I’ve got a new obscure hobby that I’ll go into further detail about later, but it’s collecting vintage postcards from my hometown of Mineral Wells. It’s been really fun and most purchases are only a buck or two on eBay. However, while looking for those items, I ran across this one which made me raise an eyebrow – Dallas, Texas Postcard Lee Harvey Oswald at State Fair Park Wax Museum c1965
On last night’s ‘Late Show’, Stephen Colbert went home to South Carolina and interviewed his favorite elementary school teacher from his youth in her classroom.
Google has a new travel planner aimed for the mobile user – Destinations on Google, that touches on almost every aspect of a vacation, from research to flight selection, hotel booking and itinerary planning. Destinations does not offer off-the-beaten-path guides or exclusive information that can’t be found elsewhere on the web. Rather, it’s meant to make researching and planning a trip on a mobile phone (typically a clumsy experience) more intuitive and productive for the occasional traveler by delivering good-quality basic information.
As a fan of space exploration, I love this poster which illustrates every successful orbiter, lander, rover, flyby, and impactor with their trajectory. It’s the trajectory that really interests me. All of the math and physics involved with the planning of the rotation of each planet and object and their orbit is mind boggling, and this gives you a sense of it.
The Constitution has been successfully amended 27 times but has been attempted to be amended roughly 11,000. The National Archives is celebrating the 225th anniversary of the first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, with a new exhibit, and highlighting some of the most interesting failed amended attempts. (Personally, I’m still shocked that prohibition actually happened.) Here are some examples:
Another failed proposal, in 1846, called for presidential election via a lottery system. It called for each state to select its own presidential candidate. Then the name of each state would be written on balls equal to the number of congressmen from that state. One ball would be picked at random, and the candidate from that state would become president.
An 1860 proposal would have abolished the presidency outright and replaced it with an executive council.
An 1893 suggestion would have renamed the country the “United States of the World.” Another in 1866 would have changed the name to “America.”