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November 09, 2006

Dip Dogs & Caramel Corn


Sideshows, carnivals and circuses at Sideshow World

Chicago pet store or strip club - can you tell?

Anchorage at the PM

Ground Zero, September 13, 2001

American Neon & TV at The National Portrait Gallery

The infamous Soapy Smith was an American 19th century bunco man, par excellence. King of the frontier confidence men, organizer of gangsters and grifters, master crook, and overlord of the criminal underworld in Denver and Creede, Colorado. The Soapy Smith Preservation Trust

Welcome to Middle-Class Lockdown, by Joe Bageant

Eternal vigilance

Did you say goodbye to The Habeas Corpus Act of 1679?

(Pix above from Society for Art of Imagination)

Unrelated Cute Kitten YouTube Post

I am away on a short vacation to China at the moment. This post had been pre-blogged for your enjoyment

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October 07, 2006

Western Avenue

American_quote The Punch Below The Belt is a 1945 U.S. Military pamphlet, designed to train soldiers in the waning days of the war in the Pacific. Specifically, the text focuses on the nature of the tactics employed by the Japanese, characterized as deceptive & underhanded

Chicago’s Western Avenue And Vicinity Gallery. Chicago's most vibrant art scene is not to be found in the galleries of River North or Wicker Park, but stretching along the city's longest street, Western Avenue. The work in this spontaneous gallery is unpretentious and, for the most part, unheralded

From the book Trademarks of the 20s & 30s, 80-year-old goatse

“Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it’s in Hamburger Technology” and 14 other top Quotes about Americans

Free Idiocracy. Read the Movie you can't see

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September 08, 2006



Shocked Witness Reactions to the second plane. From Killtown’s WTC Crash Videos site

9/11 flythrough Cockpit view of AA flight 11

Views of Ground Zero at approximately 9:00 AM on September 11, 2001

102 Minutes - Chronology of the towers

Space Imaging of digital archive of pre- and post-attack images of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. (Click on each pix to biggify)

The 5 minutes gap at The Emma T. Booker Elementary School

In other news: Vanna Whitewall, The Giant Bikini Woman of Peoria, Illinois

Over 150 of Vermont's Painted Theater Curtains

The speeches of Malcolm X

Fargo, Then & now

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July 23, 2006

“God Loves Americans”

Dennison_illinois America The Beautiful - State Flowers by Jacquie Lawson

Thirty years ago, if two 15-year-old girls were hitchhiking through Yellowstone, unaccompanied, it would be incumbent on them to prove THEY were harmless. Not the driver picking them up

Scott LoBaido, the only patriotic conceptual artist is painting American flags on fifty rooftops in fifty states. (From Pajamas Media)

Flickr pool of Martin Luther King Jr. Ways across the country

Photos from Denali National Park. (Thank you, Charlotte)

Your Don't Have to Be A Star, sung by Jan and Greg Brady (?). YouTube

An exhibit of panoramic photographs from The National Archives

The Leaning Tower of Niles and other enchanting eccentricities that make Chicago unlike anyplace else

God Loves Marines (and he hates the people they kill)...

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July 02, 2006

The Buck Stops

Us_passport In a similar vain to the Cows and Pigs and Penguins on parade that I posted last week, here is “The Presidential Walk” in Rapid City, South Dakota Life size American Presidents

(Last month I read David McCullough's wonderful biography of Harry Truman. What a dedicated personality & vision in a president)

Hi Resolution Gallery of The Twin Towers on 9/11/01

History of The Pennsylvania Turnpike. (From John's Blog)

White Sands, New Mexico

After the Flood - New Orleans in September 2005

Gathering of Nations Native American Powwow, including Miss Indian World

10 foods that make America great

Travels With Charley: In Search of America

Do you have what it takes to become a US citizen? I scored 85% - Woot

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June 01, 2006

America I've given you all and now I'm nothing

Mid_summer_days Memorial Day Special at “Swapatorium”

Here Comes Summer. (Click "next" again & again)

How Well Do You Speak Cowboy?

America Two dollars and twenty-seven cents January 17, 1956
I can't stand my own mind

Presidential Zippos. Zippos were often used as presentation gifts and to commemorate Presidential events

The White House Tapes. Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties secretly recorded just under 5,000 hours of conversations

(Photo lifted from Jeff Covey). Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

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April 29, 2006

Loss of natural teeth

Standard_oil_of_indiana Belt Buckles of the Old West

Zacarias Moussaoui's INS arrest photo and all public exhibits from the Moussaoui trial documents. (Thank you, Avi Solomon)

Outtakes - Remote villages in the New England countryside

Whatever Happened to Standard Oil? A History of the Standard Oil Company

Facsimile of Walt Whitman's 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass

Motorcycling from California to the East Coast and back

Comparative chart of Oral health in all 50 states

Jim Pendleton's Barnhouse is no more. One of Owen County's more unusual landmarks has been reduced to ashes.The five-story, 70-foot-tall Barn House, on County Road 850 West just off Ind. 46, burned to the ground

Vote for Kinky. Thank you, Derek

By the way, if you read this now, that means that I don’t have internet access at my new home. This post have been pre-blogged for your enjoyment.. Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

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March 10, 2006

I'll be waiting at the station

Last_train_to_clarksville_ Where will you be if you catch the last train to Clarksville?

“I'm doing an article on US State Tattoos - tattoos that include a picture of the state outline in one form or another. If you have one and are willing to talk about it, please email me…”

According to NetState, twelve U.S. states have an official State Dinosaur official dinosaur, nine have an official dog-breed and two have an official doughnut. (From "Quotidian Hell”)

From “Images of American Political History”, a letter of 1626 stating that Manhattan Island had been purchased for the value of 60 guilders

I went to the Billy Graham crusade at Flushing Meadows Carona Park up in Queens this June knowing that the Westboro Baptist Church would be there

Welcome to Intercourse, Lancaster County

New American Farmers. Photographs by M. Scott Brauer

Presidential Diseases

In Mid-Air. A small show of photos of people (and animals) caught hanging in mid-air. (From Square America Snapshots & Vernacular Photography)

Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

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January 30, 2006

Democracy in America

Faded_glory Seattle Waterfront 2002-1907. Two panoramic photographs of the waterfront of Seattle, Washington, taken from the same vantage point - 95 years apart

Squint Eyes, artist and Indian Scout

Charts, diagrams & information graphics from Karl Hartig

Top 100 Lists of cities, including highest income, least crime, newest houses, most females, shortest commute, best educated residents, and many more

Erik Gauger’s Notes from the Road, a project in experimental travel writing

Motel Hell. Tacky and trashy Motel postcards of the 1950's, 60's and 70's

Due to the popularity of "The Smart-Ass Guide to NYC", Dan Meth created this national version of Smart-Ass Guide to the USA

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

Stabilized version of the Zapruder film of the Kennedy Assassination. (From Kottke. Slow load)

Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

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November 26, 2005

The 51st state: The state of denial

Victoria_avenue_riverside The Farm. Their parents left San Francisco 30 years ago to build a utopia in rural Tennessee. Now some of the products of that grand experiment - their children - have come back. (From ”Whippleworld”)

Christian Exodus is coordinating the move of thousands of Christians to South Carolina for the express purpose of re-establishing Godly, constitutional government. It is evident that the U.S. Constitution has been abandoned under our current federal system, and the efforts of Christian activism to restore our Godly republic have proven futile over the past three decades. The time has come for Christians to withdraw our consent from the current federal government and re-introduce the Christian principles once so predominant in America to a sovereign State like South Carolina

The History of 4-H in Florida! (From Happy Palace)

World's Largest Fountain

The Field Guide to the North American Bird

Invented landscapes by Carlos Diaz

Another American I’m not familiar with: Stephen Sondheim

Robert Clark travels around the US taking photos with a Sony Ericsson s710a

(While blogging this post, I’m listening right now to Twang City, Americana, Alt-Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Honky Tonk, Zydeco, Blues and Roots Rock. Photo above is of Victoria Ave. in Riverside leading to my new house). Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

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September 11, 2005

The insanity is over

Barbed_wire The Pittsburgh Signs Project

Standin' On The Corner in Winslow, Arizona

A great Andy Rooney eulogy to New Orleans

Photography by Christa Renee

A Most Merry and Illustrated History of the Hippies

Texas Bird’s-Eye Views, over 300 nineteenth- and early twentieth-century “bird’s-eye views”. (From ”Just Orb”)

The annual Re-post of "Our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over" - Now more than ever, even more eerily accurate. Read & weep

Junk Train by Troy Paiva

Welcome to Liberal, Kansas

Smalltown, USA. Photographs by Michael Jang

Photograph above from Crazy Canadian girl. Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

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September 05, 2005

'My Pet Goat' -- The Sequel


The Flood of 1973. (From Elaine Duvekot)

The last line of defense - The old levees & flood gates of New Orleans

Gone with the water - "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees". Dated: October 2004

Thinking Big About Hurricanes- It's time to get serious about saving New Orleans. Dated: May 23, 2005

Making dreams possible. Enter a world where the time you spend with an Arabian horse is the best part of your day

FEMA Rap for Kidz:
Disaster . . . it can happen anywhere,
But we've got a few tips, so you can be prepared
For floods, tornadoes, or even a 'quake,
You've got to be ready - so your heart don't break.
Disaster prep is your responsibility
And mitigation is important to our agency
(From ”J-Walk”)

Preparing America: In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation

“This place is going to look like Little Somalia,” Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s Joint Task Force told Army Times

We told you so - Steve Gilliard is extremely angry. And so is Paul Krugman: The Can't-Do Government. So is Michael Moore: The Vacation is Over ... an open letter to Bush

Meanwhile, Halliburton hired for storm cleanup, and American People Shrug, Line Up For Fingerprinting. At least, "New Orleans is now Mardi Gras free!"

Hurricane Katrina on flickr

Many More Links about America Before Katrina Here

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July 19, 2005

All Along The Water Tower

Woody_guthrie Needlepoint pillows of six South American Communist Heroes

Early 20th-century postcards manufactured for the Fourth of July were very popular. Thousands of colorful cards featured such themes as Uncle Sam, the Goddess of Liberty, eagles, cannons, flags, liberty bell, fireworks, Statue of Liberty, Native Americans, Revolutionary War figures, nautical subjects, and the nation's founders. (From ”Neurasthenia”)

Water Towers from Across the US

1856 – The Arabia Steamboat Museum

North Dakota Governors, from “The State Historical Society of North Dakota”

Yankee or Dixie? Quiz: 0% is pure Yankee and 100% is pure Dixie. (From Hattie’s blog)

A little late: 4th of July Celebrations from around the world

The United States Christian Flag - Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! (From ”Bifurcated Rivets”)

"Healing Field" of 3,031 Flages in Sandy, Utah remembers the victims of September 11

Farnsworth House Inn, Gettysburg, PA

Faces of Alaska

Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

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June 26, 2005

Flag Day

Flying_flag Abandoned Railroads of the US. Thousands of miles of railroads have been abandoned in the United States, much of it in the last 30 years. All of these railroad lines have a history and a story. This web site is dedicated to the preservation of the history of each of these former railroad lines

Odes to Detroit. It's not quite as ubiquitous a topic as love, but Detroit has been the subject of more than 80 songs in the past 50 years

Historical Images from Palisades Amusement Park, Fort Lee, NJ

Freedom Rides. Recollections of Montgomery, AL by David Fankhauser

Matthew Baldwin’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment

"Grain Prices Suck!" North Dakota farmer expresses dissatisfaction with crop prices by carving a message in grain field

The Gallery of American Documentia of the 80’s from the Gonzo® Institute. “The 1980's was like having your computer crash over and over again...”

A cameraman at Yalta tells what it was like to spend a few days in claustrophobic luxury with Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt—and to be offered a job by Joseph Stalin

Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803). One of 100 Milestone documents

Wanted Cowgirls. If you're lookin' for a pistol packin' cowgirl, lady gunfighter, western bad girl gunslinger, woman outlaw, bandit queen, two gun female sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane, Cattle Kate or Belle Starr - you've come to the right place

Nebraska - in single frames by “Robots on strike”

Today's top three examples of Americans being dumb

Happy Flag Day - “Officer, arrest this man!” Also, Flag infographics by Brazilian artist Icaro Doria

Searching Google Images for gangsta gets you more pictures of white people making gang signs than you can shake a stizzick at…

Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

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June 07, 2005

Hippie Salad

Smallest_park The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was founded in 1925 by A. Philip Randolph and others. It was the nation's first African-American union. The Society for the Prevention of Calling Sleeping Car Porters “George” (SPCSCPG)

Mill Ends Park, Portland, OR: Smallest park in the world - 452 square inches

Images of Walt Whitman

Trippie Dick. (From “Worth 1000” contest If Hippies Ruled)

Charles Phoenix’s “God Bless Americana” slide shows

Mom, Home & Apple Pie Songs. “Molecular Expressions” Microscopic shot of Apple Pie Yogurt

A map reducing the U.S. to 38 States

The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Welcome to the Republic of Cascadia Homepage. Now is the time for the citizens of Cascadia to demand their freedom from the oppressive governments of Canada and the United States. For too long have our people put up with indifference and condescendence from distant seats of power. We have been subject to francophonic imperialism and wasteful spending of our tax money. Our entrepreneurs have been attacked by the so-called justice system for merely doing their jobs and growing our economy. When will we say enough is enough? (From Charlie ‘Vruba’ Loyd)

Life in the USA, a complete guide to American life for immigrants and Americans. By Elliot Essman

The Evolution of the American Front Porch

Many More Unusual Stories about America Here

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