have Any Use Besides Halloween Decoration?

testingDo Pumpkins Have Any Use Besides Halloween Decoration?

I’m not going to answer that question here because I don’t really care. But the thought came to mind as I watched the folks of St. Joseph Missouri stack more than 800 jack-o-lanterns for PumpkinFest, plus the additional hundreds painted and glittered by school children. The 800+ are creating a “mountain”–built out of scaffolding. This […]

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Orphans. The Preferred Riders on the Pony Express

testingOrphans. The Preferred Riders on the Pony Express

If you’re a business man sending employees on a mission through the depths of the Wild West, alone, would you prefer to send someone with a family who will wail and moan (and sue?) should anything happen to him; or an unattached soul, say, an unmarried orphan? The Pony Express was a genius mail system […]

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What Benign Act Got Jesse James Killed?

testingWhat Benign Act Got Jesse James Killed?

Jesse James was an infamous bank robber, train robber, and murderer during his time (mid-1800’s), and was romanticized afterward. Apparently even outlaws have homes. Jesse James was fixing a crooked needlepoint hung on the wall and an eager beaver seeking the $10,000 reward for his killing shot him through the window above the door. Let’s […]

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Who Invented Gift Wrap? And Why?

testingWho Invented Gift Wrap? And Why?

As was the way in the 1920s, packages were wrapped in brown paper to protect them from the elements–and perhaps wayward birds. But, gasp, one day the Hallmark store ran out of the sturdy stuff and turned to sheets of the fancy paper used to line envelopes. It was a hit! And designed giftwrap entered […]

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