Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Orlando Furioso (Richard Hodgens, tr) Pan 1973

Short Story Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

Mind Game (A Blanco County Short Story) - Kindle edition by Ben Rehder. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: The sheriff of Blanco County has a problem on his hands. One local resident is making vague threats—hypothetically speaking, of course—to unsettle another local resident, who stole the first man's girlfriend. The problem escalates and violence is almost certain, until the sheriff comes up with a brilliant and ironic solution.

You can also get this collection of short nonfiction articles free if you act now!  And why wouldn't you?

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Houston fires four cops and dismisses 6,000 tickets in overtime scheme

Will Radcliff, R. I. P.

Ohio creator of Slush Puppies dead at age 74: Will Radcliff, who built a multimillion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, has died in Cincinnati. He was 74.

The Most Popular Cocktail In Every State

The Most Popular Cocktail In Every State

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

These 15 Fearsome Deep Sea Creatures Aren't To Be Messed With.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Polly Bergen, R. I. P.

LA Times: Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original “Cape Fear” and the first woman president in “Kisses for My President,” died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

26 Ladies' Home Journal Predictions for 2001 (from 1901)

Fact Check: 26 Ladies' Home Journal Predictions for 2001 (from 1901)

Song of the Day

Your Wildest Dreams The Moody Blues.wmv - YouTube:

Atlantis Inexplicably Not Included

Once-Majestic Cities That Sank Beneath The Ocean

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The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review 

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Report: Brothers attack each other in fight over stolen okra 

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Stella Hampton, Dark Quarters, Fabian, 1957

Comic Strip of the Day

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Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (September 20th)

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (September 20th)

Archaeology Update

Ancient Egyptian Woman With 70 Hair Extensions Discovered 

I Want to Believe!

The truth is out there... over Portsmouth! Silver disc-like UFO spotted moving over city as the Met Office say it ISN'T a cloud  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Croc Update (Three Stooges Edition)

'Lucky for me when we went underwater I saw him and poked his eye': Hunter tells of his amazing escape from the jaws of a crocodile as the beast dragged him under for a 'death roll'

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

News-JournalOnline.com: A Flagler County woman is accused of drinking for nine hours and threatening her stepson with his pellet gun when he tried to prevent her from polishing off his liquor.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Or Maybe You Did

15 Words You Didn't Realize Were Named After People

Angus Lennie, R. I. P.

Telegraph: Angus Lennie, who has died aged 84, was a comedian turned actor best known for his portrayal of a British airman in the classic wartime action film The Great Escape (1963); he became a household name playing Shughie McFee, the Scottish motel chef in the television soap Crossroads. 

As the Hollywood star Steve McQueen’s “cooler” companion in The Great Escape, Lennie’s character, Flying Officer Archibald (“the Mole”) Ives, met a shocking end when he was machine-gunned after walking despondently to the perimeter wire of Stalag Luft III in broad daylight as if in a daze and clambering up it.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Living Simply in a Dumpster

Friday, September 19, 2014

New Collection from Terrill Lee Lankford

JAFO: Be on the lookout!

Pirate speech origins

As already mentioned by Art Scott: Pirate speech origins in West Country English via Robert Newton, aka Long John Silver


7 Weird Things That Happened Today In History

7 Weird Things That Happened Today In History

9 Female Pirates You Should Know

9 Female Pirates You Should Know 

I Want to Believe!

16 Cryptids That Might (Or Might Not) Exist

Song of the Day

The Beatles I Feel Fine (2009 Stereo Remaster) - YouTube:

This Year's Ig Nobel Prizes Have Been Awarded

Ig Nobel Winner: Using Pork to Stop Nosebleeds: This year's winners honored Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine included a team of researchers who wondered if owning a cat was bad for your mental health; Japanese scientists who tested whether banana peels are really as slippery as cartoons would have us believe; and Norwegian biologists who tested whether reindeer on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard were frightened by humans dressed to resemble polar bears.

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Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Michigan couple’s threesome goes awry, results in meat-flinging choke attack

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Avon Fantasy Reader #17, 1951

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Bat-wielding woman in her underwear storms elementary school 

5 Little-Known Pirate Stories

5 Little-Known Pirate Stories

11 Rules From an Actual Pirate Code

11 Rules From an Actual Pirate Code 

How to Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day

How to Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day 

Avast, Mateys!

The Official site for International Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19

FFB Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Kevin's Corner: FFB Review--- "A Vampire Named Fred" by Bill Crider

Vintage Treasures: Cemetery World by Clifford D. Simak

 Vintage Treasures: Cemetery World by Clifford D. Simak

Vintage Treasures: Night Fear by Frank Belknap Long

Vintage Treasures: Night Fear by Frank Belknap Long

Forgotten Books: Nightmares and Geezenstacks --Fredric Brown


Fredric Brown wrote SF and crime fiction. He wrote long and he wrote short and he wrote very short.  This collection has 48 stories in it, so some of them are of the very short variety.  As you can see from the ToC below, some of them are from SF magazines, some are from crime-fiction magazines, and some are from "men's magazines."  The most famous story in the group is probably "The Geezenstacks," a horror story from Weird Tales with a strange and ambiguous ending.  This one was adapted for an episode of Tales from the Darkside in the 1980s.  

Some of the stories are very slight, not much more than jokes, some of which ("Cat Burglar") are vulgar jokes.  Many of them have the snappy surprise endings that Brown could do as well as anyone and better than most.  Some, like "The End," are just clever showing off.  But they're all fun.  It's an entertaining collection that shows off all sides of Fredric Brown, and it's too bad that he's a mostly forgotten writer.

Contents (lifted from Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections)
· Nasty · vi Playboy Apr ’59
· Abominable · vi Dude Mar ’60; Portfolio, gp
· Rebound [“The Power”] · vi Galaxy Apr ’60
· Nightmare in Gray · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp
· Nightmare in Green · vi *
· Nightmare in White · vi *
· Nightmare in Blue · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp
· Nightmare in Yellow · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp
· Nightmare in Red · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp
· Unfortunately · vi F&SF Oct ’58
· Granny’s Birthday · vi AHMM Jun ’60
· Cat Burglar · vi *
· The House · vi Fantastic Aug ’60
· Second Chance · vi *
· Great Lost Discoveries I - Invisibility · vi Gent Feb ’61
· Great Lost Discoveries II - Invulnerability · vi Gent Feb ’61
· Great Lost Discoveries III - Immortality · vi Gent Feb ’61
· Dead Letter [“The Letter”] · vi EQMM Jul ’55; Killers Three, gp
· Recessional · vi Dude Mar ’60; Portfolio, gp
· Hobbyist · vi Playboy May ’61
· The Ring of Hans Carvel · vi *; retold and somewhat modernized from the works of Rabelais.
· Vengeance Fleet [“Vengeance, Unlimited”] · vi Super Science Stories Jul ’50
· Rope Trick · vi Adam May ’59
· Fatal Error [“The Perfect Crime”] · vi EQMM Jun ’55; Killers Three, gp
· The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I, II, & III [“Of Time and Eustace Weaver”] · ss EQMM Jun ’61
· Expedition · vi F&SF Feb ’57
· Bright Beard · vi *
· Jaycee · vi *; this story is given as being from F&SF 1955 in The Best of Fredric Brown and from F&SF Oct ’58 in bibliographies, but has not been found in F&SF.
· Contact [“Earthmen Bearing Gifts”] · vi Galaxy Jun ’60
· Horse Race · vi *
· Death on the Mountain · vi *
· Bear Possibility · vi Dude Mar ’60; Portfolio, gp
· Not Yet the End · vi Captain Future Win ’41
· Fish Story · vi *
· Three Little Owls (A Fable) · vi *
· Runaround [“Starvation”] · ss Astounding Sep ’42
· Murder in Ten Easy Lessons [“Ten Tickets to Hades”] · ss Ten Detective Aces May ’45
· Dark Interlude · Fredric Brown & Mack Reynolds · ss Galaxy Jan ’51
· Entity Trap [“From These Ashes”] · ss Amazing Aug ’50
· The Little Lamb · ss Manhunt Aug ’53
· Me and Flapjack and the Martians · Fredric Brown & Mack Reynolds · ss Astounding Dec ’52
· The Joke [“If Looks Could Kill”] · ss Detective Tales Oct ’48
· Cartoonist [“Garrigan’s Bems”] · Fredric Brown & Mack Reynolds · ss       Planet Stories May ’51
· The Geezenstacks · ss Weird Tales Sep ’43
· The End [“Nightmare in Time”] · vi Dude May ’61; Five Nightmares, gp